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England lose Sheridan, then attack Richie and his ABs


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news on 17 Jun 2008 at 05:00

England lost Andrew Sheridan to rugby’s equivalent of friendly fire as tetchy stand-in manager Rob Andrew lobbed a few grenades into the All Blacks camp – aimed at Richie McCaw’s alleged offside play, New Zealand forward passes and criticism of the English scrum.

The NZPA reports that after regretting a facial laceration that forced his premier prop to withdraw from Saturday night’s second and final test at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium, Andrew took aim at All Blacks captain McCaw, the All Black scrum and Welsh match official Nigel Owens.

He also pleaded for coaches to be able to discuss contentious issues with referees in the lead-up to a test – a practice the International Rugby Board’s referees’ boss Paddy O’Brien outlawed at last year’s World Cup.

As the England squad sought to mentally and physically regroup after a 37-20 defeat in Auckland on Saturday, the temporary English manager went on the offensive by first intimating McCaw escaped scot-free at the breakdown.

While England had Sheridan – whose tour was ended by an accidental boot sprig to the face by teammate Lee Mears – and Mike Tindall yellow-carded for infringements at the tackle, Andrew was surprised McCaw escaped serious censure from Owen.

“I’m going to give Richie McCaw an England shirt so when he comes in on our side he’s got a white shirt on,” Andrew said in response to claims England were cynical at the tackle situation.

He also took issue with All Black coach Graham Henry’s gripe that England scrummed “passively” in the final quarter as the game became disjointed.

“Most of the collapses were actually on our ball, we’re not very keen on collapsing our own scrum,” bristled Andrew who then rounded on Owens.

“We weren’t happy with the way the scrums were managed and there are some issues which (scrum coach) Graham (Rountree) and John Wells (forwards coach) are looking at in terms of the engagement.”

He was also unhappy Owens was staying in the All Blacks hotel in Auckland: “I was a bit surprised … maybe that was just one of those administrative issues that needs to be looked at.”

Andrew said he would have appreciated an opportunity to clarify points with Owens before the test – and also meet with South African referee Jonathan Kaplan, who controls this week’s test.

“It’s a difficult area because coaches will try and influence the referee and Paddy tried to put an end to all the games that were going on.

“I understand that but there are a lot of changes going on in the game.”

Andrew said the transition between the experimental law variations (ELVS) and the “old” laws were confusing for players and officials alike.

On a recent IRB edict requiring referees to clamp down on hand at the ruck and players who seal the ball off at the breakdown, Andrew said those areas were still open to interpretation.

“They (referees) would probably appreciate it (talks) as well but we all have to go through Paddy, that’s the ruling and he’s in Cardiff with the under-20 world championships.”

Andrew also claimed two of the All Blacks four tries – by fullback Mils Muliaina and winger Sitiveni Sivivatu – should have been ruled out because of forward passes in the build-up.

Still, despite his list of grievances, Andrew could not deny his team were also their own worst enemies in Auckland.

“What really hurt us was the simple mistakes.

“They have an ability with the ball in hand, there’s no question about that, but we made it easy for them, they didn’t have to work for the tries against us.”

Costly defensive lapses will force personnel changes when the second test team is announced tomorrow, with pivot Charlie Hodgson almost certain to be axed.

London Wasps prop Tim Payne is one definite change after Sheridan needed 12 stitches to close a gash under his left eyebrow.

He has been told to rest for a fortnight – ending his long season a game prematurely.

Uncapped Newcastle Falcons prop David Wilson arrives in Christchurch early tomorrow as cover after being recalled from the England Saxons squad contesting the Churchill Cup in Chicago.

Payne earned the last of his six caps in the Six Nations clash with Italy in February and had been in line for a World Cup berth earlier until he suffered a knee injury.

Meanwhile, Andrew curtly dismissed a radio report that Sheridan was among England players seen drinking at the Viaduct Basin near the team hotel into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“Are we in New Zealand? Yeah, thought so.”



48 Comments

  • All fun and games… hope they mollah the fark out of each other this weekend…

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.06.08 06:07:45 by bryce_in_oz Reply
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  • It’s not just McCaw. The All Black tackler almost always falls on the opposition’s side first. This slows down the opposition’s ball, even if just for a second or so. But if the refs allow it, they’ll keep doing it.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.06.08 07:50:46 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
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  • Sheridian the MOST overrated player/prop this century..he is useless and only made a name by destroying a very weak Aussie pack.
    Rob Andrew is a wet blanket..always has been hope the Blacks stuff them by 50 on Sat..England are absolutly clueless on attack all they have going for them is big uncordinated forwards.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.06.08 08:28:56 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
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  • I always thought Richie had nice abs… :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.06.08 08:38:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 3) :

    Our attack looked pretty clueless too this week…

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.06.08 08:46:19 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 5) :

    Nowhere near as clueless as England..we didn’t score both our tries from a intercept and a lucky bounce.

    @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 2) :

    Mccaw got badly blown by the ref at one stage when the ref said he was not the tackler..funny as the replay showed Mccaw very well being the tackler.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.06.08 09:03:48 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • Sheridan is Stephen Jones of the Times’ love child!! :lol:

    He is the one that built him up to be this Super human force. While there is no doubt he’s an extremely strong guy who can bench press more than probably any other rugger player, he is nowhere near the untouchable that he’s made out to be!

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.06.08 09:42:54 by Villie Reply
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  • A little late, but rather late than never.. :twisted:

    HAPPY FATHERSDAY to all the Dad’s on Sharksworld!!! :grin: :grin:

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.06.08 09:46:08 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 8) : thanks Icy!

    When are you sending me your Fantasy League team, BTW? ;)

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.06.08 09:50:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    Rob – I worked out this magic team and theb realised it might not be a feasible option..some of them might play very little due to SB duty…so i am busy with a new one – when is the deadline? :shock:

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.06.08 09:58:24 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 10) : Friday midday

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.06.08 10:08:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    Thanks! Now for some work…

    Cheers!

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.06.08 10:10:38 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 12) : it’s overrated ;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.06.08 10:35:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    You tell me!! :twisted:

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.06.08 10:57:20 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Sheesh, where is everybody today. Is it a holiday in SA?

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.06.08 11:03:37 by Ollie Reply

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  • @Ollie (Comment 15) : I’m here.

    I think everyone is working extra hard to make up for the holiday yesterday.

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.06.08 11:14:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ollie (Comment 15) :

    Was yesterday…I think they are still recuperating… :wink: Afterall – in SA you have the best parties the day before you return to work.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.06.08 11:14:43 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 17) : I am quite jealous.

    We need to start some pre-Currie Cup banter

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.06.08 11:21:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • UK needs more public holidays. I think we have the least. :evil:

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.06.08 11:24:02 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Netherlands have one less than Eng. :shock:

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.06.08 11:26:10 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 20) :

    Howzit Rachel….lekker wasgoed gewas?? :wink:

    SHARKS RULE!!! :twisted: :twisted:

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.06.08 11:27:56 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 21) : yeah baby!!! ;)

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.06.08 11:36:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 21) : Morning Ice. Gewas, gestryk, ge-alles. :cool:

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.06.08 11:44:06 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :

    Well you just bring those Western Province out of their closets and I will tell them what a useless team they have! ;)

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.06.08 11:47:45 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 23) :

    Eish, Rache!!! You for sale by any chance?? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    PS. You’ll make a good WIFE….Washing, Ironing, F…FEEDING, Etc… :wink:

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.06.08 11:48:57 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 24) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Yeah – get over here, you moegoes!! The Sharsk are SOOOO ready for you!!

    :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.06.08 11:51:01 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 26) :

    Where is Morne when you need him? :)

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.06.08 11:53:58 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 27) :

    Hiding, ‘suppose……IN THE CLOSET!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.06.08 11:56:02 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 28) :

    Not sure if this is the level of banter Rob had in mind…..but hey who the hell is he to say what goes on this blog? ;)

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.06.08 11:59:12 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 25) : Not for sale. Might agree to rental terms. :wink:

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.06.08 11:59:13 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 30) :

    Rent boy?

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.06.08 11:59:58 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 29) : I have written a lovely article to get the rivalry going ;)

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.06.08 12:00:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 31) : :oops:

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.06.08 12:02:27 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 33) :

    This pic make you look like “Metusalem”… :mrgreen:

    How much, Rache?? :wink:

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.06.08 12:04:56 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 34) : Depends on the ‘job’. :oops:

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.06.08 12:10:20 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Can I join your company please? :razz:

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.06.08 12:20:21 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 36) : sure. I love volunteers ;)

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.06.08 12:27:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • I want to get paid for working on rugby sites all day! :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.06.08 13:10:48 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 38) : he he… not giving away all my trade secrets

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.06.08 13:12:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) :

    I am useless on IT, but not to shabby on creative accounting…any job left for me?? :wink:

    @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 35) :

    Rachel Rachel – why you blushing?? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.06.08 13:15:10 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 40) : creative accounting? Can you get me more money? ;)

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.06.08 13:18:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) :

    Yip I am THAT creative!! :twisted:

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.06.08 13:20:09 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 42) : you’re HIRED :)

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.06.08 13:37:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Offer…. acceptance….a contract…..Ice tell Rob how to make 50c and then send him the bill for R 500 000.00 and we will split the proceeds… ;)

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.06.08 13:44:38 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 44) : lawyers

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.06.08 13:54:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 44) :

    You handle the nitty gritty….I’ll make the bucks…80/20 split…deal? :cool:

  • Comment 46, posted at 17.06.08 14:26:20 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 46) :

    80/20???? :shock: :roll: …..use the rent boy :-p

  • Comment 47, posted at 17.06.08 14:58:59 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 47) : ha ha. Divide and conquer

  • Comment 48, posted at 17.06.08 15:04:31 by robdylan Reply
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