@ACT-Crusader said in RWC All Blacks v South Africa:
@pakman said in RWC All Blacks v South Africa:
@ACT-Crusader and decent clean outs.
Our tight 5 aren’t shrinking violets when it comes to that.
Also one of the pleasing things that Savea has really developed over the last year is what Rodders became an expert at and that was shifting bodies. Still not up to where Rodders level, but has been more noticeable to me.
Agreed, but Franks brothers in Dublin still seems a high point (or maybe just a rosy memory).
Bloody good final. Nadal appeared to be cruising until Medevev hit a purple patch right at the end of the third. He gave Nadal's backhand a real peppering and Nadal didn't have enough to run around it. Impressive that he managed to find that extra in the fifth.
@LABCAT said in Japan RWC2019 - Tickets and Info:
I am thinking about going to Japan but unfortunately wasnt able to get tickets to any of the good games.
Is there much of a chance to get tickets once in Japan? (eg, even though Hong Kong 7s is always sold out there is always a chance to get tickets outside the stadium)
I have pairs for both quarters ABs might be in. Won't get there till the next week. Coming from London. Pleased to let go at face, if practical. If not will release back into pool.
@Snowy said in Chester Williams - RIP:
@booboo said in Chester Williams - RIP:
Unlike Chester I was lucky enough to survive my heart attack at age 49.
Which match were you watching?
Heh. Could bore you with the story but won't. Good Dad joke when I can say "don't you know I've got a heart condition?".
But this thread is about important people not me.
@hydro11 said in Rankings:
Rankings are fine. Ireland have
won back to back against Wales (who were #1)
won last 3 against France
won last 2 against Aussies
won last game versus us
won last game against South Africa
They got thrashed by England but have probably done enough to be number one. There's not much in it.
Big difference between
in a one-off match who would most likely win, and
over the course of a season who's had the best record.
@Higgins said in Bokke v Blossoms:
Did they do a lap of honour in recognition for finally getting their winning ratio against Japan to at least 50%?
But the cynic in me suspects it is part of a strategy to endear themselves to Japanese fans in the hope of getting some "home town" support in their games.
@mofitzy_ said in World Cup all time AB team:
I know this discussion happened in the 7 thread but to me the biggest conundrum is Jones v McCaw. McCaw edges it for being a dual world cup winning captain but Jones might have been the better player.
Jones better as an athletic freak and pure 7.
McCaw better as a smart rugby player, grinder, and then RWC winning leader
It's comparing apples and oranges. Jones redefined 7 play athletically; McCaw forced changes to the lawbook because of his effectiveness ... I'm genuinely conflicted. Wound up voting Jones, but not convinced it was the right choice
Edit: wound up with Jones due to mates who saw both play. They revered McCaw, but still thought Jones was the best athlete they'd seen play. I wasn't into rugby when younger, so can't compare them ... comparing stories with what I've seen. McCaw is the GOAT for me, best sustained rugby player I've ever seen.
@dogmeat said in NH Ditch Junior rep sides:
@Stargazer I heard the interview. Apparently peak physical involvement for humans is ages 11-12 after which participation rates drop off a cliff.
Main reason given by kids for calling it quits by kids: coping with the expectations of adults especially around winning and performance.
I'm all in favour of competitive sport but its a sad indictment when kids are giving up sport in droves because parents and coaches drive the fun out of it when all the kids want to do is have fun and bond with their mates.
I never had enough talent to be burdened with expectation but I have seen and heard plenty of parents who relive their "glory days" (that probably never were) vicariously through their kids
I do like the comment when GOAT was a young lad and he was told he'd probably enjoy his sport more if he was fitter. Ball is in the kid's court then.
For completeness, posting this here as well:
World Rugby announces minor Television Match Official protocol amendment
Operational immediately, it will be mandatory for the TMO to be involved in the verification process to confirm any red card decisions which are linked to the referee’s use of the framework as follows:
4.6 If the referee determines that a dangerous high tackle or shoulder charge warrants a red card, then the referee must firstly verify the decision with the TMO. Both the referee and TMO should use the High Tackle Sanction Framework to determine whether a red card is the correct sanction.
The amendment to aid decision-making follows an initial review of progress since its implementation in May 2019 by the international federation’s Executive Committee with the key objective of ensuring that the important player welfare initiative continues to optimise clear and consistent officiating.
Importantly, the amendment also enables the match officials to have full use of the comprehensive Hawkeye technology that will operate at Rugby World Cup 2019 to support on-field decision making. The committee has given its full backing to the process, its implementation by the match officials, and endorsed the continued close collaboration and communication between coaches, players and match officials ahead of Rugby World Cup.
The amendment will further promote consistency and accuracy of decision-making, supporting referees in this critical player welfare and match-management area.