Well done for seeing off another minnow. Bit troublesome for a while but you wore them down.
MUFC 19 points (repeat 19 points!) behind Liverpool after 17 games.
@arhs Good calls. You'd have to be crazy to sit on the sunny side for hours at a time.
Feel like they have to do more to keep the actual fans happy or they won't turn up. Corporates and teams get all the shade and food stalls - the plebs have to sit on hard wooden benches to get shade or walk a long way to get food (and then have nowhere shady to eat it).
Yeah he's a total flog but fuck me he can wield a stick.
Finch's finger is OK (pussy - walk it off) so he could come out to bat at the fall of next wicket.
If Paine and The Waj can hang around to get us to 220 in front, Finch could step in and have a whack along with the bowlers, and I reckon 250 might be a bit much to chase - even over 5 sessions - given fielding conditions are good and The Goat can pin down an end.
Wasps lost 27-42. Lima Sopoaga only got on the paddock for the last 12 minutes. He seems to really struggling outside of the ABs and Highlanders playing environments. Wasps must be wondering whether the big money for Sopoaga was worth it.
Nope - the ex-test rarely are. Much better value in uncapped Kiwis.
Is that down to the fact that their form is on a downward trajectory? ie., they're ex test players for a reason.
Wasps have dropped Lima Sopoaga to the bench for their away game to Toulouse. A relatively unheard of 22 year called Billy Searle is being picked as the Wasps 10 ahead of him. Lima has really struggled to settle in Coventry and get to grips with NH Rugby.
Kaino is playing Number 8 for Toulouse.
Lima was struggling here. Hardly surprising his form has continued.
Well, Dan Hookers winning streak is over. His leg got beaten up in the first round, mobility was compromised and then he took a lot of damage
Some of the body shots were brutal
Strangely Hooker seems to have a bigger profile among mma fans after this loss. A great chin and his toughness borders on stupidity
I was there from the Womens Semi-finals onwards yesterday. First time being held in Tauranga and also switched to before Christmas. There were a fair few people there (not on TV as they were all sheltering from the sun) but it felt like most of them were "rugby people" rather than the general public. Of people I know I would expect to attend, everyone was already busy with other pre-Christmas activities.
There were some good food stands, entertainment for the kids etc but being Tauranga Domain it is all on the field next door and quite some way from the main grandstand.
Tasman won the mens comp and looked the best team, beating Counties in the final - Manawatu won the womens comp again beating Waikato. I didn't see any individuals stand out for the men - lots of big guys with some pace but nobody that made you pay attention - maybe with the injuries to the AB 7s, all the next level have already been taken into the squad. One guy who surprised me was Jesse Parete in the bowl/plate/saucer final for Taranaki - didn't realise he had enough pace for Sevens and looks like he has a huge engine. The boy just needs to start playing with his brain as well.
In the womens, it was the usual suspects who stood out - the 7s and 15s internationals were a step up in class. Selica Winiata is such a good player.