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Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

Lull 'em all into a false sense of security. Oldest trick in the book.
NZ just can't bring themselves to actually lose games though...

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

07015678: Lancaster unprofessionally let Andy Farrell talk him into fielding his ... son

Did he though? I mean, yes it does seem more than coincidental that he's been in favour for so long, but Lancaster's his own man and I get the impression he's happy to make his own decisions and stand by them.

Personally I'm delighted to see Ford play. If I were Lancaster I'd pick him ahead of Farrell and I reckon he can inject some much-needed creativity. I hope he gets a run against Australia. But Farrell's selection is not without merit, he offers distinct advantages, for example reliable goal-kicking and defence.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

I suspect Mr Dump will have a separate post on this in due course, but I'd just like to record, as an England fan, that I thought the yellow card for Leota's tackle on Ford was ridiculous.

Big hit? Yes! And a beauty too. (By the way, very impressed by how Ford absorbed it and even managed to get the ball away cleanly).

Penalty? Not in my view - I suppose you could make a case it was a bit high, but I don't know when chest-height became "high". Timing was impeccable, by the way.

Yellow card? No way. And the ref's admonishment to "keep the game clean" (or was it safe?) was well over-the-top.

Although I was pleased to see England actually capitalise on the numerical advantage, the next try felt a little bit hollow for me as it shouldn't have been so easy to score.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

RD: "Have Wales made progress, or were the All Blacks always in control?"

From the way they went up through the gears in the last 10-15 minutes to ultimately win the match by a very convincing margin, I can't help the feeling that they were taking the piss out of Wales for the first hour!!

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

Mate, you seem to be missing Ireland from your summary. They are a team transformed and this is while they're missing a couple of important players too. Bit of a shame they didn't have a crack at NZ this tour...

Love this bit: "take NZ, they've had a pretty awful Autumn by their standards". It comes to something doesn't it, when winning all your games on tour is (quite reasonably) considered awful!

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

Surely you mean Gold? ;)

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Teddy Thomas dropped after incredible solo effort against Australia

And when he celebrated his try the cheering noise came out at a different time from the movement of his lips.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

Tight head??

1 Month, 8 Hours ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

No way mate, beautiful pass.

1 Month, 8 Hours ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

However, I will be the first to lower the tone and say that, in addition to the quality of the rugby, I find that Harvey try rather arousing. Especially when she throws those steps around the halfway line...

1 Month, 1 Day ago

 
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