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Re: All Blacks Backline vs Wales

Post by tryasta on Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:49 am

Some challenge.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/80619343/quiz-are-you-a-true-all-blacks-fan

I googled 7, knew 8, went 15 out of 15 Very Happy

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Post by Pantherus on Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:49 am

13/15 with no Google Very Happy
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Re: All Blacks Backline vs Wales

Post by Bren on Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:52 am

9% of people thought we won the 1995 Rugby World Cup?

HAVE THEY NO SENSE OF OUR DARKEST DAY?

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Post by Pantherus on Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:56 am

@Bren wrote:9% of people thought we won the 1995 Rugby World Cup?

HAVE THEY NO SENSE OF OUR DARKEST DAY?

LOL Yeah - a few there were either people with no clue whatsoever, people deliberately answering wrong, or people just clicking randomly
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Re: All Blacks Backline vs Wales

Post by ivelostmysparky on Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:26 am

12/15

Had no idea where the first match was played, when Meads retired (knew it sometime early '70s) and how much money the handbag sold for scratch The handbag questions were BS though.

I thought our darkest day was '99?
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Post by Pantherus on Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:29 am

Handbag I was close in my estimate but got a lucky guess Smile

I knew the first match though - one of those random bits of trivia you read one day Smile
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Post by Bren on Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:41 am

Yeah, '99 was worse. I didn't know who got hit with the handbag (I guessed Andrew Mehrtens, figured his smart mouth deserved it) but magically guessed what it sold for on Trademe.

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Post by ivelostmysparky on Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:59 am

Which ones did you get wrong P & B?

I knew it was Masoe because it was funny that a big tough forward needed to be sorted out by Tana and a handbag. BTW he is still playing rugby in France.
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Re: All Blacks Backline vs Wales

Post by Bren on Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:08 am

Similar to you,

Ones I got wrong were "Where was the first game played? -- no idea", the Brian Lochore and Colin Meads date questions (I knew the vague range just not the exact date), and the first handbag question. I should have got the second one wrong too but lucked out. So 12/15 11/15 it must of been.

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Post by Pantherus on Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:11 pm

I got Brian Lochore's one and the next one (can't even remember the Q now)
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Re: All Blacks Backline vs Wales

Post by tryasta on Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:38 pm

I remember where I was sitting in '99.
I remember the weather.
I remember it being a nice afternoon at home in Barcelona.
I remember the first half, I remember the confidence at the half time.
Then I only remember the pain.

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Post by Pantherus on Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:49 pm

I just remember the "Buggeur!" Headline the next day...
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Post by Activist on Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:31 pm

So... who leads the haka now?

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Post by tryasta on Sun Jun 05, 2016 4:16 pm

My bet is: Aaron Smith

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Post by Activist on Sun Jun 05, 2016 4:25 pm

A lot of people loved Piri leading, he was good but Messam was a beast at it especially Kapa O Pango. Mealamu on the other hand...   silent

Aaron Smith you reckon? Could be, possibly Kaino? Maybe Read will step up as McCaw did a few times.

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Post by tryasta on Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:28 pm

I think the "algorithm" is:

first, look for a player with maori roots.
if none, then the captain steps up.

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Post by Pantherus on Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:34 am

Senior Maori player always has first dibs, but a senior team member (esp Captain) would usually trump a more junior Maori player.

I always found Messam's Kaea work quite ordinary in comparison to the likes of Piri. Mealamu too but the guy just oozes Mana so it wasn't quite the same.

Honestly dunno whether Aaron will do it, but don't see Read doing it either...certainly nobody obvious.
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Post by tryasta on Tue Jun 07, 2016 3:32 pm

@Pantherus wrote:certainly nobody obvious.

We are so concerned by Wales that our biggest headache is who might lead the haka...

I hope they take the Welsh more seriously than we seem to do. Embarassed
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Re: All Blacks Backline vs Wales

Post by ivelostmysparky on Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:34 pm

Wales were gash last weekend against England who were without players from their top 2 clubs. Based on that NZ should win comfortably.

Looking forward to see Gareth Anscombe getting his customary 20 minutes off the bench.
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Re: All Blacks Backline vs Wales

Post by Bren on Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:26 am



Stolen from the NZ Herald. Definitely the most predictable lineup they could have put out.

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Post by ivelostmysparky on Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:59 am

With Ngatai out with concussion that was the most predictable XV ever. Bench perhaps a little surprising with Harris over Taylor, and Tamanivalu too being a specialist 13. Maybe Fekitoa to cover wing, otherwise shunt Smith or Barrett out there.
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Post by Activist on Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:10 am

I would have chosen Moala over Tamanivalu who can play both centre positions and on the wing, Harris was a surprise but other than that very predictable. Can't wait until Saturday, may have to buy me a nice box of something to enjoy the test match.

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Re: All Blacks Backline vs Wales

Post by tryasta on Thu Jun 09, 2016 6:56 pm

Are they looking for the new Woody in Moody?

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Post by ivelostmysparky on Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:40 pm

Woody and Moody don't rhyme, at least in an NZ accent. Moody has been having an excellent season for the Crusaders so no surprise that he overtook Wyatt Crockett (I love that name) for the ABs too.
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