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Old June 22 2013, 04:38 PM   #75
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Re: Rugby Union 2013 Thread

^ Damn, Wallabies were incredibly unlucky in the first game, not only to have three players stretchered off, but for Beale to miss not one, but two match winning kicks. The Lions' weak point seems to be their halfback. Jesus, that's some of the sloppiest and slowest ball I've seen outside of ITM Cup matches, playing opposite Genia certainly doesn't do him any favours.

And as some of you may have heard, the All Blacks bumbled their way to a 24-9 win against France, in what must be the worst match of the series yet, all of the lessons of the last two weeks seemingly forgotten. Carter seems to be tired of wearing the number 10 jersey, which will hopefully mean Cruden will start at flyhalf for the Rugby Championship - yeah right! - and only Nonu, the Smiths, Read and Ranger providing any attacking spark at all tonight, until Barrett scored the try at the death at least. Taking Aaron Smith out of the lineup was a mistake, Kerr-Barlow is usually a solid performer for the Chiefs but a valid All Black number 9 backup he isn't, a pity TJ Perenara was injured when he was last year otherwise he would've been at least in the match day 23 by now. All in all about a 3/10 for the whole squad tonight, a shame after the solid performance last weekend.
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