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Post by Shavenhead » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:22 am

Is it too early to start talking about Loftus?

All the ingredients are in for a classic test match in just over three days time. Possibly the match of the year

Perhaps to start with we can take a closer look at the competing teams, beginning with the front row:

Owen Franks + Codie Taylor + Karl T'uinifauga. Vs Frans Malherbe + Malcolm Marx + Stephen Kitshoff.

The battle up front for dominance will be key.
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Re: Loftus

Post by Geoffers » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:07 am

Not a happy ground for the Boks, I think only 1 win from 5. I agree, like most tests it’s won up front, the way the All Blacks steamrolled the Pumas is ominous for any opposition, and that was without Retallick. Should be a good test, but I don’t think the Boks can turn it on 3 matches in a row. I predict a big win for the All Blacks.

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Post by Shavenhead » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:18 am

Is Retallick playing? He's a big factor.

That brings us to second row: Retallick + Sam Whitelock vs Franco Mostert + Eben Etzebeth with the "Wildebeest" covering. I'd say the All Blacks have the upper hand in this area.
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Post by mad hatter » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:05 am

etzebeth is very good.

Id not write off the roiders too quickly.
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Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:48 am

Etzebeth is a big 'fruit' with a 'fruity' haircut.

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Re: Loftus

Post by Geoffers » Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:21 am

Retallick still out.

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Post by Geoffers » Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:26 am

Goodhue at centre, outside SBW, is the main talking point. Frizzel at 6, the rest as expected.

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Re: Loftus

Post by Geoffers » Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:27 am

Mounga on the bench, no Mackenzie.

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Post by Shavenhead » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:48 pm

So Scott Barrett at lock, Ben Smith on the wing, and Crotty coming of thebench
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Re: Loftus

Post by Shavenhead » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:34 am

Only two notable changes to the SA team: Flo comes in at #8 (Whitely not even on the bench), DeAllende comes in at inside centre to replace Esterhuizen). Clearly he's managed to shrug off his shoulder injury. Willie Leroux will be playing in his 50'th test and will hopefully unleash the attack dogs - Kolbe & Diyanthi.
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Post by Shavenhead » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:22 pm

First blood - South Africa 3 -0.
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Re: Loftus

Post by Shavenhead » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:28 pm

All Cunts under pressure.

Rattled.
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Post by Shavenhead » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:31 pm

6-0.
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Post by Shavenhead » Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:05 pm

Jesus Christ. Tight as it gets.

6-6 @ half time. Game could go either way at this stage.
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Post by Shavenhead » Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:21 pm

Try in. Jesse Kriel. Converted Pollard.

13 -6 SA.
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Post by Shavenhead » Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:26 pm

Pollard takes another 3. Springboks ten points clear.
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Post by Shavenhead » Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:32 pm

DeAllende takes another try - straight between the posts. Pollard converts. 23 - 6 SA.

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Post by Shavenhead » Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:33 pm

All Blacks claw one back.

23 -13 SA. Game still on.
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Post by Shavenhead » Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:40 pm

Kolbe - try. Converted Pollard.

30 -13 SA.
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Post by Shavenhead » Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:43 pm

Ioane - try.

30-18.
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Post by Shavenhead » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:00 pm

Converted try - All Blacks..
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Post by Shavenhead » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:05 pm

All Blacks win.

Unfuckingbelievable.

32 -30.

And that's that.
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Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:53 pm

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Post by andybox » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:45 pm

Aus getting flogged by the Pumas 31-7 at half time. Rugby is fucked right now in Aus.
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Post by andybox » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:46 pm

31-14
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Post by andybox » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:47 pm

Folau over, should make it 31-21.
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Post by andybox » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:51 pm

Fucking hell, Aus in again, 31-28.
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Post by andybox » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:06 am

Amazing turnaround by the Wallabies, 35-34 with 15 to go. Pressure is on the Pumas.
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Post by andybox » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:09 am

Fuck me, Aus over again, 42-34. Pumas coach is furious, brilliant second half comeback.
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Post by jedgarandclyde » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:47 am

Two chokes in a single day?
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Post by andybox » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:51 am

Looks that way.
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Post by mad hatter » Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:07 am

other the better sides won
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Post by Geoffers » Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:25 am

Two exciting come from behind wins by the visiting teams.

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Post by Shavenhead » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:19 am

Well, all and all a memorable championship. The two AB/Springbok tests were especially outstanding. There's not much in it between these two sides at the moment.
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Post by Geoffers » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:33 am

And they meet again in the pool stage of the World Cup next year. Possible to meet again in the final! Blacks known for going up a gear in the last 20 with subs, Boks seemed to slow down, especially with #2 and #9 leaving the field.

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Post by Shavenhead » Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:30 am

Removing #2, #9 & #15 were big mistakes imo.

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Post by jedgarandclyde » Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:55 am

There was some vision of the half time dressing down of the Wantabess by Chieka on the ABC news, he even got nearly psychical with a couple of 'em!!

Great stuff from the coach, but i am afraid what i did see of the game the AB's, Boks, Pommy's, Irish and others do have the beating of the Aussies at the moment.

But good and passionate stuff from the coach.
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Post by Stephen_Dedalus » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:41 am

Shaven head has started to get uppity.

A few defeats on the road and he will be back in the doldrums.

Do the Boks play Ireland also?

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Post by Geoffers » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:47 am

Jed, a coach shouldn’t have to do that stuff, and if he does it only works a couple of times. See why jones is now failing withEngland. Same same. Another reason to ditch Cheika sooner than later.
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Post by jedgarandclyde » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:33 pm

I suppose you are right Geoff, but i do think Cheika might have seen his job going west, and to the flick to the entire front row and putting a new one on the field i guess can be seen in the same light.

Desperate stuff, but at the same time stuff that did show passion and some balls to most Aussies.
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Post by Shavenhead » Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:16 am

Looks like the price of victory was high.

Turns out All Black flanker Sam Cane, broke his neck in the match with the Boks. Must say, he was looking pretty ropey when they took hom off the field.
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Re: Loftus

Post by Geoffers » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:26 am

No decent backup with Matt Todd in Japan. It could be a long November tour.

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