Before I got the shits the useless fluffybunnies and stopped watching, I heard the comms say that this is Lillymans 9th season at the Warriors. Didn't realise he'd been here for so long, I thought it would have been about 5 or 6.
As for the Warriors, burn the place down and start from scratch somewhere else.
Kaikohe might be a good option, could start by filling the team with their hood rats, they've got more mongrel than this team.
Quad gave me grief all weekend, so much that I skipped my sons fitness session yesterday (like i really needed an excuse). Rolled out 3 or 4 times and then last night pummeled it with deep heat as was really worried I would struggle this morning.
Ended up waking about 20mins earlier than usual so just dropped stim and hit the gym early for an extended warmup. What followed was my best session of the programme to date. Just killed it. Felt great!
Week 12 Day 1
Warmup - 10mins ride, roll, mobility work and leg extensions (2 sets of 20)
Squats - 5 sets of 6 @ 112.5kg, 1 set of 20 @ 87.5kg
Deficit deadlifts - 3 sets of 3 @ 110kg
Leg press - 3 sets of 12 @ 130kg
Lying hamstring curls - 20x43kg, 15x50, 12x57
Hanging leg raises superset with deadbugs - 3 sets of 10
Rubber band squats superset with clam shells - 3 sets of 15
Big week ahead as week 12 is a mini peak. Also golf tournament on Thursday at Gulf Harbour. Looking forward to it as its ambrose and we are back to back champs going back for no 3 in a row. Free piss and carts too.....
Maori winger #11 Allen Prince sprints down touchline giving a hospitable in-your-face middle-finger to the Lions cover defence on his way to scoring a try.
What stands out to me is comms never mentioned, a stand-out again 'cos we were probly using two fingers back then before kiwi culture became more absorbed by American/Hollywood influence. Prince was surfing a New Wave.
I reckon if Prince had tried to do the same today talk-radio & social media would blow up and he would have been subjected to heaps of tsk-tsk scrutiny (see Nepia's comment above re: Dean Richards stomping Frank Bunce's ear off) and have to do the tail between legs apology tour on tv.
Raval is bloody consistent. Watch him get out for 30 odd
Yeah the Jeet in the team that isn't an overrated shit heap ( Hearing Jerry Coney on the Radio trying to say they've 'given the ball to Patel to try and get some turn' with a straight face was hilarious ) has been remarkable in his consistency. No peaks or troughs yet.
Yep the 2nd test is on 730 tonight. Can't wait to show my son the DC master class we all witnessed that night!
Even as a Lions supporter nursing some serious disappointment, you had to sit back and be glad that you witnessed Carter that day. I don't think I've ever seen such a complete game at anywhere near the top level.
Happy enough with the 5 points, but we still have a lot to work on.
Jerome was great last night. He turns 34 in two weeks, but he's still easily the standard for 6s in this country. I thought he looked good last week too.
I'm hoping we drop Tupou from the starting line-up once Luatua comes back, because he's adding very little to the team at the moment. At this level, he's too small to be a lock, and not dynamic or physical enough to be a 6.
I think Taramai has done his dash off the bench, it's time to bring Pryor in. He's played every game so far this season and has done little to nothing in his game time.
Fuck it, I'll gladly take that win, not least because it'd annoy Larkham who displayed the most pathetic sulking I've ever seen from a pro rugby coach last time these teams met, and fuck the Brumbies for being so boring and living for lineout mauls - crunts
Christ on a bike it's a tough year so far for Landers fans. It's demoralizing stumping up for games knowing all those AB's and front liners are unavailable. It's a such a log jam fitting the top 4 kiwi teams into 3 that you need to snatch some kiwi derbies and to do that you need your top team fit. However the Landers have lacked a little class but still look organised, play to a plan and are putting in the work - making the best of a dire available roster, particularly the loosies.
But it's always a handy win in Canberra
Funnily enough the Highlanders actually make progress when they don't have the ball (I think there are stats and tactics which have referenced this preference). The moment they took the lead and needed to preserve it they started defending and actually caught the other team about 30-40 metres behind the gain line, then the blonde Tongan got pinged and that pressure was relieved.
But mostly the Highlanders stayed calm, kept witht he script and got a win against a team who had enough ball and talent to take that game as a home win.
If McCaw was a cheat, what the fuck is Fardy? Loved the way Wheeler stood up to him at the end as hard man Fardy wanted to say something despite his team being gifted with an opportunity (lineout obstruction anyone?) - must be team trait to pretend you should win when you fail to score more points.
Aaron Smith is not he same guy he was before his toilet infection - just not the same, wonder if he'll ever be?
New openside was a willing runner
I actually think the Ref is the SA version of Gardner. He didn't have his most accurate game but has a similar feel for wanting to let things flow and being straight up with the players. Been watching him for a couple of seasons and he's a good ref I reckon
So a good solid win which Larkham would have felt the Brumbies "did enough to win that" and hopefully a couple of injured players come back for each week over the next month
Oh and NZ Rugby needs Buckman if only for facial expressions, hair, hardness, and some cool and occasionally spectacular touches - always something happening around the 'cuda
Interesting to read how carefully NZR is planning the rugby future of Koroi (and players like him), and the way they're hoping to build a seamless transition back and forth between the All Blacks 7s and Super Rugby/All Blacks.