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Agree re Jordie, odd that they keep staying with a player who is undercooked. I think with time he’ll be a great player but for now he’s trying to run before he can walk. Timing and option taking are still raw.

Retallick right to go again as All Blacks unveil formidable quarter-final side

Don’t think its gonna matter, England are solid right across the side, finally. Oz in big trouble.

Eddie Jones proves two can play at the selection surprise game with England team announcement

Seen a lot of comments and an article where they dont like the choice for this match, i.e.they think he’ll ‘favour’ the AB’s.
All rubbish in my opinion but there you go.

The All Blacks' quarter-final line-up will balance stability and flair

Yeah I don’t rationalise the haka with the outcome of the match. I think respecting the opposition and the result are two different things. The other Island sides practice it as well and arent ‘judged’ on the fact that they perform it as well.

Thats why its silly to target the AB haka, all the sensitivity etc around it for the NZ one as opposed to others. People ‘mistake’ the AB success is somehow linked to the haka.

It may do, but theres no physical link between that as an advantage in terms of a match outcome. i.e. a better haka means a better win.

It should be equated to being respectful during ones anthem. Nobody complains that the Welsh tearing up pre kick off gives them an advantage.

Its simply a tradition and received as it is given…with respect, is easy. Why the fuss?

But nope, there has to be this ‘getting a leg up’ attitude from those who think its an advantage.

Well, if so, how did it go for Samoa, Tonga and Fiji?

If anything, oppositions should be grateful that their opposition has to spend prep time practising haka and not the game. Its not a good idea to get the haka wrong as a player. Now they have to learn two. So tomorrow Ireland should take up being thankful that NZ have had to practice KOP all week, and some will nervously walk out to perform it.

The All Blacks' quarter-final line-up will balance stability and flair

Its largely symbolic of the respect the ABs are affording to the game, opposition and/ or occasion.

On one hand it sounds contrite to respect various oppositions ‘separetely’ but seen in a positive light ‘everyone is ‘respected’ through Haka, but some matches are allowed to stand out as ‘special’ for one reason or another.

That simply may be the opposition, the event or occasion etc there are no hard rules.

Last tournament KOP was the haka all three knockout matches, as it will be this time, world cup knockouts being the pinnacle of the game.

The All Blacks' quarter-final line-up will balance stability and flair

Looks like we’ll have to get a SH side to knock them off then…

Ireland vs New Zealand: Betting against the greenback

Yes we’ll they won Chicago and thought two weeks later back at home in Dublin they would, well, just do it again. But like Perth to Eden park, they found things don’t tend to work like that and got thumped, literally.

If Ireland win they’ll be the first to win two in a row since the Boks won, gulp, three, back in 2009.

Ireland vs New Zealand: Betting against the greenback

They didn’t win two successive games though. No one has since 2009.

Ireland vs New Zealand: Betting against the greenback

Thing about England lately is they start well. 6N, AIs, warmups. After the forced break I’m afraid Oz are gonna get their best as England then start levelling out.

That’s it in a nutshell for me.

I think nothing but ranting and raving from Jones for two weeks must have 23 induced Jones bots at the start then as the reality of having an opposition, rather than Jones in your face wears off, they all start to think on their own.

Ireland, luckily. Are poor starters, as every world cup shows. . . warmups and 6N.

A Wallabies Rugby World Cup quarter-final against England: Dream or nightmare for Michael Cheika?

I think all SA need to do is imagine they are playing the AB’s. Not hard to do when the coach, co-coach and captain are sitting in at the after match news conference.
The Boks will have compared the humiliation Japan has imposed on the two NH sides to their own in 2015 and wont let them breathe.
I think its one bridge too far for Japan.
But if they win, so be it…I’ll go 12 and over SA…

Ireland vs New Zealand: Betting against the greenback

Aha, he said they were better than a side that thrashed them. I mean, what would the Scot captain know.

But you’re right lets see them rip into the Boks as you say. 😂

Ireland vs New Zealand: Betting against the greenback

Yeah it’s a weird one. A Scot win can have us playing any of the three depending on bps.

Weird.

Ireland vs New Zealand: Betting against the greenback

They’ve won twice in world cups that way. You’re saying if they played Ireland or South Africa a week after those matches they won they’d have won again?

Doubt it very very much.

Ireland vs New Zealand: Betting against the greenback

Na, he made a choice to throw it all away, became an elitist, and put everyone else in positions where they would have to choose, as you, me, fans, AR, his ‘funders’, his wallet, are all doing now.
Good to have choices, you just don’t get to choose the reaction of others sorry.
In fact I think the irony is perfect…IF thought he would tell everyone want to do to ‘not go to hel.’
AR told him ‘to go to hel.’
Tut tut…missed that from his list. 😂
You gotta laugh.

How the loss of Israel Folau has improved the Wallabies backfield

Yeah, there’s a problem with Folau. He’s a professional rugby player with not many more years left in him that chose to use his profile to advance an unpopular view. He should have waited until his career was over before he took on another one.

But nope, chose to strike while the iron was hot.

He made his bed, now he’s sleeping in it. Rightly or wrongly.

How the loss of Israel Folau has improved the Wallabies backfield

Yes but they didn’t fluff around trying to cover for Reiko, that was my point, they dropped him. His confidence has dropped and others stepped up. Oz do things like hide Beales defence by dropping him back ‘for this play’. Folau even should have been dropped now and then but kept getting selected through slumps till he came right. Foley for certain should have been benched after some tests.

I get they do this partially ‘because no one obvious steps up’ and they feel it’s better the devil you know going on, but it’s a repeating pattern across the Cheika selection process.

How the loss of Israel Folau has improved the Wallabies backfield

He certainly hasn’t done individually what Reiko has done in terms of creating tries from nothing. I think he’s smarter, but still more of a link man and finisher. Reiko is more explosive and has scored far more tries, Bridge is still to add consistency to his bow with more tests, and no reason he’s not.

How the loss of Israel Folau has improved the Wallabies backfield

Well I think the match will go ahead, Scotland will beat Japan and play NZ, Ireland beating Samoa and topping pool. No more ambush value to Japan now, and Scotland are just good enough a tier one side to know how to beat an aspiring tier one side. This must win pressure will be more unfamiliar to Japan than Scotland.

IMO… 😊

Ireland vs New Zealand: Betting against the greenback

Meant to say Nick well done for putting up the article on this site, and others like it, especially if you wrote that title!. 😂

Despite the plethora of disagreement from some corners as you would expect in these quarters it challenges oz rugby to examine itself especially if that challenge is from an ‘outsiders’ point of view, though I think after all this time you’re probably as local as most on this site.

And on top of that you return to deal with the days ‘fallout’in the most mature, professional manner, no doubt having already estimated the ‘Groups’ of comments you’ll get from the various regulars of us all, good, reasonable, bad and well, the downright ugly ones.

And that’s a lot of time being put in right there. Keep it up, the sites very lucky to have you! 👍

How the loss of Israel Folau has improved the Wallabies backfield

I’m not saying it’s not, it’s just one of many positions oz have used for a long time to cover. I think Cane and Savea offer far more on the ball than pooper and they’re there mainly because we haven’t had a standard 6 step up. But we are also adopting a faster game plan. That’s not Ozs reason for Pooper, yet two short, lightweight backrowers?

So there we have it similar but everywhere else we usually have players in positions that do fill the requirements. Oz have struggled to do that for a while. Folau had deficiencies, Beale, Foley, Quade etc etc.

How the loss of Israel Folau has improved the Wallabies backfield

‘They would have demanded that Folau recognise, and address his negatives in contact work, kicking and defensive positional play – rather than making any change to their team patterns to accommodate them.’

This is one of the biggest issues I’ve seen, and its not just for Folau. How many times do you hear ‘in defence Beale stands back while x is in the line’.

Oz spend a lot of time covering off others. Its always, ‘you cant have x at 10 and y at 12’. How about you have a 10 that does good 10 things and a 12 that does good 12 things.

And Pooper is again part of that setup. Others have to cover off their deficiences, lineout time etc. Folaus loss is probably more of a wake up call that they just cant reply on him as they used to. And they are to a point. And I know they dont have players that have most let alone all of the skills for a position but they extend they have to cover eachother off is daunting.

How the loss of Israel Folau has improved the Wallabies backfield

Yes so far we’ve had oz lose to a Wales, so the north south thing confirms we have some close matches coming up. This year everyone’s winning and losing. Wales look strong and got past both oz and Fiji fairly well.

For the ABs it’s 3 Eden parks we need. If we have one Perth, we’ll be toast.

Why Ireland will still win the Rugby World Cup

I don’t think they would. They don’t have the ambush factor for this and Scotland have got sharper.

CONFIRMED: All Blacks vs Italy, England vs France both cancelled due to Super Typhoon Hagibis

I think the ferocity of this particular tempest put paid to that. It’s apparently the worst one this year.

CONFIRMED: All Blacks vs Italy, England vs France both cancelled due to Super Typhoon Hagibis

So does it go down as a draw? Or non test. Are NZ now not 100% pool match wins still?

CONFIRMED: All Blacks vs Italy, England vs France both cancelled due to Super Typhoon Hagibis