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21. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I meant is he originally a Kiwi? I know he is not a particularly big man. But then again, you did say half-back.

Perhaps he may be aboriginal Australian.

22. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Hey Fiona, your thoughts on the O'Driscoll injury? I missed the incident, so I couldn't judge if he was exaggerating or anything. But I can't imagine Umaga or Mealamu doing that sort of "cheap shot" that O'Driscoll kept shouting about.

I thought it was a great result for the All Blacks too, just that this O'Driscoll incident has marred the victory somewhat.

23. Posted by Deleted28 (inactive 90 posts) 11y

Aussie rules is better football than this wall to wall wrestling rugby business

24. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

WHO TAKES THE NAME OF BRIAN IN VAIN???!!!!! *booming voice*

I missed the match. I slept in. Grrr...although from what I'm hearing I didnt miss much. :(

25. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Quoting summer910

Hey Fiona, your thoughts on the O'Driscoll injury? I missed the incident, so I couldn't judge if he was exaggerating or anything. But I can't imagine Umaga or Mealamu doing that sort of "cheap shot" that O'Driscoll kept shouting about.

I thought it was a great result for the All Blacks too, just that this O'Driscoll incident has marred the victory somewhat.

I feel for O'Driscoll as does the rest of NZ, he was probably the best Lions player here & as such we wanted him to play all 3 tests & were looking forward to seeing him in action. However, they are making a song & dance over it in the typical Woodward fashion.

Tana Umaga especially is not that sort of player, he won the
international fair player award a couple of years back for stopping during a game to help a Welshman who was injured badly, among other aspects of his play.

The Citing official had 13 different angles on the tackle & cleared both players... thats it, move on! One of their own players, Grewcock, was cited & banned for 2 months for Biting... that definately does not have a place in any sport

Your Loyal All Black Supporter, Fiona

26. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

I agree with you too on the O'Driscoll incident, Fiona. I'm sorry for him, but the whole affair's been blown out of proportion. Crap happens, but sometimes they just have to look ahead. This consistent harping on the O'Driscoll incident makes the Lions seem like they're bitching and sore losers over the first Test.

Never believed Tana Umaga to be the sort of "cheap shot" person either. :) In all the times I've seen him play, have never come across incidents of any malicious play on his part.

Well, the Lions mauled Manawatu today, 109-6. Not surprising, though they seemed a more compact side, from the bits of action I saw.

27. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

I don't know if it's the same in the UK, but the press here in Thailand are probably right when they say the o'Driscoll incident is being kept in the headlines by the Lions spins doctors, who are trying to avoid the real issue from the first test and that is the Lions were totally outclassed.

28. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

I don't know if it's the same in the UK, but the press here in Thailand are probably right when they say the o'Driscoll incident is being kept in the headlines by the Lions spins doctors, who are trying to avoid the real issue from the first test and that is the Lions were totally outclassed.

Exactly right Dave.. look what he's up to now

http://xtramsn.co.nz/rugby/0,,12918-4521325,00.html

He is now accusing us of cheating in the lineout.. the gist of it is that he reckons Mealamu after he has thrown the ball is rushing back to the lineout & helping with the lift.. good luck to him if he's quick enough!

This man really is a F*&%wit there are 2 days until they face the All Blacks again, surely his time would be better spent attempting to prepare his team for this. Not only that, he has made massive changes to the team, there is only 4 players in the same positions that they played last week... roll on another THUMPING I say

29. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Hmmm...i'm amazed it is now thursday and all the talk is still of the last game, the limited news i have seen on the Lions is still reflecting on last saturday. As a Lions fan i want to hear positive things about the next game, rather than keep having to listen to excuses about why the Lions were so bad in the last game.

But, is he right about numbers in the lineout???

30. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

"Thompson's theory is that on the Lions' throw-in, All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu moves from the tram-lines very quickly and into the lineout, effectively giving New Zealand an extra lifting option.

It wasn't acted on by the French referee Joel Jutge and Thompson's attitude, to his credit, was "good on 'em for getting away with it".

Thats the crux of it really, the Referee was right there for all the lineouts... Move On Clive

http://www.allblacks.com/lions/