Great Historical Moments, feat. Samson Lee: No 1 - The Last Supper

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The Golden Justice Dispenser in Great Historical Moments where he belongs.  To start with, the Tangerine Overlord smashes the ball into St John the Apostle at the Last Supper.  

December 10, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) |
In Categories: Great Historical Moments feat. Samson Lee

An attempt to fathom Stuart Lancaster's thought process

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England have not had a consistent and fit for purpose centre partnership for eleven years.  Discuss.  In fact, that is all that fans have been doing for every minute of every day for a over a decade.  Of course, these discussions are pointless if you're not in the coach's chair, so what would help is to understand  what, exactly, Stuart Lancaster's thought process is. 

Well, one thing we do know is that his response to any midfield question is usually, "Manu".  Even unrelated questions from his wife at home probably get that response, such is the importance the Leicester man to him.  But what did the Manu-less Autumn tell us about the approach to the England midfield?  Let's consider the evidence. 

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December 3, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) |
In Categories: Autumn Internationals, England

SHIT/GOOD™ Ratings: Autumn Internationals, final week

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Yes, you should look glum, my lad


Final shot at the Coconut Shy Of Judgement, let's find out who's won a goldfish and who's hit the coconut five times and it hasn't budged.  Let's have yours in the comments, or you could simply abuse the computer's selection.  Either way is a win as that's how the internet works so we're told.

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Billy Twelvetrees - On paper he should be the answer at 12 for England, unfortunately the curly haired far-too-infrequent borderline bamboozler has not staked his claim and this game demonstrated that there is something missing.  Is it simply consistency?  Perhaps, but the computer has come to the conclusion that he's simply not bright enough to the play the game his physical attributes would allow. 

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December 1, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) |
In Categories: Autumn Internationals, SHIT, GOOD™ Ratings

Preview: England vs Australia, Saturday 14:30

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Let's put our cards on the table; England's Autumn has been rubbish. Yes, the set piece was decent enough and George Ford looks composed and the like, but none of the questions that have hung over the squad for a while have been answered. Or if they have, one of said answers has been "Brad Barritt, first choice international centre", which gives you some idea of the quality of the responses.

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November 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) |

Video: Latest from the England camp in O2 Inside Line

Ever wanted to know what Joe Marler would be if he wasn’t a rugby player? Wonder no more.

November 26, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) |
In Categories: England, Rugby videos

"A win's a win" - an awful phrase that masks worrying realities for England

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Following England's misfiring victory over Samoa at the weekend, the phrase "a win's a win" slowly started creeping out across social media.  England, remember, had suffered five defeats on the bounce since the thrashing of Italy in Rome at the end of the Six Nations.  So, what exactly is wrong with saying "a win's a win"?

Well, for a start it's a terrible phrase which is a despicable use of the English language; the language of Shakespeare etc, but that's probably more of a personal grumble, admittedly.  More important is what it actually means and this context it suggests that the win was the most important thing, that the result is ultimately what matters.  This is elite sport, right?  Plus, is it not a confidence builder? No.

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November 25, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) |
In Categories: Autumn Internationals, England

SHIT/GOOD™ Ratings: Autumn Internationals, week three

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Oh look, Wales losing a lineout. Again

Another week, another spin of the computer to find out who needs a big hand and who needs a good hiding.  The computer wanted to include most of the England team, but was overruled for the editorial sanity reasons, but feel free to correct this in the comments if you so wish, along with any other omissions or arguments.

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Alex Cuthbert - Did very little other than show some poor handling skills at times and then managed to overrun what would have been a walk in at a crucial time.  For a man who is meant to be one the best finishers around it was completely inexcusable.

Wales Lineout - Picked a bad day for the Diabolical Lineout Of Recent History™ to make a return.  Partly it was disruption from a class New Zealand pack, but mostly it was the Wales forwards doing some kind of Keystone Kops meets the Three Stooges revival.  Hibbard for all his HULK SMASH! in the loose, needs to improve throwing in, what with it being the main function of his job and all that.

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November 24, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) |
In Categories: Autumn Internationals, SHIT, GOOD™ Ratings

SHIT/GOOD™ Ratings: Autumn Internationals, week three

Lineout
Oh look, Wales losing a lineout. Again

Another week, another spin of the computer to find out who needs a big hand and who needs a good hiding.  The computer wanted to include most of the England team, but was overruled for the editorial sanity reasons, but feel free to correct this in the comments if you so wish, along with any other omissions or arguments.

SHIT

Alex Cuthbert - Did very little other than show some poor handling skills at times and then managed to overrun what would have been a walk in at a crucial time.  For a man who is meant to be one the best finishers around it was completely inexcusable.

Wales Lineout - Picked a bad day for the Diabolical Lineout Of Recent History™ to make a return.  Partly it was disruption from a class New Zealand pack, but mostly it was the Wales forwards doing some kind of Keystone Kops meets the Three Stooges revival.  Hibbard for all his HULK SMASH! in the loose, needs to improve throwing in, what with it being the main function of his job and all that.

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November 24, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) |
In Categories: Autumn Internationals, SHIT, GOOD™ Ratings

Preview: Wales vs New Zealand, Saturday 17:30


It's easy to forget, giventhe nature of the coverage this week, that Wales did actually beat Fiji. The reason it's so easy to forget that is that the minds of most who saw the game are so full of images of the hideously maladroit rugby that Wales served up that the actual result is well hidden behind yet another turnover. The All Blacks didn't have a great day either, being given a real going over by Vern Cotter's reinvigorated Scotland before they inevitably triumphed.
 
What does that tell us about this week's match? Sod all, that's what. The teams are different, both in personnel and in how they will approach this game with both sides looking to assert what they are really capable of.
 
Wales's best hope of winning this game is to folllow the Scots' template; give the AB's no time, smother them in defence, get some territory, get some points. Scotland unfortunately scuppered themselves with the last point of that plan, but Wales have the attacking personnel and Leigh Halfpenny's boot to better capitalise on territory. The Scotland pack also showed that the All Black set piece can be suspect, with the lineout a particular area in which Wales will look to prosper.
 
So it seems that, despite all that has gone before in the previous two matches, there is much for Wales to be postive about. They are still going to lose, though, obviously.
 
B&M Prediction: New Zealand by 10

Spotter's Badge: Jonathan Davies lasting less than 20 minutes.
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff
Blues), Jonathan Davies (Clermont Auvergne), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro),
George North (Northampton Saints), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys);
Paul James (Bath), Richard Hibbard (Gloucester), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Jake
Ball (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (unattached), Sam
Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).
Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Nicky Smith
(Ospreys), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Racing Metro), Justin
Tipuric (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), James Hook (Gloucester), Liam
Williams (Scarlets).
New Zealand: Ben Smith; Charles Piutau, Conrad Smith, Sonny
Bill Williams, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Wyatt Crockett, Dane
Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw
(capt), Jerome Kaino.
Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Joe Moody, Charlie Faumuina,
Patrick Tuipulotu, Liam Messam, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Ryan Crotty.

November 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) |

In rugby there are rules...

 

November 19, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) |
In Categories: Silliness