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The beauty of sky plus, will be recording the rugby I think. Missing the South Africa game anyway so I'll definitely record that. Will be interesting to see how Argentina do in these tests. Their home games will be good to watch.
Probably watch the U21's on telly and steam the rugby on the laptop. Should be interesting game, both sides are missing big players but NZ should have too much in the forwards especially with James Horwill missing. Think South Africa will put quite a few past Argentina but yeah they'll be stronger at home.
Australia struggled, outclassed in the forwards and need to get Coopers star quality back. Nonu and SBW were decent but I think they're pretty similar, missed Conrad Smith a bit. When is Dagg not good haha?
Hadn't paid much attention to him before I went to New Zealand last year, guess I presumed Muliaina would carry on for ever, but everyone at the rugby club there was raving about him. Watched him a fair bit now and has been outstanding everytime.
Earlier start tomorrow. NZ - Aus @ 8:30. Better be worth it. No Pocock for Australia. Gonna be real tough for Aus without Pocock and if Cooper defends at 10, they're in big trouble, SBW and Nonu will destroy. Has Cooper even played much recently? I heard Beale made a few mistakes last week but throwing Cooper in sounds a big risk. Aus got no big ball carrier in the centre. I'm going for NZ by 20 could be more if they really turn it on.
New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Ma'a Nonu, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Brodie Retallick, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Ben Smith.
Australia: 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (c), 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Argentina were 13 points up with around 20 minutes left. Blew it really, Ioane's try was soft. Good to see they're putting in these kind of performances though. I expected them to struggle this year and improve as the years go on but they've done well.
Yeah could well be a factor although they deserve a lot of credit for their performances so far. They've not looked out of their depth at any point which surprised me. Even their fairly heavy defeat against NZ was very close at half time.
Suppose it is after a few games but probably a disadvantage early on in the competition as the southern hemisphere sides were going into these games match fit. I'd say the southern hemisphere sides will tire more as the competition goes on so I'd say freshness will be an advantage more so in the next few games.