I'm 50 mins into this game and geez does TJ have money on Waikato to win? Every decision that goes Auckland's way he sulks like a baby and has done nothing but rip into them when they make an error.
It’s painful, hopefully they give Nisbo the final.
I suspect the reason why some don’t hear it is they kind of agree with TJs anti-Auckland stance. Difference is they aren’t paid to basically promote a sport.
Look at that Oz league commentator that makes a basic try seem like it was orgasmic. It’s almost like he likes the sport or something.
I can't speak for others, but I am not anti Auckland, or anyone else for that matter. I just don't care enough for that shit.
I have asked before, but someone give examples on how he is so mean to Auckland/Blues so I can see what I am missing. I recall TJ being critical and sounding frustrated at the Blues a few seasons ago when they were playing dumb rugby, but at the same time just about everyone on here were expressing the same frustrations.
Lately I have been hearing TJ shooting his load over some of the young Auckland players - Rayasi and Sullivan spring to mind.
Auckland does something good, muted enthusiasm. Opponent does the same thing, creams his pants.
Auckland makes a mistake, goes on a multi minute rant. Opponent does the same thing, doesn’t get mentioned.
Example from this game, Auckland player gets shoulder charged off the ball, with the whiplash effect it looked like it nearly knocked him out.
He goes on and on about it was a harsh penalty.
His job is to commentate, not cheerlead his favourites. Every other province gets a local colour commentator, and they generally keep him in check when he starts talking shit.
If we can’t replace this dickhead, then at least pair him with an ex Auckland player that can call him out when he displays his bias, and crucially can sound enthusiastic for the Auckland team in the biggest rugby market in the country.
Yeah I recall him going on about the shoulder charge but saw it as him not agreeing with the penalty, not an anti Auckland thing. But I acknowledge that could come across as anti Auckland if you had a horse in the race.
Reminds me of people saying Justin Marshall favours the Crusaders in his commentary, but from my perspective as a Crusader supporter it seems the opposite. It's like he deliberately goes against the Crusaders to appear neutral. We all see and interpret things differently.
And you would have a point if it was just me going on about his bias, but even non-Auckland fans notice it.
Am away this weekend so miss the BOP v Harbour match. What a huge one that will be! Back in time for the final v Waikato though. That is assuming that Tasman and Auckland maintain their current approach through semis. I can dream....
There was also a U20 game on at Beetham Park between Waikato and Taranaki U20s today at the same time as the FPC game.
Firstly, never ask a player involved in a game what the score was. 🙂 Taranaki won 24-19.
Secondly, this wasn't an U20 game as such, but one of a series of games between the academy players from each province within the Chiefs region. The Waikato team is mainly U19 and younger than most of the other teams they are playing.
@Stargazer A lot of attacking talent in the back line for the bay Ravouvou had a good game and was replaced at half time By Narawa who was just as dangerous when he came on. Forward pack was really dominant and I never felt like Waikato would get back into it. The Waikato Centre had a great game defiantly got the better of Webber.
What happened to the days of being written off for three days (and your bosses expecting it) because you'd won the Shield? 🙂
this is one of the shit things about the NPC format now - the players don't even get to celebrate it properly - certainly no crazy stories like the old days.. cause they have to defend it 4 days after winning it.
Greg Cooper has joined the Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars as head coach with former Highlanders and All Blacks prop Carl Hoeft as his assistant. The Dynaboars play in the Top Challenge League - the second tier of Japanese professional rugby - and are based in Sagamihira in the Kanagawa prefecture, 47km from Tokyo. Their squad includes ex-All Black Walter Little's son, Michael, a midfield back currently playing for the Sunwolves Super Rugby team and former Tasman and Northland five-eighth Daniel Hawkins.
The online article is more comprehensive than what I had read in the newspaper.
@WillieTheWaiter What has Waikato spent on player salaries in recent years compared to other provinces? I remember reading that it was well below the salary cap, largely due to the historical debt owed by the WRU.
As mentioned it is hard to keep players (and develop them) if there are better offers in Europe/Japan and they are not getting a SR contract.