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by Magpie26
Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA - HIghlanders v Blues - Fri, 16 April, 7:05pm
Replies: 113
Views: 1711

Re: SRA - HIghlanders v Blues - Fri, 16 April, 7:05pm

Great game to watch :thumbup: Hunt was really firing again, some beautiful passes to put players into space and put in some important defensive work. Frizzells workload has been fantastic this year and was again today. Its almost like its 'just give it to Frizzell" at times. He is doing everything. ...
by Magpie26
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 89076
Views: 4658629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

Sopoaga offski Joins Lyon for next season. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/56739637 Verdict from Wasps fans? I caught a few games over the past few seasons and showed flashes of skill but never seemed to influence a game - also wasn't sure if he was seen as 10, 15 or pine rider. Quite a dis...
by Magpie26
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA - HIghlanders v Blues - Fri, 16 April, 7:05pm
Replies: 113
Views: 1711

Re: SRA - HIghlanders v Blues - Fri, 16 April, 7:05pm

Whats the feeling about Perofeta playing at 15?
Personally I have been pleasantly surprised by how well he has gone there, nothing too flashy but pretty consistent IMO.

Thought we might get a decent look at Zarn Sullivan this season based on what I saw of him at ITM level. Is he injured?
by Magpie26
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached
Replies: 34
Views: 2063

Re: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached

That Baby Eating lock position is the hardest one to fill in rugby. Makes a massive difference to a team having someone of that size going about creaming rucks on their own and absolutely loving the biff. I think the days of the enforcer lock are long gone. If they ever existed. NZ won RWC's in 201...
by Magpie26
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Clermont vs Toulouse
Replies: 42
Views: 1652

Re: Clermont vs Toulouse

Touoluse should be too strong, from what I have seen. Unfortunately I have to agree. The only way Clermont can win is if Toulouse are sloppy and don't convert their opportunities into points. Then, may be if at the 78th minute, it is a 3pts advantage for Toulouse and Penaud sparks a 80m counter-att...
by Magpie26
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Aotearoa Team of the Week - Round 7
Replies: 19
Views: 481

Re: Super Rugby Aotearoa Team of the Week - Round 7

Ali's Choice wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:48 am
guy smiley wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:35 am Nah. Havili for me.
That's totally fine by me. The whole point of a thread like this is to incite debate, reflection and discussion, rather than agree on an actual team :thumbup:
Sounds like a Foster team selection meeting.
by Magpie26
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Wine Thread
Replies: 6595
Views: 499481

Re: The Wine Thread

Opened a bottle of Hess Special Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 over Easter, thought it might be past its best but was absolutely spot on.

A fantastic reminder why I should drink more Californian Cab Savs!
by Magpie26
Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Glaws v La Rochelle
Replies: 60
Views: 1499

Re: Glaws v La Rochelle

LR look a pretty decent side that is for sure. Very entertaining to watch and as was mentioned plenty of times during the match, the speed of recycling of the ball was very impressive.
Not everything came off for them, which was lucky for Glaws as it could have got ugly on the scoreboard.
by Magpie26
Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 37608
Views: 1070463

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Is anyone in the EU actually going to be held accountable for the mess they have made of the vaccination rollout? There is clearly a lot of 'blame game' both internally and externally going on but is there anyone actually accountable for the situation? Its easy to say the blame ends at the top but I...
by Magpie26
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread
Replies: 89076
Views: 4658629

Re: **OFFICIAL** English Rugby Thread

It’s such a shame that Manu has had such shit luck with injuries... looking back, he could have been English rugby’s Andy Powell... he chinned Chris Ashton, dived off a ferry while pissed at the WC, tore apart the AB’s, seemed to be a really decent dude, too. I don't think Tuilagi is made of glass ...
by Magpie26
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Black squad selection thread
Replies: 304
Views: 8810

Re: Pick your All Black team after 5 rounds of SR Aotearoa?

When was Caleb Clarke's last stand out game? Fainganuku seems to offer about the same level of danger while having the better start to the season - would be good to see the blues wingers outside a centre who passes It was a toss up... but as you say, Clarke outside decent inside centres should flou...
by Magpie26
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: France - Scotland : counting the (*)
Replies: 529
Views: 12044

Re: France - Scotland : counting the (*)

And Antonio has just made it to his first breakdown......
by Magpie26
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: France - Scotland : counting the (*)
Replies: 529
Views: 12044

Re: France - Scotland : counting the (*)

France, France, France :roll: :roll: :roll:
by Magpie26
Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: France - Scotland : counting the (*)
Replies: 529
Views: 12044

Re: France - Scotland : counting the (*)

franch fan wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:31 pm Unlucky but deserved try for Scotland
French forward coach has a lot to ask, it might be the weakest set of French forwards I've seen for 30 years
It's ok, the fat Timaru boy is on :?
by Magpie26
Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: France - Scotland : counting the (*)
Replies: 529
Views: 12044

Re: France - Scotland : counting the (*)

Great try :thumbup:

For all his strengths, Dupont is not driving the game as he should from 9 :?
by Magpie26
Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: France - Scotland : counting the (*)
Replies: 529
Views: 12044

Re: France - Scotland : counting the (*)

Yer Man wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:53 pm
P in VG wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:51 pm
MrDominator wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:49 pm The two best flankers in the world (Underhill and Curry) paired with Faletau.
:lol:
When Jeremy Clarkson selects a rugby team :lol: :lol:
:lol: :lol:
by Magpie26
Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Lazy Hurricanes V Highlanders Fred
Replies: 88
Views: 1531

Re: Lazy Hurricanes V Highlanders Fred

Just caught the game.....at last a decent win :thumbup: Highlanders certainly could have won that, just did not / could not capitalize on their territory and chances. Some great defense by the Canes, especially at the breakdown and a lucky break with Frizzell dropping the ball after an incredible ef...
by Magpie26
Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Will Greenwood's Lions Team - Just one English player in XV
Replies: 171
Views: 7650

Re: Will Greenwood's Lions Team - Just one English player in XV

Pretty good selection for me, not many I would argue with. Would probably go with Henshaw and Davies in the centers providing Davies comes back into decent form. 9 & 10 are the weakest areas - Murray and Sexton are not the players they once were and I don't see them as having 3 top level games week ...
by Magpie26
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The emasculation of England's scrum
Replies: 23
Views: 1899

Re: The emasculation of England's scrum

We have issues at the engage, caused largely by the fact we're trying to retain the gap while other teams are trying to close it. Refs get fed up with all the arsing about. Sinckler is much more effective when he can use his speed across the gap. Ireland's new knees on floor scrum technique for the...
by Magpie26
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Woodward: "I genuinely believe the Premiership is the strongest league in the world."
Replies: 117
Views: 4002

Re: Woodward: "I genuinely believe the Premiership is the strongest league in the world."

I genuinely believe only a handful of sides in the Premiership could give a Super Rugby side a game. The Crusaders would destroy most Premiership sides. Like, really embarrass them. They're not a club team though. If we amalgamated the Premiership or Top14 sides into 5 sides only, the quality would...
by Magpie26
Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Woodward: "I genuinely believe the Premiership is the strongest league in the world."
Replies: 117
Views: 4002

Re: Woodward: "I genuinely believe the Premiership is the strongest league in the world."

I genuinely believe only a handful of sides in the Premiership could give a Super Rugby side a game. The Crusaders would destroy most Premiership sides. Like, really embarrass them. They're not a club team though. If we amalgamated the Premiership or Top14 sides into 5 sides only, the quality would...
by Magpie26
Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 37608
Views: 1070463

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Actually the EU are meant to be getting our vaccines from the UK and EU. I don't think that is entirely true - although I know there is much debate... I think this tweet explains the different interpretation, and why the UK is only mentioned in S5.4 of the contract. https://twitter.com/andrew_lilic...
by Magpie26
Sun Mar 21, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The All Black no.6 jersey
Replies: 53
Views: 1564

Re: The All Black no.6 jersey

I would be happy to see Akira continue for the time being but as AC points out there are quite a few options now. While I still have concerns about his work rate but there is no doubt he can carry in traffic, step through tackles and has a pretty reasonable turn of pace when needed. He is also very ...
by Magpie26
Sun Mar 21, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans
Replies: 37608
Views: 1070463

Re: Coronavirus Thread. Virus v humans

Prof Bell said AstraZeneca and Oxford were leading the way in offering this vaccine more globally, and was on track to have provided almost 100 million doses under the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access scheme, compared to 1.4 million doses of Pfizer. "I don't think AstraZeneca has had the credit that...
by Magpie26
Sat Mar 20, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: MATCH THREAD: Horrorcanes v Chiefs, Saturday 20th March - Battle Of The Spoon.
Replies: 214
Views: 3395

Re: MATCH THREAD: Horrorcanes v Chiefs, Saturday 20th March - Battle Of The Spoon.

Well done Chiefs, very exciting game to watch. DMac had another very good game, Cane was immense and the two young Chiefs locks were excellent. Tupaea also impressed for me and Tiatia added plenty when he came on. Canes, well many reasons for the loss but lack of control of the game in the 2nd half ...
by Magpie26
Thu Mar 18, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: What next for the European Union
Replies: 1276
Views: 24627

Re: What next for the European Union

I appreciate you guys are loyal to the core about the dear old EU but can you explain to me why VDL is still in a job? When EU countries want her gone , EU parliament will remove her. But we won't when certain people in rhe UK want her gone She is still there because the EU parliament simply have n...
by Magpie26
Thu Mar 18, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: What next for the European Union
Replies: 1276
Views: 24627

Re: What next for the European Union

I appreciate you guys are loyal to the core about the dear old EU but can you explain to me why VDL is still in a job? When EU countries want her gone , EU parliament will remove her. But we won't when certain people in rhe UK want her gone She is still there because the EU parliament simply have n...
by Magpie26
Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Americas Cup - OFFICIAL match thread
Replies: 3306
Views: 202067

Re: Americas Cup - OFFICIAL match thread

Many congrats Kiwis. Your boat is a class apart - so far ahead in the development curve and a world class sailing crew. Really interested in the box of tricks inside that mainsail and the setup of the smaller foils. I think Luna Rossa did well as challenger of record . They made a race of it right ...
by Magpie26
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: O'Gara: 'Super Rugby is soft as shite'
Replies: 104
Views: 4977

Re: O'Gara: 'Super Rugby is soft as shite'

Was just looking at how many times NZ has suffered losses on the scale that England suffered in the 2019 RWC final, losing by a humiliating 20 points....... NZ has lost by that amount or more twice in their history, and both times to Australia. Sat, 28 Aug 1999 NZL v AUS 7-28 Sat, 10 Aug 2019 NZL v...
by Magpie26
Tue Mar 16, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: O'Gara: 'Super Rugby is soft as shite'
Replies: 104
Views: 4977

Re: O'Gara: 'Super Rugby is soft as shite'

Was just looking at how many times NZ has suffered losses on the scale that England suffered in the 2019 RWC final, losing by a humiliating 20 points....... NZ has lost by that amount or more twice in their history, and both times to Australia. Sat, 28 Aug 1999 NZL v AUS 7-28 Sat, 10 Aug 2019 NZL v ...
by Magpie26
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: O'Gara: 'Super Rugby is soft as shite'
Replies: 104
Views: 4977

Re: O'Gara: 'Super Rugby is soft as shite'

If only the England boys had been as 'hard' as Mr D.

They might have given the Saffers a game.
by Magpie26
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: O'Gara: 'Super Rugby is soft as shite'
Replies: 104
Views: 4977

Re: O'Gara: 'Super Rugby is soft as shite'

Biggest losing margins in RWC finals

France - 23 pts
England 20 pts
Australia - 17 pts
New Zealand - 3 pts

Good on France and England for focusing more on attack than defence though :thumbup:
by Magpie26
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: O'Gara: 'Super Rugby is soft as shite'
Replies: 104
Views: 4977

Re: O'Gara: 'Super Rugby is soft as shite'

Can't beat the Lions. Pretty sure 2 of these Super rugby sides that Ronan is talking about did beat the Lions and another drew with them. Maybe the Lions were focusing too much on attack? :lol: Right between the eyes. That’ll hurt Mr Dominator. On top of the complete destruction served on Ireland b...
by Magpie26
Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: O'Gara: 'Super Rugby is soft as shite'
Replies: 104
Views: 4977

Re: O'Gara: 'Super Rugby is soft as shite'

MrDominator wrote: Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:38 pm Can't beat the Lions.
Pretty sure 2 of these Super rugby sides that Ronan is talking about did beat the Lions and another drew with them.

Maybe the Lions were focusing too much on attack?
by Magpie26
Sat Mar 13, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders vs Chiefs: MATCH THREAD: Sat 13th March
Replies: 204
Views: 3902

Re: Crusaders vs Chiefs: MATCH THREAD: Sat 13th March

Just got a chance to watch the game. Christ those Crusaders are ruthlessly efficient. If they can't beat you one way, they will do it another way, they really are the complete team. Mo'unga was dazzling at times and Havili was very good at 12. The back 3 are very dangerous to any team that wants to ...
by Magpie26
Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 6N R4. ENGLAND vs FRANCE. Sat, 16:45
Replies: 589
Views: 12873

Re: 6N R4. ENGLAND vs FRANCE. Sat, 16:45

Great game. Two moments of brain fartery by Dulin changed the momentum to England. Just a comment on the turnovers in the tackle area. The ref got the last Earl one correct, but there were a couple earlier in the game, that in the SH, the refs would have penalized against the defending player as th...
by Magpie26
Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 6N R4. ENGLAND vs FRANCE. Sat, 16:45
Replies: 589
Views: 12873

Re: 6N R4. ENGLAND vs FRANCE. Sat, 16:45

Very good game to watch :thumbup:

England won, but that is what you have to do at home.

French scarily good at times.

Only one team going forward at the moment.

Thought the ref was pretty decent too.....had a little shout at him for the last penalty but thankfully the call was corrected.
by Magpie26
Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Can Maro Itoje be Rugby's biggest breakout superstar?
Replies: 49
Views: 2111

Re: Can Maro Itoje be Rugby's biggest breakout superstar?

Breakout.....he has played what 45 games for England? He is hardly a breakout. While he is amazingly athletic, to become a star he needs to do things other players can't. He has no try scoring record to speak of, he doesn't dominate lineouts in the way Matfield for example did, he doesn't smash play...
by Magpie26
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Quins v Saints
Replies: 16
Views: 451

Re: Quins v Saints

Lots of mistakes but a pretty enjoyable game to watch :thumbup: