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That's exactly what I thought. I'm really pleased to see the Aussie forwards carry and pass the ball like that, AND score tries. I thought that, and Cooper's running line for his try were exceptional pieces of skill.
I didn't watch the full match, but the Wallabies appear a bit more composed, particularly from their set piece play, than they have done for large periods this year. It's good to see them (hopefully) on the mend. I'm keen to see how Ireland go against the ABs this weekend, being the last match of their season. The thing I love about Ireland, is their capacity to be a really tenacious side. A home match, against a team on the verge of being the first to earn a perfect season in the professional in era, and who have never lost to them... I think the score might be slightly closer than many think. They certainly showed a lot of passion in the second test last year and against the Aussies at the WC. Something that the All Blacks will have to respect. I've been looking forward to this test for a while now, can't wait.
3 Months, 2 Weeks ago
I have been a die-hard All Blacks supporter for my entire life. And when they aren't playing the ABs, I support the Boks passionately as my adopted team. The match last night for me (and thousands of other fans and supporters) was supposed to be a showcase of the two best teams in test history playing some great rugby on my favourite ground in my home town of Auckland. What we got treated to was an appalling display of incompetency and poor judgment by the match official mixed in with some mostly stellar football.
What many people have already noted is that there is more than enough technology to utilise in international rugby fixtures to avoid the kinds of decisions that marred what should have been an epic match up with The Old Foe. Bismarck's tackle on Dan Carter was in my opinion one of the finest so far this international season. I was absolutely bemused when the ref carded him for it. The second incident was marginal, but in no way merited a card. I recall seeing Hosea Gear fend off Keith Earls in similar fashion last year - by the logic of consistency, should he not have been carded? Or Bismarck's fend been deemed legitimate?
I guess what I'm rambling on about is a huge lack of both consistency and logic to many refereeing decisions in the international game. I am of the firm belief that cards should only be given in clear and certain instances of foul play or misconduct - use the available technology to determine what is and is not legitimate, because a number of refs can't seem to do it properly themselves. Rugby is not endearing itself to new fans with the kinds of decisions that were made last night. It is frustrating for players, coaches and more significantly, the fans who just want to see their sides playing rugby the way it is meant to be played, without unnecessary interference from the match officials.
Whew. Rant over.
p.s. Cheers RD for the timely clip upload, you guys do a great job.
5 Months, 3 Weeks ago
Needs more Cian Healy.
Seriously, if he's not on that tour I will be greatly disappointed.
1 Year, 2 Months ago
Well said that man!
1 Year, 5 Months ago
I don't know where you're getting this idea that people in the South consider Argentina unworthy for inclusion the Southern Hemisphere competition. I have honestly not heard a single person in my group of friends and family say anything disparaging about Argentina. Quite the opposite actually. Since their performance in the 2007 World Cup I've been hoping that they would be included in an annual competition. Even in the media here in NZ I haven't heard anything negative about this. It's been known for a long time that Argentina would be included in the Tri Nations, and my impression is that people (in NZ anyway) have simply been eager to see how Argentina would fare. And so far from what I can tell, most people are pleased with the Pumas' efforts. Please don't think that just because we are from the Southern Hemisphere that we look down on other rugby nations, because for most real fans, that simply is not the case. Cheers.
1 Year, 5 Months ago
The Wallabies defense, I thought, was the best aspect of their game. The first half defense in particular was pretty decent and as Deans said, it was a solid effort to have only leaked one try. I reckon the ABs tried to rush a little bit, forced a few passes that weren't on, and just generally lacked patience. For the last half hour it was quite frustrating watching them create several genuine opportunities, only to not complete them. A prime example was Carter's pass virtually on the tryline near the end of the clip.
I thought the same at the end of 2010 that the Aussies were on the rise, but apart from their Tri Nations last year, they've been a bit up and down. I've never been one to blame a coach for a teams poor performances, but these last two tests make it seem like the Wallabies are just lost at the moment. Surely the coach is responsible for ensuring everyone is focussed on the task at hand. He's already had a number of years in charge of the Wallabies, and his record is hardly outstanding.Perhaps it is time to show him the door..
This game was a funny one. The Wallabies kicked away far too much possession, but the All Blacks failed to capitalise on that too many times. And Australia seemed to lack any attacking drive at all, which is very out of character for them. The game flowed better than last week, but I still think the All Blacks are a little disjointed. It was overall a good display from them, but there are still things to be worked on. Australia will need to step it up big time against the Boks, and Argentina at home judging by this morning's result.
1 Year, 6 Months ago
Umm, because they won last week as well..
1 Year, 6 Months ago
Also, he's usually a very sound kicker, so in that regard he's a pretty valuable player.
1 Year, 11 Months ago
Yea I know what you mean, he often makes mistakes at crucial times which put his team under a lot of pressure. He was described in the paper here yesterday as 'admirable but limited', which is probably a fairly accurate description. When he plays for Auckland he certainly looks capable, but can still look a bit out of his depth. I think his biggest issue is that he often bites off a bit more than he can chew, tries to be more adventurous than perhaps his core skills allow.
Personally, I think he's a handy player but many people do think he's out of his depth when playing Super Rugby. But at provincial level he's generally a great player.
1 Year, 11 Months ago
Yea I also think this has to be one of the more exciting and intense 6 nations matches I've seen for a wee while. The determination was visible from both sides, and I'm really impressed with the way Wales is developing into an even greater threat. It also appears that England can look forward to bigger and brighter things with the talent they have in this squad. I can't wait to see a really dominant English side again. If only they used their backs a little more and scored a few more tries ;) However, I think credit goes to the Welsh defense in this match at least, as they drifted and scrambled brilliantly.
Also, how good is Warburton? Quickly becoming one of my favourite players. His tackle was perfect in every sense. It won't be long until he's the premier openside in the world (if he isn't close to that already).
Cheers for the highlights reel RD.
2 Years, 1 Week ago