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Wow! Astonishing skills. Your post nails it exactly.

Wallabies pre-dawn: Why learning from the Townsville win is another important step

Same with players tying their bootlaces. It seems bizarre that six Springboks are inept at tying their bootlaces, I’m picking up on a comment made elsewhere on the Roar recently about six stoppages for tying bootlaces.

Send ’em to the touchline. Waterboys are multi-skilled. They can tie the bootlaces if the players on the field are not competent at this skill.

You’d think everyone in the Springboks camp would be encouraging the diligent and scrupulous tying of the bootlaces. It’s a reputational thing. Maybe put aside an hour or so on a Wednesday afternoon training session. The last thing the Boks need is to be pointed to and giggled at for not having this schoolboy skill. It was bad enough when Robbie Deans said he was receiving players at international level who didn’t have the fundamental skills. But unable to tie a robust bootlace? From the World Champs? They really are in a dire hole.

The Wrap: Tense, gripping clash of styles falls the All Blacks' way

Stadiums are interesting facilities. They hardly ever pay back their cost, and so are best seen for what they are: a way for a government to make a big statement about bread and circuses, but it’s your circus. And all too often, your bread.

A deputation from Dunedin went to Christchurch to say “don’t make our mistake. Please don’t build a stadium”. But the Christchurch powers-that-be looked at the number of knighthoods dished out for community services to stadium movers and shakers (in Dunedin) and the appropriation of Hagley Park for cricket (and more Honours dished out) and have gone ahead. Meantime Dunedin ratepayers are up for roughly $8,000 each to pay for the stadium, and the Council cut back on clearing the drains and sewers, resulting in the flat area of Dunedin having a civil defence emergency because of a storm and houses being flooded. So the homeowners have to pay for that, too.

Declaration: as a property owner in Christchurch, and a facility management professional by trade, I’m of the “no stadium” camp. The smoke and mirrors in the Christchurch stadium cost breakdown would be the envy of any political party wanting to hide donations!

The Wrap: Tense, gripping clash of styles falls the All Blacks' way

> A player tries to intercept a pass and knocks the ball on. Instead of a scrum there is …..wait forit….yes, another penalty and a yellow card.

The ref’s explanation was clear to all, even viewers at home. Were you in the room when the ruling was explained?

The Wrap: Tense, gripping clash of styles falls the All Blacks' way

It’s called a “Bok’s kick” for a reason and yet it’s misspelled everywhere on the interwebs. Quite annoying.

Lots of folk complaining about the game as a visual spectacle. But this is a Test. The purpose of a test is to, well, test you. Easy tests are easy. Hard tests are the real tests.

In this Test, the All Blacks almost failed. The team as a whole, and the individual players, were put to the test. The Springboks rush defence gave almost no time to the opposition. The back 3 were tested under the high ball. At the end, Jordie Barrett came through with 100%. 5 from 5! Full marks!

To all those folk muttering about the absence of entertainment or spectacle. This was a Test, and deadly serious. High end sport is no game.

SA View: Heartbreak in the 100th as Boks 'set the table, kill the calf and forget to eat'

Not true. I definitely saw him catching some high balls. Did you mean, he dropped some? One?

REACTION: Everything 'grumpy' Rennie said, including left field excuse for 'frustrating' win

As a someone who has been inducted into the mysterious network of waterboys I am not at liberty to disclose the whereabouts of someone on SWB (Secret Waterboys Business).

Footnote: It’s not a fraternity by the way, all persons of all genders are welcome and are included. The main criterion is the ability to carry water. My lips are also sealed on those who would Forget Their Bottle. In the highly hypothetical and unlikely event a waterboy makes such a grievous error I assure you steps would be taken.

Footnote to the footnote: I can neither confirm nor deny any connection between Rassie’s silence, his Forgetting The Bottle, and the aforementioned Steps.

I’d like to help further but you understand how it is.

Boks coach bemoans 'bounce of the ball' as youngster's massive play secures All Blacks win

BOM Townsville weather observations for 6.00pm tonight were: 23 degrees, 20kph wind, max gusts 28kph, 77 percent humidity.

Boks coach bemoans 'bounce of the ball' as youngster's massive play secures All Blacks win

The AFL Final was very dynamic and also had the lead changing hands a lot, but too many knock-ons. For a sports code that values the ability to catch a football, the knock-ons, fumbles, and bad handling just does my head in.

Boks coach bemoans 'bounce of the ball' as youngster's massive play secures All Blacks win

Hi. It’s halftime in the match and the South Africans have been ahead most of the half and have gone into the sheds with the score at 13 -11 so just 2 points behind.
Are you prepared to acknowledge I may have a point, and in truth I may be located in the real world?
Or can you really say in all honesty that you are not surprised.
My comment was that some folk might be surprised.

Coach says Boks lost their 'soul' and Wallabies beat them at their game as names side for All Blacks clash

Pert of the nefarious English game plan leading into 2019 World Cup was being an unknown quantity, not having played the All Blacks since 2016 if i recall correctly. The experimental nature of the teams that England and France despatch south of the Equator plays into this narrative.

Anyway if we had a choice about alternate history, the best leg of the trousers of time to don would be to swap Trump and Brexit for more All Blacks-England full strength matches.

Coach’s Corner Issue 27: Who is really the number one team in the world?

>Sa will feel more love in the north, and hence more natural progression to their game
I’m OK with the winners of the World Cup Tournament being World Champs for four years at a time. It’s epic to achieve a win in tournament play. Anything more frequent would lose the mana. If there’s a one-off test between “best NH” and “best SH” each year, that’d be good, if it is limited to a single match that each team brought its best team to.
Why good? Because lots of column inches and fan engagement and debate.
If playing in the NH assists SA to hone their edge, then that can only be a positive for the sport as a whole.

Coach’s Corner Issue 27: Who is really the number one team in the world?

In ’85 I was working with a punk who told me about his appearance before a magistrate in ’82. NZ like Australia and the UK did the real deal on punk – music, lifestyle, clothes, politics. This guy had the Doc Martens, skinny black jeans, blackdyed hair etc. He was charged with assault against a police officer, the charges arising from the anti-Tour protest in Wellington that turned into a running street battle. But he looked meek in the Court, his case helped by the Officer who claimed assault being the size of a prop forward and he was only 5’2″. And as he said, “they never found the 4 by 2.” History shows the protestors’ general cause was right but history always has footnotes and I still have not reconciled some aspects. I think this is where the common response “Don’t over-think it, let’s move on,” comes from.

Celebrating 100 Tests and 100 years: 'There's never a winner in NZ vs South Africa, just the next battle'

Very pleased that Foster isn’t mucking around. Not for this one. Pick the strongest side and punch hard. Foster is also showing he’s not just a mini-me of Hansen. Seems that many folk, me included, are seeing the strategy and thinking only in hindsight, and it’s good stuff. The best way to silence the Razor gang is success.

'We're aware of the history': Foster names strongest available side for All Blacks clash with Boks

You had to mention blue cod. Thank goodness you didn’t mention Don Dennis’s pies or I’d be a blithering wreck. Too many memories. A source of quiet pride to my father was having seen every All Blacks/ Springboks Test played in the South Island from WWll until his death. And me? As a lad, I sold those pies, threading my way through the pack on the Terrace. A fitting apprenticeship for a waterboy.

Celebrating 100 Tests and 100 years: 'There's never a winner in NZ vs South Africa, just the next battle'

I hadn’t been keeping an eye on the Sydney street corner giveaway newspapers. So Alan Jones is striving for relevance, is he? That’s mildly interesting.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Quick falls and rough landings

😂 😂 😂

Great line Harry!

How the Springboks hit an English speed bump at Suncorp

Hi JN, the 2020 guidelines are there for all to see, and the English refs have been the most consistent at applying them steadily throughout games and entire tournaments. To claim ‘bias’ would be like Cheika claiming ‘bias’ at the World Cup about the head protection protocols announced three months before the World Cup. It was plain he had either not read them, or read them and ignored them.

This has been a lumpy process of change management, just like the head safety protocols. Game-wide changes never happen at an even pace across all teams, there are always frontrunners and laggards. The English have been ahead of the rest of the world at adjusting, and the change management does include refs and coaches as well as players. Australia’s been spotty, a bit half and half, but at least are on the journey. The English refs coaches and players have arrived at the new point.

Having deservedly won the World Cup based on the previous playing regimen, South Africa has stuck with what they know. It’s a very human thing to do, but is to their cost as the rugby world is moving on.

I’m trying to think of how this can be construed as ‘bias’. I hark back to some New Zealand complaints about rule changes which came out out of London after the All Blacks thumped the Poms at the breakdown. The All Blacks, more than any other side, had to reconfigure how they played to fit the new interpretations. (There’s plenty of evidence that they got there finally, but it took time).

If there’s any trend and a moral to be drawn, it seems to be that World Rugby is adept at changing Laws and Interpretations the season after the English are denied silverware.

No need for the laager. As far as London and the Twickers box seat and members are concerned, it could be any team, the actual nationality, colour, or creed doesn’t matter.

“All these colonials are the same, coming over here and beating us at our game. And what do you mean, Japan isn’t part of the Empire? What? Oh, they haven’t beaten us yet? Jolly good show, we’d hate to have to legislate against throwing the ball around. Damned shame that the possibility is there, but even so. Can someone have a word to Eddie?

How the Springboks hit an English speed bump at Suncorp

This match is likely to surprise a few pundits. At the start of the series if you’d asked South Africa “would you be OK losing two matches against the Wallabies if it meant winning the 100th Test against the All Blacks” I think they’d have said “Yes, where do we sign?”

Win this, and South Africa will view the tour as a success.

Coach says Boks lost their 'soul' and Wallabies beat them at their game as names side for All Blacks clash

Combinations. If the Wallabies lose Kerevi to injury or (unlikely!) drop him, Quade Cooper will look quite ordinary. It’s Fred Kerevi and Ginger Cooper at the moment.

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

No, no coach would do that. Shirley not? 😱

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

I thought about posting links to commenters from last year who were complaining that the Wallabies would never get better because Rennie was a kiwi and incompetent, it’d be nice to get current thoughts, but I’m having a good day so far and I’ve really enjoyed both Wallabies Test wins, so I have no stomach for ruining a good day and the positive tone of this thread. Suffice to say, there was no shortage of comments to link to.

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

Ah. Sanction #6.

The Wrap: Wallabies rocket ahead while the Springboks are lost in space

I’m just in this comments thread for the waterboy lulz. Thank you.

'Bring back that wild waterboy': The Boks are 'sick' and maybe a return to Rassie is the only cure

Well said! But go back twelve months on The Roar and you will find many who passionately disagreed with your position. You know it’s bad when the ultimate card gets played, after all the other arguments have been tabled:

“But But But he’s not Australian, so he simply cannot be loyal to Wallabies goals and success!”

Hopefully we have now seen the end of such blinkered rubbish.

'We want to get the country behind us': Everything Rennie said about beating Boks, JOC return

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