A trap for beginners

A trap for beginners

Post by Mees Roelo » Thu, 06 Aug 1998 04:00:00


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>|> they just have to put it all together as a team.
>In WC95 I had the distinct impression in the lead-up games, that everyfrog
>in the team was working on a different peak-talent cycle, so it never quite
>came together, though they did enough to get by; (only just, in the Scotland
>match, where N'Tamack's cycle peaked just in time to save the game!)

At least they've sorted that out now. France really are a team now.
They now need to work on their discipline. Over the last 5N they have
been in trouble with that too much at moments when it wasn't needed.
And IIRC they also had somebody sent off (Merle? Well, he is out of
the team anyway) when playing SA last November.

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>But I had this nervous feeling that France was going to scrape into the final,
>where finally *all* the team would synchromesh at last, and blow us away with
>some classic French fireworks.  So it woulda happebed too, if the weather
>hadn't come to SA's aid, (a bog to play on was far more injurious to France's
>style than SA's).   So I was happy(-ish) to see SA beat them by a whisker,
>with this aid from the natural world, as I thought we could dispose of those
>highly competent journeymen with much less risk.

At the final stage of a World Cup (say the semis and some of the
Quarter Finals) the differences between teams have become so tight
that every little thing could make up the match result. A missed
penalty, a wrong decision by the ref, one great run, etc, etc. You are
mentioning here how close France came at the 1995 semi and we all
could mention a few more things that could have turned results around
at that World Cup final stages. Maybe it now is France's turn to have
their portion of luck.

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>But however, it's certainly France's turn to win it, and I'd be far less
>unhappy to see them do it, than either of the green-coated teams.  As I noted
>before, France is the only one of the big four (positive win-ratio teams)
>not to have actually won it.   So yes, it IS their turn...

As mentioned before, the World Cup won't look at win-ratios.
Unfortunately...

Cheers,

Mees Roelofs
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A trap for beginners

Post by Mees Roelo » Thu, 06 Aug 1998 04:00:00

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>That's the central problem for New Zealand rugby, a sense of urgency
>always leads them into nervousness and sloppy individual play. We
>wathced this at Twickenham last year as the mightly All Blacks crumbled
>against the English team. It seems all about psychology and leadership
>with the All Blacks now, Fitzpatrick had the ability to turn urgent
>times ( against SA last year) to positive and invigourative
>performances....

By making himself a winger. Now how many ***s will do that in this
post-Fitzy era?

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>Who's there to do that now or even in the future?

That'll take time (and I don't mean the next *** to play as a
winger, since that'll never come again). It is obvious Randell just
doesn't what Fitzy could. Maybe he will in a few months. He could of
course have come in at a better moment. Maybe it doesn't come within a
few months and you'll need to pick a new captain.

Cheers,

Mees Roelofs
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Post by b.. » Fri, 07 Aug 1998 04:00:00


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> Which is basically what Rickos complaignt boils down to --

> <SULK>

> "you guys are more arrogant and gloat more than us. It's no fair so
> stop it now! You big awful meanies. You'll get your commupence when
> the ABs are restored to their rightful place as masters of the
> Universe -- you just wait and see -- we'll get you back double we
> will! So just you watch it."

> </SULK>

(Ah, this'll be Australian humour then. Must think like an Australian.)

Well, ahhh, *** you too, Muzza, ahhh, yer big ***er.

(That should do the trick).

-- Rick Boyd

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Post by Jon Jone » Fri, 07 Aug 1998 04:00:00

A compliment of the highest order, falling from such a high position to our
current position in world rugby, over 20 years you get very good at making
up excuses.
JJ

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> > You could be an honorary Welsh man with those excuses.

> You being a Jones and all, I suppose I'd better take that as compliment.

> -- Rick Boyd

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Post by mur.. » Fri, 07 Aug 1998 04:00:00


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> (Ah, this'll be Australian humour then. Must think like an Australian.)

> Well, ahhh, *** you too, Muzza, ahhh, yer big ***er.

> (That should do the trick).

Now your getting the hang of it Boydo!  I knew all those years
of living in the sunburnt country couldn't come to nought!
We shall rid you yet of that annoying penchant for subtlety Rick.
There's hope for you yet mate!

Cheers,

Murray

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Post by Mees Roelo » Fri, 07 Aug 1998 04:00:00

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Is this at last the new html version we've all been waiting for for
some time? Please tell us more.

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>OK -- who do we tease next?

Make my day ..... :-)

Cheers,

Mees Roelofs
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