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Wind it back a bit Gonzoman. The ball was loose and Stroker dived on it. McCaw then dived on him preventing him playing the ball. He then manipulated his body position around to the Scottish side.
If the referee had any bottle or knowledge of rucking he would have blown the whistle before Thomson entered the ruck. I watch the Top 14 most weekends and find the French refs have little or no idea what's going on in scrums, rucks or mauls !!!!
3 Years, 3 Months ago
Dan Carter is probably the most consistent Stand Off in certainly the last 15 years. But is that what I want in my World XV ? Unfortunately that's an emphatic no.
My Stand Off needs to have the flawed genius about him, the spark to get things going when mere mortals can't see it. I have thought about three such players; Carlos Spencer, Waisele Serevi and Gregor Townsend.
These guys in their day would create real excitement in the crowd. A ridiculous shimmy or step, an audacious chip or an unforeseen flip pass. That's why I love rugby, not the metronomic consistencies of Wilkinson or Carter.
With that in mind I have to choose one. Serevi played most of his rugby in sevens and made some impact in XVs as it turned professional, Spencer played in an all-conquering (except at RWCs) All Blacks and Townsend played at a time when Scotland had a lively back row and a couple of really good centres.
I think given the fact he made the transition of playing in Scotland, France and South Africa with prominent clubs I would go for Townsend. The fact I cheered as an 18 year old in the Parc de Princes as he sent Gavin Hastings under the posts for a first victory over there in 30 years or witnessing the way he moved the ball in the Stade de France in 1999 may have swayed my decision. But I'm sticking by it.
3 Years, 7 Months ago