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Argentina snatch victory from France with late try in Cordoba

@disco
Sorry i dont quite understand your point, are you saying im being unfair to Argentina in comparing them to Scotland and Samoa because they are better, or something else completly?

@Pretzel
I agree with you that it's more about the Tri-Nations team losing the games. Australia in particular are specialists in going in to a match expecting an easy win and then being surprised that the other side can play rugby as well (Scotland, Samoa), and I fear that they have the same attitude towards Argentina. Add to that the completely new surrounding of playing in Argentina and I can see some upsets coming there..

2 Years, 3 Months ago

Argentina snatch victory from France with late try in Cordoba

I wouldn't be too sure about that.. I could see them beating Australia in Argentina, because those are the kind of games Australia loses. (e.g. Scotland two times in a row, Samoa etc.) Also I generally find Argentina is a bit of an unknown, especially when they're playing in Argentina.. Should be interesting to see how well the Tri-Nations teams adapt to that situation.
They'll probably get beaten pretty confortably abroad though.. However, it's a great experience for them and can only improve their rugby in the long term.

2 Years, 3 Months ago

The Wallabies snatch dramatic win over Wales at the death

I think people have been a bit too harsh on Priestland. Maybe not on rugbydump, but especially on Welsh and English newspapers. Many seemed to have blamed the loss on Priestland alone for kicking away the ball in the end.

While I agree that his kicking was dreadful (and will cost them far more if they do it next week when Kurtley Beale is at fullback), it seems unfair to only blame him for the loss. The final kick was quite useful I thought. They were under a huge amount of pressure at the breakdown and then Webb passes the ball out to Priestland, who has about 2-3 Wallabies running straight at him without that much support. So he boots it a long way downfield, and the Welsh actually manage a decent change and catch the Wallabies about 30-40 metres away of the Aussie try line. They could have quite easily hung on from there and stopped the aussies from scoring points. However, what cost them were the bufoonish (spelling?) behaviour of two Welsh forwards who infringed about 5 times in this ruck without real necessaty.

Maybe they panicked and infringed because of that, or they were overly motivated or something like that.. But if they really want to beat the SH teams they have to be a bit more composed.
Just compare it to the Aussies and the ABs. The Wallabies never seemed to doubt that once they got that penalty they would score. That was despite they knocked the ball on about 2-3 times in the last 5 minutes. Instead they just did what they had to do and got rewarded.
The same goes for ABs, who, despite being a man down, just worked their way up the field and trusted in Dan Carter to slot the drop goal, even though he just missed one minutes before.
The Welsh need the same kind of attitude if they want to regularly beat the best in the world.

2 Years, 3 Months ago

The Wallabies snatch dramatic win over Wales at the death

How was that a dreadful call? You can clearly see the Welshplayer (I'm not sure about which one, so I'll call him the one in a direct line with the camera and the touch judge) deliberatly grabbing on to as many players as he can and than falling over backwards. As soon as he falls over the entire maul collapses towards the side he pulled (happens between 4:03 and 4:05).

And why would he collapse it? You can similarly ask why Priestland would kick away possession with about 1 minute left and a knock on advantage, or why the Welsh would give away a completely unncessary penalty that led to the final line out.. I think they simply panicked at the prospect of losing again and lost their head.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Rugby Club Plays of the Week 2012 - June Tests Week 1

Can people please stop complaining about the selection? Yes we all know that the plays of the week is not exactly neutral... But they never said they were and they don't have to be.. just take it as a fun wrap up of the week from an aussie perspective. If you don't like it don't watch it

2 Years, 4 Months ago

The All Blacks turn it on at Eden Park with big win over Ireland

I agree that the contest still is close, but I do think that Pocock as an individual is better than McCaw as an individual, if you only base your evaluation on how they perform, without taking into account leadership.
It also has to be taken into consideration that McCaw almost always plays with a vastly superior pack behind him than Pocock, whether it's in the Bledisloe Cup or with the Crusaders. Both times he gets far better support from his fellow forwards than Pocock does.

But yeah, at the end of the day it doesn't make too much sense arguing over who's better since we'll probably never fully agree.. Let's just agree that they're both great opensides ;)

2 Years, 4 Months ago

The All Blacks turn it on at Eden Park with big win over Ireland

Agree with cool calm and collected on the Pocock/McCaw debate. Pocock (at least right now) is the best 7 going around. The are McCaw is still better than him (probably) is things like leadership and dealing with the refs. I think it is exactly for those qualities that NZ will need to hang on to Richie. Even if he isn't the best openside in the world anymore, he is still one of the best, and in my opinion better than anyone else in NZ. Add to that his fantastic leadership and dealing with refs and you'd be mad to get rid of him right now.

However, a slow transition would be a good idea. Maybe actively looking for a replacement and throwing him into a match once the game is one or maybe after this years four nations would be a good way to prepare for the post-richie era. I doubt he will be the best openside in NZ in the next year or at the very latest the year after, let alone compared to Pocock, Warburton or Brüssow..

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Wallabies hold off Welsh fightback to claim win in Brisbane

I was pleased with the way the Wallabies played over all, especially Pocock and Genia were outstanding. How many times did Pocock force a turnover or penalty when Wales looked threatening in the first half?

I was a bit worried though when Wales closed in to 20-19, the game was really in the balance then. Lucky for Australia that Priestland and Warburton aren't in their world cup form and that ball before the 20-19 was knocked on.. A bit unfair to place all the blame on Priestland considering the bad pass he had to catch. Australia lost the plot a bit between the 50th and 70th minute, but got the game back in their hands at least...

I still think the Welsh can pick up a win, maybe in Melbourne when Australia's gonna be slightly less hungry and have a bit less to prove than after losing to Scotland and might get a bit too relaxed after having beaten Wales. I think Australia's gonna win the series over all.

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Wallabies hold off Welsh fightback to claim win in Brisbane

Ref wasn't really in the way.. the Welsh defender who was sposed to tackle Genia simply bought the dummy and tackled Ioane instead of Genia (which is understandle, considering Genia passes it to Ioane 9 times out of 10). Ref slightly blocked the second defender, who still got to Ioane in time though..

2 Years, 4 Months ago

Scotland celebrate historic win over Wallabies with sickening head clash

Spot on. Highly dangerous jumping onto a maul like that

2 Years, 4 Months ago

 
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