All Blacks v Scotland
Just finished watching the match. Did my best to watch it on my phone at my son’s athletic meet but was too frustrating so I binned it. … A few points I think worth making.
I see a lot of criticism on this thread of the wingers, namely Clarke. I’m not sure what you expect, as this was easily the worst 10 / midfield combination I think I’ve seen at All Black level. Barrett had I think the worst game I’ve seen him play, ALB was WAY off the pace & Havili didn’t do jack shit either (nifty pass to the Graham aside).
Papali’i was awesome. As was Ardie. This should be the first 2 names on the team sheet. Sorry Sam © but your time is up. Papali’i just offers so much more now. Yes, I’m sure you are an inspiring leader and I have doubt about the level you get stuck in, but Dalton is simply better. Happens to everybody sorry fella.
Akira Ioane was handy as well. Actually, I don’t have too much criticism of the forwards. On the whole I thought they did ok. On the line defence was superb & I don’t remember too much going wrong with the scrum or line out. I was fast forwarding the gaps in play though, so I might have missed something.
Bench had huge impact. Rieko Ioane / Perenara changed the game in our favour.
Best Scottish backline I think I’ve ever seen. They have some proper war horses up front too so it’s not surprise they gave us a really good rattle. Russell, Hogg, VDM, Graham all played significantly better than their opposite numbers. We did really well to win, in my view.
Mehrtens can fuck off back to Australia with his commentary. It’s like Marshall part 2. Must call doubt on AB calls, who cares about the rules.
Looked like a fun day out at Murrayfield. Although seeing Doddie Weir was soul destroying. Hate that stuff. Hate it.