Pakman was at Dublin 1991, Ellis Park 1995, Twickenham 1999, Sydney 2003 and Cardiff 2007. He's watching on Sky.
Irish have no chance.
Last 20 rewatch. Was our worst period:
Big gaps close to rucks, esp. for Koroibete try, after Tupou twice made good ground.
ABs passing to no one -- Patty T after SW takes kick off at 33-19, Taylor after great Savea break from 22 -- and Patty T drop in contact.
Poor kicks gifting possession -- Laumape grubber, RM kick which Beale ran from goal line and could have led to end to end try but for Read covering.
More easy metres from pick n go, leading to Hodge's second.
Moli poor defensive alignment attacked, second time big hole when Beale scored.
At 40-26 Read taps penalty rather than kicking into Oz 22?
Moli under pressure at scrum.
Last try from good scrum on our 10 metre -- Oz momentum wasn't checked (our forwards on wrong side field), leading quickly to final try.
Gave away possession by forcing things rather than being patient (5 times!). Treasure the farking pill!
Defence round ruck abysmal.
Fast Oz ball meant they several times made 40 metres in a blink, and once five out were clinical.
@Jaguares4real said in TRC: The All Blacks against the Springboks (version 98):
You misinterpreted my post
Simply put Cane is more versatile as a player than Cane
ala Hooper is with Pocock
You've got me with that one.
England Vs New Zealand in the RWC Semi Final. It's happened before.....
No one who saw Jonah's brilliant quartet of tries in Cape Town will ever forget them.
Pakman certainly won't. As I walked up the stairs in the stadium I was thinking that English were getting too confident, and thus ultimately dangerous, and we needed to give them a good spanking to keep them in their place. Five minutes later Jonah did his thing!
He also scored in pool game 1999 (best atmosphere I've ever experienced at Twickenham) following which Dayglo dropped a knee on him. The big man got up angry then clearly thought, 'You're not worth it'!
For completeness, I was also at first game of 1991 Cup, the only other time the sides have played.
So 100% and doing the right thing by getting my ass to Yokohama to ensure the record remains intact.
His termination had nothing to do with him being a christian though did it, otherwise half of rugby players would be terminated. He was terminated because he breached the code of conduct. Surely saying my religion gives me a free card to use hate speech at work doesn't fly in today's society.
Depends if you think quoting religious texts is hate speech. I doubt he'd be quoting it in earnest belief if he wasn't a Christian.
What if I was an extremest and I was saying all non believers will die a fiery death, all non "insert religion" will die if they don't believe "my religion". If I approached a non believer in my work place and said John, sorry to say but you will die a painful fiery death unless you join my religion, you are a horrible person for not believing, you are sentencing you and your family to a horrible death. Do you think that would be tolerated?
Anyway I think it will be a good case to set a precedent and hopefully stop others spreading hateful speech in name of their religion.
I accept the nobler intentions of what you say, but who is to determine the extent of religious speech versus hateful speech? Does the Federal Government now step in and determine what passages can remain in the bible/ koran/ torah etc? Section 116 of the Constitution specifically prohibits such action: "The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion"
I must say this whole debacle only serves to highlight to me how much I abhor the Brand values bullshit of commercial Rugby. It's going down somewhat of the same route as e.g. Apple, where the creation of an Apple persona, with its associated plethora of 'right-on' values, is a mechanism for gouging excess profits from its fan base (customers in old money).
I don't watch rugby as some sort of moral endeavour and I certainly don't implicitly sign up for the various rugby unions' 'values', which are spouted in such situations.
The level of hypocrisy is breathtaking. Anyone with any awareness realises that some of the pro's are women beaters and general psycho's/arseholes, having values which don't appear to be part of rugby union ideals.
The ARFU would do itself a favour if it adopted a code of conduct which didn't pontificate on which legal off field values were acceptable (or not) and just stuck to promoting the entertainment and athleticism of the sport.
That way IF repeating Christian beliefs would just be one man's view. Those who don't agree can simply chose not to be Christians, in much the same way I chose not to be Muslim, or Hindu, etc..
End of rant.
@Rapido On another slant re the figures generally. Over here in the UK we have a pretty horrific death scale. There are suggestions though that we are counting ALL deaths where a person has tested positive for Covid as a Covid death. ie someone walks into a testing centre and gets a positive result and then gets run over by a lorry as she goes outside bingo! That's another Covid death. Whether this is in any way true or not I can't say but it does highlight that the methodology of deciding what is or is not a Covid death would make a significant difference to the figures.
I'm pretty sure that Public Health England does have a 'once a covid positive, always a covid death' methodology.
The Govt has asked it to produce corrected figures.
Don't hold your breath!
@akan004 they have had decent packs before. The challenge has been keeping them.
The front row used to be decent in the scrum, and reasonable around the paddock. Adam Coleman was a good lock, but didn't kick on. Pooper + Fardy is a good backrow (if short) - but Fardy disappeared overseas I beleive.
I'm sure @nta will comment
N8 Troy Coker
BF Viliami Ofahengaue
OF Simon Poidevin
RL John Eales
LL Rod McCall
TP Ewen McKenzie
HK Phil Kearns
LP Tony Daly
@nzzp they also havent had the backrow balance right since Pocock has been about as they want him there despite him being the cause of the unbalancedness
Trouble with Pocock is that once he bulked up (a LOT) his top end dwindled to Franks pace. Hard to cover in loose trio.
Crusaders v Highlanders: Sunday 9 August, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Referee 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Ben O’Keeffe
That'll teach BO'K!!