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Law reform: Why the mark and maul rules are outdated

The ball is kicked high, the chases are making a great effort and could gain an advantage with numbers inside the opposition 22, oh no, the defending player, sliding along the ground, takes and catch and calls “mark”. It is the game’s most ridiculous and outdated ‘get of jail free’ card.

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Does Australian rugby need to harden up?

Don’t worry, I can see the poisoned arrows coming my way already… but not so long ago, in the halftime interview during the Rebels game, new Waratahs, coach Daryl Gibson, when asked about his team’s performance, famously proclaimed “Some of that stuff out there was rubbish.”

possibly, it was ambiguous, I will give you that

Five key questions ahead of the Boxing Day Test

The test came down to one strong batting performance from Australia in the first innings – they were not so crash themselves in the 2nd innings and it had absolutely nothing to do with hitting out for runs which they certainly were not doing.
A strong win in the end but Trent Boult will significantly boost the kiwi attack and the Kiwis had just come off a road of pitch in Hamilton and struggled to adjust to the bounce of Perth as did Australia in the 2nd innings quite frankly.
They thoroughly deserved their victory but they would do well not to read too much into just yet. Astle is at least a more attacking bowler than Santner. Sure he not in Lyons class but he may more to say than some people think and he can genuinely turn the ball and has very good wrongún that is almost a slider delivery both example on display in this clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0lRAqPfd8s…. There are reasons for his recent record – he has had a niggling injury for a start,,,why don’t you look at his overall 1st class record where he has taken 331 wicket at an average of 32 in a country that is a graveyard for many spinners on 80% of the wickets where it rarely turns much even on day five. Nathan Lyons average in 1st class cricket is nearly 35 with 551 wickets but his average is better in tests at 32. I am looking forward to seeing Astle play and hope they pick him. I have never been a fan of Santner at test level. I hope they drop him but sadly, his one and only century against England will probably save him but shouldn’t. Astle is a better defensive batsmen as well.
I agree with your criticism of Santner 100% but think you may underestimate Astle’s ability as a spinner. He is a hell of a lot better than Santner IMO.

Lyon gives Australia a massive edge over New Zealand

It is no accident that Wagner continues to get top order batsmen out with his short pitched bowling which quite frankly his record shows that he is the best in the world at it bar none and Smith so far has shown that even he is not immune to the skill of Wagner bagging him twice with all his nous in this area….which shows the skill of the guy and his field placements which he often sets himself

Australia in control despite Josh Hazlewood's injury

The poms were great but Sam Can should have started and so should have SBW who should have played at 12 throughout the WC. The English pack were less dominant when the both came on but Hansen left it too late.

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

I was actually in hospital having major surgery, sadly I never saw the semi or the final live but am glad SA won – Hansen made some serious selection blunders in that game as well which he later had the guts to acknowledge but England deserved to win the game but it was like they had saved everything for that game – They were pretty average in the final IMO.

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

In short Nick – probably not – but it is only a two year contract

Did the All Blacks pick the right successor to Hansen?

Nice article – The other thing is that batsman say he is very skiddy and a lot of batsmen often say the ball seems to skid on to them quicker than it looks through air and he is only 5ft 10″ which is short for a test pace bowler. NZ commentator Simon Doul thinks its his height that also helps the ball really skid on with the short balls he bowls into the chest region. He is however, not a one trick pony – not by any stretch but it is his game, but it is not the only game he has and that is also important with him. The other strange thing about Wagner is that he has bowled more 10 over spells, since his test debut, than any other pace bowler and by some distance. There are many reasons for this but one is that he has freakish fitness but what makes him unique is that he gets quicker and better the longer he bowls. He bowled – I think a 12 ball over against Sri Lanka I think and in over 10-12 he was getting it well into 140’s with 146 his quickest in that game. So he is definitely unique for sure. Also Ronan, watch out for his knuckle ball – which he has recently perfected and it is deceptive – he got 3 or 4 pommy wickets with that ball. Interesting, listening to Ponting recently who thinks he could be a real threat – we shall see. If they pick Ferguson and they dam well should – they may not drop Southee with the pink ball which means Wagner may not play in Perth but I would be surprised to see him dropped – and very disappointed.

Wagner will use Bodyline tactics against Australia

Exactly TM, but apparently we are behaving like a child if we have an opinion on that and when discussing SH dominance over NH at the WC you can hardly not talk about the All Blacks…and not to forget the Wallabies as well. What I find tedious and childish TM is the rebuke we get for even discussing it or your point above….oh but that’s right TM, if we do, we are somehow diminishing and/or cashing in on the Boks victory and/or belittling England’s strong tournament which as anyone who has studied Aristotle in depth ( the only true genius of the deconstruction of argument) would tell you, that both are fallacious arguments – because you cannot diminish what is already an obvious or acknowledged truth ( which both are) and you cannot claim to be part of or ride on the back someone else’s truth ( in this case the Boks victory) unless you have a truth that is shared with theirs and thus joins to become a greater or different truth – in this case, that both have been the two dominate forces in the game and as part of SH rugby have shared the larger part of ( 3 WC Trophies apiece )SH dominance at the WC which is what both of us are doing – shame on us eh. . In this case history does not change the present but the present does reflect history when it comes to NH v SH at the WC …..and equally I might add, is it not just as true that we can expect the same old rebuke from them. But hey, whatever…..

Springboks out-Eddie England to claim 2019 Rugby World Cup

And didn’t deserve to be either

Springboks out-Eddie England to claim 2019 Rugby World Cup

Yeah, whatever Neil…

Springboks out-Eddie England to claim 2019 Rugby World Cup

Observer – England have enjoyed a very good period under Eddie Jones – and a decent away record under his tenure which is not always a NH strength when they come to the SH so I think that is way off the mark.

Springboks out-Eddie England to claim 2019 Rugby World Cup

“The Springboks may have won but the fact is they are a boring, unenterprising and one dimensional side”
Boks played to their strengths and shut down England’s similar to what England did to the All Blacks. They deserved the win as it was emphatic by the end.

Springboks out-Eddie England to claim 2019 Rugby World Cup

I think RA will still be interested in EJ’s Fionn but let’s not forget also, that many English players struggled for a long time with his endless pressure and text messaging and so on. But he is a world class coach and that has to count in his favor.

Springboks out-Eddie England to claim 2019 Rugby World Cup

England were excellent in the tournament but they too often lack excellence in the final against NH sides plain and simple except 2003.

Springboks out-Eddie England to claim 2019 Rugby World Cup

It was still completely in context of my point about the history of North v South success at WC so I will take that sweet – even my point about the only game they lost not being a NH side still was relevant even if peripheral as was the games that illustrated that the gap that was supposed to be closing perhaps is not anymore for the other top Northern sides. I also noted England deserved to be in the final. So whatever Brett….no offense as I have nothing against you personally – how could I – but if you don’t like what I have to say – easy fix – don’t read it. I am sure neither of us will lose any sleep if you don’t.
It is just a blog after all, an article is just an article, just a opinion laced with facts or sometime facts laced with opinion and also these same parameters fuel everyone else’s view – and need we be reminded that so called expertise, is always tempered by calls that are incorrect as we most certainly discovered at this WC….myself included, though I don’t claim to be an expert, and after all, we are hardly debating theories as to why the universe is expanding.

Springboks out-Eddie England to claim 2019 Rugby World Cup

Well I think we can agree Brett that either way it wasn’t a great look.

Springboks out-Eddie England to claim 2019 Rugby World Cup

Great comment Taylorman 👍

Springboks out-Eddie England to claim 2019 Rugby World Cup

Neil Back why don’t actually read what I did say not what you think I said

“‘ …England have faced nothing it like either with what the are going to be up against today when it comes to pace and skill and it has gone to another level with the AB’s as well. But EJ is shrewd and will have tricks of his own. Fascinating contest awaits.”

“‘NZ will have to watch Anthony Watson who has great feet and the ball carriers in their pack.”‘ ,…and the latter proved to be true

Yes i believed the AB’s would beat England – I predicted by 12 which is hardly saying I thought it would be a hiding…. and so did many people as they were the form side of the comp at that point after they way they played against Ireland and had already beaten the Boks so understandable and why not – they were the current champions and had experience. Unfortunately, – and as he later admitted – Hansen made two key selection bungles – but England deserved to win totally, no question, and as I have again said here above. I have not said zip this week ( and not that I am obligated to by-the-way) as my side failed to make the final but I thought the final would be tough for England as the Boks – and no disrespect to Wales – but had a less demanding game physically and they have a huge back row and tight five that England would not be able boss around the park.

Furthermore, England were excellent in the contact but didn’t win the scrum battle and that would not have gone noticed by Erasmus and clearly it didn’t. Finally, even some of the kiwi commentators and newspapers while praising England for their great semi final win, noted that with all that good ball they got and winning the contact for much of the game they still lacked real flair with the ball in hand and asked the question how they would go if they didn’t win the contact and/or scrum battle …well we found out. And you might call it gloating if you wish but the evidence in World Cups back what i said up even if you don’t like hearing it. I could equally call you a sour loser for your comment…and we could go round in circles on this…

Springboks out-Eddie England to claim 2019 Rugby World Cup

The gap is closing ???? Not when comes to winning world cups its not in North V South….The North have a very long way to go as far as I am concerned. And the two teams that have dominated the games history are the only two that have lifted the trophy 3 times….so explain to me exactly what World Cup gap is closing? – England looked like a side that had spent all its energy in beating the AB’s and lacked any flair in attack. Ford was nothing short of ordinary and Daily has to be the most overrated FB in the world game and was targeted by the Boks. I hope England comes to NZ and SA for 3 test series very soon. Ireland and Wales were smashed by the AB’s so make of that what you will but I saw the gap widening in those encounters. England were the shining light of the North and deserved to be in the final but yet again lacked the mental fortitude to get the job done against a Southern Hemisphere side in the biggest game of them all – a feat they have only managed once and France never and England’s scrum got totally bossed. SA only lost one game at this WC and it wasn’t to a NH side. Well done Spring Box for reminding the North and England which hemisphere still bosses this game and by some distance when comes to winning its pinnacle event.

Springboks out-Eddie England to claim 2019 Rugby World Cup

Ford has a fantastic work rate as well. Superb. But it takes three big forwards to bring Savea down half the time and even then….Savea would be a nightmare running at Ford at full pace one feels. That leg drive of his is just freakish…..He must have calves on him like bricks and knees of titanium its that ridiculous at times. How does anyone drive forward 6-10 metres like he can with sometime 340kg trying to drag him down? Ford is a great player and smart but Savea is a freak in the drive Nick! Ford would have to get both his ankles to have any chance in a one-on-one first up tackle against Savea. Ford tactical kicking is his greatest strength IMO. Fantastic.

Can England dethrone the All Blacks in their World Cup semi-final?

Well if that were to happen….some if!!!…..then the AB’s have yet again opened up a big gap…no question…which Hansen hinted pre-world cup…in fact more than hinted…that he believed that the “gap'” had not closed as much as so many claimed it has and that “we shall see won’t we”….well, yes we shall….but by 20+….hmmm…..I think Farrell’s boot will keep England in touch…but Shags may yet be proved right as well…and EJ is no slouch as a coach but then neither was Ireland’s or their defense coach!!!!!. I thought Brian O’D’s comments post game were significant “The speed and skill of AB game and the accuracy of their passing was just phenomenal. Ireland just couldn’t keep up. They face nothing like that in the 6 Nations”…..England have faced nothing it like either with what the are going to be up against today when it comes to pace and skill and it has gone to another level with the AB’s as well. But EJ is shrewd and will have tricks of his own. Fascinating contest awaits.

Can England dethrone the All Blacks in their World Cup semi-final?

I thought Gatland’s comment was telling after the Wales game and noble and correct “The best team lost today and no question the red card was significant”
I wanted Wales to win but I thought until the red card France were the better side and by some distance in the contact and go forward. A report system has to brought into union so every other French player ( in this case) does not have to pay for the utter stupidity of one player. How is that justice or fair as surely they have a right to get the opportunity to progress after years of hard work? League has got some things right that union needs to adopt.

Can England dethrone the All Blacks in their World Cup semi-final?

I thought Moody was simply outstanding in all aspects of his game against Ireland Nick and very damaging in the carry. The best I have seen him play for AB’s in open field and the D for about two years. I hope he brings that game to England.

Can England dethrone the All Blacks in their World Cup semi-final?

Or red and yellow cards – sadly 😡

Can England dethrone the All Blacks in their World Cup semi-final?

I must have missed that Geoff…Sinckler ranting 😂 for 30 metres. Now that would take some beating….nothing like a good typo!!!!

Can England dethrone the All Blacks in their World Cup semi-final?