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New Zealand Australia game ruined by Poite

New Zealand v australia ruined by Poite’

Forty thousand people paid good money to see this in New Zealand. Millions of people around the world looked forward to it. I got up early with a hangover. And we were rewarded by the IRB with le buffoon.

How does Poite still have a job?

Aside from the fact Australia were offside on nearly every kiwi attacking phase ( which destroys the spectacle with space at a premium already) Poite also never stopped the clock for substitutions or restarts. He showed a surprising eagerness however when play had stopped due to injury to start the clock again when both sides were far away from ready for the restart scrum or lineout.

Cheika may have visibly cursed Poite at one point up in the Andy Robinson crucible *( and i salute him for it) but he should be thanking the Poite, because this was very much about saving face for Aus rugby and under Sanzar’s auspices. They need this to look like a competitive championship. Either that, or Poite is unfit and wants to slow it down as much as the top 14 slop he eats with his bread and butter.

If the IRB reffing panel mandarins sit down and review the game ( they wont) there was at least ten minutes burned off the clock on substitutions. Questions have to be asked. Why did he not say time off? He does it immediately in France. Poite gave pens incessantly. He stopped quick tap penalties and quick lineouts. This was policy.

He’s an unmitigated disaster as a ref and paying ticket holders and subsciption holders are being treated with utter contempt by rugby’s ruling bodies.

Allo Allo! Poite out of Munster/Sarries game, Gauzere called in

Shocking Photo’s taken yesterday in the town of Nouvion of Heineken cup referees Roman Poite and Pascale Gauzere. Roman Poite was set to referee the Munster/Saracens heavyweight clash on skysports this Saturday at 6pm, but was pulled out injured on Thursday afternoon. Fellow Frenchman Pascal Gauzere was been drafted in as replacement for the huge battle on Saturday evening.

Madame Edith Poite wasn’t immediately available for comment.

poite-and Gauzere on the munster match

New Zealand v Ireland Rugby Betting Preview, Tips & Odds 8.35 am GMT, Sat Jun 23rd


New Zealand v Ireland Rugby Betting Preview, Tips and Odds

Rugby Betting Media Coverage

Sky Sports 1

Best Betting/Team Win Handicap
New Zealand 1/10 skybet – 15 10/11 skybet
Ireland 9/1 stanjames + 17 evs stanjames

Form Guide

This is the third and final New Zealand v Ireland Rugby match for the considerable future in New Zealand. After last week’s agonising loss at the death to New Zealand, Ireland once more step into the breach this weekend following a brilliant performance in a game they were very unlucky to lose. The entire Irish team outplayed their counterparts in a complete turnaround from the 32 point loss the previous week. This punter got burned by losing faith in Declan Kidney’s ability to get a decent result, but we won’t be making the same mistake this time around.
Form-wise then, we have two Irish teams to choose from; the one that got hammered, and the one Nigel Owens wrongly gave a penalty against in the scrum with 5 minutes to go in the Kiwi 22. Arguably, had Ireland been given the correct decision there and scored from the penalty, New Zealand still would have been able to come back and score. However, would New Zealand have gone for a drop goal to draw the game? I don’t think so. I think they would have gone for the try, and the win, in front of the Christchurch crowd, and there’s a good chance Ireland would have held them out. So, if we run this hypothetical to its conclusion with regard to the handicap this week- there’s no way it would be as big as it is had Ireland won- which in retrospect was a very possible outcome to last week’s game.


Ireland have made three changes from last week, and I’m only wary of one of them. O’Mahony can cover for Heaslip who is out with a broken finger, and Paddy Wallace is no step down at inside centre for Darcy – he’s has had possibly his best ever season this year, and has scored against New Zealand in the past. I’m not crazy about McFadden still on the wing against this class, but one thing in favour of this is that Kearney is at fullback, so he’s unlikely to make the same mistakes he made in the first test where he and Earls had a couple of try-causing mix-ups. Keith Earls is the third change back on the wing, and I do think Ireland loses the physicality of Trimble here, but Earls is always capable of some unexpected magic, and Ireland will need that to win this game.
Looking at New Zealand, they’ve made six changes, notably McCaw is at 8, and Carter is out injured, and in steps Cruden who played in the world cup and didn’t look anything more than ordinary- and they protected him a lot. Both of the wings (Savea included) are out having been exposed last week, and there’s a debutant in the second row- Romano, along with a debutant at 7, Cane. Any team without Carter is weakened, top that with McCaw moved from his natural environment at 7, two new caps, and forecasted pissing rain and Ireland looking at the bigger picture will be heartened.

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Richie McCaw (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whiteloc, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Brodie Retallick, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Beauden Barrett, 22 Tamati Ellison.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Brian O’Driscoll (c), 12 Paddy Wallace, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Peter O’Mahony, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Donnacha Ryan, 4 Dan Tuohy, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Declan Fitzpatrick, 18 Donncha O’Callaghan, 19 Chris Henry, 20 Eoin Reddan, 21 Ronan O’Gara, 22 Andrew Trimble.

Rugby Betting Tips

In a turnaround from last week, im going for Ireland on the plus handicap this week for a number of reasons. First, Ireland may not play in New Zealand for the next 12 years wth the new touring structures, so this is definitely the last chance for a large chunk of this team to beat them down there. It s also Ireland’s last game of the season, so they should give it everything. They have the knowledge that they could have won last week, and they see a team before them that they know has doubt in it, and is shorn of Read, a settled backline, and the best outhalf on the planet in Carter.  It’s also set to rain, and Ireland have the gameplan to deal with that as they showed last week. Ireland have a team of seasoned internationals that are well used to winning the big one-off games at Heineken cup rugby level and on last week’s showing, the +17 available in stanjames looks a bit big. Also, note the win odds have come down from last week, from 14/1 in most places, to 6 or 7/1 this week in most places.

  1. (main bet)Ireland+17 in Stanames is the pick if you’re looking at handicaps here. If you think that last week was a blip however, Skybet have -15 available- which is an 8 point stepdown from last week. As mentioned though, i really like the Irish handicap. I also noticed that most bookies have New Zealand to win by 1-12 at 15/8. These are the odds they generally give to the 1-12 margins in a scratch game in the English Premiership or Rabo League when the hadicap is at most 1 point either way- so they’re obviously fancying this themselves a wee bit, and this price doesn’t really tally with the 17 point handicap for me. That said, the bookies don’t know everything, never assume they do no matter how easy it is to listen to run-of-the-mill pundits trotting out the same old rubbish line- “the bookies rarely get it wrong”. This is possibly the most irritating cop out line in all of sports punditry.
  2. If you’re looking for an anytime tryscorer punt, Cian Healy is biggest 12/1 in Paddypower. PaddyPower also have a money back special of all losing tryscorer bets refunded if Ireland win. Unlikely yes, but a nice bonus, especially when you’re getting the biggest price available anyway. It’s due to be a tight game, and Cian knows how to score tries- getting a few in the Heneken cup, often popping up in backline moves, and there’s rarely a game where he doesn’t have at least one go at barging his way over from close in. New Zealand looked vulnerable defending their line last week, so this could be a real goer.
  3. Healy is a whopping 50/1 in paddypower for first try, and he’s 40/1 in skybet where you get a free tenner bet for opening an account with no deposit. 40/1 is the price I had him against Clermont in the Heineken cup semi final. I’ll be on this for a small interest myself.
  4. Anytime dropgoal is 13/8 in Paddy power. Kearney, Sexton, O Gara, Cruden…if there’s a tight game on the cards in the wet and one team needs to push out to two scores ahead to finish off the game, or win it at the death, or even get the first score- this looks a great price. It was 11/8 last week, I assume it has gone out because Carter is out.

Rugby Weather

-Definitely likelihood of rain in Hamilton.

Ref –

Roman Poite. Irealand will be praying the rugby gods allow the self-obsessed Poite to realise that New Zealand regularly infringe at the breakdown. Last week they penalise McFadden for going off his feet (probably called incorrectly), while New Zealand did the exact same thing numerous times on the way to their try and weren’t whistled by the ref. This is a real area of concern for Ireland. Poite can be a disaster.

Leinster v Ospreys Betting Preview, RaboPro12 Final, RDS Dublin, 26 May 16:00 GMT

Win/Handicap Best Prices

Leinster 4/9, Ospreys 3/1

Leinster -6 10/11, Ospreys +7, evs.


If you’re betting on Rugby and you are unfamiliar with Leinster’s form, then you probably shouldn’t be betting on rugby! As you are no doubt aware, they have been in scintillating form, hammering Ulster last week to take their third Heineken cup in three years. This Sunday, they are aiming for an historic Heineken Cup and domestic league double that has only been done once before by Wasps in 2004. It’s safe to say then, that there will be no H-cup hangover for Leinster, and they’ll be well up for this.

The Ospreys have rebuilt after the departure of their brand names last season, and have made a decent fist of things in the run in. Prior to hammering a very weak Munster team in the semi-final, they had five victories in a row. They pipped Leinster by a point away with Leinster focused on the Heineken cup, shorn of their three back row starters and sexton, and with odriscoll returning from injury. Tipuric was the inspiration to a full osprey’s team; they only won it with a touchline conversion at the death when Leinster had switched off. Prior to that they beat Treviso well at home, as most have. They then beat the worst club in the NH lately (Cardiff) away from home. They had a rickety win over the dragons at home, in which they conceded a lot of penalties, many on the attack. Lastly, they struggled to beat aironi away with a first team, winning by 7 in the end. However, Orquera misses two kickable penalties in the last 20 making it much easier for them to eek it out.
Previous to that they were beaten at home by Glasgow, were beaten by an ulster team shorn of Best, Ferris, and Muller, and they lost away to Dragons who have been having a bad season. So the point here is, despite the nice run of victories, and the win over Munster, there’s questions over whether they can live with a full Leinster team on a high. They’ll need their experienced pack to be as dominant as they were when they won in the RDS, when Heaslip, Obrien, Rob Kearney, Sexton, Reddan and Jennings got the night off.


Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Fergus McFadden, 13 Brian O’Driscoll, 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Isa Nacewa, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Shane Jennings, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Leo Cullen (c), 3 Mike Ross, 2 Sean Cronin, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Cian Healy/Jack McGrath, 18 Nathan White, 19 Brad Thorn, 20 Dominic Ryan, 21 John Cooney, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 David Kearney.

Ospreys: 15 Richard Fussell, 14 Hanno Dirksen, 13 Andrew Bishop, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Joe Bearman, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Ryan Jones, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Alun Wyn Jones (capt), 3 Adam Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 James King, 20 Tom Smith, 21 Kahn Fotuali’i, 22 Matthew Morgan, 23 Tom Isaacs.

For Leinster, Healy and Sean O’Brien are out, and while they are a big loss, there’s cover there. Van Der Merve came on and tore Ulster apart last week, scoring a try, and no doubt he’s chomping at the bit to get stuck in Sunday. The back row will have a tough time against the Ospreys, but quality-wise they shade this for me. Tipuric is a class act, but he might be carrying an injury. You have to say the Ospreys pack is very important in this game, but Leinster’s can stand toe to toe. There’s a possible advantage in the scrums to the Ospreys, but apart from that, Leinster edge all of the other set-pieces with Toner there to ensure clean lineout ball for Leinster to attack from. Leinster work best off clean set-piece, and I feel if they have at least parity in the scrum, they should win this game with something to spare. The Ospreys backs are youthful and have shown great promise this season, but they lack the big game experience and nous that any team would need against a Leinster team in this form. The Ospreys bench is bare in comparison to Leinster’s, with Stowers in particular missing. Fotuali’i arguably should have started too, as it will take a few special instinctive moments to break this Leinster team down, something he has more of in his locker than Webb.


This game is going to go one way in my eyes- Leinster’s way, and it’s up to them how they play it. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a carbon copy of the the HC final either, with Leinster playing conservatively, and then bringing on the pace and power to destroy them in the second half (if things are going their way).

  1. Leinster -6. They’re at the pinnacle of their rugby powers right now, and by rights this should be very beatable, once they want it.
  2. Heineke van der merwe is 66/1 in places for first try scorer…as above, this is very good value!
  3. Heineke van der merwe, anytime try scorer is 14/1!  Get some! The man is an animal in the loose.
  4. For a flutter, leinster -21 is available at 7/1. Don’t be fooled by the beating the Ospreys gave Munster folks- if this Leinster team clicks, this could well come in- proven try scorers all over the bench and on the field, and they owe the Ospreys a hiding after they beat them at home! If you fancy a smal bet for interest, you could do worse.

Weather- Sunny and fine, its summer in Dublin, these days don’t come around too often.


Referee- Roman Poite- expect the man to look frequently bored and disinterested, and eager to return to his cheese farm. Likely to side with Ospreys on marginal calls too, so beware.