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All Blacks retain Bledisloe Cup with Wellington win over Wallabies

All Blacks certainly the stronger side and deserved their win. Wallabies started well but fell into same pattern of poor scrums and line-outs, together with knock-ons and turnovers at critical stages.
Having said that, refereeing was woeful. No side will be able to beat the All Blacks if their continual professional fouls are not yellow carded. Reversed penalty was a joke - the pull was about 30m away from the play! Also the final obstruction penalty happened after an All Blacks player did exactly the same thing from their box kick 30s before. What is it with Sth African refs and friendly refereeing at All Blacks home matches?

1 Year, 2 Months ago

James Horwill cleared after alleged stamp on Alun-Wyn Jones in first Test

Before all you Brits lay the boots in to James Horwill, let's just remember how many Wallabies were stretchered off the field Saturday night - 3. Two were accidental, but George North deliberately pushed Israel Folau very strongly into Berrick Barnes, leading to a nasty head clash. Don't see many of you calling for the citing commissioner for that.
Having said that, Horwill's action was reckless at best and probably deserves a suspension.
Just out of interest, have they sacked the ground manager yet for the shocking surface? I know it rained, but that was well below international standard.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

WIN a copy of iOS game Rugby Nations 13

I live in Cairo, not exactly a rugby capital, so I'm looking forward to playing rugby on my phone so I don't have to wait for heaven.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Buck Shelford previews the New Zealand vs France three-Test series

I hope for France's sake that Craig Joubert isn't on the referees panel for this series.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

All Black Adam Thomson's boot on Alasdair Strokosch's head

I know it's for a good cause, but that moustache deserves a yellow card all on its own.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Elvis Vermeulen yellow carded for huge hit on Zee Ngwenya

At least it was a tackle was with arms rather than shoulder charge or taking legs out. But still clearly early and dangerous - no opportunity to plant feet or protect himself. Yellow maybe a tad harsh - you see people tackled earlier than that who get away with a penalty. Force of the tackle probably swayed the referee.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Tai Tuifua's dangerous flying tackle on Nicky Robinson

That was a dangerous, high tackle to the head, but with a mitigating factor that Robinson was slipping down as the tackle was made. At least yellow card. Can't believe Barnes thought that was legal. Even if his arms were around the player, contact was strong and forceful to the head.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

 
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