Rod McCall (65)
Mark Reason seems to think it'll still be Richie running the show on Sunday and sadly it's evidence based opinion. Seems Nigel has a massive mancrush on the Men in Black. We'll need to play the match of our lives to win.
Doesn't make great reading does it! All you can do in situations like these is to try and take the ref out of the game. The breakdown will be an absolutely immense battle and we're going to need to be very accurate and ruthless in the clean out especially, even if that means smashing McCaw a few times. I wouldn't mind us testing Nige's limits early though, in the right part of the paddock, because you can be sure the other mob will be doing the same.
My only concern is that blatant foul or illegal play isn't punished. We saw a bit of that from Barnes on the weekend, when Argentina infringed with (at times) impunity at the ruck and weren't pulled up on it. The example that Reason gave in his article of Conrad tackling blokes in the air actually stuck in my craw in the Eden Park game. He should have been binned for that and wasn't. I just hope the same doesn't happen again. We need to be squeaky clean and give him no reason to reach for the pocket, because that will kill the game as a contest.