Scrum goes down for 60 mins and only one side penalised. Scrums tend to keep going down when only one side is penalised. Penalties ended 11-7 against Chiefs only after a last quarter even-up. Ref gets a C- and only avoids a fail mark because he didn't hand the match to the Force. Did everything but. That said, Chiefs were poor far too many handling errors and failed to look after their ball.
If there's any justice in this world Canes, Chiefs and Crusaders will be in the semis with perhaps the Lions, and a Canes Crusaders final in CHCH. Wow the Crusaders run on first team is so powerful and the bench is dynamite.
Australia - a graveyard for kiwi coaches. I feel for Daryl he's shouldering the blame with dignity, which is more than you could ever say for Cheika who's rarely taken responsibility for anything that's gone wrong on any of his watches.
Cheika might be a short term fix but where is the pride in the jersey? Totally MIA. They should be ashamed of their efforts this year. It's not like they've lost narrowly to very good teams on the back of gutsy pride-fueled efforts. Looks more like they've given up and are just playing for the money. I've been critical of the locks in particular this year - Mumm and especially that useless lump Skelton have just lumbered around passionlessly. Good riddance to Skelton. Even Foley looked flat and disinterested last night. Time for baby Tahs.
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