Weeks later, I still can’t get it out of my head that the worst thing about all of this is that regardless of the coaching tactics, player performances and decision making is I still can’t understand how the ABs let someone turn up and insult their captain like that with no retribution.
Honestly, it’s the biggest disgrace of the lot.
That’s the first thing they need to address. Someone will probably say it again and as long as it isn’t in a RWC knockout game then I’d end the game right there and then, if you know what I mean. Have some f’n pride.
The more I think about it, the more I think the MABs should tour like Argentina XV. That offers a greater variety of opponents than PNC. Opponents like Japan, Spain, Georgia and Romania would be a good start.
Ireland aren't all that from my viewing of their last few games. Scotswereaboutasheadlessasyougetovernight. They struggled to put away a 14-man England, and were rubbish against Italy despite the overwhelming advantage they had in numbers.
France took them apart, and Wales were poo in that game.
Squidge take inlcuding "It's almost ineviatable that some coaches have some areas of the game they don't understand as well as others... Gregor Townsend doesn't really understand the scrum, Warren Gatland attack, or Ian Foster rugby"
Ronan O'Gara on Irish podcast suggested that AB's defence was outdated -- prime example of why 'manwatching' is no longer used in North is the extraordinary number of times ABs were sucked in by the decoy runners.
@Billy-Tell well yeah, if your foot is on the line, you're outside the field of play right?
In touch and field of play are separate concepts. You can have one part of your body in the field of play and still be in touch. Howver if you are required to be outside the field of play then no part of your body can be inside the field of play. That's why they use separate terminology.
IRFU and NZRU could develop this whole event further into a regular Series each year or second year depending on schedule. As two of the smaller unions, cooperation on a number of fronts could be very beneficial to both.