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by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v Wales
Replies: 775
Views: 24788

Re: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v W

Wales doing quite well here - have the AB subs disrupted their patterns? That's been the case for probably 3 years. Subs come on and all momentum and shape disappears. We did send on 5 at the same time. Not the norm. I miss the days when the ABs fielded players called Norm Ben, Aaron, Beauden, Jord...
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v Wales
Replies: 775
Views: 24788

Re: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v W

sonic_attack wrote:
ManInTheBar wrote:Wales doing quite well here - have the AB subs disrupted their patterns?
That's been the case for probably 3 years.
Subs come on and all momentum and shape disappears.
We did send on 5 at the same time.
Not the norm.
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v Wales
Replies: 775
Views: 24788

Re: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v W

Still lots of upside on Mo'unga.
Plenty of time for him to become a great.
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v Wales
Replies: 775
Views: 24788

Re: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v W

Plato'sCave wrote:Come on Wales-B

Don't be such a baby they are Wales not Wales B
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v Wales
Replies: 775
Views: 24788

Re: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v W

It's about a metre forward https://i.imgur.com/J4SyZmN.gif Or a metre backyards when taking into account the players were moving? Really have to question whether some lawyers understand the laws of physics.. :lol: Clipping ones hands is not a pass. I’m all for momentum of a pass. But that wasn’t a ...
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v Wales
Replies: 775
Views: 24788

Re: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v W

Too frantic there, looking the good though.
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v Wales
Replies: 775
Views: 24788

Re: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v W

Gorgeous running lines we're sure going to miss Crotty.
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v Wales
Replies: 775
Views: 24788

Re: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v W

Hate when a jackler doesn't support his body weight and gets a penalty anyway
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v Wales
Replies: 775
Views: 24788

Re: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v W

Wow, Ben Smith special.
Did well to get it down.
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v Wales
Replies: 775
Views: 24788

Re: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v W

Shit pass by Barrett, not sure it touches the ground, but still crap.
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v Wales
Replies: 775
Views: 24788

Re: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v W

Ordinary defense out wide by the ABs.
Bit of a pattern.
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v Wales
Replies: 775
Views: 24788

Re: RWC 3/4 - The Sun will rise again Match - All Blacks v W

A Smith running the ball.
Where the fvck has that been for the last 3 years?
by merlin the happy pig
Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks Head Coach post-2019 - It's Foster!
Replies: 1097
Views: 44538

Re: All Blacks Head Coach post-2019

I'd like to see a mix of experience (and obviously success) from different competitions. Super Rugby experience has a lot going for it, but the player drain means we continue to be light on experience within the ranks. At least one coach who has had success in Europe and has seen the development of ...
by merlin the happy pig
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread
Replies: 2430
Views: 75079

Re: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread

I can see South Africa looking to move the ball quite early just to test England's wide out defence. We could easily be sucked into defending too narrowly given what we have seen so far. The Jaapies have a real chance to seize the initiative with the talent they have in the backs. Here I think Engl...
by merlin the happy pig
Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks: Post mortem
Replies: 560
Views: 25472

Re: All Blacks: Post mortem

Barrett wasnt that bad at 6 and it was not the issue as much as all forwards not turning up, a lineout that shat the bed, tactics that were just off and an opposition who wanted it more. Much much more. I look at the lineout we had 4 jumpers vs 2 and yet we didnt put any pressure on the front of th...
by merlin the happy pig
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks: Post mortem
Replies: 560
Views: 25472

Re: All Blacks: Post mortem

As a neutral, until Friday at least, I think Read was deeply average all tournament. Isn't Tuipulotu a better choice at 6 than Barrett if that's the road you're going? Read was absolutely superb against Ireland... and pretty damn good against SA as well... There were a few of us pre-match who said ...
by merlin the happy pig
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Who do you think will win World Rugby Player of the year?
Replies: 81
Views: 4925

Re: Who do you think will win World Rugby Player of the year

It can only be the GOAT. Maro Itoje. Bossing it since his schooldays. https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/13/10/3226862800000578-3490011-image-a-9_1457865476778.jpg The English public school system and England rugby pathway has an incredible ability to produce unlikeable human beings but they’v...
by merlin the happy pig
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: New Zealand’s biggest poach
Replies: 34
Views: 2900

Re: New Zealand’s biggest poach

They are already part of NZ they just don't know it: :lol:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zealandia
by merlin the happy pig
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Progressive - why and when did this become a left wing word?
Replies: 63
Views: 3919

Re: Progressive - why and when did this become a left wing w

I'm in my 50s - progressive used to be a good thing - now it is a mantra for left wing lunatics to use as a shield of credibilty. How on earth did we allow the economic illiterates of the left to hijack this word? They hijacked liberal as well. It used to mean freedom somewhat akin to libertarian, ...
by merlin the happy pig
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: England may face massive fine for disrespecting Haka!
Replies: 207
Views: 11942

Re: England may face massive fine for disrespecting Haka!

I think 23 pairs of bare arse cheeks would be a perfectly fine response, just couldn't care less.
by merlin the happy pig
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Caterpillar
Replies: 41
Views: 2604

Re: The Caterpillar

What's the law change that makes them illegal? Actually meaning it when you tell the halfback to use it? Give the opposition the scrum. Stop any more players joining the ruck after the refs call “use it” and encourage them to call it as soon as the ball is visible at the back of the ruck. Seems pre...
by merlin the happy pig
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks: Post mortem
Replies: 560
Views: 25472

Re: All Blacks: Post mortem

I don’t think the ABs would have beaten the English no matter what game plan we pulled out. Their unrelenting attack and pure desire to knock us over was just too much for us on the day, we got completely overwhelmed by it and had no answer. Some times it’s just not your day. That’s sport. Both cou...
by merlin the happy pig
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Caterpillar
Replies: 41
Views: 2604

Re: The Caterpillar

749a wrote:What's the law change that makes them illegal?
Actually meaning it when you tell the halfback to use it?
Give the opposition the scrum.
by merlin the happy pig
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread
Replies: 2430
Views: 75079

Re: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread

Would normally want a SA victory, southern hemisphere solidarity and all that.
But England are playing compelling and exciting rugby, and being a spiritual guardian by accident of birth I have no Choice but to cheer for them.
by merlin the happy pig
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks: Post mortem
Replies: 560
Views: 25472

Re: All Blacks: Post mortem

I don’t think the ABs would have beaten the English no matter what game plan we pulled out. Their unrelenting attack and pure desire to knock us over was just too much for us on the day, we got completely overwhelmed by it and had no answer. Some times it’s just not your day. That’s sport. Both cou...
by merlin the happy pig
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread
Replies: 2430
Views: 75079

Re: RWC 2019 Final: England vs South Africa Match Thread

Funny hearing how the poms are now the bastion of running/attractive rugby and the Boks are dullards after one set of results this weekend. Really think both have been noticed and commented on well before this weekend's games. England will match SA up front, possibly even out muscle them. From ther...
by merlin the happy pig
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks: Post mortem
Replies: 560
Views: 25472

Re: All Blacks: Post mortem

Sorry to repeat myself here but; Eddie made a point of saying they’d had 2 1/2 years to plan for this. He had time to see enough of what Hansen was trying to do to work out how to stop it. Hansen has the same amount of time to finesse his plan and here’s the bit that really irks me, he didn’t. Utte...
by merlin the happy pig
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks: Post mortem
Replies: 560
Views: 25472

Re: All Blacks: Post mortem

To answer Lacrobat. No doubt some of the issue was not being able to replace once in a generation players. I still think we failed to make the most of the players we did have. However the inability to see what was and wasn't working and at least try to adjust was a failure of leadership/planning/coa...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks: Post mortem
Replies: 560
Views: 25472

Re: All Blacks: Post mortem

The reason people are talking about headspace is because we didn't react to being out played. As already discussed there were plenty of tactical changes that they could have made to try and address the areas where they were being outplayed but they didn't make any of them. Now obviously England may...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks: Post mortem
Replies: 560
Views: 25472

Re: All Blacks: Post mortem

The reason people are talking about headspace is because we didn't react to being out played. As already discussed there were plenty of tactical changes that they could have made to try and address the areas where they were being outplayed but they didn't make any of them. Now obviously England may...
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 2019: Wales V South Africa RWC Semi Final Match Thread.
Replies: 1549
Views: 42530

Re: RWC 2019: Wales V South Africa RWC Semi Final Match Thr

Can't see England having any problems with SA.
Engrave the trophy now.
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 2019: Wales V South Africa RWC Semi Final Match Thread.
Replies: 1549
Views: 42530

Re: RWC 2019: Wales V South Africa RWC Semi Final Match Thr

Great work from the Boks Wales will have to chance their arm now.
by merlin the happy pig
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: RWC 2019: Wales V South Africa RWC Semi Final Match Thread.
Replies: 1549
Views: 42530

Re: RWC 2019: Wales V South Africa RWC Semi Final Match Thr

Dear God imagine if this shute wen to extra time.
The biggest mass Hara Kiri seems inevitable.
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Foster Out!
Replies: 37
Views: 1488

Re: Foster Out!

Can't really blame Foster.
We never really tried to win the gain line.

We even sometimes lose to Aus when we play like that.
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Comgrats England.
Replies: 150
Views: 4842

Re: Comgrats England.

Nothing but Admiration for the way England played.
ABs didn't turn up on defense like they did against Ireland.

But England actually run very good lines and make it hard to simply rush up on defense.
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks V England RWC Semi Final Match Thread.
Replies: 4100
Views: 111628

Re: All Blacks V England RWC Semi Final Match Thread.

Congratulations England fans. Well done, your team played brilliantly. I'm happy to suffer the taunts and mocking on this forum like we did back in 2007 over the incoming days, my team was well beaten tonight. That’s SH easy rugby for you. You’ll be hearing that for the next 4 years. :P Are you ass...
by merlin the happy pig
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks V England RWC Semi Final Match Thread.
Replies: 4100
Views: 111628

Re: All Blacks V England RWC Semi Final Match Thread.

Fantastic performance by England.
Itoje absolutely awesome.

Really crazy game plan by ABs.
Watched Aus fail after just throwing the ball around without trying to make ground up the middle.

So we repeated a losing plan.