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hakwa

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I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 10, 2012, 12:02:42

 OPINION: The All Blacks will be stewing over the season- ending loss to England but that result doesn't suddenly make 2012 a bad year.

 

In fact, I'd argue that as a whole, everyone in New Zealand rugby would have to be very happy with the way the year has played out.

Looking back over the season, the All Blacks managed to side-step the drop-off in performance that so often comes in the wake of World Cup victory. In many areas they actually improved their performance levels.

The year started superbly with the Chiefs' historic Super Rugby title and just got better.

The All Blacks introduced some exciting new players to their ranks and squeezed a bit more out of some of their established stars.

Financially there was some good news as well. On the back of a better than expected World Cup operating budget, the New Zealand Rugby Union secured the short to medium-term future of the game with their significant sponsorship deal with AIG.

Amidst all that, the All Blacks brand soared to greater heights through both performance and exposure.

Winning the best player, team and coach gongs at the IRB awards summed it up really.

So let's have a look at some of the key ingredients.

BEST WIN

There was no shortage of options with 12 victories in a busy year that saw the All Blacks play 14 tests. The 60-nil blitzing of Ireland was extraordinary at times and it doesn't come much better than blanking the Wallabies as New Zealand did with their 22-nil win to secure the Bledisloe Cup at Eden Park. A 54-15 scoreline against the Pumas in Argentina to secure the inaugural Rugby Championship was pretty special, too. But I thought the 32-16 slamming of the Springboks in Soweto stood out as the best win of the year. Travel- weary and down 16-12 at the break, the All Blacks went up another gear in the second half with a sublime 40 minutes to hammer home their world champion status. I guess the only question mark over the year would be whether the All Blacks have really moved on as much as we think or have the opposition dropped back a bit? I suspect a little bit of both but let's revel in their achievements for now.

BEST PLAYER

Dan Carter may have got the nod from the IRB as the world's best player this year but, for my money, Richie McCaw was the best All Black on display. There were some big question marks over McCaw in the wake of the World Cup. Having achieved everything, where was his motivation? Time appeared to be creeping up on him and the news that he was being given a lengthy sabbatical only increased that. Yet McCaw defied everything to play as well as ever. In fact, free of the foot injury that handicapped his World Cup campaign, his performance levels went up. He was an inspirational leader to the All Blacks and a player who continued to frustrate his opponents who resorted to cheap shots.

BEST ROOKIE

Hats off to the selectors for injecting so much new blood into a champion team and all the youngsters seem to contribute to the team's ongoing success. But halfback Aaron Smith stood out as a hugely influential addition. It's not uncommon for young players to come in and make their mark. But it is unusual for a team like the All Blacks to adjust their game to suit an unproven talent. But that's basically what they did with Smith, whose speed of service brought another dimension to the All Blacks attack. They decided the best way to try to lift their performance from the World Cup was to play a fast and furious game and they saw Smith as the man to be the hinge between the power of the forwards and the pace of the backs. He looked comfortable in his new surroundings.

TOUGHEST OPPONENT

There was only one loss in the year so that has to go to England with their surprising win at Twickenham to end the All Blacks' hopes of an unbeaten year. The manner of the win was commendable, with England bringing a really positive approach and then executing it with rare precision. There were some mitigating cir[removed]stances, though. They caught the All Blacks at the end of a long year and McCaw's men had also been laid low by mass illness during the week. It was a combination of the All Blacks being a bit off their game and England playing above themselves that led to a stunning upset. I don't believe England will be able to repeat the likes of this with any real consistency.

SURPRISE PACKAGE

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen won everyone over with the style and success of his team. But it was his personality transformation that impressed just as much, especially for a media pack who had previously perceived him to have a lack of charm. Hansen looked comfortable in the job and I liked the way he handled the loss to England. He offered no excuses, least of all the illness, and simply took it on the chin. Challenges never disappear when you are the All Blacks coach and Hansen faces a few as he tracks on towards the defence of the World Cup. Sooner or later he's going to have to make some big calls on older players who have been very close to him. He's already acknowledged that with the new wave of talent he has brought in and by anointing Kieran Read as the heir apparent to McCaw.

- Taine Randell is a former All Blacks captain


 


DbDraad

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RE: I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 10, 2012, 12:14:31

IMO Kieran Read was the best NZ player this year, and last year as well for that matter.


Denny

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RE: I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 10, 2012, 12:19:05

Nice copy and paste it's a pity Allah never got a mention. How religion or politics gets into sport is beyond me but anyway it is what it is. That chappie Taine Randell must surely be the worst cappie the AB's ever suffered, wasn't he the one who captained them to 5 straight losses in 3N? The reason for the ABs success against the Boks amongst several other reasons is the fact that the Boks had lost several key players to retirement.


Beeno1

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RE: I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 10, 2012, 12:47:36

Hakwa fortune has smiled upon the medocre abs this year. Both OZ and The Boks were well understrength and the abs escaped from jail in Dunedin and also in their final match against OZ. However it was all too much of a good thing and the abs finally got their come uppence against a young England side that knocked them for a six way over the ropes.

The tradgedy of the season was that the Boks not win by at least 20 points in Dunedin as they deserved to do.
 

What will 2013 bring is the burnng question.

However in the spirit of goodill I say enjoy hAkwa as tougher times lie ahead for the abs.

 


Beeno1

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RE: I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 10, 2012, 12:53:34

Draad, bent-read disappered in the tough games as in Dunedin and Twicks. He  is okay playing the flashy stuff but lacks grunt.

How mccaaaaw could have made the IRB shortlsit is amazing given his play this year. Will the sabbatical help him regain some form? The ab show pony loose trio were pummelled by the Boks and by England.  Sure the ab tight five were getting spannered but still one would have thought they could do better. Reads awol performane at Dunedin was widely noted etc.

 


Sharkbok

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RE: I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 10, 2012, 21:57:56

 What odds is god and the bookies giving the All Blacks next year?


Beeno1

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RE: I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 11, 2012, 08:42:30

Allow me to highlight kiwi excuses and a wee bit of arrogance;

There were some mitigating cir[removed]stances, though. They caught the All Blacks at the end of a long year and McCaw's men had also been laid low by mass illness during the week. It was a combination of the All Blacks being a bit off their game and England playing above themselves that led to a stunning upset.

 

Hahahhahaha s owe have mitigating factors but not excuses. However the abs hav ebeen well rested th isyear thanks to their central contrating system. Also a sa concsequence - very few injuries. The bug accorsing to mcaaaw had no effect on him and the abs were playing better at the end tha at any time o fthe match.

But note how England were palying above themselves. Nobody canbeat th abs unless they paly above themslevs. Bwahahahahhaha  - taine in great pain!!

What odds on next year.Wel I expect the Boks and Oz to come firing back after season with multiple injuries etc. Menawhile back down in nz they have big problems tha teven ou taine can see- "Hansen faces a few as he tracks on towards the defence of the World Cup. Sooner or later he's going to have to make some big calls on older players who have been very close to him. He's already acknowledged that with the new wave of talent he has brought in and by anointing Kieran Read as the heir apparent to McCaw.

Wha tnew wave of talent one wonders - that wave tha tsmashed on the rock tha twa sEngland? Hahhahaha

No abs you do have problems and do not be suprised at a tough 2013. Extreme luck wa swith you this year but a sI always say luck like tha tcannot hold. I warne dthe bulle tha ttheir luck woul drun out when the were winning all thsoe very close games at altitude. No Beeno you know nothing about rugby (youare just like ou snapster!! Now that was an under the belt shot !!) the bulle are a champion team and know how to win close ones. Hahahahahhahahaha - looking back there are plenty of laughs.

Hawkwa my good friend enjoy the success achieved and be thankful to the LORD in all things. God of nations at Thy feet in the bonds of love meet. Aha - the season of good will get an impetus. Actually the nz anthem along with our own are really great.

 

 


hakwa

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RE: I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 11, 2012, 09:37:02

 Lighten up you lot - what's with the Scrooge attitude?

Tis the season to be jolly lalalalala - hohohoho!

Hey Beeno, 

 


Beeno1

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RE: I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 11, 2012, 09:48:47

hAkwa I suspect you are simply recycling something that was sent to you!!! Hahahhahahaha - but please hAkwa there are kids here like snapster and jallopy who read these things and may jump to the wrong conclusions about santa's health.


polyboy

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RE: I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 11, 2012, 23:07:24

Beeno1 we frequently hear that SA has a big talent pool, so how can the Boks have a understrength team with this huge, massive, inexhaustible talent pool, you should have several players able to cover any position and beat any team consistently?  Just asking.


polyboy

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RE: I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 11, 2012, 23:07:26

Beeno1 we frequently hear that SA has a big talent pool, so how can the Boks have a understrength team with this huge, massive, inexhaustible talent pool, you should have several players able to cover any position and beat any team consistently?  Just asking.


mozart

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RE: I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 11, 2012, 23:11:57

After the thrashing at the hands of the Poms, I'm reminded of the reality check:

 

What have you done for me lately?


Beeno1

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RE: I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 12, 2012, 08:11:41

Poly rugby is a team game.  Loss of players, particualry a number of them and at various times, causes all sorts of problems.

I trust you are not saying NZ could lose 20 top players and not be affected? Add in a new coaching team as well.


hakwa

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RE: I Thank GOD for the All Blacks' season of success
December 12, 2012, 10:29:51

 


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