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LEGO Highlights of the 2012 Autumn Internationals

Love it! Reminiscent of the Eddie Izzard "Death Star Canteen" LEGO skit: http://youtu.be/Sv5iEK-IEzw

Definitely showing the Canterbury bias there - where was Beale's try in the 79th minute to crush Welsh hearts everywhere??

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

Ha I agree about the whinging as Sharpe took the kick, recall he said something about it being "disrespectful" and that's why the Welsh crowd were booing it - what a load of bollocks, let the lad have a kick in his last game! You could also hear his disappointment as Beale ran to the corner for the try...

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

Yup I do realise Davies wasn't commentating in those highlights, I heard him spouting off his usual one-eyed drivel after the match and that's what prompted me to make my original comment. Every time I DO hear him commentate I think the exact same thing.

My point isn't that bias is a bad thing, I'm fine with it as long as it's not concealed as objective/"neutral" commentary. I'm with you on the Aussie commentators, it's entertainment rather than commentary and they don't try to hide their biases but play to them. You can kind of tell Davies is trying to be neutral wrt Wales, but he simply can't carry it off convincingly. I'd put Stuart Barnes in the same bucket for England, however he's just a stupid oaf.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

These highlights don't seem to be very balanced as the Wallabies had a few line breaks throughout the game that showed as much promise as Wales, but they didn't seem to merit making the highlight reel. To me a draw would have felt like a fair result to the game, as both teams were equally average for most of it. However the Wallabies looked pretty good in the last ~3 minutes when they had their backs to the wall and started playing a more expansive running game, and they were rewarded for having a go with the try to win it. Once again they did just enough to get over the finish line, and that looks promising to build from next year.

By the way Jonathan Davies has to be one of the worst commentators out there, if he's going to be so biased towards Wales then I wish he wouldn't pretend to be objective.

1 Year, 7 Months ago

Wales score bizarre try with thirteen man lineout against the All Blacks

Were they taking the piss? What a joke if that's the only way you can score a try vs. the All Blacks... Kind of telling about the state of Welsh rugby right now.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Samoa stun Wales with impressive win at the Millennium Stadium

Stuart Barnes is equally crap...

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Clermont snatch dramatic 50th consecutive Stade Marcel Michelin victory

I wondered about that as well, thought the penalty would be at the 5m line, not the 15m.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Clermont snatch dramatic 50th consecutive Stade Marcel Michelin victory

Fantastic rugby to watch that Top 14... Wish I lived over that way to see a match live!

Brock James and Gits both playing good rugby at the moment - give those guys a Wallabies jersey tomorrow!!

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Rob Simmons escapes on-field punshment for dangerous tackle on Yannick Nyanga

I didn't ever hear the ref ask Moore (the acting captain) for the number of the offending player, or address the Aussie team for the offending player to step forward - he only seems to ask the assistant refs and act on the information (or lack thereof) he receives from them. I've had that happen before, where the ref has asked the captain to bring the player forward.

I'm also not sure the tackle warrants the vilification Simmons is getting from a lot of the posts. It's clumsy yes, but the player lands squarely on his back (not his head) and Simmons goes to ground with him (vs. dumping/dropping him). Re. the "lateness" of it, he also had no idea the ball was long gone. I've seen a lot worse get a lot less than what the hordes are screaming for here.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

All Black Adam Thomson's boot on Alasdair Strokosch's head

I stand corrected, thanks. However I still thought refs had guidelines, i.e. offence x = penalty y?

1 Year, 8 Months ago

 
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