Post by ruggeryoda Post by Uncle Bully Post by ruggeryoda Post by Richard Bridgman Post by Uncle Bully
Is that a sympathy vote?
While I think he's done a fantastic job post Tonga, it seems that
being shit and turning it around but not quite, carries more
weight than getting to the top and maintaining it.
Reminds me of a Ricky Gervais joke. Everyone congratulates a
reformed junkie, but no-one gets a pat on the back for not doing
heroin in the first place. Which is better?
The guy who had McCaw on all fours spewing blood and snot at the
Yet still got up and led his team to victory. What a fucking
It's not a leadership award. 'Tis why it's called called 'Player of
the Year' and not 'Captain of the Year'.
On the biggest stage in World Rugby, with everyone amped to the
rafters, this French fella outplayed McCaw thoroughly. One day in the
future, after the endorphins have left your system you'll watch it
again and realise it. If anybody challenged Dusautoir it would've been
Dagg, in fact in my mind it was 50/50 between those two, but certainly
Watched it 3 times now and the more I watch it the more I see Richie's
influence at disrupting the French, especially at key times.
At the 76th the minute France had 15 phases slowly advancing into penalty or
drop goal territory. They were on track to take the game at that point,
when they break to the left a little bit too far from support Richie pounces
in and forces the knock-on, with Dusatior nowhere to be seen (actually he
rolls up later to put the boot in - which I have no problem with BTW).
We are talking player of the year here, and apart from one match in
Brisbane, McCaw can't really be faulted this year. Dusautoir had several
shit games, and IMO one good game at the end doesn't make up for that. If
anything Harinordoquy acheived more than him. France's backbone immediately
improved once he started getting picked.