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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..

4 Days, 4 Hours 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.

4 Days, 8 Hours 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.

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4 Days, 15 Hours 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!

1 Week, 3 Hours 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...

1 Week, 15 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.

1 Week, 15 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:

1 Week, 2 Days ago

The Top 5 Best Haka Responses ever!

Sorry, just to add, it's great that he has embraced the culture of the country he was born into. But as you mentioned above, it's...well..odd..

1 Week, 3 Days ago

The Top 5 Best Haka Responses ever!

I actually knew that one haha.. but what I meant was, there is far more weight when a pacific islander is doing what is; in general terms, a tradition that can be put into the 'pacific islands' category...

Ali Williams (heaven forbid Shane Williams ever does the haka with the same bug eyed, tongue wagging manoeuvres), is a white guy (I mean it doesn't get a whole lot whiter before you end up in the Albino section) and he is there acting as if his forefathers were on the winning side of the Boyd massacre..

1 Week, 3 Days ago

The Top 5 Best Haka Responses ever!

I've read that the Haka was traditionally done before each away game rather than home game... but THEN I've also read that apparently it was a requirement before the game as a form of pre game entertainment and that the Maori's hated doing it Whether that is bull I don't know.

I have no problem with Caucasians doing the haka as 'seat fillers' as such, but when you see Umaga in the first ever Kapa O Pango performed he looks brilliant, 'the real McCoy'.. If you stuck a Ali Williams in there in Umagas stead, he'd look like a right twit.

I think before judging whether the haka has past it's sell by date, it might be worth seeing how the smaller nations such as the Tongans, Fijians, Samoans etc carry our their versions of the haka. Do they perform them for welcoming parties? etc..

I enjoy the spectacle that is the Haka when performed by someone who looks like they've got some decent ancestral history going on there, as long as they expect and respect the fact that by having the privilege to perform it, they also rightly open the doors to a reaction. (Well them and the IRB!)

1 Week, 3 Days ago

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