Monthly Archive:: October 2011

Well done to the All Blacks for winning the Rugby World Cup 2011! Sheer quality shown both on and off the field by Richie captain awesome’s men for the entire tournament. The final was much closer than everyone expected and credit to Les Bleus for putting in a performance that very nearly won them the cup. Many said they did not ‘deserve’ to be there but I disagree, if you have made it to the RWC final, you deserve to be there. Well done to the New Zealand people for a quality tournament and maverick thumbs up for the hospitality shown. Graham Henry was particularly pleased… [thanks Matt]. Looking forward to the Rugby World Cup 2015 in London. Rennton

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So here it is rugby fans, the final! After many many weeks of non stop ref cursing, beer drinking, early morning wake ups and mostly high quality rugby action adventures, we have one more game left. Either New Zealand or France will be the new Rugby World Cup champions and well done to them for making it this far. Both Wales and South Africa will have reasons to be bleak as both could have made it further but that is all in the past and it now mostly irrelevant. How about we stop talking about it and move on, what do you say? No? Still can’t let go? Fine suit yourselves. So the burning questions are whether France can lift their game enough to once again shock the world with an upset victory over the All Blacks in a RWC and can the All Blacks sufficiently deal with the pressure and not choke? On current form the All Blacks should win this game comfortably but let’s dive in, balls deep and take a closer look. Rugby World Cup Final 2011: All Blacks vs France France have a very good scrum and their front row is considered one of the best [&hellip

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As expected, the All Blacks stamped their authority all over the Wallabies’ s faces and won comfortably to make their first final since RWC1995 (where they lost to the Springboks… just saying). The sight of Quade burglar Cooper falling to pieces under the immense pressure exerted on him was a joy to behold and with the Aussie scrum again under pressure and David Pocock being reffed properly (thank you Craig Joubert) the All blacks were never in danger of losing this game. Well done to Craig for being appointed to ref the final. Niiice. Richie Captain Charming McCaw had a blinder and was everywhere on the day. He is one of the greatest players to have ever played the game and will top it off with a justified Rugby World Cup win on Sunday but more on that in tomorrow’s post. In the other semi-final, the ref unfortunately, and once again in this RWC, had the biggest influence on the game. Alain Rolland was technically correct to send Sam Warburton off as referees have been told to go to red first with tip tackles and then suss out the circumstances, chat to the assistant refs and should they decide to, [&hellip

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In all honesty, it still feels like I have been kicked in the jollies when I think about last Sunday’s Springboks vs Wallabies quarter-final. There has been a huge outcry about how shockingly SHITake Bryce Lawrence’s officiating actually was with over 70,000 South Africans people joining a Facebook Petition to stop Bryce Lawrence from ever reffing a rugby game again Awesome. When asked for comment Pieter de Villiers had this to say… Thank you Zapiro. So who will be the other team in the final? Come a little closer, let’s get involved… RWC2011 Semi-final 2: Australia vs All Blacks Word on the 22 is that Kurtley Tache Beale is in massive doubt for the semi-final due to a hamstring injury. Beale has been one of the form players in the world this year and it will be a huge blow to Robbie Deans if he is ruled out. Chances are James O’Connor or Adam Ashley-Cooper will take his place but the backline will be weaker for it and the All Blacks will be smiling. Other than that there looks to be no other changes even though some will surely be calling on Berrick Barnes to step into the side somewhere. [&hellip

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So here we are, only 3 more fixtures and we will have new 2011 Rugby World Cup champions. Highly entertaining matches this past weekend, starting with Wales smashing Ireland with a quality display. Looks like the tough pool they endured has benefitted them immensely and they have built up good momentum and are playing with composure and confidence that belies their inexperienced squad. France surprised everyone, even their own countrymen, by finally playing with some flair and purpose in disposing of an albeit crap English side. Well done Les Bleus! There is still a chance they could play the All Blacks in the final….which would be interesting to say the least? The All Blacks beat Argentina comfortably and their ability to change their game-plan and playing style midway through a match is a quality that will surely help them finally put the ol’ choker’s tag to bed once and for all. A lot has been said about Bryce douchbag Lawrence and his terrible officiating of the Boks vs Wallabies game. He basically decided to not ref the breakdown at all, missed high tackles, misjudged forward passes and failed to inform O’Connor that he could re-take his kick after JP Pietersen [&hellip

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Why oh why do these games have to be on a Sunday? The IRB are going to be responsible for the vast majority of South African fans getting face smashed drunk at 7am in the morning. Real responsible IRB, well done. This week’s RWC2011 news has been largely dominated by the injury to Dan (no longer) the man Carter. Yes, that is his girlfriend. Niiice. The All Black’s game has been built on the star flyhalf’s mind bottling abilities and the majority of their success hinges on his accurate kicking, swift passing, line breaking, wise decision-making, solid tackling and all round Maverick performances. The All Blacks will miss him. Oh yes, they will miss him. Enough of that though, let’s walk on over to the actual predictions. RWC2011 quarter-final 3: Springboks vs Australia The Springboks have been hit with a fairly shitake injury themselves with Frans donkey boot Steyn sent home with a shoulder injury. Steyn had been in fine form and had taken to the inside centre role like a duck to a cheese platter. Which is pretty awesome if you ever get a chance to see it. While the Boks lose the option of the 60 metre penalty [&hellip

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