> On Sat, 24 Apr 2010 03:48:07 -0700 (PDT), lord shineything
> >> > A new milestone for the embattled Western Force. Heady times in WA!
> >> > "The Emirates Western Force has pulled off an incredible come from
> >> > behind win to topple the top of the table Crusaders 24-16 at ME Bank
> >> > Stadium and send their sell-out crowd home in raptures with a first ever
> >> > victory over the mighty New Zealanders."
> >> >http://www.rugbywa.com.au/news/2010/ewf_news/april/crusaders_match_re...
> >> Bam Bam Pocock was really impressive. He looked more influential than
> >> McCaw who just doesn't seem so formidable under the new rules. Mind
> >> you, Carter doesn't look as formidable either, so maybe it's not
> >> really the new rules so much as age. 2011 a bridge to far for these
> >> Kiwi stars?
> >Going on performances so far this season, Lord Shiney is of the view
> >that Carter needs to start worrying about 2010, never mind 2011. He's
> >so far off the pace that a trip to join Weepu, Leonard, and Kahui in
> >the ABs-sitting-on-the-S14-bench club is no longer the far-fetched
> >scenario it once was.
> Given that he peaked in 2005, this was pretty much to be expected.
> He's been running on reputation and hype ever since.
> Aaron Cruden is looking more and more the goods.
> All we need is a reliable kicker.
Lord Shiney would say the one thing (other than past performance)
that's keeping Carter at the top of the AB list is that there's no
feasible replacement. Cruden can look all-star when a match
degenerates into a no-tackling try-fest like last night's, but he's
looked no better than all-at-sea in more rigorous contests. And it's
the latter that are a far better indication of how one might go in
international rugby. Basically, Cruden has yet to demonstrate he has
any sort of a kicking game (including goal kicking) and his defense is
dodgy, to put it mildly. Promising, but with a long way to go, would
be Lord Shiney's assessment at this stage.
> BTW was anybody really surprised that the Crusaders lost when Jack got
> a start? I've yet to see someone come back from the NH a better
> player. Once you're gone, you're gone for good. That would be my rule.