Originally Posted by Guy Burgess
As strong as they ever do. Playing Tonga isn't much of a challenge and even they admitted there is a lot to work on (a lot of handling errors!). The sad thing about Rugby is that there just isn't much competition past the top teams and even then i'd only say the 3 tri nations teams are consistent. France always give a great showing, England are tactical but yep. Oh, no chance Samoa are going through ahead of Wales in my opinion.
Also Sonny Bill was fantastic tonight so I hope the pundits shut the fuck up about him. Am happy for Kahui who has also had pressure on him as not being good enough over recent times. Cowen didn't do much for me today, would definitely prefer Weepu in there.
Originally Posted by AGPi
Sonny Bill must be in that starting team.
strongly disagree about sonny bill. He just doesn't understand how to run in the backs, doesn't actually have a decent step and has shitty acceleration. Great league player, and might be good as a loose forward, just not in the backline. He looked allright tonight running in massive overlaps with Nonu and Carter and Dagg setting everything up. He butchered a couple of tries - had room with 10m to the tryline and cut in instead of backing his pace to go around the outside. Toeava did the exact same thing. Backs need to be fast enough to get around the outside. Nonu or Smith would not have made that mistake. (Or Gear, or Robbie Fruean, but that's another story).
Jerome Kaino is our MVP at the moment. More important than McCaw. His workrate is amazing, huge on defence and attack and strong in the rucks. We missed him against south africa.
Agree about Cowan, he looked average. Honestly it was a pretty patchy game. Only Ali Williams and Kaino looked good in the forwards.Edited by hendrix - 9/9/11 at 7:23pm