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And it I'll be the same old dribble in a few months time just like every year, NH confident of SH scalps, We believe we're elite now etc, etc. Then they'll lose most of the games at home & blame it on being underprepared as it's the start of the seaon, can't have it both ways.
Posted 05:57 09th July 2012
One draw and one win and 8 loses against the big three isn't closing the gap it's just the same thing year in and year out. Once it's balanced with the NH having the same amount of wins or there abouts then the gap is closing. Until then the NH should stop talking the talk and start walking the walk.
Posted 02:58 09th July 2012
I think it's fair. Wales were closer than usual. England were not once humiliated and Ireland could have won a game in NZ. Also off the field they all came through showing a step up for England. Not sure it means the gap will be closed and it is a positive angle, but not dilusional. Wales and England anyhow have closed the gap slightly vs 2 or 3 years ago. Hard to argue against that.
Posted 23:17 08th July 2012
@ FISH and Daibok
you are missing the point, yes we didn't win, but we were not squashed like bugs (well, except for ireland) so yes the gap is closing- slowly. Lancaster is NOT saying north is better or as good as south, but give it a few years and we will all be very close.....
Posted 21:14 08th July 2012
So by the same yardstick FISH and daibok use the SH teams should win by much larger margins in Nov when they are at the end of their season. TBH you only really see what the gap is by looking at both sets of internationals - otherwise you can always claim the result flatters to deceive any way you like because of hard derby, seasons, travel or whatever.
Posted 20:51 08th July 2012
Calm down, don't have a tantrum about it....Closing the gap doesn't mean better than, just that we would have lost by a lot more in the past.
Posted 18:42 08th July 2012
People make too much of the super rugby games just before the tours, some guys like for example Ben Foden who'd survived from the world cup) hadn't had more than a couple of weeks off in over 2 and a half years...I think that trumps being a little sore from previous games...Australia should have lost 2 of the wales tests (had priestland not been shocking) Ireland should have really managed a draw with Nz in the second test (but they too let the game slip) and England should have had a much tighter/won the second test and didn't make a bad account of themselves...especially compared to recent years. And let's be honest...who actually won SH tests in the last ten years? Because by my recollection France got a couple over SA and one over NZ and England have managed a few over the SH giants but otherwise there was no change.
Posted 18:36 08th July 2012
wow the northern hemishphere puts up a good showing, but still manages not to win a single game, and the n.h teams had more time to prepare and weren't comming off tough derbies in thier super 15 games......and now the the n.h has closed the gap? he's delusional
Posted 17:36 08th July 2012
The SH players went from knocking 7 bells out of each other in Super 15 Derbies to beating the best the NH had to offer. Only exception was Scotland/Oz and this 3 days after the Derbies and in freak weather.
Lancaster seeems a decent honest man but this is whistling in the dark.
Posted 15:45 08th July 2012