(ed: is this a metaphor for something..?..something not quite right with new zealand..?..)
Gatland was quite right to call out all the cheating that goes on off the ball in NZ.
It has now reached the level of an epidemic.
The Lions are fed up with this sort of nonsense as the whole of rugby should be and have decided to make a concerted protest.
Gatland said in the week ‘The frustrating thing for us is the amount of blocking that’s going on.
The off-the-ball stuff – it makes it difficult to complete attacking opportunities and situations because there is so much happening off the ball in terms of holding players or subtly holding players.
We’ve raised it with the ref already.
It’s part of the game in New Zealand – all New Zealand teams at the moment are doing it’.
They are and of course the real name for it is cheating.
This is the sort of thing that has New Zealand calling up the great Sir Colin Meads to defend the honour of the nation.
Before the 2011 World Cup it was suggested that Sir Richie, the Crusaders and the All Blacks were repeatedly and deliberately holding players off the ball.
(ed:..oh..!..so there’s a history of it..?..who knew..?..)