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07-15-2007, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by clefty View Post
No, they are the best defensive team, its not close.

The fact is they allowed only 15 points where by all rights they should have been down by 30 given their hopeless territorial play, and in the end that is what won them the game. Their defense was excellent in both halves, not sure what you were watching.
Mauger royally sucked at 12 as well that game. And what are the alternatives at 13? Muliaina can't exactly fill you with confidence as a centre, largely in part because you nullify his impact as a fullback, MacDonald is also iffy (and injured), Nonu is off the radar, that young guy (Conrad Smith, I think) hasn't played in a while due to injury as well...I think its something too big to brush off espcially when they're going to have to go through the likes of Sterling Mortlock and Brian O'Driscoll.
Untrue, they were average in the first half and where only saved by poor execution on the All Blacks part.

The All Blacks home test against Australia should be one of the most interesting of the year. If Australia win it'll be a huge momentum boost.

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