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A 6 on 3 is easily handled when you are the 3 All Blacks and the 6 Boks DNA (Dont Know how to Attack)

All the Boks need to do to win is listen to my wife

Kind of ironic after moaning about not being in a photo to then go and breach COVID regulations – DUH

Six Pumas, including Matera, locked out of Queensland after Byron visit, Wallabies Test will go ahead

Its not a promotion – its face saving for Gatland – with his disaster season last year with the Chiefs and the Lions debacle..hes toast

Gatland confirms return to Chiefs - but in new role

In other words sidelined!

Gatland confirms return to Chiefs - but in new role

I can see a 60% improvement from the ABs but not sure if SA has much in them to improve..

Springboks make two enforced changes for final TRC Test but Kolbe falls short

Great article! Please send to World Rugby asap…

Time wasting hurts more than just rugby's spectacle

And they will try again this Saturday ????
Should be really fascinating….I feel the ABs will have learnt a lot and generally don’t play two poor games in a row..
Hopefully not humid conditions as well..
And we need a good ref to stop the slowing down of play…

The Boks and All Blacks should try again

Kind of hard for the ABs to beat a world champion since 2011 isn’t it 🙂

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

A penalty try all night – the gap was HUGE – no-one was home…

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

They kicked the ball; forgot to pass and left their backs unemployed…

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

Actually the pedantic technical fault finding English ref did the Boks a lot of favours against the ABs, he esp needed to reward the dominant scrum and come down hard on the timewasting..

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

Its not rugby that needs looking at itself – maybe its the team who just kicks it up in the air all the time? And pedantic refs and time wasting that plays into their hands…

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

Only crumbled if you lose….

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

Kind of sad the deliberate slowing down of the game; the walking around the field slowly..the bloodless stops for blood; a Springbok forward goes down every 5 minutes..

World Rugby needs to sort this out…

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

Maybe not a turnaround at all – maybe we overvalued the Bok win at the RWC (where all the top teams knocked each other out on one side of the ledger leaving an easy run on the other) & maybe the Lions and their coach Gatland (no wins as Chiefs coach in Super Rugby) were just very poor.
Interesting – if the Boks lose again and NZ beat Argentina – will the Boks fall to #2?

A rapid Wallabies turnaround, and other non-Cooper observations

Congrats to the WBs – well deserved.

Boks looked very ordinary and maybe this shows how bad Gatland’s Lions and his Warrenball philosophy truly were in that series.

MATCH REPORT: 'He's a big game player. He said I've got it and he nailed it'

NZ Journo view:

You’re the Wallabies playing South Africa on Sunday.

The most realistic summation of how things just went for you against the All Blacks came from your best back, halfback Tate McDermott. He said “we’re pretty soft.”

South Africa have big ball-running forwards, who are basically cinder blocks in boots. They especially like to run the channels close to the breakdowns and scrums.

So you pick Quade Cooper at first-five?

Consider that Cooper hasn’t played test rugby for four years. That in 2018 his struggles on defence were cited by Reds coach Brad Thorn as a key factor in dropping Cooper from the Reds’ squad. That Cooper’s penchant for being the invisible man in a defensive line was ruthlessly exploited way back by the 2011 All Blacks in their World Cup semifinal win over Australia.

There was the possibility of fielding hard-edged Reece Hodge at first-five. But coach Dave Rennie has surely signalled that Cooper, who can be brilliant with the ball in hand (as one cynical Australian journalist muttered to me at the ’11 semifinal, “Yeah, he floats like a butterfly, pity he stings like a butterfly too.”), will lead an all-out running offence, in the hope the South African giants run out of oxygen.

If that’s the plan, the Springboks-Wallabies game will either be the most exciting upset since Japan beat South Africa at the 2015 World Cup, or a one-way traffic trainwreck.

…If you’ve ever seen him in a boxing ring there’s no question about the man’s courage. His tackling limitations are therefore something of a mystery.

But one thing does feel more certain. If defence was a shaky area for him in his 20s, nobody in the game would suggest that in his 30s a couple of seasons in the relatively relaxed arena of Japanese club rugby will have sharpened things up.

'That makes him dangerous': Cooper's selection is not what the Boks ordered

Will it be a Cooper-Hooper or Hooper-Cooper move or a Chooper?

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Maybe John Eales and the Ella brothers next?? ????
Hiding Quade from the big Bok forwards will be interesting

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Pretty obvious that the recent and unexpected Covid lockdowns all across Oz and NZ have forced all sorts of rethinking on travel (all tests in NZ have been cancelled) and the NZRFU wanting some certainty for their players isn’t really an issue is it? (they will be forced to be away from NZ for up to 5 months) – much ado about nothing. Not sure why Rennie getting excited – WA put the stop to the AB test due to Covid NOT the ABs
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/covid-19-coronavirus-delta-outbreak-all-blacks-dealt-another-blow-as-australia-suspends-quarantine-free-travel-from-new-zealand/P3TA5XOTNBGTXK6REVFEQDATMM/

'We're comfortable': NZR boss defends Bledisloe no-show in face of Australia's 'emotion'

Lost to ABs at RWC 2019 = tick &
Beaten ABs recently = x

We're not here to entertain: Springboks

Throw away the key….

UPDATE: Toutai Kefu 'expected to survive' violent machete attack, family members also hospitalised

Kobus Wiese
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All Blacks displaying how rugby should be played!

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

'He got me good': What Hooper told Retallick after brutal clean out, plus thoughts on Bledisloe II

Boks can’t wait either cause they never win against ABs and Oz 🙂

REACTION: 'Like wrestling a pig in mud' as All Blacks make Wallabies pay for 'chaos style' rugby

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