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Saturday, September 19, 2009

All Blacks beat Wallabies to end Tri Nations on a high

All Blacks beat Wallabies to end Tri Nations on a high

The final match of the Tri Nations was won 33-6 by New Zealand as they managed to avoid becoming the first ever All Black side to lose three home matches in a year.

It was pretty much a dead rubber as South Africa had already won the Tri Nations title, but pride was at stake as neither Australia nor New Zealand gave up.

The loss for the Wallabies means that they ended the tournament at the bottom of the table, with just one win from six matches.

The All Blacks finished second, eight points behind South Africa with three wins from six after this emphatic win over their neighbours.

Following kicks exchanged by Matt Giteau, Dan Carter, and Berrick Barnes, Corey Jane scored the first try of the match after getting above James OConnor to claim a high kick from Mils Muliaina.

The All Blacks went into the break with a 16-6 lead, before a penalty from Carter and two late tries killed off the visitors.

Maa Nonu showed his strength as he barged through two tackles to score. Joe Rokocoko was also impressive, as he looked for work and was rewarded on the stroke of full time with a try in the corner.

The win means that the All Blacks have comfortably retained the Bledisloe Cup.

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all black jack September 19, 2009 12:24 pm

First

aussies were shit

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Phil September 19, 2009 1:44 pm

Disappointing game.

It was frustrating to watch and even moreso as a Wallabies supporter. Everytime the ABs turned over a ball, I jumped at the screen and shouted "not another one!" Too few at the breakdown. I suppose the ABs were just hungrier for a win.

Ah well...good to see Joe Rokocoko getting into it again. And O'Connor is a slippery one sometimes :)

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Anonymous September 19, 2009 2:31 pm

All Blacks played pretty damn well, shame to see aussi go down like that after their previous performance against SA

Also, could we have the clip of Dan Carter getting absoulutly smashed at some point in the 2nd half? Seriously one of the hardest tackles i've ever seen, I can't believe he got up from that

Jim

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vinniechan September 19, 2009 3:20 pm

Um...
I do like the brand of rugby they played 2nite. At least both were unafraid to retain the ball instead of endless kicking.

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Anonymous September 19, 2009 3:41 pm

Great power from Nonu

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David September 19, 2009 5:05 pm

lol go nuts Joe =)

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Anonymous September 19, 2009 5:06 pm

Im glad this game wasnt a kick fest. It was brutal at the breakdown, great breaks and support play by the AB's, kinda hoped it was closer but the all blacks were too good this time.

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whippetmania September 19, 2009 8:07 pm

o'connor seriously didn't commit himself to the high ball for jane's try. i think rwc07 showed just how important a competent fullback is...

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alexmclaughlin September 19, 2009 8:27 pm

well then. looks like graham henry might live life as a coach a bit longer

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Anonymous September 19, 2009 9:49 pm

how ironic that the first ab try comes from the same ''boring'' type of rugger they have been critical of the BOKS for...eat your words henry - what was the score in perth???Short memory for a coach... at least the ab's will think that they are better than they actually are - no denying oz were shit!!!

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Anonymous September 19, 2009 9:50 pm

vinnie chan - do you even know rugby ??? check out the stats in the last ab v bok match and you will see that the ab's kicked more than the boks!!! It's just that the boks have the best defence in world rugby at the moment, best kickers, best everything!!! DEAL WITH IT MATE INSTEAD OF THE SOUR GRAPES!!! Oh yeah and what about the perth match ???? my thoughts EXACTLY!!!!

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Anonymous September 19, 2009 9:51 pm

oz were shit!!

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Anonymous September 19, 2009 9:52 pm

never seen an oz team play that badly!???

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Anonymous September 19, 2009 10:18 pm

Can someone say who the AB No.6 was?

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Anonymous September 19, 2009 10:36 pm

Biggest frustraion as an wallaby fan is the inconsistancy of this team. Potential is certainly there. The fact that Robbie Deans has gone with youth in this team shows he is thinking long term. Hopefully these experiences serve as 'growing pains' for the aussies and they'll be better off in the long run (ie World Cup).

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T September 19, 2009 11:03 pm

AB's no.6 was Adam Thompson.

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Anonymous September 19, 2009 11:15 pm

Whatever happened to the Wallabies that thumped the Springboks only two weeks ago?

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Anonymous September 19, 2009 11:35 pm

lets settle down a bit SA. you're a pretty good team but you've still been beat by the lions and the Ozzies this year and you came away tryless in both of those defeats.

summary - good team but not all that. benefiting from a very poor Aus side (nothing without mortlock) and a young and transitioning ABs team missing a massive number of top internationals.

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Jon September 20, 2009 1:01 am

The Aussies lost the game at the breakdown and with poor handling.
Mccaw dominated and Carter controlled the game really well.
Australia couldn't build any pressure, because they just kept turning over the ball.
Poor from the Aussies, good from the kiwis.
In a month we'll have one last rematch for the year and hopefully it'll be a better performance from the Aussies.

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 1:03 am

to the Anon above.

The Lions game that the Springboks lost was due to making 10 CHANGES to the starting team, so you can basically call that a B team.

The loss to the Wallabies was one of those things, when the ref allows the opposition to dive into the rucks from everywhere.

Don't try and down play how good the Springboks are, as they are the World Champions, Trination Champions, Lion tamers, Freedom cup, Mandela plate... you can count super 14 if you want... hell, if they were eligible to win the Bledisloe they would have that too, I suggest you be quite, you bitter kiwi.

SPRINGBOKS 3... ALL BLACKS 0

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realrugby September 20, 2009 1:03 am

If you're an AB fan, hope that they're ironing out all the wrinkles now for the '11 RWC. 4 years ago, they were unbeatable, but blew it in the '07 RWC.

And, if you're a SA fan, hope that they're not peaking too early like the AB's did before the last WC, only to blow it in the WC.

And, if you're an Aussie fan....

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 1:04 am

Oh, lets not forget who #1 ranked team is in the world. SPRINGBOKS.

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 1:06 am

Funny, the New Zealand fans have nothing to stand on, the Springboks have everything - so they try and downplay our greatness. How pathetic.

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realrugby September 20, 2009 1:54 am

... if you're an Aussie fan, Argentina joins the "Four Nations" in 2012.

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 1:59 am

adam thompson and cory jane were gold, shame we didn't use them more often this year.

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Jocko September 20, 2009 2:24 am

South African fans are the cockiest bastards in rugby, When the kiwis dominated everything (Except the world cup) all those years, i didnt see them boasting and going on about all the comps they had won..

But hey we still hammered you guys in brisbane, you guys didnt even score a try.. hahaha

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 2:26 am

Massive performance from the All Blacks and great first debut for Tom Donelly I thought he was good at the lineout and awesome around the park especially when he cut down Rocky Elsom and made a crucial tackle.

The Wallabies don't suck they've won the RWC more times than we have maybe last night they weren't as good as they usually are but South Africa are the best in the world at the moment no doubt about it and they deserve to be ranked no.1

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 3:00 am

Jocko, keep dreaming... You beat a team with a scrumhalf playing full back, a small weak center playing wing and a journeyman slow wing.

Give yourself a clap, you lost twice to the Springboks and three times to the All Blacks, enjoy your wooden spoon, we'll enjoy our Trinations Trophy. Looks like you lost 5 out of 6 in this years TN, that must feel like a real goal to achieve.

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Jocko September 20, 2009 3:45 am

Excuses, Excuses!! Haha

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 5:35 am

Jocko, how do you feel about your 1 win out of 6 games?

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japanmannz September 20, 2009 6:03 am

there is no denying that SA are the best team in world rugby at the moment, this coming from a all blacks fan. BUT, and this is a big but, there are still 2 years before the RWC and ALOT of things can happen before then. plus NZ have field advange which is a big plus as even though SA beat them this year, NZ has a winning average both at home and away over ANY team. lets see what happens in 2 years!

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granite September 20, 2009 6:19 am

I watched the first half live, then had to leave to go out for the evening. While we (Aus) were down 16 - 6, I felt that we would at least make a game of it in the 2nd half. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard the final score line.

I was surprised to see most people's comments about how bad the Aussies were. I didn't get that impression from the first half at all. Perhaps the 2nd half was much worse?

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 8:20 am

Ma Nonu beat 5 players scoring that try, Will Genia went flying! Great fend and great try... why didn't they play like that all year? Springbok toolbags wouldn't have had a chance. God dam bok skum, thank god they have a history of huge inconsistence and we won't see them win again next year.

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Alex September 20, 2009 8:20 am

hahaha well said

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 8:50 am

I saw that Nonu try where he sent Genia flying. Thought I saw a shadow of Lomu there.

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 9:22 am

To the Anon bitter Kiwi above...

He didn't play like that against the Springboks because they didn't allow him too? Sure you can crush an Australian team that doesn't try. To bad its 3-0 to the Boks.

Don't be bitter, just because we have the World Cup and every other cup.

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MikeB September 20, 2009 9:34 am

Good game (from the ABs perspective mainly). All the tri-nations games have been pretty high scoring no? There haven't been any 6-9 type games.

Hopefully Henry and co bring on some more younger players for the end of year tour, ie Cruden, Guilford, Whitelock, Ellison.. It would be a shame not to use this injury plagued year as a time to try them out.

When the likes of Kahui, Williams, Chris Jack, Hayman???, Mealamu are back the ABs should retake the no1 spot.

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 11:36 am

as an all black fan it was good to see at least ONE performance in the trinations we could be pround of, even if it did come after the cup was won by the impressive boks. i have to say i fear that sivivatu will be back after his injury........that guy is horrible, worst winger i have ever seen. as a NZ fan i want someone to put him in a truck and drive off a bridge, cos cory jane was great. not only did he have more flashes of brilliance than sivivatu (who does have flashes of good play) but he didnt fumble the ball and make poor decisions. im begging you graham.......KEEP SIVIVATU OUT. toeava had a good one too, but i still think conrad smith and luke mcalister are great players.

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 12:08 pm

WORLD CUP RECORDS:
BOKS 2
OZ 2
NZ UMMMMM 1 (NONE WHEN THE GAME TURNED PROFESSIONAL )

AB'S ARE JUST DAMN JEALOUS!! Because they know and the whole rugby world know that the BOKS have beaten them at home this year and last year - ummm where's the next RWC - OH yeah it's in NZ ... where the Boks keep winning - that's what all AB (asshole fans above ) are TRULEY SCARED OF!!!!Keep your overrated coach who says mindless things after matches - the thing is it just grates on all AB fans that they aren't as good as the BOKS come World cup time ( and this from a non-bok fan!) SOUR GRAPES IS ALL I CAN SEE FROM THE AB CAMP!!

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 12:14 pm

As a 100% PROUD BOK FAN, I know that most TRUE AB rugby fans have a great respect for us as a rugby nation and we them - so I'm not going to sit and justify our world ranking to any of the above ''ab fans'' who hide behind their pc's and pretend to be rugby fans when their comments confirm that they are actually football hooligans.
Well done to the AB's on a great win, and to OZ - you are a young team who are only gana get better!
Thanks for a great 3N - see you both next year!!

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sebastian September 20, 2009 2:15 pm

kinda sad that the aussies cant turn a one man overlap into a try, its bad when u cant make a yellow card hurt (scoreline-wise) ur opposition u allways gonna lose

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 3:44 pm

I sincerely hope this doesn't get deleted for being unrelated, but Jonah Lomu is making a comeback to rugby! It's on youtube and everything! Or you could google it if you want.

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granite September 20, 2009 3:46 pm

Sebastian said:
"kinda sad that the aussies cant turn a one man overlap into a try"

I'm pretty sure Australia has failed in previous games too. My mates and I picked it as soon as Toeava was shown the card. A bit sad, really.

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Huh!! the 3rd September 20, 2009 5:32 pm

I have to kind of agree with Jocko. I like the fact that the Springboks seem to have collective amnesia about last years wooden spoon.

I like to see a team other than ABs win 3N every now and again, or every 5 years, but some of the Bok posters on here make me wish NZ had won the damn thing again.

To an above Anon poster, regarding the 3rd Lions test, it wasn't 10 changes, 8 at most where the Lions had to make 7 changes and one positional from 2nd test.

Chiliboy, Bekker, Broseuw, Steyn, both centres, both wings = 8. Fourie was an improvement on Jacobs.

Sheridan, Vickery, Worsely, M Williams, Flutey, Bowe to 13, S Williams, Monye = 8

Massively disappointed with Aussies this season. But they are young and will improve.

Toeva had a great game, what a difference from Donald. And the defense on Giteau was top class, he didn't have time all day.

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 5:53 pm

Great game to watch. It was nice to see the AB's getting a bit of attacking rhythm together. It felt like the aussie pack didn't turn up. and some useful players such as Ginea and O'Conner were quiet. It's a shame because that Aus vs. SA was a great match to watch. I don't think many teams can touch them when they're on form, it's just a shame that form doesn't turn up to often....

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 6:00 pm

All this anger! You all know Argentina will clean up at the world cup and the 4 nations will staying there! So all the abovis is just a waste of time!

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 8:28 pm

Love the way the Ozzies and Kiwis suddenly band together when it suits them...would be hilarious if it wasn't so sad!

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felix September 20, 2009 9:10 pm

i'm the anonymous person above that seemed to start the slagfest - i tried to put my name but it didn't register - "felix"
to the anonymous who told me to be 'quite', you surely meant 'quiet'.
great way to make a mockery of your point!

anyway, the bok fans seem to protest too much. i think you know i am right. SA are benefitting from the weakness of the rest of the teams in the competition at the moment.

thanks for the SA RWC x 2, AUS RWC x2, NZ rwc x 1 and SA 3 - NZ 0 stats.

here's one for you :
Trinations
NZ = 9
SA = 3
Aus = 2

this is during the professional era i believe?

my point stands - the boks is good. but not great, just better than the competition on average at the moment.
best team of the pro era is still the England world cup winning team in 04. best all round balance and quality i have ever seen.

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felix September 20, 2009 9:23 pm

err... ^ england team in rwc 03 of course...

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boomshanka September 20, 2009 10:23 pm

Man... i gotta say, great game (for the ABs) but...

Henry needs a lobotomy.
A meaningless game and he plays a solitary new cap?

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 10:27 pm

To huh!!! the 3rd, it was 10, google it.

Chilliboy, Kankowski, Zane Kirchner, Odwa ndungane, Olivier, Fourie, Muller, Jongi Nokwe... Lets not forget that Fourie du Preez got injured before half time and an out of form Pienaar had to play there, a position he had not played for some time.

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 10:40 pm

ha ha, arrogant Saffa supporters - 'how unusual'

i'm sure in a few years it'll be revealed that Habana is actually a woman

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 11:17 pm

Habana a woman?? Jeez dude that's just weak!! Instead of insulting the Boks it actually degrades you guys - if he was a woman then that means you idiots have let a female run circles around and lines through you these last few years! You've just made yourself look like a real floppy dick, hilarious..!!!

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Anonymous September 20, 2009 11:44 pm

What a stupid comment to the bitter anon above.

Rugby is the universe, and Habana is King. Bow down to him.

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James September 21, 2009 12:59 am

Hey NEWSFLASH, we're all rugby fans here - why don't we NOT insult each other and other teams/supporters/countries?

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Anonymous September 21, 2009 1:24 am

James, the answer to that question is simple. Bitterness.

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Anonymous September 21, 2009 2:19 am

its been a while since habana has run circles around anyone, the guy (like roko) seems to have lost a fair bit of that magic pace he used to have. Its sad, but i guess thats what happens with old age? Habana could be a women.... he has worn alot of padding in the last couple of years... ha ha

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wheatley September 21, 2009 3:48 am

Jesus, it's like a bunch of 15 year old girls fighting in here. I'm surprised I didn't see a comment along the lines of "yeah, well, those jeans make your ass look fat!"

I almost feel speechless after reading all that crap. All I can say about the match is when will the Wallabies learn that if you're losing the rucks, you've got two options a) commit more support at the breakdown or b) get the ball out fast enough to make the other side pay for committing too many defenders.

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Anonymous September 21, 2009 6:28 am

Habana has had some very bad hamstring injuries since 2007 rwc, but he is reaching his old speed again.

He is easily the hardest working back I've ever seen, next time he plays, watch how he is on the constant move, either to cover on the other wing (lachie turner knows) or to run a perfect inside line to score. He wears the standard padding, don't forget he is beefed, at 90kg+.

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Anonymous September 21, 2009 10:12 am

there is no way habana wears standard padding... have a look at 2009 bulls vs brumbies when he is run down by that young aussie kid. It looks like he is running on the spot, however he has looked more explosive since he got rid of that stupid padding. Still quick, just not what he once was.

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Alex September 21, 2009 10:15 am

90kg's isn't that beefed, Hosea Gear is 103kgs and quick as lightening... Pitty he never gets a crack by henry... Would love to see those boys race on a track, that would be awsome!

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Anonymous September 21, 2009 11:35 am

Alex, for someone who is under 6 foot it is pretty beefed.

Perhaps he was wearing the extra padding due to an injury.

He can adapt though, he is still a massive threat on attack, look at Perth.. 2 tries.

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Anonymous September 21, 2009 11:36 am

When he was at top speed, he was sitting in the 85kg area.

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Huh!! the 3rd September 21, 2009 4:09 pm

My bad Anon, I forgot about Kansowski and Kirchner and mixed up Muller and Bekker. In my defense, they did have pretty anonymous games.

On the whole Habana debate, he's 5'8 and weighs 85kg. People have to admit thats impressive. For his work rate alone, I'd take him anyday over every other winger in Rugby, besides Dougie Howlett, and he's already here in Munster.

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Anonymous September 22, 2009 3:49 am

Habana is 5'8??

I had no idea he was so small, pretty impressive.

I used to think size was everything but seeing Cory Jane and Anthony Tuitavake be so dominate in NZ rugby over the last couple of years has proved me wrong.

Don't get me wrong, Big wingers like Gear/Roks are great still.

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felix September 22, 2009 7:10 pm

bryan habana is not 5'8"
he is just over 5'10" - 1.79m

check his bulls profile

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Anonymous September 23, 2009 3:45 am

George Smith at No.8?

Confusing.

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