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Trinats2, Smith outplayed Genia 2 games in a row!! 2nd string? Haha...of course it was...
Posted 03:35 28th August 2012
@Trinats2 - I second what kiwilad had to say. NZ half backs have been inferior to the worlds best half backs since Graham Bachop (IMO) and that way way back in 1995 if my memory serves me right!! Genia is amazing and Smith has a way to go to get to his level but I think he can do it. Mind you he has the massive advantage of being behind a dominant pack and is passing to backs who actually use the ball to score tries, BUT, this kid is all class. If you havent already, take the time to see him playing for Manawatu and you will see him excel in a team without the relative strengths the ABs have. I am convinced this kid will be the worlds #1 halfback within the next couple years.
Posted 00:55 28th August 2012
Now you are just getting silly, Smith had a good game against a second string Aussie side, and Genia was off for 10 minutes !!!
Posted 12:19 27th August 2012
It seems this Planet Rugby commentator is rewarding points on the flashy stuff only ie. line breaks. This All Black pack smashed the ozzies all around the park, it's hard to believe that the entire tight five were't awarded 9 out of 10. They were let down with some sloppy finishing in the backline but what more could the pack do. They were monstrous from 1-8 in my opinion.
Also amazed by the low score for Aaron Smith. If he continues with that kind of performance people will be rating him as number in the world before long. Not since the young Gregan have I seen a halfback clear the ball so quick.
Posted 05:58 27th August 2012
Last season, and plenty before it, our halfbacks have been poor in comparison to the Genias and Gregans of this world.
Aaron Smith is a breath of fresh air, and possibly has the potential to be a better half than Genia
Posted 02:28 27th August 2012
@jonesy2 Spot on mate - Maybe it's just your comments on the OZ teams which are misguided ;) This AB team is so dominant right now, they could easily have put 40 - 50 on the board on Saturday. IMO these guys will get better and better over the next 2 years. There are so many guys that are only just getting started (Romano, Retalick, Cane, A. Smith, Cruden, Savea, Dagg) and a heap of senior players who are arguably the best in the world (Mealamu, Read, McCaw, Carter, Nonu, C Smith, Jane) and many many more coming through the ranks to push the guys who are already there!!
My prediction is you can lock up the Rugby Championship and the World cup in the AB cabinet right through till 2015!!
Posted 00:28 27th August 2012
It will be interesting to see if SH will give the next 30 a run against the Pumas, after the draw last night. The AB team has experience and youth blending well at the moment but needs to groom new players to take over several positions like prop, hooker, flanker, center and wing. Few young guns are firing well and will be there in 2015 but rugby being a very physical game, there is no gurantee who will be lucky enough to last the distance. Just ask DC, AC, RK, CS, JK .....
Posted 10:56 26th August 2012
Well, someone (I don't know who, because at the time of writing this there is no byline on this article) at PR doesn't think much of this All Blacks pack. Of the eight starters and three rated substitutes, only Kieran Read scores better than a six. Why, even the beaten Aussie pack manages a couple of sevens.
Now, I consider a six to be the minimum standard. If I were rating players, a run of sixes by any individual would be unacceptable and would suggest they weren't up to standard. Unlike PR, however, I consider this to be a very good All Blacks pack -- sevens and above all round on Saturday's performance. And I am sure most Aussie supporters would have swapped their pack on Saturday for the bunch of PR fives and PR sixes above.
Posted 06:59 26th August 2012
I normally don't get into player ratings but can someone please enlighten me as to why two wallaby forwards got 7/10 and K Read was the only AB forward to hit more than 6? If the 1-8 didn't do the business, how does 9, 10, etc get to shine?PR ed?
Posted 03:37 26th August 2012
Hayj05 -- Spot on with your comments.
SBW was worth at least 9 /10. By contrast Dagg's ego is a problem, like SA's Fran Steyn - although he is maturing. Yes they are talented but there are 15 players in a team. Messam, once labeled a show pony, did all the donkey work so he must have satisfied those who don't like to see loose forwards being loose. He worked well with McCaw and they never wavered from the game plan.
Posted 02:35 26th August 2012
Farewell SBW, I was a doubter early on, but sadly you get better by the week.
Posted 00:19 26th August 2012
Lol if you compared this weeks AB's ratings to last week you could be forgiven for thinking that they actually played better in Sydney. Don't be fooled by their missed opportunities, a lot of it was down to desperate Australian defense.
They completely dominated the 2nd ranked team in the world, the Wallabies rarely got out of their own half or touched the ball for the last 60 minutes.
The All Blacks were awesome around the park, the quick, clean ball they produced at the breakdown & their slick backline is a thing of beauty & "atm" no team in world Rugby is close to playing at that level.
@Bokbevok, did you watch the Sydney replay by mistake or something? SBW had a huge involvement with the ball in hand. I would say it was his best performance in the black jersey.
Posted 23:12 25th August 2012
you could be forgiven for thinking ben and conrad are brothers. KR is an awe-inspiring number 8, best number 8 to play rugby for a long long time. cruden and vito did their things enough to get ratings. i seriously cant see anybody beating this AB team for god knows how long.
Posted 15:01 25th August 2012
bokbevok - sbw not really that involved? according to oz stats (must be right!) he made the most runs of any player in the match; he, gear and carter made the most run metres. Isn't that what you'd like from the backs? He made twice the runs, and almost twice the metres, as ioane top for oz
Posted 13:19 25th August 2012
I feel the ABs are still not hitting top gear,and let the wallabies off the hook ,big time today.They wont be espically happy ,and will be looking for a big improvment ,in their next game.But they were still a class above the wallabies
Posted 13:07 25th August 2012
SBW stole the show. This player has class and is a legend. S. Timani nailed him nicely once.
Posted 12:30 25th August 2012
I got down to your rating for Aaron Smith and then stopped - Aaron was a great distributor of the ball - ran well and outplayed a class player in Genia. 6/10's for the pack??!! Did you see the score?? The game was won on the back of the work of the boys in the tight. Or would you prefer to see the boys grunt it up like the northern hemisphere?! You forget about linking play! Is that because the North can't do it?
Posted 12:17 25th August 2012
overgenerous in every case.don't disagree with them relative to each other but a far from perfect performance by the team, knock one of everyone. if they had scored not bumbled those 4-5 'lost tries' and hit 50 then i'd agree with those ranks. as it is 'not good enough' in too many aspects. interesting what you say about my man Horey - i thought that at a late stage the 'no tries to opposition, keep them scoreless' attitude may have been the aim, cut down on risks even when they knew they had it won.
Posted 12:12 25th August 2012
SB 8 what for he was a decoy and not really that involved. Kieran was awesome watch out the rest of the world as he has set a bench mark I think will be hard to match. Well done AB
Posted 11:55 25th August 2012