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Georgia and Romania Rugby World Cup 2015 qualification highlights

Ha no

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England get the better of Australia with strong second half at Twickenham

1. Marler 2. Hartley 3. Cole 4. Launchbury 5. Lawes 6. Wood 7. Robshaw 8. Vunipola

9. Youngs 10. Flood/Burns 11. Yarde 12. Watson 13. Tomkins (deserves another chance as didn't get one Saturday) 14. Wade/Foden 15. Brown

5 Months, 1 Week ago

England get the better of Australia with strong second half at Twickenham

Thought Hartley in particular was excellent from the bench as were marler and Wilson, and they both made big impacts. England are starting to look like they've got great options in the forwards, Christ knows where croft will fit in, he has been England's best forward for years but with wood playing so well and robshaw with the captaincy.....who knows.
Apologies for the essays but hopefully you'll all appreciate what I meant.

5 Months, 1 Week ago

England get the better of Australia with strong second half at Twickenham

From an England fan:
We were very lucky to win. Against SA or NZ if we played that poorly we'd have been decimated. I cannot understand what FatProp is saying with his team selection and some points.
Dickson was awful hence why he came off after 53 minutes and that's coming from someone who's played a decent level as a 9. Poor distribution all day. Floaty passes, passes hitting the floor. Put the backs on the back foot the whole day. Gone from the whole match day 23, not just the starting line up. Admittedly, it had rained which would have made the ball greasy. Conditions like that are sometimes actually harder than when it is fully raining as the ball is sometimes dry sometimes wet so you don't know what to expect. Not easy. Either way, poor.
What does Owen Farrell actually offer except a boot and a few tackles a game? That break he made is only the 2nd I've seen him make (the other: lions v babas I think?). Too predictable and one dimensional. If we wanted a 10 who would just kick and tackle, we could have wilkinson back and have twice the player Farrell is. The sooner Freddie burns is brought in or another proper running 10 in the mould of carter or cooper (who by the way, my favourite player and at times genius on Saturday) the better for England. What really annoys me about Farrell is when there is a danger he might have to take it into contact, he s**** himself and offloads it. When he should just grow a pair and smash it up. He's not exactly small and is bigger than I ever was. Admittedly service was poor so maybe I'm being too harsh. But the back line couldn't function with poor service. Brown v good, yarde good with little ball. Ashton was terrible as per, so naive in defence. That attack was going nowhere until he dived out of the line.
Not sure what planet you're on dropping wood, let that one slide. Forwards were generally good I thought, particularly lawes (who you also dropped?!) and robs haw had one of his best games. Thought Hartley was excellent

5 Months, 1 Week ago

The Springboks claim convincing win over the Wallabies in Cape Town

felt sorry for Hooper. Ezebeth's own fault and he should have been penalised for jumping into the tackle. Insidently, jumping into the tackle is a pointless move anyway as you lose all power and momentum!!! either way harsh. Timani's I don't know which way to go as it is a shoulder charge but he took his eyes off the ruck so it wasn't as if he was aiming at someone. A peanlty would have been enough here.
I'm more concerned about the eye gouge!! hope someone gets cited for that.
Lastly, i felt very sorry for Lambie as I noticed live him roll the ball into the touch judge and thought "wow thats smart" so they couldn't take a quick line out. I can't help but think some of the officials at the moment aren't as smart as the players when it comes to the laws of the game. The two best are Allain Rolland who's retiring and Steve Walsh. the others i'm not convinced on.
And btw, before anyone comes in and says sour grapes or biased: I'm English and thought South Africa were the better side. I also think Walsh is a very good referee even though he's had his bad moment against England.
Pleased to see Cooper back, he's my favourite player in world rugby at the moment. So unpredictable and definitely improved his defense. The springbok no 23 looked useful, who was that??

looking forward to next week. Would like to see NZ get turned over and I fancy SA to do it.

6 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Wallabies and British & Irish Lions teams named for first Test on Saturday

Surprised about people banging on about Faletau being unlucky. He's been terrible on this tour!!! Conceding turnover after turnover, he hasn't deserved a place. I think the side is pretty much spot on given the circumstances. Davies is obviously in due to injuries but to be fair to him he has played exceptionslly well on this tour and has made me rethink my oppinion if him. I would probably have had bowe over cuthbert but again, injury. The rest of the backs are fine.

As a scrum half, I wouldn't dare try and pretend I know what I'm talking about when it comes to the front row so ill leave that up to debate but Corbisiero isn't the first and won't be the last lion to start a test having not been in the original squad.
The rest is pretty much as expected I think. I still think Gatland shot himself in the foot by naming Warburton as his captain as the back row is such a hotly contested position that noone should have been guaranteed a start and as much as Gatland said anyone could be dropped and Sam was not guaranteed his spot, he was lying. Croft for me was a shoe in. He'd be in my world 23 if I picked one. Devastatingly quick, great in D and excellent in the line out.

Subs: I don't know how Lydiate has wormed his way in!!! Sean O'brien is unlucky but Gatland does have his favourites and Lydiate is one of them. Maitland as well I wouldn't have had but I can only assume its because he wants a Scot in the squad. Richie Gray can probably feel a bit hard done by not to be on the bench but such is life.

Anyway, long message so apologies but I think the lions will win the series. Also, whoever said Quade Cooper is the most unlucky to not be playing is so right. He is probably my favourite player in world rugby atm (thats coming from an Englishman!) was very pleased for the lions he wasnt involved. When the Aussies are down and need someone to ignite the game, they are going to regret not having cooper. He may be a risk sometimes but he'll create more than he gives away

9 Months, 4 Weeks ago

The All Blacks win the series with convincing victory over France

Final try will be irb try of the year. Brilliant try

10 Months, 2 Days ago

The British and Irish Lions power past the Western Force in Perth

1. Why can Farrell not offer a running game like that normally?! First time I've seen him make a break!!

2. Can someone who watched the full game comment on how Tuilagi played please? As an Irishman, I'm leaning towards Tuilagi to partner BOD ahead of Roberts atm. I know Roberts was very good with O'Driscoll in '09 buying just feel Tuilagi offers more even though he's not really a 12.

10 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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