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All Blacks put 50 on the Wallabies to continue Eden Park domination

"As an English supporter I'm getting so sick and tired of NZ routing Australia constantly during these Championships, the result is seemingly never in doubt."

The previous test was a 12-all draw and the result was in doubt until the final whistle.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

All Blacks put 50 on the Wallabies to continue Eden Park domination

I've been watching the All Blacks for many years and I don't think I've seen them play with more sustained intensity than they did through most of this test. At times it was spine-tingling. Credit to the Wallabies for not dropping their heads and getting those two tries, but that seemed to just irritate the ABs into taking it back up a notch to get the 50 points. I noticed a tweet from John Smit saying "The rest of us can be very happy we are not playing the ABs today".

1 Week, 2 Days ago

The Top 5 Little Men of World Rugby

For me the standout small man missing is Grant Batty, at 5ft 5in (1.65m) and 70Kg. Tough as nails in a tough era, he copped more that his share of swinging arms both home and abroad. A brilliant winger but with only 15 All Black caps before a recurring knee injury forced an early retirement. Not a lot of film around, but here's an intercept try against the 1977 Lions, Batty's last test match.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGLn5UF3SxU

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1 Month, 16 Hours ago

Crowd favourite Nick Cummins bags a hat-trick as Force upset Waratahs

Sorry.. that's 2:54.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Crowd favourite Nick Cummins bags a hat-trick as Force upset Waratahs

I love the guy lifting his kid in the air at 2:44 (just under the score top left) as Cummins goes over. He nearly throws him onto the field in his excitement. And the very formal handshake after the intercept try is one of the moments of the season for me. A lot of good rugby too, what an enjoyable game.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Best Tries scored in Round 5 of Super Rugby 2014

He is not saying it would be illegal to rip the ball out, he means that if the ball was deliberately ripped out then there would be a case for saying the Blues player knocked it back, rather than the Lions player knocking it on. But because there is no clear ripping action, the onus is on the Lions player to maintain possession in the tackle.

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Best Tries scored in Round 5 of Super Rugby 2014

On the SuperXV.com site the full replay of the TMO process clearly shows the ball hitting the ground before the Lions' player's foot hits it, so the "he kicked it" option is not valid. Not that it ever was, in my opinion. It also shows the tackler's arm going across the front of the chest with no ripping action on the ball, and it is clearly not a high tackle. I agree with the SA commentators who are all dismayed by the decision .. and with SANZAR who now say this...
SANZAR Referees Boss Lyndon Bray: "Lions #13 is carrying the ball and about to attempt to score a try. Blues #11 effects a tackle and Lions #13 loses possession as a result. While the Blues player does jolt the ball out of his possession, he is not trying to deliberately 'rip the ball' out of the player's possession. The onus is on the ball carrier to maintain possession while being tackled. Therefore, this should have been ruled as a knock on and subsequently, no try."

5 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Sharks start Super Rugby with bonus point victory over the Bulls

I'm a 100% neutral, so I'm only going by what I can see in the vid. But it seems to me that SANZAR is wrong and the TMO was correct. The Sharks player reaches around the Bulls player and knocks the ball straight up in the air so that it comes down right above the next Bulls player in the lineout, who reaches up and taps it back to the halfback. As the TMO says, "no clear and obvious knock forward" and no interference. But I'm sure others may see it differently.

6 Months, 1 Week ago

Irish hearts broken by All Blacks' last gasp converted try

Let me correct it for both of us, of course it's Read. I see that Heaslip (21) and O'Brien (19) topped the tackle count. I don't know Read's stat.

9 Months, 5 Days ago

Irish hearts broken by All Blacks' last gasp converted try

I've followed the All Blacks all my life but this game made the ancestral Irish blood from both sides of my family stir in the veins. I was glad the ABs won but I could've handled this loss OK, if that's the way it had turned out. The best I've seen Ireland play and although they didn't score the points when it mattered, they somehow didn't deserve to come second either.
Looking at the last AB attack, it seems as if they put everything they had learned in the previous 80 minutes to full use. Smith had been clobbered behind the ruck a couple of times so he just grabbed the ball as soon as he arrived at the breakdown and went with his first decision. Nonu had dropped passes and fallen over, but he was not going to drop another ball, Cruden was not going to pop another kick over the top. The breakdown, as always, had been reffed unpredictably so they didn't risk anything and got out of the way asap. And with all that control they trusted their skills so that when the final break was needed, the riskier long pass came and it stuck, with the hooker, who drew the tackle and passed.. if he'd passed too soon Crotty was covered and would probably not have made it.
Also, Reid's lone chase down on the third Irish try resulted in a missed conversion from an angle. You just never know when that extra effort is going to pay off.
A great game.

9 Months, 6 Days ago

 
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