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Autumn Series Rugby.

  • 30-10-2021 12:35pm
    Registered Users Posts: 12,854 ✭✭✭✭

    This year sees the majority of matches broadcasting via Amazon Prime, with the inevitable result of a lot of games being not watched by most fans until long after the event. Thankfully for the majority of members here, RTÉ and Channel 4 have acquired coverage of Ireland's three home tests against Japan, New Zealand and Argentina. However thats not much good if you need a fix and you need a fix now then either subscribe to Amazon Prime; apparently there's a trial period free for a month, which should see you through for the series.

    Alternatively you can join for free and stream some fringe games, if you are real desperate for a fix ☺️ Currenly it's Lithuania 9, Germany 19

    Anyway, todays line up.......

    Scotland vs Tonga; Kick Off is 2:30PM

    Scotland: 15 Darcy Graham, 14 Kyle Steyn, 13 Sione Tuipulotu, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Rufus McLean, 10 Blair Kinghorn, 9 Ali Price (cc), 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie (cc), 5 Rob Harley, 4 Jamie Hodgson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Pierre Schoeman

    Replacements: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Oli Kebble, 19 Marshall Sykes, 20 Luke Crosbie, 21 Nick Haining, 22 Jamie Dobie, 23 Ross Thompson

    Tonga: 15 James Faiva, 14 Atunaisa Manu, 13 Mailetoa Hingano, 12 Vaea Vaea, 11 Walter Fifita, 10 Kurt Morath, 9 Sonatane Takulua (c), 8 Valentino Mapapalangi, 7 Fotu Lokotu, 6 Tanginoa Halaifonua, 5 Setofano Funaki, 4 Halaleva Fifita, 3 David Lolohea, 2 Maile Ngauamo, 1 Loni Uhila

    Replacements: 16 Suia Maile, 17 Jethro Felemi, 18 Toma Taufa, 19 Dan Faleafa, 20 Onehunga Havili, 21 Mateaki Kafatolu, 22 Aisea Halo, 23 Navarre Haisila

    Referee for this is Nic Berry (Australia) with Damon Murphy (Australia) and Angus Gardner (Australia) on duty as assistant referees, and Brett Cronan (Australia) upstairs, presumably doing some online shopping while he's at it.

    There will be a moments silence ahead of the game in member of the legendary Sandy Carmichael, ex West of Scotland FC, Scotland, Lions and a noble veteran of 1971's Battle of Canterbury, who passed away this week aged 77.

    I can't see The Sea Eagles being too much of a challenge for the Scots, who have vastly improved in the last few years. A lack of test rugby this summer may show up at times but their opposition have had a rotten summer, shipping 189 points in four tests!! Of note to some of us is Connaught lock Halaleva Fifita, who starts today. I say a home win 48-14 and at least one red card to spoil the show.

    Wales vs New Zealand; this game kicks off at 5:15PM

    Wales team: 15. Johnny McNicholl; 14. Owen Lane, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Johnny Williams, 11. Josh Adams; 10. Gareth Anscombe, 9. Tomos Williams; 1. Wyn Jones, 2. Ryan Elias, 3. Tomas Francis, 4. Adam Beard, 5. Alun Wyn Jones (capt), 6. Ross Moriarty, 7. Taine Basham, 8. Aaron Wainwright. 

    Replacements: 16. Kirby Myhill, 17. Rhys Carre, 18. Dillon Lewis, 19. Will Rowlands, 20. Seb Davies, 21. Gareth Davies, 22. Rhys Priestland, 23. Ben Thomas. 

    New Zealand: 15. Jordie Barrett; 14. Will Jordan, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 12. David Havili, 11. Rieko Ioane; 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. TJ Perenara; 1. Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Sam Whitelock (capt), 6. Ethan Blackadder, 7. Dalton Papalii, 8. Ardie Savea. 

    Replacements: 16. Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17. Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18. Tyrel Lomax, 19. Tupou Vaa'i, 20. Akira Ioane, 21. Brad Weber, 22. Richie Mo'unga, 23. Sevu Reece.Referee Mathieu Raynal, assistant referees Karl Dickson and Christophe Ridley and TMO Brian MacNeice will take charge of the game.

    Beauden Barrett makes his 100th test appearance for NXZ today, a mere 49 caps less than Alun Wyn Jones has for Wales. After pulverising the US Eagles last week in what was barely a canter for the tourists, NZ know that a win today will edge them back onto top spot of the world rankings for at least a week. Wales are facing what could be an unpretty hammering today but as always are capable of pulling a rabbit from the hat. The trouble is, the old Magician has left and the new conjuror needs a new trick JUSTLIKETHAT...

    Prediction here is for an away win; 41-18.



  • Registered Users Posts: 265 ✭✭Will23

    Is Amazon Prime Sport available in Ireland? I read somewhere it’s not but can’t find a certain answer online!

  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 11,392 Mod ✭✭✭✭icdg

    These games will be. Worth noting though, this is the last year of Ireland’s existing deal with RTE and Channel 4, and next year those rights will be centralised too, with the U.K. rights also moving to Prime Video, though RTE will retain the ROI rights. Anyway that’s twelve months down the road.

    With centralised rights comes new centralised branding, so it’s goodbye “Guinness Series”, “Quilter Internationals” etc and hello “Autumn Nations Series”.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭scott1974

    Yes, it is. It's just Amazon Prime, the sport bit is just part of the package.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,854 ✭✭✭✭Losty Dublin

    Yes but be careful here. The registration page tries to hint at you to use a link that tries to directs you to a registration for Ireland only; that page gives you a 7 day free trial only. Select the Amazon Prime UK link and it offers you a 30 day free trial. However it requires an UK account and a UK address so have it and the postcode handy when you sign up.

    It's worth pointing out that many Eir broadband customers have complimentary Amazon Prime on their account, so they should be able to view the games without any hassle.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,300 ✭✭✭✭razorblunt

    Typical Scots, wait almost 2 years to see their country play and they’re too tight to put the hands in their pockets.

    if they went they’d also avoid Mark Robson on commentary!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,683 ✭✭✭lertsnim

    Thankfully he's easily turned off for just the crowd noise.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,854 ✭✭✭✭Losty Dublin

    I'd walk to a lot of places to avoid him too 🤓

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,593 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    So Wales v NZ is only on AP later?

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,683 ✭✭✭lertsnim

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,854 ✭✭✭✭Losty Dublin

    Yep. Highlights on S4C, which isn't exactly easy viewed either.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,593 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    And probably in Welsh language. F that.

    The British Unions will live to regret going fully streaming PPV, especially in Wales where is the economy is tanking. Its a working mans sport.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,854 ✭✭✭✭Losty Dublin

    Amazon pulling out all the stops with the half time show here 🙄

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,300 ✭✭✭✭razorblunt

    If you don’t get a free trial its £8 for the month. You’re not tied in, it’s not exactly breaking the bank for fans at the same time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,593 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    Yeah but its a slippery slope, I've seen it myself with satellite sports subscriptions over the last 20 years. If the fans let the principle of the thing slide,its all over.

  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 11,392 Mod ✭✭✭✭icdg

    It’s not pay per view either. Pay per view implies that you pay each time for each individual broadcast. Only major boxing and professional wrestling cards are pay per view.

    A lot of people in the U.K. (way more than here, where Amazon is only really setting up the infrastructure for Prime now) have Amazon Prime for delivery and get Prime Video with it. For some believe it or not the streaming service is an afterthought! (Including Amazon themselves, the cynics might say).

    Unfortunately Amazon thought of S4C and decided to provide a Welsh language commentary of its own, lest that argument be used.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,146 ✭✭✭crisco10

    Tonga bringing on an amateur 9 to replace their 12.

    These out of window matches are a smidge of a farce.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,300 ✭✭✭✭razorblunt

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,861 ✭✭✭✭Interested Observer

    Ardie Savea's work after contact when he's carrying is insane. I wonder if there's another player who makes as many metres after contact.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,300 ✭✭✭✭razorblunt

    That was so bad from Anscombe. It was a forward pass too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,300 ✭✭✭✭razorblunt

    Black adder is some size of a man,

    loves a side entry at a ruck though, you’d think it would make it easier to spot him

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,861 ✭✭✭✭Interested Observer

    Pretty ominous start for Wales. I think a lot of clever kicking is their only real chance to keep it respectable.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,445 ✭✭✭clsmooth

    Think that’s a yellow for Barrett. If you don’t take it with one hand..

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,861 ✭✭✭✭Interested Observer

    I think that's a terrible decision, he's using the fact there's cover as a reason to not give a card but Barret has absolutely killed a great chance for Wales to attack. Lane catches and immediately kicks that and it's a footrace to the line because there's nobody in the backfield. Really poor call imo.

  • Hosted Moderators Posts: 7,689 ✭✭✭fitz

    Very soft to not give a yellow for that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,300 ✭✭✭✭razorblunt

    Penalty is fair there, Barrett didn’t look to be slapping it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,400 ✭✭✭jammiedodgers

    Joke of a decision, yellow all day long

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,706 ✭✭✭✭bilston

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,385 ✭✭✭touts

    And that's a perfect example of the pressure refs are under when they are in charge of an All Blacks match. Hard to imagine any other outhalf in world rugby who wouldn't be sitting on a bench right now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,445 ✭✭✭clsmooth

    Don’t think he did go to slap it down, but if you’re not in a position to catch it with both hands, you put yourself at risk of a yellow. I reckon Barrett himself will feel like he got away with it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,180 ✭✭✭✭AdamD

    Anyone's sound way off on Amazon??