All Blacks v. Ireland – one that matters

Posts will be slow this morning as I will be watching the test in Dublin.

It’s good to have real interest in a test, this is one that matters for the All Blacks, and no doubt Ireland will be keen to prove they can do it again.

Ireland out thought and out played the All Blacks in Chicago a fortnight ago and won deservedly. It was great for them.

The All Blacks will be keen on reversing their form in that game and getting back on top.

It will be a fascinating game, and one that matters a lot for both teams.

Half time 14-6 to the Al Blacks.

The ABs started well with early pressure that resulted in a try, and another good try, but they conceded a lot of penalties and Ireland fought back strongly.

The interest remains for the second half. The ABs have the advantage but too close to call.

Black Ferns win

The Black ferns came back from being behind 7-17 to beat England women 25-20.

Italy beats South Africa

In a surprise result, coming back from a drubbing by the ABs last week Italy beat South Africa for the first time 20-18.

And Wales came close to embarrassment wining against Japan with a late drop goal 33-30.

 

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  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  20th November 2016

    I can class myself as Irish (even though my family is actually from the North), so I can be happy no matter who wins.

    Oh dear….is there anything more disgusting than a dog sitting beside you and blowing off ?

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    • patupaiarehe

       /  20th November 2016

      I guess that would depend on what you mean by ‘blowing off’ Kitty… In either case, I don’t imagine it is too pleasant πŸ˜€

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  20th November 2016

        Not ‘French perfume that rocks the room’, shall we say ? How a Maltese terrier can make a pong like that is beyond me-and then he had the blasted cheek to get up and move to the other side of the room, as he couldn’t stand it himself πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ He has just cautiously returned….

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  20th November 2016

        It’s a good thing that I love him dearly.

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        • patupaiarehe

           /  20th November 2016

          Snort! πŸ˜€

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  20th November 2016

            He’s little, white (usually) and very sweet and cuddly & since I have been widowed, he has been the love of my life, bless him. I can be like Elizabeth I and the unlucky Earl of Oxford, I suppose.

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            • patupaiarehe

               /  20th November 2016

              That reference is lost on me Kitty, as I haven’t studied the classics like yourself. Was the late Earl known for his flatulence?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  20th November 2016

              The Earl of Oxford was an Elizabethan nobleman who bent over in a deep bow when he was introduced to the Queen, and, to his great embarrassment let out a huge loud fart. He was so mortified that he left England and stayed away for some years.

              When he came back, he met the Queen again; her first words to him were ‘My lord, we have forgot the fart.’

              There’s a family who owe their title and extensive lands to a fart. Queen Anne let one off at the dinner table, and the family’s ancestor (whose name I have forgotten) had rhe presence of mind to say something like ‘I do beg your pardon, your Majesty.’ He was ordered to leave the room…and the next day was called to the Queen’s presence and ennobled-and given a large and lucrative estate as well.

              These are both true stories, I promise you !

            • patupaiarehe

               /  20th November 2016

              Thank you for the history lesson Kitty πŸ˜€

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  20th November 2016

              You’re very welcome. I won’t start on Chaucer, it would take too long (the subject was considered hilarious in the 14th century ) πŸ˜€

            • patupaiarehe

               /  20th November 2016

              We seem to be getting a little ‘off topic’. Sorry Pete πŸ˜‰

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  21st November 2016

              Patu’s far too inclined to this πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

            • patupaiarehe

               /  20th November 2016

              I must say Kitty, I really enjoy conversations like the one above. I’m a big fan of trivia, and the tale of the late Earl of Oxford made me smile. πŸ˜€

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  21st November 2016

              It made the Queen smile too, I imagine πŸ˜€

              I love trivia, too. You’d probably love Pepys’ Diary-it’s a wonderful book, as he was there at the beginning of the Restoration and was really the man who made the Navy modern for want of a better word.. It’s fascinating not only for the eyewitness history but the little stories and details-the whole thing is 1,000,000 words, so it’s usually read in a shortened version (the later ones are better than the 1825 one-which is better than nothing) It seems odd to read that someone is ‘no high-flyer’ in the 1660s.

  2. The sooner the quality of all these Rugby teams evens-out, the more interesting and exciting the hemispherical and international competitions will be …

    Go the Cherry Blossoms! Go Italy! Go the ABs! And go Wales!!! I want Wales to be the next World Cup finalist against the All Blacks …

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  3. @JimKayes: Sam Cane and Malaki Fekitoa have been cited for their tackles in the Ireland test. Fekitoa was sinbinned, Cane wasn’t.

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    • Sam Cane has been cited? Your taking the mickey surely!!!! An accidental head clash is a citing? For crying out loud it wasn’t even a penalty!!! He makes a front on tackle attempting a classic wrap and throw tackle – hoping for a hold up if the throw fails to get a turn over. The Irish guy is spinning and dipping and their heads clash.

      The Irish need to harden up methinks….

      The Gawler Grove Grappler, one of Wainuiomata’s finest, was right when he said “we are not playing tiddlywinks”

      Fekitoa situation was a classic player beaten throwing out an arm and catching an opponent high. Yellow was fair enough. But a citing as well? C’mon….

      If this continues then the AB’s need to start complaining about the shit the opposition puts in. The Irish have always been fond of off the ball play going back decades and the current mob are no different. Ditto the English and especially the French.

      What a bloody joke..

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      • No citing for the Irish player who went head high trying to stop Barrett from scoring. If the grounding wasn’t ruled that should have been a penalty try and a yellow card. Instead there was no consequence at all except moaning about the try being awarded.

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        • It’s just frustration at losing again and the UK media have never liked the AB’s. Why Barrett didn’t get the ball down immediately is beyond me, but yes it was head high and should have been punished…

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          • I agree, Barrett should have forced as soon as he got to the line. Players often muck around or go for glory dives rather than safe touchdowns, nearly backfired for Barrett.

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            • I was glad to Izzy say he had given Beaudie a slap after the game, and then relate the story of Brad Thorn putting him in his pace for showboating when he scored the winner against the Boks at Soccer City stadium. Put it down and bank the points.

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