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  1. James

    *Official* West Indies in New Zealand - Nov/Dec 2020

    Just saw this statistic mentioned on CricInfo regarding Kane - pretty incredible.
  2. James

    *Official* West Indies in New Zealand - Nov/Dec 2020

    What a start to the season - the depth that is being built is unlike what we've seen before. It will be very interesting if Milne does well in the Big Bash how he might fit into the team.
  3. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    Hahaha, they're still on notice for me. But an improved performance. Don't forget Argentina made 10 changes to their team, so they weren't full strength. As others have said , seems to be a much more defensive game these days.
  4. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    Been calling for Jordan for a while now, should slot right in at 14 on the back of another successful Super Rugby season. Argentina were obviously fatigued, but Akira was immense - MOM for me. Every time he got the ball he got decent go forward, just what I've been looking for. The one...
  5. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    I was surprised by the Wallabies, think the weakness of their bench cost them in the end, especially with the rain. Such a shame we've missed out on the end of season UK/Europe tours, but some rugby is better than none :)
  6. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    Who you guys picking for tonight? Argentina or Australia? I'm thinking after Brisbane's performance and Rennie having had more time with his troops they'll run out winners by about 10 points.
  7. James

    *Unofficial* New Zealand Black Caps Thread

    Test cricket at Pukekura Park would be so awesome. I have many great memories of driving up for domestic cricket there. https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/123434083/new-plymouths-pukekura-park-is-the-best-bet-for-cricket-tests
  8. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    Just looked up that 1998 Wallabies team and wow, what a team they were: FB 15 Matthew Burke WG 14 Ben Tune OC 13 Daniel Herbert IC 12 Tim Horan WG 11 Joe Roff FH 10 Stephen Larkham SH 9 George Gregan N8 8 Toutai Kefu 45' FL 7 David Wilson FL 6...
  9. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    I was saying the same thing the day before that semi that our forwards were going to cost us against England and I was proven correct. I've seen it coming a mile off that we're falling behind because we don't have a big enough power game. We want to play free-flowing rugby as we always have but...
  10. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    Ardie and Cane are world-class I agree, but in the modern power-game, you can't play both IMO. You need big hard-go-forward men around them.
  11. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    @Fuller Pilch said exactly what I was going to say. We need some no-nonsense mongrel in our forward pack that is going to give us some decent go forward. We haven't learnt from that semi-final defeat to England and is exactly why we nedeed new coaching staff with a fresh approach and not more...
  12. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    All Blacks definitely weak then I agree, but Australia had one of their best-ever teams (even their bench was world-class), and South Africa were beasts too. What gets me is we're playing arguably the weakest ever Australian team, an Argentina team that hadn't played in over a year and we're...
  13. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    As far as I'm aware, the only injury is Brodie Retallick, but as Fuller Pilch said, it was full strength. There's a lack of passion, in-game ownership and tactics, which I put down to the coaching staff. Fox Sports switched across to the SkyTV coverage after the game and apart from JK, I was...
  14. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    A team that doesn't play for over 400 days brings that... Incredible effort. What a performance and an amazing forward pack Argentina continue to breed. All Blacks era well and truly over now. Foster now with the worst win % in All Blacks history. Has there been a worse side than this one?
  15. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    Total shock, don't know quite what to say.
  16. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    Canterbury equal bottom and could be relegated from the Premiership :-O Bit of a shock as usually, their depth is incredible.
  17. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    Good to hear Fox Sports giving it to the Refs and World Rugby on the red card laws
  18. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    I'd more go back to what you and I were saying before the series - our tight five don't have decent enough go forward or scrumming ability. Right now I don't think we'd beat England, South Africa or France.
  19. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    Well done Wallabies. The calls for Foster to be dumped as coach will only get louder now.
  20. James

    Official Rugby Thread

    As was mentioned on the commentary, give the players a yellow and put them on report. So soft now with red cards. Good to see the Wallabies playing well though and bringing good line speed

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