Aus v NZ

August 2nd, 2012 at 5:37 pm by David Farrar

Heh, so true.

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59 Responses to “Aus v NZ”

  1. jims_whare (403 comments) says:

    Yup in NZ winning isn’t much of a goal to achieve for.

    No here participation is far more important – lets all hold hands and sing a lullaby.

    Also part of the attitude of why many Aussies are acheivers and many kiwis are bludgers.

    And many kiwis with a cando attitude now live where? Oh in Aussie.

    Ya gotta wonder with our welfare state how so many kiwis seem to do well in Aussie where they don’t have a welfare safety net.

    They either sink or swim – makes them quick learners.

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  2. Nostalgia-NZ (5,221 comments) says:

    ‘They either sink or swim – makes them quick learners.’

    ..and cry babies apparently.

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  3. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    We have seen too much by way of results from the Aussie ‘achievers’ so far this Olympics.

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  4. cha (4,036 comments) says:

    And they’ve got lay-down Sally.

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  5. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    I think there are some rowing golds on the way.

    Also, Val Adams in the shot put and Nick Willis in the 1500 mts.

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  6. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    I guess the photo’s show the response to the result, but not the response to the challange of doing better. The latter is the real test. As j_w said above, to be happy just to participate has become something of a cultural norm. It starts with warm fuzzy feelings of happy participation at school, and ends with someone else more highly qualified/experienced taking that job you want.

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  7. cha (4,036 comments) says:

    Olympics pics. London 2008 and London 1948.

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  8. Longknives (4,767 comments) says:

    Aussies are “Cry Babies”??

    This coming from a nation still howling and wailing to anyone who will listen that the rest of the World somehow ‘conspired’ to rob them of the Rugby World Cups in 1995 and 2007…(Suzie the Waitress,Wayne Barnes etc etc)

    Not to mention Andrew Nicholson throwing his toys out of the cot in London this week…

    Glass Houses and Stones anyone??

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  9. Nostalgia-NZ (5,221 comments) says:

    No howling and wailing here mate. The cup’s tucked safely away.
    Feels pretty good too.

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  10. Bob R (1,377 comments) says:

    ***Yup in NZ winning isn’t much of a goal to achieve for.***

    Yeah, because we’re so easy on the All Blacks when they lose :P It comes down to expectations prior to the event too.

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  11. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    As others have noted above, we have plenty of medal chances yet to come, starting with the double sculls final in about 25 minutes; two more hot chances for gold at the rowing tomorrow and then the cyclists and yachties to come.

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  12. gump (1,650 comments) says:

    What that photo demonstrates is that equestrians know how to party.

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  13. RF (1,407 comments) says:

    Why do we have this hang up about being better than Aussie. Must admit when I am over there NZ does not really get a mention in the news. Who cares.. I am certain they don’t.

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  14. seanmaitland (501 comments) says:

    @jims_whare – what an idiotic post – we are 32nd on the all-time medal charts for the Olympics, yet are one of the smallest, most isolated countries in the world, with only semi-professional athletes.

    Your post says more about yourself than anything in NZ – we are world champions across a host of different sports.

    And to DPF – I know you didn’t come up with this picture, but anyone that belittles Mark Todd for celebrating an Olympic medal at the age of 56 is banging on the wrong door – out of 7 billion people on this planet, he is the only 50+ year old winning an Olympic medal – so he has every right to get out there and party like its brilliant.

    [DPF: I don't think it is belittling Todd in anyway. Winning any medal at the Olympics is a huge achievement. I think it is poking the borax at Australia]

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  15. big bruv (13,935 comments) says:

    jims_whare

    Well said. You are 100% correct.

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  16. freemark (581 comments) says:

    Looks like he’s on the charlie again.. but yeah, good on them. (-:

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  17. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    People who cry easily are shit.
    To all the knockers: What colour are your Olympic medals?
    Fourth is participation, a medal is a medal.

    Good on them for celebrating bronze. They’re having a great time. I hope they take it easy on the coke and gay sex though.

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  18. seanmaitland (501 comments) says:

    @brigbruv – why is it that we have the same number of golds as the aussies in the olympics so far if they are so brilliant?

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  19. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    Quite so seanmaitland; DPF jumped the shark a bit with this post. Well done to Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan; a stunning gold medal row. And there’s Murray and Bond to follow tonight.

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  20. Luke Mutton (247 comments) says:

    @ seanmaitland. bzzzzzzt wrong.

    The oldest Olympic Medal winner is Oscar Swahn, who was 72 when he won his medal.

    Toddles has a way to go to match that record.

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  21. b1gdaddynz (279 comments) says:

    I think it is great to have high expectations but you also need to learn to accept defeat graciously and celebrate your success. When I first saw this picture I assumed it had been taken out of context but then I saw the interview and it makes you wonder about her mental health to be honest!

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  22. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    Did you wonder about Zinny’s mental health when you saw him bawling at the end of the 1995 World cup final?

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  23. seanmaitland (501 comments) says:

    @luke Mutton you fool – I was talking about the current Olympics, and the photo of Mark Todd celebrating at them.

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  24. flipper (4,084 comments) says:

    DPF did not jump the shark.
    His photoshop has been read wrong. It shows Kiwis celebrating becoming third best team in the toughest of all equestrian events. And it also shows an over-rated Ausssie, disappointed because excessive media BS failed to produce a result she was TOLD was hers as of right. Aussies have enormous self confidence, often in excess of an ability to deliver.

    We have had both surprises and disappointments over the years. We will have more in future. The only trouble with last night’s rowing gold is that the buggers left it to the last 100 m. They must be in league with the great cardiac arrester !!!!!

    [DPF: Exactly]

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  25. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    @ flipper, tell me flipper, what’s all this aggression towards the Ozzie swimmer? How do you know she is over-rated? Seems a very mind-spirited thing to be saying. Have you ever met her, do you know her story? She does look upset, but I’d say the reasons are a little more complex than the simplistic ones you have offered. It takes a certain type of person to knock someone when they are down. You don’t feel in anyway ashamed saying such things? I don’t mind a bit of emotional honesty from time to time.

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  26. mister nui (1,029 comments) says:

    jesus you’re a miserable fucker mutton. It must really suck to be you waking up every morning thinking how can I pick on all those nasty right-wingers on kiwiblog today – then resorting to something as infantile as that.

    That’s why you’ll forever remain a poor down and out loser, because you don’t aspire to be something, or do something great with your life. Whilst all the rest of us carry on being successful, you’ll continue to be an envious loser.

    Maybe time you had a look in the mirror and asked yourself why you’re such a loser in life….

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  27. flipper (4,084 comments) says:

    No aggression, DP. Just fact.

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  28. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    No fact, flipper. Just opinion. Yours, which you are of course entitled to. Just be careful not to confuse the two.

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  29. Luke Mutton (247 comments) says:

    @mister nui How to outrage a rightwing knuckle dragger. Tell the truth, they can’t handle the truth.

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  30. smttc (752 comments) says:

    Actually Andrew Nicholson is also 50+.

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  31. mister nui (1,029 comments) says:

    I’m not outraged mutton, in fact I couldn’t care less…. I don’t even feel sorry for you, that you live such a miserable existence – it’s your problem.

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  32. Hair Removal Specialist (80 comments) says:

    Nothing inherently wrong in celebrating a bronze. Nothing inherently wrong with being sad if you do not win gold. It is a matter of perspective and it seems tenuous to link with the Aussies are “winners” and Kiwis only care about “participation” meme. If we were not rated as favorites but come out with a medal – why not celebrate a bronze. For the Aussie swimmer – if she was rated as the favorite it would only be natural to be disappointed.

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  33. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    No ,the problem is how this story is portrayed,presentation,context.

    There is a huge problem in the NZ media with Oz bashing. It is pathetic and petty,exactly what one would expect from second rate small minded wannabes.

    She cried,so what?
    The horsey folk celebrate ,good on them. End of story,why juxtapose those 2 to create a nasty story.

    Our rowers do well. Good on them too. However the back story is about taxpayer money being channelled into a few chosen events that elites have decided where the gold is. It’s got very little t do with sporting prowess and the Olypic spirit of participation ,it’s about winnning. Not really sporting at all.

    The Olympics have become corrupted by big business,sponsorship and misguided nationalism.

    http://karldufresne.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/what-would-baron-de-coubertin-think.html

    Remember the reaction of the public to Hart and his horse after the RWC not that long ago?And now the book,”We was cheated”.
    Stop pointing the finger.

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  34. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    It is amusing but not “so true”. We are about as successful as Australia in sport, allowing for funding and population differences. We have some of the toughest athletes in the world. And if Bond and Murray get silver, their reaction will likely be huge disappointment too.

    As for RWC 2007, anyone with a clue about rugby (i.e. not Big Bruv) knows we were absolutely cheated in that match. Either that or it was the most incompetent refereeing display in history. Henry wrote a book on his career. Why would he not mention such an important event? That is why it’s come up again. If he didn’t even mention it, haters would find a way to criticise that too.

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  35. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    To get to the top you need to aim for the top.
    One of the reasons why so many smart and gifted you people leave NZ is because our school system has this “its good to participate but its bad to strive for excellence” attitude.

    If i were good enough to get gold but didnt then Id be pissed off too.

    As for bronze – well 3rd in the world is pretty good – but silver is better and gold is the pinacle. Todd and asscoiates have had other pinacles in the past – some being off field and achieved by the help of shall we say chemical compunds.
    Gold is still the one to aim for.

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  36. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    A few facts. NZ spent about 180 Million over the last 4 years preparing for these games(Alex Baumann interviewed on the Murray Deaker Show). Funding wise, we are one of the richest in the world (in fact very much comparable to Oz on a per capita basis). We sent about 180 athletes to these games, which on a population basis would make the team one of the largest sent. By comparison the US sent about 550 athletes, with about 75 times the population (a fact not taken into account when the alternative medals per population tables are created). While NZ has always enjoyed portraying itself as the little guy in world sporting terms, this is not really accurate any longer.

    While the ABs were unlucky at RWC 2007, they can consider themselves fortunate in 2011 to have a referee in Joubert who appeared reluctant, or scared, to make any big decisions. The Froggies were the better team in the final, while the ABs were best in the tournament.

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  37. J Mex (190 comments) says:

    out of 7 billion people on this planet, he is the only 50+ year old winning an Olympic medal

    @seanmaitland Without wanting to be a pedant, the coxswain in the silver winning Canada Woman’s rowing eight last night is 52.

    But yeah, Todd is doing well.

    Weirdly enough sometimes Gold and Bronze are “mentally” the best positions to finish. Gold means you won, bronze means you got in the medals. Silver means you didn’t win gold, and 4th means you’ve got nothing to show for it. I know Olympians and world Champs competitors whose 4th place is the one that haunts them the most (more than 6th, 8th, 12th).

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  38. OTGO (557 comments) says:

    >The Froggies were the better team in the final, while the ABs were best in the tournament.

    Don’t agree. The AB’s played a risk free 2nd half of rugby not conceding a penalty. That took a huge amount of focus and discipline which is a characteristic of a world champion team. If you think otherwise you haven’t watched the final objectively and can lable yourself a tall poppy chopper. Or a league supporter.

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  39. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    Dean, so 180 selected out of 4 million will have more quality than 550 selected from the USA? All that tells me is we send too many athletes who won’t get remotely close.

    Having watched the 2011 final upwards of 50 times, I’ve found 2 occasions when France should have gotten a penalty but didn’t and 2 when NZ should have but didn’t. A couple of missed knock ons each way. One sending off offence committed by France missed. While France held the ball for extended periods in the second half, they were going sideways. In the first half the same applied to us as we missed scoring chances. It was a good match that could have gone either way and the All Blacks put it all on the line to hold on. 2007, we still should have won despite the ref and all the injuries.

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  40. David in Chch (519 comments) says:

    Barry at 10.11 am.

    My daughters went through the NZ school system, and excellence was encouraged and celebrated, BUT not at the expense of the broader goal of participation by as many as possible. The point of such a philosophy is to raise _everyone_. Now I will be the first to admit that that is nigh on impossible, but the point is to try to raise the level – sporting, music, art, scholarship – for as many people as possible. That does _not_ eliminate the excellence that many achieve. They are separate but to some extent linked. It is why NZ does so well on the world stage PERIOD. Kiwis are welcomed in England, the USA and so on, because of their breadth of skills, knowledge and, most importantly, work ethic. I hear this all the time from former students who are working in London, for example.

    Yes, there are lots of areas for improvement, but the glass is half full, not half empty. (Of course, the consultant would tell us we had the wrong size glass. :) )

    Going back to the juxtaposed photos – the Aussie girl’s chances were talked up, likely beyond what could happen given the overall level of the competition this time around. The Kiwi team’s chances were given an outside shot, so winning a medal exceeded expectations. Hence the different responses. So I agree with everyone else who has made the same comment. Different expectations = different responses.

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  41. grumpy (261 comments) says:

    Our Eventing team are terrific. We are a small Eventing nation that consistently produces world class riders and horses. To get into the medals and only just a whisker behind the Poms and Germans is an achievement not often equalled in any sport.

    Did you guys actually see the cross country and jumping?

    NZ may have “only” won the bronze for Eventing but they sure as hell (as they always do) win the gold for partying.

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  42. David in Chch (519 comments) says:

    Just to follow up on grumpy’s comment, and of course NZ has long been a great producer of excellent horses, going back to before Phar Lap. Our horses are regularly snapped up by foreign buyers, and we have a grand rural tradition.

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  43. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    @ David in Chch -you didn’t see closeup the day before, I take it? Because I got the distinct impression from that that a gold for Toddy was a mere formality.

    anyone who watches, dispasionately, and without bias, the last quarter of the RWC 2011 finale, can see that the Froggies were the better team. Kaino for one, should have been penalised in those last few frantic minutes. But hey, that’s not to take anything away from the ABs. If you are going to claim they were robbed in 2007 then you have to accept they got lucky in 2011. And while Parra attacking Sir Richie’s knee with his head was typical froggie filth, I’m glad he wasn’t sent off for it as it would have been a pity to ruin such an excilting game.

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  44. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    So Dean, France played better for one quarter of the match. That’s your argument that they were the better team? Wow. During that quarter they held the ball, but never looked like scoring. And why did they hold the ball? Because the All Blacks were petrified to compete in the ruck for fear of a kickable penalty.

    Richie wasn’t even looking at Parra, he was focused on the ball. It was an unfortunate accident, much like the Cruden injury in a tackle. Rougerie, however, is a piece of scum who first headbutted someone pinned in a ruck, then put his fingers in his eyes. Richie gets up and leads us through the last 5 minutes (when we held the ball and went further forward than France did during the quarter they were the better team).

    I accept we were lucky in 2011. Lucky the ref wasn’t Wayne Barnes and was instead fair to both teams, and lucky France couldn’t break the line.

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  45. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    It was indeed an unfortunate incident, and very unlucky for Parra that it just so happened to occur in a RWC final. But Sir Richie clearly had no idea Parra was there. I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often. I’d say France were the better team in the second half, and deserved at least an opportunity to score in the last minutes. But they were never going to get that from Joubert. But we should really be thanking Paddy (Sir Paddy?) for the superb way he managed the referee appointments to give the ABs every possble chance. Bryce’s performance in the quarter was especially noteworthy, given the way he had relentlessly pinged the Oz scum in the pools games. So, with the Saffers still seething, it was indeed proper that a Saffer be allowed to ref the semi and final. Joubert duly repaid the faith put in him by Paddy, in the semi and the final. Hopefully we can in time reward Joubert with an NZ honour.

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  46. OTGO (557 comments) says:

    So how is your NRL team doing Dean?

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  47. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    I no longer support any NRL sides, OTGO. In my younger days it was the Raiders (big Mel, Clyde), but those days have long since passed by. I’ll watch snippets of games these days, but the only time I might sit through an entire game is at finals time. I’ll be supporting the Sharkies come the Super 15 final.

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  48. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    Okay, I see you’re an All Black hater now that logic has gone out the window. That South African team wouldn’t have gotten close to us. They were unlucky to lose to the Wallabies, but Australia was more of a threat. Although now you’re also implying refereeing won us the semi-final. The semi-final that we won 20-6 and the score flattered Australia. And you’ve adjusted to say France dominated the half instead of the quarter.

    So anyway. France lose 3 matches at the world cup but dominate 20-30 minutes of one match (but don’t score any points while they dominate) and suddenly they are robbed. Brilliant.

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  49. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    LOL at Jim’s Whare comment #1…
    This country is RIDICULOUSLY over-obsessed with sport in general and the cult of being recognised by your peers to be slightly better than someone else at doing something completely pointless. It’s elevated to the level of a religion – and a pretty unhealthy, dogmatic one. Olympic Games is just about the only sport I bother watching – so many of the things these people train themselves to do are simply mind-blowingly awesome.

    Hair Removal Specialist said it all at 9:28am…
    I can imagine being that pissed off if you got all the way through to the big final, and then you lost and you know you only lost because you cocked up something you’ve done right time and time again in training and in lesser competitions. I can’t imagine being that upset if you’d done everything the best that you could do, and someone else was just better – that’s life and you’d be pretty stoked with your silver medal for being better than everybody else bar one.

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  50. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    How can you possibly claim the South African team wouldn’t have gotten close to us, given the way the ABs struggled against the French? The 20-6 was a fair score in the end, but I’d hardly say it flattered Oz. Joubert practically took Pocock out of the game in the first 5 minutes. Zapper, it is not just me claiming the French were robbed. It also happens to be the general consensus of the majority of overseas rugby scribes.

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  51. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    The French lifted, the ABs played well but not as well as usual. How can you claim the South African team would get close? They were an average team. Much like us in 2007, they weren’t helped by a ref having a shocker but with 75% of possession and territory they still should have won.

    And 20-6 absolutely flattered Australia. They were never in that game and we had a second string goalkicker missing everything (much like he did against the French).

    You and Stephen Jones are welcome to an opinion. As I said, mine is based on watching it way too many times. The final was very even but France never looked like scoring points – the 7 they did score came from a ruck that clearly should have resulted in an All Black penalty! And then Weepu was too lazy to dive on the ball. So if a team that can’t score points deserved to win is your opinion then fair enough.

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  52. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    There was no penalty there Zapper, you are clearly very biased. Why have you watched it so many times? Nothing is going to change that fact that the ABs were lucky, and the French were hard done by. That of course doesn’t take the gloss off the AB win, but it is important to keep some perspective. Sir Graham bringing up 2007 again in his book should be embarrassing for the majority of AB fans, the fair minded ones at least.

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  53. Longknives (4,767 comments) says:

    Sorry but 1:22 is THE most laughable thing I have ever seen on a rugby field- Craig Joubert was simply too bloody terrified to give France the penalty! (I would make allegation of “match fixing” but only people with dubious ‘Knighthoods’ can get away with that)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XBqetaCfgo

    Anyone who doesn’t wear a Black eyepatch can see that France were robbed in 2011….So I suggest you all stop whining about 2007 eh?

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  54. Dazzaman (1,140 comments) says:

    As for RWC 2007, anyone with a clue about rugby (i.e. not Big Bruv) knows we were absolutely cheated in that match. Either that or it was the most incompetent refereeing display in history.

    I prefer the latter…after all Barnes is the best blind block runner in the game. And we were shite with lousy selections…Robinson shouldn’t have been there at all let alone playing, Howlett was the form winger…Henry shot himself in the foot.

    As for 2011, the frogs just weren’t good enough against a team that won in spite of the gr8 redeemer. France weren’t robbed, they didn’t have enough flair to finish the AB’s off. Don’t push the bull that they were that dominant, it was a close match played between the 22’s.

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  55. seanmaitland (501 comments) says:

    @Longknives – France were absolute shite in that game – they only got close to our line once. You must have been watching a different game – and its already been proven since that there were just as many decisions in that game that went their way.

    It looks like you have an eyepatch on, or you’re legally blind.

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  56. Nostalgia-NZ (5,221 comments) says:

    Dazzaman: Yes Howlett was the form winger and should have been in. There was something odd going on between he and Henry. I think Howlett could have turned the game.

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  57. V (720 comments) says:

    The reanalysis of RWC games kinda proves @Longknives earlier point, does it not?

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  58. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    Geez, the Froggies were absolute sh!te were they. Remind me, what was the final score?

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  59. Dave Mann (1,224 comments) says:

    Look, guys…. perhaps we can get some bloody perspective on this. Sad as it might be for individual families etc etc blah blah, how about if we remember that one source gives Allied casualties in the Gallipoli campaign, including deaths from drowning and accident, as about 265,000, of whom some 46,000 were killed in action or died of wounds or disease.

    If the people who are in charge of this idiotic Afghanistan adventure could get the idea of ‘reconstruction’ out of their tiny minds for a moment, they might come to a conclusion about whether they want to be there or not, and what they hope to achieve. If they want to be there, then the only real course of action is to bring every type of fire onto every man, woman or child who even farts in that country until the whole population is begging for mercy. This is called ‘conquering’, but it only works if there is some sort of will, or aim to achieve something. If they don’t want to do that, then they should jump into their choppers and humvees and piss off out of it and stop embarassing themselves.

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