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Rugby mad and sports crazy. Passionate about my teams and a firm believer that sport can transcend boundaries beyond the field or court.

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Might have done, I don’t really follow the Kangaroos very much. I do know the ABs have been one of the most fit sides for a very long time and this helped them keep their dominance for so long. A lot of games being decided in the final 20mins.

If he did have this environment with Kangaroos then I’m sure this helped him fit right in when he switched codes.

James O'Connor to lead Reds into Super Rugby final

You mean JOC? You clearly haven’t watched many games this year.

James O'Connor to lead Reds into Super Rugby final

I think this one of the keys. Thorn will know from his AB days that you need to be super fit, not just for the physical side of things, but the more fit you are the better your decision making under pressure when fatigued and tired.

James O'Connor to lead Reds into Super Rugby final

Good luck too mate. Obviously going for a Saders win, but it would be a great fairy tale and redemption arc for the Chiefs. And to school in the Tron and have family there, so always a soft spot for me.
And yea, I’d be annoyed with a ref mistake, and I would do my best not to voice it too much on here – without promising everything.
But also, I think if we live by the sword we die by the sword.
In regards to the ref mistake in that game. Yea, all the things that happened after the incorrect call shouldn’t have happened. Playing to the whistle though, the Chiefs need to take the lesson. The PT and YC for example, that decision was correct based on the 9s actions and where it was. And yes, the pass should have been called back. But it wasn’t, so the chiefs just needed to play on. It was the 9s decision to take the action that lead him off. It was a card-able offence. That’s the part where I mean the Chiefs needed to have played better and/or smarter. Albeit they shouldn’t have been in that situation to begin with.

Six talking points from Super Rugby AU and Aotearoa

Not everyone railed against him. But I get what your saying, there are always bandwagoners, and much easier when the one game he didn’t captain is the one game they lost.

James O'Connor to lead Reds into Super Rugby final

Ok, I think we’re both being a bit pedantic here.

I’m not arguing that game and those decisions as it was done to death at the time. Yes, the pass from RM should have been called a knock on/forward pass. It wasn’t, and that’s a mistake.

My point was that as a fan, we see things a certain way. Any decision is going to favour one side over the other, but to say that one side consistently gets the favourable result – across multiple games, multiple refs, multiple grounds both home and away – is a big stretch. And just as you will say it’s absurd when people inevitably say it about the ABs, I say it’s absurd when people say it about the Saders.

People will still feel like they get all the calls, their way, but they don’t. There are a number of reasons for this perception though, and while Ref bias is the easy one people go to, it is likely the least important, if it exists at all. What is more important, and what contributes to any particular call being more noticeable, is the ability of the team to make that decision matter.

Take your example, one bad decision, had a domino effect and, by your count, cost 14pts. If the Saders had not scored at all, then we wouldn’t still be talking about it. The Chiefs poor decision making, including the 9s offside play that resulted in a YC and PT, and the inability to deal with 10mins a man down – despite multiple scrum resets. Add to that, the ability of Saders to exploit any advantage. And that call mattered. Although should be noted it didn’t decide the game.

Six talking points from Super Rugby AU and Aotearoa

I am sure we will hear the same thing when the ABs start playing and seem to get all the favourable calls.

It is usually against a typically very strong side and it usually involves the team we barrack for on the wrong side of the decision. So I’m not surprised the example is a Chiefs/Saders game. It’s what we fans see when we are passionate.

Six talking points from Super Rugby AU and Aotearoa

Well, if we can’t trust Newscorp for fair and unbiased news Geoff, who can we trust?

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

“I read that players in NZ feel strongly that no one owns the silver fern – players selected for the All Blacks are custodians whose goal is to leave a legacy.”

Completely agree that this ideology needs to be respected.

It should be noted however, that the Silver Fern is already effectively for sale. When a sponsor pays a bucket load of cash, and puts there name on the jersey, front and centre, right next to the Silver Fern. It is the Fern they are buying. It’s the symbol, it’s the brand, it’s the associated Mana. The Simver Fern, in itself is merely a symbol of the ABs, and by extension NZ. The ABs, as a brand, has been open to association with other brands for cash. That is the essence of sponsorship.

If we want to split hairs between sponsorship and a small stake in a commercial entity, we can. But it doesn’t resolve the fact that the Fern has been marketable and ‘hire-able’ for many many years.

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

“…Ive seen many a match ( this year ) where the decisions all seem to go against the one team…”

Ive made bold the key word. Sometimes decisions may seem to be wrong or appear to be one sided. It very rarely is the case. But, again, I get where that comes from and I get what you’re saying.

Six talking points from Super Rugby AU and Aotearoa

Fair enough, I didn’t mean to mis-represent your doubling over comment. I’ve seen a lot more of a drop in height ignored previously, so going by that I assume they determined this wasn’t enough either. I went back to the guidelines as I wasn’t sure exactly what it listed as mitigation’s; and we’ve seen some referee license with what they have used, so…

Who really knows though, some of these decisions have such little consistency.

Michael Cheika unimpressed by call to red-card Force flanker for this hit

I think the guidelines actually, in regard to BC head height –
“ BC suddenly drops in height (e.g. From earlier tackle, trips/falls, dives to score)”

In this instance his head height doesn’t really drop from the contact of the tackle, and the shoulder to head impact happens very soon after initial contact, with the BCs position and posture largely unchanged. I don’t think this instance can have this mitigation applied.

I couldn’t find any mention of being ‘doubled over’, and in this instance I don’t think that term would apply even if it was mentioned in the guidelines.

Michael Cheika unimpressed by call to red-card Force flanker for this hit

“The other point of interest is to see if NZ teams are actually dominant (and if so, how).”

I think is the most important part, although I would re-phrase it to checking if there is a gap and what is it between the two countries cohort of teams.

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Every game being a ‘local derby’ does kind of take that shine off doesn’t it. It’s like the theory that when we are all ‘special’, then effectively no one is ‘special’.

It would be interesting to see the profit and loss for this season so we can see if this local comp thing is a viable option for the future.

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

I get what you’re saying. But… if the Reds are clearly that good, they should beat the NZ teams. If they can’t, then, are they that good?
Yea, the bonus points, or lack of them, would come into it. Especially with the likely hood that an NZ win may involve a lot of points/try’s due to the nature of how they play.
At the end of the day, we all know the teams are fairly even. The good and bad stand outs are there, but most of the time the margins are small.
The overall winner this year will just be the best team on the day, that’s all a tournament winner ever is really. Sure you get bragging rights, but everyone knows, you were just better on the day, and doesn’t mean you are forever the best until the next tournament (sorry – South Africa – I’m looking at you; you NEED to start playing already).
You’re going to get some shtick as this hasn’t even started yet and you’re complaining or making excuses. But I do get where you’re coming from. You’re argument will be better at the end of the comp when you have the game results to back up you’re scenario.

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Terry, mate, go home, you’re drunk.

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

I think it really comes down to how well we go in the TT. I think there has been a lot of players leaving, but when our wooden spooners smash the Highlanders, who had previously only a few weeks ago smashed the premier them of the comp. that shows on any day or could be any team. We definitely don’t have the same depth that we had though.

Hurricanes finish Super Rugby Aotearoa season with win over Highlanders

I think I misunderstood the post 😊 👍

Crusaders sign Pumas captain Pablo Matera for next season

I think you mis-read that post mate 😛

Crusaders sign Pumas captain Pablo Matera for next season

😂 😂 😂

Crusaders sign Pumas captain Pablo Matera for next season

The games where the Crusaders struggled or lost, it was the breakdown that really was the key point. This should fix that. The article does state he can’t replace an up and coming youngster, so for it to get this far it must be that they do not have anyone ready for that step up right now.

Crusaders sign Pumas captain Pablo Matera for next season

A few posts from a decade ago, he apologised, clearly hasn’t done it since. Showed remorse and promised he wouldn’t do it again, with 10yrs of good behaviour as evidence he was serious.

Folau,, happened now, unrepentant, did it once then said he wouldn’t do it again but then did it again. No apology. Proven record of lying and clearly going to do it again. Active sponsors, both Wallabies and his personal ones leaving or threatening to leave.

Pretty much nothing comparable between the two. But I know what you were trying to say.

Crusaders sign Pumas captain Pablo Matera for next season

If he makes it to Crusaders, they will fix any issues he has.

Crusaders sign Pumas captain Pablo Matera for next season

Ok, but let’s make sure that we recognise that NZ is a Pacific Island too, so Aus can’t import any Kiwis 😛

Seriously though, it will be interesting to see if/when this pans out. While I like that my team is getting an absolute world class player, it is an area we need more depth in, both Crusaders and NZ, so don’t know about him taking the spot of a developing player. I know that’s mentioned in the article, but we all know if the powers-that-be want him, they will get him.

Crusaders sign Pumas captain Pablo Matera for next season

Very interesting game. Hurricanes creating so many opportunities in the first half but the Highlanders scramble was great, plus the Hurricanes ability to stuff things up kept things pretty even. Second half, the Hurricanes showed what they can do when the passes stick and some better decisions are made, plus the effort of scrambling so much in the 1st half took its toll.

Coles was very Dane Coles. Lots of niggle ‘having fun’. Went a bit far on Hunt and he didn’t just take it. I think the YC on its own merits was maybe a bit harsh, but think it was a case of trying to squash the rubbish by having a zero tolerance approach. Kinda like instead of trying to unpack a bust up with the kids you just send them all to their bedrooms so you can finish watching the rugby in peace (may or may not be based on real events).

Hurricanes finish Super Rugby Aotearoa season with win over Highlanders