North Shore Times : November 5th 2010
4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 5, 2010 OPINION 3237823AB Elevate your lifestyle & your view Lifestyle @ Orewa Beach The Grange o ers premium coastal living just a short com- mute from Auckland and the North Shore. Investing in this high quality development will elevate your lifestyle, your views, and also the long-term growth prospects this area o ers. Sections for your Dream Home Call Duncan Unsworth Phone: 09 426 7899 Mobile: 021 925 968 Email: email@example.com www.cabra.co.nz 20 years of Quality Subdivisions Call or email us with your address details to recieve a free Lifestyle Magazine! FREE! THE BEST BOOKS AT THE BEST PRICES FICTION, NON-FICTION, CHILDRENS , COOKING, LIFESTYLE & MORE Phone 09 447 3010 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Payment by EFTPOS and Cash WITH AN EVER-CHANGING STOCK 1 Rothwell Avenue, Albany OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 10am -- 4pm SELECTTIIO ON N N N N N N OF TOCK MORE TITLES TO CHOOSE FROM INSTORE BUY ANY ONE OF THESE TITLES AND GET ONE FREE! SELECTED TITLES ONLY BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! YEP THAT'S RIGHT FREE! NOW THERE'S AN OFFER YOU CAN'T REFUSE! $5 MIX AND MATCH TITLES It's good we lost Listen to Willie Jackson on Monday at 10am on Radio Waatea 603AM As much as it pains me to say it for the first time in my life, I think it's good that the All Blacks lost. Now don't get me wrong -- I would've much preferred them to have won. However, after settling down after a near heart attack at the end of the game, I started to think about the positives of the All Blacks losing. First and foremost they no longer have to worry about trying to beat Lithuania's 18 winning tests in a row record which was ridiculous anyway on a couple of counts. Firstly Lithuania is a minnow who play nobodies and secondly the New Zealand women's team could beat them tomorrow. It's stupid that Lithuania's record is recognised and while it would have been nice for the ABs to have overtaken them, it's a relief that it's no longer an issue. Secondly, all the talk about the All Blacks peaking too early can now stop. Clearly the lineouts need work, the goal kicking has to be improved and we have to get our bench right. Which brings me to the third and final positive of the loss to Australia -- surely we have seen the last of Steven Donald in an All Black jersey in games against Australia or South Africa. Yes, he seems a decent young bloke who without doubt tried his heart out but the reality of test rugby is that only the very best players can handle the pressure. First-five is probably the most pressured position on the rugby field and Donald was exposed badly against Australia. His dis- play is a reminder that there is a huge gap between the ITM Cup and test rugby. He quite clearly lost the game for the All Blacks. There's no doubt that if Daniel Carter had remained on the field, they would have won. If you for one minute buy the nonsense that is being trotted out by the likes of Buck Shelford and the All Blacks coaches that Donald didn't lose the game for us then you will believe anything. You see if you don't think Donald lost it for us, then you can't say that James O'Connor won it for them with his fantastic sideline conversion. Steven Donald lost the game for us. He must not be part of our world cup squad and let me say it one more time because I never want to say it again -- it was good that the All Blacks lost.
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