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South Africa aim to up the intensity after another win over England

I think a lot of the England support is coming from predictions based on what has happened to date.

Take Scotland for instance. They played a blindingly good game against Arg, slacked off a bit in the 2nd half but they played with a totally different tempo that their many past outings. With that in mind people started to become curious about what they could do against the AB's. Don't get me wrong, I think a lot of people had a sly smile with a hope of something interesting, but their heads AND hearts were telling them it was going to be a big loss. But somehow Scotland appeared be able to hold their own against the AB team on the day; again playing with that improved tempo and rugby brain.

So I think the majority of people are looking at what England are producing well at the moment and thinking that the only way is up. Of course, this is all presuming they do go up and again presuming all the other teams remain at their current level. But I do think England has had a history of coming in on shaky ground, yet coming out on very firm ground.

Either way, like the above with the Scots vs NZ, people have a quiet little 'feeling' even though everything else is telling them their mad for thinking about it. We'll all see if/when the time comes.

1 Month, 1 Hour ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

... no an apple fell from my hand and landed on the keyboard not only moving the apostrophe but also pressing enter before I had a chance to correct the damage it did...

I'm sure there was more than one..

..a 'pear' is to blame for the capital B.

1 Month, 7 Hours ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

...Blaming apple for that one...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

Come on Dan you bassoon, can't you tell he plays the buffoon?

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

....Has the spelling universe got it's hat on backwards or something?

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

I'll try and remember yours, hopefully you'll have passed grade 2 by then.

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

He hasn't been thrown off as many planes and punched as much as Gavin Henson and Henson got multiple opportunities....

1 Month, 1 Day ago

Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

Really enjoyed the Scotland match. Briefly saw some of the Wales Fiji match, I think Gatland has to be concerned. I find Wales have the ability (somewhere) to play some good competitive rugby, but somehow they can't seem to continually do it.. No disrespect to Fiji, but I viewed this game (before the game) as a Wales win, I thought they'd win by more points than they did. So actually well done to Fiji and to run one in when they were a man down!

Sky games I didn't see.

So onto the Scotland NZ game - Wow.. I enjoyed that! Let's of course go through the facts, we all know NZ fielded a 'b' team or partially 'b' team, but they would have done so knowing it was going to win. NZ wouldn't field any old team without looking to keep up their current rankings/standards etc. So Scotland could only play who was in front of them and I thought they played very very well! I really thought they looked like they have a promising 10 who seems to be really getting involved physically! All in all, Scotland did very well. I thought the scrum decisions were pretty abysmal on some occasions, but then Poite isn't renowned for his scrum policing. I just enjoyed seeing that 'Scotland belief' from last week carry across to this week too!

I thought Scotland seemed to play like they deserved the win, they deserved to play with the AB's, whereas in the past, they've played a little like they've been forced to get run at and they know they'll be beaten!

Great weekend for the majority of teams, some close results!

1 Month, 2 Days ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

desertcolt, I agree that one shouldn't ignore what if's completely, but I dislike the view a lot of people take when they bundle up all their 'what if's' and account them all and say it = a win...

I mean, you could look at some of the most brutal games some teams have faced http://www.rugbydata.com/centuries/ 'we'd have won if my team hadn't got smashed and had scored more points'....

1 Month, 3 Days ago

Test Rugby Results - November 7th and 8th 2014

Highly convenient if you ask me......

So when UK papers post articles then all the English are whiners... but when the NZ papers post something it's all in jest and never to be taken seriously?

I'm honestly glad that I know a few NZ'ers and have had the pleasure of visiting the country, because if I had to come up with a view of what NZ'ers were based purely on this thread, nay, this entire website, I'd put you firmly into the 'Hypocritical two faced bunch of c***s' category...

Don't get me wrong, as I said, I know that's not true, but every comment that I perceive to be written by an AB fan or a NZ'er (perhaps they're trolls), are just laughably ridiculous... Reminds me of those 'facts' spewed by North Korea about how their great leader played golf and retired because he got a hole in one with every shot...

1 Month, 5 Days ago

 
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