After watching the 1st half I think Colin Slade had a strong 1st 10 minutes and then lost it after that. He persisted with little chip kicks and turned over possession on a frequent basis,
I can see why Whitelock and Thomson upset James - they gave away some inexperienced penalties.
Toeava in the 1st half attempted a little grubber kick that was charged down and it resulted in pressure against the ABs. I can't really stand wingers who try grubber kicks Zac does it as well. Nonu played one hideous game where he did them as well.
I want the man from Upper Hutt selected before Toeava - not because I am from upper hutt - just because he is a better all round package.
I must say that the Springboks defence is just super - I don't know how the Aussies managed to beat them - they must have been very rusty last week.
Didn't watch the game but NZ are still raging favorites for the cup, it's already in the bag, put it on the front pages of every NZ Paper, The William Webb Ellis should be measured up immediately for a place in the NZ trophy cabinet - No team will beat them in New Zealand. None. Ever. Especially in a World Cup - nobody beats the All Blacks at a world cup.
At least the result last night adds a 'decider' feel to next week at suncorp - I'll be there, should be a cracking game - hopefully Carter, McCaw et al are picked for the AB's - likewise for the Wallabies with Genia, Horwill (loving his appointment as captain) Cooper etc all playing.
Word is JOC will be dropped for this match after failing to turn up to the World Cup squad announcement - slept in it seems. I guess that'lll mean it'll be Turner into the run-on
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I believe we should rest Carter and play our back up 1st 5 - if it is Weepu I think it will be his first game there and if it is Slade he could definitely use another game to redeem himself.
Bring Carter on for the last 20 minutes.
good start by the wallabies
Great tactics in particular
Conrad Smith a standout on defence why even try to run a play past him.
Defence of both teams have been rather good really. Fingers crossed they play at this same intensity for the remaining 50 minutes.
EDIT: SAMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a try
What a try
Thomson is such a low budget player.
Guildford is not ready for this level. Wobblies have owned this game, and injured our preferred back row combo in the process.
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Completely dominated by the Wallabies, they look so much more hungrier, well organised and determined than the ABs. Guildford and Thomson were particularly poor - Sivivatu, Gear and Messam must be questioning their non-inclusions about now. Hope the Read injury isn't too serious. Bit of a worry that big players rested for last weekend like Carter, McCaw and Thorn have been poor so far. Also begs the question why our best player last weekend, Israel Dagg, isn't even in the 22.
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