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Yep, he’s ozzie now….running man icon….

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell

Without all the gizmo’s and gadgets for me the best way a player measured their own fitness, arerobic fitness at least is the speed to recover and go again. Those vital few seconds make all the difference.

Why Warren Gatland is winning the battle of the basics

Yeah after seeing what we have ended up with so do I. Wasn’t inspired by Fozzies appearance on Breakdown this week. Asked how he saw things playing out this year he was vague… I don’t know but… when what was really being asked was… what’s your vision for NZ rugby this year? Show us how excited you are for 2020…

More of the same…mind you, Gats is not one for doing cartwheels in the Razor fashion either but think he would have brought a bit more to the table.

Boshier was certainly good, was looking like pushing up last year as well, one of the best loosies outside the test side.

Why Warren Gatland is winning the battle of the basics

Yeah but its still a good start, especially what looks like a strong Blues side this year and the Crusaders rolling over everyone from last year. They’re slow starters and will get better once they get their combinations (of which they have many) gelling.

I doubt a new coach would have got the Chiefs to this point this early in the season so although its early days they still look promising and they did have a bit of a bad patch that stopped their title chances.

I keep thinking of all sides the Chiefs are going to get more than their fair share of injuries again but overall, Gats has started pretty well.

Why Warren Gatland is winning the battle of the basics

Ha ha, and perhaps when SA joint it the 7 Dwarves? SA would be Happy and we know there’s already a dopey, a bashful, and a sneezy in there somewhere.????

The Wrap: How Super Rugby can help save the environment

Ideally thinking yes but the reality can be very different…the minute you get a 90 point thrashing by the Crusaders everyone says who’s dumb idea was this, as they said at the great idea of the Sunwolves entering. That decision is part of what’s making this comp the farce it’s made out to be.

Will relegation in the north promote rugby in the south?

Oh there would be more than the first time round, as there’s more reason for it. If not same goes for their other two wins, England’s in 03, ours in 2011 even. They’re that type of team. You can never write them off.
A NZ oz japan comp would be a huge drop in quality, with Jap sides getting pummelled where they aren’t held up enormously by imports.
Although the PI trend is continuing the beauty of Super rugby is most players are home based. Japan adds a semi Baabaas feel to it where SH players and coaches often bloat the scene.

Will relegation in the north promote rugby in the south?

Interested in how the Harlequins project Marchant goes. By now will have settled in with the Blue’s bro’s nice and easily. 😊 Don’t know much about him but has a very good highlights reel and not afraid to try anything out of the box.

I think he’ll thrive, while at the same time be a little surprised at the skills and pace of the game here, especially this time of the year on cricket pitches.

Super Rugby Round 1: Whaddya mean it starts this week?

True, but then Ireland had Farrell, supposed the best D coach of the last few years, yet leaked tries all over the place. For me energy and attitude more than defence epitomised Englands semi (something that went missing after climbing the hill) and SA’s final efforts.

Will relegation in the north promote rugby in the south?

Well, theyre number one and world champions so they must be doing something right I guess…

Will relegation in the north promote rugby in the south?

It might well do but the ‘dip in quality’ wouldnt be just that, it could be the dealbreaker. Japan replacing SA and Argie would mean Japanese sides would have to be boosted by either the missing SA and Argie sides, or Oz NZ players…and coaches.

Fact is most sides competing for the top trophies are either SH based, or local plus SH based. NZ and Oz have a heavy PI influence, born or not, where Argie and SA are largely their own players, a rare uniqueness, and that would be sad to see.

Will relegation in the north promote rugby in the south?

Happy belated new year Nick 😊

…Not sure about the analogy though…Rocky was the good guy…. everyone wanted HIM to get back up. 😂

Still think they’ll find a way to nab players but for sure, keeping our own a bit longer, or bringing back players like Piutau has its virtues.

Will relegation in the north promote rugby in the south?

Oh I think he’ll respond well, don’t think assuming he’s tied to the Cheika way now will hurt him. He’ll see the pluses this brings and I think the better structure of the wallabies will improve his game. He might not want the captaincy to focus on his game. Hooper looks the type who never runs from a challenge. He’ll need it to prove he can physically cut it under Rennie, who is certainly used to employing more physical looses, and that may be why he’s singled him out, he may not be a Rennie selection, and is providing his out now. With SH sides clinging to players before they go north, that’s an ominous comment at this time of the season. Rennie will have more than enough Hooper knowledge by now.

Rennie: Rankings rise will be hard work

Yeah but you’ve only considered the external factors there, and Rennies got no control over that. Oz issues were hugely internal and with improvement in that area alone will result in a rankings shift, without a doubt.
In this very article he mentions ‘speedy’ shift of talent through the ranks. In another he mentions not rushing players back., both items that served to stall oz rugby development.

Checks took a conservative at best approach in bringing talent through , and relied on past wallabies in key areas. With the numbers leaving oz can’t afford that. Players have to know there’s a path to the wallaby jersey if they want one.

There are huge internal shifts that can be made, all ignored by Cheika who lacked vision for oz rugby, focussing only on the next match.

Another is he has adopted a no favourites approach, Hooper told clearly he must win his role and captaincy. Cheika was far to loyal in that respect.

One challenge he may have is getting the Super franchises humming to a similar, if not identical tune, where Rennie is the pied piper.

But for sure, fix those things, and a few more and sixth will be a thing of the past.

Rennie: Rankings rise will be hard work

Yes we’ll just shows how poor yet desperate they are at this game. Saturated with overseas players and still they need to break rules to win. This is a long way from ‘English rugby players playing rugby’. This is ‘buying’ trophies.

English champions Saracens to be relegated for salary cap breach

Cool, so am I, cos no it wouldn’t. They would win more, but EVERYTHING suggests the ratio would be worse. Has been with Aus, SA since professionalism brought greater frequencies.

English champions Saracens to be relegated for salary cap breach

Its really simple. You think more contact, means better results. It doesnt. So distance isn’t my friend….until…it is.

I could agree, and say that that same distance has resulted in 100% of the 6N going to the 6N currently in it, or 5 and 4 before it, rather than 15% if NZ had been the 7th, or 6th, or 5th, all along. And, I’d have the stats to back it.

So in that respect….distance is definitely your friend. 😊

English champions Saracens to be relegated for salary cap breach

I get it, but I don’t agree with it. You’re saying over that period England were equal to or better than SA or Oz. Well no, they weren’t. Frequency has increased five times yet no improvement. Until there is, it’s a flawed argument. You ‘think’ it would improve, but have zero facts that supports that. Argentina has greatly increased its frequency, yet have still never won.
Best watch what you wish for I say. 😂

English champions Saracens to be relegated for salary cap breach

2000 is selective but I’ll give you that. But even if its the same the increasing frequency that you talk of- 19 meetings in 19 years yields the same as 23 in 95 years. Once again, where is the improvement?.
If greater frequency- in fact five times more frequently- a massive shift that should easily align with your suggestion- yields no improvement – with the last five years particularly worse…where is your point?
Oh, perhaps the events of the last three months is enough to revise the previous 114 years? …understandable…I guess…

English champions Saracens to be relegated for salary cap breach

Aha, sure explains the 5 wins and 19 losses in England then huh? 1 win at home in 8 since 79.
Our margins have increased vs I believe everyone in the pro era, England included, so ahh, until we actually see evidence of that, ignorance is your friend. Mind you…an Oz coach has definitely helped. 👍
But until they actually put those things called points on the board, its just more wishful thinking, and we’ve heard way too much of that…
oh, and one win in 10 here in the pro era, so that distance thing, definitely Englands friend. One thing having a ‘feeling’, another having facts. Pretty sure that isnt trump like…
And in all honesty. the reason I can keep saying this is the northern sides find it so difficult in churning out top quality players, that for me is the main difference. Wynn Jones and Sexton were touted by many as the seasons best performers. I mean what does that tel you? That longetiviety trumps talent? Its almost like its like pulling teeth to unerath genuine world beating individuals when I can bet there will be two or three All Blacks at the next world cup that no ones heard of now that will be wolds best in their position.
In no way, shape or form could you ever say that about England.

English champions Saracens to be relegated for salary cap breach

I feared an English juggernaut in the 80’s, and am still waiting. One popped its head in around 15 years ago, then regressed back into its cave so quickly it was almost added to the extinct species list. 😂
Honestly Neil, there are a quantum of articles about how the Abs have lost their mojo over the years, and yet, never happens bar ‘the odd glitch’. Our failure at the world cup for example exceeded every Irish effort at this tournament.
Theres one reason the ABs will get back on top…they have better players and coaches, and will continue to do so. Full stop.
The only threats will come from new sources- SA’s continuing integration into the sport, perhaps a revival in Japan. But not from the 6 nation sides. They’ve been fumbling over themselves for over a hundred years now. And ONLY when they get the magnitude of input from the SH have they managed to make a semblance of a dent.

English champions Saracens to be relegated for salary cap breach

aha, when has any team ever beaten NZ again and again? They said that after Ireland the year before, hmmm, not quite. And will England get two years prep for the next one again? hmmm…

Its quite humurous how some ride high off the back of the odd win…Chicago and Dublin were ‘history defining’ yet the quarter annhialation was ‘ho hum’ back to normal…

English champions Saracens to be relegated for salary cap breach

Why is that? Youre not thinking theyll all actually stay there do you? Theyll jump ship on the first lifeboat out. And pain? from England and the Lions? When has that ever happened? oh…that one match… 😂 gotcha…

English champions Saracens to be relegated for salary cap breach

Oh, first it was Leicester, then Leinster, then Saracens, now…Exeter? The whole point about beng the ‘Crusaders’ of the north is that over a long period they dominate their comp. Amazing that there are several teams that do that, especially since thats actually impossible. 😂

English champions Saracens to be relegated for salary cap breach

Yes, the wrong ‘north’ I believe… 😂

English champions Saracens to be relegated for salary cap breach