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Field Theory: Just one point in it

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  • Megan Wegan,

    "All Blacks lose, apocalypse to follow"

    All Blacks lose, because they are the WORST TEAM EVER AND CAN'T PLAY, AND FRANCE AREN'T THAT GOOD ANYWAY AND OH MY GOD MUCH GNASHING OF TEETH, apocalypse to follow.

    You can see why, as a player, you might want to avoid that, and the coaches may want to avoid putting any extra pressure on some fairly young and inexperienced guys.

    I'm kind of just happy they won.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    You can see why, as a player, you might want to avoid that, and the coaches may want to avoid putting any extra pressure on some fairly young and inexperienced guys.

    I can understand why they wouldn't tell the whole team. Might never be an issue and you want them focused.

    Not telling the captain and vice-captain so they can make informed decisions if it becomes an issue? Bizarre.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    But really does it matter?

    They won a game. We won a game. Now they hold on to the trophy that, in all honesty, doesn't need to exist in the first place. At best it gives us something to win back.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    You can see why, as a player, you might want to avoid that, and the coaches may want to avoid putting any extra pressure on some fairly young and inexperienced guys.

    I think avoiding any programme hosted by Tony Whatshisname is a sign of having got one's life priorities right, even if it's after the All Blacks have beaten Australia 50-zip.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Dan Slevin,

    Now they hold on to the trophy that, in all honesty, doesn't need to exist in the first place.

    I don't know that it doesn't need to exist. I like thefact of the Gallaher Trophy and what it stands for (and I don't much mind that we have to win it back).

    Wellington, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    Winning the trophy per se is not the biggest issue going around.

    What is important though, is that if an All Black team is playing for a trophy you expect them to know what they need to do to win it. As someone else said (on the other thread I think) if you were coaching a school side you’d want them to know.

    And Henry’s excuse of not wanting to clutter heads is frankly insulting.

    They are professionals.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Aidan,

    Re: U20 final

    I thought Shaun Treeby looked pretty handy too. Nice distributor, clever runner, good in contact, no poor options that I can think of.

    What is with England teams and man-boobs? It's like they decided they were losing matches because they weren't strong enough so they have hit the gym big time. These are U20s and they looked ripped. And yet the guy doing the damage for NZ (Cruden) is no colossus (5'9" 82kg).

    Canberra, Australia • Since Feb 2007 • 154 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Irvine,

    I don't mind ReUnion, but the quality varies wildly. If it's Richard Loe, or (formerly) John Drake, or someone who can actually analyse a game, I'll watch. If it's Stu - I'm turning over.

    Still, if they mentioned the 6 points thing last Wednesday, it turns out the All Blacks don't watch it.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 242 posts Report Reply

  • Leopold,

    ...Fer Chrissake!
    The rules for the Gallaher Trophy are down in black and white. If the so-called professional players (let alone the coaches) can't be bothered reading them...
    Even in a tiddlywinks type sport likev Petanque the scoring system is spelled out before tournaments begin...
    No excuse.
    No whining.

    Since Jan 2007 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Irvine,

    *Richie* would have known it was six points.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 242 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Leopold is right, it is in black and white. So it seems 6 points wouldn't have mattered

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    *Richie* would have known it was six points.

    So true.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    it is in black and white.

    Well spank me sideways, that's quite the scoop you have there. All this lamenting is pointless bullshittery then?

    The question now is, given that the challenge match is selected by mutual agreement between the two unions, why did nobody at NZRU HQ tell, well, anybody?

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Leopold is right, it is in black and white. So it seems 6 points wouldn't have mattered

    If that wikipedia article is correct, then the trophy was lost 9 days ago.

    Doesn't say where it got the text from though, just the table.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    NZRU site says:
    "The Dave Gallaher Cup is contested between New Zealand and France, with the trophy going to the winner of any particular Test series between the two nations."

    Mystery abounds!

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    NZRU site says:
    "The Dave Gallaher Cup is contested between New Zealand and France, with the trophy going to the winner of any particular Test series between the two nations."

    I just saw that same thing

    Mystery abounds!

    I have asked the NZRU to clarify they'll get back to me (hopefully) soon.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    I didn't see the Re-Union program but I had heard a couple of times prior tot he test that we needed to win by 6 or more. It must have been brought up on radio sport, but it was definately out there.

    Rokocoko spilt the ball forward 3?? times in the test on Saturday night.

    He's trying hard like he always does but as they pointed out, he hasn't scored a test try for the ABs since the game v Romania in 2007 (7 tests ago for him) and given he's in the side to score tries that must indicate something just isn't happening for him. He scored 7 tres in 14 matches for an awful Blues team. But things just don't seem to be either a) opening up for him or b) he's taking the wrong options when chances arise or c) he keeps dropping the effing ball!!!!

    Since Nov 2006 • 903 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Rokocoko spilt the ball forward 3?? times in the test on Saturday night.

    I totally don't remember that, then again I was drinking (in a very shit pub). I remember Jane dropping it multiple times because I remarked on it at the time. Alright, I concede Joe had a bad game.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    but either way this isn't what we need a few years out from the World Cup. If you saw these brain-dead idiots (and there were a lot of people out on Saturday) please go to the police.<quote>

    In light of the impending, I was surprised

    <quote>Prime Minister John Key has expressed concern and emphasised it was an isolated incident.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/2521772/Mathieu-Bastareaud-attack-footage-sought

    in light of

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/news/2524287/Guards-tackle-in-spotlight

    ,

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/news/2523756/Waikato-rugby-players-in-sideline-brawl

    and

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/2521754/Surge-in-violence-during-recession

    There would seem to be far more credibility in saying that there's a problem that needs to be addressed. As an overseas prospective ticket buyer who can read English, I'm not exactly brimming with confidence in teh PM assessment of things, and if things will be any better by 2011.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Guess one base is covered in that you won't be seeing many pitch invasions in New Zealand anymore.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Le premier ministre a dit qu'il s'agissait d'un incident isolé

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    I actually went to the game. Some observations:

    I don't know that it doesn't need to exist. I like thefact of the Gallaher Trophy and what it stands for

    I think it is bloody tasteless the way the NZRFU has taken the dead of WW1 and turned it into a marketing ploy for rugby. I don't believe it stands for anything those poor bastards that died in that war "stood" for, unless one counts jingoism and misplaced European Imperialism as an equally positive trait to rank commercialisation.

    I thought Donald was bad until I realised just how totally awful and swirling and unpredictable that wind and that end of the stadium was. I will withhold judgement for a bit.

    There a lots of wingers in NZ faster, fitter and smarter than Roco is right now.

    We need our forwards back. Where did they go?

    That French #11, how can a doughnut run so fast?

    The guys that beat up the French centre on Saturday night - cowards to a man.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1645 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Hmmm, Bastareaud hasn't made an actual complaint, no one appears to have witnessed the assault (at least, no one has come forward) and their doesn't appear to be any CCTV footage of said assault. He didn't see his attackers properly, can't give any descriptions and has returned to France making no further comment.

    I smell bullshit.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2213 posts Report Reply

  • James W,

    The commentators were mentioning the need-to-win-by-6-points thing constantly throughout the game. I assumed the ABs knew, which is why McAllister went for the drop-goal. In fact, I thought that's what they were setting up for at the very end, and then Weepu kicked it out. I figured he'd been told it was better to win the match than worry about the trophy, but I guess not.

    Since Jul 2008 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    I was also at the game, and when Damien Traille caught the ball after the drop goal attempt, my heart was in my mouth, imagining a 80 metre, 80th minute dash.

    So, despite knowing about the margin needed, I didn't mind when Piri kicked it out.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

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