So, a hooker grubbing a kick through

Nice way to win a game, eh?

12 thoughts on “So, a hooker grubbing a kick through”

  1. Single most important position in the field Tim. Essential to win line-out and scrum. Usually the most skilled ball player in the pack so no surprise he set up that try. Amazing how often they are also the most intelligent and best looking player on the team. Fucking amazing in bed as well.

    By coincidence that was the positon i played.

  2. It was a dreadful game to watch though. Both sides with no attacking flair and just bashing away.

    You Poms at least worked out that if you can’t run through them then you can kick past them. The Aussies didn’t even work that out.

  3. It was a fucking brilliant game to watch. Not everything has to be expansive back play – rugby has forwards for a reason and tackling is also a thing of beauty. The single best defensive I have ever seen from England – reminds me of the 1999 Wallabies which is high praise.

  4. It wasn’t good forwards play either though. Just bashing it ineffectively followed by inevitable kick.

    They’re talking England up, like they are the real deal. Letting the other side have 75% of the ball and hoping they’re crap at attacking isn’t a long term strategy though.

    Plus, if you like tackling watch league.

  5. “if you like tackling watch league”… that’s a pretty tired old cliche to trot out. It may have been true 20 years ago, maybe, but not any longer

  6. Being resident in Queensland, I’ve tried really hard to get into league, but I just can’t. It’s not natural and they definitely don’t play it in heaven.

    This game was a one off, the Wallabies were always going to come relentlessly hard, one down, must win game to prevent an historic series loss. The passion was so intense, MrsBud and I were glad we were not watching with Aussie friends, it could have led to the end of friendships.

  7. League is tedious and everything stops at the tackle. I like to watch the breakdown competition too. There was plenty of forward play and the tackling was ferocious.

    And it stopped Australia playing (though with that rush defence and our slow full back I don’t know why they didn’t kick through or chip over).

    The Eales era Wallabies were very difficult to score against and lots of people thought that made rugby boring. It made it fascinating.

    Would I want every game to be like yesterday’s. No. But do I want some games to be like it? Yes. This is the beauty of union – there’s really only one way to play league and just degrees of how good you are at it.

  8. Bloke in Lower Hutt

    League tends to produce 10-15 moments in a single game that cause Union followers to wet themselves with excitement when they happen once in a blue moon in the ‘slowed down so fat blokes can join in’ version of Rugby, like a hooker making a grubber kick for instance.

  9. Re Bloke in Lower Hutt

    The problem with League is that it is so stop start with the game being reset after every tackle; half the fun of rugby is watching the competition at the breakdown and League just doesn’t have this. The magic of Richie’s turnovers, the sheer brutality of England’s pack (likened to a touring WWE wrestling squad in yesterday’s papers here in Auckland) – League misses out on all of these. Yes, there are things that Union can learn from League – SBW’s offloads, the differing running lines etc – but Union is just a far more complete sport.

  10. Bloke in Lower Hutt
    Nah – league’s for thickos. Just admit it – you don’t understand Union. It’s fine, we won’t take the piss (much).

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