Just some thoughts here: . I think its ok if friends want to be on the same team for a new person joining as it will be less pressure for him to be playing with someone familiar.
. On CH/Rainer incident; (no offense to both) Rainer, i believe CH did try to explain that you were too quick and he caught you accidentally after the contact. It did take awhile for you to calm down a bit from the tackle, so given that the reds were down, can understand CH's frustration at that moment (I caught Ganesh by accident earlier as well on his ankle but he took the knock and played on .. although i will not want to see him as my doctor if i am sick after the game .....) However, my opinion is that you do take quite a lot of the tackle/contact better than others in general. ( I remember one Ade tackle which had you flying but you got up and played on...)
On the game itself, as mentioned in earlier threads, Reds actually were pressing hard, playing well for the first 30 mins and taking the lead while Whites were all over the place. Boris wasn't firing on all cylinders for the early part, Rockstar fired his cylinders before the game.(hehe) ... but both eventually recovered in the second part after Whites organised a bit better and Rainer took his chances well. I actually thought Reds played quite well overall, just needed better re-organisation when down and maybe a bit more desire in the second half as Rainer mentioned. Credit to Fred, and not only in this game but the last 2 where his team was down by quite a bit, but he kept running and chasing and scored some beauties as well from his efforts. Whites may have been deemed stronger but not by much... you can never get perfectly even sides.
Lastly, on the selection, I do think Rajiv should pick the teams as we agreed in the past that everyone just accepts it. I like Fred's idea of having the first 2 person to complain to pick...