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Moses spends far too long on G&GR, dealing with the totality of the strength and conditioning, the medical, the rugby side of things, strategy, the review, preview of the internet itself and also the individuals. A Waratahs apologist and rib-eye steak enthusiast, he is often found working behind the scenes keeping the G&GR juggernaut afloat.
Some interesting facts about the Baa-Baa’s squad to play the Wallabies tomorrow. 1 – Clarke Dermody (New Zealand) Clarke is from Southland stock. His grandad is the Southland’s highest capped player wtih 124 games played. His old man played 62, and Clarke has run out 91 times for Southland. 2 – Sebastien Bruno (France) Wikipedia describes the Sale Sharks rake as “one of the strongest scrummaging hookers at the international level”, which is code for lazy and can’t throw straight.
There was some confusion earlier for Bakkies Botha’s stray elbow into Phil Waugh’s head that earnt him a 3 week suspension, here’s the real footage. They tacked on some ‘highlights’ of a Romanian rugby brawl so I included this in the footage as well… surely one of the most brutal fights to have happened since the last Lions tour to Australia!
Here’s the footage and some reaction on the back page of Bakkies “striking” Phil Waugh. Sure it’s Bakkies Botha and he deserves what Billy Birmingham (of 12th man fame) describes as “South African Tax” more than most, but honestly this one is a joke! It should never have been cited, let alone sanctioned, and for them to pull out 3 weeks for a push is an absolute shocker.
Western Force vs Queensland Reds Super 14(04/03/2009) Close 10:08 Moses: Reds kickoff, Shepherd touches it in the air then the ball goes out… bad mistake and Reds get a lineout on the Force 22 10:10 Moses: Cross just tried a stupid no look behind the back pass, straight to Quade. Force were in the Reds 22 there 10:11 Moses: Cross making good metres in midfield, Brown looking Paluesque making 10 metres through the middle as well 10:13 Moses: Giteau kicks posession away with a grubber to Mclinden who kicks it to the shithouse. Mitchell covers it but his clearance is…
AN UPDATED POST ON SHAWN CAN BE FOUND HERE I just heard on the radio that a Brumby has been hit by a car in Durban. I think it was Shawn Mackay, but only heard half of the report. Andy Friend was very distressed on the phone, said that the victim was been well looked after in hospital, and they were hoping it was only multiple fractures. I believe he also said it was the leg that was hit. We’ll update this blog post as more information comes to hand..
Blues vs Waratahs(03/27/2009) Close 6:53 Welcome to my live coverage of Blues vs Waratahs from Auckland.It’s 14 minutes in and the Tahs are up, 10 – 0 6:53 15:00 – Blues win a lineout in the Tahs half, several phases and they’re at the Tahs 22 when Burgess makes the turnover 6:54 Burgess runs it, gets turned over, Blues 5 metres out now, several attacking phases and Will Caldwell turns it over 2 metres from our line – Blues holding on. 6:57 Booted downtown from the short arm, Blues run it, turnover on halfway and Tahs ball again. Turned back…
Here’s some footage of the elusive break which Matt Giteau made through the Crusaders defense which sparked the Force revival last weekend. Surprisingly the commentators and panel shows failed to pick up the 3 metres that this ball travelled forward. It’s particularly easy to see at Jade stadium due to the grass patterns that run parallel to the try lines.
Moses is at the Waratahs vs Fiji trial in Newcastle texting me live updates. Here’s the transcript as it happens. Moses: Tahu just scored, Turner misses the conversion. 5-0 GAGR: Beer status? Moses: Fucking awesome, blue tongue schooners, got 4, need a piss. Seems we’re playing 4 quarters Moses: Corporate seating rocks, dunnies right behind seats. Good crowd, say 15 thou. Tahu looked dangerous, broke 3 tackles earlier to almost score, offload was intercepted. Back on now. Moses: 3 mins into second quarter, penalty try, 12-0 mighty Tahs
Stirling Mortlock and Adam Ashley-Cooper will be playing a tennis match against Lleyton Hewitt in an effort to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I’m tipping they’ll play doubles rules for Morts/AAC and singles rules for Ley-ley, or perhaps the press release neglected to mention the 4th player. The match is on Sunday afternoon in Sydney, full details are here. Granted this is not an overly interesting story, to be honest it was really an excuse to reproduce this picture (click it for full size) from rugby.com.au, and challenge the readers of greenandgoldrugby to come up with an appropriate…