SportsDragons Monday Roar All Black Defeats For The Over 50s

During the sleepless early hours I have been wracking my brains, or what little is left of them, to come up with a strategy to beat an All Black team that appear almost invincible.

Then I had the light bulb moment, it is wonderful in its simplicity .

It is time to reduce matches to 25 mins each way, a boost to improve player welfare, but more importantly it is probably the only way any team will get to beat the All Blacks.

New Zealand are a bit like SAGA,  once you get past fifty you can’t get rid of them. 

The same thing happened last Saturday against South Africa.

 NZ were leading 20-10 after 48 minutes  55 seconds……then on came the saga surge and they ended up winners 41-13.

Rain Stopped Play

As points rained down on Argentina in Christchurch, the meteorological equivalent  was teeming from the heavens later in the day in Parma

In the Guinness Pro 12, Zebre were leading Connacht 22-10 at half time, when the referee suspended the match as the numerous pools of water on the pitch became a risk to player safety.

After the half time break with the deluge reaching biblical proportions ,the match was called off.

Hanging On In Toulon


Diego Dominguez’ long term career prospects at Toulon took a turn for the worse yesterday, as Racing 92 scored six tries in a 41-30 win over the South of France outfit.

Regular readers to this column will be aware of Toulon owner Mourad Boujallel and his Serendipitous approach to man management.

The soap opera plot this week suggests that former Bath coach, Mike Friday , has been in discussion with Boujellel about replacing Dominguez on a temporary basis, until former French scrum half Fabian Galthie is free to become coach on a permanent basis.

I can’t wait to see next weeks episode .

Finally, this time last year, 19 September 2015, on a warm sunny day in Brighton, the rugby world shook on its axis, as the mighty Springboks were defeated by Japan in the rugby World Cup.

A win masterminded by their coach Eddie Jones, I wonder what ever happened to him ?

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