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Member Since 08 Jan 2006
Offline Last Active Nov 09 2014 01:04 PM

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In Topic: McNamara: The Referendum. Vote Now.

09 November 2014 - 10:10 AM

For me the question is not has Mc done a good job, it is could anyone else put right the 2 key flaws. We lose at the death and do not pick our best teams. On the first I genuinely believe that Wane and McDermott have shown that they know how to get teams over the line whereas McB has never done so, so has no experience to call on. Who can tell the players where and how to play the last 300 seconds? Not McB.
As to the right selections we have to have someone based in the Uk over the next 2 years to be watching the Hampshires and the Curries and the Savelios at first hand. There is so much even a part time coach could be doing to prepare, organise and assess.

This is exactly why I'd let McNamara go. Although I've seen some improvement in this tournament, I think his choice to moonlight as an NRL assistant puts us in a difficult position in preparing for the next three years. It would have to be an exceptional candidate to even consider such arrangements, and due to the flaws you mention - McNamara has neither the ability or track record to justify it.

In Topic: 08/11/14 - New Zealand v England KO 7am GMT (Dunedin)

09 November 2014 - 09:30 AM

I don't get this constant criticism of Charnley. He had one chance to score and he took it, looked solid receiving kicks, never dropped a ball and made more yards than Hall. Everyone has been saying Watkins wasn't great attacking and therefore creating nothing for his wing man. Just what is Charnley supposed to do if he is rarely given an opportunity? If the centre isn't performing it doesn't matter who you have outside him, he is going to struggle to make an impact.

This - I fail to see what Charnley did so wrong. He wasn't the winger that dropped the first bomb for a NZ try, didn't knock on with the line begging and had far less service than Hall, whilst competently defending a big threat in Vatuvai. Sometimes I think there is an agenda on this forum.

Don't get me started on the comments relating to Wane in this thread and the revisionist view of his coaching based upon Wigan underachieving. I remember Wigan being written off a year ago after Tomkins left and then being only a moment of madness away from a very real chance of retaining the SL trophy. To suggest McNamara is a better coach than either Wane or McDermott, based on a coaching career of heroic failure at best, as opposed to the success of the other two is ludicrous.

In Topic: 08/11/14 - New Zealand v England KO 7am GMT (Dunedin)

08 November 2014 - 10:53 AM

Really enjoyable game. England really seemed to have taken a step forward the last two games. Just need to learn to be a bit more clinical at times and close the games out now.

In Topic: 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

02 November 2014 - 04:22 PM

The downward pressure bit is refering to when a player is not in control of the ball initially.

a. is referring to a player who is holding the ball. Its a given in that situation that downward pressure would be applied as the player grounds the ball.

b. and c. are referring to a loose ball, not in control of any player, in this case you can ground by touching the ball in a manner that creates downward pressure.

In all cases downward pressure is applied.

Downward pressure is necessary in all cases. Case a. and c. there is no need to mention it as the action described inherently includes downward pressure.

The importance of the downward pressure interpretation isn't so much the Hall effort which was clear, rather the Inglis effort prior. Having looked at it again, Inglis touches the ball while on the ground but with no down ward pressure (he shuffles it towards in goal), whereas Hall gets downward pressure albeit minuscule. The vid ref explanation was fradulant. Clearly a bottle job at best to avoid sending his home country out, cheating at worst.

In Topic: Charnley should be dropped

02 November 2014 - 12:20 PM

The calls for Budgie to replace Charnley are too big a risk for the NZ game. If Burgess was going to get a run, he needed a confidence builder against Samoa. Having watched Wigan all season, he still displays inexperience in defensive positioning and also drops the odd high ball. The only advantage he has over Charnley is height and I don't think that would've made much difference today given the lack of service and kicks to the corner.