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Sunwolves stun Waratahs

Sunwolves stun Waratahs

The Waratahs have been upset by a determined Sunwolves team, going down 31-29 in their first match in Newcastle. The Sunwolves were too good for a Waratah side that were wasteful with possession and disjointed in attack and defence. Semisi Masirewa was the star for the Sunwolves, crossing for a hat-trick that was complimented by the automatic boot of Hayden Parker, which ultimately proved to be the difference on the score line.

Below is the finishing statement from my piece on the Waratahs in Wednesday’s News, and it seemed to come to fruition, summing up the Waratahs performance on the night.

“This will be a true test of the side’s quality, arguably more than the Crusaders, due to the side’s past habit of failing to back up a big win, regularly playing below their ability and losing seemingly easy games to sides below them on the ladder.”

The Match

The Waratahs got off to the perfect start, crossing the try-line after 90 seconds when a well-worked lineout move put Michael Hooper into a wide open gap, who drew the fullback for Nick Phipps to cross to give the side an early 7-0 lead.

The Sunwolves would return serve in the 10th minute after Nick Phipps was caught incorrectly entering the ruck, allowing Hayden Parker to do what he does best, slotting the penalty to reduce the margin to 7-3.

Despite this, the Waratahs would dominate the first 15 minutes, continuing to pressure the Sunwolves line after Cam Clark broke them open from the kick off to put the Waratahs inside their 22.

Their pressure would be rewarded with multiple penalties and ultimately five points when the man who started the break, Cam Clark, crossed in the corner after a nice offload from Kurtley Beale to push to score out to 12-3.

The Sunwolves would reduce the margin to 3 points after Grant Hattingh took advantage of some poor defence from Kurtley Beale to barge over the line, with Parker converting the try.

Mack Mason nearly restored the Waratahs lead after charging down a clearing kick from Parker, however, he could not control the grubber kick ahead and the ball would just trickle over the dead ball line.

The Sunwolves would then take the lead in the 30th minute, taking advantage of some tired Waratahs defence, which allowed Semisi Masirewa to cross when Henrick Tui put Dan Pryor through a hole after a lovely offload.

The Waratahs would earn a penalty before half time after the Sunwolves were caught offside, and Mack Mason would make no mistake with the shot at goal from 40m out to leave the score at 17-15 to the Sunwolves at half time.

Karmichael Hunt Waratahs v Reds 2019 (Credit Keith McInnes)

The start of the 2nd half would mimic the first, with Rob Simmons sparking the Waratahs attack with a picture perfect 25m cut out ball for Alex Newsome. They would then be rewarded when Michael Hooper muscled his way over the line after Cam Clark was just stopped before the try-line.

However, the Sunwolves would strike back, exposing some poor defence from the Waratah backline, particular from Clark and Beale, which allowed Masirewa to burst away for his second. Parker would continue his wizardry with the boot, slotting the conversion from the sideline to give the Sunwolves the lead 24-22.

The Waratahs would then gift the Sunwolves another try from the kickoff, after a poor pass by Mack Mason allowed Masirewa to swoop on the ball and complete his hat-trick, extending their lead to 31-22.

The game seemed to break down after this try, with the Waratahs continuing to kick the ball away, twice committing the cardinal rugby sins of kicking the ball out of the full and over the dead ball line within the space of 5 minutes.

The Waratahs would finally strike back in the 65th minute after Beale caught the Sunwolves napping on their goal-line, taking the quick tap from the penalty and breaking two tackles to score, with Beale converting his own try to bring the margin down to just two.

However, this would be the end of their comeback, as the Sunwolves would control the last 10 minutes of the contest on the back of some sloppy errors and soft penalties from the Waratahs would reward the Sunwolves with their second victory of the season and their first in Australia.

The Turning Point

The period between the 48th and 53rd minute saw the Sunwolves score twice on the back on some poor play from the NSW backline, which ultimately turned out to be too much for the Waratahs to come back from in the end.

The GAGR MOTM

Has to go to Semisi Masirewa after his hat-trick, he looked dangerous with ball in hand and his pace to finish off his second and third tries was instrumental in the victory.

Wallaby Watch

The majority of the Wallaby contingency failed to step up and secure a match that was there for the taking. Michael Hooper was the standout of the bunch, continuing to fight in attack and defence, accompanied by solid work from Rob Simmons and Kurtley Beale (at times).

Result

Sunwolves 31

Tries: Masirewa 3, Hattingh

Cons: Parker 4

Pens: Parker

Waratahs 29

Tries: Phipps, Clark, Hooper, Beale

Cons: Mason 2, Beale

Pens: Mason

  • formerflanker

    Saturday morning and I’m still angry.
    One day all 15 on the field will be playing at their best for a full 80.
    One day.

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      I’d take Pocock managing 60 minutes without getting injured one day mate.

  • Hoss

    For Sale

    ‘Newish pale blue cotton men’s rugby garment, only warn once with the owner suffering ‘buyers remorse’ and now realises they made a foolish purchase.

    Ideal uses include:

    – Wiping arse on
    – As a urine soaker for bottom of trough
    – A mop for nursing home toilet
    – A surgical gown. The Waratah flower is ideally placed we’re a heart should be located, but sadly is not
    – A mattress protector for a toddler
    – Perfect surround for a dart board
    – A dogs blanket
    – A humble door mat.
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    So many uses for a single item and yours for the princely sum of -$25. That’s right, call now as our Hosstel operators are standing by and we will pay you to take one of these wonder https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/82bdff56a831cecba954e5d778a096f6a9584598db9e73f819c52300ef836b99.jpg garments.

    Health warning – do not wear, touch or allow to rub against person. May cause drowsiness, forgetfulness, lethargy, loss of dexterity, anxiety, panic, bewilderment, anger, depression, derision from Tasmanian’s sitting nearby and ultimately self loathing. Repeated exposure may lead to heart conditions, hypertension and ultimately the withering of your soul’

    On a brighter note a new nickname was spawned. Mack Mason will forever be ‘Shifter’ – does everything that a fucking Spanner would do.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Pure Gold. Absolutely.

    • Keith Butler

      Hoss man, one of your best and so true. I have already posted our descriptive for useless 10-15 metre kicks as ‘Foleys’.

    • Cameron Rivett

      $25? I paid $180 for one last night! You were right about the buyer’s remorse though.

    • laurence king

      The bit about incontinence pad…..uh…..I’m….uh interested.

    • idiot savant

      From a coronation garment to an incontinence pad in a week….

      • Hoss

        Exactly – what other garment
        Offer such flexibility ? Wear it, tear it, be smitten or get shittin’ – it’s the ultimate wardrobe essential.

    • Fatflanker

      That’s certainly not just a footy jumper mate…that is a Willy Wonka-approved, fast-track golden ticket to a berth with the Wallabies – you don’t even need to be a good player, (but a business degree from Sydney Uni wouldn’t hurt)!!!

      • Brumby Runner

        Ha, ha. Chocolate coated gold comment FF.

      • Hoss

        And ???

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Very good Hoss

  • IIPA

    Wasn’t pretty was it… some horrible kicks. Tahs have really developed into a first phase or bust team. So often after a couple of phases they resort to a pass back to a deep 10 to simply kick possession 30m upfield to the opposition. Even worse on turnover ball their first thought is often a scrum half kick behind the line rather than looking for space and mis-matches.

    No doubt Mason was poor but geez he was surrounded by ball players and Wallabies you might’ve thought he’d get a bit more help.

    • Ed

      As someone said on Twitter last night, Mason had several members of the Wallabies/Tahs leadership group there – Lee Majors, Bovine Sprinkler, Gilbert and Folau. There were EIGHT Wallabies in the Tahs starting XV yet press reports today are about no Spanners, Dempsey and Two-Dads. Also, until late last year Gilbert was considered the test backup to Spanners. Isn’t Gilbert the second playmaker so he could have taken some pressure off Shifter?

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        2 dads is 50 years old. Just BS excuses for how shit the team played.

        • Ed

          I agree.
          One of those reporters had to again mention the private school of one of the Tahs players. What other code does that? I don’t read enough of the AFL press to know if what school a player went to is worth mentioning considering they haven’t attended that school for a few years.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Yeah, no wonder people who don’t go to these schools are alienated by our sport.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          The Kiwi commentators(espescialy the head commentator forget his name) love mentioning the schools and every little backtown they can shed some global light on.

        • Brumby Runner

          Thought I heard Kearns say “.. a thousand years old..”

  • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

    If Cheika picks Beale at 12 then we know he is a Welsh spy.

    That was embarrassing from Kurtley. A man with 80 Wallaby caps.

    • Hoss

      Sherbert I was at the game with some rather pleased Tasmanian’s who were not so subtlety cheering the Moon Diggies. I have NEVER seen an elite rugby player walk as much as Beale does and I mean ever.

      I watched the replay when I got home just to gauge the commentators and have a second look. The Tah’s forward we’re ok. Simmons, Hannigan, HTH were good. Swindon was very good and Hooper was outstanding. Joey was ordinary and Father Time seems to have arrived to call on his marker – BUT, once the ball got to Gilbert it was an entire, unclassified, unremitting cluster fuck. Anyone could see Shifter was drowning, but did Gilbert ever walk in and say ‘I’ll play first receiver for a while mate – it’s ok’ nope, skulked, through his hands in the air and walked and walked and walked. That guy can not be ANYWHERE near a Wallabies squad, not even holding a tackle bag FFS.

      If Iam a Tah forward I would have punched on once I hit the dressing room.

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        To be honest, I thought the Tah forwards lost it up front, but admit I have only watched it once.

        Mason was poor but Kurtley has 80 caps. He should have taken some of the pressure off Mason, not contributed to it.

        Kurtley’s defence is embarrassing.

        • Andy

          It really is. Even if he hits his man it is flapping arms and dodging. I’m blue through and through but this guy can’t be in the squad on any grounds including character

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I think everyone is redeemable, everyone can change their outlook. But based on his current abilities as a rugby player, I do not think that Kurtley should be rewarded with a squad spot. He is not playing well enough and has not demonstrated himself to be a leader that has a positive impact on his teams, as he should given his experience. He doesn’t seem to take on a leadership role.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Yep and with reasonable depth in the backs I see no reason he NEEDS to be on the field. Cam Clarke and AAC bring a very solid set of rugby brains and great pace into that backline. There’s enough leadership and experience there to easily deal without Beale. If he plays next week the coach is a fool.

        • Andy

          Point well made and I agree.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Well I was expecting a big tussle between Wells and Yosayaco but the only time Wells counted in that fight was the tackle he put on Vosayaco warren that eventually forced him off the field! Other than that Wells was invisible….

      • Bernie Chan

        Spot on mate…I thought the same thing when Beale made a tackle, the ruck formed and he made no attempt to get back into the line.. he was barely at walking pace. Astounding…

        • Hoss

          Yep, so much for the ‘blue wall’ Gilberts tackling and defensive reads were Z grade

        • Bernie Chan

          Blue wall…such hyperbole! Must be made of paper mache…

        • Hoss

          Pink Floyd sum it up nicely mate – all in all his just another prick in the wall.

      • Keith Butler

        Hoss you are a brave man watching that again. Although in the alternative Tahworld they would have won at a canter and Shifter and Gilbert would have players blinders.

      • Cameron Rivett

        Haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the replay yet. Maybe I’ll check out the highlight reel. It did feel like we matched up in the forwards though, I just think that the Waratahs and Wallabies have been crippled by relying so heavily on a dual playmaker setup in a sport which has moved away from it.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          And a dual playmaking setup that never fires aswell.

      • Patrick

        My view on Beale exactly. Just has no place in an elite squad at the moment and maybe only ever did in his first two seasons.

  • Brumby Runner

    The real defensive lapse that allowed Maserewa’s second try was Hunt not pushing up and leaving a gap as wide as the Heads for Maserewa to run through.

    Hanigan was back to his best being monstered in contact. One occasion he was simply lifted up and thrown backwards. It looked like the No 15 doing the business, but maybe was the No 5.

    • Ev

      I felt he was trying to cover Beale’s opposite on the inside, obviously had no confidence in him and caused him to miss his own guy

      • Hoss

        Watch again mate – Beale drops Hunt neck deep in shit when he sprints up on Parker and comes up empty.

    • GO THE Q REDS

      Too busy thinking about all his little girlfriend fans from the prematch probably. They love him!

    • Hoss

      No chance. Gilbert sprinted out of line for hero play on Parker and fucked his outside D 1000% left them completely stranded.

  • Tim

    Dunno why its a shock? Sunwolves have been playing well and we only just beat them in the first round.

    • Brumby Runner

      Too much misplaced confidence after a win against a substantially second Crusaders team.

    • laurence king

      Izzy was the difference in the first game. This time he wasn’t given the same opportunities

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        Hunt was the difference in the first game too. Managed to pressure Parker into missing that drop kick.

        Parker makes that 9 out of 10 times and the Sunwolves win. Was just great pressure from Hunt.

        Can we take a moment to acknowledge that the difference between the two teams was an incredible conversion from Parker?

        • Bernie Chan

          What a kick…best I’ve seen in recent memory. He must have started the ball metres to the right of the posts…a thing of beauty.

        • Hoss

          I was directly behind him for the kick mate and he fluffed it 100% and the it faded left about 12 feet on the breeze. He hit it like a family pie and got lucky, but good players make their own luck. When he ran back he was almost embarrassed it went over.

        • Bernie Chan

          Might explain that wry grin….:)

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Looked to me like he kicked it to the right knowing that the wind would take it in?

    • HK Red

      Totally agree, there was far too much backslapping fromTahs fans after the Cru win. Lots of comments about “Sunwolves will be easy, they were lucky to get so close in the last game”. Absolute balderdash. The sunwolves are a good team, solid and aggressive up front, quick and exacting in the back, with the best kicker in the comp (possibly globally at the moment tbh).
      Also, Beale is terrible. Can we put him to pasture now? I’m so over the bloke.

  • Thomas Murray

    Just showed you how poor the Crusaders were last week without a decent 5/8,Good win Sunwolves

  • Bernie Chan

    The Tahs were poor, especially the backs (though Izzy looks good when someone can give him a decent pass…) but the worst part of the telecast was Drew Mitchell (does he have to ask question that make it sound like he is kidding are..?), and the commentators (Kafer n Goran.. ?) who began the game spewing superlatives about the Tahs. Tim Horan speaking about Mason…”he’s learnt a lot from Foley in the last few years…”. Damning with faint prase? Surely some of the Sunwolves will get a contract w another Super side…Parker is worth so many points on his own!

    • Damo19

      The Fox Sports commentary team default performance is cringe worthy. Last night’s version was rolled gold crap. Bubbling sycophantic hyperbole. We will get it again tonight unfortunately.

      • Bernie Chan

        Fuxsports refers to Mitchel as a Wallabies legend…? I could mention several Wallaby legends…he isn’t one that comes to mind.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Wash your mouth out! He’s scored some of the greatest tries ever. Even Drew’s epic solo try for Toulon has been often rated in the top ten tries of all time!

        • Bernie Chan

          True…some great highlights…just not (my daft opinion anyway…) in the ‘legend’ class…that’s Gregan, Farr-Jones,Ella, Noddy, Latho, Larko, Campo, Horan territory in the backs.

        • HK Red

          That’s a fair comment and a pretty high class of player to be knocking around with. Drew Mitchell was a great player, did a lot more work than I think he was given credit for, but not a legend.

        • Bernie Chan

          He’s actually a local lad from up this way so can’t bag his ability…jeez the Tahs would love a bloke who could punt the ball as far as Mitchell on exit, almost as good as Latham (As part of his warmup Latham used to stand on the goal line and try to thread his torpedo punt between the posts, and Mitchell occasionally joined him)…But his commentary is truly awful.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Ha yeah fair enough. It’s pretty hard for a Winger to gain Legend status anyways I suppose!

        • Parker

          So are you saying not a legend but Fairy King?

        • Who?

          He also ‘earned’ the softest Red Card in history! Melbourne Bledisloe, 2010. :-)

        • Andy

          Drew was a solid player and did score some epic tries. But he is abhorrent on television and has never had the ability to be objective. He prefers to be close to the players than offer a well rounded opinion.

  • disqus_NMX

    Does anyone know what Semisi Masirewa’s bizarre and awkward try scoring dance is supposed to be about?

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      Isn’t it something to do with Godzilla? Isn’t he the Tongan Godzilla, or is that someone else?

      • Bernie Chan

        Nooo…that’s Saumaki! Lucky for the Tahs Saumaki was only a late sub…

    • dsb

      No but he deserved to do it. One upmanship on the woeful Tahs full of woeful wobblies and woeful commentary. The better side won. I’d like to see the real Crusaders have another crack at them if they can demolish the Hurricanes the way they did.

      • disqus_NMX

        I agree, but just saying it was the lamest, dorkiest victory dance I’ve ever seen, so was wondering if there was some meaning to it?

        • GO THE Q REDS

          That’s why it was so good….He don’t care bout nuffin!!

  • Cameron Rivett

    Fortress Newcastle falls again: Super Rugby edition. Only my third union game at the main ground here and we’ve lost all 3, and it’s hard to say which is more ignominious.

  • idiot savant

    Interesting game. Some teams are challenged by the style of game some opposition teams play. The Tahs for eg have been challenged by the Brumbies style of controlled forward possession and line speed defence. The Reds on the other hand are not threatened by the Brumbies style but are threatened by the speed of ball movement that the Tahs can play with.

    The Tahs are clearly challenged by the Sunwolves forward speed and physicality. They suck in extra defenders which disrupts the ‘blue wall’ and leaves holes that the Moondogs speedy backs can exploit. Thats 2 games now that the Tahs have struggled to get on top of them.

    I feel for Mason in that he has not been eased into super rugby by having minutes late in games. However, I have always felt he lacks speed and the Shute shield games I have seen feature strong physical defences but also lack speed. I think everything happened too fast for Mason and his errors came from him being unused to executing at high speed. Unlike Japanese club football which is as quick as anywhere in the world.

    • Cameron Rivett

      Your post is more savant than idiot, on a rewatch Mason honestly was pretty decent most of the game, but when he was rushed up on is when he made some crucial errors. That is to be expected in your run-on debut at Super Rugby level, which is why it’s such an indictment of the Waratahs management that he hadn’t been eased into the game before today.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Spot on CR. I thought he was actually pretty good for most of the game. Phipps scatter passing doesn’t help but he just needs more time

    • GO THE Q REDS

      Also agree your post is more Savant than Idiot. Some would have you believe the Tahs instead struggle simply by where the team is placed on the ladder. … below is a loss above I’d a win. Hmmmmm!

  • Fatflanker

    Good write-up Nathan but is anyone actually ‘stunned’ by this outcome, (or that Beale went missing in defence)? You picked it last week.

    • GO THE Q REDS

      That try Beale let through close to the line was astoundingly poor defence. He totally ignores his fellow team mates who were correctly numbered up outside him and slid to the attackers outside shoulder for some reason……also standing right in front of his team mate who was then prevented from helping! VERY VERY poor defence!

  • Pedro

    Mason’s poor pass was perfectly bad, face balled the inside man and yorked the outside one before bobbling up for the opposition winger. It was kind of impressive.

  • dsb

    The Waratah’s have always been inconsistent performers and seemingly unconcerned about their fans. Remember the season when they were booed by their fans at the SFS the ground that is now half demolished. I was there but not a ‘booer’. No different then to know! It brings into focus the political jingle ‘anyone but the …Tahs’.Most of them don’t deserve a Wallaby jumper. We need a big clean out of the National team and coaching staff. Looking forward to continuing to watch the rebels, reds and brumbies and Sunwolves

  • Brisneyland Local

    Well fellow GAGR’s, have just sat and watched the replay of the Tarts vs Moondoggies. Wow well done to the Sunwolves. Tahs, OMFG did you lot suck. BL lazy Saturday afternoon ramblings:
    – Well done to the Moondoggies. Are we really right to be cutting this team?
    – Waratahs have demonstrated that last weeks win was a fluke against an undermanned and emotionally overwhelmed team.
    – Hooper was certainly the highlight for the Tah’s, he has a motor and always fights. But you can hold it up by yourself.
    – Yes Mack Mason had a shocker. But that is not his fault. The Tah’s have placed no faith in him, have given him no game time, and have given him spanners as his mentor. Fuck me what did we think the result will be for that?
    – Gilbert! One try doesn’t undo all the bad you did in that game. You can not defend! Fuck if QC had that bad a defensive game it would be the headline on every internet site from here to Timbuctoo. Gilbert does it, its ok!
    – Folau looked good in attack when he got the pill. But with Spanners Mark 2 (which I now believe Hoss has labelled him Shifter)not feeding him much he was pretty average. Except in defence where he sucked ass as bad as he usually does.
    – This rest policy is going to come and bite us in the ass. I am now clearly of the view our (Aus SR teams) need their players getting as much game time as possible. Because most of them are not improving. We are just constantly finding new ways to suck!
    – For Hoss and the lads that joined you up in the Hunter, I am going to organise a gathering up here later in the year in Gods country! For those that are interested in joining us. I apologise for not being able to make it. I would have loved to have been there and seen that Moondoggie victory!
    Over to you GAGR’s!

    • GO THE Q REDS

      Mason wasn’t that bad compared with those around him with years of Suoer and test match experience. He knocked it on once. .. the third try to Masirewa was not a poor pass by Mason as most say, it was knocked down in the tackle by the Sunwolves player and if you watch closely it was most likely going to Folou who was very flat. . at speed with very spread out defense in front of him. Mason also kicked above par and helped set up two tries. As far as I can tell he had a better game than Beale did. Pulling Mason off early was a terrible call in my book, both at the time and in hindsight as the new setup (apart from Beale’s solo try) offered nothing extra despite the quality of the players!

      • Brisneyland Local

        Just watching sections of the game again and you could well be right. He did kick well. there is no doubt in my mind however that Beale sucked the big one. There is no way on form like that that he can be included in the Wallabies squad. He is shite!
        Mason needs more game time, but is obviously not trusted enough.

      • Hoss

        Mate They did the kid a kindness, he was a shot duck and sure as shit not one wallaby ‘mentor’ gave a flying fuck to help him. That game will set him back months.

        • Ed

          The media and some posters have looked at Mason’s performance, fine, but there were some very experienced players that could have guided him last night.
          The Tahs had six players who played in the 2015 RWC final, who are also SR winners. Surely this kind of experience could be used to help mentor less experienced players, or am I wishing for too much?

        • Hoss

          Agree – and posted same a few posts earlier. I couldn’t believe no one took the kid aside and removed acid from the sperm producing gland region. By the time he was subbed mate he had the yipps and I am talking the IBF kind that can end a career.

        • dsb

          Says a lot about the team culture!

        • Brumby Runner

          Yeah, some of those stars seem to be more concerned with their individuality rather than the team. Well, one in particular.

      • Cameron Rivett

        I agree with you. I followed his participation in the game extremely closely because I consider the flyhalf to be the only position that matters whatsoever on the rugby pitch (just fill the other 14 jerseys with actual cattle if you like) and he played pretty well.

        In the first 50 minutes, he knocked the ball on once and kicked it out on the full once (this actually led to a Waratahs try), every thing else was pretty solid. He made his tackles, most of his other kicks made good ground, and he even managed a few nifty passes. But then he threw the pass for Masirewa’s try and immediately afterwards dropped a catch, and it may have seemed that he’d lost his cool sothere was no choice but to pull him.

        He definitely seemed confronted by the pressure of a rush defence, but like you say that’s the fault of the management team for not exposing him to it beforehand, and most of the time he still managed to get good passes away. I think he still looks promising, and I look forward to seeing more of him.

        • Brumby Runner

          I must have missed the part where the Tahs won the game on the back of such a good No 10 performance.

    • Cameron Rivett

      1. They are just a Super Rugby barbarians team at this stage which isn’t really representative of any region. When the Japanese refused to allow their top players to play for the Sunwolves over the Top League their death knell had already sounded.
      2. I think too much has been said about the Crusaders being “emotionally overwhelmed”. They are pros, there was over a week between it and the game, and I doubt that even a single Crusader knew a single victim. Sure it’s not nice, but I definitely think the loss of Mounga was the most significant factor in the way the Crusaders played. Let’s not forget that the Waratahs essentially beat the Crusaders last year; some teams just play better against some other teams. Even the Force managed a draw against the Crusaders in their first year despite losing literally every other game.

      Strongly agree with the other points though. Nothing personal at all, I’m just a bit frustrated seeing it become the “common wisdom” that SANZAAR had it out for the Sunwolves and that the Waratahs victory over the Crusaders somehow doesn’t count. More people are murdered in South Africa every day than in the entire Christchurch incident, but you don’t see the saffies using that as an excuse.

      • Brisneyland Local

        I dont think SANZAAR did but SA certainly did.
        Dont quite agree with the effect it has on the players. Christchurch has had a bad trot over the last decade and these things do have an effect. I have many friends from Christchurch, they didnt know a single victim, but the effect on them from this event is significant. And will be for some time.

        • From NooZealand

          Thank you BL. Wise words, my family (and I am very grateful for that) suffered not a single loss and live in Auckland (“another jafa”, I hear KRL saying. I am OK with that). Maybe because we are a small country, the impact is greater. As for the Crusaders, they have to deal, explain and think to change the name of the team. Greetings

        • Brisneyland Local

          Thanks Mate.

        • Cameron Rivett

          I’m not saying there was no impact, but I feel it’s been overstated. If the Crusaders had won, people would be saying that the incident gave them the motivation they needed or something similar. The victory doesn’t need to be undermined by the incident. Also, there was more than a week between the incident and the game, and less than a week after that they handily buried the Hurricanes.

        • Brisneyland Local

          I actually think resting their key players had more of an effect.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Maybe the fact that it doesn’t happen every day is why it hit so hard. I think it was part of the problem, not all of it

  • Pedro

    I was watching in a pub with no sound so I take the blame for that. My only excuse was it was hard to watch.

  • Cameron Rivett

    Is it though? I watched the replay thinking that it had been knocked down but it looked as if Mason just panicked under pressure and threw it behind Folau. If it was a knock-down I think it would have been a fairly easy one for the refs to pull up.

  • Brisneyland Local

    If that is the case, we know what the out pouring of media shaming will be. Cooper will be picked in the squad, I am sure that Cheika just wont play him or will use him off the bench when the game is either already lost, or already won.

    • GO THE Q REDS

      Yeah I forgot about that ole chestnut. Another play from Cheikas sly dog book……

  • WOFTAM

    Beale’s arm were swinging like a hills hoist with every attempted tackle or weasle strip.
    The goal line defence during the first try was a hoax. The big lock came around to Beale’s side, looks up, sees him, calls for the ball and ran straight at him….try time.

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Loved rugby since the day I could remember, got the nickname Footy to show that, I watch Matt Dunning's dropkick every night before going to bed

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