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Japan Top League | Full Highlights | Round 4

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Dan Carter and Andy Ellis continue to maintain the Midas touch deep into their golden years, putting on a masterclass alongside bustling No.8 and 5-try-hero Taumua Naeata, the Kobelco Steelers running riot over NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes. The Steelers now sit 2nd on the table, 2 points adrift of Robbie Deans’ Panasonic Wild Knights who fielded both David Pocock and Sam Whitelock in their clash with the Canon Eagles.


There was plenty more to like over the weekend including an unstoppably powerful display from Tevita Li, who has been nothing less than an entertainment machine in his first Top League season for the Suntory Sungoliath…

Round 4 Fixtures:

  • HINO Red Dolphins v Yamaha Jubilo
  • Mitsubishi Dynaboars v Toshiba Brave Lupus
  • Suntory Sungoliath v NEC Green Rockets
  • Toyota Verblitz v Honda Heat
  • Munakata Sanix Blues v Kubota Spears
  • Kobelco Steelers v NTTDoCoMo Red Hurricanes
  • Canon Eagles v Panasonic Wild knights
  • Ricoh Black Rams v NTT Communications Shining Arcs

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B.J. Spratt 4 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

You Poms and Paddies are really nice guys. New Zealand V Ireland - 37 Tests - N.Z. 31 Wins - Ireland 5 Wins - 1 draw. New Zealand V England - 45 Tests - N.Z. 35 Wins -England 8 Wins - 2 draws. Combined - You have beaten the All Blacks 13 Times in 82 attempts over 119 years. The Stats over 100 years + would say, especially England with 6 Times the player pool than New Zealand, you have “a limitation of context” regarding developing your coaches to teach your players how to WIN. So how can England with a 6 times the player numbers have a 17% winning strike rate against New Zealand? and be 8 -0 in Test Series over 100 years. The answer is simple. Your perception of the game. How do you fix it? You need to play in New Zealand for a couple of seasons in your teens, 18 -20 or send coaches over here. Martin Johnstone played 2 seasons here under the mentorship of Colin Meads. When he came here he had rugby shorts with pockets and a handkerchief in one pocket. He played for NZ Under 21 against Wallaby John Eales. He became the toughest player in the game and the best ever English Captain and Captained the Lions twice. Legend! Maybe if he hadn’t come to New Zealand, he may still had those rugby shorts with pockets. Recently Rogan O’Gara spent time at the Crusaders. What a great coach. “Our “mindset is different” and that’s how we have beaten you for 100 years + How the hell he isn’t Coaching Ireland, France, England, Wales, or Scotland I will never know? England has 131,000 Senior rugby Players. Ireland has 21,000 Senior Players. New Zealand has 27,000 Senior Players.

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