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All Blacks put 50 on the Wallabies to continue Eden Park domination

I think it's crazy isn't it! You see them one week when 'your team' (any team) is facing them and you think "DAMN that was so close we NEARLY had them!".

You take some satisfaction in the fact that NZ looked uncomfortable, you NEARLY won and that you know your coach is going to drill your team to grind out that little bit extra they needed to seal the win. In all you suddenly feel confident heading into next weeks game...

Then the exact same NZ team come waltzing out (not a man has changed) and your now 'well drilled "we have that bit extra" team' gets turned into a bunch of amateur schoolboys by a team that looks like their strolling...

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Springboks survive Salta scare after excellent Argentina performance

Thanks for the reply & information. I find that sometimes teams like SA struggle against others even though in theory they are a far stronger, more developed team.

I feel they don't often produce their best against Scotland, (and indeed Arg) when as I said, on paper/IRB rankings, they're a far more developed and successful team. It's almost as if their playing style meets it's match or gets closed down and they're quite often unable to adapt quickly. They're still the better team, so inevitably they eke out a win, but it's often nothing short of hard and close fought.

Interesting regarding the pitch size.. you'd expect International venues to have quite strict codes, I know some pitches have much smaller areas behind the posts, but surely the playing area of the pitch has to be a set size..

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Springboks survive Salta scare after excellent Argentina performance

I know this sounds very harsh and I apologise for the offence it will no doubt cause, BUT, are Argentina playing a lot better or do teams that tend to play them play worse than usual?

Of course, the Pumas are getting better, there is no doubt about that, but I wonder whether their style of play squashes other teams game plans or perhaps the naivety of teams facing the Pumas gets the better of them.

I know we can never do the old, 'we beat them, they beat you, therefore we would beat you' thing.. but I just mean when you consider the score here is 33-31 and then Argentina lost to Scotland 19-21.. I just have my doubts about whether the scoreline is as straightforward as it seems.. Also taking into consideration boks are number 2 in the world and Argentina are 12th...

Congratulations to the boks, commiserations to the pumas. Best of luck to you both in the upcoming games.

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Friday Funnies - 'Meanwhile in New Zealand' Advert

Not sure if anyone is interested in this ice bucket challenge malarkey going on at the moment (another latest trend...) but here is dear Joost van der Westhuizan doing it. Hard to see a man of his calibre in the condition he is in, but I wish him all the best.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntQgJXwgIoM

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4 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Otago score unbelievable set piece try in opening round of ITM Cup

That was an awesome move...

I can see it now... someone is going to try an emulate that and get absolutely SMASHED!

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Johan Goosen kicks huge drop goal on Top 14 debut

I'm with notso on this. On my screen it looked like the crossbar was in between the camera and the ball...

Also expecting players to behave themselves whilst off the pitch is a bit optimistic...

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Learn more about Brad Thorn, one of the most decorated men in rugby

Interesting guy, great video. The other video beneath is great too 'his building blocks' one!

On the topic of the building blocks one, he seems like he'd be a great bloke to train with, seems like he's more interested in the effort that someone would put in that whether they can lift more or as much or less than him.

Core exercises seem key.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

England win the Women's Rugby World Cup with victory over Canada

Womens rugby is all the more amazing when you consider this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/28835311

1 Month, 4 Days ago

The Top 5 Best Haka Responses ever!

Sorry, just to add, it's great that he has embraced the culture of the country he was born into. But as you mentioned above, it's...well..odd..

1 Month, 5 Days ago

The Top 5 Best Haka Responses ever!

I actually knew that one haha.. but what I meant was, there is far more weight when a pacific islander is doing what is; in general terms, a tradition that can be put into the 'pacific islands' category...

Ali Williams (heaven forbid Shane Williams ever does the haka with the same bug eyed, tongue wagging manoeuvres), is a white guy (I mean it doesn't get a whole lot whiter before you end up in the Albino section) and he is there acting as if his forefathers were on the winning side of the Boyd massacre..

1 Month, 5 Days ago

 
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