@kiwiinmelb "Nice guns, Sonny".
"Thanks, Jack - I like your hair".
Shit team in a shit location. lucky the Warriors are on
DO NOT diss Nelson you Queensland Bogan fluffybunny.
Ignore him, MN5.
What would a fucker who lives in Cairns know about locations? He's choosing to live in a swamp, inhabited by nasty, poisonous biting creatures - and that's just the people, don't get me started on the wildlife.
In fact, do. Go to the beach - get eaten by a crocodile. Go for a run - get bitten by a snake. Go for a shit - get bitten by a spider. Go anywhere and get bitten by dengue-ridden mosquitos or some other fucking insect largely unknown to science.
Go to the pub and be entertained by Tex Morton and his pet bantam, Stu - singing "Blue Bayou" - a song about living in a swamp.
In summary, he wouldn't know a good location if it bit him on the arse - and in Cairns it probably will!
Well, that was pretty exciting and given that I hate losing far more than I like winning, I'm remarkably sanguine about the result.
I think some of you guys are being pretty harsh on the execution. The Lions defence was extremely good - no weak links - and I think the ABs decided they needed some pieces of magic to score. Maybe a lack of patience at times, but the two tries we scored both had a fair degree of magic to them - especially the second one. Taking pop passes into a close defensive line and getting smashed isn't the best way of retaining the ball - but, it's also a good way of breaking the line. On another night we could have scored four or five tries - we certainly created opportunities - especially in the first half.
I haven't really seen a massive decline in Hansen's coaching - we just came up against a team chock full of talented players and with the depth to match and possibly better the advantage we usually get from the subs bench - particularly once we lost a few players.
On the final penalty, I guess Poite will give a Gallic shrug and say something like "Il n’est pas la bonne décision, mais c’est la belle décision."
Which means, "It is not the right decision, but it is the beautiful decision." At least that's what I typed into Babelfish to get that result!
Firstly, good effort Wallabies. Turns out last week's first half effort was more of a fluke than the second half.
I was wondering about that - but, we were at home this week and struggled to win.
Secondly - fail on behalf of the AB coaches not to identify that. We spent quite a lot of this game playing like the result was a foregone conclusion and buried ourselves in a ditch for a while by not playing proper test rugby.
Thirdly - Man of the match - Nepo Laulala. If our scrum had been less dominant in that game, we would have been well beaten. Coles and Moody can take residual credit. No more of this Ofa bullshit, Hansen!!!
Fourthly - second man of the match, Rieko Ioane. Looked like an AB back out there, when several others didn't.
Fifthly - show some class Chieka. It's not fucking soccer!!!
If the ABs lose this game, it shouldtn't be a disaster as the Boks would then face England in the semi final.
But we would have to face the number 1 side in the world in the quarter final !!!
It's a squeaky tight RWC this time around.
I don't think either the Bok or AB camp see an easier side of the draw developing.
So while each team would desperately want to win the opening pool encounter, I don't think either will be devastated by a loss.
The NZ public and media will go into meltdown if the ABs lose. The Fern will implode...
Let me be so presumptuous as to speak on behalf of New Zealanders and the Fern: Nah, I think you're wrong.
There won't be dancing in the streets, but there won't be wailing and gnashing of teeth either.
Hmmm, I think there will be a bit of wailing and gnashing.
Look at what happened after the loss to Oz.
Hansen's innumerable selection errors will be highlighted.
Whoever played on the wing will be culpable. The midfield selections will be wrong - and the lack of combination developed an appalling oversight. The two pivots theory a disaster - need out best first five playing first five and our best fullback playing fullback. Playing two opensides will be ridiculous. Either Barrett or Tuipolotou should have started, but both of them are sacks of shit and we are fucked without Brodie. Crazy leaving Owen Franks at home and Joe Moody cannot catch a cold. Taylor should have started with Coles on the bench (or vice-versa). Read is too old. Crotty and SBW too injury prone. About 12 of the squad are known mental defectives and most of the others have tits for hands.
@Nepia I'm not listening to any - which seems about right.
I pretty much only listen to the radio in the car, when I'm driving - so the time is already being utilized.
If the presenters annoy me enough (or usually some fucking dull as ditchwater talkback caller), I just turn them off.
Currently, I've switched to Brian FM, which is actually pretty good.
@Chris-B Agreed that it needs to be available for commutes/driving. Podcasts are already doing that and some hybrid of live/near-live is what I'm thinking of how I can deliver.
I probably shouldn't be anyone's target audience.
I think I've had to sit through too many boring fucking conference presentations, so I actually hate podcasts.
If someone writes an article (or a paper) you can pretty much skim it in 30 seconds and decide if it warrants more attention. But, with podcasts, there's little way of telling whether you're about to waste 30 minutes of your life.
Invest 30 seconds in a podcast and it seems to me that usually you get as far as, "Hi, um it's Bill and Ben here from the ah Flowerpot men podcast. How are you today Ben.....?"
And I'm out.
@Canes4life I'm not sure Dan Carter actually warrants selection in an all time Super team. All time ABs, sure - but I'm doubtful about Super.
He only played in two championship winning Crusaders teams - and through the Blackadder era, I think a lot of the Crusaders' All Blacks played within themselves for most of the season and then tried to finish over the top of everyone - playing away from home. A strategy that didn't work.
Dan pretty much admitted as much in his book.
The whole thing looks like a conspiracy to to prise open Tasman's iron grip on the NPC!
Will have to be NPC if it's going to run for more than a few weeks - but, as a one season option there might be some challenges to overcome. One might be how to avoid a suite of mismatches between teams stacked with All Blacks and teams not - especially if some of the Div 2 teams are stacked (e.g. Taranaki).
Maybe some of the ABs should go into a draft?
@booboo Pretty decent assessment, booboo - in that I agree with most of it.
I usually found Devlin's hyper style pretty amusing and also parked Vietch's reputation - beyond that he seemed to have more connections into NZ sport than anyone else and was usually a very good interviewer.
I mainly listened to RS in the car, but to be honest, I switched stations about 10 days ago, when all they seemed to have to talk about was corona virus. Hope they come back when this all blows over. Don't think I'm a likely audience for a streaming service, DM - unless you can make it come out of the car radio!
He might the first to get life without parole.
We really need to question the system if he doesn't.
If he doesn't get it, nobody will. The main question for the court is whether he could ever be released on parole safely.
Some things we do in life don't deserve that question to be asked.
The rule of law requires it, but the ideology and actions suggest someone who can't safely be released ever, so the judge can justify it easily enough.
That also means he can't be deported, but that's worth it IMO.
After the debacle with releasing the Rainbow Warrior bombers, I don't want anyone being let loose from NZ until they've served their time.
And this clown will find life harder on New Zealand soil.
Should just be cemented into his cell for life.
@Chris-B You're going to have to rely on homegrown players to replace those players - Covid is like an NPC salary cap on you guys.
How good will it be if, when the figures come out later this year, Tasman were the champions AND spent less than Hawkes Bay doing it!
I'm sure you could spend less than us when the players are on minimum NPC contracts but fat Crusaders ones.
And, no doubt, the Crusaders have loads of money to throw at their squaddies, because all their ABs are on minimum Super contracts, but big fat All Black ones!
Steve Tew is a genius!