Good RWC dress rehearsal this tour.
Replicating 1/4 final, semi-final, 3/4th playoff ....
My tip to young players. Let the opposition player get up in their own time. A try scorer under a pile up has been happening for 150 years before you fluffybunnies started ruining these moments by .... being fluffybunnies .... and yanking disappointed opposition players out of the way for your un-waitable celebration.
I find this one strange as well. I think we as fans ( including Mex) are fully within our rights to blast the ref and say he cost us the series. I think the players and coaches should look at themselves and figure out how to take the ref out the game and that's exactly what they are doing. Not like the ABs were terrible, Poite and SBW hurt them bad. I thought by 3rd test they figured out how to beat rush defense but execution was poor but easily fixable. The result is what is but I think things like blaming Hansen for substituting Half back which the ABs have done for at least 13years is just silly.
I'm in the "ref didn't cost us the game camp" but in no way I'm of the opinion that criticism of his 78th min decisions should be shut down. That was the worst refereeing moment I can remember.
I don't think he 'cost us the game' because I only give Beauden a 60% chance of slotting that the way he was kicking. Where as I give Julian as 100% costing us a try and I think Beauden has already blown a 95% gettable kick. Then add in the cumulative 50%ers that were blown periodically through the match.
Up until 78 mins I thought Poite was good.
But that decision (and process) was disgraceful.
I now really doubt his moral fibre. He made a correct decision in real time, it was technically harsh on the guilty party but correct. He then allowed himself to go to the TMO to check foul play so that his already made decision could be taken away from his responsibility if possible, it couldn't, but then he allowed Garces to change his mind (incorrectly). He tried really, really, really hard to not have his decision be the 'series-deciding decision'. Very weak.
I would think that would set alarm bells off in WR Refereeing HQ. This wasn't a fast real time mistake, it was a failure of courage.
However I do not currently have faith in the Referring HQ. Their treatment of Joubert was a disgrace to the sport when they hung him out to dry after he made a brave but incorrect decision in the RWC in very similar circumstances.
To be contradictory, I do find the analysising of every single refereeing decision in a game on social media etc to be pointless. It's a quick game with decisions made in real time, fans need to just get on with it. Where I think this is bad is that it was done slowly, looking for every opportunity to back out of a decision.
I'm not actually salty about the series result. Getting the penalty and Beauden flukeing it over may have been the worst result for me, if it just papers over the cracks of our obvious weakness. But I'm soft as Rocky Rockvottom says (I think) after our back to back world cups.
You know what I love most about the Olympics?
That I don't know so much about the rules of these sports that I can just watch, accept judges decisions and the commentary, appreciate the sport, and move on without getting annoyed. God, I have fallen out of love with rugby so much for a few years.
In the weekend I popped my head back into the other parts of the sports pages. Apparently, Rassie has released an hour long whinge video or something in lead up to the test to pressure referees? If, I have got this wrong. Don't correct me. I simply don't even want to know.
I haven't gone into the olympics 7s thread, but when I did to see if the final had happened already, I had to go through a page of referee whinging (from all sides and neutrals) to catch up to the latest post.
It's been there right from the start, or at lease very early.
Back before the delta breach, Pasifika over 65 years old living in Counties Manukau DHB for example - were prioritised in the vaccination rollout. Part of the 'Group 2' I think.
Can't remember if there were any other ethnic reasons for it.
Not of much use now, though, except to wonder at the Asians and tut-tut at the Maori.
TBH. The reality on the ground will be dictated by gangs and tuck drivers, now. Not Bloomfield.
What he is saying maybe the theory.
Which may be depressing, but no point Auckland staying in level 3 for 9 weeks if the virus is already throughout the north island by say week 4 - as a theoretical example.
Am I the only one who has found the whole super Saturday thing completely lame?
Comes across to me like some sort of a kids party where Cindy is the princess telling everybody how awesome her team of 5 million little troopers are.
No, most on here thought that if look back a few pages.
I thought it would be lame, and risk of a political failure (if putting that hat on) as I genuinely didn't think there'd be enough willing people left unjabbed to make it worthwhile.
I haven't seen a scrap of coverage if it, I've just seen the numbers. Seems a rounding success, to me. Credit where its due, I think.
Although probably a bit of vaccine shifting occurred due to incentives to bloat numbers a bit. Most important is the first vax number, +40k.
@kirwan So total cases of 4.704 and 303 have had to to go hospital - so that's around 6% raw data. Then you have 19 in ICU. So that's 0.4% of known infections go into ICU or 1 in 250.
Two things not known on the above. Estimated diagnosis rate - remember this goes right back to the start, when testing was extremely limited, and then what hospitalisation means. Does this include those who visited a doctor? Or just this admitted for at least a night.
Kirwan's maths was on the section on the current outbreak. Which is almost 10% hospitalisations rate, which they've broken down by their vax status at time of infection.
Your maths is on the total numbers since day 1 in 2020. Which hasn't been broken down by vax status.
Interesting visual breakdown of the current cluster/outbreak by the different vaccinations statuses and hospitalisation.