sports media resist the puerile impulse to ... derail the Auckland revival
The media may be ill informed and often pay little attention to what actually happens on the field - which is annoying..
But they don’t control the competitiveness of the team which should be the measure of any revival. The Auckland revival is solely in the hands of the Auckland administration and the coach they have selected.
Ron Don wisdom
Still in practice in the current Blues adminstration but surely they would have?
probably Hammett and Blackadder had done less when appointed
Hammett and Blackadder both did apprenticeships as NPC/Super assistant coaches and technical advisors. The success in those roles and the added advantage of spending all their professional careers in the very organised Canterbury machine led to their appointments. I still think they got the job early and Blackadder struggled at the beginning.
it is an anomaly, that in a country of elite rugby players where every professional player has 4-5 players almost as good chasing their contracts, the best coaching positions are incredibly easy to get and very hard to lose (Jed Rowlands and Pat Lam were both considered even after abysmal seasons that could be no worse)
I am really hoping that the JK turns up as an Auckland Robbie Deans and I wish him well. Unfortunately his coaching record doesn't back that hope and I think it should.
Where did Graham Henry coach before Auckland?
Graham Henry is the exemplar of a proper apprenticeship.
He coached schoolboys - Auckland Grammer and Kelston Boys First 15s. He then coached at club level - University to the Gallaher Shield. He then coached provincial - Auckland to 4 NPC titles in a row. He then coached Super rugby - Auckland Blues to 3 finals in a row for 2 wins. He then coaches international - takes a lameduck Wales to 11 consecutives victories. He then coaches the Lions. He then pops up as technical advisor to guide the Blues to their 3rd Super title. So that when he becomes AB coach he has a long and impressive record of achievement. As AB coach he then becomes the most successful international coach in the professional era.
By the same logic Pat Lam is a contender for All Black coach.
Is JK a good coach? What was is record of achievment in coaching?
We all know he is not the elite coach that Auckland (arguably the world's greatest rugby talent pool) deserves. But I can't make the case he is a even good coach and I haven't seen anyone else do it.
JK's been a great All Black, is a top citizen and seems like an all round good sort. But is he a good coach? Thousands of lines written but I have still to see anyone say he is a good coach with a record to prove it.
The training wheels should be when coaching club level - not in Super rugby. This lesson remains unlearned.
As I’ve previously posted (you must have missed it), in ’99 and ’03, the ABs we were beaten by better teams on the day as they have been before and will be again.
But none of the apologists today will offer anyone who had a greater influence on the result than Wayne Barry and to these people it seems it is NEVER the referee but rather some mythical perfect game the All Blacks should have gone to.
Your casual dismissal of the abysmal calls that lead to both French tries and Barry’s wholesale refusal to referee one of the most basic laws of game leads me to ask – how bad does it have to get before you would consider the referee to be the cause of the loss? I suspect never which is your prerogative.
What isn’t OK is to try and invent the fiction that there was anything the All Blacks could have done about it except be 30 points better than the French rather than just the 20 points better that they were.
I just checked Barnes' record. It's much worse than I thought.
Answers a lot of questions. "Stitch up" doesn’t seem any less appropriate.
I just feel gutted for the All Blacks.
Of course the ref had an big impact
Who had a bigger impact on the result? Answer that honestly and then we can all continue with the age old discussion about the mythical perfect game the AB’s are supposed to play.
It’s not about the French. They brought the best game in them. Good luck to them.
It is just grossly disingenuous to pick apart the AB’s performance while ignoring that a 17 point swing and a rewrite of the offside laws had a far bigger impact to the final result.
I refuse to blame to referee.
the referee had a significant impact on the result.
Who had a bigger impact?