Good RWC dress rehearsal this tour.
Replicating 1/4 final, semi-final, 3/4th playoff ....
My tip to young players. Let the opposition player get up in their own time. A try scorer under a pile up has been happening for 150 years before you fluffybunnies started ruining these moments by .... being fluffybunnies .... and yanking disappointed opposition players out of the way for your un-waitable celebration.
I find this one strange as well. I think we as fans ( including Mex) are fully within our rights to blast the ref and say he cost us the series. I think the players and coaches should look at themselves and figure out how to take the ref out the game and that's exactly what they are doing. Not like the ABs were terrible, Poite and SBW hurt them bad. I thought by 3rd test they figured out how to beat rush defense but execution was poor but easily fixable. The result is what is but I think things like blaming Hansen for substituting Half back which the ABs have done for at least 13years is just silly.
I'm in the "ref didn't cost us the game camp" but in no way I'm of the opinion that criticism of his 78th min decisions should be shut down. That was the worst refereeing moment I can remember.
I don't think he 'cost us the game' because I only give Beauden a 60% chance of slotting that the way he was kicking. Where as I give Julian as 100% costing us a try and I think Beauden has already blown a 95% gettable kick. Then add in the cumulative 50%ers that were blown periodically through the match.
Up until 78 mins I thought Poite was good.
But that decision (and process) was disgraceful.
I now really doubt his moral fibre. He made a correct decision in real time, it was technically harsh on the guilty party but correct. He then allowed himself to go to the TMO to check foul play so that his already made decision could be taken away from his responsibility if possible, it couldn't, but then he allowed Garces to change his mind (incorrectly). He tried really, really, really hard to not have his decision be the 'series-deciding decision'. Very weak.
I would think that would set alarm bells off in WR Refereeing HQ. This wasn't a fast real time mistake, it was a failure of courage.
However I do not currently have faith in the Referring HQ. Their treatment of Joubert was a disgrace to the sport when they hung him out to dry after he made a brave but incorrect decision in the RWC in very similar circumstances.
To be contradictory, I do find the analysising of every single refereeing decision in a game on social media etc to be pointless. It's a quick game with decisions made in real time, fans need to just get on with it. Where I think this is bad is that it was done slowly, looking for every opportunity to back out of a decision.
I'm not actually salty about the series result. Getting the penalty and Beauden flukeing it over may have been the worst result for me, if it just papers over the cracks of our obvious weakness. But I'm soft as Rocky Rockvottom says (I think) after our back to back world cups.
You know what I love most about the Olympics?
That I don't know so much about the rules of these sports that I can just watch, accept judges decisions and the commentary, appreciate the sport, and move on without getting annoyed. God, I have fallen out of love with rugby so much for a few years.
In the weekend I popped my head back into the other parts of the sports pages. Apparently, Rassie has released an hour long whinge video or something in lead up to the test to pressure referees? If, I have got this wrong. Don't correct me. I simply don't even want to know.
I haven't gone into the olympics 7s thread, but when I did to see if the final had happened already, I had to go through a page of referee whinging (from all sides and neutrals) to catch up to the latest post.
I don't know if this got linked already, but is a very good article.
This one, plus the articles by Henry Cooke (also on stuff) have been really good.
@rapido Israel booster shot numbers are f*cking up that graph now?
I've circled roughly where Singapore and Israel both started their booster shot programs.
I think Israel were so far ahead - that they maybe didn't have it approved for young people when they plateaued out. So you've got a mix of boosters, young people, and maybe some of the hesitant taking first shot after delta spread as they opened up.
Singapore 's is much 'cleaner'.
sometimes something is so obvious that it just has to be faked especially for the cred
or do i have too much faith in people.
Looks staged. Away from the crowd, writing not visible to the protesters , smug grin.
@rapido just moving the goalposts about constantly
Maybe, but not what irks me.
What irks me is it is the modelling is the opposite of reality. It's a model of a freedom day scenario. We've already had internal freedoms for most of the outbreak.
NZ is not clamouring for some Boris-style "freedom Day".
Well, maybe you Aucklanders are?
NZ's internal population has not come out of a 4 months winter lockdown and 15 months of restrictions, hence clamouring for a freedom day.
NZ will be the opposite. Expecting a 'restrictions day'. From now on the virus is loose, we are partly protected by vaccinations but we will have X restrictions to manage it - and this is what the models looks like.
This is a good article on the deal and on the new pact.
Stuff's version of Hendy model presser.
New modelling prepared for the Government by Shaun Hendy suggests that New Zealand could see up to 7000 Covid-19 deaths a year even with a high proportion of the population jabbed.
The modelling from Te Pūnaha Matatini suggests that if 80 per cent of those aged five or over were fully vaccinated - around 75 per cent of the entire country – Covid-19 would still cause a serious death toll without other restrictions.
Hendy projects it could cause just under 60,000 hospitalisations and just under 7000 deaths over a one-year period.
If 90 per cent of the 5+ population was reached however – around 85 per cent of the full population – then deaths could drop to around 600 over a year, or just 50 alongside some other health measures. Getting 85 per cent of the population fully vaccinated would be all but impossible if the vaccine remains restricted to those aged over 12 – over 99 per cent of those aged 12+ would need a jab if that were the case.
Ardern said this would not influence decision-making over whether to make the vaccine available to over-5s, however.