Aura watch



  • Stuff messing with her

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/opinion/114918519/all-blacks-blediswoe-meltdown-leaves-steve-hansen-more-questions-than-answers

    What is more, you can justifiably suggest that after being thumped so decisively by the Wallabies, on the back of a string of unconvincing performances leading back to last September's home defeat by the Boks, the All Blacks' aura has been well and truly shattered.



  • Pommie journo finds her on Radio Sport (Tuesday 13 Aug ... she'll disappear from this link next week).

    http://120.138.20.16/WeekOnDemand/radiosport/2019.08.13-07.15.00-S.mp3

    At 2min.



  • Aura has been found alive and well. Was spending a few days in London with a Guardian journalist apparently....

    "If you’re just waking up in the Northern Hemisphere, be afraid - Wales, England and Ireland fans. The rumours of the All Blacks’ demise were greatly overstated - and while it wasn’t the best showing from a slightly sub-par Wallabies, it was a huge statement of pre-World Cup intent, that the World number one team is in no mood to meekly lay down their crown, just yet.

    Plenty has been written over the past week (and in recent months) and this squad of 23 was too proud to take any of that, lying down. Even late in the 70th-80th minute there was no space for charity.

    Big, strong - and a little bit angry. The imperious All Blacks are back, Ladies and Gentlemen. And the Bledisloe Cup stranglehold continues."

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2019/aug/17/bledisloe-cup-2019-all-blacks-v-wallabies-eden-park-decider-live



  • All hail our Welsh overlords...



  • @Billy-Tell said in Aura watch:

    All hail our Welsh overlords...

    Aura last got lost in Wales in '51. Think she was an early adopter of Google Maps



  • Bitch is back .





  • I know they're a real threat but I can't take Wales completely seriously at the moment, they've still got a big mental hurdle to overcome. I'm more concerned about England and Ireland.

    Can't wait for this cup, love that there are more teams with a genuine shot. World Rugby is in a healthy state from the POV at the moment.



  • @No-Quarter Ireland are a RWC bottler too. Beating us in a home away from home on a narrow field, and a home win for the first time ever in over 100 years is not trying to beat us at a RWC. We know all about the mental difficulties of trying to put it together in a one off RWC knockout game



  • @canefan said in Aura watch:

    @No-Quarter Ireland are a RWC bottler too. Beating us in a home away from home on a narrow field, and a home win for the first time ever in over 100 years is not trying to beat us at a RWC. We know all about the mental difficulties of trying to put it together in a one off RWC knockout game

    They've been in camp for months by the sound of it. That can often make players go stale, and it's hard to get the edge at the cup when it rolls around.

    Source: Am a world expert on peaking for RWC. Also have bridges for sale if anyone interested 😛



  • Nik Simon of the Daily Fail on the All Blacks: " Yes, their aura has faded recently but the World Cup is still theirs to lose."



  • @sparky good man that Nick Simon (never heard of him), keeping Aura alive.



  • Young guy, not a troll, been around for about four and five years writing about Rugby for the Mail and the Evening Standard. Now the main Rugby writer for the Mail on Sunday:
    https://uk.linkedin.com/in/nik-simon-06876669
    https://muckrack.com/nik-simon
    https://twitter.com/nik_simon88?lang=en

    I wonder if he reads the Fern.......



  • @No-Quarter said in Aura watch:

    I know they're a real threat but I can't take Wales completely seriously at the moment, they've still got a big mental hurdle to overcome.

    A lot will depend on how the tournament breaks in terms of QF/SF match ups.

    In the abstract I can see Wales/Ireland winning the RWC, but the reality of winning three weeks in a row with the mental swings that happen is another thing. Like we saw in 2011 with the ABs the relief/achievement of making the final finally can be mentally hard to back up from,and we have seen that in all sports thus the old 'you have to lose one to win one' adage.

    Even more challenging for Ireland would mentally need to back up from beating NZ/SA before a prospective SF.



  • @rotated said in Aura watch:

    Even more challenging for Ireland would mentally need to back up from beating NZ/SA before a prospective SF.

    Is that the likely QF for the team coming 2nd in the SA & NZ pool?
    Clearly this Saffa hasn't applied his mind much beyond the pool games...

    Fok. That's a tough one already at QF stage but as I mentioned elsewhere, this RWC has more genuine contenders than any I can recall.



  • @rotated said in Aura watch:

    @No-Quarter said in Aura watch:

    I know they're a real threat but I can't take Wales completely seriously at the moment, they've still got a big mental hurdle to overcome.

    A lot will depend on how the tournament breaks in terms of QF/SF match ups.

    In the abstract I can see Wales/Ireland winning the RWC, but the reality of winning three weeks in a row with the mental swings that happen is another thing. Like we saw in 2011 with the ABs the relief/achievement of making the final finally can be mentally hard to back up from,and we have seen that in all sports thus the old 'you have to lose one to win one' adage.

    Even more challenging for Ireland would mentally need to back up from beating NZ/SA before a prospective SF.

    I think Ireland would just be happy to reach a semi-final for the first time, which would also involve having beaten one of the heavyweights. I doubt they have the wherewithal do rinse and repeat for a semi and a final, especially given their attritional gameplan.



  • @rotated said in Aura watch:

    @No-Quarter said in Aura watch:

    I know they're a real threat but I can't take Wales completely seriously at the moment, they've still got a big mental hurdle to overcome.

    A lot will depend on how the tournament breaks in terms of QF/SF match ups.

    In the abstract I can see Wales/Ireland winning the RWC, but the reality of winning three weeks in a row with the mental swings that happen is another thing. Like we saw in 2011 with the ABs the relief/achievement of making the final finally can be mentally hard to back up from,and we have seen that in all sports thus the old 'you have to lose one to win one' adage.

    Even more challenging for Ireland would mentally need to back up from beating NZ/SA before a prospective SF.

    Oz need to beat Wales, England/France, NZ/Ireland/SA AND then win final!



  • @pakman said in Aura watch:

    @rotated said in Aura watch:

    @No-Quarter said in Aura watch:

    I know they're a real threat but I can't take Wales completely seriously at the moment, they've still got a big mental hurdle to overcome.

    A lot will depend on how the tournament breaks in terms of QF/SF match ups.

    In the abstract I can see Wales/Ireland winning the RWC, but the reality of winning three weeks in a row with the mental swings that happen is another thing. Like we saw in 2011 with the ABs the relief/achievement of making the final finally can be mentally hard to back up from,and we have seen that in all sports thus the old 'you have to lose one to win one' adage.

    Even more challenging for Ireland would mentally need to back up from beating NZ/SA before a prospective SF.

    Oz need to beat Wales, England/France, NZ/Ireland/SA AND then win final!

    Ouch



  • @booboo said in Aura watch:

    @pakman said in Aura watch:

    @rotated said in Aura watch:

    @No-Quarter said in Aura watch:

    I know they're a real threat but I can't take Wales completely seriously at the moment, they've still got a big mental hurdle to overcome.

    A lot will depend on how the tournament breaks in terms of QF/SF match ups.

    In the abstract I can see Wales/Ireland winning the RWC, but the reality of winning three weeks in a row with the mental swings that happen is another thing. Like we saw in 2011 with the ABs the relief/achievement of making the final finally can be mentally hard to back up from,and we have seen that in all sports thus the old 'you have to lose one to win one' adage.

    Even more challenging for Ireland would mentally need to back up from beating NZ/SA before a prospective SF.

    Oz need to beat Wales, England/France, NZ/Ireland/SA AND then win final!

    Ouch

    yeah ... IReland will get NZ/SA, Probably Australia (or whoever beats them), and then the final. Basically there's no easy route this time around. NZ might have the easiest QF if we get Scotland - but the other 5-6 teams that are really competitive will be playing off. Quarters wlil be a weekend of superb rugby ... may book the Monday off already 🙂



  • Lard boy Peter Fitzsimmons on Stuff:

    "They (the All Blacks) have lost that aura of invincibility. "


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