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Proud NZ rugby supporter that tries very hard not to be one eyed.I appreciate rugby played well no matter who plays it.

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Hahaha no but nice try Horse

The prince of pressure: Jordie Barrett does it again

Prince of pressure there sunshine. Jordie was found not guilty and the card was expunged from his record as much as that obviously upsets you…

The prince of pressure: Jordie Barrett does it again

I don’t know, it’s only the second piece I’ve ever sent in and I also titled it ‘The Prince of Pressure’, I also did not add ‘Jordie Barrett does it again’. The piece culminated in the prince and the chalice about the fact Jordie kicked a difficult kick under incredible pressure on this momentous occasion. !00th Test over a hundred years and he is faced with that kind of pressure with a couple of minutes to go.
Outstanding composure to deliver.
Cheers

The prince of pressure: Jordie Barrett does it again

I sent this in with Jordan as the try scorer but someone at their end changed it to Jordie. I don’t make mistakes like that…I was miffed too

The prince of pressure: Jordie Barrett does it again

Agreed but you have to put Phillipe Sella into that mix.

Bruce Robertson was majestic, aristocratic, elegant… Yes, I am talking about a rugby player!

“But then gone over and struggled against more physical teams” LOL
They have been beaten by Argentina once…ever and the All Blacks response in the next Test was to pants them.
They played Ireland in the 1/4 final of the 2019 WC and destroyed them.
Pretty significant match wouldn’t you say?
They have beaten England 15 out of their previous 17 encounters.
The Argentina loss last year and the English loss at the WC in 2019 are statistical anomalies.
It happens from time to time but they are rare but that is the nature of, well, anything really.
Every now and then there are statistical outliers, they are not trends.
For you to say they struggle against more physical teams “Over there” is nonsense.

'Tough for the relationship': Turinui says Aus-NZ relations worst since 2003, spins Ian Foster theory

Thanks for these breezy strolls down memory lane.
Great stuff

Has there been a feistier All Black than Grant Batty?

The All Blacks had to wait from 87 to 2011 to win Bill back…we had to wear the chokers tag, year after year after year. But when it came and it was by a whisker, I let out a primal scream that my ancestors would have heard. It’ll come for you guys and how sweet it will be… I won’t like it but I will remember what I felt and applaud it.

MATCH REPORT: Rennie's Wallabies sent out to go big or die trying - it was the latter

Agreed but I miss tours in general.

Springboks triumph in third Test, take series over Lions

Inexplicable call.

NZ View: All Blacks' 'one man show,' Wallabies 'not a million miles away'

Panic? 33-8 inside the final quarter, bench on but no panic whatsoever there, just no pressure and a slight loss in mindset, however, Test in the bag.

NZ View: All Blacks' 'one man show,' Wallabies 'not a million miles away'

I didn’t realise it was written by Will Genia until I had to scroll up to see who was writing this superb analysis.
Just one thing, from my layman’s point of view it was Joost van der Westhuizen that I admired the most and, well, despised ( All Black supporter here) watching him craft his way around the base.

WILL GENIA: We have to back ourselves when the game is still there to be won

I mean the Boks sure schooled the All Blacks the previous time they met…oh wait

The Springboks handle the British and Irish Lions 27-9 to level the series

I get that you enjoy League but although I have really tried to like it, it leaves me cold. I liken league to draughts and Union to chess. Why are many league matches close contests…because they get almost an equal amount of possession and it’s the inevitable 5 tackle kick and hope, from almost every play…maybe a couple of wraparounds but completely lacking in adventure and complexity.
Rinse and repeat. Some excellent athletes though. I did enjoy the Manly and Warriors early days when they would mi it up early in their sets but alas those days are long gone. I believe it was a point of difference for the Warriors until they decided to play an Oz style of League of which they were never going to succeed at playing consistently when Oz were leaps and bounds better at it.

The Springboks handle the British and Irish Lions 27-9 to level the series

Boring? it may not transfer to Test match rugby but to me it is certainly not boring and is a highly skilled product that is enthralling to watch, more so when both teams are willing to play that style and are evenly matched, which were most of the matches between the kiwi teams.

The Springboks handle the British and Irish Lions 27-9 to level the series

Thanks for this article, great memories, those were the days. Wish someone could have told us we were living in them then…

Why Bryan Williams is my rugby hero

Oh okay, cheers Wal : )

Phil Waugh believes the All Blacks are a shadow of their former selves

Really? Of course, his name is Kieran Read. My reply was to Suzy Poison…he had said that “REID was at 7” Wrong on two counts.
I sent him to the back of the class for such egregious errors Wal.
Oh, dear…keep up.

Phil Waugh believes the All Blacks are a shadow of their former selves

Indeed it is Mr White ; )

Phil Waugh believes the All Blacks are a shadow of their former selves

A team that hasn’t beaten the All Blacks since 1953 could potentially knock them off top spot without beating them in the current era?
The vagaries and inefficiency of the ranking system laid bare…

Phil Waugh believes the All Blacks are a shadow of their former selves

Reid at 7?lol…Go to the back of the class.
Also, we don’t care for the word cup. It’s World cups we’re after…three aaaaaand counting.

Phil Waugh believes the All Blacks are a shadow of their former selves

Dream?
If they even dream it they should wake up and apologise… ; )

Phil Waugh believes the All Blacks are a shadow of their former selves

Superb analysis.SBW get’s a lot of flak online over here(NZ) but your breakdown of ‘Javelin’ is a stark lesson on why he continues to feature in Hansen and Foster’s plans.When they get the timing right…it is devastating.

The All Black javelin - the 'Sonny Bill' attack

I am a kiwi and rugby is growing around the world but i wouldn’t care less if it was just played in my back yard….i love the game and there are plenty of kiwis that love the game too…we have a culture of excellence and a winning mentality is expected.I realize it must be difficult for Aussies to back teams that invariably fail.We have been through difficult periods but it did not distract from my love for the game.Perseverance and to keep getting back up from the ground when you have been knocked down is essential to success.Every great company or person has experienced failure and defeat…the difference is they do not give up until they have achieved what they set out to do.The All Blacks were called chockers for years as they just could not replicate the success of the WC of1987 until 2011…. 24 looooong years.Now they are back to back World Champions.I always applaud good play from an opposing team and if i see The Wallabies beat us there are no sour grapes from me and that includes if i think there was poor refereeing as i see rugby as a metaphor for life.Life is not fair and never promised to be.

You’re the last of a dying breed Damian Martin and why people stop watching rugby?Really?Hahaha ok,did that make you feel better?Don’t watch it then.Watch the simple game instead…along with millions of others.I’ll continue to watch the game they play in Heaven…

Hard truths: When I woke up and realised I was a casual fan

What are you talking about…
To say that the skill level on display is light years ahead of SR pros is ludicrous.
Completely different skills required…obviously.
Rugby players would destroy and run rings around and straight through the fragile physiques and egos on display at the football WC.
Imagine Neymar being subjected to a rugby tackle…the histrionics would be Oscar like not that they already aren’t as can be seen by his cringe inducing blatant cheating.
The same can be said for football players running rings around rugby players in football skills.
Comparison is absurd.
You only need one commentator because football is a simple game.
Rugby requires various commentators because it is a complicated game that has compartmentalized skills.
This means meta analysis.
I like to engage my brain when i watch sport.
The only way i can compare the two codes is to liken football and rugby league for that matter to draughts and rugby union to chess.
I don’t care how many people around the world choose football…it requires a completely different mentality to play it and when i see players writhing around on the ground in agony imploring the referee to give them a false advantage…it makes me sick and yes,from time to time you see a rugby player seeking advantage by exaggerating the effects of a tackle but the difference is fans and spectators don’t accept it and referees more than not see right through it….it is unacceptable and therefore very rare.
I am a rugby union lover…i absolutely love analyzing lineouts,scrums,rucks,backline alignment and all the other mini contests that make up a rugby match.
You’ll get back to being a permanent rugby fan?You do understand what permanent means don’t you?
Therefore it’s too late for you.
I suggest you keep watching the ‘simple’ game.
This article was written for casuals by a casual.
It should have been titled as such…

Hard truths: When I woke up and realised I was a casual fan

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