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Diggercane

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A Rotundity and happy ex hooker who just loves Rugby really, oh and my kids and Kendra of course who lets me watch as much Rugby as I want, mostly. Follow Digby Ross on Twitter @Diggercane.

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I agree.

I also have been credited often with straight forward intelligence, it just seems easier

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Was a great piece PP, thank you.

Excellent as always Nick, cheers.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Cracking account Gatesy, thank you.

The Roar of my favourite crowd

Geez its good fun this game of ours isn’t it?

No doubt Moungas time will come, thought it would be after the WC personally but lets see what happens. Its great to see the options develop and present themselves and that proposed starting line up allows such options as Macca on the bench or even other possibilities, great position to be in.

Certainly starting is a different kettle of fish and I think it should be remembered that BB often provided the same impetus from the bench 2012-2015 so it will be intriguing to see what they do from here, it has to worth trying at some point though it worked out ok with RM on the bench too. Would be happier to see a final centre combination settled on personally, so much change for the last few seasons, though a bit injury induced also but I believe this is important to nail down so close to the WC.

Glad also to see BB defence recognised, his cover defence and workrate often goes unnoticed and is invaluable to me, would be difficult to find space at the back with B Smith and BB roaming, perhaps another tick in the box.

Great piece again, thank you Nick.

Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga: How the All Blacks pieced the jigsaw together at Loftus

Absolutely.

Well said Pine.

The language of rugby

I don’t really know Geoff, I have always been a team sport kind of fellow, both in playing and sports viewing but thinking about it, I do not even know who last won the Davis Cup or even the last winner that I can remember.

Golf certainly does a better job in catching the casual observer such as myself and certainly examples such as this makes me want to take in more. If that was the sort of spectacle you would expect from Golf each week I would be tuning in. Great fun.

The Wrap: All Blacks seal 16th title as Wallabies stare down wooden spoon

Thanks Spiro.

‘Why was Michael Hooper, a short man even if he were a back, played as a jumper at number 2 in the lineout?’

Not sure that’s a question for the Wallabies Spiro, he did take four balls cleanly, more a question for the Bok lineout and why they allowed it.

Cheika's hapless Wallabies are the real victims of the 2004 Brumbies player-power push

Thanks Geoff.

The Ryder Cup was certainly my sporting highlight of the weekend, brilliant stuff and from one who is no golfer to boot.

The Wrap: All Blacks seal 16th title as Wallabies stare down wooden spoon

Exactly!

"We're having a barbie, come on over!"

Is there a spa too?

"We're having a barbie, come on over!"

Great work mate.

BBBBB in Wellington: Bok Belief Battered But Beautiful

I certainly did, amongst other things, was a great honour 😉

To recap from Geoffs piece, it was a great Test weekend, a bit of Jambalaya, a dollop of chowder and a couple of kgs of mussels, yum cha, a bit of Mitre 10, a whole lot of beer, some finer spirits, sangria and margaritas, chess, last card, too many shots, a chat with Jeff Wilson, wives interrogated for information regarding their lesser halves, promises of classical victory celebrations reneged upon, spoilt children and of course a game in the middle of it, along with an awful lot of Rugby talk!

The best part was probably finding out that Harrys lucky beanie is a fraud 🙂 But good on him, he took the risk and got to see something pretty rare and special to him, you may have noticed from his earlier comments 🙂

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Thanks you Nick, great again.

Was an excellent match and great to be there and the result, along with the Pumas form brings a bit of edge back into the remaining away matches for the ABs. Bring it on!

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Confidence in his skill set to make the pass, if that makes sense.

The mindset behind Izzy's

No, I agree with you James, think it is just a confidence issue for him but I don’t really know, just a thought.

The mindset behind Izzy's

Hahahahahaha!!

The mindset behind Izzy's

Yeah, I just think that it he has more confidence in breaking the line than passing off his weak hand. Am just guessing and I would add, running is what he has probably been told to do.

The mindset behind Izzy's

Probably Cullen.

He would have scored though 😉

No I cant Fionn, am simply stating that I am not sure it was a selfish play though as above, you would expect this area to have been worked on. More weight as to why he should stay on the right wing I guess.

The mindset behind Izzy's

Maybe James, dunno.

My thoughts are he may have taken his best option for him because his pass of the weak hand isn’t great, thoughts?

The mindset behind Izzy's

Congrats on 10 years Brett, well done mate.

Fan abuse is never great, but the message to the Wallabies is clear

Yes, it was a bit dusty on it come Sunday night!

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Come now, don’t be mean to Chook! 😉

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

It was, great Test weekend, a bit of Jambalaya, a dollop of chowder and a couple of kgs of mussels, yum cha, a bit of Mitre 10, a whole lot of beer, some finer spirits, sangria and margaritas, chess, last card, too many shots, a chat with Jeff Wilson, wives interrogated for information regarding their lesser halves, promises of classical victory celebrations reneged upon and of course a game in the middle of it.

Do love Test weekends. 😉

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

He was covered on the outside if he stepped, Whiteley just showed the determination typical of the Boks that night.

A couple of crazier moments, Faf reclaiming his own bomb that travelled 5m, the scrum penalty against the Boks after they decimated the AB scrum and Harrys lucky beanie being found out to be a fraud. 😉

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Great wrap again Geoff, thank you.

It was an excellent occasion on Saturday night and I was fortunate to spend it in good company. Mr Jones and Mr Tragic certainly know their stuff and their way round the bar! 🙂

I have been fortunate that the last two games attended in Wellington have been gripping contests throughout the full 80 and while the results has not been ideal, live test matches are still the ultimate and to see what it means to the opposition fans on both occasions adds to the occasion. Been a long time since I have seen AB fans celebrate test wins in such fashion so hopefully we can shake the lethargy of recent years and start to really get excited again.

Understandable that there were a few grumbles regarding missed opportunities for the ABs but one really does have to tip their hat to the grit and determination of the Boks in the tackle and while big men such as Du Toit and Mostert are rightly recognised for their huge work rates it was the little guys that I felt made some real telling contributions, Dyanti as you have pointed out but also running down McKenzie (he is crazy fast), Kolbe taking Ioane head on and Faf, the little energizer bunny who needs to sign a shampoo endorsement as his mane perfectly shimmers under light were all fantastic on defence. In many ways, the Boks managed to do what the ABs have done on many occasions, punishing errors and living on scraps.

It was a mighty Bok performance, the game statistics were unbelievable! Congrats to them and their long suffering fans, hopefully a sign of better times to come (but not too much luck of course!)

Of course we wait and see whether the Boks can back up this superb effort but in their favour of course is a return to their home shores and I for one cannot wait for Pretoria.

Congrats to the Pumas and fans as well, gives the RC a good shake up, certainly there would have not been too many predicting a set of away wins this round!

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies