@kiwiinmelb "Nice guns, Sonny".
"Thanks, Jack - I like your hair".
Shit team in a shit location. lucky the Warriors are on
DO NOT diss Nelson you Queensland Bogan fluffybunny.
Ignore him, MN5.
What would a fucker who lives in Cairns know about locations? He's choosing to live in a swamp, inhabited by nasty, poisonous biting creatures - and that's just the people, don't get me started on the wildlife.
In fact, do. Go to the beach - get eaten by a crocodile. Go for a run - get bitten by a snake. Go for a shit - get bitten by a spider. Go anywhere and get bitten by dengue-ridden mosquitos or some other fucking insect largely unknown to science.
Go to the pub and be entertained by Tex Morton and his pet bantam, Stu - singing "Blue Bayou" - a song about living in a swamp.
In summary, he wouldn't know a good location if it bit him on the arse - and in Cairns it probably will!
Well, that was pretty exciting and given that I hate losing far more than I like winning, I'm remarkably sanguine about the result.
I think some of you guys are being pretty harsh on the execution. The Lions defence was extremely good - no weak links - and I think the ABs decided they needed some pieces of magic to score. Maybe a lack of patience at times, but the two tries we scored both had a fair degree of magic to them - especially the second one. Taking pop passes into a close defensive line and getting smashed isn't the best way of retaining the ball - but, it's also a good way of breaking the line. On another night we could have scored four or five tries - we certainly created opportunities - especially in the first half.
I haven't really seen a massive decline in Hansen's coaching - we just came up against a team chock full of talented players and with the depth to match and possibly better the advantage we usually get from the subs bench - particularly once we lost a few players.
On the final penalty, I guess Poite will give a Gallic shrug and say something like "Il n’est pas la bonne décision, mais c’est la belle décision."
Which means, "It is not the right decision, but it is the beautiful decision." At least that's what I typed into Babelfish to get that result!
Firstly, good effort Wallabies. Turns out last week's first half effort was more of a fluke than the second half.
I was wondering about that - but, we were at home this week and struggled to win.
Secondly - fail on behalf of the AB coaches not to identify that. We spent quite a lot of this game playing like the result was a foregone conclusion and buried ourselves in a ditch for a while by not playing proper test rugby.
Thirdly - Man of the match - Nepo Laulala. If our scrum had been less dominant in that game, we would have been well beaten. Coles and Moody can take residual credit. No more of this Ofa bullshit, Hansen!!!
Fourthly - second man of the match, Rieko Ioane. Looked like an AB back out there, when several others didn't.
Fifthly - show some class Chieka. It's not fucking soccer!!!
If the ABs lose this game, it shouldtn't be a disaster as the Boks would then face England in the semi final.
But we would have to face the number 1 side in the world in the quarter final !!!
It's a squeaky tight RWC this time around.
I don't think either the Bok or AB camp see an easier side of the draw developing.
So while each team would desperately want to win the opening pool encounter, I don't think either will be devastated by a loss.
The NZ public and media will go into meltdown if the ABs lose. The Fern will implode...
Let me be so presumptuous as to speak on behalf of New Zealanders and the Fern: Nah, I think you're wrong.
There won't be dancing in the streets, but there won't be wailing and gnashing of teeth either.
Hmmm, I think there will be a bit of wailing and gnashing.
Look at what happened after the loss to Oz.
Hansen's innumerable selection errors will be highlighted.
Whoever played on the wing will be culpable. The midfield selections will be wrong - and the lack of combination developed an appalling oversight. The two pivots theory a disaster - need out best first five playing first five and our best fullback playing fullback. Playing two opensides will be ridiculous. Either Barrett or Tuipolotou should have started, but both of them are sacks of shit and we are fucked without Brodie. Crazy leaving Owen Franks at home and Joe Moody cannot catch a cold. Taylor should have started with Coles on the bench (or vice-versa). Read is too old. Crotty and SBW too injury prone. About 12 of the squad are known mental defectives and most of the others have tits for hands.
@shark Yeah - he mainly played No. 8 at provincial level as I recall.
I wonder when Luke Romano left Nelson - be handy if he was a third former at Nelson College!
Edit: I see in the notes below the team a requirement that you had to have played for the NC first XV - which ruled out some interesting candidates. Maybe Simon Mannering could play lock!
Someone already did Nelson College last year. If the teams actually played tomorrow, this would be reasonably competitive! I suspect there's a few old time ABs missing.
The Earl brothers both went to Hawarden DHS before St Bedes (as did Elliot Dixon's dad).
@Chris-B Thorne was still around in 08, so does that give him seven?! I guess so. Wow. I'd never considered that.
I think Leon must have six medals as a player - and one as a coach.
Razor has four as a player and three as a coach?
Whomever made up the Wiki Super records page has missed listing this important fact. (Probably a Chiefs fan).
@Nepia Cully was quite spectacular - but, the Hurricanes were basically rubbish during his era. Made the play-offs twice. So, he's sort of a Sergio Parisse at Super level.
I'm not going to pick him, because he was never there at the business end.
@Nepia Yeah you're right, he was still in the squad in 2005 and on the bench for the final, so that gives him a whopping 5.
Who won the most?
I'm guessing Reuben or Leon?
(Razor coming back into contention).