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@fatflanker, who says "the anti-Oz bias" Nothing more than banter mate...we all love you, but, for me at least, there's no better time to get the boot in than when Oz is down....you are so damned confident the rest of the time.
Posted 14:28 27th August 2012
S Hansen's comments are not big-headed. All he said were facts and the most common word he used was "we".
Posted 12:34 27th August 2012
@Rogidez I suggest you do a bit of research on Hansen's career .
Posted 11:47 27th August 2012
Dont forget Hansen was a big part of the Henry era. In fact he was in charge of the forwards which are a big part of why the ABs are playing so well. He also did not do to bad with an average welsh team. He still has to come up with game plans etc.
I really like the pumas and the way they played against SA but I don't think los Puma will get underneath the ABs skin as much as they did against SA.
Posted 11:34 27th August 2012
Rogidez - inherited a great team
well maybe - all he has is the title of head coach - he has been an integral part of this team's coaching and management for years; the coaches - he, henry and smith worked as a team. maybe draw a comparison there with what appears to be a one-man show across the tasman. Also think about the players he did not inherit through retirment, injury or overseas contracts - plenty of new ones in this year's squad.
georgesmith - talking big? you'll note that silly headline is a PR one - Hansen said nothing of the sort. Get someone to read the smaller printing to you, you'll hear he is in fact rather humble 'We made some bad decisions at times.'
Posted 11:26 27th August 2012
The All Blacks are in another class from any other team in world rugby at the moment. Their team is full of world class players - the best No7 and captain in the game; the greatest flyhalf half (Carter) the game has seen is the leading all time test points scorer (including 29 test tries). Elsewhere, there is Reid at No.8, probably the best in the world¿. and the world two best centres in Nonu and Williams (C. Smith world ranked); Israel Dagg at full back... then there is Messam and Vito, the All Blacks have real depth in the loose forwards. They have so many world class wingers Kahui, Jane, Savea, Gear, and the list goes on. Smith at scrum half has the fastest and most accurate pass that I have seen for a while¿. which enables the All Blacks to play at pace with a lot of width. The tight five is one of the best in the world with only the Bokke coming close to them in that area of the game. What is great for world rugby is that the All Blacks are finally RWC Champions and fully justifying their world number one ranking. But what really separates the All Blacks from the rest is the skill level of their players with ball in hand from hooker to fullback. It will be interesting to see if any team can beat the All Blacks.
The Wallabies should not be too hard on themselves ¿ they are simply not at the same level as the All Blacks. They would perform better with Pocock and Horwill in the pack but they would still struggle to win. The Bokke v All Blacks will be eagerly awaited by all rugby enthusiasts. What really does set this All Black team apart is consistency!
Posted 10:56 27th August 2012
Hansen has a big head, he has inherited a great team based on Graham Henry's hard work and efforts over the years. I would like to see how he would manage a young, inexperienced side, that would give an indication of what he is capable of at international level. Looking forward to seeing how well the AB's perform against Argentina away from home.
Posted 10:24 27th August 2012
@Waz4before & georgesmith - Settle down guys, the title is misleading.
Nothing he said suggests to me that he is getting ahead of himself. He's simply giving an assessment on their performances so far.
Posted 09:46 27th August 2012
Aussie players from the shallow end of the gene pool, eh j4a? Even given the anti-Oz bias of this site I'm amazed that comment went through. For the record Oz were missing Sekope, Palu, Pokock, Horwill, O'Connor and Kepu. Let's take seven of SA's first pick players out of the team to play NZ and see if their 'brilliance' can keep the ABs to one try. Deans won't be sacked - he has had the worst run of injuries to key players of any international coach in recent years.
Posted 05:55 27th August 2012
""One more pass would have been nice or hanging on to a pass and having one more ruck would have been good but we've got a really skilful unit and it's about learning to play together and learning to be patient at times.""
Like a lot of people, I have been highly critical of the All Blacks for failing to take so many points because of mistakes at the last moment. But it occurs to me that, for the most part, other nations could only dream about making such mistakes, especially so many of them.
I cannot think of another team that would have created as many chances as the All Blacks on Saturday night. Their very mistakes, therefore, set them apart as a superior team at the moment.
Posted 03:10 27th August 2012
SBW will be back in AB Colours after two seasons of NRL. He will come back for the 2015 World Cup and make a run at a gold medal in the NZ 7s team at Rio. This kid is insanely good. I dont think he got close to his potential in Rugby so in that sense it's a shame he is leaving! Wasnt a big fan a couple years ago but I have to admit his talent has swayed me.
Posted 01:01 27th August 2012
@golden_statenba Halai playing wing for Couties in the ITM cup. Not sure you will see him as a draw and pass type player, but under Umaga at Counties I think you will see him get a Super Rugby contract for next season. Tough ask though for NZ wingers to make the ABs though as there are so many other guys around!!
Posted 00:58 27th August 2012
Melkdave - Conrad Smith has the option of playing in Wellington's ITM Cup game this week but Hansen has said not a requirement as he's proven himself fitness-wise; 10 others from the AB squad however are playing games this week. Good to have that comp running at same time, esp for players like Hore, Vito who have only been getting time on the field as subs. Unsure about moving Carter - if they di, or he was injured - the 'next in line' AB, Beauden Barrett (played 60min last test v Ireland) is playing well, 22 points for Taranaki on Saturday.
Posted 00:50 27th August 2012
@new_ja - you'd be surprised how effective prayer is...any ways, your derogatory statement aside, I agree with you, sort our administration out (I.e coach etc) and we will take our rightful place and the mighty boks on top of the pile. I thought HM might of been that guy but Saturday's game says different. PS: new_Ja, I stay in Cape Town if you'd like to join me for a "prayer" session...Go Bokke!
Posted 22:22 26th August 2012
SBW will be a big loss for the ABs, but moving Nonu back to12 and the return of Conrad Smith will see them through. Ben Smith showed at Eden Park that he is capable of comming off the bench and filling in the outside centre spot. Smith was consistently the Highlanders best outside back.
Posted 22:12 26th August 2012
ABs and S. Hansen talking big now. Beware! On the day, both Springboks and Pumas can beat ABs. Last two games, it's not that ABs were really invincible but more like Walllabies were Wobbly and hopeless. A solid game plan like the second Test against the Irish, ruthlessly committed player and a coach with a tactical nouse, may well bring S. Hansen and the ABs down.
Posted 22:07 26th August 2012
I wouldn't be getting to carried away yet if I were Hensen, Australia put in two of he most inept performances seen by an international national side for quite a few years. There's no doubt the kiwis look good but he's only 5 games in an moments like this could well come back to bite him ...
Posted 21:50 26th August 2012
Ben Smith is a very talented utility back, who was consistenly the best back for the Highlanders. Each time he has came on for the ABs he has done well. The loss of SBW will be big, but they still Nonu to move back to 12 when Conrad Smith is fit.
What New Zealand have is quality players comming through from their schools and rugby academies.
They have already kicked on from the world cup something that previous winners have struggled to do.
Posted 20:28 26th August 2012
@golden_statenba - thanks for the tip on frank Halai. Didn't know he existed. He runs and moves a lot like Lomu but that is with 7 men in defence. Didn't see him draw and pass much nor offload but then Lomu wasn't famous for that either. Look forward to seeing more of frank.
Posted 19:42 26th August 2012
I wonder if the Welsh still think they're the best in the world, or thereabouts. The Irish must feel a bit better.
Posted 19:06 26th August 2012
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