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    Seriously electric atomosphere for today. Got the hairs on my neck standing up watching on telly, must be amazing to be there.

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    South African commentators really going on about McCaw tagging him for infringing at almoast every breakdown

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    Wow what an end to the game the event seems like so much more than just a tri nations game. Well done to the blacks great skill and character.

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    Didn't log on to post about the game since it was 5am when it finished so I'll try and remember some of the points I was going to make.

    I thought it was a really entertaining test, and at 22-22 believed that was a fair result to both sides. I could go either way on McCaw's try, from one angle it looked a conclusive try and then I had some doubts after another view; but IMO the All Blacks had the better of the second half and deserved to score eventually. Worth pointing out though, that I don't think South Africa will be particularly impressed at the build-up to that try with a forward pass from Israel Dagg. As for the winning try to Dagg, great turnover (Mealamu from memory) and subsequent bust through the defense from Nonu; it certainly had me off my seat!

    On a few other points - regarding the coverage, the fancy overhead angles work great for soccer but I thought the camera angles from a rugby point of view didn't add anything. I much prefer the camera shots that New Zealand and Australia are able to produce and find those games much easier to watch. Secondly, I propose that Grant Nisbett should be tasered every time he says Francois Steyn when he means Morne Steyn.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Somerset View Post
    Secondly, I propose that Grant Nisbett should be tasered every time he says Francois Steyn when he means Morne Steyn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    I'll pass on your constructive feedback next time I see him
    Wouldn't mind it so much if we barely played South Africa and the names of opposition players were less familiar but thats obviously not the case, and he must've mistaken Morne for Francois at least half a dozen times in the test last night.

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    Nisbo was welly and truly off his game. He kept on getting De Jong, Habana and Aplon mixed up as well as Burger and Smith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohtani's jacket View Post
    Nisbo was welly and truly off his game. He kept on getting De Jong, Habana and Aplon mixed up as well as Burger and Smith.
    Given Grant's from Wellington I wonder if thats a pun or a typo...

    Thought it would be worth mentioning that Daniel Carter's out of rugby for eight weeks to have surgery, so finally the depth at fly-half will be tested with Cruden obviously to start against the Wallabies in a couple of weeks. I guess a talking point too will be whether Weepu is to cover both 9 and 10, or if a back-up specialist number 10 comes into the squad.

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    Dagg into 10 IMO, kid could play prop if you gave him the chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Somerset View Post
    Thought it would be worth mentioning that Daniel Carter's out of rugby for eight weeks to have surgery, so finally the depth at fly-half will be tested with Cruden obviously to start against the Wallabies in a couple of weeks. I guess a talking point too will be whether Weepu is to cover both 9 and 10, or if a back-up specialist number 10 comes into the squad.
    Weepu will have to play 9 to do the goal kicking. At least this is what I would do. Don't know who I would bring in to the squad as a back up number 10. Donald is out. You mentioned that Delany is out. You would think it would have to be someone with Super 14 experience so maybe Stephen Brett - yet he isn't playing ten for Canterbury so it won't be him.
    I figure the best bet is Weepu. He will have to start at 9 and move to 10 if Cruden gets injured.

    Good chance for Cruden to get some experience anyway.
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    Apparently Delany may be back playing for the BOP this weekend, but that'd be a big ask to ask him to step up to a test bench spot after just one game at a semi-decent level.

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    Woss happened to McAlister? Played for the Maori v us earlier on. Broken now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    Weepu will have to play 9 to do the goal kicking. At least this is what I would do. Don't know who I would bring in to the squad as a back up number 10. Donald is out. You mentioned that Delany is out. You would think it would have to be someone with Super 14 experience so maybe Stephen Brett - yet he isn't playing ten for Canterbury so it won't be him.
    I figure the best bet is Weepu. He will have to start at 9 and move to 10 if Cruden gets injured.

    Good chance for Cruden to get some experience anyway.
    Another possibility is to start Israel Dagg on the wing/fullback and have him goalkick (wouldn't put him at 10 as per Ripper's suggestion mind) given he did a reasonable job of it in the Super 14, although Weepu's the obvious option for the kicking role.

    Re. McAlister, hes playing at 12 for North Harbour and has shared the goalkicking with the Harbour flyhalfs in Ben Botica and Mike Harris. Also started at 12 for the Maori.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Woss happened to McAlister? Played for the Maori v us earlier on. Broken now?
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    North Harbour are going to give him a run at 1st 5.

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