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by Taurua
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: HSBC 7s 2019/20 - London, England - Starts Pg 12
Replies: 477
Views: 19037

Re: HSBC 7s 2019/20 - Cape Town Start Pg 3

Not sure how I feel about World Rugby ramming the Womens Rugby down our throat like this. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate that they are trying to give the ladies' games more exposure and that they are also tremendous athletes, but I am a bit peeved that I am going to miss the Blitzboks' opener aga...
by Taurua
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Vote on the best All-time All Black XV to settle a work comp
Replies: 21
Views: 1093

Re: Vote on the best All-time All Black XV to settle a work

Team 5 for me. Easily the best forward pack, and a decent backline.
by Taurua
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Are the other Pacific Islands also well built for Rugby?
Replies: 93
Views: 4960

Re: Are the other Pacific Islands also well built for Rugby?

There are actually like 100k Cook Islanders when you include the diaspora in Aus & NZ. They have quite a few eligible players in Super Rugby/Mitre 10 and some in Europe. There are more Cook Islanders in NZ than Tongans apparently. 20,000 Niueans in NZ and only 1800 on their island, I know I counted...
by Taurua
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Pool A - The permutations
Replies: 96
Views: 4444

Re: Pool A - The permutations

Imagine if you had a situation where Scotland were up 36-31, both teams with the four try bonus point, and then Scotland have a penalty kick on full-time to try and snuff out the losing bonus point in order to advance on head to head.

The potential is there for drama.
by Taurua
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Pool A - The permutations
Replies: 96
Views: 4444

Re: Pool A - The permutations

It will be crucial for Japan to get a bonus point win against Samoa. It's certainly not a done deal, as Scotland proved when they struggled to get there. It could come down to points differential. It goes to head to head first though doesn't it? So if the both end up on 14, it would mean Scotland g...
by Taurua
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Pool A - The permutations
Replies: 96
Views: 4444

Re: Pool A - The permutations

It will be crucial for Japan to get a bonus point win against Samoa. It's certainly not a done deal, as Scotland proved when they struggled to get there.

It could come down to points differential.
by Taurua
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC Warm-up - Australia v Samoa @ Parramatta, Sat 7 Sept
Replies: 163
Views: 5773

Re: RWC Warm-up - Australia v Samoa @ Parramatta, Sat 7 Sept

Yep, easy exit for the Wallabies in the quarters, not that anything else was realistically expected. Disgusting second half performance from them.
by Taurua
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official England V Wals Pre-RWC Warm-up Match Thread No.1
Replies: 683
Views: 25401

Re: Official England v Wales Pre-RWC Warm-up Match Thread No

There are a remarkable number of people attempting to rationalise and explain away that result. The reality is, the Wales 1st XV, on a 15 game winning streak, were bullied and beasted the length and breadth of Twickers by the England 2nd XV. If you’re not worried by that as a Welshman, then you wer...
by Taurua
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Who are the biggest bluffers in Test Rugby right now?
Replies: 38
Views: 2557

Re: Who are the biggest bluffers in Test Rugby right now?

South Africa - Will they stay the course or have they simply had a good run a la Ireland in 2018 but revert back to norm in Japan? :lol: what is our norm? double world cup winners? what is the Ireland norm? I don’t think what the Boks achieved 24 and 12 years ago is relevant to this conversation on...
by Taurua
Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: How is #1 side in the world only 5th favourite for the RWC?
Replies: 50
Views: 3054

Re: How is #1 side in the world only 5th favourite for the R

Someone settle a debate for me: Are Wales in fact number 1 right at this very moment, or are rankings frozen in time until World Rugby release their rankings on Monday? I say the rankings are live, someone I'm arguing with says it's frozen Monday to Monday. I can't find any confirmation for either p...
by Taurua
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Does Eddie Jones really know what he's doing?
Replies: 59
Views: 4314

Re: Does Eddie Jones really know what he's doing?

Eddie is second only to Ted as the greatest coach of all time IMO. His resume says it all.
by Taurua
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL: Heartland Championship thread
Replies: 69
Views: 3143

Re: OFFICIAL: Heartland Championship thread

live on which channel? You won't see it live on Sky in NZ during the weekend as it'll be wall to wall Mitre 10 Cup and international rugby. In New Zealand they typically have it on Sky midweek in a wrap up show with one feature match and highlights of the others. It's quite a nice package. Some of ...
by Taurua
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Anime/Manga thread - Official PR thread
Replies: 142
Views: 15248

Re: Anime/Manga thread - Official PR thread

Clog50Percent wrote:I just finished marathon watching One Piece and now Im all caught up :thumbup:
Nice, I started watching from episode 1 in 2015. I'm up to episode 682 now, still 200 behind.
by Taurua
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL: 2019 Mitre 10 Cup thread
Replies: 698
Views: 22619

Re: OFFICIAL: 2019 Mitre 10 Cup thread

Tasman will crush all before them this season.
by Taurua
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SBW set for All Black Return!!
Replies: 29
Views: 2526

Re: How awful is the AB midfield defence without SBW???

Completely agree, we missed his strength and physicality out there tonight.
by Taurua
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 2019 World Rugby Under 20 Championship (4-22 June)
Replies: 1013
Views: 38638

Re: 2019 World Rugby Under 20 Championship (4-22 June)

How bad is this weather exactly?
by Taurua
Thu May 30, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Will England beat Argentina at this years World Cup?
Replies: 40
Views: 2689

Re: Will England beat Argentina at this years World Cup?

Probably.

I do expect Argentina to lift for this world cup though, the injection of European players that haven't been allowed to play since the last world cup will help greatly.
by Taurua
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: USA and Japan to join Rugby Championship.
Replies: 217
Views: 10220

Re: USA and Japan to join Rugby Championship.

Giving Fiji a 10 million dollar boost would put them at a major advantage to the rest of the other PI nations. Their exclusion makes sense from a financial stand point, money talks, WR need to invest in the islands but not through this venture. Maybe Super rugby can help in that case? Fiji has almo...
by Taurua
Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: World Cup Favourites
Replies: 70
Views: 4531

Re: World Cup Favourites

One of the things that shocked me about England's game against the All Blacks a couple of months ago was how little praise England actually got for that game. They were so physically dominant, and threw the game away due in part to some bad decision making here and there-something which can be learn...
by Taurua
Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Thread: England vs S Africa - Twickenham 3 Nov
Replies: 966
Views: 28170

Re: Official Thread: England vs S Africa - Twickenham 3 Nov

Australian-based members-am I going blind, or are Foxtel seriously stupid enough to not be playing this match live?
by Taurua
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The rise and fall of national sporting teams
Replies: 11
Views: 872

Re: The rise and fall of national sporting teams

Nah probably not.
by Taurua
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 20th spot in RWC2019
Replies: 131
Views: 7681

Re: The 20th spot in RWC2019

Canada have been awful, but they should be fine.

Tyler Ardron has played some fantastic rugby in New Zealand this year, he'll be a big boost for Canada.
by Taurua
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Women's Rugby thread
Replies: 1454
Views: 128207

Re: Women's Rugby thread

The world rugby women's sevens circuit kicks off again next weekend, should be good. New Zealand will doubtless be the team to beat at Glendale. China make their debut on the circuit, will be interesting if they can avoid relegation. I've been impressed with what I've seen of them so far, certainly ...
by Taurua
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: What do you call 800 invading young men with flamethrowers?
Replies: 117
Views: 4906

Re: What do you call 800 invading young men with flamethrowe

A new expanded mode of Fortnite.
by Taurua
Sat May 12, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Greatest teams that never won the World Cup?
Replies: 69
Views: 3972

Re: Greatest teams that never won the World Cup?

France for sure, can't say for sure who would've won the 1995 world cup final if it was New Zealand-France.
by Taurua
Sat May 12, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Match Thread - Stormers vs Chiefs - 12 May 2018
Replies: 186
Views: 4952

Re: Match Thread - Stormers vs Chiefs - 12 May 2018

Is there a reason why Kiwis have been refereeing matches in South Africa? It seems all kiwi home games are reffed by kiwis. The fix is in mate. I don't know about the fix, but I have no doubt the Bulls would've won against the Highlanders had a neutral reffed it rather than Glen Jackson. I just won...
by Taurua
Sat May 12, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Match Thread - Stormers vs Chiefs - 12 May 2018
Replies: 186
Views: 4952

Re: Match Thread - Stormers vs Chiefs - 12 May 2018

Is there a reason why Kiwis have been refereeing matches in South Africa? It seems all kiwi home games are reffed by kiwis.
by Taurua
Sat May 05, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Women's Rugby thread
Replies: 1454
Views: 128207

Re: Women's Rugby thread

Something I've often wondered, why is South Africa poor at international level in women's rugby? Is it purely a cultural thing, rugby being a man's domain?
by Taurua
Sat May 05, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Question Re: Ioane vs Jenkins Try Consistency.
Replies: 7
Views: 833

Re: Question Re: Ioane vs Jenkins Try Consistency.

I thought Ioane was right to be pulled up live, but after watching the replays it wasn't entirely clear if you could've considered him to have been held when he went to ground. A player going to ground on it's own doesn't automatically constitute a tackle, the player needs to be deemed as having bee...
by Taurua
Sat May 05, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: What proportion of Rugby penalties are deliberate?
Replies: 32
Views: 2162

Re: What proportion of Rugby penalties are deliberate?

But with a head high for example, you could argue that the laziness that may come from being fatigued that stops one from properly ensuring that their tackle is safe and legal is deliberate. And scrums you could argue similar logic with some of them, perhaps a prop hasn't set himself properly for th...
by Taurua
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong 7s
Replies: 120
Views: 8633

Re: Hong Kong 7s

Ireland don't have it in the bag, Germany have been quite impressive, and Chile have shown some promise too. I favour Ireland to beat Japan but think they'll get a tough matchup whoever they play in the final.
by Taurua
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hong Kong 7s
Replies: 120
Views: 8633

Re: Hong Kong 7s

China qualifying for the women's sevens circuit is quite significant. They're well coached and I'm guessing well funded, I think they could be a force in women's sevens like the US are becoming in the mens.
by Taurua
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Blou Bulle V Hurricanes Official Match Fred
Replies: 253
Views: 6811

Re: Blou Bulle V Hurricanes Official Match Fred

Perenara scored the try IMO, but I don't blame the refs. It's one of the flaws of the "onfield decision is a try/no try" system.
by Taurua
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SR 2018 W2: Lions v Jaguares - Ellis Park 24 Feb
Replies: 114
Views: 5089

Re: SR 2018 W2: Lions v Jaguares - Ellis Park 24 Feb

I've seen a few penalty tries off knockdowns where a defender could have potentially come in and saved the try. Not sure if it was a blatant homer or if the interpretation is that no defender starting in front of a would-be recipient = instant penalty try, but either way it's wrong. A penalty try sh...
by Taurua
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Rugby World Cup must expand.
Replies: 117
Views: 7590

Re: The Rugby World Cup must expand.

I think the last few world cups have been very competitive, and I see no reason why we can't look to move to 24. One of the great things about the world cup are the opportunities it provides players from emerging nations to show their talent and potentially land contracts with European clubs, and th...
by Taurua
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Your World XV right before these Autumn internationals
Replies: 41
Views: 2742

Re: Your World XV right before these Autumn internationals

I don't understand the lack of love for Conor Murray either. He's been the best 9 on the field in the last four tests he's played against the All Blacks, aside from maybe Izzy Folau there's few people who could say that about their last four test match appearances against the ABs.
by Taurua
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks vs Argentina: MATCH THREAD: New Plymouth: Sept 9
Replies: 738
Views: 45656

Re: All Blacks vs Argentina: MATCH THREAD: New Plymouth: Sep

That try was crucial for the ABs.
by Taurua
Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Time Deceased XV: NZ (Updated)
Replies: 34
Views: 4613

Re: All Time Deceased XV: NZ (Updated)

Nicky Allan for #10 Jerry Collins for # 6 As good as JC was, he'd be behind both Tremain and Brownlie as a 6. Jerry Collins would've beaten up both those guys on his own in 5 seconds flat. Do we handicap scientific advancement and the increase of size and strength in players over time when factorin...
by Taurua
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: OFFICIAL: 2017 Mitre 10 Cup thread
Replies: 1733
Views: 103789

Re: OFFICIAL: 2017 Mitre 10 Cup thread

Ambaka's looking pretty handy in his Mitre 10 cup debut.
by Taurua
Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RC: Springboks vs Pumas - NMMB Stadium, PE - 19 Aug
Replies: 504
Views: 25119

Re: RC: Springboks vs Pumas - NMMB Stadium, PE - 19 Aug

Siya Kolisi is having an outstanding season thus far.