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The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - RWC Week 2

This seems to have gotten a little out of hand here (though not to the extent of the comments on the old site layout).

Let me set it straight for you all:

First and foremost, this is the Plays of the Week. It's a mildly funny and lighthearted recap of a few rugby games. It's during the Rugby Club, so of course it's Aussie-centric. That's its bag. The goal is tongue-in-cheek commentary with some dreadful puns thrown in the mix. During Super Rugby, it's not rare for them to pick "Try of the Week" from an Australian side, even when it pales in comparison to one scored by a SA/NZ side. So don't get so offended - it's not intentionally disrespectful; you just have to roll your eyes and move along.

I actually hadn't even really noticed that they left out Genia getting picked up and carried like a ragdoll. It was a marvelous moment from the game, for sure, but again, it probably wasn't a favorite moment for the Wallaby supporters, so I can see why it maybe got left out.

Regarding the media - well, who takes that stuff seriously anyway? I actually think there's nothing quite as satisfying as having your side dismissed beforehand, only for them to pull off an upset (still waiting for that to happen with the USA!).

As for the Fox Sports commentators, it's pretty simple: Rod Kafer is the least biased/most shrewd guy there; Kearns is moderately funny, if only for how boneheaded/biased he can be - at least he'll make jokes about it; Greg Martin is an idiot and the most biased of them all; Greg Clark just likes to hear himself talk.

Now, can we all just move past it and talk about something important, like Ali Williams doing the haka...?

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Damp

(he also had a pretty decent/good match, to be honest)

3 Years, 1 Month ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Damp

Stop the presses...Paddy Wallace lasted an entire 80 minutes of international rugby without an injury!

3 Years, 1 Month ago

New Zealand beat France for Richie McCaw's 100th Test cap

So there's a good chance the knockout brackets are going to end up looking like a second-edition 2011 6N and 3N, huh?

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Wallaby rout

...just awful. 101 tackles made against Ireland - looked like just as many were missed tackles this game. I guess the tactic was to play the "B" side (yeah, like we really have that much of an "A" side...) so the preferential players would be fit against Italy. But still...apart from the first 3 minutes, it was pretty tragic. Almost as bad as the SA-Namibia game...

One positive thing is that the USA is the only team to score a try against Australia so far. :)

As for Australia, glad to hear Faingaa is okay. I was actually concerned about a spinal injury at first - the way he wasn't moving at all afterwards. No hand or leg movement...nothing. So it looked pretty bad. Good to hear he was up and walking again. Also happy to see Mitchell recovered in time for the WC, and that Barnes is back at rugby.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Cian Healy's hit on Quade Cooper in Auckland

Healy should've been awarded man of the match based on the fact that he didn't lose a contact lens at all that night...for once!

Great tackle. Even watching the replay, it still makes me smile.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Ireland upset the Wallabies

Regarding Cooper, I think it's a bit of both. From stealing laptops, he got off to a bad start - most people thought he was a cock. Then, he's hopping around like a kangaroo, throwing careless no-look passes like he's the son of Carlos Spencer and Shane Williams, and doing backflips in the tryzone like he's scored a gift from god. He seems to have a bit of a cocky attitude, but then he can't defend worth a damn, so that makes him look like a goon. Plus, he's been caught throwing a few dirty shots recently (not that many players are immune from it, though). And then you've got Greg Martin getting a boner every time Cooper touches the ball...it all just adds up.

So, while I don't hate the guy, I find it satisfying to see him lined up and hammered in a tackle.

And as much as I wish I could dislike him, I have to admit he's done a reasonably good job at keeping himself in check. As far as I've seen, he's not out turning himself into a Gavin Henson...he keeps focused on the rugby, so you can't really hate a guy for that.

It's really not all that bad, and if I were an Australian, I'd actually be glad that Cooper manages to get under other people's skin a little.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Ireland upset the Wallabies

I'm not defending this behaviour, but it can't be worse than Australian offsides.

This. I don't remember Ireland ever being 5m behind the offside line formed by a ruck and still trying to make a tackle; however, I do remember Australia doing it more than once.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - Ireland upset the Wallabies

I guess Guy might have meant "ugly" as in no tries were scored. If that's the case, I still disagree - it was an exciting-enough game the entire time that I didn't even notice the lack of tries.

I was hoping Ireland would win, and they dominated the front for sure, but every time Australia managed to get the ball to their backs, I cringed. When you have arguably the most dangerous back line in world rugby, why would you not make that the focus of your game...Australia failed to make effective use of those guys, so with that went any chance of them taking away the game.

...interestingly enough, Ireland played just as good with Sexton at 12 as D'Arcy.

And am I the only one who loses interest in Keith Earls more and more every game he plays? Sure, he can be effective...but the amount of errors he commits tends to cancel out any line breaks he makes.

3 Years, 2 Months ago

USA grind out a win over Russia in New Plymouth

Update: Clever was just cleared to play (ie - no suspension). The Russians might feel a bit shafted, and I'd be tempted to agree.

But, then again, I'm happy he'll be able to play in the rest of the WC.

His judicial officer was Jeff Blackett,; I'm sure it helped that Clever isn't French ;)

3 Years, 2 Months ago

 
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