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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Joe Rokocoko sniping try vs the Chiefs

In this mornings Super 14 game between the Blues and the Chiefs we saw the new ELV's being put into practice and taking their toll on a lot of the fatties around the park.

With the new laws, if you're unfit, you won't last. There was some exciting play, with tap free-kicks replacing most penalty infringements, therefore we saw quite a lot of exciting, free flowing rugby, that had most of the players, including the referee, sucking in the big ones as the pace was intense at times.

One of the new laws which is a helluva positive one in my opinion is the new scrum law that requires that both sides (minus the scrum halfs) need to be 5 meters behind the eighth man's feet. This results in a lot more space on attack which gives the flyhalf a bit more freedom to control the game and distribute under a little less pressure than before.

This was nicely illustrated with this nice Joe Rokocoko try that saw him coming in from the left to finish of a nicely planned move. Yes there was a missed tackle, but the pure speed and strength of smokin Joe showed what a great finished he is.



  • I hope this is not the end of the already endangered massive props :(

    By Anonymous eric, at February 16, 2008 5:29 pm  

  • Don't worry eric sheridan isn't going anywhere.

    By Anonymous Weapon Head, at February 16, 2008 5:53 pm  

  • I watched this this morning(England), got up early just to see the ELV's in place- something which was a mistake in hindsight but to me it didn't appear to be doing much apart from encouraging indiascretions because a free kick was the only action taken!

    By Anonymous coolfordy, at February 16, 2008 6:31 pm  

  • ELV's aside, great to see big Joe looking close to his best again. He mad some great runs and one crucial tackle in particular which led to the Flavell try.

    By Anonymous GMC, at February 16, 2008 8:13 pm  

  • i really dont limek the ELVs, as some of you know from my previous posts

    as it is said in the description, the big guys are dieing with the new pace

    i sincerly hope the IRB doesnt implement these rules for international, would be a big mistake in my eyes

    i'm not against all the changes, i dont mind the 5m back from the scrum rule, i wouldnt mind them keeping it, but ones such as taking it back inside the 22 and kicking it out arent nessicary

    By Anonymous Chris Parberry, at February 16, 2008 10:40 pm  

  • the ELV's are a joke
    no doubt one or two of them could be implemented in some way to help international rugby, but the majority of the laws are a shambles

    created by the australians who would rather see rugby league style play than the power game that union is about, mainly because they suck at scrummaging... australias pack cant give even a half decent platform to their world class backs, which is a shame as australias backs are probably the most complete back seven internationally

    keep the ELVs in the Super 14s if people like it but the majority of them shouldnt even be considered internationally

    i saw a range of highlights from the super14s, and the guinness premiership this weekend completely outclassed it
    get highlights of wasps - bath! complete stormer of a game

    By Anonymous alex, at February 17, 2008 4:09 pm  

  • the ELVs dont seem to do much good, they're meant to speed up the game but it just seems to be slower than ever, not sure if its just the teams adjusting, was gutted i didnt see this game, seemed to be the only one where the ELVs actually produced a good standard of running rugby

    By Blogger James, at February 17, 2008 8:45 pm  

  • Awesome try. We have this play in my club, but it never worked like this.
    And I like that trick he did in the end with the ball

    By Blogger Ruggerboy, at February 18, 2008 4:20 pm  

  • To alex who sed the elvs were developed by australians - that is untrue as they were developed by a sth african.

    they were first used the arc competition in australia thou.

    facts pls

    By Anonymous chris, at February 21, 2008 6:20 am  

  • just backing chris on the orgins of the ELV's which orginate from Stellenbosch, just outside Cape Town. I used to play theses Rules at School Boy Level and with a fully fit teams playing each other would result in some fast, fluid rugby, rucks, mauls and all.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 03, 2008 1:45 am  

  • way to much running for my liking

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 11, 2008 7:39 am  

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