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South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

You do realise that at a glance you've written more or less the same amount as I have. My definition of "in the past" in this respect is that, I do not hold a grudge over the fact your opinion differs from mine. The fact you continue to throw in little 'jibes' shows you'd be far more suited to https://www.youtube.com

If you want to try again and join in on further topics come join the latest videos, there is one about Warburton, I'm sure you can put your valuable opinion on that.

4 Weeks, 11 Hours ago

Catch up with Wales captain Sam Warburton on Total Rugby

Gavin Henson...as in "I don't want to play for this club anymore because I'm not starting in the position I want after only coming off the bench for them once" Gavin Henson? What a joke, no wonder the Canadians got pumped by the US...

Ah... wait, it's you again...

4 Weeks, 14 Hours ago

South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

@green and gold and Stroudos.

In all fairness, I don't think either green and gold nor myself were suggesting that anything is fact, indeed he (or she?) did say "I think we may be finding correlations where none exist" - But there is an interesting point made with regards to the most comfortable route to the finals and again above regarding how there are many people WITHIN rugby that might like a bigger slice of pie.

G&G has just put his doubt on match fixing as far as players and coaches, but is it really that hard to believe that indeed players or coaches could be involved in it? I mean match fixing is not too far from the bloodgate scandal now is it? Look how far rugby has moved, coaches have always had opinions but look at Sir Al-oh wait, Richard Cockerill... that guy has a damn big mouth on him and he is not afraid to open it. I know we don't want referees getting away with awful decisions, but I also don't want referees too terrified to make a decision in case loudmouth Cockers gets on the case. - Anyway that is about referees...

G&G did mention a team perhaps dropping one match to make an easier route to the final as a potential but probably unrealistic idea. Of course it sounds far fetched and I don't for a second suggest it would happen but taking NZ for instance and looking at their route you'll see that above in a previous comment I've mapped out possible winners and runners up leading up to the semi's... NZ has to play SA in the semi's this is a hard match, but if NZ dropped one pool match then things could look a lot different - Again capital denotes winner of pool, lower case is runner up.

A-Aus v b-Scot ------- Aus

C-Arg v d-Ire ------- ARG/IRE - Can't choose..

B-SA v a-Eng ------- SA

D-Fra v c-NZ ------- NZ - Potentially difficult?

So the semis become:

ARG/IRE vs SA - Lets say SA win

NZ vs Aus - Current form I'd suggest NZ would win...

So the final is now NZ vs SA.... rather than semi...

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

Couldn't agree more. Whether we're right in the theory of NH vs SH or not, it's certainly the case that rugby has become a business for many, it also requires a huge amount of money to keep it up and running.

Think of how many million people in the UK for instance who don't care about rugby will switch off and not bother with the competition if/when England get knocked out. At least if you have a NH side, you may get hangers on wanting to see revenge on the SH bullies...

Plus also it promotes a 'global' feel to the whole tournament, it's the Rugby WORLD cup, not the Rugby Hemisphere cup, so hey, why not make an 'easy' route to get at least one; at the moment, lagging NH side into the final...

Of course as said, it does sound very 'tin hat' but it does make you wonder. I agree that at the time of the draws etc etc, that surely the most sensible routes should be made so that the number 1 and number 2 sides; again at the time of the draw, should meet in the final..

4 Weeks, 2 Days ago

South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

Firstly SA are number 2 in the world, so the following is not saying that Scotland would have beaten them if/but/when/shouldacouldawoulda etc..

I don't think anyone would deny this was an 'under strength' Scottish side. That of course; as you mention, does not mean that a full strength Scottish side would have had a great result. It also highlights the differences between the depths of the Scots and the Saffas teams (when you consider this was very much an understrength SA team!), but as you highlighted SA have 6 professional teams in the Super rugby compared to only 2 professional teams in Scotland (I think)... This isn't an excuse it's merely a factor as to why they're not quite the standard that the Scots would like them to be. When you consider that 6 pro teams picking their best players would field a total of 90 players on any given day, of which SA can take pick of, compared to Scotlands dire 30.. I've simplified the matter greatly here I know...

I've mentioned in a previous comment that I'm not sure whether Scotland only has say 8-9 great players and the rest are making up numbers or whether they have 15 decent players but they don't know how to play together...

I find it quite alarming how Scotland dropped so fast and have never quite recovered... They seemed to have a decent run in the 5 nations, dancing around the table from year to year, then in 1999 the last 5N they won it, the following year when Italy joined, the Scots got smashed around the competition and have never quite recovered. There always seems to be a good result which spawns the comments such as "this is it, Scotland now have faith, they know they can WIN matches, they know they can score tries" then the next game it's a hammering followed by "we must do better"... Hopefully Cotter can help them out the rut.

1 Month, 2 Hours ago

South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

Just taking the liberty to show you how interesting your posts are:

A quote from one of your posts..

"DirtyLittleScrumbag June 23, 2014 9:34 pm

Don't be an idiot..."

Interesting, didn't you JUST say "There hasn't been, and won't be, any abuse in any of my posts"...

Look, I get it's not exactly the most heart breaking thing I've been called and frankly this is all very over done, we can both be a little more grown up, but as Clint Eastwood once said, "Don't piss down my leg and tell me it's raining!'

1 Month, 14 Hours ago

South Africa maintain home record with dramatic last ditch win over Wales

Yawn...

I'm not sure why I'm bothered by someone who thinks a referee shouldn't award a penalty try AND a card to someone because he already carded a player on their team...

..you're boring me on here and you're lagging behind. There have been many more topics on this site since this one. Don't hold onto this Welsh loss, it's in the past as is this whole affair between yourself and I (for me anyway)... I look forward to catching up on the next topic we disagree on.

Until then, take care.

Kind regards

Wannabe Mod..

1 Month, 15 Hours ago

South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

Couldn't agree more, being one of the 'big lads' at colts grade and a smidge before, I found my height and weight for that age group was pretty easy to use to my advantage and without sounding like a dick, looking back, I found the game 'easy'. I did my job as a second row/back row and that was it, I could 'grab' the younger guys and throw my weight around (in a positive manner) as soon as I stepped up into senior rugby, I realised how much more I enjoyed rugby when I had to work at it, I couldn't rely on 'grabbing' guys, I had to actually TACKLE them, I had to work hard and had to fight for everything. My tackling and running improved ten fold, handling was still needs more work, kicking...well...kicking RARELY happens, I've chipped through once or twice, fortunately I was able to chase on and get a try from one, the other we shall not speak about...

A pack weighing in at a metric ton is all very well and good, but if they look at the ball through their monobrows with confusion and aren't sure whether to sit on it to keep it warm or try and cook it then they're going to get shown up badly by a pack half the size!

1 Month, 19 Hours ago

South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

I think he is referring to IRB rankings at the moment which puts NZ at 1 and SA at 2 and how it will pan out in the RWC...

I took the liberty of guessing the winners of pool A, B, C, D and base this on nothing other than 'filling in' so apologies if I've included teams that people do not agree with...

Capital A, B, C, D denotes the winner of the group, lower case denotes runner up of the group..

A-Aus v b-Scot ------- Aus

C-NZ v d-Ire ------- NZ

B-SA v a-Eng ------- SA

D-Fra v c-Arg ------- FRA

I've picked all the winners of their own groups at this stage just for ease, so Australia, NZ, SA and FRA all 'won' their games in the quarters...


So then if all turns out like the above, we'd get; in the semi:

NZ vs SA
and
Fra vs Aus

Hence rank 1 and 2 vs each other in the semi - I'll go no further in my guessing :D

So to answer the question... No idea - I'm not sure if that is how the teams are drawn and whether it's luck of the draw as such or whether it's the IRB using their brains...

1 Month, 19 Hours ago

South Africa stun Scotland with eight-try romp in Port Elizabeth

Only thing is, if that is the case it's worrying that anyone playing in an International jersey could 'not be bothered.' Whether or not they're tired, have anything to play for etc etc, surely pulling on your Scottish jersey (or any other team jersey) would make you want to play to the best of your ability... I mean if they're out there just f*****g about, then why not just call up 15 random Scotsman who play for Scottish clubs and just give them a random runabout... Can't do much worse than they did anyway...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

 
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