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Semi Finals

Who makes the final?

  • England

    Votes: 2 12.5%
  • New Zealand

    Votes: 13 81.3%
  • Wales

    Votes: 3 18.8%
  • South Africa

    Votes: 13 81.3%

  • Total voters
    16
  • Poll closed .

BoyBrumby

Englishman
I don't know, but I guess the big drawback of living in a country where your sport is pretty close to a religion is that everyone and his dog has an opinion.

Reporter's accent sounded suspiciously kiwi.
 

hendrix

Hall of Fame Member
Well done England. Better team on the day, better tactics.

Also think Nigel Owens did a fantastic job.
 

hendrix

Hall of Fame Member
A qualm I have with the Haka is opposition fans cheering it. It's a ****ing war dance aimed at your team. Show some defiance you stupid *****.
it's not a war dance. just read the ****ing words ffs.

The most basic speculations about various different hakas could be addressed by literally reading the ****ing words.

Weirdo poms are the most bizarre in their interpretation of it.
 

Howe_zat

Audio File
Also think Nigel Owens did a fantastic job.
He was a bit iffy for mine. Owens is a bit too fond of giving players a talking to (how many 'final warnings' did he give out with no card?), and I think he missed two pretty obvious forward passes. Apart from that he did have a good game tbf. I'm liking this recent trend of refs telling TMOs what's what.
 

hendrix

Hall of Fame Member
there are a wide range of haka. it's employed in various situations in maori culture. the main body of the ka mate we all know and love is not a war challenge

'Tis death! 'tis death! (or: I may die) ’Tis life! ‘tis life! (or: I may live)
’Tis death! ‘tis death! ’Tis life! ‘tis life!
This is the hairy man
Who summons the sun and makes it shine
A step upward, another step upward!
A step upward, another... the Sun shines!

kapa o pango could be interpreted as such i suppose, but it's so all blacks specific that you couldn't really take it seriously as a war haka
neither haka are even close to being about war.

Ka Mate is Te Rauparaha thanking someone for saving his life. Kapa O Pango literally means "All Blacks" and talks about the team and the land.

Really basic **** to just read a translation of the lyrics but that has always been beyond Englishmen's abilities.
 

hendrix

Hall of Fame Member
Hell even if it were a "war dance" (lols) who gives a **** just enjoy it man. It's like listening to thrash metal; it's a perfect avenue for aggression.

Was bizarre reading those weirdo racist Aussies getting triggered because some league player pretended to throw a spear.
 

ripper868

Cricketer Of The Year
Was at work all day today so watched the match in patches. Everything I've seen points that England deserved the victory and credit to them.

Eng v Saffas will be brutal, Eng v Wales will be Eng?
 

flibbertyjibber

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Anyway, I won't see the other semi as working tomorrow so good luck to both and I hope the game is controversy free and the best side win.
 

ripper868

Cricketer Of The Year
Was bizarre reading those weirdo racist Aussies getting triggered because some league player pretended to throw a spear.
You mean the Adam Goodes AFL spear thing s few years back or something more recent?
But yes that (sadly loud) part of Aus is ****ing embarrassing.
 

Meridio

International Regular
A minor question re. refereeing: for England's second disallowed try, where they had the ball in the maul but lost it forward - shouldn't that have been a penalty for offside rather than a scrum for lost forward? The guy at the back loses the ball forward and the man in front of him catches it - isn't he in an offside position since the ball has left the player's hands?
 

Spark

Global Moderator
A minor question re. refereeing: for England's second disallowed try, where they had the ball in the maul but lost it forward - shouldn't that have been a penalty for offside rather than a scrum for lost forward? The guy at the back loses the ball forward and the man in front of him catches it - isn't he in an offside position since the ball has left the player's hands?
Presumably it didn't count as an actual pass, since it was obviously entirely unintentional that he dropped the ball.
 

Meridio

International Regular
Presumably it didn't count as an actual pass, since it was obviously entirely unintentional that he dropped the ball.
Doesn't matter, surely? There's no differentiation between an intentional pass and non-intentional one in any other context. There's accidental offside that gets called sometimes, but I'm not entirely sure on the rules on that, and if a player in front of the ball catches it after it goes forward that's not exactly accidental.
 

Spark

Global Moderator
Doesn't matter, surely? There's no differentiation between an intentional pass and non-intentional one in any other context. There's accidental offside that gets called sometimes, but I'm not entirely sure on the rules on that, and if a player in front of the ball catches it after it goes forward that's not exactly accidental.
Yeah but then it would be treated as an unintentional forward pass, i.e. a knock-on.
 

Howe_zat

Audio File
I've honestly never seen the passing within a maul enforced before so there's not exactly much precedent

I think it was just ruled like any other forward pass.
 

Meridio

International Regular
Yeah but then it would be treated as an unintentional forward pass, i.e. a knock-on.
Yeah but the guy who caught it was in front of the player who dropped it i.e the maul is over once it leaves his hands, so the guy in front is now in an offside position and plays the ball. So you play the offside, not the forward pass. In the same way that if you have a ruck and then the halfback passes to an attacker who's starting ahead of the ruck, you play the offside not the forward pass.
 

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