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.
Fans shouldn't come into it when deciding logistics of moving the games.
As long as Sapporo Dome isn't being used for Baseball or something, any games looking to be effected should be moved up there. Move the players and officials - Fans left to their own devices. Sell tickets in Sapporo to first come first served (e.g. mostly locals).
This is a piss weak response.
Move the games. Offer any poor petal effected fans some free counselling.
Dempsey getting a bit of stick on here and in other places for the BB try.
When I played Blindside flanker, way back admitedly, I absolutely broke to the open side as quickly as possible depending on the "break" call.
Defences have changed in 20 years, they don't chase rucks like I did, but I doubt that much from a scrum? Why would you stay blind when the ball has been passed open to the actual first-five?
Mistakes or mis-reads are allowed to happen if the opposition work it (or disgiuse it) well.
The pass from BB to Ioane was pure sex.
Premiership rugby clubs are to receive a multi-million pound coronavirus bailout from the Government after opting to put their players on sabbatical during the crisis, The Telegraph can reveal.
County cricket clubs are also discussing following suit after being told doing so would also allow them to access funds made available under the coronavirus job retention scheme announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak just over a week ago.
Some lower league football clubs have already placed their players on what is being called ‘furlough’ – which will see the Government pay 80 per cent of their wages up to a maximum of £2,500 a month – with others expected to follow after the Treasury confirmed salaried athletes were eligible under the scheme....
Premiership clubs seek state help to bail them out as coronavirus casts dark financial shadow over rugby
Headline sounds more sensational than it is. By "state help to bail them out" I think that just means some clubs are opting to furlough players -
Players and staff will be paid 75 per cent of their full wages, as indicated last week, but via the furlough scheme clubs will be able to claim back £2,500 per month per individual from the state.
I was ready to be outraged when I clicked on the link - thinking how dare the unsustainable major price setters should be going cap in hand.
Interesting unintended consequence:
Being furloughed, though, means players cannot work — a grey area for professionals who are trying to keep fit.
Interview from 2008, going around on social media.
Interesting to hear this woman talk about the 1918 influenza pandemic.
I recall m Grandmother, who was born in 1910, described to me a childhood memory of the 1918/19 influenza pandemic , in Dunedin. Of horse drawn hearses and funeral processions frequently going past her house. And in general passing when in the street, stop &take off hat until it has passed.
Why do people who have jobs and are working need income support?
Because Australian politicians are terrified of recessions. Anything to not be 'that guy'.
Tbh, just a flippant remark. I haven't read up enough yet on the job keeper allowance. Seems like 'main street' stimulus, which is better than the other option.
They've just finished the work in Willis St, Wellington . On replacing the broken sewer. So that continued during lockdown. Sewage is an essential service.
If the end of 4 week lockdown is staged. Would hope construction (and our bloody recycling service, and butchers and grocers) are in first tranche to restart.
What the actual fuck?
If they are backpackers, self isolating in a backpackers hostel, what is the problem?
Where are they supposed to go?
If someone overlooking my house took a photo, thye would see eveidence of me, my wife and kids not social distancing from each other and not wearing face masks.
Row over 25% Premiership wage cut intensifies but Eddie Jones accepts drop
Premiership players have been given legal advice on how to challenge the blanket 25% pay cuts imposed by the clubs as domestic rugby’s row over wage reductions intensified on Thursday.
In the Championship, Newcastle Falcons have been plunged into turmoil with their players expected to reject their proposed swingeing pay cuts. In the Premiership the Guardian also understands the entire Leicester Tigers squad is strongly considering rejecting the 25% reduction after the Rugby Players’ Association provided legal guidance to its 700+ members.
Newcastle, currently top of the Championship but still unsure if they will be promoted next season, on Thursday asked all their players and staff to agree to be put on furlough – unpaid leave save for the £2,500 a month available as part of the government’s bailout – and a deadline of midday on Friday to respond.
It is understood the squad was then offered wage top-ups meaning those earning over £75,000 a year would receive 50% of their wages while those on £37,500 to £75,000 would get the equivalent of £37,500. It is believed that without further improvements it will be rejected however, potentially leaving the Falcons in considerable financial strife after the RFU announced last week that all of this season’s competitions below the Premiership would be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter sent by the Newcastle director of rugby, Dean Richards, and seen by the Guardian, staff are told they are expected to agree to the measures and warned that redundancies may be necessary if they do not.
In the Premiership meanwhile, an increasing number of players are set to challenge the 25% cuts imposed across the league. As reported by the Guardian, there is growing unrest, particularly among players whose contracts expire over the summer, and a sense of dismay that individual circumstances and varying salaries were not being taken into account.
Meanwhile, Eddie Jones has agreed a pay cut in excess of 25% to his £750,000 salary, after the RFU chief executive, Bill Sweeney, revealed he and the rest of the union’s five-strong executive team would be doing so.
Jones, who is currently in Japan, immediately agreed to the cut – which amounts to more than £187,500 a year – with the RFU estimating it will lose up to £50m in the next 18 months