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Springboks survive Salta scare after excellent Argentina performance

Regarding players, ok, I see that, there are only a few names that are the same in the Scotland games.

Of course there is more to just rankings and of course it is important not to just put wins ahead of overall development. But there is also a good correlation between a teams standard and their rankings... NZ aren't hovering around number 1 just because it looks cool...

At some point Argentina has to pull out wins in order to improve. Perhaps playing just subs against 'winnable' teams isn't overly bright,

Anyway, as I've said, my point was not to insult or undersell the Argentine side.. I think we can all agree that they are not as good as NZ, SA, or Aus.. at least YET!!! Of course the future is bright I'm sure. My point was indeed to highlight how a team that can be seen to struggle against some, can smother the South Africans.. as if their style is a direct contradiction to the SA style.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Springboks survive Salta scare after excellent Argentina performance

Well, to be fair when was the last time Argentina played Fiji, Japan, Tonga and as far as Scotland is concerned... well did you see the results of the last game? So no, I don't think I will shut up with the rankings.

Did I say Argentina didn't improve? No. I am aware, as is the rest of the world, how much more organised they've become as a team. This is not the point I was trying to make.

"If you think the world starts and ends with the Bledisloe Cup, one day we┬┤ll come and snatch it before you realiza what happened."

Good luck doing that, you do realise you'll NEVER get the Bledisloe Cup, unless of course the layout of the competition gets drastically changed.

If you calm down a little and just read, no one is crying about anything, because SA won, so even if I felt all the decisions went against SA, I'd still be happy with the win wouldn't I?

The point I was indeed getting at is that Argentina, are NOT as good as the other nations, yet when they face SA they seem to close down the style that is so deadly to most other teams. Last year SA beat Australia by at least 20 points in both games, but they only beat Argentina by 5 points in one of their games.

As much as you must love them, Argentina are the underdogs of the Rugby Championship... They can play some great rugby, but all in all, they're not going to win it anytime soon. This is not an insult, this is a fact and lets face it Argentina's rugby is developing whereas the other nations rugby is already developed, so it's only natural they'd be behind.

So don't get defensive, "this is not soccer" - Nigel Owens. We can all talk to each other properly and without the need to go a little loopy.

:)

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

All Blacks put 50 on the Wallabies to continue Eden Park domination

I think it's crazy isn't it! You see them one week when 'your team' (any team) is facing them and you think "DAMN that was so close we NEARLY had them!".

You take some satisfaction in the fact that NZ looked uncomfortable, you NEARLY won and that you know your coach is going to drill your team to grind out that little bit extra they needed to seal the win. In all you suddenly feel confident heading into next weeks game...

Then the exact same NZ team come waltzing out (not a man has changed) and your now 'well drilled "we have that bit extra" team' gets turned into a bunch of amateur schoolboys by a team that looks like their strolling...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Springboks survive Salta scare after excellent Argentina performance

Thanks for the reply & information. I find that sometimes teams like SA struggle against others even though in theory they are a far stronger, more developed team.

I feel they don't often produce their best against Scotland, (and indeed Arg) when as I said, on paper/IRB rankings, they're a far more developed and successful team. It's almost as if their playing style meets it's match or gets closed down and they're quite often unable to adapt quickly. They're still the better team, so inevitably they eke out a win, but it's often nothing short of hard and close fought.

Interesting regarding the pitch size.. you'd expect International venues to have quite strict codes, I know some pitches have much smaller areas behind the posts, but surely the playing area of the pitch has to be a set size..

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Springboks survive Salta scare after excellent Argentina performance

I know this sounds very harsh and I apologise for the offence it will no doubt cause, BUT, are Argentina playing a lot better or do teams that tend to play them play worse than usual?

Of course, the Pumas are getting better, there is no doubt about that, but I wonder whether their style of play squashes other teams game plans or perhaps the naivety of teams facing the Pumas gets the better of them.

I know we can never do the old, 'we beat them, they beat you, therefore we would beat you' thing.. but I just mean when you consider the score here is 33-31 and then Argentina lost to Scotland 19-21.. I just have my doubts about whether the scoreline is as straightforward as it seems.. Also taking into consideration boks are number 2 in the world and Argentina are 12th...

Congratulations to the boks, commiserations to the pumas. Best of luck to you both in the upcoming games.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Friday Funnies - 'Meanwhile in New Zealand' Advert

Not sure if anyone is interested in this ice bucket challenge malarkey going on at the moment (another latest trend...) but here is dear Joost van der Westhuizan doing it. Hard to see a man of his calibre in the condition he is in, but I wish him all the best.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntQgJXwgIoM

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2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Otago score unbelievable set piece try in opening round of ITM Cup

That was an awesome move...

I can see it now... someone is going to try an emulate that and get absolutely SMASHED!

3 Months, 35 Minutes ago

Johan Goosen kicks huge drop goal on Top 14 debut

I'm with notso on this. On my screen it looked like the crossbar was in between the camera and the ball...

Also expecting players to behave themselves whilst off the pitch is a bit optimistic...

3 Months, 12 Hours ago

Learn more about Brad Thorn, one of the most decorated men in rugby

Interesting guy, great video. The other video beneath is great too 'his building blocks' one!

On the topic of the building blocks one, he seems like he'd be a great bloke to train with, seems like he's more interested in the effort that someone would put in that whether they can lift more or as much or less than him.

Core exercises seem key.

3 Months, 12 Hours ago

England win the Women's Rugby World Cup with victory over Canada

Womens rugby is all the more amazing when you consider this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/28835311

3 Months, 2 Days ago

 
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