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  Reply # 1147544 5-Oct-2014 10:47
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itxtme: Rugby has very complicated laws, that are often interpreted differently.  The most concerning part of that game for me was the final penalty by Barnes.  

He himself, the touch judges and the tmo didnt pick it up.  It was the home nations broadcasters repeated replays (4 in total) that lead to them desciding to view the incidence in more detail.

Its not particularly fair given infringements for the opposing sides arent also repeatedly shown until a review by the reff. 


Yes to this. My worst fear is that the RWC will be decided by a subjective ref's call.

But now that the Rugby Championship and the Bledisloe are safely tucked away and there is no unbeaten record to extend, it is time for the coaches to set things in motion for the RWC. Bring on new players, 'rest' some of the experienced players (like Mealamu), take a risk or two.
With the return of SBW and the rise of Fekitoa, I wonder where Nonu will fit in. Conrad Smith, while solid, hasn't really shone in the last two games, Crotty needs more exposure. Thrush needs Test Match time to bring him up to the same level as Retallick and Whitelock, and Luatua needs to become a complete utility, able to play 4 to 8. Kerr-Barlow and Perenara likewise need more exposure to test level rugby. And, dare I say it, but we need experienced cover for McCaw and Read, as both are appearing more fragile.
I can't see DC in the RWC, Slade or Taylor need to be developed as the ultimate utility back, Cruden and Barrett are the first fives for next year.




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  Reply # 1147589 5-Oct-2014 13:47
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Dingbatt:

Yes to this. My worst fear is that the RWC will be decided by a subjective ref's call..


guess what, chances are, refs almost always rule in favour of the home nation team.

and - you don't see DC in it, I don't see DC in it, 3.9 million people don't see DC in it, i hope Hansen agrees ...



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  Reply # 1157660 19-Oct-2014 00:28
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WOW what a GAME! I was on the edge of my seat for a lot of it. The Wallabies played the best I have seen them play in 3 years and had the AB's at the edge for 55-60 minutes. 

Shows you how good we are that we can play well for 20 minutes and win against the team throwing that at us. I am starting to warm to Fekitoa.

Congrats to Adam Ashley Cooper in his 100th and a try to boot. Amazing. Still playing on the wing no less. 



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  Reply # 1157666 19-Oct-2014 01:48
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WOW and WTF Ewen McKenzie Quit!?

I mean I am not totally surprised, but sort of expected him to weather the storm better than this. I wonder if he and Di were actually bumping uglies or he has been presented proof he knew of the Beale thing.

The Wallabies have to be the worst team in sport to coach right now. They have had 3 pretty reasonable coaches in a row and can't keep it together for any of them. They are a bunch of spoilt over paid brats and should be sacked. They have no pride in their jumper compared to a lot of teams and whilst they do occasionally have a decent game, behave like muppets off the field. Someone commented that the players have too much power and get away with murder because some of them know there is not a decent backup option. If I was Bill Pulver I'd rip up the contracts of all staff and make them re-apply under a new performance based contract. 

For the players to back Beale over McKenzie says pretty much everything about them.

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  Reply # 1157688 19-Oct-2014 07:13
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lost for words.

reminds me of the time when federer was unbeatable (fed vs roddick wimbledon final)

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  Reply # 1158960 21-Oct-2014 07:10
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mr Hansen loves mind games. loves to tease the opposition.

this time by giving them renewed hope at the RWC by dropping all his match winners in the last 2 years and seemingly eager to replace them with a few VIP names. who is DC? who is SBW? ah maybe all as a smoke screen to trick the enemy

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  Reply # 1158970 21-Oct-2014 08:11
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I don't really know if you're serious or not. Nonu is out for the rest of the season so it makes perfect sense to bring SBW in (although he was probably always going to be selected regardless - in place of Crotty I'd say). Also after Saturdays test it's clear to me that Fekitoa is not a genuine 12 after being shown up on multiple occasions which SBW is.

As for Carter, assuming he can get over his injuries he's still got the class to outshine all 3 of the current first fives. It would always be a pick between Slade and Barrett as they can both cover several backline positions.




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  Reply # 1158972 21-Oct-2014 08:11
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Maybe Slade should book a holiday to go whitebaiting in the UK next Sep/Oct? Then again, Beaver is already over there!

The selectors have maybe missed a chance to blood a few more of the new players on the fringe of selection.




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  Reply # 1159064 21-Oct-2014 10:05
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Kingy: I don't really know if you're serious or not. Nonu is out for the rest of the season so it makes perfect sense to bring SBW in (although he was probably always going to be selected regardless - in place of Crotty I'd say). Also after Saturdays test it's clear to me that Fekitoa is not a genuine 12 after being shown up on multiple occasions which SBW is.

As for Carter, assuming he can get over his injuries he's still got the class to outshine all 3 of the current first fives. It would always be a pick between Slade and Barrett as they can both cover several backline positions.


hmm if you put it that way ... i guess so.

but ... i've not seen DC or SBW play this year ... so we'll see eh



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  Reply # 1166604 1-Nov-2014 18:03
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Is Kick off in Chicago tomorrow 9am local NZ time?


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  Reply # 1166611 1-Nov-2014 18:24
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networkn: Is Kick off in Chicago tomorrow 9am local NZ time?



According to Allblacks.com it is.




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  Reply # 1166644 1-Nov-2014 19:31
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all eyes on DC

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  Reply # 1166648 1-Nov-2014 19:44
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joker97: all eyes on DC


But the game's in Chicago not Washington ;-)

Oh you mean Carter. Hopefully he won't get injured by getting a splinter in his arse warming the bench for a start. Kidding aside, I hope he has a good showing.




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  Reply # 1166687 1-Nov-2014 21:36
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I am actually thinking that DC will be on song tomorrow. I am hoping it's not too windy and we can give the Americans the thrashing I am expecting we can. Prediction 63-11

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