2018 June Internationals



  • @higgins said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @crucial said in 2018 June Internationals:

    That Tonga/Georgia game looks like a nightmare for a commentator. Would entail a lot of pre game practice on those names.

    Normally Ken Laban does these games in the Islands so we should get him for this and the Fiji v Samoa one that follows this match in Suva this afternoon. Be interesting if he maintains his impeccable knowledge of what school each player was "a superstar" at!

    I enjoy it. Just like how the NFL usually say which College each player has come from.



  • Georgia knocked over Tonga in a close one, Tonga got the tries but gave away the penalties 16-15



  • @chester-draws said in 2018 June Internationals:

    So Georgian forwards get overseas contracts and Georgian backs don't.

    All Georgian are forward. Back is forward in Georgia.

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  • @machpants said in 2018 June Internationals:

    Georgia knocked over Tonga in a close one, Tonga got the tries but gave away the penalties 16-15

    Tonga:
    71' Lolohea, 79' Halaifonua tries;
    79' Takulua con
    35' Takulua pen

    Georgia:
    7' Matiashvili try;
    8' Matiashvili con;
    21', 38', 60' Matiashvili pens 3x;
    46' Gachechiladze YC, 79' ? YC

    I tried watching this game about half an hour into the game but the livestream was frozen, so I gave up.

    Now, watchin Fiji v Samoa.



  • Paltry crowd in Suva. For a double header including their national team v closest traditional rival.

    Doesn't fill me with confidence about a Super Rugby expansion team up in Fiji.

    I noticed this last year as well. Bumper crowd for the Chiefs v Crusaders. Then small crowds a few weeks later for their June internationals. They had good quality visitors last year iirc including win over tier 1 Italy, but still not many turned up.

    I am/was pro getting a team up there. I'm now edging towards was.

    I don't think they can sustain the week in week out numbers required. To pay for a top pro team. Although a young Drua-like team churning out young low paid players for a year or two before they move on would still arguably provide more interest some our teams in the S18.



  • Japan vs Italy.

    Japanese national rugby team with their front row, halfback and that one nippy winger being the only actual Japanese people on the team. All the rest, ring-in Islanders. Jamie Joseph sending a great message to Japan's up and coming young players. "Yeah nah."

    Italy do a fantastic impersonation of a test rugby team. They have some burly guys and nice blue jerseys and coloured rugby boots and everything. Walking 10 metres away from EVERY single lineout to have a mini conference then slowly sauntering back to the lineout got real old fast. God they are dogshit. Walk around. Drop it. Stand at some ruck like you just want to go home. Just fuck off then.



  • @rocky-rockbottom Where are you watching that game?

    Edit: forget that question, I found a legal stream to watch Japan v Italy:

    https://video-it.eurosport.com/rugby/rugby-test-match-giappone-italia_vid1098253/video.shtml



  • HT: Japan 17 - 14 Italy



  • Full time: Fiji 24 - 22 Samoa

    Match (scoring) stats: https://www.worldrugby.org/pnc/match/25892



  • @rocky-rockbottom said in 2018 June Internationals:

    Japan vs Italy.

    Japanese national rugby team with their front row, halfback and that one nippy winger being the only actual Japanese people on the team. All the rest, ring-in Islanders. Jamie Joseph sending a great message to Japan's up and coming young players. "Yeah nah."

    Italy do a fantastic impersonation of a test rugby team. They have some burly guys and nice blue jerseys and coloured rugby boots and everything. Walking 10 metres away from EVERY single lineout to have a mini conference then slowly sauntering back to the lineout got real old fast. God they are dogshit. Walk around. Drop it. Stand at some ruck like you just want to go home. Just fuck off then.

    They're great to have in the Six nations. It means Scotland don't get a wooden spoon.



  • @mn5 said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @rocky-rockbottom said in 2018 June Internationals:

    Japan vs Italy.

    Japanese national rugby team with their front row, halfback and that one nippy winger being the only actual Japanese people on the team. All the rest, ring-in Islanders. Jamie Joseph sending a great message to Japan's up and coming young players. "Yeah nah."

    Italy do a fantastic impersonation of a test rugby team. They have some burly guys and nice blue jerseys and coloured rugby boots and everything. Walking 10 metres away from EVERY single lineout to have a mini conference then slowly sauntering back to the lineout got real old fast. God they are dogshit. Walk around. Drop it. Stand at some ruck like you just want to go home. Just fuck off then.

    They're great to have in the Six nations. It means Scotland don't get a wooden spoon.

    Or England this season



  • Japan 34 - Italy 17.





  • I have added this weekend's results to the table in the first post of this thread.



  • That was the result JP needed, hopefully they can keep it up, and don’t get completely ass-raped by the ABs and England later in the year. If they can show improvement thry’ll Ride the same wave as the Japanese team during the soccer World Cup here.

    In the WC, They have someone they can’t get past (Ireland I think) and two teams they should beat (Russia and a qualifier), so it all comes down to the Scots game. We’re still trying to get tickets....



  • By the way, the USA scored their most points (62) and biggest ever win (49) over Russia.
    Russia is the latest addition to pool A at the 2019RWC (Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, play-off winner).



  • It's a shame Russia is there - they are not very good, but basically got in because better teams fielded 1 or 2 ineligible players. They will be destroyed by all the teams in their pool.

    Reckon Japan can definitely beat Scotland.



  • @billy-tell said in 2018 June Internationals:

    It's a shame Russia is there - they are not very good, but basically got in because better teams fielded 1 or 2 ineligible players. They will be destroyed by all the teams in their pool.

    Reckon Japan can definitely beat Scotland.

    No fucken way.



  • Former Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson is now heading to Scotland not Wasps

    Fingers crossed he doesn't live up to his namesakes

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/former-cardiff-blues-coach-danny-14773156



  • @mikethesnow said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @mn5 said in 2018 June Internationals:

    @rocky-rockbottom said in 2018 June Internationals:

    Japan vs Italy.

    Japanese national rugby team with their front row, halfback and that one nippy winger being the only actual Japanese people on the team. All the rest, ring-in Islanders. Jamie Joseph sending a great message to Japan's up and coming young players. "Yeah nah."

    Italy do a fantastic impersonation of a test rugby team. They have some burly guys and nice blue jerseys and coloured rugby boots and everything. Walking 10 metres away from EVERY single lineout to have a mini conference then slowly sauntering back to the lineout got real old fast. God they are dogshit. Walk around. Drop it. Stand at some ruck like you just want to go home. Just fuck off then.

    They're great to have in the Six nations. It means Scotland don't get a wooden spoon.

    Or England this season

    Fucked.
    Get.
    You.

    Please re-organise above.