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Hurricanes and British & Irish Lions play out thrilling draw in Wellington

His reasoning for the 'geographicals' was sound, but that is perhaps where he has a little less kiwi in him...

NZ have 'A' players in a squad, they also have a large number of 'A' players that they can call up to their squad, meaning their team may not be 'first choice' completely, but their depth means they have borderline full strength. Lions seem to have skipped the 'A' players to call up, and perhaps gone right through to idk, C players or something... But why?!? If in training they get 4 torn backsides and a couple broken legs, what will he do? All of a sudden he'll have to bypass the new call ups, to call up some genuine stand ins....

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Hurricanes and British & Irish Lions play out thrilling draw in Wellington

Got to say, I feel somewhat sorry for Gatland when I take into account the media parasites..

I don't know how I feel, I've been critical of his initial selections, critical of his call ups, but now, it makes me think it must be a bloody hard job and media drawing clowns etc are a bit pathetic.

I am however very concerned about how influenced he's been regarding his selections...Either it's water off a duck's back and he doesn't care about influences and he plays whoever he wants, or he does care... I mean there are probably plenty 'brits' out in NZ that could have squeezed into a lions shirt and sat on the bench without causing a detriment to the international teams in the vicinity all for the sake of being bums on sub seats...

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

All Blacks cruise to victory in bruising first Test with British & Irish Lions

I totally agree with you regarding the assessment of the AB's and their penalty and card tactics.

All teams give away penalties to save a try, but no one is as clever about it as the kiwis...and THAT is exactly what it is, CLEVER, no "cheaters" or any other sort of comments, it is a clever effort and they do so well not to draw attention to similar penalties or individuals committing penalties.

That being said, I watched the match and personally found the refereeing was pretty good all round... but then what do I know...

3 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Georgia score stunning try during lost to Argentina

Hahaha, I love the commentary.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago

David Halaifonua destroys Cory Allen with huge LEGAL hit

Best part of this video was the fact a bullshit call wasn't made!

4 Months, 22 Hours ago

New Zealand demolish England in the World Rugby U20 Championship final

....future is looking bright for the rest of the world...

4 Months, 2 Days ago

LIONS WATCH: Ben Te’o the unlikely hero

Very good point regarding support players. I have it in my mind that if it was an AB player that made a break they'd recognise who is supporting...For instance SOB was never going to be fast enough to keep up, but can do close quarter damage.

4 Months, 3 Days ago

British and Irish Lions bounce back against Maori All Blacks

Totally agree... Ridiculous display in th 6N

4 Months, 4 Days ago

All Blacks looking white hot as they demolish Samoa in rout

All Blacks playing top of the shelf stuff? Or were they playing ok against a horrendously outclassed opposition?

Or a bit of both?

Going to give those guys a massive boost ahead of the lions games....That said, it's not like they need it like other teams...They're still floating on the confidence of their prior achievements.

4 Months, 4 Days ago

Highlanders inflict second tour defeat for British and Irish Lions in Dunedin

I don't know if I ever thought the Lions had a decent chance....

I agree that in AB land it was always going to be a case of trying to limit the damage caused and perhaps scoring a couple in return to potentially win, but certainly getting beaten by provincial teams is not a good look.

It seems to me that this Lions team given maybe 4-5 months of training together, with a few games weekly against provincial sides during that time... then facing an AB team who has had maybe a week or so to prepare...MIGHT, have a chance.... but in it's current set up, with a little bit of training at home, little bit abroad, getting hammered by the locals and then facing the worlds best team.... it's not going to be pretty....imo...

But who knows... the AB's might choke..

4 Months, 1 Week ago