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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Kiwis take the Tri-Nations 26-12

Daniel Carter kicked seven penalties around one try to prop Tony Woodcock as New Zealand beat Australia 26-12 to win the Tri-Nations.

Carter kicked four goals in the first half and three in the second and missed only one of eight attempts a huge improvement of the last couple of months to lift the All Blacks over a dogged aussie team.

Stirling Mortlock kicked all of Australia's points with penalties.

The victory clinched the Tri-Nations title for New Zealand for the third straight year, kept the Bledisloe Cup in New Zealand for the sixth year in a row

But cracks are starting to appear in the new zealand pack they ere great in the scrums but line outs could be improved and backline were not providing try scoring opportunities

"Through the whole Tri-Nations, the emphasis was on doing it right," the All Blacks' captain, Richie McCaw, said. "We didn't always do it right but putting a couple of trophies in the cabinet tonight is pretty satisfying."

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Victor signs for Toulon

The Blue Bulls said on Thursday that their captain Victor Matfield had signed a sixth-month contract with French club Toulon.

Matfield, 30 has played 58 times for South Africa, will join Toulon on Jan. 1.

Matfield would assess his international future following the appointment of a new Springbok coach after the rugby World Cup later this year. Matfield said he hoped to represent South Africa against the British and Irish Lions in 2009.

Toulon have also signed Australia scrumhalf George Gregan and former All Black flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens. Tana Umaga, another former All Black, has been appointed team manager. The frenchies have quite a bit of cash behind them quite a team they are creating might be a bit over the hill.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Our response to the Haka

The Sprinboks freaking out from the defeat at the hands of New Zealand, look set to unleash their own version of the All Blacks' famous haka based on an old Zulu war dance.

Springbok coach Jake White said he had asked the rugby authorities about reviving a dance that was last used more than 80 years ago in order to psyche up his players.

“The history books show that the 1926 Springboks performed a Zulu war dance in major matches on their tour,” , “New Zealand have come up with a new haka recently and, quite honestly, I would like to use ours as a challenge to them.”

White revealed that his team have already performed the ritual in the changing room but believes it could have a greater impact on the pitch.

I have done my own informal survey and initial reactions is that it is a bit naff and we are copy cats ,not to sure what I feel about it.

Will they have shields and a assegai maybe parts of old british miltary uniform from the kicking they got at isandalwana.

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Kiwis 33-6 SA

The All Blacks did beat us but they did not look invincible.

The Kiwi’s took 69 minutes to score a try on Saturday against a Springboks team lacking 20 top players. The All Blacks scored 21 points in the last 11 minutes to give their Tri-Nations victory.

The victory moved New Zealand into a tie for first place with Australia. The two teams meet in the final game of the tournament next Saturday in Auckland.
Until the 69th minute, when the substitute scrum half Brendon Leonard scored a dashing try, the All Blacks had stumbled to a 12-6 lead, due entirely to the goal-kicking of Daniel Carter.

Carter, the fly half, finished with 23 points, including a try in stoppage time, but even his form was not that great which is making the Kiwis nervous.
Late substitutions spurred a charge that restored New Zealand's ascendancy after it fumbled and faffed against a really weak South African team that produced determined but unremarkable defence.

The All Blacks problem is that they have only one more test match - against Australia - before the World Cup starts in France in September. It is likely that few All Blacks will play another match before the world cup kicks off.
Carter remains below par, He was reluctant to attack the Springbok line and preferred to kick the ball, even in promising attacking positions and would have easily added another ten points to the result.

Who knows we might have a realistic chance for this world cup.

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Aus 25 -17 Boks

Australia won against South Africa 25-17 to move top of the Tri nations table.

The Wallabies, who trailed 17-0 after 15 minutes at Sydney's Stadium, scored 25 unanswered points including tries to Mark Gerrard, Stephen Hoiles and Matt Giteau.

Yesterdays victory, which followed last week's come from behind win over New Zealand, lifted Australia four points clear atop the standings with two matches remaining. The All Blacks would seal a third straight title by winning both home games.

South Africa, missing 20 of its top players, took a 14-0 lead within 10 minutes through converted tries by flanker Wikus Van Heerden and a 50-meter intercept by winger Breyton Paulse nice back flip there breyton. Fly-half Derick Hougaard made it 17-0 before the Wallabies rallied with a Gerrard try and Stirling Mortlock penalty.

No. 8 Hoiles forced his way over at the start of the second half to tie the score before Springboks hooker Gary Botha was sin-binned in the 53rd minute for playing the ball when he was on the floor what a muppet. Two minutes later, Giteau collected Gerrard's chip ahead and the inside center's momentum carried him over the line to make it 25-17.

The match was the last international in Australia for scrum- half George Gregan, 34, and 33-year-old fly-half Stephen Larkham, who are quitting Australian rugby to play in Europe after the World Cup and make some nice cash.

Springboks captain Bob Skinstad will miss next week's game against New Zealand in Christchurch after fracturing a rib in today's match. White said he'll name a new skipper during the week.

We started well ,in the face of the Australians at the beggining but twenty minutes into the game we really lost posses ion and with the two sin bins we could have been slaughtered points wise.


Saturday, July 07, 2007

Stirling thoughts on the game

Stirling Mortlock expects an under-strength South African side to be tough nuts.

Jake White has rested the majority of his main players for the Tri-Nations matches in Australia and New Zealand to prevent any serious injuries ahead of the World Cup in September.

Ruan Pienaar and JP Pietersen are the only players backing up from the Springboks side that downed Australia in Cape Town, and White has been widely criticised for the tactic and caused a debate within Sanzar about the future of SA in the Tri-nations.

Despite the lack of experience Mortlock said the Springboks would have plenty to play

"A lot of their guys have been selected to show their wares at this level and push forward to make the 30-man squad for the World Cup," he said.

"They've got nothing to lose. From our end there has been a little bit of an unsettled preparation this week.

"It's really important from our perspective that we go out there and put on a really polished performance and send out two of our stalwarts in their last home match in fitting fashion."

Mortlock said the Wallabies would have their work cut out containing the "massive" South African forward pack which should concern them what with their scrum not at their best.

" this one in particular is the biggest and most confronting forward pack that we've faced in a number of years, so there's no doubt they'll be trying to utilise that to their advantage."

Captain Bobby Skinstad, who last played for the Springboks in 2003, said his side would be looking to send a message to the Wallabies two months out from the World Cup,This must be strange for Skinstad to go from being on Sky Sports as a comentator to now captaining the team.

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