Tag Archives: Pumas

494. From The Couch: Bronze Final

Argentina 13 – 24 South Africa Exactly what, we all wail to the rugby gods, is the point of this match? A curtain-raiser? A revenue-raiser? Do we really need to separate third and fourth? The only real pleasure is to watch … Continue reading

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385. Weekend Rugby Wrap

All Blacks 41-13 Wallabies in Auckland England 19-14 France in London Ireland 28-22 Scotland in Dublin Pumas 12-26 Springboks in Buenos Aries The Bledisloe Cup decider has been well-thrashed in the media by now, and all the superlatives can be taken as … Continue reading

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377. Panic Now

Wallabies 27-19 All Blacks Springboks 25-37 Argentina Wales 21-35 Ireland There are two plausible responses to Saturday night’s Rugby Championship decider in Sydney: 1.  Panic Now The whole show is unravelling. Shag’s had four years of developing a pattern and a squad … Continue reading

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374. A Weekend of Chess

Wallabies vs. All Blacks in Sydney Springboks vs. Pumas in Durban Wales vs. Ireland in Cardiff Three big matches this weekend where the coaches are playing mind games with the opposition, their own squads, and quite possibly themselves. In Sydney, … Continue reading

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361. A Tale of Two Matches

It was the best of games, it was (not really, but for the sake of literary allusions we’ll call it) the worst of games. Springboks 20-27 All Blacks What a glorious match from two teams with high ambition and genuine … Continue reading

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350. The Rugby Championship Opener

On 17 July 2015 in Christchurch: All Blacks 39-18 Pumas Well that will settle a few nerves for, oh, about a week. The truly impressive thing about the All Blacks’ performance last night was the willingness in the physical. There … Continue reading

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172. Weekend Rugby Wrap

England 21 – 24 All Blacks Wales 28 -33 Wallabies Ireland 29 – 15 Springboks Scotland 41 – Pumas France 40 – 15 Fiji Hong Kong 10 -31 Russia Romania 17 – 27 United States The gap between North and … Continue reading

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130. Remembering That Losing Feeling

Springboks 27 – 25 All Blacks The story of the match is in the last play. Needing to score to rescue a win, All Blacks’ replacement prop Charlie Faumuina took the ball into contact and … and Schalk Burger and … Continue reading

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105. Respect

All Blacks 14 – 10 Springboks Wallabies 32 – 25 Pumas The revealing moment of the match in Wellington on Saturday night, for me, came after the final whistle. Did you watch the handshakes? Genuine warmth and respect between all … Continue reading

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097. These Extraordinary All Blacks

I know, I know. What I’m about to say is quite possibly bad juju. (Turn around three times and spit.) This All Blacks team is turning into something special. Maybe I’m also late to the party. The record says that … Continue reading

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