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Rugby Championship 2017

  • 16-08-2017 2:36pm
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    Subscribers Posts: 36,251 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    no dedicated thread yet for this, starts in 3 days :)

    the big questions,

    1. will NZ match the ridiculous record of last year where they achieved try bonus points in every single game, to end up on the maximum of 30 points?

    2. has the green shoots of a revival of bok rugby began?? will the team selected be based upon a majority of lions players and will they play expansively?

    3. how much in the doldrums is Aussie rugby ? are they good enough to scrap for second place again?

    4. those argies eh.... ;) can they improve on 1 win from last season?



    for anyone interested in the superbru predictor game....

    Just click here:
    https://www.superbru.com/rugbychampionship/pool.php?p=11742861

    Pool name: boards.ie S18

    Pool code: caindart


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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 17,929 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CatFromHue


    Has there ever been talk of changing the fixture lists in the comp.

    As per usual Arg and SA are away in 3 of the first 4 weeks and Nz and Oz are at home in 3 of the first 4 weeks, actually Nz have 3 home games in a row!

    I think as a tournament it could do with a bit of change in the fixture list.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,233 ✭✭✭ Yeah_Right


    Cheers Syd. I was just coming on here to start a thread. I know how excited a lot of posters here are about watching some top quality rugby for a change. Especially IBF :D

    There are a lot of interesting subplots in this year's Championship.

    For the ABs: will McKenzie or Havilli nail down the FB spot with Smith on sabbatical and Jordie injured? Can Savea win his spot back? Best midfield? Franks is old and carrying an injury and Faumauina has gone; who is going to step up at TH? Is Jerome on the way out?

    For the Wallabies: can they restore some pride in the jersey and credibility to Aussie rugby? They have a lot of rookies, will they make the step up? Any superstars? Will Cheika get a rise out of Hansen? When will Cheika lose his **** at a press conference?

    For SA: Are the Boks back or was the France series a false dawn? What style will they play; traditional or expansive? What exciting young prospect will burst on the scene?

    For the Argies: are they improving or have they plateaued? Can they get more than one win? Can they get their first win over the ABs?

    Can't wait for Saturday!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,594 ✭✭✭✭ stephen_n


    Yeah_Right wrote: »
    Cheers Syd. I was just coming on here to start a thread. I know how excited a lot of posters here are about watching some top quality rugby for a change. Especially IBF :D

    There are a lot of interesting subplots in this year's Championship.

    For the ABs: will McKenzie or Havilli nail down the FB spot with Smith on sabbatical and Jordie injured? Can Savea win his spot back? Best midfield? Franks is old and carrying an injury and Faumauina has gone; who is going to step up at TH? Is Jerome on the way out?

    For the Wallabies: can they restore some pride in the jersey and credibility to Aussie rugby? They have a lot of rookies, will they make the step up? Any superstars? Will Cheika get a rise out of Hansen? When will Cheika lose his **** at a press conference?

    For SA: Are the Boks back or was the France series a false dawn? What style will they play; traditional or expansive? What exciting young prospect will burst on the scene?

    For the Argies: are they improving or have they plateaued? Can they get more than one win? Can they get their first win over the ABs?

    Can't wait for Saturday!!

    Lots of subplots because the main story is a foregone conclusion?


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Finding it very hard to get up for this. Still feeling very meh after the Lion's series.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,229 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Barrett still has the yips!


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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Little more up for it now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,865 ✭✭✭ clsmooth


    'Lovely calm voice of Wayne Barnes there'

    Not sure i'd ever call it that


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,374 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    Last pass forward no?


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    molloyjh wrote: »
    Last pass forward no?

    Looked it


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,564 ✭✭✭ RugbyLover123


    Thought that was forward. Kerevi looked like a prop chasing back there


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,865 ✭✭✭ clsmooth


    molloyjh wrote: »
    Last pass forward no?

    Surprised it didn't get called back to have a check at least


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,455 ✭✭✭ Kiwi_knock


    That last pass was worth a TMO check


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,374 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    Beale taken out there too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,374 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    McKenzie taking his SR form into this.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Dropped?

    Nope, great try


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,374 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    That was far too easy. No way Folau should have been caught on the outside like that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,455 ✭✭✭ Kiwi_knock


    Dreadful defence


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,374 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    That was truly awful from Folau. Who did he think he was going for turning back in like that?


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 9,994 Mod ✭✭✭✭ sullivlo


    sydthebeat wrote: »
    no dedicated thread yet for this, starts in 3 days :)

    the big questions,

    1. will NZ match the ridiculous record of last year where they achieved try bonus points in every single game, to end up on the maximum of 30 points?

    2. has the green shoots of a revival of bok rugby began?? will the team selected be based upon a majority of lions players and will they play expansively?

    3. how much in the doldrums is Aussie rugby ? are they good enough to scrap for second place again?

    4. those argies eh.... ;) can they improve on 1 win from last season?



    for anyone interested in the superbru predictor game....

    Just click here:
    https://www.superbru.com/rugbychampionship/pool.php?p=11742861

    Pool name: boards.ie S18

    Pool code: caindart

    After 20 minutes, yes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,374 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    Oh dear......


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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Ridiculously easy.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,374 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    My God this is a slaughter. Aussie defence is terrible.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,564 ✭✭✭ RugbyLover123


    Exactly what Oz rugby didn't need. This could be a record score line..


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    Ben Smith so good under a high ball in a way that only NZers are able to be thanks to their background in Maori football. I believe Smith played midfield for Otago in the All-New Zealand Minors final in 2004


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,229 ✭✭✭✭ Venjur


    Australia looked good for first 15 minutes and still were leaking scores. This could be an awful spectacle if the Aussie's let their heads drop.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,374 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    Some good attacking work from Aussie there but needed to pop back out to 10 there rather than go around the fringes.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 3,814 irishman86


    Lets hope Argentina/SA put up more of a fight on the home turf


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,519 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Neil3030


    Ah lads, give us a bit more than half an hour of a game, like!


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,374 ✭✭✭✭ molloyjh


    This could get very, very embarrassing for Australia


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  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    Big credit to SBW, he's looking good today but he didn't even get the benefit of that hugely important training match. He's inspirational, its been a hard road for him.


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