<div class='quotemain'> <div class='quotemain'> So what if the All Blacks were playing minnows?
Name me one top tier team who didn't?
The Boks struggled against minnows, Tonga. So please, none of this "any team can score a ton against minnows" excuse.
The All Black forward pack pretty much dominated. Stats would show that. Sure they lost against France, but it wasn't because of their forward pack. Noone knew how to drop kick. Forwards set a solid platform.
I mean, the much talked about Italian forward pack got dominated.
Sure the All Blacks didn't get much time, but its quality of rugby, not quantity.
Not that I'd pick All Blacks in my RWC XV. I'm just saying I'm surprised.
As for the All Blacks not having the mental state to win a RWC, doesn't mean they shouldn't be picked. Jonah Lomu never won a RWC. Yet I'm sure he'd make the RWC XV for those years he participated. (If only Lomu played against Japan, I'm sure the try-scoring record would've been a lot more. If only )
Sure none of the individual All Blacks scored as many tries, but thats because they were pretty good as a team, and shared it all around.
Hmmmm so you really think you had a tough group. How can you compare Tonga and Samoa to Romania & Portugal. Any way mate don't be suprised as there are alot of players from different countries that have betters players in certain positions than the All Blacks when it comes to picking a WC 15, I know its hard to accept but it is a fact your boys went home in the Quarters.
Where did I say they had a tough group?
Tonga, U.S.A, Romania, Portugal. All minnows. They all would've been spanked by the All Blacks. And you know this.
I guess thats why you're not really coming at me with good arguments. All you have, is that the All Blacks went home early.
I'm not surprised that people think there are players in certain positions better than the All Blacks. I'm surprised that less than a handful of people think the All Blacks are better in any position than everyone else.
I am suprised that you are suprised :lol: