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England’s ‘weird’ defeat to South Africa and the weekend Tests

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cheap moncler He was officially unavailable to Erasmus. But the new manager argued the Springboks lacked a scrum half of sufficient quality and pleaded the case for the exception. It is not too fanciful to say that the result turned on this off field decision. The match itself was one of the weirdest I can recall. There was little in the way of pattern, bar the first 20 minutes. Both sides produced a rare old mix of the good and bad. cheap moncler

moncler sale outlet South Africa needed that win, what with a first black captain in 127 years. Defeat would have impacted on the crowd and interest in Bloemfontein. When you are on a winning run you get good habits. You win games despite not playing well. The flip side, the losing habit, means you can lose despite not playing badly. It isn’t too fanciful to think that England would have had the belief and composure to win this moncler outlet Test had they come off the back of a few wins. moncler sale outlet

cheap moncler coats As Owen Farrell said post match, the team needs cheap moncler to believe, deep down, not just empty words. It can be easier said than done when you cheap moncler outlet are staring at a sixth straight defeat. England need to make a few changes in personnel and reset the mind before Bloemfontein. South Africa are not world beaters. Nor, it seems, are Ireland world beaters. The best team in Europe were beaten by an Australian team that eclipsed the Grand Slam champions at their own game. The Irish back row, so strong in the European season, had their hands full with David Pocock back alongside Michael Hooper. cheap moncler coats

moncler outlet sale Behind the scrum, Kurtley Beale played another fine game as Australia kept the ball for long periods, a la Ireland, and controlled the match. This Test lacked the tries moncler jackets outlet of Ellis Park but was higher on the intensity at contact. Important because Ireland will be better next week. Johnny Sexton will start, one presumes, along with Ireland’s leading pair of props. Joe Schmidt moncler outlet sale ran the risk of defeat by weakening his team, but Test match rugby, in the era of the World Cup, is as much about planning for the global extravaganza as winning every game moncler outlet sale.

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