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All Black player interviews after Bledisloe Cup win in Wellington

Nonu pretty upset with himself. Not sure if it's because he was expecting a ban or if it's just that he hasn't played up to his usual high standards for the last couple of games. If Conrad Smith is taking a break later this year I doubt they'll drop Nonu in a hurry though

2 Years, 6 Days ago

All Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup with Wellington win over Wallabies

Instead of speaking hypothetically, what if we talk about the game on the weekend and look at specific types of penalties? Seven times the ABs were penalised in their own 22 while the Wallabies had the ball. That includes ruck infringements and killing off an attack by being offside. Shocking, I know, that's almost one cynical penalty every ten minutes.

And take a guess how many times the Wallabies were penalised in their own 22 while the ABs had the ball? Seven. These are not penalties for accidental offside or dropping a binding the scrum. They are only defensive ruck infringements and offside in the 22m.

Please explain to me how that is uneven?

2 Years, 1 Week ago

All Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup with Wellington win over Wallabies

Those stats can very easily be refuted. It's quite simple - if you enter a ruck from the side, you get penalised, if you fly across a ruck and smack a guy in the face with your elbow in front of the ref, you get carded. The number of penalties and cards is not correlated.

You talk about the world cup final but neglect to mention McCaw was headbutted and eye gouged and Woodock stamped on after the whistle yet no cards. How is that one sided?

2 Years, 1 Week ago

All Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup with Wellington win over Wallabies

When you say kiwi fans crucify you, do you mean they kill your argument backed up with stats and examples?

Last week the ABs lost the penalties 11-6 and were carded once and everyone said we should have been carded more. This week the Aussies lost the penalties 16-8 and everyone says the ABs should have been carded more. How does that work? You can't have it both ways.

Oh, it was penalties in the red zone you say? I'm watching the replay now and am 42 minutes in. So far, I have seen Toomua get penalised for exactly the same offence as A Smith (not releasing, 1m from the try line) then Moore also came in from the side in the same advantage. The Wallabies were penalised 4 times in 8 minutes but not even a warning. Moore himself, was penalised 3 times in 27 minutes. Next, Lealiifano was penalised for offside 1m from the try line in the lead up to second try. No card. I'm 42 minutes in and have counted 10 penalties (including that one under advantage).

Yet the ABs had poor discipline in the red zone and deserved to be carded according to everyone?

Is it a conspiracy? No, it's natural that people want to complain about the best team. Of course Kiwis don't sit around whinging about the ref after we win. We might do it after we lose but that doesn't happen to often.

2 Years, 1 Week ago

Midweek Madness - Damien Traille takes a dive and gets player sinbinned

I love the total look of anguish on his face as he goes down as if he's just been stabbed in the stomach, rather than barely tackled. A flop to milk the 10m penalty would have been one thing but this next-level actressing takes it into the football realm

2 Years, 1 Week ago

The All Blacks crush the Wallabies in Bledisloe One in Sydney

ABs will also be concerned that they conceded 29. Last year they turned around a 27-19 win in Sydney and pulled off 22-0 in Auckland the next week. They'll need to be more careful about their kickable penalty count and clean up the malfunctioning line out.

McKenzie may be glad to get his two AB games out of the way early in the honeymoon then build for the next twelve months.

2 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Chris Masoe finds new role as touchjudge after assistant ref injury

Oh I love rugby. Assistant ref goes down with a nasty injury and still walks off. Not sure about that medic though, supporting him on the wrong side, looked painful.

2 Years, 3 Weeks ago

The Top 5 Finals Moments of All Time

I actually really like all of the extra non-rugby moments. Everyone complaining that Jonny's 2003 droppie wasn't included is missing the point. Buzzer beaters happen all the time, exciting but not necessarily as quirky, interesting or rare as a swarm of bees, random fog, a drop-goal off or a nation united. #2 was obviously just there for the Aussies.

Anyone missing Jonny's goal can go watch the buzzer beaters vid again

2 Years, 3 Weeks ago

The Magic Of Bledisloe, featuring the George Gregan miracle tackle in 1994

Nice tackle but even better...

I'm only 6 years late but that link above about Gregan ruining Jeff's holiday is sooooo effing funny. My girlfriend raced into the room thinking I was having a seizure

2 Years, 1 Month ago

Schoolboy suffers horrific double break below the knee - Injury update

Get well mate. A friend of mine had the same injury in school, playing soccer of all things. He was eventually back on his feet and became a pro cyclist. Don't let this stop you!

2 Years, 1 Month ago