They repeatedly had no defensive player to the right-hand side of the ruck, and the halfback snuck through again and again.
Being an Andy Ellis fan, I put it down to missing Richie, Brad and Ali. Too many Crusaders out of action :-) (how do you do that tongue-in-cheek smiley?)
It's great to get a balanced. Losing to the world's best side by 2 points, almost getting a drop goal. Tests don't come any closer, and we had several key players out.
Let's face it, a second, third, or fourth string NZ team can still hold its own with any of the big sides and beat all the small ones)
BTW, in my view, NZ would be stupid to pick overseas-based players. It would eviscerate the Super 14 and NPC. And one of our best exports is rugby players. Their market value is higher overseas for having been in the All Blacks.
That said, I'd like to see a game between the overseas-based All Blacks and the NZ resident ones. Not too shabby a team there. They'd probably be playing in Hong Kong though.
describing hospital passes as "average
I think average rugby is like the trend in coffee naming. Heaven forbid that anyone sold anyone something "small" so the smallest sizes are instead called "tall" or "regular".
If they did know and didn't do that, then what does that tell us about them?
Perhaps that they are part of the PR industry? I don't read those columns myself (not being an Aucklander) so can't really comment.
One thing I do find amusing is that in his days in Auckland Ali Williams was the hellraiser who got sent home from a tour for drinking.
A season in Christchurch flatting with Richie McCaw sees him as the knight in shining armour wading in to break up fights on the strip.
What that says about either city, is anyone's guess. Ali rehabilitated by Robbie's and Richie's good influence, or Christchurch more hell-raising than Auckland.
What I have thought for a while that s that if anyone does a modern-day remake of Henry V (like the BBC did of Much Ado, Taming of the Shrew and so forth), then Ali is a modern-day Prince Hal.
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People at the cafe a looking at me funny now from laughing out loud at this.
Actually Ash-Vegas is looking pretty good at the moment (momentary plug for ex home town). But it doesn't have a building with grass on its roof. Yet.
My apologies for a lengthy comment, but this case has really had me thinking.
I too, found Tony Veitch likeable and positive onscreen (as opposed to, say, Paul Henry, who puts people down all the time). I avoid One Network News, but will watch for Veitch's segment, so I came into this biased.
Frankly, if I were the partner of a media figure, I suspect I would rather take the money and privacy than the court case. Name suppression doesn't prevent gossip. A court case is hugely stressful. Who wants to spend days, weeks of your life preparing and in court and reliving a "victim" role, rather than moving on?
She's clearly a smart woman, hugely capable given the jobs she's held, and aware of the media. He must have been heading to a meltdown, and I presume she was also smart enough to leave him before the assault so credit to her for that too.
I can well see that she might see little benefit in taking time away from her recovery and career to put energy into a court case, and disclosing personal medical records to strangers in a court room. Negotiating a financial settlement can put you back into a position of power (and if she complained to the police, his career, and financial position would have been ruined. A friend's husband faced a bill of $57,000 to be aquitted) So in her position I'd probably do the same. The best revenge is living well.
That said, there is a public interest in holding people accountable for their actions (in this case must be a large ACC cost too) And it's about more than money. How is justice best served? And do the public interest, and the victim's interests coincide ? The victim's interests and the interest of the public don't, as the public is interested in the double-page spread in Women's Day, and a surrender of privacy. Oddly, private payouts like this can potentially produce the best results for the individual victim.
As for Tony Veitch I believe there is good in almost everyone, that finding compassion within ourselves for both victim and offender will in the long term lead to better outcomes than condemnation, pillory, and punishment. It's easier to feel compassion for someone likeable like Veitch than the "criminal" pilloried on ONN for our evening's infotainment.
I also believe restorative justice usually produces better outcomes, and that prison is best used to protect the public, rather than a place to tuck away social problems. And yet....
When someone snaps and goes madly violent like this, what is the best outcome for all concerned? Are they beyond redemption?
If there were something that a person who snaps, acts atrociously and reaches rock-bottom can do to redeem themselves what is it? A year of therapy? Financial compensation? Contrition?
How far must a victim go against their own immediate interests in the public interest?
I really don't know what to conclude, other than to say, whatever happens to Tony Veitch, I hope Kristen goes on to a wildly successful and happy life and career (please God not including a Women's Day double spread). And I hope Tony redeems himself too.
here endeth the comment.
Oh, and for those of you who want to join together, my friend Josh has just started a campaign with the aim of having no plastic bags in New Zealand.
The url is www.noplasticbags.org.nz.
I gather that when there was a project to cut back on single-use plastic bags in Ireland, bin-liner sales jumped 400%.
I'd believe that. What I noticed when I was in Ireland a few years ago was that there was far less plastic bag litter than in England - we saw one stray plastic bag in over a week there.
And paid 5 cents tax for the bag to put the pint of milk, loaf of soda bread, and cheese in to carry back to our rented cottage. That bag remained with us for the rest of the week.
I somehow missed the hoo-ha over the Trelise Cooper Shopping bag, but I like the idea. I also like these, especially the Baggu.
Owning one might help me remember to take the recyclables shopping. That said, the current store of plastic bags maintains equilibrium due to the need for kitchen bin liners and the requirement to put newspapers and paper in shopping bags for recycling.
I think a "dick" is someone being excessively stupid. It presupposes a chance of recovery. People who are fundamentally decent can be do stupid things and then grow up from them.
Gimelstob just seems to be a misogynist troll, showing his true colours and ingrained attitudes.
So I'd vote for Jimmy Cowan (and good luck with the alcohol problem - if he is an alcoholic, then he isn't the first sportsman to deal with the disease)
That said, if there were more half-back depth, I suspect he'd be on a no-alcohol contract and out of the All Blacks.
Maybe there is a chance for Justin Marshall after all?
That would put a different angle on Intrepid Journeys. Kind of like a NewZild version of Da Ali G show.
I wasn't sure what Michael Laws was saying. It seemed to be that we had gangs who were enemies of the state, like in Zimbabwe.
And that he wanted to adopt the Zimbabwe (i.e. Mugabe) tactics of sending the army in against internal enemies of the state.
Laws has some pretty twisted views about Africa. I happened to be listening to his April 1 show, and wasn't sure if what I was hearing was a lame April Fool's joke or just pure prejudice in action.
He had a long rant about the problem with Africans (he made no distinction between nations or ethnicities- all Africans on a huge continent were swept into the same boat) and how "they" were incapable of governance, were corrupt and so forth (I can't remember all the details now, or I'd quote him). I half-expected it to turn up as a Race Relations complaint, but nothing happened.