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Nick Easter of the Harlequins team said that they might have lost the game to a better team after his team won against London Irish, they had to fight hard to secure their victory at Twickenham.
According to Easter, their play was good for the first half but they had let the London Irish get the better of them at the breakdown and he thinks it would have been better left to the referee.
Director of rugby for the Harlequins team, Connor O’Shea said the same thing. He said that in the first half, they were clearly in a better position and comfortably so, but failed to perform up to the mark in the second half of the game. He further added that their poor discipline was advantageous for their opponent, they had given a lot of penalties and near about none of the decisions were in their favour.
But even though O’Shea wasn’t satisfied at all with their performance he was happy at how their players were able to “dig in” when they had players “in the bin”.
In spite of being on a dominating position, the Irish failed to secure their ultimate victory. Their number of players reduced to 13 and to a significant extent they had to rely on the penalties of the opposition.
Brian Smith, director of rugby for the Irish team is of the opinion that because of their failure to perform well in the first half of the game, pressure mounted on them in the second half. He said that the game was a classic one.
He said that their opponent got the better of them in the first half and they too failed to fire any shot, but at the second half, they had a chance at winning.
Tom Homer, the Irish Full back came back after suffering injury in his knees and he couldn’t play for long. It was very disappointing for Smith and he hopes that the damage to his ligament is a minor one
New Zealand Skipper Richie McCaw will match a 43-year record of Colin Meads on Sunday when New Zealand faces Argentina in La Plata to keep the Rugby Championship title.
Legendary Colin Meads appeared in 55 Tests and 78 other matches which come to a total off 133times for the All Blacks before announcing his retirement in 1971.McCaw has still now worn the famous black 132 times with all but one match against the Barbarians being Tests.
Meads is considered to be one of the greatest All Blacks and was awarded as the New Zealand Rugby Player of the Century in 1999. McCaw has been a worthy successor and has silenced all the critics who criticized the decision of elevating a raw 20-year-old talent to the 2001 national squad. McCaw leaded the hosts New Zealand to the 2011 World Cup title and have dominated the Rugby Championship since its 2012 birth under his leadership.
The All Blacks under Richie McCaw dominated with 15 wins and a draws and Argentina have struggled among the elite with just one draw and 15 losses. The current form of both the teams indicate a win for New Zealand but coach Steve Hansen in an interview with media praised the Argentine squad. He added that in order to beat them they have to deliver a quality performance which should be full of excitement, energy, physicality and accuracy. Steve congratulated his captain on being able to equal the long standing record and also believed that he does not see an end to his captain’s career in the near future.
Richie McCaw will certainly be at the centre of attraction on Sunday’s game. He has been the world’s most successful test captain and been named the IRB player of the year three times. McCaw who debuted against Ireland as a 20-year old still finds the same passion for the games thirteen after
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London Wasps had a mixed bag of performances over the last few days in the domestic and international front. They were heavily defeated by the Northampton Saints with a score line of 74-13 in the Aviva Premiership semi final clash between the two at Franklin’s Gardens. Although the hosts received a minor scare as the Wasps led 13-0 in the very beginning of the game, they managed to come back with a strong reply. After the first few jitters the Saints never looked back and made it a one sided affair with their fierce and strong play. Dai Young the director of rugby for the club admitted that it was an embarrassing result for them as they had experimented with the team by giving chance to a few inexperienced players. But they failed to come to the party at the right time. Moreover sloppy play and the controversial decision of the try awarded against them which involved the captain of the team proved to be a crucial moment in the game.
However the team’s performance in the first leg of the European play-off was impressive. Wasps succeeded in defeating Stade Francais 30-29 in a close encounter between the two which will allow them to tak ea one point lead into the second leg of the play off. The Andy Goode penalty in the last minute helped seal the deal for the Premiership team. Tom Varndell, Ashley Jonson and Joey Simpson were responsible for scoring the tries for their side. The Director of rugby Dai Young was visibly happy with his team’s performance and applauded the spirit shown by his players. The fans shall be hoping much like the Director that the team consolidates on the slender lead that they have got and put up even better performances to seal their berth in the following round.
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Legendary All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw is poised to return to the Crusaders side next week and his return will no doubt boost a highly competitive mix of loose forwards that the team boasts of already.
The New Zealand international hasn’t played a match for his club team since he underwent surgery to repair a broken thumb, an injury he sustained in the team’s second match of the season – a defeat at the hands of the Blues – on the 28th of February.
Having missed out the majority of action last season having taken a self imposed sabbatical, McCaw is keen to make a mark for a team that has been highly impressive over the past few weeks, and with wins over the Lions, Chiefs and the Cheetahs, they are set up nicely for the home stretch.
According to Todd Blackadder, the coach of the Crusaders, Richie McCaw is extremely keen to get involved straightaway in the team after spending so much time on the sidelines. He also added that he couldn’t speak highly enough for the work the Rugby World Cup winning skipper of the team has put into his club side since the time he has been injured.
And the team’s coach has also mentioned that he is prepared to play the New Zealand international at any place if the open side flanker position is not vacant. That means McCaw will have to make do with playing in a role he is not accustomed to, having been one of the best players in the number 8 role over the last few years.
But wherever he is played, Richie McCaw is also one of the most versatile players in the world and he can get the best out of him for the cause of the team and when they need him to.