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All Blacks take the lead in opening Bledisloe Cup clash vs Wallabies

I don't think rolland is to blame for the poor game. true, he did blow the whistle a lot, but he blew it because there were just so many infringements and knock ons. Especially the scrums just collapses all the time.. he didnt have that much choice but to either reset the scrum (even more boring) or blow a penaly for either side..

2 Years, 1 Month ago

South Africa win comfortably against Argentina at Newlands

Haha no wonder he wanted treatment ;)

2 Years, 1 Month ago

All Blacks take the lead in opening Bledisloe Cup clash vs Wallabies

I agree that they both looked ordinary. However New Zealand just seemed to miss the last pass, while Australia looked like a bunch of players that started playing rugby about 3 weeks ago and have never played together before. New Zealand should have fixed their problems by next week, or within 2 weeks at the very latest. I'm not sure about Australia.

I can't see NZ losing a game in this Championship somehow. The only possible threat is away in SA, though I think they'll roll that as well. South Africa didnt offer all that much either (at least not in the last half hour that I saw). I guess SA and Australia will both win their home games against each other and should beat Argentina twice. NZ just seem to be head and shoulders over everyone else right now. The injury woes of Australia (Horwill, O'Connor, McCabe, now also Pocock it seems) and also South Africa (JP and Bismarck the obvious, but I think there are more) only make the gap bigger.

2 Years, 1 Month ago

All Blacks take the lead in opening Bledisloe Cup clash vs Wallabies

Very disapointing game for an Aussie.. Especially the first half was just terrible by the Wallabies. The All Blacks also played below their usual standard, yet never looked like they were going to lose. Even in the last few minutes when the Wallabies threw everything against them I didnt have the impression that they were actually going to score. Especially the endless knock ons and dropped balls were frustrating to watch.

Kurtley Beale was absolutely terrible. It seemed like both tries were a result of his poor defense and the second one a result of his knock on. He also offered nothing in attack. I wonder if he was injured or what the matter was with him.. I hope he can clean up his act by next week.

The main problem was the forwards dominance of the All Black's though. The Wallabies just couldn't get over the gain line and never got fast ball. Their line speed was phenomonal (not sure if they were always onside though). Pocock was pretty anonymous throughout the game. I do wonder why he doesn't tell the coaches to replace him when he's got a knee injury, now that there's actually a decent replacement for him on the bench.

I'm also confused by some of the selections Deans made. I still don't think that Faingaa should be anywhere near test level. The same goes for Dave Dennis, Timani and Rob Horne. Surely there are better options than them out there somewhere...

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna cited for dangerous hit on Ryan Kankowski

Should've definately been a yellow card, not sure about a red one though. Maybe should get cited because the ref didnt take any action. No longer than 4-5 weeks though I think.

I think this is one of the cases where the tackler was lucky that the tackled player wasnt injured and didnt pretend to be either. It might look worse for him if Kankowski would've got hurt in the tackle.

2 Years, 1 Month ago

A look back at the successful 1997 British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa

1 Cian Healy
2 Rory Best
3 Dan Cole (Adam Jones seems to be past his best, so I'd probably give Cole the nod. Close one though
4 Richie Gray
5 O'Connol / Allyn Wyn Jones (depending on injuries, tending towards O'Connel though
6 Sean O'Brien or Ferris, depending on form. Both on the tour though, one as replacement
7 Warburton if fit, otherwise Robshaw. However plays should be captain
8 Falatau or Morgan, depending on Six Nations form

9 Ben Youngs
10 Johnny Sexton
11 George North
12 Roberts if fit, otherwise Tuilagi
13 O'Driscol if fit, otherwise Tuilagi
14 Cuthbert
15 Kearney. The only reason I'd give Halfpenny the nod over Kearney is his kicking. However Sexton's already a fantastic kicker. I might choose Halfpenny if both Sexton and Farrel were to be injured (very unlikely though)

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Waikato Chiefs ready for semi final clash with the Crusaders

Probably the two best team this year. My guess is the Crusaders, they seem to have a bit more momentum on their side, it's gonna be a close one though.

If the Sharks should beat the Stormers I don't think they could win in NZ, while the Stormers could beat the Chiefs in SA, but I don't think they're good enough to beat the Crusaders. Should be two great semis and final though!

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Defending champion Reds blown away by the Sharks in Brisbane

Are you sure you don't mean Craig Joubert in the final? ;-)

The point about the neutral ref is not about whether a non-neutral would do better or not. It's more about perception and added pressure for the ref for me. I don't know if Bryce Lawrence for example would have given a card earlier, but the thing about a non-neutral ref is just that it opens the mind for bias, which it wouldn't as much if the ref were neutral. I remember a lot of kiwis complaining last year when they thought they were robbed by an Aussie ref in a Reds-Crusaders game as well.

Didn't hear the Genia post-match, doesn't make him look good though if he haves a whinge about the ref. Leave that to the news and the fans ;)

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Defending champion Reds blown away by the Sharks in Brisbane

Are you sure you don't mean Craig Joubert in the final? ;-)

The point about the neutral ref is not about whether a non-neutral would do better or not. It's more about perception and added pressure for the ref for me. I don't know if Bryce Lawrence for example would have given a card earlier, but the thing about a non-neutral ref is just that it opens the mind for bias, which it wouldn't as much if the ref were neutral. I remember a lot of kiwis complaining last year when they thought they were robbed by an Aussie ref in a Reds-Crusaders game as well.

Didn't hear the Genia post-match, doesn't make him look good though if he haves a whinge about the ref. Leave that to the news and the fans ;)

2 Years, 2 Months ago

Defending champion Reds blown away by the Sharks in Brisbane

Well they could've asked an NZ ref, maybe Bryce Lawrence (although Kaplan's probably a better ref than him). However, if Bryce made the same decisions I might fell slightly better about it all because the ref's possible naitonal bias doesn't factor in..

2 Years, 2 Months ago

 
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