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All Blacks too strong for error-ridden Springbok challenge in Christchurch

"Wouldn't you rather beat a BOK team that is as strong as they could be?"

Yes. And to be honest, I don't personally know of any true rugby fan who thinks differently. But as DrG says, the only people who can sort this out and improve the situation are the rugby people of South Africa.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Springboks and Eben Etzebeth perplexed by 'technical' lineout law

I agree with RD that this is probably a matter of timing. I think this is one of those laws that is sometimes transgressed by a small margin and let go by the refs. But maybe this one was just a touch too blatant to ignore. If Strauss had actually started to move his arms before Etzebeth jumped, they would probably have got away with it. It's all in the timing.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Friday Funnies - Vaea Fifita avoids the tackle with perfectly executed jump

I agree. It looks exciting but it's going to end badly for one or both players way too often. As you say, if the tackler had clipped the Fifita's heals and flipped him accidentally, would he have been carded for a dangerous tackle? I've seen penalties against tacklers in similar situations where a small jump into the tackle by the runner was as much to blame, and I've disagreed with the penalty. In this case the jump has to be considered dangerous and I would've had no problem with a penalty against Fifita.

2 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Compilation of the unpunished Teboho Mohoje high tackles against Argentina

I've commented against some Argentine fans' everyone's-against-us mindset, because it's not true. But refereeing this poor wouldn't encourage any Puma fan to see things differently. I lost count, but there has to be half a dozen tackles there where you would normally just expect a whistle.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Further discussion and angles on Owen Franks' finger in eye of Wallaby

I wasn't referring to other pundits commenting on this sort of incident, just to punditry BS in general. There's always a bit of it about. Anyway, I've made my point, moving on.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Further discussion and angles on Owen Franks' finger in eye of Wallaby

… got that out of my system… off to bed.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Further discussion and angles on Owen Franks' finger in eye of Wallaby

I get that DrG. As you say, pundits spout blatant BS all over the world and people get on sites like this and say what they think. I do it myself, but I don't assume the pundit represents the whole rugby culture of SA, England or whatever. To use this situation to accuse a specific fan base of driving some imagined increase in arrogance and nastiness, with no objective evidence at all, is nonsense. It's just more spouting. I reckon the NZ fans' range of responses to this situation in general is probably no different than you'd get from any other fan group. Some good and some stupid. To pretend otherwise is rubbish. So I'm in the mood to call rubbish when I see it.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Further discussion and angles on Owen Franks' finger in eye of Wallaby

I'm not sure you've chosen the right time to make this very subjective claim. On this forum and others that I've checked, there seem to be plenty of NZ fans who agree that SANZAR have stuffed up completely on the Franks incident. That's my position too. There are as always some people who cannot see out of two eyes at once, all fan bases have them. But experience tells me the balance between the rational and the idiots would not be much different if this involved a player from SA, UK, France, Arg etc. So I don't understand why you point the finger at NZers.
And I just don't see any proof that NZ fans are driving some sort of perceived increase in nastiness, even if there is one. As for nastiness not being there before… going back a bit, before many forums were moderated (including this one) the nastiness was full on at times and came from all over. Nope, I don't buy it.

4 Weeks, 3 Hours ago

Owen Franks somehow escapes punishment after fingers in Wallaby face

Do you seriously believe that NZ deliberately cheated? They were already through to the next round, but you're convinced that even with all those cameras and the rugby world looking on etc etc, they decided to deliberately put an 8th man on the field to try and win the game!
It was a screw-up. World Rugby realised this and also realised that their own officials were at fault monitoring the interchange. Their phrase was "an inadvertent breach as a consequence of a number of factors relating to the management of replacements involving a number of parties". Translation – we and others screwed up.
Australia stayed quiet and probably hoped the result would not be reversed, they liked how the draw looked in front of them. Because this result almost guaranteed NZ a semi-final against Fiji, it would have made more sense for them to throw the game. Now that would've been real cheating, and much easier to do.

4 Weeks, 6 Hours ago

Owen Franks somehow escapes punishment after fingers in Wallaby face

That doesn't make sense. It's precisely when the vast majority are silent (like during a penalty kick), that the noisy minority can be heard, even on TV. So your evidence so far is that some booing could be heard on TV and a guy posted an abrasive comment on the internet. The internet is full of posts every weekend from rugby (and other sports) fans all round the world that range from impolite to just plain offensive. By your reckoning these represent the whole fan communities of those posters, which means that we are all just a bunch of classless yobbos… including you and me. You can please yourself, but I'll reject that idea and I'll do it on behalf of my friends too (well, most of them, but that's another story).
Make no mistake, I think any persistent booing is stupid. But in my own experience of watching different codes in different countries for a long time, there are booing idiots everywhere.

4 Weeks, 2 Days ago