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Sunday, November 28, 2004


Well every now and then sport throws up results you weren't honestly expecting and last night threw up two.

The All Blacks whacking the French 45-6 in front of about 75,000 frogs and a few thousand drunken Kiwis who usually stagger over the channell for these matches.

I defy anybody who honestly thought they'd win by that much. I have to admit I could not see them winning by much if at all. Were the frogs really that bad or were the ABs on fire?

I couldn't watch live and can't watch a delay since Star Sports here in Korea always decides to go with the Twickenham tests which is always a pain in the arse. Especially since they got beaten for the 6th time this season (their worst losing season in their history perhaps?) by the Wallabies.

Here's a good write up of the AB win at

Here's another one at Planet Rugby which names Byron Kelleher as it's man of the match.
Man of the match: Daniel Carter was superb once again, while Tony Marsh never stopped trying for France. But Byron Kelleher was a constant threat with his play around the fringes. His defence was also unforgiving and his combination with Carter could prove a useful one in the future.
As I said I couldn't see the game but the folk at silverfern are voting for him as MOM also.

And the other shock result was the 44-4 mauling the Kangaroos gave Great Britain. They honestly held ambitions of winning the game but the Kangaroos (not even the best side they could produce and similar to the ABs in many respects) showed them who was real class.

Now Australias unbeaten series record carries on. I believe the last series they actually lost was v France of all teams though it was going back a few decades.

France only narrowly lost to the Kiwis a few weeks ago and also only lost to the Kangaroos by about 20 points a week later. Considering they were up at halftime and only trailed by 4 points with 8 minutes to go then that indicates that they may make a comeback as an international force. Now if they actually get some money thrown at them and their law suit against the government and French rugby union comes off (for past injustices) they might make it a 4 team international game.

Next target should be South Africa I reckon. They used to have decent league teams and I expect under the current governemtn real ground could be made. Especailly if those running league in South Africa were either black or picking entirely black teams (because they make up most of the population and most likely would make up most of the players as well) then it may really take off.

Who knows. Anyway if you want to comment do it over at the discussion forum. But register please. I'm still trying to tinker with a few things and need people to start registering to see how the process goes.

And on a totally different note my sad American friend emailed me this apt quote:
"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." - H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

God help us when they completely perfect their democratic system.


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