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 .....
It really does reveal the 'narrative' is irrelevant to what actually happens on the pitch. Divorced from reality.
In a game in which:
People are making videos about AB ref bias. Unbelievable! After this game ?!?!?
Pick your battles better, like a game where NZ actually did get the rub of the green.
Is stuff better since the takeover?
I've actually put the bookmark back on my phone. Hear it is better and willing to give it a chance. But as it is a new addition it is so far down the bookmark list, I have to scroll for it , out of sight I often forget about it.
FIji made a profit last FY.
I was curious about the Maori ABs tour the year before to Canada, Brazil, Chile. There were fees, but no news of amount. Can assume similar. All 3 were copmmercial successes, though.
Maybe first idea revealed for CVC to "increase value".
rugby Premiership channel, on some platform.
Don't have a strong opinion on this. Although seems a bit mid-2000s? But, who knows, assume homework has been done.
As seen on a reddit link.
Sale owner Simon Orange reveals his 'master plan' for the Sharks after securing England star Tuilagi
By NIK SIMON FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
PUBLISHED: 07:32 AEST, 26 July 2020 | UPDATED: 21:48 AEST, 26 July 2020
Simon Orange's tongue is only slightly in its cheek as he outlines Sale's three-point plan: 'Sign Manu, win the league, fill the stadium'.
The club's owner makes it sounds simple, but he is under no illusions about the challenges that lie ahead for the struggling sport.
Wages, welfare and revenue lie at the heart of the formula, with Orange keen for rugby to reinvent itself with Saturday night fixtures and more innovation.
'Rugby's finances aren't in a great place, are they?' he told The Mail on Sunday. 'Each owner is having to put two, three, four million pounds a year into the clubs. I just don't think that's sustainable and I don't think it can last.
'We can't keep relying on wealthy people to support the sport because that's a bit of a precarious business plan, isn't it? People might not want to keep ploughing millions of pounds into their club, no matter how much they love it.
'It's absolutely possible — if not probable — that clubs will fail eventually, because the owners can't just keep on funding them. We're doing it for a short time at Sale, but we're speculating to accumulate.
'The sooner things are sustainable, the better. That means doing two things: bringing the costs under control and increasing the income.
'CVC are experts at increasing income, so hopefully we can do that whilst keeping control of the coffers.'
Control the coffers? Does that not fly in the face of a club who have just added Manu Tuilagi to a starstudded cast including Faf de Klerk, Lood de Jager and Tom Curry?
'Let's just say we're nowhere near what Leicester were paying for Manu!' said Orange.
'It was one of the quickest deals we've done and hopefully one of the best deals we've done. We called him up on the Friday — and he was with us by the Monday.
'Like every deal for a big-name player, signing Manu was a commercial decision tied in with a playing decision.
Orange says the signing of Tuilagi can have both professional and commercial benefits.
'Everybody knows he's top quality. When crowds are allowed back, people will want to come to see him, won't they? And hopefully they'll be coming to see a Sale side who are competing at the top and trying to win it.
'There's no reason we shouldn't be competing straight away. That's the grand master plan: sign Manu, win the league, buy a new stadium and get people interested. Simple!'
Sale were second in the table before the Premiership ground to a halt because of coronavirus. Like every other club, they have spent the lockdown months agonising over their accounts.
Millions of pounds have been wiped off the balance sheets, but that has not stopped the Manchester club from taking giant leaps into the future.
They were the first club to tie down every player on cut-price long-term deals, while advancing proposals for a new 12,000 capacity stadium at Crossford Bridge.
Orange infamously claimed last year it was easy to cheat the salary cap. He stands by his claims, but insists the landscape has changed in light of the Lord Myners report.
'If your goal was to cheat the salary cap, it was easy,' he said.
'Myners has done his report — which has full support — so now it's much harder to break the cap. Plus, the consequences are more severe.
'I'm hopeful we're in a position where clubs just aren't going to want to do it now. Saracens got relegated and the consequences are even more dire now.
'It was a running joke. The credibility of the league was questionable when you had one team winning the league every year with three times the number of internationals that anyone else could afford.
'We needed to sort ourselves out. It was a hard step but it's been a step well worth taking.'
Afghan refugees fleeing back over the border to return back to Afghanistan never made sense with the official numbers.
Assumed it was worse, but was still a 'believable ' amount of stats being released to make the obfuscation plausible. Almost well played.
If Americas Cup, Weta, and potentially South African and Argentine rugby teams (wont happen IMO) can be exempted ... clear case for it here.
Sentimentality or pragmatism? Bit of both.
If Bledisloe games were to happen in Australia, Reece cant go? (I'd be OKish with that ... not a fan of all WR eligibility rules .... ) although would assume he'd have PR status at least by now, just speculating an extreme example .