The All Blacks Are Now A Dirty Side Says New Zealand Journalist
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This has been coming for quite some time.
The All Blacks are unquestionably the best rugby team in the world. There’s absolutely no arguments there. Their record speaks for itself and it looks like it’s going to continue for quite some time.
The one thing we can question however, is their discipline. We all remember that controversial performance against Ireland at the Aviva last year and of course the actions of the likes of Sonny Bill Williams and Jerome Kaino during the Lions tour.
At this year’s Rugby Championship it has creeped back in again. The All Blacks are a brilliant rugby team, but their cynical nature is becoming more and more apparent. We saw it against Argentina, we saw it yesterday against the Boks.
So are the All Blacks a dirty side? Mark Reason of Stuff seems to think so.
Steve Hansen said after the All Blacks beat Ireland in Dublin last November: “Do you want me to tell you we’re a dirty side or something.”
It seems to me the answer to that question is now a colossal YES in capital letters. YES, it’s a swinging arm in the affirmative. YES, it’s a leading shoulder to the head. I apologise if that upsets you in the rugby shires, but the rest of New Zealand is fed up with the dreadful, headhunting example set by the All Blacks.
It seems to me no other major international team in world rugby takes out the neck and head of opponents with such sickening regularity.
So why aren’t we booing our own players? This has been going on since the match in Dublin last November. Sonny Bill and Jerome Kaino brought it into the Lions series. And then four or five of the side exported the violence to Buenos Aires.
Early in the second half Vaea Fifita hit Tomas Lezana with a shoulder. It was high and there were no arms involved. A yellow card was the minimum sanction. Astonishingly nothing was done.
Then Kieran Read hit Matias Orlando with a very dangerous tackle. It wasn’t an accident. Read made two or three other tackles in the match where the height was marginal. If you constantly drive at 70kph in a built up area there are going to be casualties.
What do you think? Does he have a point?