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    Urgh, don't know what would be worse. Going to work on Monday in New Zealand with a bunch of people feeling crap like I am, or going to work on Monday in Edinburgh with a bunch of Scots and - more notably - English guys who will love to rub this in my face. Honestly, I'd rather work with French people than them after NZ lose. They take any loss the All Blacks have as a victory for them over me. Wouldn't mind the depressing state of NZ right now, actually, now that I think on it further. Rather a depressed country than my workmates out to rub my face in it. But to be fair, at least it's Saturday here so I have a day to prepare myself and, hopefully, get over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Carter hasn't been on form for months and months now, and his kicking has gone to pieces. I'd have had McAlister at first five going into the match.

    Fair play to France though, they played their kicking game and kept it in the forwards which suited them.
    Despite McAlister being a greedy **** and bombing a try in this game? I've never been a fan of his, Aaron Mauger would have been a far better option at 12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chalky View Post
    Didn't the Saffies make a farce out of the Tri Nations? Should their coaching team be sacked also?
    I would say that they do. Not a fan of detracting on one competition to the detriment of all others when ticket prices for the fans do not change accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Carter hasn't been on form for months and months now, and his kicking has gone to pieces. I'd have had McAlister at first five going into the match.

    Fair play to France though, they played their kicking game and kept it in the forwards which suited them.
    In all fairness, Wilkinson's kicking has gone to pot a bit this WC (and both have levelled the blame at the new ball which is being officially investigated) and I think he has a fair claim to being the best place kicker the game has seen so I'm not sure plonking that one on Carter is all too fair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Despite McAlister being a greedy **** and bombing a try in this game? I've never been a fan of his, Aaron Mauger would have been a far better option at 12.
    Who setup the first try I don't think Mauger would have made a lot of difference. It was the forwards that cost us the game IMO. The backs hardly got any decent ball all game, but as someone else said, Carter shouldn't have played considering he wasn't 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    I would say that they do. Not a fan of detracting on one competition to the detriment of all others when ticket prices for the fans do not change accordingly.
    I actually agree I think it goes back to my point that that the World Cup detracts from the rest of test rugby. The fact is though the South African public will think their coaches have done the right thing if they win they win WC (as would the New Zealand public if they had won).

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Who setup the first try I don't think Mauger would have made a lot of difference. It was the forwards that cost us the game IMO. The backs hardly got any decent ball all game, but as someone else said, Carter shouldn't have played considering he wasn't 100%.
    He still bombed one though and I stick by my point that he's greedy. As soon as he went through the gap he had the ball tucked under his arm, never any intention of passing it. Oh, Mauger may not have made a difference, but it was more of a general comment than a game specific one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalky View Post
    I actually agree I think it goes back to my point that that the World Cup detracts from the rest of test rugby. The fact is though the South African public will think their coaches have done the right thing if they win they win WC (as would the New Zealand public if they had won).
    Quite agree. These 'decisions' ONLY look good if you end up winning. If you don't, it gives the media a lot of rope to hang you by.

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    Well **** me sideways. Didn't see both England and France getting up in a million years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Who cares about a test series? It's all about the World Cup which is the same in every sport.
    Not in my favourite sport...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalky View Post
    the sin bin was a joke.
    DWTA. Definitely took him out. Not too au fait with union rules so I don't know if it should have been a sin binning offence but as he was binned I assume it should.

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    Nah, it wasn't a sin-binning offence. A penalty at most, I didn't think McCalister could've made more of an effort to stop, his momentum was going in the direction of the player and he was watching the ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steds View Post
    DWTA. Definitely took him out. Not too au fait with union rules so I don't know if it should have been a sin binning offence but as he was binned I assume it should.
    Rules are all very woolly... having just spent the best part of a couple of hours sifting through them and trying to learn them (need to referee next Saturday)... 10.5 states that "any player who infringes any part of the Foul Play Law must be admonished, or (my emphasis) cautioned and temporarily suspended, or sent-off."

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    Gah, shocking performance from the Wallabies. Credit to England though, smashed our forwards again and controlled the entire match barring that last 10 minutes of the First Half. Gregan was also rather ordinary, his delivery was on a whole dire.

    Great stuff from the French as well, their defence was outstanding! Once again the All Blacks have a massive choke when the games was there to be won. How old is that Evans bloke? It's the first i've seen him play and he looked like he has a bit of talent. Made a few good runs in his short time on the field.
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