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Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

.. glitch .. my post above is in reply to Buzz at 8:18 am.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

"It was obvious before and is more obvious now that they didn't merit hosting a World Cup."
Rubbish .. this is exactly the opposite of what I have heard and read from people who actually went there, including members of the UK press who have praised the organisation, the game atmosphere, the hospitality and the fans. The rugby was also generally better than the endless punt-and-chase of 2007 and the refereeing was no better and no worse. There will always be arguments and controversy wherever a tournament like this is played but the consensus among those who actually went to NZ disagrees with you.
One of the most ridiculous ideas that keeps popping up and is never actually explained, is that the IRB are constantly trying to favour NZ. Why they would taint their whole process to help NZ win is a complete mystery. The All Blacks were a dominant team for decades before the modern IRB existed and when rugby admin was dominated by the "Home" Unions who had double the voting power of SH unions until the late-50s.
Currently, of the 20 representatives on the IRB executive from the major unions, NZ have two (as do Eng, Ire, Scot, Wales, Fran, Oz, SA) and Arg, Jap, Can, Italy have one each. That's 13 NH reps and 7 SH reps. The Chairman of the IRB is French! Why the hell would the IRB corrupt and jeopardize a multimillion dollar organisation built up over decades to help yet another SH team win the RWC? Apart from 03 the SH has been handing the cup around amongst themselves and I have no doubt that the IRB would absolutely love to have another NH winner. If they are so good at manipulating a win for any team they want (which is what some geniuses are suggesting) I am sure there would be at least two or three more NH champs in the books. And anyone who thinks the unions and IRB reps from SA and Aus (let alone the NH) are keen for NZ to win World Cups are seriously deluded.. seriously.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily, IRB Rankings, and IRB Awards

Wales played some good rugby but I could never go along with the "they shoulda been in the final" brigade. Although a man down they still had good chances to take out France who had gone into sleepwalk mode, and they just didn't have the firepower to seriously trouble a very depleted Australia in the 3rd place play-off. The Welsh backs would also not have troubled the NZ defence and I think the ABs would have run them ragged both up the middle and out wide. I always thought the NZ/Fr final would be close but I'm confident NZ would've beaten Wales by 20+. But I like the Welsh attitude and the good players are there so I hope they step up for the Oz test later in the year and the 6N.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily, IRB Rankings, and IRB Awards

There's been some pretty amusing stuff on here this week, but and Aussie and an Irishmen being neutrals in regard to NZ rugby .. that's a good one!

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

@AndreJ: "But you have to remember the All Blacks are well known for dirty play."
The only example you can think of to back up this claim is an incident that happened so long ago you can't even remember who was involved. Why don't the numerous dangerous tackles, eye gouges, and other misdemeanors that have been clearly recorded by pretty much every team in international rugby in the 6 years since, make all those teams also "well known for dirty play"? Because it doesn't suit your prejudices.
There is a video on this page showing a French player clearly and deliberately raking the face of another player with his fingers. This sort of evidence has resulted in long suspensions several times in recent years and such acts are universally condemned. If the video showed a NZ player doing it this site would be absolutely full of hate comment about NZ rugby and New Zealanders. Generally the response to this video, including from NZers, has been quite restrained and often sensible considering how damning it is, but there are some people even trying to say that it is a legitimate tactic.. the hypocrisy is mind-boggling.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily, IRB Rankings, and IRB Awards

You're being way too gullible. A smart person would know that another video could be compiled of unpenalised French transgressions, and there were plenty, that would seem to "prove" exactly the opposite point.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup - France challenge the Haka

@well really: your post was nonsense the first time, no need to repeat it.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup - France challenge the Haka

As a life-long All Blacks fan who's been riding the bumps of the our RWC adventures and misadventures for a quarter century, today I'm feeling pretty OK. France stepped up in a way that every other New Zealander I spoke to during the week knew they would.. and the All Blacks overcame them (just) by what seemed like sheer force of will and determination not to fail. It has always been a strength of the ABs that they can win either way.. free-flowing and scintillating (the preferred option) or they can grind it out if necessary and still come away with the win. Yesterday was a grind and we all know it could have gone either way, games that tight can swing on a fraction of a second of ill-discipline or a momentary slip of judgement. When the French put together 15 phases about 40 metres out inside the final ten minutes it was the best period of disciplined defence that the ABs put on all tournament .. and it had to be.. one fatal whistle and it's another four years. NZ had to grind this one out because the French back-row gave them no other way. Credit to the French for making the ABs play in such a restricted style, forcing the issue in a way most international sides can only ever dream of.
Reading around the sites I see some people saying that it was arrogant to give the French no chance. As I say, I didn't meet one NZer who thought like that, they know their rugby history too well. But the fact is the French had been playing poorly. NZ had beaten them easily, 9th-ranked Tonga had embarrassed them, and they struggled to fall over the line against 14 Welshmen. The French were not highly rated going into the final because they didn't deserve to be. I guarantee that not one of the hindsight geniuses who complain about the pre-match view of France's chances would have put their house on France winning. But the French figured out where their own strength was and they applied it with passion and it damn near worked. Too close for my health, but a terrific final.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - RWC Week 2

I've been a regular visitor here for a while and one thing that doesn't change is the moaning by people who miss the point about Plays of the Week. So let's go through it one more time .. it's supposed to be funny and it usually is, it's always Oz-biased and they know it, that's part of the joke, it's always worth watching, it's not supposed to be serious analysis of the game etc etc.
When they lost to Ireland there was plenty of "acknowledging of shortcomings" and I didn't see much in the way of excuses (jeez! do you guys ever read or listen to your own countries' "pundits"?).. so lighten up and enjoy POTW for what is, a reliable dose of fun in an environment that's often way too serious.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

 
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