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Bismarck Du Plessis controversially yellow carded for huge hit on Dan Carter

Gidday Computer.

I have seen that too. Open play and therefore just a brutal (but legal) tackle.

The elbow wasn't deliberate either, just unfortunate but definitely a card offence.

Poite made a glaring error. That said, I stand by my original post in that the Boks desire to overcome the All Blacks physically contributed more to their loss than Bismarck's absence.

I guess we'll never know. One thing you can count on though is that the All Blacks will be entering a flaming cauldron at Ellis Park in a couple of weeks.

7 Months, 1 Day ago

Bismarck Du Plessis controversially yellow carded for huge hit on Dan Carter

Morning everyone.

Consider this. For the Carter tackle Bismarck was off-side, clearly. It was a big hit, but there is no argument that the arms were used. The tackle itself was not innocuous in that Carter was blind-sided where if Bismarck had come from an on-side position Carter would have had time and vision to "prepare" to be hit. My view, penalty and warning. The 2nd yellow card was a no brainer from the big man and almost a mandatory red. Use the palm Bismarck; it will have a similar effect.

What was really disappointing about this game was that the Boks moved away from what was making them successful this year under Meyer. Recently we have seen a slight expansion in their game. The same robust set-piece expertise is there. Recycled possession, narrow and tight, still there. Brutal break-down contention also still there. Territorial kicking still there. But the ball has been moving through a pretty decent back-line. Tries have been scored. Morne taking it to the line and getting his outsiders away.

There was almost no sign of that at Eden Park. Very little enterprise. It was as though the Boks had come to man-handle the All Blacks rather than concentrate on the successful rugby they have recently played. This physicality tactic was never going to work and it is notable that the points scored by the All Blacks came generally from well created tries.

As an All Black fanatic I cherish our friendship/emnity with South Africa and enjoy rugby and good times with some South African friends. We recently had a night on the Klippas in front of a Test. We want to see the Boks continue down the Meyer's recent path of broader rugby and width. It's good for the game.

7 Months, 2 Days ago

Springboks full of belief after thumping the Wallabies in Brisbane

As an aside don't forget to add Bismarke to that trio. He is a formidable opponent and for me the best hooker in world rugby...

7 Months, 5 Days ago

Springboks full of belief after thumping the Wallabies in Brisbane

Good post.

I would ad that the South Africans and All Blacks have grass roots systems second to none and it is this mehanism that churns out future stars, for League too unfortunately.

If you get a chance to watch the Landrover 1st 15 Competition you will see what I mean. The standard of Rugby is incredibly high and this flows through club and Rep competition.

7 Months, 5 Days ago

Springboks full of belief after thumping the Wallabies in Brisbane

It is the combination of the back-row unit that matters and these Boks are good at the breakdown if a little slow. They will target this area as it is not one of Cane's strong points. Coles and the locks will have to really up their work rate to cater for this.

I hear Read touted as the best #8 in the world a lot and as an All Black fanatic I love his developing game. He did however go missing on occasion against the French and was outplayed by the other contender for this mantle, Picamoles.

7 Months, 5 Days ago

All Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup with Wellington win over Wallabies

Interesting reading the same old lame comments regarding the All Blacks cheat and that referees let them get away with murder and other such sour grapes.

There is an argument that either of Read or Conrad Smith could have been yellow-carded but as to this having an effect on the game. I don't think so.

The All Blacks were better in this game but have a great deal more to offer but we'll get to that later. The All Blacks not only competed but ended up dominating line-outs and the scrums, particularly as the game wore on. Moore was pushed off the ball again and it seems to me that the Wallabies are clueless when it comes to the secondary shove, the re-load I think the experts are calling it, as the All Blacks were able to gain real ascendancy there.

While we are talking about Moore, he and other Wallabies were coming from the side and then lying down, making little effort to roll away, and how they escaped Yellows defies belief. Maa's shoulder tackle? Please. Slipper's effort was as bad, if not worse.

The reality here is that the All Blacks are playing at such pace that it's hard to defend accurately and while the All Blacks are making mistakes their opponents are out of position and committing offences. What's erally scary from an opponent's point of view is that other than the 2nd Test against the Tricolores the All Blacks haven't got it right yet and when they do add some accuracy to that pace, someone's going to cop a 50-60 point thrashing.

As an auckland Blues fan may I just add 1 final comment. How good is Stephen Luatua going to be? Also watch out for Francis Saili on debut against Los Pumas this weekend; he has the potential to be the long-term solution to the inside centre conundrum for the All Blacks

7 Months, 2 Weeks ago

All Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup with Wellington win over Wallabies

Reality is an odd moniker given you didn't watch the match, pass comment and then mis-remember statistics.

You have it the wrong way round mate.

The All Blacks had the least yellow cards, then the Wallabies and then the Boks, who were miles in front on the count.

Stuart Dickinson had an agenda and was rightfully replaced. It was entertaining when he referreed though. Every second word/phrase from his mouth was that screech: "Get back Black!"

As far as your insinuation that Joubert handed the All Blacks the 2011 RWC? It's probably more fair to say the All Blacks almost succumbed to the pressure again actually. But they didn't. BOTH teams had opportunities to close it our but didn't but one thing is for sure; the best team won.

7 Months, 2 Weeks ago

All Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup with Wellington win over Wallabies

Reality is an odd moniker given you didn't watch the match, pass comment and then mis-remember statistics.

You have it the wrong way round mate.

The All Blacks had the least yellow cards, then the Wallabies and then the Boks, who were miles in front on the count.

Stuart Dickinson had an agenda and was rightfully replaced. It was entertaining when he referreed though. Every second word/phrase from his mouth was that screech: "Get back Black!"

As far as your insinuation that Joubert handed the All Blacks the 2011 RWC? It's probably more fair to say the All Blacks almost succumbed to the pressure again actually. But they didn't. BOTH teams had opportunities to close it our but didn't but one thing is for sure; the best team won.

7 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The All Blacks crush the Wallabies in Bledisloe One in Sydney

Untrue Pedro.

Quade is universally despised in Sydney as much as NZ and a number of posters on other sites have noted that the NSW crowds enjoyed giving him a towelling as well.

This probably talks as much to the North-South rivalry as anything else.

I Don't condone this behaviour personally but it's not going to stop till he puts some decent runs on the board and for me, his last decent match remains the 1st half of the Bledisloe encounter at Suncorp in 2011.

7 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Another look at the Greatest Game Ever Played - Wallabies vs All Blacks 2000

I agree mate. I can't stand the commentary of Phil Kearns & Greg Martin. Their fervent bias limits the credibility of their comments and as for technical accuracy; well there is none!

The 2000 clash was epic but as other posters have noted this is a subjective issue.

For me, as a fanatical All Black fan there is no better display of skill and teamwork than the defeat of the Wallabies at Athletic Park in Wellington in 1996. One of the great All Black teams in full flight in the worst conditons you can imagine. A decimated muddy track (this was the last Test at this venue) and relentless rain driven by a wind so ferocious it was literally sideways.

The All Blacks made virtually nil mistakes and put the Wallabies to the sword. The most clinical display of wet-weather rugby I have seen and at a skill-level verging on sublime.

Youtube's got it :)

7 Months, 2 Weeks ago

 
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