@paekakboyz saviour of the universe
his name is powder.
this WAS the big game. this WAS the game you keep your powder dry for.
the reality is that we aren't doing that, it's just wishful thinking from fans to excuse us playing like shit, which frankly we've been doing for quite a while now - our servings of shit have regularly been papered over by bits of individual brilliance getting us out of jail when we've been dominated all day, and a shit-hot lineout. the lineout saved us last week against the poms, but wasn't quite enough this week. we dropped the miracle balls that would have won the game this week. but both weeks, and against the saffas, we have been pretty thoroughly dominated this year.
we kick way too much ball away, and badly. the opposition give us scraps, we finally get the damn ball, and these primadonna fuckwits immediately put boot to ball in low percentage plays. then they laugh about it at half-time.
we get a penalty advantage and BB takes a fucking drop kick. the potatoes get a penalty advantage and they - jonny fucking sexton - try to score a try. we are fucking dumb. we kick a penalty to give us a chance of a draw. a fucking draw. the all blacks. playing for a draw and kicking drop goals under penalty advantage. fuck my days what a fucking disgrace.
all it takes is an off-day for a couple of guys when our tactics are mud and we are so reliant on individual brilliance. sam whitelock, a great player - giving away dumb penalties. BBR, a great player - dumb penalties, terrible handling - his worst game i can remember. it's not time to throw the baby out with the bath water, but when guys like that don't perform, it does show the glaring deficiencies in other areas.
we are dumb. we still can't cope with a good rush defence. we haven't really been able to since the 90s when france used it to beat us. our defensive line speed was utter shit - so the potatoes made ground all day and had momentum. their line speed was really good, and there seems not to be a single fucker out there who has the wits to think, 'oh you know, with all this fanning out and quick line speed, we could either pick and go a few times or throw it behind the line to get around the rush'. barely a pick and go all game, and it was only in desperation when chasing the game that we threw in some depth to get around the rush - which promptly worked - except then when we made breaks, we were so totally lacking in composure that we forced dumb shit low percentage passes, or kicked the damn fucking ball away yet again. pack of fucking morons.
barnes is still a shit ref, inconsistent and doesn't seem to understand when a ruck forms. he had nothing to do with the loss however.
to the players:
karl T got a bit of a rough ride, but not as bad as some are making out. 2 scrums went badly, and 1 barnes should have reset. why barnes didn't blow their scrum when we were dominant i don't know. franks was solid, as was taylor, and all the replacements were good too. poor old ofa showed great hands to hold that piece of shit perenara pass - but when you have to catch that slop you're always going to get barrelled and struggle to win the ruck.
BBR his worst, and whitelock pretty poor too by his standards. scott barrett played well, was our best lock, but was playing out of position which fucks our forward balance.
squire was okay before injury, ardie at least tried hard, and read was rank. dropped everything, hasn't run hard into contact in about 3 years, and is a shitty captain. the way the irish were playing, and the way barnes was reffing, the player in our 23 most suited to that game was matt todd. bit disappointed he didn't manage to win it for us in his 3 FUCKING MINUTES YOU MORONS.
aaron smith's kicking is nowhere near as accurate as it was against the lions. he is still so much better than perenara -because he can actually pass - but if we don't have the brains to use smith's speed to get around the rush then he's wasted, and why not use a bigger running halfback.
BB. well it's pretty fucking limiting when your 10's weakest skill is his passing. also dumb. also doesn't appear to care a great deal. also thinks wasting try-scoring opportunities with drop-goals is a good idea, and funny. can run, can catch a high ball.
crotty and goodhue were both really pretty good given the shit they were served up. 20-something touches vs 40-something for the irish midfield wasn't it?
ben smith no ball. can run.
rieko no ball. no composure. can run.
mckenzie, not bad, but we are wasting ben smith on the wing.
to ireland: well bloody played, a good plan, well executed. you knew exactly what we were going to do, because we do it all the time (keeping our powder dry hahaha fuck me) . we box kick and put up high balls. you dealt with that easily. you know that if you rush, we will chip. you covered that easily then kept the ball. you knew that we throw our ruck ball to forwards one or two off the ruck - you got up quick on them and we never made the gain line.
great fire and commitment from all on the park, and an inspirational and thoroughly deserved victory, which i could really have done without watching.
rant over. as you were everyone.
@crucial everything you say is true, but none of it applies to that particular situation - he should have stayed out, the inside man was covered and he created them an overlap and hence a try. As I said previously I think a lot of the criticism is rubbish, but not that one.
pretty good game i thought. frizz wylie eh? easily the best (and maybe the only?) 80 minutes i've seen from him. i used to hate the shitty pop pass tactic from e.g. franks to romano - the ball skills weren't quite there, nor the impact running - but when we start doing that well, and to frizzell (or akira etc), then... well, tough to stop. frizzell did fade out for a long period after starting on fire, but came back towards the end well too. good stuff.
i think the comments here are pretty harsh on NMS. i personally would not have picked him - would prefer to see him turn it on at the lower level first - but he's always been a stepper and offloader - he's simply never been a fast guy. i'd be surprised if they would play him if he tested heaps slower than previous. he may come back, he may not - but the reason for whichever way that goes will be that first step of his - a really fast change of direction and burst of acceleration, not his speed in a run to the line, which has always been shit by ab winger standards.
mo'unga looked nervous - he's not a guy who misses touch. still did a lot of good stuff though, and his flat passing game gives guys outside him space. he's a keeper, and will be better for the experience.
tj perenara - such a good all round footy player, but jeez i miss aaron smith when tj plays. the speed of ruck delivery is just not the same.
midfielders really good, goodhue looks like he's been there forever. naholo and ben smith okay, but not their best days out. mckenzie is great. people forget how little 10 he has actually played so far, he's come a long way already - but for some reason he gets labelled as a 'never gonna be good enough' for his shit errors, while someone like jordie gets a free pass. the way he keeps himself in play, and has multiple involvements in attacking movements is bloody great to watch.
harris can't throw right now, which unfortunately is just not acceptable - in general - but definitely not in the closing stages of test matches. when we get a close game, he could well lose it for us. props good. locks good. loosies good.
for the argies... i like to think i can be objective enough to appreciate good play by the opposition - most of the time i'm probably kidding myself a bit, but the argie winger turning us inside out was a thing of real beauty. they're the new france. big forwards, small backs playing a high skill, high risk game. when it comes off, it's bloody hard to stop and great to watch, good luck to them. they'l be disappointed with the scrum, but i think they were missing a prop? would also like to see Isa back - has he been injured or something? as long as they keep the filth to a minimum they are one of the best teams to watch i reckon.
@rancid-schnitzel nah he can't even make the bench when the ABs have a club standard player on the wing.
Him at Goodhue tore it up as 12 and 13 for Canterbury. He's not a 13 but as far as I know had never played there before Boyd threw him in. I still maintain it's his best position although I'm more than happy to keep the backline used against Australia. Thought the Laumape Goodhue pairing worked very well. What I liked about Laumape was that he ran hard and straight the entire game. He was taken down in the first half but eventually the effort needed to tackle the square shaped freak was too much and he started carving up. Imagine having to mark and tackle that for 80 minutes!
I disagree on laumape. I'm a fan, but I think he carves up late because defensive lines are slower. He's a brick, but he's not big, and a well set line will stop him. If he hits someone slightly on the back foot though, lethal. Ideal impact sub for that reason, even if it goes against the usual type.
I would put Guildford in the "dud" or "how the hell did he get capped" XV
Absolutely. Very fast and ran like a spastic. That's about the extent of his abilities.
That was about the extent of Doug Howlett's abilities too, and he (still?) has the AB try scoring record...
We were really good on the weekend, and clearly still well ahead of the Aussies. Ben Smith great 2 weeks in a row in different positions. Still a better fullback. Naholo looks to be finding his feet properly at that level now which is good news. Ngani should be the impact sub, the thinking is all wrong there - he'd be very effective against a tiring side with less line speed and organisation. Barrett, awesome. A Smith, his speed of delivery is so crucial to our success, couple of defensive semi lapses, but one heroic save to make up for it.
Fatties all pretty good, squire (!?) and bbr (as usual) in particular.
For the Oz. Despite the usual echoes in here, pocock was very good in a well beaten side. He's a nuisance. Tui looks like he may just turn out to be the big lump they need to bring much needed balance to the loose trio and pack in general - still very raw and goes missing at this stage though. Gwenia is still pretty handy. Beale is good, Hodge handy, and DHP showed a bit of spark too. Not all doom and gloom I reckon. Forwards don't look fit enough, but I think that is more likely to be tiring themselves out with poor decisions at breakdowns than actual fitness. They also need to take some lessons from us on using turnover ball and shifting it quickly. This is where I see Foley's biggest down side. He's not bad in general, but he doesn't demand the ball and get it wide fast in those situations, and most of the forwards have no idea -whereas all our guys are on the same page with this. Turnover comes, we get it in the hands of our decision makers asap. In bled 1, we turned over a shit load of ball in the first half. They outplayed us, but led only 6-5. We would have been up by 20+ if a team made those mistakes against us. They have guys who can run, but aren't getting them the ball quick enough when they get a chance.