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Rob Simmons yellow carded for off the ball shoulder on Felipe Contepomi

That's reckless. The yellow's fine as it wasn't high IMO!

9 Months, 2 Days ago

The Wallabies run riot in Rosario with big win over Argentina

Yep good win for the wallabies. The argies came to this game with a lot of confidence and were a bit punished by it, something similar to what happened when the ABs went to La Plata last year. Anyway, it's impossible to deny their progress: they are in a big transition phase and were thrown into the world's most tough competition. They've got world class players like Figallo, Matera, Fernández Lobbe and Bosch, but are lacking in the back three, with Hernández never finding form in this tournament except for some great kicks and the two wingers (González Amorosino and Imhoff) spicy in attack but lacking when asked to tackle. Now with no Felipe Contepomi they need to find a proper replacement. Fernández will do for now.

On the wallabies side, what a discovery Fardy's been. He brings much needed mongrel to the pack and along with Hiiper, Gill, a fit again Higginbotham and Mowen the Wallabies do have some impressive options in the back row. The scrum was much improved and so was the line out. The back three is also firing and could yet benefit from O'Connor's absence. No 10 is well covered and the centres are the one position on doubt: Lealiifano does bring a wealth of composure at goal kicking and has a habit of making breaks, but his defence at times was doubtful. No 13 remains pretty much open.

Let's hope they give the ABs a run for their money in Dunedin.

Cheers

9 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Midweek Madness - Marland Yarde recovers from cramp to score a try

Side note: Yarde should be England's wing along with Wade and Foden at FB. Sharples as back up. Get rid of Ashton.

10 Months, 1 Day ago

Midweek Madness - Marland Yarde recovers from cramp to score a try

Now that's some conspiracy theory haha

10 Months, 1 Day ago

Cracking hit on Munster's Johne Murphy by Zebre's Quintin Geldenhuys

Late IMO.

10 Months, 6 Days ago

Michael Rhodes straight red card and suspension for stamp in face

Seeing a player who has just been carded walk over to the man he commited foul play against, shake his hand in apology and then leave the pitch without any further whining must be one of the top sights you can get on any pro sport.

Thanks rugby.

10 Months, 6 Days ago

Isaia Tuifua's huge hit for Taranaki in the ITM Cup

Agree. I'd add to that that refs have to be careful not to ask the TMO to check every time they have a doubt regarding play. It's a useful resource but we don't want rugby to become some gridiron hybrid with stops every minute.

Cheers

10 Months, 6 Days ago

Richard Buckman flick pass sets up great try for Hawkes Bay

Wow. Just wow.

10 Months, 3 Weeks ago

The Springboks demolish Argentina in Soweto try-fest

Forgot to mention Cordero and Lavanini, two very good youngsters!

11 Months, 1 Week ago

The Springboks demolish Argentina in Soweto try-fest

I think it all came down to the attitude which each team faced the game with. South Africa were building on a second year under Meyer, a pretty pragmatic coach, and were on the back of three straigh wins against Italy, Scotland and Samoa in June, whereas The Pumas were rebuilding after being well beaten twice against England on home soil, and these self confidence issues started to show after they lost Fernandez Lobbe before the match and Albacete and Hernandez during the 1st half.

I think Phelan and Turnes haven't been up to the task, and has kept calling players based on their 2007 performances (think Leguizamon). Also Imhoff is an attacking gem but can't tackle a dummy, and Felipe Contepomi, extraordinary player that he was, can't keep carrying all the weight on his shoulders. There are plenty of very good Pumitas (U20s) coming in (Matera, Poet, Ramiro Moyano, de la Vega, Diaz and many others) and should be allowed to populate the team after the Championship, as Argentina is really an ageing team.

11 Months, 1 Week ago

 
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