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Scotsman's haunting Craig Joubert movie ahead of Wallabies rematch

Well I don't think the oxygen of your own feature on Rugbydump should be given to a sore loser still complaining about a refereeing decision a year after the event. I know the voodoo and the dartboard are meant in gest, but this is footballers' BS reminiscent of the David Beckham effigies in 1998.

Let's not forget how flukey Scotland were in getting this far anyway. The previous match v Samoa, missing their talismanic captain and wrecking ball Alesana Tuilagi, because of a genuinely heinous decision by the officials (banned for running along a rugby pitch with the ball in his hands). How about that blatant knock-on by Laidlaw directly under the nose of ref Romaine Poite - https://youtu.be/rjAn5IB5XU4?t=2m30s. Pretty crucial mistake by the ref in a "nip and tuck match, with time fast running out" - sound familiar?

I know you (Graham) are just trying to have a bit of fun, but bitching and moaning about referees belongs in football, and not in this wondeful game.

On the other hand, I would love to see more of the Lego re-enactments, they were bloody brilliant. :)

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3 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Ireland break drought to upset New Zealand for the first time ever

Fair play, you don't see many Shakespeare references on Rugbydump comments.

I think it is testament to Ireland's collective mental strength and determination in this game that they kept their composure and kept playing flat out to the end.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Best Tries from week one of the End of Year Tests

I actually really like that Japan try. Very creative interplay in the backline and a cracking finish from the wing, who still had a lot of work to do.

3 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Mat Luamanu's brutal tackle gets him a five week ban

Bit of a tricky one that. Hooley crouched so low it looked almost impossible to avoid tackling him high. If you're committed to smashing the ball carrier and he dips that low I'm not sure it's reasonable to expect the tackler to be able to adjust in time.

Either way, pretty brutal and I'm delighted that I wasn't the one wearing that.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Ireland break drought to upset New Zealand for the first time ever

KG2, you set out a bold hypothesis and argue the point well, but I'm afraid I can't agree with your conclusions.
- Aaron Smith is bloody brilliant, just a bit preoccupied with clunge at the moment; in my opinion Perenara could be even better - and he leads a hair-raising Haka too.
- Your assessment of Beauden Barrett is simply wrong. I don't get how you arrived at that. He's an amazing player, misses a few kicks but makes up for that with menacing attacking play.
- 12 and 13 - OK I'm not particularly au fait with this area. Couple of questions - what happened to Leinart-Brown? Thought he and Crotty were a good combo. And what is SBW up to these days? Also, can't think of the names, but in the Mitre Cup recently there seemed to be a lot of dangerous-looking centres on show. The depth is there, my feeling is it's more a case of getting the right combination/s.
- Ben Smith, not a game-changer!?

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Ireland break drought to upset New Zealand for the first time ever

You're absolutely right and I'd emphasise the mental strength required.
Ireland seemed very keenly aware of this and hats off for the way they "kept the pedal to the metal", but even then the bloody All Blacks very nearly got back into this! And lest we forget - with my apologies for being a bloody buzzkill - the final score difference was basically the points Ireland scored when NZ were down to 14 men...

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Ireland break drought to upset New Zealand for the first time ever

Corrected for you:
Read would probably be the captain.


You're welcome. :)

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Ireland break drought to upset New Zealand for the first time ever

I'm more concerned about the bloodbath we'll see in Italy this weekend!

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Ireland break drought to upset New Zealand for the first time ever

I'm seeing a lot of very gracious comments from New Zealand fans over the last couple of days. Even on YouTube! Hats off, very impressed.

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Ireland break drought to upset New Zealand for the first time ever

I haven't seen any English press or individual suggesting an England-dominated Lions squad. Not that it would happen under Gatland anyway!

Seems I missed the memo about Andy Farrell becoming Ireland Defence coach. That'll be interesting next Six Nations, considering his son is de facto defence leader for England...

3 Weeks, 6 Days ago