that was a pretty good game when it was lost. It was a bit like
the Super12 final last year when the Brumbies had the game in
the first 18 minutes. The only difference was: there was a lot
more time for the losers to come back....
Some thoughts on the game in no particular order:
• The Crusaders were the worthy winners and deserve all the
praise they will be getting over the other side of the pond...Lions to rely on big 3
May 27, 2005
The wait is over at last.
The invasion has begun, the Lions are here - two bus loads of
players and fish heads, and two articulated truck loads of kit.
They have already dirtied their boots in action, with a revenue
gathering exercise at Cardiff, drawing with an Argentinean 3rd XV,
on the back of Johnny Wilkinson. Not a pretty effort, but
would have raised some funds to help pay for the 'hangers on' on
May 28, 2005
With three hours to the 2005 Super 12 final,
still not no 'gut feeling' to lead me to erroneous conclusions, I
will let my gray matter do so instead, and to and reason my way to a
So even less chance of getting it right than usual, but what the
hell, gotta fill this time in somehow!
First up, with all these Warratah fan trying to claim the underdog
status, you have it already! You are playing away from home,
you lost to the Crusaders in Sydney this year, and you have a long
and glorious history of choking when push comes to shove.
This year though, you have delayed the choke, and have 80 more
minutes to delay it to land a famous win. While you have
underdog status, it is not as vast a gap as some may seem to think -
a lot of the Kiwi commentators, and a fair few of the punters on the
seem to think that it is going to be an easy win for the seven times
finalists, over the new boys on the block...
Blast from the
past - this piece the result of some of the TSFers arguing against
the Boers at Keo's website about the 'poaching' that goes on...
Poaching Kiwis strike
July 13, 2004:
Those bloody poaching Kiwis, raping the Islands again!!
Pacific Islanders team that is playing the Tri-Nations sides,
and is proving competitive and entertaining, has stirred a lot
of interest around the rugby world. It’s encouraging to see how
well they’ve played. With that interest the discussions have
ranged far and wide about the future of this side and the
problems and future of the PI rugby nations - Fiji, Tonga and
May 23, 2005
There we have it, an All Black trial, sans
the regular playing Crusaders, Maori All Blacks, and Bay Steamers
who are getting ready to take on the Lions.
Shows a few of the thought processes of the Henry Cartel though, and
if you can read between the lines properly, who they already have
selected for their All Blacks, and who they are looking at for the