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Yes they need to do a number on Manu, and they wont be short of video on what he’s done to the ABs before.

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks

yes he wrote that chapter first. :laughing:

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

Thought he’d incited himself, he’s the one that went all red and flustered. There’s enough for a citing, nothing may come of it. But Phil? Carried away again…no good. :laughing:

BREAKING: Reece Hodge cited for high tackle

Said it yourself in the first sentence…because Kearns is likely completely wrong…again. :laughing:

BREAKING: Reece Hodge cited for high tackle

The first twenty minutes is usually the poorest period to judge a sides form vs the ABs on, as at the start both sides are fully resourced.

As the match progresses the chinks start to appear, and at 25 minutes the Bok defence was shredded twice.

All Blacks' World Cup start will make the rugby world will take notice

Perhaps learnings from as far back as the Saders Lions match and series.

All Blacks' World Cup start will make the rugby world will take notice

Well that’s how Ireland are winning. For everything they do beforehand they still have three flop over tries from close range. Hopefully Scotland can rally but looking at this match after day two ABs already look like semi finalists.

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks

ABs did kick more than the boks. Though they also ran, passed and tackled more as well.

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks

And how did that work out for them?

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks

Yes I think we’ve learned over the years that thrashing weak or weakened sides does you no benefits in terms of going forward. And a good pool match test, and this was a good one, is ideal to keep them grounded, yet moving in the right direction. Italy are 20 up on Namibia after an early tussle but what Hansen has planned for Namibia is beyond me. Staying injury free is the primary goal there.

All Blacks' World Cup start will make the rugby world will take notice

Du toits pick and go to the line?

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks

Yes I’m the same. If they’re as good a side as 2015 then it’s not because of their reputation…they’ve lost too many legit matches to scare as they used to. It’s because of their hard work and analysis of what they can extract out of this side.

The ‘secret’ this time could just be the swing the other way from the rush defensive minds of most other sides. ABs have sent those sides down that path because back in 15/16 no one could afford to let them run.

With everyone focusing on the rush D, they’ve not developed their attacking as much, Ireland, Boks etc. So perhaps by unintentionally luring sides down one form of defending, NZ get to unravel the weakness in that, the kicks to Reece certainly made easier.

All Blacks' World Cup start will make the rugby world will take notice

The lead up to it justified the points though some are calling him offside?

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks

…I don’t think they’re unholy… :laughing: :laughing:

All Blacks' World Cup start will make the rugby world will take notice

Yes that’s a concern, once again confirming that test refereeing is one of the toughest jobs in the world to ‘get right’ every time.

It’s almost as if it’s beyond them, such is the consistency of so called poor performances.

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks

…and wasn’t pollard kept quiet for long periods…

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks

Don’t know how mo’unga got his man after Kolbe turned him inside out and even though du Toit scored a minute later from the same passage, showed Mo’ungas ability to perform under pressure, you could see he was working out how to nab him as he was tracking back, then lined him up at the first op.

All Blacks' World Cup start will make the rugby world will take notice

This has been puzzling me for a while now and that makes sense. Boks have lost a few tests where the lineup, including Thor, looked strong on paper, but sometimes their output just doesn’t match the team sheet. Louws another who can go missing and probably why he’s bench only.

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks

Tend to agree with Reasons latest comments, and I don’t normally, that the ABs can’t win ugly. I think we heard a lot about that after 2007 and over time, NZ did start winning the matches they might have lost, and that contributed to their win rate pushing the 90’s.

Since the departeds in 2015 we’ve gone back to re-establishing how to win matches through skill and pace, but seem to have gone full circle and are back to losing tests we would have won previously, the SA and Irish losses in particular. Perth was one huge outlier.

As Reason says though, they’ll be tested when ‘nothing’s working’ for them. I think that’s a concern. We could ‘start’ going out in these things as we did in that awful 24 year spell.

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks

Yep that’s my thinking as well. I couldn’t really see the current Ireland side beating either this bok side or the RC one.

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks

Yes good points, there seems to be far more small moments these days where things could happen or stop dead through a poor or well executed pass or kick. The tempo is so high in today’s tests the little things matter more. Gone are the days where a Side would kick long touch kicks, everyone dawdles up for the line out, everyone resets and starts again. Now there’s always something on with every phase, the number of mistakes themselves being the difference between the sides.

I do love though that the ABs remain persistent in finding ways to keep the game open and pick players as much on mobility as their core roles, even if they ‘do kick a lot’.

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks

I thought they were pretty good but these ABs aren’t the usual ABs, they’re more prone to ‘failure’ than say the 2015 side was and don’t yet give me the same level of confidence the 15 side did, which was actually Gloria’s throwaway comment.

I think the real difference between the two is this side is trying to be creative as it’s main point of difference. They got both tries from doing just that. But there was an awful lot of missed passes, passes going behind, chips going straight to opposition. A lot of headless chooks stuff.

The 2015 side covered all bases, and fronted on every one.

Now NZs out of the way for a while at least, the Boks can consolidate a lot of what they’ve leaned, get players like Kolbe scoring many tries. Still think they’ll be too strong for anyone else, the final awaits them.

All Blacks scrape past Springboks in Rugby World Cup clash

Yes he was real slippery wasn’t he. Did he finish ok? Looked like he had an ankle or knee issue in that last run.

Boks had a couple go down. Du Toit?

All Blacks scrape past Springboks in Rugby World Cup clash

True RT, and saying it’s not the 2019 side is perhaps a bit silly when this side hasn’t had its ‘turn’. So far, they’re tracking fine. Who knows, they could be better.

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks

Pretty sure that’s the last thing he’ll be considering as it’s irrelevant at the time. They don’t ‘play this game’ on social media.

Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks