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Old May 31 2014, 10:36 AM   #31
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Err...wow. The Tahs won a game across the ditch for the first time in four years with a 33-17 success against the Chiefs. Colour me quite surprised, but also very, very pleased. The snippets on the news revealed almost nothing, except that how the hell the first Chiefs try could possibly have been awarded is beyond me, but the win is a very good thing and our destiny remains in our hands.

Bit of a pity the international window now potentially gets in the way of our momentum but hopefully a successful campaign against the French will lead to more success when the S15 resumes.
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Old May 31 2014, 10:51 AM   #32
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Back in here for the first time in ages, real life has been real hectic lately, hence me not posting here or elsewhere on the board!

Chiefs are doing a good job knocking themselves out of the competition, both the Canes and Tahs making them look like the whipping boys of old in the last two rounds. Crusaders finally made it to the top of the conference - damnit! - despite a number of home losses, and making hard work of getting past the Force last night despite getting two penalty tries, it will be interesting to see them take on the Canes in Wellington after the international window. Blues look awesome at home - loss at North Harbour Stadium to the Sharks last week doesn't count, there were a lot of South Africans at that game - and completely piss poor on the road, so I see with horror they're travelling to Perth and Christchurch after the break. Canes are running hot and cold as well, although looking better than the Blues. Highlanders are still in the running too, despite a poor showing in Brisbane last night.

In Australia, it's interesting to see the Tahs are top of the conference this year, with the Force of all teams a distant second - although I expect the Brumbies to regain the number two spot against the Rebels tonight, could be wrong after the trip from SA though! Rebels looking about as average as always, and Reds back to their old ways, not that I'm complaining.

And in South Africa, it seems the all-conquering Sharks will go on to win the conference, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see them in the final. The rest of the conference looking pretty weak to be honest, the Bulls still with an outside chance to make the top six.

At least it's keeping things interesting with two of the top three teams having never won a title yet, only a few games left until the international break. A few interesting developments, I wouldn't be surprised to see Barrett start at 10 for the All Blacks, Jerome Kaino back in the mix, and Fekitoa looking like a strong contender for the 13 jersey when Conrad Smith retires. It would be nice to see Ben Smith start at fullback, but Israel Dagg seems to be back in form just in time to pull on the black jersey, again.
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Old June 1 2014, 07:17 AM   #33
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Brumbies thankfully didn't do what they did in Melbourne earlier this year and put the Rebels away 37 - 10. White and Toomua were very good and Kuridrani who has been average had his best game in a while.

Worst part of the game is that with 5 to go the Foxtel coverage broke at the stadium, so instead I had to watch two replays of the final 5mins of the Reds v Tahs, rd 1, 2012 before the info box saying that there was a problem told me the score and I missed the final try of the game.

The test are now up. Looking forward to seeing what the Wallabies line up will be and seeing how they go. Hoping that the Brumbies players will make it through the series without injuries.
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Old June 2 2014, 11:50 AM   #34
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Back in here for the first time in ages, real life has been real hectic lately, hence me not posting here or elsewhere on the board!
I'd wondered where you were. But what is this "real life" of which you speak?

In quite unsurprising news, Stephen Moore is the new Wallaby captain. Not at all displeased with this appointment. One hopes it will be a long-term thing and that he's not going to be a seat warmer until Pocock reappears or some other candidate suddenly becomes more appealing; the musical chairs situation with the Wallaby captaincy in recent times has to end.
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Old June 3 2014, 09:35 AM   #35
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Back in here for the first time in ages, real life has been real hectic lately, hence me not posting here or elsewhere on the board!
I'd wondered where you were. But what is this "real life" of which you speak?
Still around, lurking more than anything else. And I dunno, but it's quite scary out there

In quite unsurprising news, Stephen Moore is the new Wallaby captain. Not at all displeased with this appointment. One hopes it will be a long-term thing and that he's not going to be a seat warmer until Pocock reappears or some other candidate suddenly becomes more appealing; the musical chairs situation with the Wallaby captaincy in recent times has to end.
It has been quite a roller coaster ride regarding Wallaby captains lately, hasn't it? Are there any senior players left who haven't had a (c) next to their name over the past three years? I see Will Genia has been left out of the first test team entirely in favour of Nic White and Nick Phipps, I thought he'd make the bench at the very least.

Over here Read is out with more concussion symptoms, so will not be risked in the first test. Cane is also out, meaning Kaino will likely start at 8, Messam stays at 6 with Vito on the bench and Luatua recalled into the squad.
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Old June 8 2014, 09:38 AM   #36
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Pretty pleased with most of that performance last night, although the second half wasn't quite as impressive. France were pretty dismal but a side can only play what's in front of them and most of what we did came off. The debutantes all had decent games but the goalkicking will need to improve a bit.

Not much of a captaincy debut for Moore - injured within the first couple of minutes, off after less than five, and out for some time (knee reconstruction). Very, very disappointing. One hopes Polota-Nau can somehow manage to stay fit for the remainder of the season; Lord knows remaining injury-free isn't his strong suit.

Surely France will be better for the hit-out. It's hard to see how they could be much worse.


Seems as though our mates across the ditch were less than stellar and England were a bit unfortunate. No matter, though; there are perhaps one or two (at most) countries I'll support England against, and NZ is most assuredly not one of them.
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Old June 14 2014, 11:00 PM   #37
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A much improved performance from last week for the All Blacks saw us win 28-27, England scoring a try at the death to lose by one point. It has taken three halves, but the All Blacks have finally arrived this year. Ben Smith looked superb in his preferred position at fullback, scoring a try and saving one at the other end of the field as well. Surprised to see Aaron Smith last until the 75th minute before Perenara came on, his box kicks were atrocious, even getting one charged down, although his general play was a lot better. Bring on Hamilton next week!

Also watched the Wallabies vs France game, a much improved French defence saw the Wallabies sneak away with a 6-0 lead, not a night for try scoring, or goal kicking, the French missing both of their long range kicks at goal, and the Wallabies missing three or four of their own as well. Still, it was more entertaining than the All Blacks vs England game last week!
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Old June 15 2014, 09:10 AM   #38
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I thought it was a much better game than the scoreline indicated - an old-fashioned sort of Test, with both sides having a go and neither able to convert its opportunities. As expected the French were a much-improved outfit and it was the sort of rugged hitout that will do us good ahead of the Four Nations (they really do have to come up with a better name than that. Geez).

It was pleasing, in an odd sort of way, to see Hooper survive the game uninjured. The Wallaby captaincy has been a bit of a poisoned chalice in recent years so good on him for surviving it. So far, anyway.

I read some English journo's gushing report on last week's Test - you know the sort of thing, England lose but "the All Blacks' aura of invincibility was destroyed" (or some such drivel) in the process. Good comedy value, as usual, and I'm not at all surprised that normal service was promptly resumed. No doubt the same reporter will now claim England were crap.
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Old June 15 2014, 09:17 AM   #39
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It was definitely a different game than last week for the Wallabies. Both sides defended much better and they halved the number of missed tackles from last week. The Wallabies did have the better of the chances, but couldn't convert. On the positive side they kept their tryline intact, which doesn't happen often.

The goal kicking wasn't great and it added to keeping the game tight and safety first. Some of the tactical kicking wasn't that...tactical, either. Toomua kicking it dead when going for the corner was also pretty head shaking and he also got charged down. Throw in getting a try disallowed for him impeding the defender meant it wasn't his best night.

It was quite disappointing that the Wallabies didn't take advantage of being a man up mid way through the 2nd half, something the AB weren't guilty of in the last two weeks. McKenzie had to send out a message tot he team to pick up the tempo during this period and stop fluffing about.

It wasn't a pretty game, but it was a win. It also marks the first series win under McKenzie.

Edit: Oh, and the Genia surgery news might explain why he hasn't made the 23. He was carrying an injury and McKenzie didn't want to risk him.
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Old June 21 2014, 08:50 AM   #40
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Wallabies have an easy win against the French 39 - 13. The French defence was back to where it was in game 1 and the had over 30 missed tackles. Got a bit scrappy in the middle of the second half from the Wallabies, but the French didn't really have it in them to take advantage. The Wallabies won't be so lucky against an in form All Blacks or Boks, so they still have some way to go before you could have much confidence that they won't be thirdly-ran in the upcoming RC.

Looks like everyone made it through the game as well. Brumbies have already had 3 players in the injury ward from the test series and given it's win or die time they need everyone on deck.
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Old June 21 2014, 09:04 AM   #41
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Busy with more important things today and thanks to TV card software fail I don't even have a recording to watch. Oh well, there's a replay tomorrow. In the meantime we won and hopefully all Tahs survived unscathed.


Edit: Some rough patches here and there - the lineout was rather dodgy at times, for one thing - but overall a decent effort against an opponent that looked to be out on their collective feet at times. Skelton is raw but there's so much potential there to work with; the draw-and-pass to put Folau away was made to look very simple and it was pretty to watch. One hopes the ARU manage to hang onto him. Palu had the best game I've seen from him in years and there were plenty of other good contributions across the board.

Whether or not it'll be good enough to get that large gaudy silver trophy back over this side of the ditch is quite debatable, of course, but it's something to work from.
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Old June 29 2014, 06:26 AM   #42
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Well, that went as I expected, though not as I hoped. You can't have the sort of injury toll the Brumbies have had in key positions and expect to topple a team at nearly full strength, in good form and at home.

With no recognised professional hooker the set piece was a mess. Kuridrani getting concussed early didn't help. I'd seen Iona play in the 10s comp last week and he looks handy, but filling in so early in such a crunch game was not ideal. Neither was him throwing an intercept pass for the Tahs second try.

Amazed the Brumbies kept the Tahs close until the 60th min when Walsh finally came through with his "final" warning (I'm sure he gave 3). The Brumbies leaked two tries in that period, though with the end result the Tahs had the game already sealed.

I really thought the Brumbies would be out of the run for the finals, but the Force have made it easier for them by losing to the Blues. Regardless of the results next week it means at least the sixth spot will be still in contention in the final round.
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Old June 29 2014, 08:11 AM   #43
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I don't know how much store the Tahs can put in that victory given the Brumbies' ridiculous injury list, but then again I suppose you can only play whoever's in front of you and I'll take the win against opposition who've troubled us (to put it mildly) in the past. Perhaps a bit of our own back for some cheap shots, including one from an ex-Brumbies staffer which apparently fired up a few Tahs, Cheika included.

On a sour note, I really hope Dennis isn't facing a third knee reconstruction. We can probably cover for him but it isn't what a side wants at this stage of the season.

Edit: Dennis is indeed out for the season with an ACL rupture. Hopefully he can come back from this.
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Old June 29 2014, 08:56 AM   #44
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Missed all of the Highlanders-Chiefs match on Friday due to being on call, but the Landers finally get a win after losing the two games before the break, the wheels have well and truly come off the Chiefs bus this year, they will be lucky to make the playoffs at all at this stage. The Highlanders don't exactly have it easy either, with away matches to the Waratahs and Crusaders to finish off the regular season.

Also missed the first 20 minutes of the Hurricanes-Crusaders game, but what an arm wrestle that was! Nice to see the Saders lose both of the Canes matches this year, so Canes have bought themselves a lifeline to get into the playoffs, provided they win handily next week and have results fall their way the week after, as they have a bye in the final round.

Waratahs look well set to host the final this year, I could see them go all the way this year, and deservedly so in my opinion. One good thing about the Super 15 so far has been that there have been different winners than in the days of old, so I really wouldn't be upset to see either the Tahs or Sharks get the silverware this year, just keep the Crusaders from getting their dirty mitts on it, please
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Crusaders won last night against a very spirited Blues side 20-13 in Christchurch, a late try by the Crusaders sealing the result. Sharks lost to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein 27-20, handing the Crusaders a home semi final spot should results fall their way next week, damnit.
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