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Old August 19 2013, 11:15 AM   #121
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Good news about Wellington. Here's hoping there'll be no more drama on that front.

No doubt the SA authorities would claim the 5pm starts are "family friendly" or some such drivel. More likely it suits the local broadcasters - and Europe as well - and those of us in the cool part of the world are irrelevant. Not that I'm cynical or anything, of course.
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Old August 20 2013, 06:19 AM   #122
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Pretty much yeah. On the injury front both Cruden and Barrett are ruled out for at least two weeks, Colin Slade and Tom Taylor have both been called into the All Blacks squad to take over the number 10 jersey. I'd be surprised if Hansen gave Taylor the starting spot though seeing as it will be his first test match if he makes an appearance, so I'd say Slade will play his first international match since the World Cup quarter final against Argentina two years ago.
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Old August 21 2013, 06:45 PM   #123
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Turns out I'm wrong, Tom Taylor starts at flyhalf for Saturday night with Slade on the bench, which is extra surprising because it will be only his second turn at flyhalf this year, the only other time was during a Crusaders training match so provided McKenzie sticks with Toomua it will be test rookie vs test rookie. Tony Woodcock will start his 100th test as well and Dane Coles gets Keven Mealamu's bench spot this week, and Charles Piatau takes over Ryan Crotty's bench utility position with Taylor able to move out of position later in the match if required.
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Old August 22 2013, 07:46 AM   #124
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Only one change for the Wallabies and it's a forced one with McMeniman out injured, Fardy starts at 6 and Douglas joins the bench.

Glad to see McKenzie stick with the team, blooding a new team against a team that has been clearly ahead of everyone for the last few years always has that risk of getting ugly. It will be interesting to see if they can pick themselves up and how they deal with the cauldron of a pretty completely hostile crowd.

Save the ABs imploded the Wallabies shouldn't win this game, but the important thing is whether we see improvements. We need to see a better defensive effort, a bit more ball control (a few less pushed offloads), a more consistent effort at the breakdown, and less errors in the scrum. I guess I could have summed that up with "less errors".

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Old August 22 2013, 09:53 AM   #125
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McKenzie really hasn't got anywhere else to go, other than the human turnstile and a few others who aren't long term options (eg. Mitchell), and one swallow doesn't make a summer - last week was horrible but unless there's a total blowout it shouldn't get much worse (I hope).

Dumb errors have been a "feature" of Australian rugby for far too long. It doesn't seem likely that they'll go away in a week, but the defensive effort must improve or there'll be another disaster regardless of who the All Blacks have at 10.
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Old August 22 2013, 03:16 PM   #126
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Beale has officially signed with the Tahs (probably the least surprising news since...something really unsurprising). It will be interesting to see where he slots into the team and whether the Tahs coach tries to continue with him at 10 or if he'll be fighting with Folau over fullback. The latter will be especially interesting if Folau spends some time at fullback for the Wallabies and does well.
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Old August 24 2013, 11:08 AM   #127
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A slight improvement - on the scoreboard, at least - but ultimately more of the same. Basically all the ABs have to do is turn up and wait for the stupid errors. They don't even have to play half-decently.

Having said that, it never ceases to amaze me how simple they make rugby seem, whereas so often we make it look like raising the Titanic or building a space shuttle from scratch or something.

Congrats to NZ. Eleven years and counting.
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Old August 24 2013, 12:50 PM   #128
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There was no doubt that NZ would wrap it up, but they still had to turn up and make sure of it, which they did. Save for a rush of blood to spread it quickly off a win against the throw at lineout time they should have kept their try line intact. Never looked really troubled.

Good thing is there is two weeks until they face SA. The set piece needs a lot of attention. The lineout was a bit shaky, particularly after Mowen went off. NZ adapted well to the new scrum laws, the Wallabies didn't look like they picked up any lessons from the previous week and need to work on providing a better platform.

No doubt given where the game against the Boks is expect a big QLD push for Cooper to start at 10 to being tomorrow.
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Old September 7 2013, 01:32 PM   #129
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Smashed by the Boks. Absolutely smashed. Terrible night for the country on and off the field.
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Old September 8 2013, 07:50 AM   #130
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I don't even know what to say about that...effort hardly seems appropriate, as there was very little effort from anyone in a gold jumper.

All credit to South Africa, but we were so dire it must have felt like a training run for them.
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Old September 11 2013, 05:42 AM   #131
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No surprise in the team announcement that Genia has been shifted to the bench. All could see he was off. Nic White starts after having about a dozen minutes in test rugby, not his fault as Deans never brought him on during the very tight Wales series last year and McKenzie has only taken Genia off with a few minutes left in the game. Mowen will captain.

The prop rotation continues with Alexander on for Kepu with the only change in the team being Kuridrani coming onto the bench for Mogg. Apart from that its all the same from last week.

Hard to see it as anything but a very close game given the Wallabies form and how competitive the Pumas have been in their last two. Travel might be a factor for the Pumas as they have been around the world in the last 3 weeks.
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Old September 11 2013, 09:36 AM   #132
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Honestly, I'm pleased to see Genia benched. Whatever's going on with him, he's been very ordinary this year and seeing him take up the hideous Gregan-esque two-steps-and-pass routine has been awful. It's a shame Cooper wasn't dumped as well but I suppose we can't have everything.

The forwards really, really have to get their act together or we face further humiliation. McKenzie's bullshit about "dumbing down" his game plan (there's been a plan??) is all very well but no one can do anything without the football and the forwards have to start securing it. Of course, Cooper will throw one of his stupid no-look passes and give it away again pretty much immediately but regardless, the forwards have to step up or we're screwed.
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Old September 13 2013, 10:16 AM   #133
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Tight game as expected against the Pumas last weekend, the rain certainly didn't help but at least it wasn't as windy when we played them in Wellington last year, 28-13 at full time, we also lost McCaw at the worst possible time with the Springboks looming this weekend at Eden Park. After the trouncing they gave the Wallabies last weekend it's gonna take an epic effort to win tomorrow night, Liam Messam, Sam Cane and Ma'a Nonu are all coming back into the team and for Cane especially it will be the biggest night of his career so far.

As for the Wallabies, damn, they have a lot to work on if they wanna win third place from the Pumas this year!
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Old September 13 2013, 11:32 AM   #134
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It's mildly annoying that I won't see the All Blacks - South Africa game. Quite frankly, I'd rather watch it; if SA play as well as they did against us it should be quite a contest.
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Old September 14 2013, 01:21 PM   #135
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Said it would be close and you don't get much closer than 1 point, Wallabies 14 - 13 over the Pumas. The game was at Perth, but I wouldn't be surprised if they said it was actually at Wellington given how wet and windy it was. Leal missed 3 kicks, but they were tough against the conditions, which helped keep hearts in throats until the very end. A wins a win and at least the Wallabies don't have to have the ignominy of not wining at home.

It was an improved performance. The forwards stood up and there was a more consistent defence of the ruck and very good contesting against the Pumas. Lineout went away towards the end, and the scrum was patchy, which is actually an improvement.

Pretty decent game across the park from everyone. Fardy was again probably the stand out for the forwards. White showed enough to say he will be a good backup or stand in for Genia. Folua showed a bit more range with some decent kicking and his strength to score the try was what we've come to expect. Cooper was again average, but wasn't bad (no intercept passes for a change).

Two weeks break until the Wallabies get to go to SA to be thumped by the Boks. Didn't see that game but it was on while I was packing away stuff and I heard the red card against the Boks. Bit of a shame for that to happen, but going down 29 - 15 even with that is a pretty respectable result. Also heard Carter got another injury, so that would have been disruptive for the ABs as well. Their game over in SA is going to be a belter.
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