We NEED the smaller unions

August 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

I just read Baylion’s take on a book and an article regarding the unprofessional manner in which rugby in South Africa is being run at the moment. (http://blogs.sport24.co.za/thepride/2013/08/20/springbok-factory/) To be honest, I weren’t familiar with Liz McGregor or her works before I read Baylion’s post, so thanks.

A few months ago, I read an article where Nick Mallet also said that SARU should drop the smaller unions in order for more money to be made available to pay the Boks with and try to keep them from leaving the country. (http://blogs.sport24.co.za/gertbloues/2013/05/09/look-at-the-whole-picture-mr-mallet/) In that post, I explained the current situation in Griquas, where I often have to travel over long distances to handle matches. If it wasn’t for the fact that Griquas refunded my traveling costs, there wouldn’t be a chance that I, or any of the other refs at our union, would have made the trip to Kenhardt, Askham or any of the other destinations. I am sure this is the same situation at every other union.

I know that the Springboks are the highest level of rugby in South Africa and we need them to be competitive and keep winning if we want to be taken seriously in world rugby, but getting the national side to play decent rugby is just one of the objectives of the game in South Africa. In the article I read that SARU get’s about R700 million mainly through sponsorships each year. Of this money, only 10% makes it’s way to the national players. The rest are mainly paid to the provincial unions, of which some of them barely produce Springboks. It’s a fact that some of the bigger rugby schools in the country spot potential talent at under 13 levels already and then these players start attending these schools. I already know of a very talented under 14 flyhalf in Upington who will be attending Gray Bloem next year. If that boy eventually does become a Springbok, he will add to Gray’s and the Free State’s list of Springboks and Griquas wont receive any credit and rightfully so. That boy hone his skills at one of the best rugby schools in the world and than he’ll join any of the accredited youth academies after school. Griquas wouldn’t have any hand in his development because this was done by his school which is funded by tax money, school fees and sponsorship. So, taking Griquas out of the equation would hardly halt the development of talented players to maybe one day play for the Boks. Thus having an extra R45 million available to try and keep Springbok players in the country would make sense.

But rugby in South Africa is also about these guys. (http://blogs.sport24.co.za/gertbloues/2013/07/21/worth-the-trip/) I have no illusions about any of these guys even playing for Griquas, never mind becoming Boks one day. It just wont happen. Many of them are over thirty and just don’t have the skills or abilities to play rugby at the highest level. Does this mean that Saru should scrap the tournament that they are playing in? Must they use a local referee or find someone willing to make the trip on his own cost?

There wasn’t even a cover charge to attend the match because most people in the town simply don’t even have a R5 to spare to pay to watch their home team play. Do you really think that rugby matches at the countryside should be scrapped just so Juandre Kruger can get and extra few hundred rands in his account instead of letting some Japanese side pay his salary?

Rugby has a bigger responsibility than simply letting the national side win. Rugby needs to teach young people the values they don’t necessarily learn at home. It needs to give them the opportunity to be part of something bigger and maybe give them the opportunity to make a living out of the game. The void left by Kruger when he left the Bulls opened the door for someone else to show his worth. This opportunity opened up at every level below right down to the reserve under 19 lock. Thus it opened up opportunities for more players to make a living out of the game at the expense of some Japanese, French or English club.



A job well done

August 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

When you get excited about a draw, then it shows that your team is far from the conquerors they once were.

Alas, the Bulls went to Newlands and did not loose!

Although I would have liked the win, I’ll take the  draw. This was a very green Bulls side and it showed, especially in defense. There were a lot of holes in that backline due to players leaving their channels not trusting their teammates to make the tackle and WP’s three tries came much too easily for my taste.

But the way the Bulls hung in there and force the result was pleasing to watch. I also witnessed the first dominant Bulls scrum in years. This team is a long way form being Currie Cup champions and many of the players are a long way from playing Super Rugby, but they got one point more from this match than they would have settled for given the circumstances.

The next time these two teams meet, both sides will be as depleted as they are now, although I can see more emergency call ups to Boks coming from WP than from the Bulls. Deon Fourie and Gio Aplon springs to mind. And the match will be at Loftus.

As I said in my first post, the most important aspect of a successful Currie Cup season is securing home playoffs. Although the result may not be as certain as it would be when playing a Super Rugby playoff at  home, you are sure of the income it brings.

For me, what’s important is securing that top two position and playing the semi at home. For that, your dirt trackers will need to perform consistently throughout the season, not just when the Boks arrive. Taking two points from a Newlands fixture as well as denying WP two or three goes a long way in achieving that goal.



Bulls putting the Currie Cup back where it belongs?

August 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Since Super Rugby employed the conference system and the competition’s time span was extended to the start of August, we saw a significant decline in the importance of the Currie Cup. With international players not participating for the majority of the competition, the Currie Cup was seen as a development competition with Super Rugby the main prize. The competition’s latter stages also differed from the start because of the return of the Springboks after the Rugby Championship.

Some teams, like the Bulls, also employs a different head coach during the Currie Cup.

For a team like WP, the return of the Springboks payed dividends because while the young guys kept them in touch, the returning Boks helped them finish the season as champions. The experience gained in the Currie Cup by the young Province players was evident in this year’s S15 when many of these players performed well when the incumbents got injured. But they contested the semi final at Ellispark and traveled to Durban for the final. So, while they reaped the benefits of their player development they lost out on huge financial windfalls that comes with hosting the semi finals and the final. While they could count on their team qualifying for a home semi final in the following S15, this year it didn’t happen.

It’s a lot harder to earn a home playoff match in the Super 15 than it is to host a Currie Cup playoff, but the gate takings are the same.

The Bulls are in the process of signing quite a number of players from the Kings and I’m sure that their hosting of a S15 semi this year had something to do with that. Even with the lowest attendance for a playoff match in years, the Bulls still made somewhere between 8 and 10 million Rands for hosting this year’s semi. That’s more than what the Stormers paid for the loan players they had from the Lions.

A player like Waylon Murrey won’t be making the Bok team on current form, but he’ll be a decent center at Currie Cup level with both JJ and Serfontein likely to be either injured or playing in the Rugby Championship. Vleis Engelbrecht will also fill the void left by Pierre Spies and Arno Botha’s injuries. Maku has been part of the Bulls for a long time and will be a welcome substitute for Ralapele.

Some might say that these players are keeping young Bulls players out of the team and halting player development. But this is not necessarily true. Of all these players, Maku may have the easier task of challenging for a starting place as he already is a seasoned campaigner at the Bulls and Wepener has not inspired confidence in the position. There’s no way that a fit and inform Venter, Engelbrecht and Serfontein will be replaced by Murrey, but with injuries inevitable, the Bulls will benefit from having him on their books.

Engelbrecht will have a hard time making the side with Spies as captain, but at loose forward it’s much easier to give more players opportunities because you have the freedom of three positions that a player can fill.

I am very excited about the Bulls’ latest acquisitions. This will give them a good and experienced team for the Currie Cup as well as great depth for the coming Super Rugby season. These players will also not hamper the development of their host of junior players because there are enough opportunities for these players anyway.

The game has changed. Previously the Bulls were able to get a decent Vodacom Cup side, promoting these players to a victorious Currie Cup side and finally building a successful Super Rugby side. With the extended absence of the Boks during the Currie Cup season and the growing need for an extended squad to cope with a grueling Super Rugby season, I think the Bulls are right on the money with their purchases at the end of this year’s Super Rugby season. It will also enable them to cope with the exodus of players they have suffered.



Jou dom drol!

July 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

The title of this post is just one of the names I’ve read people call Dewald Potgieter today. Yes, just in the space of ten minutes a man who’s blog entries on Supersport.com have won the admiration of many rugby fans and even shed the believe that all rugby players, especially those playing for the Bulls, are plain dof have managed to unleash the fury of both friend and foe.

Reading all the remarks people willingly flung his way, I thought about what it must be like. I’m an estimator working on construction tenders. In my line of work you must make a lot of judgement calls. Add a few thousand here, deduct a few thousand there, suck a rate or two out of your thumb and so on. Imagine the whole process were broadcast for to see. Imagine if, while I’m working on my PC, a camera would be recording my every move for all the world to see and every man and his dog could leave a comment on every mistake I make. I don’t think I would be able to handle it.

But, unfortunately that’s what the Twitterati got up to since Saturday evening. Dewie has been called a drol, dof, told to quit rugby all together and all sort of unnecessary things just because he made a judgement call that he was in the best position to make that they didn’t agree with. For heaven’s sake, there’s nobody in the world for who Saturday’s result mattered more than for Dewie. Don’t you you think that he of all people would have weighed his options more than anybody else?

For me and you, our team winning some tournament means bragging rights for the next few months, but for the players taking the field it’s their livelihood. The Bulls were there, they were in the moment. They finally managed to keep playing in the Brumbies’ half and wasn’t prepared to sacrifice that advantage for a four point lead. Six or eight would do the trick. And even if the try couldn’t come, at least the Brumbies would have been where they can do the least damage, in their own half.

For Ludeke to interfere the way he did was wrong. He should have backed his captain. The Bulls’ lineouts didn’t go too well, but at least they had those lineouts in the Brumbies’ half. During the last three minutes they were put under pressure in their own half. Something that wouldn’t have happened if the Bulls didn’t opt for the three points and had to receive the kick off. In fact, for the first time in his career, it would have been more beneficial for his team if Morne just used up every second of his allotted minute and a half just to send the ball past the uprights and then forced the 22 dropout.

The Bulls again didn’t play well on Saturday and some cracks were exposed again. I hope they will be able to fix them in time for the next tournament.

I salute Dewie for making the right decision under pressure even when his own supporters didn’t agree with him.

And to those who gave insults that really wasn’t necessary, just imagine if he was able to see the mistakes you made while doing your job. I just have a feeling he wouldn’t sink to the level of name calling, unlike the masses out there.



PS – I do get the feeling though that some of the outburst and insults that came form supporters of other teams actually came from the relieve that the Bulls didn’t win the trophy this year.

Oh holy ‘Saders side, I bow before thee

July 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

I can’t understand the hero worship the Crusaders receive year in and year out, as is again the case in this piece on Front Row Grunt http://www.frontrowgrunt.co.za/2013/07/crusaders-timing-perfect-again/

In this piece, the new columnist started his blogging career with a topic that is sure to get most readers’ stamp of approval namely praising the Crusaders. Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s no denying the ‘Saders’ SR pedigree. They did win the tournament seven times and always are a tough team to beat, especially at Christchurch. But how successful have they been in recent years? For a team like the Crusaders, surely SR success means being crowned champions, something they last achieved in 2008.

Yes, there have been setbacks, with Carter and McCaw being pampered like porcelain dolls and the earthquake of 2011 meaning they had to travel more than any side in history, but they always seemed to defy these kind of odds. Which must make them a special outfit.

But, since the last time they won the tournament, three other teams have managed to beat in a playoff match mainly because they didn’t do enough to play a home semi or final. Mostly because, for all their brilliance, they are prone to losing the odd match against a non contender. I don’t recall Robbie Deans’ sides getting this small part wrong so many times.

The Crusaders may be able to beat the Chiefs due to the unpredictable nature of derby matches, but they’ll struggle in Canberra or at Loftus the next week. Their lives would just have been so much easier if they just, you know, beat the Force from time to time.

If 2013 is another failure for the ‘Saders, then I think they really should consider bringer Deans back. But, for the moment, I hope they stick with Blackadder, because as long as he’s there, we don’t have to go to Chistchurch to play a match the Crusaders do actually show up for.



Worth the trip

July 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Yesterday I took the road to Kenhardt to handle a club game between Kenhardt and Kwaggas, a team from Welkom (Not Welkom in the Free State, but a small community deep in the Kalahari en route to the Kgalagadi Tranfontier Park). It would be my first encounter with Kwaggas, but I’ve already handled a match in Kenhardt on two previous occasions so I kinda knew what to expect from the local crowd.

I could’d be prepared for what I did encounter though. As it turned out, there were matches involving schoolboy rugby also between the two towns, so festivities were already at a rather advanced state by the time I got there.It also was evident that the whole of Kenhardt was there and Kwagga’s took every Welkommer they could fit in their buses for the 400km trip.

I arrived at the stadium,paid my R5-00 entrance fee (Didn’t even bother telling the guy at the gate that I’m here as an official), parked about ten meters from the sideline opposite to the main (read “only”) stand and got out. As I walked across the pitch I was recognized by some spectators as the referee. (They either knew me from previous matches or I was given away by the fact that I’m the only white person there) I got a few friendly handshakes and the odd piece of advice until I made my way to the dressing rooms. I had a few words with the match organizer/Kenhardt coach and checked that their team sheets are in order. He also informed me that some of the Kwagga players are running late after getting a flat tire on their way to Kenhardt, but he is also waiting for two of his players’ shift at the roadworks’ Stop/Go to finish, so we must postpone kickoff with 30 minutes. I agreed to it before meeting the Kwagga coach.

After checking the, not so regularly watered, pitch for pieces of glass and small stones I walked back to my car to take off my tracksuit and trainers and put on my boots. Armed with a whistle, cards and a R5 coin, I took the field to warm up. While was stretching, I heard a gentleman behind me talking either to himself or a group of people standing behind him. I’m not sure whether he was recounting his earlier rugby playing or boxing days, but he made a point of dropping names that I never heard off, but was supposed to sound impressive by him being associated with them. He then noticed me and started a conversation. He introduced himself, gave me some pointers and felt that after this brief conversation we are good friends and a friendly man hug is in order. The overwhelming smell of Vaalwyn made me politely decline, citing the need for appearing impartial as a  reason for my rudeness. He then went on telling his story to the not so interested onlookers.

I met with the captains, did the toss and went to the teams’ dressing rooms to inspect their kit. It was 15:30 and time for kickoff.

The match itself wasn’t the best display of rugby skills with front rankers often using the breakdown as a time to catch a breath rather than try to secure the ball, although there were enough handling errors for the scrums to be used for thus purpose as well. But it had the intensity of any first class match you could think of and I often had to tell the spectators to stay off the touch line, to no avail.

Kwaggas scored the first try with a well finished backline move. The player just managed to ground the ball before rolling over the dead ball line and I awarded the try. A rather bulky woman from Kenhardt was sitting on a camping chair right on the touch line and she disagreed with my decision to award the try. After the successful conversion, I asked her to move her chair away from the pitch, a request she impolitely declined even  after I threatened to call the math off with her team 7-0 behind. She called my bluff staying right there and refusing to move unless I make better decisions.

The match went on without any incident involving the lady in the chair. I did get the occasional questioning of my decisions, especially at the breakdown. I once even got down on all fours demonstrating exactly how it looks when a player is not on his feet, much to the amusement of both the players and the spectators. There was a brawl at the touchline during the second half which I managed to break up without the help of my touch judge. Who was busy breaking up a fight between two women behind him. The final ten minutes came with Kenhardt being 13-15 behind on the scoreboard. The locals got all the kids on the stand, stamping their feet on the steel seating making a deafening noise and creating an atmosphere akin to anything you would encounter at Loftus or Newlands, not doing any good for my nerves.

Then, with a moment of magic, Kenhardt’s flyhalf scored under the post with one of the best tries that I’ve seen and they went into the final ten minutes with a lead of five points. After a good period of play by the Kwagga’s and some ill discipline by Kenhardt, the men from the Kalahari regained the lead with their tight head juggling the ball before regaining it and falling over for a try just to the right of the post. The conversion made it 20-22 with five minutes still remaining and the ref silently calming himself. (Something like: “Gert, nou moet jy nie kak aanjaag nie'”

After a good attacking period from Kenhard, I penalized Kwaggas for an early tackle and Kenhardt lined up for what could be the match winning kick. The kick hit the upright, but bounced straight into the kicker’s arms who darted for the corner flag and scored. With the conversion missed, Kwaggas gave everything in the final three minutes. It was to no avail as Kenhardt intercepted and scored at the death.

When I blew the final whistle it was handshakes all around and I was congratulated for my impressive handling of the match by the good folks from Kenhardt and received an invitation to handle every Kenhardt match in the future, an invitation I assume will be withdrawn after their first loss under my whistle. The teams took each other in a huddle and Kwagga’s invited their opponents to the Kalahari for a rematch at the end of August before giving three cheers for rugby.

I had a smile on my face for the entire 120km, taking a few beautiful shots of the quiver trees on my way home.

This is why we love this game of ours so much and we get reminded by the good folks on the platteland of this. I never heard from the lady in the chair though. I think she’s still fuming about that try.



Let’s soldier on from here

July 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

It doesn’t matter whether we are still in the race or not,a loss against the Stormers still hurts.

But, never the less, we are still in the race and this time it continues at Loftus and not in Chistchurch as it was a season ago. Although there are some positives one can take out of Saturday’s match, I’ll start with what worries me going forward.

First up, the first phases were a mess. Etsebeth had a field day in the lineouts and Kitshoff drilled us in the scrums. That’s not a very positive sign. Also, like last week, we lost the contest at the breakdown by a country mile. So, to sum it up, our forwards were useless and didn’t feature at all. Everything else that went wrong was a direct result of this. You cant get the backline going from a scrum that’s going backwards. You put yourself under pressure if you loose your own lineout ball and there’s now way that you can get good front foot ball if the opposition manages to slow the ball down at the breakdown.

It was impossible to rate the backline because they were under pressure throughout the match because of the lost battle up front.

On the other hand, I think that the match would have turned out a bit differently had both teams either been out of the tournament or if a better qualifying log position was up for grabs for both teams. The way the Stormers flung themselves at the Bulls was reminisced of a team playing there final match of the season. Had they received the same desperation from the Bulls, Heyneke Meyer would have a stroke on the spot counting the injuries to his Boks for both teams. The Stormers, unlike the Bulls, had the “luxury” of not having to worry about the rest of the season. (Although I  am sure they wouldn’t mind if they had) Credit must go to Ludeke for being professional about the whole scenario and removing his stars from the arena. The way I see it, you would take your chances with the Crusaders beating the Chiefs and coming to Loftus, but losing Steyn, van der Merwe and Potgieter would be suicide at this stage.

I also think Joubert could have done us a favour by sending off one of the Stormers a little earlier. The Stormers conceded a penalty at the breakdown every time the Bulls were in their 22 and by the time he eventually did give a warning and send someone off, the match was already lost. Credit must go to the Stormers though for not letting the Bulls play in their 22 too frequently, otherwise I feel they would have had 14 men on the field for longer periods than they already had. Credit must also go to the Stormers’ attacking game. When you are so negative on defense, a positive attack is needed and their attack was the best I’ve seen from them in three years.

On the positive side. How good was Morne Steyn? He was the one player keeping his head while everyone around him was loosing theirs. He constantly looked for (Ultimately non existent) holes in the Stormers’ defensive line even though his forwards couldn’t provide him with good go forward ball, he didn’t miss a kick at goal and when he did eventually kick out  of hand, it was nicely set up for a chase or a good lineout position. Unfortunately, the Stormers were equal to the chase and more than able to win their own linouts. But, non the less, Steyn again showed that he can be depended on.

The other positive that I can take from this match was the performance of the reserves, especially Jurgen Visser. He is establishing himself as the go to man when the first choice player isn’t available at flyhalf as well as full back and I hope he takes his opportunity next season when Zane leaves.

The Bulls have two weeks to get themselves together before playing either the Brumbies or the Cheetahs. Should they win, they’ll have to travel to Hamilton or stay at home and play the Crusaders or Reds. So all is not lost.



Boo bluddy hoo. You lost, that’s it.

July 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

What does the Sharks, Stormers and the Kardashians have in common?

They are all in the news, but nobody knows why.

Seriously, I almost did a Shark and choked on my Weet Bix this morning after reading Gavin Rich’s roundup of the weekend’s rugby. Read it here. http://www.supersport.com/rugby/super-rugby/news/130708/Creaky_Bulls_need_to_avoid_flight

Although I agree with him that Chistchurch is the last place I would want my Bulls to go for a playoff, I certainly don’t think that the Sharks are form SA team in the competition. How can they be? They have lost three matches at home this season. That stat alone is pathetic even without mentioning their lack of tries.

How can they be the form SA side after losing a match that they had under control?

What happened on Saturday was the Sharks were let down by Mr. Lambie. A normally reliable kicker on most occasions, he didn’t pitch for Saturday’s game. I know about a lot of Sharks players who weren’t injured this season, but didn’t perform when their team needed them. This is the story of the Sharks of of 2013.

After beating the Blues last weekend, Daniel said they dedicate that win to John Plumtree. While that’s a nice gesture, I’m sure Plum would have appreciated it more if they did it when they played the Brumbies and in their home games against the Cheetahs and the Bulls. Then maybe Smit wouldn’t even have considered replacing Plumtree.

I am in no way pleased with how the Bulls played on Saturday. I am also not pleased with Jafta’s performance s well. I feel he was inconsistent with his interpretation at the breakdowns. Although the Sharks’s loose forwards did perform a lot better the Bulls’, such an advantage is increased when nobody knows when they’ll be penalized and when will they be left to play on. But, Ludeke trusted his players to get the job done and for the ninth time in a row, they did.

I the Sharks’ new management think that they would solve their current crisis just by somehow avoiding injuries, they have another thing coming. This season, like so many others, the Sharks didn’t win important matches because the players who weren’t injured didn’t perform when called upon.

So, my dear Shark friends. You were let down by Lambie, Fransie, Coetzee and so many of your golden boys this year. While even Dean Greyling made a lot of positive contributions in our campaign.



Why is Smit the bad guy?

June 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

After the events that transpired at the Shark tank this week, many people who hailed Smitty’s return to Durban started questioning his motives. Did he perhaps had it in for Plumtree, will he let Bismarc go as well? What about the Sharks’ laundryman who just couldn’t get the grass stains out of Smitty’s shorts? Is his job safe?

If we were still in the late nineties or early naughties, Plumtree’s record of two Currie Cups and a Super Rugby final would have been a great achievement for a South African franchise. But, after 2007 the game has changed. Since then a South African side have won the competition on three occasions, even the lower placed SA sides still manages to win the occasional cross conference match and we expect at least a top two finish from one of our sides. The bar has raised for SA teams and the Sharks, with all the resources they had at their disposal ever since the game turned professional, just didn’t perform as were expected of them.

Since Plumtree took over as coach, he had some of the best players to ever play for both the Sharks and the Boks at his disposal, but ever Super Rugby season was seen as an under performance and only on two occasions did they get the consolation of a Currie Cup victory after a disappointing Super Rugby tournament.

The Bulls in the same period, although they only managed to win the Currie Cup once, palmed in two SS trophies. The Stormers reached the 2010 final and finished first and second overall in 2011 and 2012 respectively with a team not nearly as established and as talented as the Sharks. When compared with these two teams, the Sharks’ achievements under Plumtree seems way below par.

There’s no dispute over how much Plumtree has given the Sharks for two decades now, but the Sharks also gave him the best training facilities, backroom staff and players that money could buy and yet he couldn’t turn them into a champion team.

I don’t know exactly when he got the verbal agreement from Van Zyl that his contract will be extended, but I can’t see how a verbal agreement from someone who knows that he won’t be around to fulfill that agreement can be binding. But I’m no legal expert.

I also can’t fathom how what Plumtree has achieved at the Sharks until now could be seen as an achievement worthy of a contract extension. What will he be able to achieve with the players that he’ll have next year and the year after that that he couldn’t do with ones he had now?

The way see it, Plumtree is the one doing the back stabbing by swindling a union that has given him so much through the years out of precious player acquiring  capital just because of a verbal agreement made between two parties who both knew that their time at the union might be coming to an end.



What’s next, neutral directors?

May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

If there’s one job that I don’t want to do, it’s being the director of a live sports event. Looking at all those monitors choosing the correct angle that must be broadcast to a world wide audience. And being the director at a rugby match is even worse because you have the TMO decisions that you must cope with.

That’s what makes the TMO call at the Rebels Stormers game so much more interesting. According to Sareferees.co.za, the call for the forward pass fell outside the TMO’s jurisdiction because he wasn’t asked about it, but Lindon Bray disagrees with this. He said the TMO could have made a call on the forward pass, but the camera angles that was shown was either zoomed too far out or only shows the back of the players, so he couldn’t make a ruling on this issue.

Strange then, that soon after the penalty try was awarded, a replay was played at an angle that clearly shows the knock on. Why wasn’t this angle used during the TMO decision? To his credit, Bray didn’t accuse anyone of foul play, but just stated that it is unfortunate that this angle wasn’t used during the TMO decision.

So far, all the macth officials present are being held accountable for their calls. That’s why they are there, but, as far as I know, the director cant be held accountable if he doesn’t provide the TMO with the one little piece of footage that might have costed the home side seven points.

Just saying…



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