Originally posted by Ragnorak
That's the big problem. Ireland have a superb first 15, but in a competition like the World Cup, you're going to pick up injuries. This doesn't matter to a squad like NZ but will absolutely kill Ireland's chances.
I really hope Ireland do well. I think at the moment they play the game as it should be played, good pace, tough uncompromising commitment and good team cohesion. The lack of overall depth may well work to their advantage if they do stay injury free. Finger crossed and good luck.
There are so many in the current AB players pool that it is unfair to call it an All Black team. There are 15 in a rugby team Graeme Henry has been trying to make it 30 odd. The result is that our players are several games short of match fitness, they have no cohesion, they are lissing tackles, making knock ons, chucking the ball wildly under pressure, don't run onto the ball at speed and haven't showed any ability to form combinations through the back line.
Two games out from the cup and we still don't have a worthy centre in the squad.
The whack and bash rugby play we are seeing at present is far worse than the loose headless chickens running we saw under Laurie mains. We have run out of time.. it's almost cup time and we aren't seeing team play.
Invincible? I think not. I think we may be very lucky to get to the final.