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Post by No 7&1/2 Sat Aug 06, 2022 4:58 pm

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Couldn't see a thread.

Must say its quite good in a weird way to see Hooper being very honest on his reasoning to pull out of the match. Talking about mental health slowly getting there.

I'm going to go rogue and pick 2 away victories today. Watch South Africa win by 50 now.

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Post by RDW Wed Aug 31, 2022 1:07 pm

Springboks have had to apologies to the headmaster of Randwick school as one of their players peed next to a tree while training there and the headmaster saw him! Laugh

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Post by No 7&1/2 Wed Aug 31, 2022 1:28 pm

Rugby Fan wrote:Handre Pollard and Lukhanyo Am are out of the rest of the Rugby Championship.

https://www.planetrugby.com/springboks-handre-pollard-and-lukhanyo-am-ruled-out-for-remainder-of-rugby-championship-sent-to-leicester-tigers-and-sharks/

Thats a big blow for them. Am is the only player with some spark at the moment, almost single handedly keeping them going. As an aside he must be well ahead of most others for player of the year.

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Post by RDW Wed Aug 31, 2022 1:35 pm

It's remarkable given how much success they've had how little depth the Boks have at 10.

Any of the backup options past Pollard would struggle to get into a 23 of any top 10 team!

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Post by king_carlos Thu Sep 01, 2022 1:07 am

Two huge blows.

Am is up there with Dupont in the best player in the world debate in my opinion.

A bit harsh on Jantjies there though RDW. He can be flaky and is a big step down from Pollard but he's still a decent 10. Blairhorn has started tests at 10 recently as well...

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Post by mikey_dragon Thu Sep 01, 2022 10:18 am

Lukhanyo Am is definitely best in the world in his position. Elton Jantjies I've never rated.

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Post by RDW Thu Sep 01, 2022 10:51 am

king_carlos wrote:Two huge blows.

Am is up there with Dupont in the best player in the world debate in my opinion.

A bit harsh on Jantjies there though RDW. He can be flaky and is a big step down from Pollard but he's still a decent 10. Blairhorn has started tests at 10 recently as well...

I'd have Russell and Hastings over Jantjies!

He looks flakey behind the SA pack never mind the Scotland one Laugh

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Post by LeinsterFan4life Thu Sep 01, 2022 12:12 pm

Reports that NZ are struggling to sell out a 20k seater stadium for this weekends game. Rugby really isn't as popular as we think it is down there, it won't take much for the game to go the way it has in Aus.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Thu Sep 01, 2022 12:19 pm

It's probably the same as a lot of things, people flock to successful sides, and desert them when they're on a downwards slide. Cricket is massively popular in Aus when Johnson is bowling us out for 70 but grounds are empty when we're winning the boxing day tests bar the barmy army.

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Post by LeinsterFan4life Thu Sep 01, 2022 9:07 pm

No 7&1/2 wrote:It's probably the same as a lot of things, people flock to successful sides, and desert them when they're on a downwards slide. Cricket is massively popular in Aus when Johnson is bowling us out for 70 but grounds are empty when we're winning the boxing day tests bar the barmy army.
As true as that may be, it's only a 20k seater stadium in a place that hasn't hosted a test in 6 years. This is alarming given it's coinciding with the downfall of super rugby. For context there were Journalists and fans going crazy when wales got "only" 60k against France.

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Post by yappysnap Thu Sep 01, 2022 11:09 pm

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No 7&1/2 wrote:It's probably the same as a lot of things, people flock to successful sides, and desert them when they're on a downwards slide. Cricket is massively popular in Aus when Johnson is bowling us out for 70 but grounds are empty when we're winning the boxing day tests bar the barmy army.
As true as that may be, it's only a 20k seater stadium in a place that hasn't hosted a test in 6 years. This is alarming given it's coinciding with the downfall of super rugby. For context there were Journalists and fans going crazy when wales got "only" 60k against France.

I've lived here in Christchurch for 6 years now and the atmosphere is terrible in the city, it's not just a rugby thing. People don't go out much in the evenings and there's a very limited nightlife compared to the UK.

Kiwi's just want to stay home and drink, and the lack of public transport, high price of beer and rubbish parking all add to that.

Most people will live at least 45 minutes from the stadium - there isn't a train service, limited buses if any.

And yep, most fans are used to winning, they are not good at losing (not all of them).

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Post by mikey_dragon Fri Sep 02, 2022 10:51 am

The super rugby games always looked like they struggle for a crowd, in spite of the rugby on display (which is very good). The population must be too sparse. The ABs travelling support always looks good though.

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Post by mikey_dragon Sat Sep 03, 2022 9:05 am

Tough game to call this one, but I think all blacks will win.

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Post by Duty281 Sat Sep 03, 2022 9:20 am

Looks like Argentina are trying to set a record for most knock-ons in a game.

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Post by RDW Sat Sep 03, 2022 9:23 am

My first Wallabies game in Australia tonight - looking forward to seeing the new stadium!

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Post by westisbest Sat Sep 03, 2022 9:27 am

All Blacks bouncing back in style early on in the poor conditions.

They needed it. Can’t see the pumas turning this round.


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Post by westisbest Sat Sep 03, 2022 9:29 am

RDW wrote:My first Wallabies game in Australia tonight - looking forward to seeing the new stadium!

Looking for ward to this. Great win for the wallabies last week, be great if they can get another w.
Always had a soft spot for Australia, despite Michael ‘bloody’ Lynagh breaking Irish hearts at Landsdowne road all those years ago Sad

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Post by Duty281 Sat Sep 03, 2022 9:43 am

Argentina 17-0 down, finally put some pressure on the Kiwi defence, win a few penalties...and they kick 3 points. Doh

Not going to get back into this one by kicking 3s.

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Post by RDW Sat Sep 03, 2022 11:53 am

Wallabies haemorrhaging penalities so far

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Post by mikey_dragon Sat Sep 03, 2022 11:59 am

RDW wrote:Wallabies haemorrhaging penalities so far

Jinxed them by showing up didn’t you.

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Post by RDW Sat Sep 03, 2022 12:17 pm

Been a pretty dire game of rugby so far!

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Post by Poorfour Sat Sep 03, 2022 12:22 pm

Comedy moment from Mehrts claiming that O'Keefe was being harsh on the Boks as the replay shows the player entering almost from behind the Aussies' back feet.

Lovely try from Moody, though. Great reactions to see the space and claim the ball.
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Post by RDW Sat Sep 03, 2022 12:39 pm

Wallabies have been truly awful tonight. Kicking has been completely aimless

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Post by Duty281 Sat Sep 03, 2022 12:57 pm

This is where I don't get rugby. Australia have 3/4 penalty advantages in a phase of attacking play, but it gets reversed because of one (minor) infringement by Aus at a ruck. It shouldn't be allowed to overrule Australia's penalty because the original infringement(s) by South Africa were earlier.

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Post by mikey_dragon Sat Sep 03, 2022 12:59 pm

That infringement probably would have been Red with a NH ref.

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Post by RDW Sat Sep 03, 2022 1:01 pm

This is the worst I've seen Australia play in a very long time.

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Post by Duty281 Sat Sep 03, 2022 1:16 pm

RDW wrote:This is the worst I've seen Australia play in a very long time.

No side can put consecutive good performances together this year.

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Post by geoff999rugby Sat Sep 03, 2022 1:28 pm

Ireland ?

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Post by mikey_dragon Sat Sep 03, 2022 1:53 pm

geoff999rugby wrote:Ireland ?

Peaked too soon…

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Post by formerly known as Sam Sat Sep 03, 2022 3:34 pm

geoff999rugby wrote:Ireland ?

Second and third tests were very good, first test however...

It does appear anybody can beat anybody at present. Should mean a very interesting world cup it things don't change.

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Post by Rugby Fan Sat Sep 03, 2022 3:43 pm

formerly known as Sam wrote:It does appear anybody can beat anybody at present.
Has anyone beaten France this season?

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Post by Duty281 Sat Sep 03, 2022 3:53 pm

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formerly known as Sam wrote:It does appear anybody can beat anybody at present.
Has anyone beaten France this season?

Probably France.

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Post by doctor_grey Sat Sep 03, 2022 7:24 pm

Duty281 wrote:
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formerly known as Sam wrote:It does appear anybody can beat anybody at present.
Has anyone beaten France this season?

Probably France.
Took a couple of moments to get that!  Shows how the mind slows on a holiday weekend when I don't have to work.

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Post by formerly known as Sam Sat Sep 03, 2022 7:58 pm

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formerly known as Sam wrote:It does appear anybody can beat anybody at present.
Has anyone beaten France this season?

Not yet but their summer tour was to Japan as opposed to any of the significant SH powers. Scraping past Wales in the 6N shows they can be got to. If they see off Australia and South Africa in the Autumn we can talk about them being significantly ahead of the pack. A home world cup and their form already has them as obvious favourites.

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Post by geoff999rugby Sun Sep 04, 2022 3:59 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:
geoff999rugby wrote:Ireland ?

Peaked too soon…

Whether or not they peaked to soon wasn't the point being made.

The Question was who has played two good games in a row - Ireland have

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Post by Collapse2005 Wed Sep 14, 2022 9:50 pm

Are Australia playing NZ tomorrow, Thursday? Seems a really wierd day for an international match!!

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Post by Galted Wed Sep 14, 2022 9:57 pm

There are rugby league matches over the weekend which are clearly more important to Aussies.
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Post by RDW Wed Sep 14, 2022 11:26 pm

It has still sold out the stadium TBF.

And it's an AFL and NRL penultimate finals weekend which completely dominates.

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Post by doctor_grey Thu Sep 15, 2022 12:34 am

Collapse2005 wrote:Are Australia playing NZ tomorrow, Thursday? Seems a really wierd day for an international match!!
Glad you mentioned that - I had no idea. Now I have something to watch at work in the morning.

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Post by Duty281 Thu Sep 15, 2022 12:36 am

Galted wrote:There are rugby league matches over the weekend which are clearly more important to Aussies.

Don't blame 'em, I prefer rugby league these days.

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Post by Galted Thu Sep 15, 2022 8:48 am

Duty281 wrote:
Galted wrote:There are rugby league matches over the weekend which are clearly more important to Aussies.

Don't blame 'em, I prefer rugby league these days.

Shocked

This country's fallen apart since the queen's demise.
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Post by No 7&1/2 Thu Sep 15, 2022 9:18 am

Aussies prefer watching their teams win, and their rugby has consistently been below the best for some time.

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Post by Collapse2005 Thu Sep 15, 2022 11:53 am

doctor_grey wrote:
Collapse2005 wrote:Are Australia playing NZ tomorrow, Thursday? Seems a really wierd day for an international match!!
Glad you mentioned that - I had no idea.  Now I have something to watch at work in the morning.

Youre welcome I figured most peope didnt notice, watching it now.

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Post by Collapse2005 Thu Sep 15, 2022 11:56 am

Its been one of the best championships ever so far. In the past there were stand out games that I would watch and take or leave the others. This year all matches are potential thrillers.

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Post by RDW Thu Sep 15, 2022 11:58 am

Hell of a pre-game show anyway!

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Post by RDW Thu Sep 15, 2022 12:06 pm

Although not the best idea to have so many fireworks in an indoor stadium...

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Post by westisbest Thu Sep 15, 2022 12:24 pm

Thought Kellaway had scored there. The game needed it.

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Post by RDW Thu Sep 15, 2022 12:24 pm

For such a good finisher that's pretty remarkable that Kelloway somehow didn't score that

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Post by Collapse2005 Thu Sep 15, 2022 12:25 pm

Andrew Kelloway just held up his own try, never seen that before.

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Post by westisbest Thu Sep 15, 2022 12:30 pm

10-10. Game on now.

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Post by RDW Thu Sep 15, 2022 12:35 pm

There are many things I'd rather be hit by than Koroibete, including sledgehammer, horse, car and bus!

Kelloway having a shocker tonight.

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