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Vagabundo
Mar 20, 2007

Ya like jazz?


Oh poo poo, Garces refereeing a Southern Hemisphere team that's not Australia? RIP Springboks.

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Madkal
Feb 11, 2008

It was all going well, and then the parademons showed up


Fallen Rib

gently caress. springboks going to be playing against two opponents

bigfoot again
Apr 24, 2007



Tyma posted:

The biggest shame is that this could hurt Nigel Owens or Wayne Barnes and their chances of refereeing the final. At this point four years ago, Owens was already cemented to referee the final, Wales were in the quarter-finals, and World Rugby were confident enough in the integrity of refereeing that they would have no problems with a senior referee officiating a final involving their home country.

Yeah, no, that’s not true

Kitchner
Nov 9, 2012

IT CAN'T BE BARGAINED WITH.
IT CAN'T BE REASONED WITH.
IT DOESN'T FEEL PITY, OR REMORSE, OR FEAR.
AND IT ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT STOP, EVER, UNTIL YOU ADMIT YOU'RE WRONG ABOUT WARHAMMER


Clapping Larry

Tyma posted:

The biggest shame is that this could hurt Nigel Owens or Wayne Barnes and their chances of refereeing the final. At this point four years ago, Owens was already cemented to referee the final, Wales were in the quarter-finals, and World Rugby were confident enough in the integrity of refereeing that they would have no problems with a senior referee officiating a final involving their home country.

To be fair I don't think you should have an official from one of the countries playing no matter what. If French people are implying that taking a dumb photo after the game when you've had a drink somehow brings into question your impartiality, then being from one of the countries bein played means you'll never hear the end of it.

Besides, if I was the referee I think I'd constantly be questioning my decisions and second guessing myself, and probably end up being unfairly harsh on my own team. Then if they won anyway I'd be accused of being biased, and I would probably feel annoyed at it all.

Aramoro
Jun 1, 2012






Kitchner posted:

To be fair I don't think you should have an official from one of the countries playing no matter what. If French people are implying that taking a dumb photo after the game when you've had a drink somehow brings into question your impartiality, then being from one of the countries bein played means you'll never hear the end of it.

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Oh poo poo, Garces refereeing a Southern Hemisphere team that's not Australia? RIP Springboks.

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gently caress. springboks going to be playing against two opponents

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You're right no one ever questions the impartiality of refs

Flayer
Sep 13, 2003

Enjoyment and excitement



Buglord

I have no problem with Peyper doing the elbow pose but he shouldn't be seen hanging out with fans of any one team like that during the world cup.

oh no computer
May 27, 2003



https://twitter.com/dummy_runner/st...611633445056514

Kitchner
Nov 9, 2012

IT CAN'T BE BARGAINED WITH.
IT CAN'T BE REASONED WITH.
IT DOESN'T FEEL PITY, OR REMORSE, OR FEAR.
AND IT ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT STOP, EVER, UNTIL YOU ADMIT YOU'RE WRONG ABOUT WARHAMMER


Clapping Larry


This photo calls into question his impartiality, he be playing favourites with extreme weather events.

bigfoot again
Apr 24, 2007



Guys I am really excited for England vs New Zealand in the semi final of the Rugby World Cup. I expect to lose. But it's gonna be awesome.

I also think Eddie's done a good job no matter the outcome, even if he is a bit of a oval office. He's brought through Sinckler, Curry, Slade, and Underhill, and he's given some exposure to younger guys like Mercer and Marcus Smith.

But if New Zealand win this world cup it's a real testament to Steve Hansen being willing to change his tactics and backline a year out from the tournament. That took some stones.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


bigfoot again posted:

Guys I am really excited for England vs New Zealand in the semi final of the Rugby World Cup. I expect to lose. But it's gonna be awesome.

I also think Eddie's done a good job no matter the outcome, even if he is a bit of a oval office. He's brought through Sinckler, Curry, Slade, and Underhill, and he's given some exposure to younger guys like Mercer and Marcus Smith.

But if New Zealand win this world cup it's a real testament to Steve Hansen being willing to change his tactics and backline a year out from the tournament. That took some stones.

I am going to miss it (for a fun thing, but still) and am very sad.

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




Same, away this weekend so every device is on airplane mode til I get home to watch the replays.

bessantj
Jul 27, 2004





Who's taking the picture?!

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Good news for Wales, Colbie is out of the semi final

Jedimastafez
Jun 5, 2005

The Stanley Cup has been kidnapped by Gary Bettman! Are you a bad enough dude to rescue it?


Watching the Mako live at Trafalgar this Saturday and then the ABs
Big weekend for Rugby which I again admit I am only a casual fan of

stavros880
May 1, 2005
I like monkeys


Liam Williams is out as well, probably won't recover in time for the final/3rd place kick about either.
Maybe that's why Gatland called up Owen Lane instead of a centre as expected? Maybe he knew Williams's ankle was a bit dodgy?

Kitchner
Nov 9, 2012

IT CAN'T BE BARGAINED WITH.
IT CAN'T BE REASONED WITH.
IT DOESN'T FEEL PITY, OR REMORSE, OR FEAR.
AND IT ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT STOP, EVER, UNTIL YOU ADMIT YOU'RE WRONG ABOUT WARHAMMER


Clapping Larry

stavros880 posted:

Liam Williams is out as well, probably won't recover in time for the final/3rd place kick about either.
Maybe that's why Gatland called up Owen Lane instead of a centre as expected? Maybe he knew Williams's ankle was a bit dodgy?

I had almost posted here earlier saying I have no ill will against SA players but I was just glad it wasn't yet another Wales injury.

Glad I didn't as I'd have looked stupid now.

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




Welsh injury crises are traditional for World Cups are this stage. Really tough luck for Williams and Kolbe. Hope they get fit again for the final/3rd place game regardless of who makes it through.

Madkal
Feb 11, 2008

It was all going well, and then the parademons showed up


Fallen Rib

Kolbe has been excellent but he hardly received any of the ball against Japan so I think the Boks can go on without him for now. That being said I hope he is fit for the next round and does receive more ball.
Also it looks like Faf was getting a bit raked through the coals on social media due to his box kicking every time he touched the ball. Looks like he is taking it in stride though, basically saying he understands why people were upset about it but that was their game plan and their game plan won them the game.

bigfoot again
Apr 24, 2007



NZ pick Scott Barrett are blindside instead of Sam Cane. Pretty surprised, but I guess they’re taking England’s power game seriously.

England go back to Ford/Farrell which makes sense for this game.

bessantj
Jul 27, 2004




Well Williams hasn't set the world cup alight and Halfpenny is a solid full back so it's not as egregious as it would be if Jonathan Davies went down.

fallingdownjoe
Mar 16, 2007

Please love me


Yeah, it sucks for Williams but he’s not been as incisive with his attacks as he can be, so I don’t think it’s a fatal loss. And Halfpenny is excellent so it should work out okay.

goatface
Dec 5, 2007

I had a video of that when I was about 6.

I remember it being shit.



Grimey Drawer

I'm amazed Kolbe wasn't out from that game where it looked like he'd snapped his ankle in the last few minutes.

Vaders Jester
Sep 9, 2009

Welcome to fucking Scotland.




bigfoot again posted:

NZ pick Scott Barrett are blindside instead of Sam Cane. Pretty surprised, but I guess they’re taking England’s power game seriously.

England go back to Ford/Farrell which makes sense for this game.

I wonder if it's so they can challenge the England lineout with 4 jumpers. England love playing for territory with kicks but if they can't get any change out of the lineout it might cause them to keep ball in hand. Also lets the ABs kick more aggressively too. Will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Mister Chief
Jun 6, 2011



bigfoot again posted:

England go back to Ford/Farrell which makes sense for this game.

Why is that?

Vagabundo
Mar 20, 2007

Ya like jazz?


Vaders Jester posted:

I wonder if it's so they can challenge the England lineout with 4 jumpers. England love playing for territory with kicks but if they can't get any change out of the lineout it might cause them to keep ball in hand. Also lets the ABs kick more aggressively too. Will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Scott Barrett is also a strong ball carrier, so Hansen is aiming for mobility in his pack. I'd say Sbarrett would be a good fit for the shape-shifting pod structure that the All Blacks use.

bigfoot again
Apr 24, 2007



Mister Chief posted:

Why is that?

New Zealand’s centres aren’t as big as Australia’s so you can afford to have Ford. Also you need more accurate tactical kicking or Beauden will destroy you on the counterattack.

Possibly also they think they’ll need to create more tries to win, whereas against Australia you can just wait for thei mistakes.

Vagabundo
Mar 20, 2007

Ya like jazz?


A former student of mine sang the national anthem at the Bay of Plenty v. Hawke’s Bay game. Super duper proud of her.

1000 Brown M and Ms
Oct 22, 2008

F:\DL>quickfli 4-clowns.fli

That's cool. I hope it's only for the finals though, it's really not necessary to sing the anthem before every game like in American sports.

Skarsnik
Oct 21, 2008

I...AM...RUUUDE!






Excited but nervous again

Dsmif
Sep 4, 2014



Skarsnik posted:

Excited but nervous again

Yep...

Sphyre
Jun 14, 2001



i'm backing black tonight!!!

The Rabbi T. White
Jul 17, 2008



Aaaaaaallllll Blllllaaaaaackkkks

Pail Ale
Jul 3, 2007

Bucket Beer


Pillbug

Carn kiwis. Don't choke

Wizard Master
Mar 25, 2008


I hope both teams play fair and everybody has a nice time.

Deepfried
Sep 20, 2001


Nervous af. Come on ABs

The Rabbi T. White
Jul 17, 2008



Wizard Master posted:

I hope both teams play fair and everybody has a nice time.

Sphyre
Jun 14, 2001



haka response

Pail Ale
Jul 3, 2007

Bucket Beer


Pillbug

Oooh, what?

Pail Ale
Jul 3, 2007

Bucket Beer


Pillbug

Wonder what would have happened if the ref didn't nix it?

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Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Would you be my new best friends?


Got a feeling this is gonna be an ugly game.

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