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Well said

South African channel their inner Bradbury for the third time

I find amusing the line reading “Australia and New Zealand both already knocked out”… Really???? I mean, NZ were a real chance of winning, but Australia????? Who are we trying to kid? I believe Ireland, Wales, France and even Scotland, Japan and Argentina posed a more serious threat to the Springboks.
I also find the whole article disrespectful of the Wales and Japan squads of 2019, and the Argentina and Fini squads of 2007.
In a time were rugby is uniting nations, I find this whole article an arrogant, resentful piece.
Respect due to South Africa, the rightful winners of the World Cup.

South African channel their inner Bradbury for the third time

England is a balanced team, strong in all areas of the game. That is enough to beat most normal teams. But IMHO, not these All Blacks, who keep getting better. If no appalling refereeing decisions are made, the ABs should be up by at least a try at half time, and feast on England’s desperation in the second half.
Wales has probably used more than their fair share of cosmic luck against France and, strong and passionate as they are, won’t be able to score enough against the brutal Boks.
All Blacks by 20, Springboks by 10 is my amateurish prediction.

And finally (and admittedly out of topic) Jaco Peyper is not qualified to referee international rugby, including SR. His performances are more often than not one sided, and he ends up having influence on the scoreboard. He had more than enough chances to prove fans otherwise. Not what we expect at this level.

Rugby World Cup semi-finals expert tips: stress-free and freakin’ out!

Well said.

Cats entering uncharted territory

IMHO, England would be a better team without Jones, and Australia would be a better team without Cheika. There’s little space for arrogance in modern rugby. And neither of these are likely to progress past this game.
England appears to be 20 points ahead of Australia, but let’s see what happens on the day.

'They'd better win': Cheika puts the pressure back on Jones

We’re not discussing whether Farrell was or not targeted. We’re discussing the legality of Lavanini’s tackle. Please tell me that you acknowledge the difference.
And whether Piers Francis was (not) punished using the same criteria.
Incidentally, if you want someone out of the field, you go for his knees, not his head.

World Rugby and the refs are killing the game

So which one is it? Scrutinize some players? Or refs shouldn’t act that way? contradictory comment IMHO. Lavanini cleaned his act in the past 2 years, but that shouldn’t matter. Red card offence should always be a red card.
The discussion here is about consistency, since the English Team got away with the same offence.

World Rugby and the refs are killing the game

At least you were not given 4 weeks

World Rugby and the refs are killing the game

Your biomechanics could use some revision Neil. In the circumstances you describe (which are correct), the tackle is to be made with the left shoulder.
Otherwise the tackler’s head ends up under the carrier. It’s instinctive. And easier.

World Rugby and the refs are killing the game

Agree.
But Jaco Peyper is outright a bad referee. Consistently bad week in week out in super rugby, rewarded with WC appearances. His refereeing seems one sided more often than not.

World Rugby and the refs are killing the game

Very true. All of it.

World Rugby and the refs are killing the game

No, it wasn’t. I just watched the replay. In brief is right. The footage showing Farrell ducking was shown after the red.
If Owens wanted to be strict to the letter, he should have issued yellow cards to the English defender on the opening minutes, and to Matera a few minutes later. Then there would have been no more dramas. It’s all about consistency, and there was not much of it till the red card all but ended the contest.
Also, in the 5 minutes leading to the red incident, there was a succession of 50-50 calls going the English way.
The Argentines historically lose temper quickly when they perceive they’re being treating unfairly. Not very professional of them, but it just happens. Easy for us to talk about England keeping their cool, but there was no passage of play where those 50-550 calls went consistently against them. We’ll see if they can keep their composure if and when that happens…

World Rugby and the refs are killing the game

Humbly, I don’t think this is a matter of selection. There’s no depth and the base is not broad enough to produce significant talent. Losing players to off field matters such as James O’Connor or Israel Folau doesn’t help matters. Australia just can’t afford to lose players to immature behavior.
The U-20 performance in the recent WC, remarkable and deserved as it was, was more the merit of a particular team, than the outcome of a consistent process. I believe eraching finals is going to become a less frequent treat for Australia.
I believe today Australia is the weakest team of the Tier I nations, and that includes Scotland and Argentina. An easy pool on the WC will see us through to the QF, most likely as second behind Wales, but that will be the end of it. The Rugby Championships will add to the Wallabies miseries.
Very hard times ahead, I’m afraid.

Has the latest Wallabies squad heralded the end of a selection era?

Great reading.
IMHO, the Jags have played the most attractive rugby this season, and there’s undoubtedly merit in their historic run to the final, national side or not. Their fans provide an extra element of warmth and excitement to the game. I particularly enjoyed the reception the team got at the tunnel before entering the field on the SF. International players who were not selected on the day for the big game – like Leguizamon and Tuculet – chose to show their support in a different way. What’s not to love?
SAANZAR may not be the most expressive body out there when it comes to recognising merit from its members or affiliates, but they make the right call when they invited the Jags to SR. The game is better for it

Super Rugby history worth celebrating. Or I’d have thought so…