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    Well, the boys gave it their best shot. I suspect those intercepts were not flukes but a weakness Eddie Jones has seen to be exploited. Still, Johnny May is a terrific player so good luck to him.

    Still some good Rugby to watch.

    mick

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    Mick, I was going to comment about the interceptions. It seems to me that the Wallabies give away at least one, often two, tries every game through interceptions. The passes are woeful ... slow, arced loops just waiting to be fielded. Or the opposing backline is lying shallow and this is ignored (where are the grubber kicks?). It is heart-breaking to see chances missed, but it must be so demoralising to give away points like this.

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    Quite right, Derek. Every opposing coach studies the videos. I groan every time I see one of those slow looping shallow passes. I shan't reveal what I say when we are intercepted once again.

    I missed the Japan - Boks game because Channel 10 broadcast Wales v France and I have no Foxtel at the farm. Probably a better match but I like the Blossoms' spirit. The result was entirely predictable.

    I suppose I must now barrack for the Blacks. After all, they are Anzac partners.

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    The NZ/England game is going to be a real good match to watch as will be the Wales /South Africa match.I had reservations on Japan over SA although the Japanese are a good running side they are only as good as the opposition allows,so good kudos to SA putting in a good combined defensive effort with an offensive effort to match.Wales were very lucky to get over the French & would not have done so I feel if the French chap had not been red carded over a brain fade.

    I am also going for the AB's but probably by about 9points hope to proven right .
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    It takes a great team to make a good team look ordinary. That's the story of last night's disappointing performance.

    What now? Barrack for Wales, I guess. Hopefully we'll see a cracker game this evening.

    mick

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    It’s probably put Eddie Jones out of reach for Aust Rugby as well.

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    England / South Africa the two best teams here to do battle ,I think England have their heads & attitude in in the right space .SA need to to show that they can penetrate a good defensive side ,win the ball at the break down be show discipline within the side to limit penalties.
    England with a chance here, but I'd like to the cup come back to the Southern Hemisphere.
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    I've decided to barrack for whichever team plays the more attractive rugby. Guys, can we please not have a pick and drive, box kicking fest in search of territory and penalties? Like it or not, you're actually playing for the fans' enjoyment; all of us. Win at any cost also means fewer bums on seats as we saw when Dingo Deans was coaching the Wallabies.

    Otherwise my default position is to support the Poms. OK...it's come to this and now I've said it! A small acknowledgement of thanks that they sent my ancestor to a better country instead of leaving the convicts behind and setting sail themselves.

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    Tight rugby wins international games. That's why England is were they are. You can't score points without the ball. When you've got it, keep it.
    When you haven't, get it. Rugby is hard work. To be successful you need to reverse this.

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    For the community of South Africa to see their team win is a morale boosting thing that I am glad to see.The better team came to play and what a game they did give us .
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    Agreed, John. Other family duties intervened so I was only able to watch the second half But what a half it was!

    The spirit and camaraderie shown by the Boks after the game was heart warming. One team and one country. Good on them!

    I guess now I can finally move on from the 1971 test at the old Sydney Sports Ground during that infamous tour.

    mick

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