Can't see the Wallabies having any answer for our combo of SBW/Nonu in the midfield along with DC steering the ship and we should have the dominance up front to take care of them.
Hansen is pretty much on trial as All Blacks coach to the whole country as of today, the games against Ireland meant nothing, that was just routine really. Now the pressure goes on him so I'm sure he has them very ready to come out and make a statement.
Hard to see Aussie taking us down tonight, come at me Miss Ausguins
The AB's weren't particularly impressive but to deny the Wallabies a bonus point in Australia while coming home with 4 of our own is definitely satisfactory.
Now we can get back to Eden Park in a weeks time
Going to agree with you there, we didn't look particularly spectacular but it was a solid away performance.
I had also typed something earlier criticizing Alain Rolland's officiating (mainly that he blew the whistle a lot and that scrums in general were a mess) but then something went wrong with my internet, it never went through, and I don't remember the exact details.
Yeah the refereeing really killed the game. Not that he influenced the outcome of the game, but he definitely ruined the spectacle. Was pretty much no flow in that game whatsoever thanks to his constant whistle blowing.
The Aussies were plain terrible, though to be honest, they dont have a strong squad at present - way too many Waratahs in the team. After the way they were in the Super 15's, they should have been lucky to get 1 or 2 in the starting 15. More Brumbies and Reds , less Waratahs please!
No Pocock for this week, though Hooper from the Brumbies had a great Super 15's , so one would assume he come in.
If Deane's doesnt pick Cooper this week, then we Aussies are happy to hand him back to the Kiwis - I'll personally drop him at Sydney airport with a one way ticket!! Its time for Ewan Mackenzie to get the the coaches role.
I also heard from someone well connected that James OConnor is fully fit, but for some reason, the Aussies arent considering him.
Hi all. Didn't know this thread existed. Senior club rugby union player in North Carolina.
As far as the TRC matches this past weekend, the All Blacks and Wallabies was a penalty-ridden game but the Aussies just didn't play well. I think it was Higginbotham that was running in the open for an easy try with the NZ defense behind him and dropped a sitter of a pass from his teammate. Just summed up Australia really although amazingly they were only down 5 in the last 5 minutes! New Zealand didn't have their best game either.
I turned off SA-Arg at about 60 minutes. Argentina just weren't up to that class yet although poor kicking did them no favors. Hope they play much better this coming weekend with the homefield advantage. (and in a good timezone too!)
Originally Posted by Bionda
The U.S is suddenly a better stage for International Rugby Union than Canada ?
This is news to me , if they manage to outbid this country it will be a rather pathetic showing on our part.
When did they create a better developmental system than B.C or Ontario?
There is little participation at the high school stage, whereas essentially every B.C and Ontario secondary school has a rugby union team (as well as club teams).
Let's be honest, with how poorly ran the game is in Canada and the U.S. and how poor money-wise both countries are in rugby, neither one is hosting a Rugby World Cup anytime soon unless the IRB all get drunk on whiskey one night.
(Our best high school rugby is played in Northern California and Utah.)
Odd thing about the Aus-NZ game is the All Blacks scored all their points in a 25-minute interval in the middle of the game. And then they should have scored three more tries in the last 30 minutes of the game and somehow botched all of them.
Think the scoring went something like this:
0 to 25 minutes: Aus 0, NZ 0 (even)
25 to 50 minutes: NZ 22, Aus 0
50 to 80 minutes: NZ 0, Aus 0 (NZ dominated but didn't put anything on the board)