Over the years I've seen the statement or quote that a good game of union far outstrips a good game of league. That is then followed that the good games in union are too far between compared to league. I don't watch much union anymore but will admit I enjoyed the All Blacks vs England game. It was pretty much one sided as England were relentless putting their foot on the throat at the start and barely letting up. The game also had the fascination that things could turn. The lack of penalty shots for goal early was good as well.Last nights game was horrible. A good example of how a bad game of league is a lot better than a bad game of union.
England played well against us the night before. Hopefully they beat South Africa as at least they are trying to attack.
I probably did phrase it to well as my interest did wane in that game. I found the England game enjoyable the Wales vs South Africa for a bit, the pick and drives as I mentioned was frustrating as the camera panned up and it looked like their play maker was waiting with a play set but they continued to drive and end up going backwards a bit, forwards a bit, backwards a bit ......Snake - if you enjoyed seeing the box kick 81 times in 80 minutes and no real football played then I guess you also enjoy watching marbles. In my 65 years of watching (& playing) both union and league I cannot remember a more boring game!
It’s very easy to spoil a game in union, the ruck and maul belong to another age.. That and the fact there are two extra defensive players on the pitch makes most games a bit turgid imho.
League had the sense to change the rules to get the game to flow
As a game to play it’s fine, as a spectator sport it can often be a bit grim.See forward play for me is a nice variation to league, might be a bit biased as I am a forward and love the tight stuff but it’s a completely different skill set and I guess you have to understand it to appreciate it. Defence between the 2 is very different also, the contest for the ball again is a point of difference I enjoy.
This isn’t a pro union post as I equally enjoy both sports and the differences they have, the shitting on the other code from both sides gets tiresome and is a bit outdated
I think they were a bit rattled due to England's reaction to it, but they should have been expecting something like that.Heard a guy on Newstalk ZB I think it was call in and say how he can tell when the ABs will lose by looking at their haka. Said they are poor at doing haka. To me that's fair enough they are a rugby team not a kapa haka group.
Said he doesn't watch the games but can watch their haka and tell if they will win or not. This wasn't the normal they looked off during the haka you usually hear more that they are generally crap at it full stop. As he was going around in circles the host queried him but got snapped at for interrupting.
This was all quite amusing but his argument falls apart when you look at their winning percentage of 80-90%.