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adidas Malice FG Rugby Boots, Purple, US 12
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Canterbury Speed 2.0 SG Rugby Boots - 10.5 - Yellow
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adidas Performance Mens Crazyquick Malice Soft Ground Rugby Boots Shoes - 10US Black
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Canterbury CCC Phoenix 2.0 SG Rugby Boot - Optic White (9 D (M) US)
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Gilbert Shiro 6S Rugby Boot (10.5 US Men's)
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Rampage Women's Rhodie Dress Block Heel Ankle Boot, Ladies Back Zip Bootie with Criss Cross Wraparounds Grey 6.5
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Locker Room - the All Blacks' Post Mortem
This is after All Blacks lost to France and slumped us back to 1999, but there are new solutions to the old questions. Hosted by Jason Rye.
Jason Rye: BLAME GAME! All Blacks lost in the quarter-finals to France, 20-18. And after their earliest exit in the history of Rugby World Cup, who should we blame?
Tim: Graham Henry. As I said about Jake White, the rotation policy does not work. The team has little continuity between games, the fact that he still had the audacity to rotate players during the farcical and barbaric pool games was insane. It actually reminds me of the question I had during the 2020 FIFA World Cup: Should a team start of red hot in pool play, or should they play badly, so they can heat up during knockout phases, when it really counts. Clearly the AB's are too hot, too early, so the blame must go to Graham, then the players.
Rocky: The fact that we call for coach's head every time we lost the big trophy is preposterous. OK, we didn't win the World Cup, and we had to wait again, but the fact that we have had injury concerns in some key positions is a problem. Besides, the record the team has before the knock out stages of a World Cup has been phenomenal. So to sack a coach after that important loss is very upsetting to me. Tactically, I would've loved to see a drop goal sooner than they did, but the coach is not to blame at all. Graham Henry is unorthodox, but his rotation policy is logical, though he did it too many times. The only reason why we call for coach's head for that loss is easy: The fact that we care so much about rugby. You never see USA calling for the coach's head, you never see Japan wanting John Kirwan to leave. In fact, after the draw against Canada, they want to keep him for life!
Jason Rye: Rocky gets the 2 points, and Tim gets 1. But Rocky, who do you think we should blame?
Rocky: I'm not sure how the touch judges work, if they spotted the forward pass, then they should notify Wayne Barnes. He is but one man. When the replay was shown when the forward pass was performed, he was unable to keep up with the play because he was still sorting out the scrum. I did make my fair share of mistakes when I was a touch rugby referee...
Tim (laughs cynically): Don't go there, PLEASE. Wayne Barnes deserves to be having the worst time of his life. The fact that he made that mistake is inexcusable.
Rocky: Please don't go writing stupid letters for Wayne Barnes' head or anything like that. He is inexperienced, sure, but I'm just saying, when I made a mistake as a touch rugby referee, or if I'm not sure about the calls because I was behind the play, the other judges should be there to step up and point out my mistakes or discuss it with me, just like I would do the same if I was the touch judge and the referee missed anything. I had overruled the official before and denied penalties in soccer, so I know where Wayne Barnes got it wrong, but the fact that the touch judges never questioned the pass shocked me. They should be given more power to overrule the referees.
Jason: Rocky, I know you have also been watching American Football in the past few weeks and I think you have found the solution to avoid this happening.
Tim: Sorry, Jason, but I think I know what he wants, a flag system like NFL. If the coaches disagree with the calls, they can throw a red flag to challenge the call.
Jason : OK, that brings us to:
FLAGS IN RUGBY. Should coaches be allowed to challenge the calls by throwing a red flag or anything similar like gridiron?
Tim: I have lived in USA when I was a kid, so I know how that works, but it won't work in rugby. We can't hear a referee's call half the time in rugby, or in League for that matter, and there is no timeouts in a rugby game. To delay a rugby game that way is just absurd. What can you take away if the challenge was unsuccessful?
Rocky: Think about it logically: When is the Television Match Official (TMO) used? ONLY when the referee asked for the service after the try was scored. On that count, Wayne Barnes is to blame for not getting a second opinion. Maybe the referee should never be "The Sole Judge of Facts". And despite you knowing how the system works, you forgot to point out that not all disputed calls can be challenged in gridiron, given the limited opportunities to do so, and the cost of timeouts if the the challenge was unsuccessful, in the case of the forward pass and the yellow card, they were key plays that can decide the game, and there were a legitimate cases to challenge, and a high probability that the call is reversed, so that is what makes this system robust against abuse.
Jason: Ouch, he got you in your own game, 4 points to him., 6-1 overall.
Rocky: Sorry, allow me to digress. In soccer, an offside is the lines officials' responsibility because they should focus on the player's positions, and they should be able to spot the calls. The goalkeeper is still responsible to defend the goal, but the managers should throw the red flag (or a black flag so it won't be confused with the red card) and challenge for offside if so required.
In rugby or league? Same thing, really. If the referee and the touch judges can't spot the forward pass, or if the coaches want to challenge the foul like the yellow card against Luke McAllister, somebody should be able to throw the flag to challenge the call. Of course, for that to work, the coaches should never be up in the box somewhere in the stands, they should get closer to the field to throw the flag first . Then if the call was unsuccessful, then the number of substitutions can be deducted, there are 7 substitutes, so the number of substitutions will be cut, and worked out to be three challenges allowed per game (excluding the challenges by the referee calling on the TMO (that counts as official review, as it stands now)). Of course, if the challenge is successful, the call is reversed, and no penalties will occur.
Jason: Rocky, you are on fire. 2 more points to you.
Rocky: I have Green Bay Packers to thank today. They challenge even the tiniest of details.
Tim: So what, didn't they lost to Chicago Bears despite Brett Favre passing more yards, which is like All Blacks having more territory and possession and still lost?
Jason: Well, that is a fact. A point to you, and extra point for sympathy. 8-3.
Rocky: OK, he got me there. But my point stands. The issue of bad referee decisions are not new.
Jason: OK, let's move on to the next question. Going back to the tactics, what would the AB's done differently in that game, assuming the forward pass was still not challenged?
Rocky: The conversion would've been nice to tie the game up. But the drop goal should have performed sooner, when the 25-odd phases just to get back to less than 22m to the goal line. We were only down by 2, not like 7 like Scotland did vs. Argentina.
Tim. I think the timing of the drop kick as it stands was correct. I mean, if at all possible, a try is better than a drop goal, which has less of a guarantee of success.
Jason: Sorry, Tim, you may have been the better tactician in football, but in rugby, your running back technique in gridiron clearly failed, as All Blacks shown vs. France, and your anger has clouded you. Match point: Rocky.
Tim: How can you give 2 points to Rocky in the first two decisions? I challenge the call. You can even say this is rigged.
Rocky: You were late to react the previous calls anyways. No challenge is even called for.
Jason: Sorry, Tim, by challenging the call too late, a point is deducted and transferred to Rocky, Rocky wins, 10-2.
Rocky: Tim, you're losing your touch.
Tim: I'm still up on you in overall debate stats, right?
Rocky: I won the last 2!
Jason: And on that note, this is the end of the rather lopsided debate, or Tim should really clear his head.