Mr Mike wrote: CM11 wrote: Mahoney wrote:
CM11 wrote:Not sure of your logic there with regards to England and Ireland's chances. Bar the WC final, we've come to the closest to beating NZ in NZ since they were last beaten there in 09
England lost by 1 point in NZ in 2014, which beats your loss by 3 points in 2013.
CM11 wrote:and we're the only side to have beaten them in recent years.
We've had one win each since 2009. Yours is more recent, ours more comprehensive.
A 4.75 point rankings gap suggests England are currently the better side.
That'll teach me to look up results on my phone. But were you drawing in the final minutes and should have been awarded a kickable penalty only for it to go the other way and lose to a DG from the subsequent lineout?
I've said England have the better chance so your final comment is superfluous although I could point to our last match against each other...
The England one pointer was not as close as the Ireland second test, England were 8 down after the 80 were up and were well out of that game.
Second tests offer good chances to touring teams, I expect tomorrow to be far closer than last week and won't be surprised to see next week as the decider. NZ are most vulnerable when the pressure is off and comfortable First Test win haven't been helpful in the past. Gatland may have helped NZ a little by targeting Kaino with his comments, they may galvanize the team a little.
Also Warburton announcing that 'we are going to seek to dominate you physically...' Why don't they just shut it, focus and come out blazing on Saturday. If the lads need geeing up (which is hardly likely) then do it behind closed doors. It's also hardly likely that the All Braggs need galvanising, and what possible good can come from statements like 'you blokes had better be ready cos we are coming to dominate'? Sounds like Sky marketing pish.
Until the Lions (and we - Eng, Ire etc) can consistently
focus accurately like Reade gathering and flicking without knocking on, and Smith 2x catching us napping and Williams actually taking the catch (f*ck me, 2 bits of accurate focussed play and one lapse of concentration -> 21 points & the match), we're going to come 2nd best.
My heart, as always, says Li-ons! but my head says both sides will be better...........
Last week was tense as f*ck until Reade's brilliance so bring it and may the best (red-jerseyed)