> > NZ 18 v GB 14
> > Very ordinary game which was very poorly officiated.
> Extremely disappointing I think for both countries. GB had better improve,
> because against an awful Kiwi performance they let in three very soft tries
> and didn't really look up to it themselves. Aussie would have destroyed
> either team by 40 tonight.
> The whinging (Phil Clarke aside) from the pundits here is based around the
> officiating (the ref was awful, but it was a very balanced degree of ***
> ... unbiased, but awful.),
Aussie refs are an embaressment to the world of sport.
Where's the news in that?
>but I don't think that they quite realise the
> amount of shit they're in next week. It's the worst performance from a
> nearly-full strength Kiwi team that I've seen since the 0-3 tour in which
> Freeman showed his quality as a coach.
Was sitting having a pint at the Bard on Avon with Jeff and Whizzer
went past on his way to the *** and sat down for a catch up. Also
had a coffee with pom legend Alex Hughes at Starbucks. Could name drop
all night, it's been a great weekend for it.
> For what it's worth, I think there was a genuine call for a penalty with
> McGuire (before the line, so no penalty try) but that was balanced by Senior
> clearing out both defenders for the final try - Vagana went to him but Webb
> didn't - he was tripped by the decoy and only ever managed a partial
> recovery. It's probably instructive that the Lions best move in the first
> half - the only one that the pundits could talk about - was due to strip
> from Senior.
During the team warm ups it was clear that the poms had been trying to
master the Aussie sheperd tactic that is currently earning them the
reputation for the worlds worst cheats. It was no surprise that the
poms stuffed that up as well.
>Morely's a thug, but that's not really surprising anyone :-)
Was hilarious to see him belt Webb, who in my opiniuon was MOTM. What
is it with these biug meathead wannabe thugs like Morley and Mason?
They make all this noise and pretend to be big and tough but they
really are***less wonders. Take out the biff and where are they? One
has a black eye and terrible headaches and the other is on report for
thuggery. meanwhile the Kiwis just get on with winning the
> Gleeson was undoubtedly the best player on the pitch for the Kiwis, and I
> would not select him again. Of the black shirts, Mannering looked better
Mannering was the big liability in this game for mine. He's gone,
> but the most impressive performance for me was Fa'alogo, who did change the
> character of the forward pack when he was on. We missed Blair, and Ropati
> made relatively few errors but didn't come close to shining. Wiki was out
> of it through the whole game and I do wonder whether it's only the (c)
> that's keeping him in the side at the moment.
Thought his runs were quite penetrating actually. Made 10 yardf or more
most of the time.
> > In the early stages I thought GB really should have put a tired looking
> > Kiwi team away, but by the end I thought they were lucky the Kiwis were
> > dropping like flies.
> I hope Hape's back next time,
He told me he would be.
>alongside Blair, and Tony should start on
> Topou's wing. Mannering to the bench as a utility if Hape's still injured.
> Pryce looked dangerous every time he tiouched the ball; McGuire would be a
> very dangerous interchange ***.
Agree about Pryce. We saw him in town and I was going to go up and talk
with him but Jeff didn't want to be seen talking with him so we left
Thought the number 11 was GB's best.
> > So many errors from both sides, but GB's were in much more attacking
> > positions. I think they'll look back at that one with a fair bit of
> > regret.
> > All in all, very ugly.
> I've never seen a team play so badly and still be comfortable winners. I
> can see a real car crash next week ----
Pedestrian effort form the Kiwis, just went through the motions and
walking back to the bars after the game most of the 17,000 crowd who we
chatted with thought the same.
Ask them if they think we can win the final and they all say yes.
> The kiwis did do one thing right though - when the lucked out to have an
> 18-2 lead they did try to get the extra point or two that would have made
> the difference in for and against. An 18 point victory, and the Kiwis would
> have been safer after a win in two weeks time.
My first time at Jade Stadium and being a ruggeroid cesspit it had a
TAB, so we had a look at the odds. I noticed the first scoring move
market had both NZ and GB at $7.00 Jeff reckoned if the Kiwis got a
penalty early they'd run the ball whereas id the poms got a chance at
the 2 they'd take it.
Bang on and a very nice collect for the lads.
I had a bit of punting money because there was some halfwitted meathead
in here offering odds of 50+ for the next time Aus takes on NZ but when
I called him on it he cowered away and hid under a rock and has been
quieter than Willy Mason in game 2.
It's often said that the best way to shut an ocker up is to meet him
front on and flatten him and it's certainly a tactic that both David
Kidwell and I agree on 100%.