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The Pull-Up

It’s your boy back again, and it is time to talk some more shit about sports this week.



The ICC Champions trophy gets a blown lay-up rating after a disappointing week of cricket.  For some strange reason in the 21st century, a place where we can do a whole lot of cool pointless shit, we are still getting cricket games abandoned due to rain. This will no doubt piss off the cricketing purists, but roofs were invented for a reason, and playing a game at an indoor arena would surely be preferable to games being rained out.

The pool games have devolved into a game of chance with the better teams that can actually play their matches getting an advantage over those forced to share points. Australia have been particularly affected by this, getting a no result against the Bangladeshi minnows instead of securing a win that would of had them in the drivers seat to progress out of the pool stages.

Anyway, my bold prediction of New Zealand to win it all was trash, partly because of their match against Australia getting no resulted when they looked a decent shot to win it, and mostly because they sucked in the games they played. Let us all hope that the rain pisses of so cricket can be played.


HOW DO YOU NOT SELECT DAMIAN MCKENZIE. Arguably the best player in Super Rugby this season, McKenzie, unless he has a side deal where he wants to play for the New Zealand Maori’s, must be feeling like Kanye at the VMA’s right now.

Back to the rest of the squad after addressing that killer of a snub. It is as follows.

Outside backs My rating
Israel Dagg Turning into the old man utility veteran, usually performs well.
Also dealt with an injury this season
Ben Smith Has been injured most of the year, but has been one of the best
Fullbacks in the world for a while now (when healthy)
Rieko Ioane Young gun getting his AB experience in, expect to see him here
for years to come
Waisake Naholo Powerful runner that has been in the Abs set up for a couple of years
Julian Savea Similar to Naholo in style, “The Bus” has been unstoppable, and
very stoppable depending on form in recent years. Yet he still finds ways to
to get over the line and score. Which Savea will turn up?
Jordie Barrett Dude is 20 years old, and has looked right at home for the Hurricanes.
Most likely a future All Black staple, but I’m unsure as to why he is
in the squad over McKenzie
Ryan Crotty The 12 of choice for the All Blacks post Ma’a Nonu. Does all the little
things well, and plays his role
Ngani Laumape The Hurricanes excitement machine. Has tore up super rugby this
year. This is most likely him just getting a taste of the AB set up to
Sonny Bill Williams Sonny is going to have to play his damn brains out to justify his
selection over Fekitoa, and Goodhue
Anton Lienart-Brown I can’t believe he is only 22. Hasn’t set the world on fire in Super
Rugby, but has still been very good. Should be here for years to come
Fly half
Beauden Barrett Reigning world player of the year is continuing his run of form this
Aaron Cruden Like a lot of good NZ fly halves before him he has been stuck behind
greatness. First Dan Carter, and now Barrett.
Lima Sopoaga Has been injured all year so I’m not sure why he is being given a shot
over Mounga. Has been in the AB set up before
Scum half
Aaron Smith Best scrum half in the world bar none over the course of the season.
Insane passing ability.
TJ Perenara His support play is second to none at scrum half, and is a firey
character on defence.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow Surprised he was in the team after signing for France, but he is
definitely skilled enough to play world rugby. I would of rewarded
Pulu for his fine form instead
Sam Cane Has been groomed to be an All Black since he was 20, and is currently
being groomed to possibly be a future captain. The dude is good
Jerome Kaino Old man in the squad. Brings years of experience, and ability to the
Abs. Coming off as injury so will be interesting to see how he does
Kieran Read Another player coming off of injuries, but the Captain is a beast
when healthy so this selection is no surprise
Ardie Savea Ardie the excitement machine. Close to being an equal with Julian
as a ball runner except Ardie is a breakaway. Kills it off the bench for
the AB’s
Liam Squire A common theme here, but this dude has also been dealing with
injuries, but has been in the set up before.
Scott Barrett Yet another Barrett, has also looked strong out there this year.
Brodie Rettalick Former rugby world player of the year winner, still that good
Sam Whitelock Automatic selection next to Rettalick, the premier second row pairing in world rugby
Luke Romano Veteran back up, probably could of picked someone younger, but oh
Front Row
Wyatt Crockett No
Charlie Faumuinia One
Owen Franks Likes
Joe Moody Front Rowers
Dane Coles Except this guy, but he is Injured, and might not play. Absolute freak
when healthy, and playing
Codie Taylor Sorry
Nathan Harris Front Rowers
Ofa Tu’ungafasi But it is the truth


My goodness am I enjoying this series after last years 3-1 meme of a choke for the Warriors. I’m probably in the minority, lumped in with the rabid LeBron hating losers, and other Warriors fans, but I’m enjoying a healthy Stephen Curry, and insanely good Kevin Durant be amazing on the biggest stage.

My conservative prediction of Warriors in 6 is looking a little crazy after 3 games with the Warriors destroying the Cavaliers in games one, and two behind Curry, and Durant’s high level play, and then tearing out Cleveland’s hearts in their latest game going on an 11-0 run to finish the game, and presumably finish the Cavaliers fighting spirit off to go up 3-0.

The Warriors now have the longest playoff win streak in the American “Big 4” leagues of MLB, NHL, NBA, and NFL at 15, and could set the record for a NBA postseason if they were to finish off their run at perfection.


This gets a deep two as this tour might turn out to be a total disappointment competition wise. As fun as it would be to just hang shit on the everyone in the Northern Hemisphere for being trash, it probably isn’t the best thing for world rugby.

The Lions have struggled, and then lost against teams not comparable to the All Blacks in talent. The NZ provincial sides both played very well, but you would expect more from a normal touring side, let alone an amalgamation of the best players in the Northern Hemisphere.

Honestly I’m hoping this tour gives European rugby the kick up the ass it needs, I watched the finals series for whatever the competition is up there, and flicked between that, and a NZ Super Rugby side that was playing, and the difference in quality was unsettling. It was as if I was viewing two different sports being played. Northern Hemisphere rugby seems to be played with a simultaneous rigidity, and disconnect to it, whereas New Zealand rugby is coordinated, free flowing chaos.

For all we know these could just be early tour hiccups for the Lions, and they could end up being competitive. My gut says this isn’t the case, but we can still live in hope that the Lions can somehow forget that they are bad, and compete with the New Zealand sides. Saying all that, I still hope the New Zealand sides win every game.



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