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maybe danny, but so far i haven’t been impressed. he scored a few good tries but none that most decent wingers wouldn’t score. his effort on defence has been poor which is i guess forgivable as he’s learning but what really stood out to me was a lack of urgency. on kick chase i’ve seen a few times where as soon as he realises that he won’t be first there he slows to a jog. this is something which is easy to change, just concerning its not there as an automatically. at this stage at least i’d much prefer the goose….

Crusaders, Hurricanes reveal teams for semi-finals

thats a good point neutral. can’t say it was his only option. he’s a sought after man and you would think that he’ll put a lot of passion into coaching the chiefs.

Warren Gatland heading back to New Zealand to coach the Chiefs

bring back blackadder

Warren Gatland heading back to New Zealand to coach the Chiefs

i like that redistribution of coaches very much, mostly get razor away from those flipping crusaders.

Warren Gatland heading back to New Zealand to coach the Chiefs

I thought I knew it, then I thought I didn’t, now it turns out I did. What a rollercoaster that was.

Warren Gatland heading back to New Zealand to coach the Chiefs

Doh!! Oh well, would have made a good story.

Cooper steps down as Chiefs coach

Not at all… could it be part of a plan to lure Gatland back to nz without having to give him the abs job straight away. Or is Gatland already tied up somewhere else?

Cooper steps down as Chiefs coach

Well there is a comparison in that its polarising but beyond that……nope.

Doubt hunt was suggesting any other comparison

Hunt: Folau's doing just fine ahead of D-Day

good that hunt is in communication with folau as someone who has gone through a sort of similar situation. it does sort of sound a bit like at least the tahs are, without directly saying so, keen to have him back. Kapernick comparison is an interesting one, hadn’t thought about that. there are certainly some broad similarities, but also some major differences.

Hunt: Folau's doing just fine ahead of D-Day

yes it was encouraging and needed. jordie put in a few great tackles as well. TJ has always been an excellent defensively but he was bossing those scrums, luckily the ref let him do what he did (some of it was borderline) or surely the blues would have scored at some point.

Super Rugby Round 14 teams: Quade Cooper cleared to face Bulls; three changes for Tahs

Not for me. I agree it’s not 100% fair etc etc but it’s an international comp and seems right that as many nations are represented as possible. For all nz rugby we have M10 cup. I hope the rebels and the jags make it to the finals, want the canes to win, but will be happy so long as it’s not the crusaders, or the tahs….

The home straight: Ranking every Super Rugby team's chances

Seriously Neil really? The impact on the country was huge, but the impact was a result of the attacks not by any perceived political posturing.

The home straight: Ranking every Super Rugby team's chances

The rebels have been very inconsistent yes but suggesting that they only have one game plan means you didn’t catch the game they played against the hurricanes. First half they tried to match the canes with running helter skelter rugby, it did not work. Second half they tightened up, took all the speed out of the game and had the better of the canes (still not enough). I must say though that they have been disappointing this year they have a great team on paper.

The home straight: Ranking every Super Rugby team's chances

Get back out there you girls blouse!!!

Super Rugby Round 14 teams: Quade Cooper cleared to face Bulls; three changes for Tahs

Ok interesting. Thanks for that.

Super Rugby Round 14 teams: Quade Cooper cleared to face Bulls; three changes for Tahs

yup jimmy without BBBBB they have looked a bit rudderless this season. I think james marshall is a good player but only ever saw him as a back up utility who could maybe play 10. Not sure why they aren’t starting a specialist 10, fletcher smith hasn’t looked convincing so far despite a good M10 season also garden bashop looked good for wellington but hasn’t really had much of a chance at all this season. TJ is going to have to step up and run things a bit i think. Jags looked good last week but seemed to be reffed out of it when they made their final push in the last 1/4

Super Rugby Round 14 teams: Quade Cooper cleared to face Bulls; three changes for Tahs

anyone know what the HIA test involves?

Super Rugby Round 14 teams: Quade Cooper cleared to face Bulls; three changes for Tahs

i would be taking it as a compliment if i were quade. i know what you mean with english, i think he is good and used to think he deserved a go at international level but what I’ve seen this year isn’t compelling form. i guess meakes getting a run at 13 might be okay but they are 2 different positions, some can play both but not all. i think with toomua at 12 you would want someone with either flair or tackle busting ability outside him. with kerevi at 12 maybe someone more solid and dependable. i think toomua fits the bench role for the wallabies well covering 10 and 12, if he is playing well. if he’s playing really well then i think starting at 10 because i think kerevi has to be at 12

Toomua makes early move to Rebels

id agree there olly that he should/could have been wallabies 10 but seemed to be given a very brief chance (i can only recall that he played the abs) and then didn’t get much of a look. hard to say what he’d be like if he’d been given a bit more of a chance, perhaps eased into it a bit more than he was.. but he’s certainly a good player and even though he gets put at 12 i think he sees himself as a 10.

Toomua makes early move to Rebels

good news for the rebels. where does he fit in though? is he back up for meeks and cooper or is he taking over from one of them. I’d like to see him get a bit more time at 10 as he would make a good bench option for the wallabies covering both 10 and 12. also cooper probably could do with a bit of a rest every now and then. finally i’d like to congratulate cooper on finally being recognised for what he is, a 31 year old stylist.

Toomua makes early move to Rebels

Yup fidow was a standoit for Wellington last year. Shame he hasn’t had a chance this year but perhaps another year at m10 cup level is best… Lomax has taken a few super seasons to get to where he is now, things progress at a different rate in the front row

The Wrap: Thrilling finishes and landmark U20 result no match for a black Audi

Evenin’ all.

Israel Folau found guilty of code of conduct breach, sanction undecided

My gut thinks the same Brett. I somehow don’t see a broader national approach as that likely in oz as the teams play quite different styles apart from the kick for corner trend. Would seem more likely in nz. Will be interesting to see how it effects the internationals, I suspect not much, at least in any obvious way.

What impact could Super Rugby teams ignoring points have in a RWC year?

Interesting figures Brett. I had noticed the nz teams had started going for the corner more often over the past few years. I suspect maybe it’s a general directive from the heads of the union saying that they’d prefer a tendency to kicking for the corner unless it’s a sitter or games in the balance type situation. This allows more live practice of attacking which involves the whole team rather than kicking which is 1 player while the rest have a breather.
The helter skelter playing style is I think, a test for players to play right at their limit. Ofcourse there are mistakes but in my limited experience in sport I learnt the fastest when riding at the limit of my ability. If you always play/ride within your ability you’ll improve, but not as fast.
I think they see super rugby as a way to expose new talent and to test out what it can do by really pushing their limits. Once the international season comes round I doubt they will play such risky rugby Ofcourse winning is important as it’s a pro comp, but nzs results have allowed them to push the boundaries a bit.
Not sure about the oz teams as it would seem unlikely that there might be a similar directive from above.

What impact could Super Rugby teams ignoring points have in a RWC year?

All good Ralph I’ve enjoyed our little exchange and though maybe we don’t see things quite the same its good to talk with people with differing opinions. As we’ve both said it’s a complex issue and worth while discussing…. from what you write below it seems that our interpretations of what “white privilege” means differ a bit as well (which doesn’t help).
” That is why I support equality of opportunity but not equality of outcome” agree there and probably if we have equality of opportunity then the outcomes will take care of themselves eventually.
Maybe next time we’ll talk about rugby… stranger things have happened.

The Wrap: Thrilling finishes and landmark U20 result no match for a black Audi