Good RWC dress rehearsal this tour.
Replicating 1/4 final, semi-final, 3/4th playoff ....
My tip to young players. Let the opposition player get up in their own time. A try scorer under a pile up has been happening for 150 years before you fluffybunnies started ruining these moments by .... being fluffybunnies .... and yanking disappointed opposition players out of the way for your un-waitable celebration.
I find this one strange as well. I think we as fans ( including Mex) are fully within our rights to blast the ref and say he cost us the series. I think the players and coaches should look at themselves and figure out how to take the ref out the game and that's exactly what they are doing. Not like the ABs were terrible, Poite and SBW hurt them bad. I thought by 3rd test they figured out how to beat rush defense but execution was poor but easily fixable. The result is what is but I think things like blaming Hansen for substituting Half back which the ABs have done for at least 13years is just silly.
I'm in the "ref didn't cost us the game camp" but in no way I'm of the opinion that criticism of his 78th min decisions should be shut down. That was the worst refereeing moment I can remember.
I don't think he 'cost us the game' because I only give Beauden a 60% chance of slotting that the way he was kicking. Where as I give Julian as 100% costing us a try and I think Beauden has already blown a 95% gettable kick. Then add in the cumulative 50%ers that were blown periodically through the match.
Up until 78 mins I thought Poite was good.
But that decision (and process) was disgraceful.
I now really doubt his moral fibre. He made a correct decision in real time, it was technically harsh on the guilty party but correct. He then allowed himself to go to the TMO to check foul play so that his already made decision could be taken away from his responsibility if possible, it couldn't, but then he allowed Garces to change his mind (incorrectly). He tried really, really, really hard to not have his decision be the 'series-deciding decision'. Very weak.
I would think that would set alarm bells off in WR Refereeing HQ. This wasn't a fast real time mistake, it was a failure of courage.
However I do not currently have faith in the Referring HQ. Their treatment of Joubert was a disgrace to the sport when they hung him out to dry after he made a brave but incorrect decision in the RWC in very similar circumstances.
To be contradictory, I do find the analysising of every single refereeing decision in a game on social media etc to be pointless. It's a quick game with decisions made in real time, fans need to just get on with it. Where I think this is bad is that it was done slowly, looking for every opportunity to back out of a decision.
I'm not actually salty about the series result. Getting the penalty and Beauden flukeing it over may have been the worst result for me, if it just papers over the cracks of our obvious weakness. But I'm soft as Rocky Rockvottom says (I think) after our back to back world cups.
Some top level whining bullshit:
15 against 16? What's he smoking, France barely ever had 15 .....
Of the genuine pick-ups:
Ronchi was of the era, in discussion. But his re-migration to NZ was a good 5 years after the peak Aussie era had finished.
So, a good pickup, But at a time of strength rather than the desperation of 5 years earlier.
Canning and Redmond were both Perth born and WA youth level players who went straight into the NZ academy in 1999. Unfortunately Canning was exactly in the mould of players we had an abundance of (Medium pace dobbler and aggressive batting allrounder). Redmond was a good pickup in that he was a leg-spinning all rounder, something we didn't produce. Transferred in time to batsman and opener, didn't nail international cricket, but 16 odd years of FC cricket contribution to NZ.
Dean Brownlie also a good pickup.
@Chris-B instead we got Matt Sinclair
To be serious. We actually got Aaron Redmond and Tama Canning.
As Aussie cricketers from that generation with Kiwi parents who moved to NZ to play.
Lou Vincent and Piggy were good pick ups though.
Styris, like Sinclair was just Australian born but NZ raised. Not a pick up.
Vincent, I actually don't know about. I see he played for NZ U19s, which is his first records of any type in the cricket archive, if he was in Australia playing high level cricket he didn't play for any Australian state youth teams, 2nd XIs or academies that were worthy of being recorded. (he is NZ born)
@barbarian felt like there were more dropped catches than I'd generally expect of your guys in this series. But I guess that was balanced out by India dropping their share.
I can't remember any clangers, besides Paine on Day 5 in Sydney. Whereas Marnus was dropped about 12 times.
Australia were terrible in the field in melbourne.
$2B for a 15% stake would make the ABs worth over $13B?
Doesnt seem right.
No, it doesn't.
But even more, not right, for just a stake in the competitions.