Ferdy says:I watched this on a small computer screen at work while trying to pretend to do some work (hopelessly executed) so I have probably missed a lot of things.
What I didn’t miss however is Nonu’s Rolls Royce form right now. The guy is on fire! Backed up by the ever dependable Conrad Smith, and excuse me while I dip into my bag of rugby clichés here, but the centre with a law degree really did run some good straight lines. Also, loved SBW (one would have to be in coma not to love that man).
Adam Thompson – as I say, a small screen at work so I couldn’t say whether I liked him or not. He got a try which was nice for him, but no, I don’t feel it for the guy generally. To me he is flashy (I don’t know whether it’s the blonde hair). I want Reid and McCaw to come back. Loving Kaino BTW as well.
ITV commentators (including Fitzy, Pienar and Dallaglio) are complaining a lot about Henry’s rotation. They make me nervous. But I want to trust that Father Ted knows best.
In saying that? What is our top team? I know I would be very happy to see a starting team with these baby blacks in it: SBW, Israel Dagg, Richard Kahui.
Slugso says:Conrad Smith is so good, beautiful lines eh, Ferdy? True. There is just something more graceful lurking under the directness with Smith/Nonu, they straighten it with a 6th sense that it is the right time to do so. Nonu truly man of the match!
Ellis started passing very, very flat again, – scarily so, but in this game Owens was really policing the offside tonight. Paddy had a word?
Its just our new plan of wide passing (one, two big passes wide from a ruck) occasionally throws up a floater so that a spot tackler can rush up and get us - this happened in last Bledisloe game 2-3 times. And we all know what happened in 2003. Works better with a little more depth for runner, like for Slade’s try off Ellis/Toeava break in first half.
Ferdy - you still not feeling it for Thomson? I thought he linked well tonight, didn’t get penalised and deserved try. What you got against blondes? Kaino was class - if Read comes back, we are lookig good.
So, what the hell is our top team?! Poor old Zac Guildford, he can’t buy a game if he is not in the Top XV and he can’t even get on the field against Japan?
SBW on wing: Loads of space for him was a good thing; two tries. Though that one handed ball carry was a technique crime!