Italy -v- Wales: Vote for your MOTM

italy walesBloody Italians. Can’t even spell their own name let alone Wales’.

Vote for your MOTM. Go on, get on with it.

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518 Responses to Italy -v- Wales: Vote for your MOTM

  1. avsfan says:

    Yes, I can see it. Hard to tell really what it is about. As you say, it could have been Mumm, or Dunning.

  2. ClydeMillerWynant says:

    Best four teams in the Rabo finally in the top four places. Don’t see that changing now. Cue Ospreys losing to Zebres or some such.

  3. Damn it. I can see it again. I thought this was going to be a very easy week of me fulfilling my forfeit to Killer without being able to see it.

  4. It’s all a bit too colorful for my taste. I was used to the stark simplicity of my delta.

  5. ClydeMillerWynant says:

    FD – the rest of us have to see it too you know.

  6. mrgreysuit says:

    I quite like it being small. It means that people will mouse over it to find out what it is, and then (if they’re not English) be even more disturbed by it.


  7. ClydeMillerWynant says:

    One to watch: Zebre v Newport Gwent Dragons. 1405 tomorrow. Things will happen in this game which will surprise you.

  8. ClydeMillerWynant says:

    The mere mention of it has scared everyone off. As it should.

  9. ClydeMillerWynant says:

    Surely it will be Zebre’s first ever win. The Dragons cannot possibly recover from what went on last week.

  10. ClydeMillerWynant says:

    Anyone know if JD2 touched the ball today apart from his try? My impression was that he did not.

  11. mrgreysuit says:

    I deny your blog steal. And with that, laters.

  12. Michael448 says:

    Clyde, I think this match might be the zebra’s first win, either that or the beginning of a glorious resurgence for the dragons!!

  13. ClydeMillerWynant says:

    Will remember the NGD vs Z technique for blog-killing for when England trounce Wales in Cardiff.

  14. ClydeMillerWynant says:

    I love the Zebras for their stripey-horse thing and for being shit. Just wish this momentous event wasn’t going to come at the expense of the poor old Dragons. Thought Cardiff would have stepped in by now and taken it!

  15. killerline says:

    Dean Mumm’s the greatest Aussie of all time, why would I stick you with him as some kind of forfeit?

  16. ClydeMillerWynant says:

    Surely a candidate for “Australian of the Year” 2013.

  17. killerline says:


    Think I might sleep tonight. Look out for Killer at Murrayfield.

    Can’t fucking wait…………….

  18. ClydeMillerWynant says:

    Enjoy. Murrayfield’s great.

  19. Dean Mumm’s the greatest Aussie of all time, why would I stick you with him as some kind of forfeit?

    He is a New Zealander, born in Auckland. Don’t ever let Avs forget it. It is funny how every kiwi is so very prepared to point out players like Digby were born in NZ, but none of them ever seem to want to claim Mumm.

  20. ClydeMillerWynant says:

    Guess you’ll have to keep Mumm.

    Might get accused of whinging otherwise…

  21. elsnoopio says:


    Dean Mumm’s the greatest Aussie of all time

    Yup. Every time I see him play I regret Tigers ended up with Mafi, the ‘Tahs reject, and now him.

  22. Shibui says:

    Mumm’s gradfather was an All Black…

  23. Shibui says:

    Grandfather, obviously.

  24. elsnoopio says:

    Rugby is a game of two halfs, or just one when a friend’s small child decides to unplug the Sky box after you’ve had the game on pause for nearly 40 minutes waiting for them to arrive.

    Glad England made it up to me with a good second half. Shame Tigers punished me with such a poor second half later

  25. @ Snoop

    You are making me very sad. Is it not enough that I am stuck with Johnson holding aloft the World cup for the next week. Losing Mafi more or less typifies what has been wrong with the Waratahs for a long time. He went to state school, played for a club in western sydney, was raw but very talented. And instead the tah’s hold onto a bunch of plodders playing for Sydney Uni.

  26. OK, the Reds-Tahs game has finished downloading, time to torture myself with this, I guess.

  27. elsnoopio says:

    Mafi was a shock to me when he turned up – when he arrived he was expected to be a short turn signing, decent enough but too flawed to make it at the ‘Tahs and senior rugby. Played just one game for Tigers and it was unmissable for anyone that he was a class act with a really bright future and needed to be signed up as soon as possible. The Mafi/ Mumm situation seems to sum up what has been wrong at the ‘Tahs, from the limited SH rugby I see.

    At least Killer didn’t give you him in a Tigers shirt as a punishment…

  28. The Mafi Mumm thing is half the story. The other half is over paying for established players from other states once they are past their best.

  29. therealbennyblanco says:

    Ahhh…FD, enjoy the Reds-Waratahs game! I did. The first 20 min anyway, went a bit stale after that. Better performance from the Reds than last week at least.

  30. therealbennyblanco says:

    Re: England. It was messy but it will do. Haskell and Vunipola to start next week. Lineouts were a shambles, and seem to be hooker-independent, so I’d bring Youngs back in, love the way he carries the ball.

  31. elsnoopio says:

    Yes, that never helps.
    It is depressing how often both coaches and players get new jobs based on their past reputation despite the fact it is obvious from the reasons they’re available that they’re not up to it.Always a bad sign when it happens to ateam you support.

  32. elsnoopio says:

    @Fake Benny

    Yup – Fatter Youngs was massive when he came on, I think, he made such a big difference to England being able to get on the front foot when they had the ball. His line out work can slip (Parling needs to react better though and start calling simple throws sooner when it does though) but Hartley isn’t far enough ahead there currenly to out wiegh what Youngs does in the loose.

  33. I am quite enjoying the ref cam.

  34. @ benny

    Having watched the game. In general, the Reds looked sharper for the hit out last week, hopefully the Tahs will be better next week.

    Tapaui looked very good. Presuming Deans sticks with him, 12 won’t be the problem position for the wallabies it was.

    Thought Hooper just edged the battle to be Pocock’s apprentice with Gill.

    Drew Mitchell is starting to get some of his sharpness back. Shipperley, Ioane and Kingston all also did well, particularly Ioane. Through in the Honey Badger, Tomane, Speight, O’Connor, and Rathbone, and wing maybe the one position where we have more depth than the Lions (possibly openside flanker as well).

    Foley is getting the Tahs backline to play flatter and more effectively than they have in a while, but they are not going to be a real threat unless they get a better 9. Mckibbin just isn’t up to it. Volavola added a lot when came in at center. Folau didn’t live up to the hype, but wasn’t as bad as some of the post-game backlash suggested once he settled in, he will get better.

    Quirk was fantastic, I hope he can keep it up. 6 has been a point of weakness for the Wallabies since Elsom went to play for Leinster. I also liked the look of Lopeti Timani, he seems to like hitting people and rucks in the way a good backrow forward should and too many Australian backrowers don’t.

    Given some of the reports, I thought the Waratahs must have been dreadful, they weren’t, just rusty. Cautiously optimistic at this stage about them.

    There is my rant that no one will read, which is probably for the best.

  35. therealbennyblanco says:

    I was at the game so haven’t watched it on tv yet but that analysis seems about right. Digby is still the best 11 the Wallabies have. I didn’t think there was much between Gill and Hooper and Gill copped a head knock. The Reds back row were impressive as a unit overall, as you said Quirk was very good, despite the mullet. Horwill will bolster the pack of course. Cooper looked almost back to his best, he put several people into holes but the Reds must have fumbled 3 or 4 inside balls.

    I think the Reds vs Lions game will be the pick of the pre-test games. There won’t be any Wallabies in the Waratahs and Brumbies teams, but the Reds game is 2 weeks before the first test. Dingo would be fool not to allow a full strength Reds team a fair crack at them to deal a psychological blow at the venue of the 1st test.

  36. yosoy says:

    Launchbury – had a relatively quiet game, but he got around the pitch well, and performed well in his tackling.

    Quiet?! I thought he was outstanding. Loads of tackles, nuisance factor at the breakdown, close carrying slow ball. Exactly what you need from your 4.

  37. avsfan says:

    Speaking of cautious optimism, I just watched the Blues / Canes. Kind of a scrappy game, but a lot of that down to the pace of play. Blues have some great talent – Luatua and Sai’ili stood out in the forwards, Sai’ili, Halai and Piutau in the backs. They need to find a goal kicker, however. Weepu is many things, but a 75% kicker he isn’t. Will come back to bite them at various stages during the season, I reckon.

    Expect them to lose to the Crusaders next week, however.

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