>I'm a Safer so I'm neutral on this one....
>I never saw the game this morning but from what I read the English had
>it quite easy over the Maori.
The English forwards were, as expected, pretty much flawless, and
maintained comlete forward control through most of the game. And when
it looked like they were running out of puff, Woodward brought on a
bevy of fresh legs and nothing changed. But then Maori teams have
historically always been suspect in the forwards.
>I don't think this changes anything for Saturday's game - I probably
>still put NZ slightly ahead as favourites.
You'd be mad to say otherwise. There is nothing going in England's
favour except for some silly international ranking system based on
their reluctance to play away from home.
Expect the All Black pack to foot it with the Ebgland pack, and New
Zealand's backs to slice and dice the English backs. There is always a
chance the All Blacks will self-destruct on a grand scale -- there
seems to be little consistency in the current generation of All
Blacks. But all things being equal I would expect a good win. Unless
it's seriously wet, I would equate a close win with a loss.
>The "downside" to England winning this game is that CW has probably
>revealed his hand....and ***ell can work with the team this week to
>counter it.... Unless of course Woody has a few other surprises up his
What's to surprise? England will try and dominate in the forwards,
kick tactically from their own half and occasionally try and run their
backs to show that they can foot it with the big boys down under.
Since their back line have the penetrative ability of a mini bus full
of lady lawn bowlers, they will need massive forward ***, a
steady flow of penalties, and record-setting defensive lapses by New
Zealand to win with any sort of conviction.
>I CANT WAIT FOR THIS MATCH!!!
>As a South African supporter I unfortunately no longer get e***d
>about the Springbok's anymore...
>Saturday's game against Scotland was the first Bok game I've missed in
>about 7 years...and I'm not shitting you either...
>If you could give me tickets to NZ vs ENG this saturday or tickets to
>the rest of the Boks games this year, I would choose NZ vs ENG without
>It's just not that exciting watching the likes of Stephan Terblanch
>being beaten by a journeyman like Kenny Logan, a club player from
You have my sympathies. The Bokke will be back, I'm sure.
-- rick boyd