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seriously need to read before typing.. let me help you

“this was the scene in Gallagher and even URC”

So English premiership and European + SA side league

The Thursday Two-up: Recalibrate, reset, or full steam ahead?

given the Boks claimed 50% of the ball back I think we should be talking about how the ABs were interfering with them regathering the other 50% 😂

Rugby News: 'Phenomenal' Quade tipped to rise again, how Hoops reacted to win, Tahs sign powerful Fijian, Bok banned

Definitely not the Rhino!

Rugby News: 'Phenomenal' Quade tipped to rise again, how Hoops reacted to win, Tahs sign powerful Fijian, Bok banned

we dont have either in Africa so its all a bit weird!

Should be dont poke the Lion or Ratel

Rugby News: 'Phenomenal' Quade tipped to rise again, how Hoops reacted to win, Tahs sign powerful Fijian, Bok banned

well you have to dont you – never expected any remorse when we were getting shellacked in Albany and dont expect to be giving any either. The longer we can keep the confidence low the better for us.

That said – I dont think I will ever feel comfortable going into an AB game. Despite the issues there is still enough quality there to punish you for any mistakes.. ala Test 1 v Ireland

Rugby News: 'Phenomenal' Quade tipped to rise again, how Hoops reacted to win, Tahs sign powerful Fijian, Bok banned

Strong Team for the Boks at Ellis Park

15 – Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) – 19 caps, 12 pts (1t, 2c, 1p)
14 – Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles) – 52 caps, 60 pts (12t)
13 – Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks) – 29 caps, 25 pts (5t)
12 – Damian de Allende (Wild Knights) – 61 caps, 35 pts (7t)
11 – Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks) – 28 caps, 100 pts (20t)
10 – Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers) – 63 caps, 649 pts (7t, 88c, 141p, 5d)
9 – Jaden Hendrikse (Cell C Sharks) – 5 caps, 5 pts (1t)

8 – Duane Vermeulen (Ulster) – 61 caps, 15 pts (3t)
7 – Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz) – 61 caps, 25 pts (5t)
6 – Siya Kolisi (captain, Cell C Sharks) – 66 caps, 35 pts (7t)
5 – Lood de Jager (Wild Knights) – 59 caps, 25 pts (5t)
4 – Eben Etzebeth (Cell C Sharks) – 101 caps, 15 pts (3t)
3 – Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers) – 49 caps, 5pts (1t)
2 – Bongi Mbonambi (Cell C Sharks) – 51 caps, 55 pts (11t)
1 – Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks) – 10 caps, 0pts

Replacements:
16 – Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears) – 50 caps, 55 pts (11t)
17 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) – 62 caps, 5pts (1t)
18 – Vincent Koch (Wasps) 35 caps, 0 pts
19 – Franco Mostert (Honda Heat) – 54 caps, 5pts (1t)
20 – Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers) – 14 caps, 0 pts
21 – Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs) – 22 caps, 5 pts (1t)
22 – Hershel Jantjies (DHL Stormers) – 22 caps, 25 pts (5t)
23 – Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz) – 75 caps, 65 pts (13t)

As expected Jaden retains the 9 spot with the reserve coverage from Jantijies. Kriel comes to the wing spot for KLA – speed and experience but less x-factor. Big news is DvM for Wiese who takes the reserve lock spot. Eben going for a full 80 again then with Mostert and PSDT covering. With DvM menacing the breakdown in the first 40 while Marx reprises his super sub role with Bongi and Ox starting up front. Definitely puts more power into the initial setpiece engagement and then follows up with more tempo and breakdown focus later on.

Rugby News: 'Phenomenal' Quade tipped to rise again, how Hoops reacted to win, Tahs sign powerful Fijian, Bok banned

there is going to be only one way for the high ball furore to end – both catcher/s will need to be on the ground. No jumping to protect yourself as the receiver and no jumping to contest. Back to old school of getting clattered by the chaser on the ground

Rugby News: 'Phenomenal' Quade tipped to rise again, how Hoops reacted to win, Tahs sign powerful Fijian, Bok banned

there is a clip of the Jordie one and the chaser is actually shoved by Cane as he is coming through and into Jordie so good reffing

Rugby News: 'Phenomenal' Quade tipped to rise again, how Hoops reacted to win, Tahs sign powerful Fijian, Bok banned

Adamson was pretty poor in the URC as well

The Wrap: Two different ways to skin a cat as Wallabies and Springboks draw first blood

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The Wrap: Two different ways to skin a cat as Wallabies and Springboks draw first blood

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What is South Africa's best ever Test XI?

besides discipline – you got the feel they are still bedding in a new attack plan with a lot of players not expecting the ball or in the wrong place for Contemponi’s Leinster style. Which just compounded things when they needed to keep momentum and be next to score

The Wrap: Two different ways to skin a cat as Wallabies and Springboks draw first blood

I imagine the two of them looking at stats and going 90% of turnovers out wide within the 22-50m of your own side result in an average of 5.5 points to the opposition…

Then going – if we cant protect the carrier out wide then we shouldnt be playing in that space. Its unimaginative but it is simple to implement and therefore effective.

Of course I could be wildly off the mark as I mentioned before – there are definitely some shoots of growth there but they arent strong enough to crack open a Tier 1 D strucuture. So maybe its more a case of slowly slowly on this side so as not to detract from our existing strengths.

I would love to see the Boks play a bit like the Stormers when it sticks but we wouldnt be able to afford the number of turnovers they handed over at this level

NZ VIEW: 'Time to ring Razor', as 'confidence shattered' ABs are a wound 'festering with pus and infection'

I dont think its a confidence thing – while we have great players – the reality is we dont have a system ala Ireland that can regularly unpick the levels of D of Tier 1 opponents.

The team are certainly trying a few things and we actually saw the wings do more than just defend, chase and catch bombs BUT there was no or not enough nuance to fool anyone at this level.

On the flip side – we probably have the most merciless D going which make it even harder to score against us so we play to that strength. Another reason why we will very rarely blow a team away as opposed to grind them down

NZ VIEW: 'Time to ring Razor', as 'confidence shattered' ABs are a wound 'festering with pus and infection'

Might need to revisit the stats from the golden Carter and McCaw era – the ABs would kick nearly 40 times a game – actually more than anyone. They were the best at the offensive kicking game by a country mile but its papered over by the tries scored off of that platform. There is a very good reason why we developed the lineout prowess as a counter to this

NZ VIEW: 'Time to ring Razor', as 'confidence shattered' ABs are a wound 'festering with pus and infection'

kiwi Wayne Pivac has had a bit of a roller coaster but has definitely bought some time after the SA tour .. before that and the Italian debacle he was probably just hanging on

NZ VIEW: 'Time to ring Razor', as 'confidence shattered' ABs are a wound 'festering with pus and infection'

going by history – he will probably head off to Wales and end up coaching the national side in a few seasons

NZ VIEW: 'Time to ring Razor', as 'confidence shattered' ABs are a wound 'festering with pus and infection'

Honest question – is it actually illegal though? as in written into the lawbook that you are not allowed to pass the catcher when chasing?

NZ VIEW: 'Time to ring Razor', as 'confidence shattered' ABs are a wound 'festering with pus and infection'

100% – Rugbys greatest frontier has always been beating NZ in NZ/Auckland

ANALYSIS: Brutal Boks suffocate All Blacks despite early setback, exposing more problems for Foster to solve

continuity would say Kriel – he may not have the x-factor but has the experience and the speed

ANALYSIS: Brutal Boks suffocate All Blacks despite early setback, exposing more problems for Foster to solve

there are some green shoots their mate.. well at least compared to the same time last year. Which isnt actually saying much I know! but definitely some variety slowly creeping in with a few round the back and tip plays

Funny enough where I want more variety is actually in the forward carry – a little move like the switch play we saw in the Bulls v Leinster rather than head down every time would keep the opponents guessing

ANALYSIS: Brutal Boks suffocate All Blacks despite early setback, exposing more problems for Foster to solve

Im glad he wasnt – to me that was a step in the right direction. Looked a genuine intercept attempt and was treated as such.

ANALYSIS: Brutal Boks suffocate All Blacks despite early setback, exposing more problems for Foster to solve

Man I loved that game – a kiwi mate and myself would often wile away Sunday arvos when the missus’s were out shopping – playing out a tri-nations campaign over a bottle of JD.

Great fun even if the motor skills got worse the longer the day went!

There is currently a new rugby game on Xbox that looks pretty good – Rugby22 – 30% off so I have just got it for when I get a moment after the child is in bed 🙂

EA Rugby 23: How video games can reignite World Rugby

ah – might be right on that one

Rugby News: Two All Blacks coaches axed, Tonga qualify for RWC, Boks bring back Cup winning veterans

I thought the initial response was that Foster actually presented himself and who his assistants would be etc – so a complete coaching unit where Razor went in as just himself?

Could have been NZRU smoke and mirrors of course but I thought this was one of the sticking points alongside the international experience piece

Rugby News: Two All Blacks coaches axed, Tonga qualify for RWC, Boks bring back Cup winning veterans

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