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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Joe Rokocoko finds form with Auckland in the Air NZ Cup

Joe Rokocoko finds form with Auckland in the Air NZ Cup

Auckland picked up their first win of the season against Northland at the Kerikeri Domain on the weekend, with a supposedly out of sorts Joe Rokocoko finding his feet as he scored two tries, and played a significant part in two others.

The two try performance saved him from the axe as All Blacks coach Graham Henry was far from happy with his form of late, having scored just one Test try in 10 outings.

"It was a big selection. Siti (Sivivatu) is obviously cemented in there but Joe's played one good test in South Africa and one poor test match," Henry says.

"If we were selecting it prior to Saturday he probably wouldn't have got in, but he played very well for Auckland, as good as I've seen him play for a long time.

"He scored a couple of tries and had a big hand in the other two, so he sort of saved his bacon, really."

Speculation was rife that Corey Jane would have been brought in as a safer option on the wing, with Rokocoko himself even admitting that he expected to be dropped.

"I have to admit I did have a shocker (against the Springboks)," he said.

Against Northland though, the 44 Test try veteran was particularly impressive as he took his opportunity with both hands, gaining both confidence and the work rate that had been missing of late.

"The change of scenery was good. I felt really relaxed," he said. "It came down to not thinking about things too much and just having a go."

Henry has since shown faith in him and Rokocoko has been retained in the All Blacks lineup to face the Wallabies for the Bledisloe Cup, earning the Fijian-born flyer his 58th Test cap.


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Time: 04:52
Final score: 32-13 to Auckland

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Andy August 19, 2009 12:52 pm

FIRST!!!!!!......and yet strangely i feel no excitement at all. What an anti-climax.

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FrankyH August 19, 2009 1:03 pm

Great to see him back playing well again. He's been a nobody lately, which has been stranger to see.

Hopefully he comes right against the Wallabies.

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Hackney Griffin August 19, 2009 1:07 pm

form... temporary

class... well he's got that in spades

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Anonymous August 19, 2009 1:20 pm

did anyone see the blatent bum grab and hold after number 11's try!!hahaha benders!

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Kearney for tests August 19, 2009 2:11 pm

Ha you're right. He left his hand there a split second too long to be just a congratulatory gesture.

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realrugby August 19, 2009 2:36 pm

I hope Rokocoko does find his form. He can be electrifying to watch. However, I gotta agree with 'Hackney Griffin' in that his form might be temporary because he's playing Northland. He SHOULD do what he did against Northland. Against the Wallabies and Boks? Not so sure.

Hopefully, he's back. We'll see this weekend.

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Stubbee August 19, 2009 2:48 pm

Andy: too bad you had nothing to contribute. Better luck next time. (*shakes head muttering 'Kids...')

Nice to see him back. Hope to see him in international form.

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Anonymous August 19, 2009 2:59 pm

EVERYONE WATCH 2:22.. HAHAHA.. IS THAT THE NEW ALL BLACK HAND SHAKE? LMAO

TRUE AUSSIE FAN! GIVE IT TO EM WALLABIES!

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ArranR August 19, 2009 5:11 pm

that wasn't just a freindly well done slap, that was a big gay bum grab haha

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sharkgeorge August 19, 2009 7:33 pm

Who is the BACKSIDE SNATCHER chocolate starfish lover slapping bum grabber?!!!!! HAHAHAHA what nonsense is that? mmmmm someone loves their team mates a bit tooooooo much

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poopaul August 19, 2009 7:36 pm

Ya actually can anyone shed some light on that SHIT... Anyone here who plays for their team and loves doing the bum slap care to explain it? What happened to a pat on the back? You see it more and more throughout rugby, guys getting slaps on the arse. Whats up with that?

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pingpongjon August 19, 2009 7:39 pm

So thats what a brian moore gay slap is?

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Greiffel August 19, 2009 7:54 pm

I've got no idea what you guys are talking about..

oh wait, this?
ze bum grabber

:P

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poopaul August 19, 2009 7:58 pm

hahahahahah well done greifel!
Guys i just watched the tribute vid linked under this vid. wow its such a reminder of the class joe has. And i love the history in the fact that henry has dropped him before and then brought him back for the aussie test where he had a great game! its all over again this weekend and i hope he comes through. Go roks!

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oLd Faggy Hag sTucK August 19, 2009 7:59 pm

I dont know but on the field everyone just turns gay... if i do something good for the team its bum grabs galore!!!!!

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Davrob August 19, 2009 8:01 pm

lmfao at this kids name^^^ :)

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Anonymous August 19, 2009 10:24 pm

They should have gone to the TMO for that second try, I think he was in touch...

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Lennox August 20, 2009 2:14 am

Wow, that wasn't a slap, he went in for a full on gay grab.
What a pillow biter.

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Joost August 20, 2009 2:25 am

At 2:22.. that's just sheer gayness

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Anonymous August 20, 2009 7:10 am

George Gregan used to do it all the time with Joe Roff.

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Anonymous August 20, 2009 12:42 pm

lol how gay is that!

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Dave August 20, 2009 1:02 pm

Great to see Roks back playing well again. Great hands by him too for those other trys

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Ben August 20, 2009 3:01 pm

@anonymous some posts above:

like one of the commentators said, there's no TMO in the Air New Zealand Cup...
Hope Joe racks up a big one in Sydney.

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creggs08 August 21, 2009 7:44 pm

no prizes for guessing who dropped there soap in the shower that night lol

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