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Rugby Championship 2021 Thread

  • 07-08-2021 7:39am
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    I have no idea if there's already a thread for this, the site is a disaster.

    I know technically this match isn't part of the RC, but it's good to see how Aussie and NZ are shaping up for the competition this year.

    It really summed up how much we're missing crowds over this side of the world when the crowd was cheering every time a replay was shown of the ball bouncing straight off the Wallabies fullback's noggin.

    So far the goal line dropout has come into play once, but pretty surprised there hasn't been a 50/22 kick, especially when the All Blacks seem to have a pretty favourable wind at their backs.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,094 ✭✭✭✭Hurrache

    Certainly a couple of dodgy plays leading to that try but super entertaining all the same.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,332 ✭✭✭clsmooth

    NZ have looked good. Apart from all the dodgy mullets.

  • Registered Users Posts: 962 ✭✭✭einn32

    Playing out similar to the trans tasman super rugby this year. Wallabies full of mistakes, kiwis with disallowed tries and infringements when their line is under pressure. Wallabies start throwing the ball around once they go behind by 10 or 20 points.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,887 ✭✭✭Yeah_Right

    It's great watching a game with both teams trying to use skill and pace. And crowds!

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,094 ✭✭✭✭Hurrache

    Intercepted try and poor set kicks by Australia helped NZ to the win, entertaining second half.

    Mullets, the official haircut of the all blacks.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,887 ✭✭✭Yeah_Right

    Maybe that's the problem with Irish rugby. The lack of mullets, taches and beards. 90% of Irish players are clean shaven with skin fades. No creativity or originality. And that shows in how they play 😆

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,887 ✭✭✭Yeah_Right

    Good win by the ABs. Rugby is so enjoyable to watch when both teams actually try to play. It is a shame that the Wallabies have dropped to such a level that they can't even sell out Eden Park.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,340 ✭✭✭basill

    Read online that decent tickets were over 200NZD. Thats a lot of money to drop two weeks in a row.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,887 ✭✭✭Yeah_Right

    I suppose playing the same team 2 weeks in a row would be a factor. Especially when the result is pretty much a foregone conclusion. Wouldn't say NZ$200 is that expensive for good seats. Do you know how much the cheapest were?

    Its interesting talking to mates back home and they're not really inspired by this ABs team. Some saying it's the worst in 20 years. Don't know if I'd go that far but I have my doubts about the midfield, loose forward combo and the props.

  • Subscribers Posts: 39,879 ✭✭✭✭sydthebeat

    200 NZ dollars is €120 which you'd easily pay for the best seats during an Ireland England 6n game

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,689 ✭✭✭Jacovs

    2 good tries by SA to lead 18-3 after 26 minutes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,607 ✭✭✭✭Neil3030

    Why do South African home rugby matches always feel like you're in a **** casino in Reno?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,964 ✭✭✭Digifriendly

    Yes probably not that much if you're a mad keen rugby fan.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,887 ✭✭✭Yeah_Right

    NZ in lockdown. Possibly the end of the Rugby Championship for 2021.

  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 34,445 Mod ✭✭✭✭pickarooney

    Over one case... it's getting ridiculous. How many years are they planning on locking down every time a case arises? It's not just going to go away.

    From being an example to the world to this, and only 17% vaccinated.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,248 ✭✭✭Thrashssacre

    Talk of moving the games to Europe Paris, London Dublin and Cardiff to get a double header. Not sure why were being considered when we won't let anyone into the bloody grounds but I'd be delighted if it happened.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,720 ✭✭✭✭molloyjh

    We are letting people into grounds. The All Ireland finals will have 40k at it which is half capacity. So they could possibly allow 20-25,000 at these in theory.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,248 ✭✭✭Thrashssacre

    Yeah but the possibility of maybe half if we're lucky isn't exactly that enticing for them I'd imagine when they could have a full Twickenham, principality or Murrayfield all of which have 20,000 extra seats then the Aviva off the bat without any restrictions here. I don't see us getting it personally. Government have been very difficult to deal with just look at what happened the live entertainment gig crowd that met them last night with a plan and were told to do one.

  • Registered Users Posts: 38 Maxxx17

    I love watching games like this.

  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭thomond2006

    SA is on the UK's red list. That's why Ireland is a possibility for them.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,248 ✭✭✭Thrashssacre

    Ah right that'd make a bit more sense as to why were in the running then. Are France at full capacity?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,887 ✭✭✭Yeah_Right

    If they are looking for crowds, London makes the most sense due to the expat population there.

    Never been to Twickenham but I'd consider going over for it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,720 ✭✭✭✭molloyjh

    I'd imagine NZ and Oz will base themselves in England anyway. Not sure about Argentina. Probably Cardiff? SA will either be in France or Ireland. But with France having no restrictions on sporting events that might swing it their way.

  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 34,445 Mod ✭✭✭✭pickarooney

    Why would they need big, full capacity stadiums? They play in front of three men and a dog at home. Who's going to full out Twickenham?

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 11,534 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cookiemunster

    Lads, the Rugby Championship is as likely to decamp to Europe as the Lions tour was. It would be an even bigger logistical nightmare and it would have to happen by next week. Its not going to happen. It'll end up behind closed doors at worst.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    New Zealand have pulled out of the Bledisloe Cup ...& cancelled 2 games against South Africa....that's the championship over now ..can't see nation's keeping their players on ice for a month in the southern hemisphere

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,964 ✭✭✭Digifriendly

    I have found both S Africa vs Argentina games dull to watch tbh. S Africa clearly the better team but neither game inspired me in any way.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,436 ✭✭✭swiwi_

    Unlike what the lions brought, which was thrill a minute stuff…

    i think generally rugby has become rather dull. NZ and Australia play an open game but there is currently too much difference in class between the teams to keep the score lines close and the games interesting.

  • Registered Users Posts: 36,497 ✭✭✭✭PTH2009

    Could we see a repeat of last year and the Rugby Championship teams won't travel for the November tests

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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Jordie Barrett red is an absolute joke. Player jumping to catch the ball, falling backwards and has a leg out for balance hits another player in the face and it's a straight red.

    At least a red is only for 20 mins, the game would have been destroyed otherwise.