@stargazer I think we measure height slightly different down here in Wellington
Went in to the game and took my four year daughter. Was a great atmosphere and the extra minutes at the end just added to the experience. Will have to watch the game again this week as you miss so much at the game. Best part was some drunk lady distracted my daughter for most of the game so I actually got to watch most of it.
Couple of things on the game (though won't stand by them too closely until I've rewatched it).
DMac looked a lot better here than he did for the Chiefs. I'd still rather see one of the Barretts there but was good to see him get some form back.
Jordie is way to pedestrian for wing. There was one point early in the first half where he appeared to be trying to run through quick sand.
Will be interesting to watch Reiko. He appeared to fuck up by not passing to Jordie at one stage and hogged the ball instead. And dropping the ball like he did is embarrassing and effectively lost us the game. I really wish that he'd go back to being the worlds best winger.
Bridge is so impotent. Really doesn't seem to offer much. Though that was a sweet pass that lead to Smith's try.
R'Mo looked below test level standard. Looked indecisive at times and seemed to have no confidence in the end to demand they set up for a droppie. Might be a while before he finds his feet at test level.
Ardie was no where near a test standard 8. I've got no idea why Foster (other than Foster is a fuckwit) picks two sevens in his starting trio and asks one of them to play like a big bopper 8. Sevens work best when they have constant interactions in the game.
Cane was awesome and hit attackers like a truck. Though his first game as captain had a real 2020 Chiefs feel to it.
I thought Frizell went OK. He tackled well and it's not his fault the loose forward mix is out.
Moody tackled well and Ofa hit hard but fell off a few tackles. Cody appeared to carry on his average 2019 form.
Rennie 'out coached' Foster. The OZ first half was excellent as they more often than not would have been playing into the swirling breeze. I think a stat popped up at halftime that OZ had 70% possession and territory which is clever rugby in those conditions.
Not much to say about the Wallabies other than well done and they probably deserved to win the game. I think an area they can make good improvement in is their accuracy at the breakdown. The amount of times the AB's managed to get a turnover or penalty after a Wallaby went flying/crashing over the ruck instead of actually clearing out was hilarious. Lucky for the AB's too as it meant the Wallabies couldn't build enough pressure.
Looking forward to catching this on TV and revising my opinions.
@pukunui Shirley it's not just those two. Jordie over George, Skudder over Havili, TJ over Hall, Laumape over Bateman, Fiftia over Samu. It's bullshit. When will the All Black coaches wake up and pick an all Crusaders team again. I guess the real slap in the face was picking JTA over that reserve prop from Sydneyham.
@Yeetyaah Must suck to have such a whinging coach. Not only are you losing on the field but the coach is now also making the Chiefs look like complete dicks after the game too.
At least when you had Rennie you won the game first and then had a whinge afterwards.
Looks like it's going to be a tough season for the Canes and Ardie should be on the phone to Cane to ask how to deal with a donut at seasons end (looks like the Chiefs have tried to lighten the load for Cane this year).
Looking forward to seeing how Flanders goes this year. He looks to have used the off season well and bulked up a bit.
Excited to see AIoane this year too. Appeared to get his head straight last year and was fizzing by year end. He looks like he's going to hit the ground running this year and deliver on his potential. Hopefully anyway as the AB's are screaming out for a unit in the forward pack.
Maybe this year will be Billy's year......
Sir Bob wasn't happy with hid maiden speech.
@kpkanz DMac was great in that game.
However, France weren't interested at all in that 3rd game and seemed to have mentally left to go back home already. His match that day has a lot in common with RM game against the Wallabies in Sydney this year. Where for whatever reason the Wallabies just didn't turn up and RM put them to the sword.
Good win considering how much ball we kicked away. Especially when it continued into the second half.
It's hard to take much away from that match. 10 changes for Argentina and their 3rd game on the trot. Good way to finish the season but I'm glad some of the young guys will get another year of Super rugby under their belt before taking on some of the big boys (pending covid allowing that to happen)