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WIN a signed copy of All Black captain Richie McCaw's autobiography

Hey Canuck, are you going to contribute to the conversation or just go on being a tosser?

3 Years, 11 Months ago

Willie Le Roux stars as the Springboks beat Scotland at Murrayfield

I don't think anyone is suggesting DeVilliers is dirty; I'm a fan actually, as it's hard not to respect him. I thought at first that it was a bad attempt to help ground the ball but it was so poorly done, even that doesn't make much sense.

3 Years, 11 Months ago

Willie Le Roux stars as the Springboks beat Scotland at Murrayfield

I had the exact question about DeVilliers. Can't figure out what he was trying to do. The Scottish player clearly didn't expect someone to come crashing down on his head at that point.

3 Years, 11 Months ago

New Zealand hold off late charge by spirited France side

Wow, an awful lot of cheating accusations flying here today.

4 Years, 1 Week ago

England beat Argentina but frustrate fans ahead of next weekend

"And having contained the Wallaby and the Puma backline I don't think the AB backs are going to be such a step up."

I can't tell if you're being serious. Cory Jane & Piutau with Dagg at fullback aren't a step up? Ben Smith is still an experiment in midfield, and will have some serious questions asked of him across from Tuilagi, but in my opinion, that backline is a significant step up, especially considering their form.

4 Years, 1 Week ago

France vs New Zealand and November Tests Preview video

Interesting that the ABs are in their alternate strip again. Seems like this happens often with the french. 2007 RWC of course, but I also recall the French chose to allow NZ wear their traditional black in the 2011 final when they had the right to force them to wear an alternate. I guess I just don't see that the black and blue tones are that close, but maybe it really is tough to discern on the field.

4 Years, 1 Week ago

The Nude Blacks get the better of their Australian counterparts in annual match

Well, Tony Woodcock is the obvious choice. If nicknames count, "Pine Tree" Meads.

4 Years, 2 Weeks ago

Wellington scrumhalf Frae Wilson smashes Counties lock Jimmy Tupou

Cracking hits.

I see that Wellington still has trouble getting a decent turnout, even for playoff matches. Pains me to see my former hometown struggling for attendance. Hope they show for the final!!

4 Years, 3 Weeks ago

New Zealand in strong position following bonus point win over Argentina

I was looking at the law today myself trying to make sure I understood it right. I think the ref got it right. However, it looked a bit funny because the ref was in the way of the pass (you see him duck), making the scrum half hesitate on the throw. The double-clutch meant Read hesitated a bit too, making him look guilty like an offside player often does.

Looking at the entirety of the game, I didn't think their scrum half was that slow getting the ball out; this one crucial play didn't go that way.

4 Years, 1 Month ago

The Springboks claim convincing win over the Wallabies in Cape Town

Agreed that the bonus point doesn't always make sense, but "thems the rules", as they say. You could just as easily say that point differential isn't the way to determine a champion either, since playing conditions certainly affect the ability to put lots of points up (see NZ vs Arg in Hamilton compared to SA's 60 point win). In the case of a tie, I'd rather see head-to-head tries scored, or head-to-head point differential. At least then you know that it's a decider based on equal opportunity to score (meaning SA would need to beat NZ by more than 14). Just not as easy to show in a newspaper box score week to week.

I don't know that the 4-try bonus point favors a running style; I'd say SA's style is high-pressure, and that often utilizes a kicking strategy. Meyer has them running as much as ever; they put up 70+ against Argentina, put up 38 in the Wallabies backyard. They can score tries, but had bad luck in Auckland and couldn't properly seal the bonus point deal this weekend at home.

4 Years, 1 Month ago