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Harry Jones

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Cannot wait. It’s when all excuses about depth (from both sides) melt away.

Rugby retrospect: What is truer than true, debunked, or seen anew?

Would love to see it like a BaaBaa match

The Roar's Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

Also seems 3 of the best 8s were in it at SF, and Faletau a big absentee.

Rugby retrospect: What is truer than true, debunked, or seen anew?

I don’t think the 2019 blueprint was much different from the 2011 and 2015 versions, except scrum, fitness, and defence improved.

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Joe looked forlorn.

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Yes, beating a super hard Gats team ain’t easy

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Australia is less corrupt? NZ has better gender parity? England is more Brexity?

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Can’t stop watching the Kolbe masterpiece …

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Nobody knows but I think a Bok-NZ final would’ve been really similar to the last 5 matches between us: a couple of moments, not much diff. The only thing is I think NZ had a tired pack and missed O Franks and L Squire.

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Hahaha!

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Yes, the problems for the three Celtic teams was always going to be depth, humidity, and fast pitches. OZ and NZ didn’t have two full packs. The two deepest teams played the grand final.

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Yes. It took 7 games for Faf to pass it to Pollard in actual space. Haha!

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Genia just couldn’t throw that pass.

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I had seven possibles and three likelies (NZ, SA, ENG) depending on where Wales fit into the SFs. So that was right, but I felt NZ would win it. SA’s defence just kept improving. ENG peaked, NZ panicked, Wales ran out of horses.

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Corollary: in a SF against big ball carriers, don’t put your best tackler (Cane) on the bench.

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Thanks! But Siya tells it more eloquently than anyone else can. I’m actually really interested in telling the story of defensive guru Jacques Nienaber.

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Good point on SR … IF you pick overseas players wisely. Rassie hit on Faf (mostly), Flo, Thor, and Koch. Willie was not good, but did assist on 4-5 tries.

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As Brian O’Driscoll pointed out on his podcast, very few teams have the beasts to emulate SA. Ireland and France?

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Yes, good observation about the MOBILITY of the Bok tight forwards. The defensive system worked in part because of very lively locks and front rowers DOUBLE tackling and LATCHING and being ready to carry hard. Lood has great feet, RG the best hands of any lock, EE very fast for a big man, and Mostert really a big flank, like PSDT, who man marked Ford!

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JN, they would’ve given England all kinds of trouble. Not as much speed as SA, but just as tough.

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Wales just had to keep Liam, Josh, and Jon healthy. They are a super smart, tough, resilient team, but thin on depth in a hot, humid, 7-week comp.

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Oh, that’s true. Should’ve said nobody scored in the last 20:00.

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Yes, that’s really only a ‘thing’ because a couple of times, NZ chose not to contest the RC fully in a RWC year. This year, they looked gutted with the 16-16 draw.

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Well, I think Rassie wanted physical specimens, and he was also thinking commercially: Bok Boyz Calendar. But seriously, Damian was absolutely fantastic in the 2015 RWC. Was only behind Pocock and Louw in TOs won. BMT.

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Cheers, JN. Yes, I’m a big fan of super athletes on the wing, with single-track minds on attack: SCORE. Lukhanyo Am is one of the smartest players in Super Rugby. Humble, hard-working, jackals, tackles hard, and knows how to invade space and stop in the right spot. See him do that to England’s attack … The broken arm cost him 10-12 caps. So happy for him.

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