2007-07-14 10:48:10 UTC
1. Dickhead proved himslef again to be a nightmare - and he'll ref the
2. The ABs were frustratingly inept for 65 minutes - 4X the handling
errors of the BBs. A pattern is emerging. Is it nerves? Tactical
errors? Too long passes? When they played it close they were awesome.
3. The AB backs are incisive, run through holes and use their ball
well - until an error. their support play is brilliant.
Congratulations on the 27 point victory, NZ.
4. The BBs as usual played with passion, guts and comittment - but
their backline is as devoid of ideas and flair as a mechanised set of
robots - reflecting again the backline coach's inadequacies.
5. the BBs again had a player sin-binned. So what else is new? They
don't learn. Are they the dumbest side in the world? Yes, probably.
With the dumbest coaches in the world, too.
6. The Bok A-team wouldn't have done much better - their backline is
just as devoid of flair - so it would have been 10 points instead of
27 - but it is basically the same team with Burger, Matfield and
Habana giving them a little more push - but nothing makes up for the
lack of use of good ball - and the A and B teams have the same
7. So nothing has changed pre-WC: ABs shaky despite their overwhelming
talent and superiority - they should have put 50+ points on this Bok
team and they know it. Aus will push them. Count on it. BBs bereft of
a 10 year old's nous and creativity.
8. WC final will NOT be SA-NZ, but unless NZ get a good shrink, the
cupboard will be bare for another 4 years. They weren't tired this
time, just poor in finishing a very average side before 65 minutes.
Why? You AB pundits can figure it out.
At least NZ have the wherewithal to win, the Boks don't. So consign
the bets for WC to NZ or Aus and forget the rest. Doesn't matter if
it;s Bok A, B, C or D team - pattern is the same. Not enough behind #9
to win anything meaningful. And 2007 is it - afterwards we have colour
restrictions and a new name and the entire Bok A team will be learning
If we Bok fans absorb this reality, we will not go into the WC
expecting to get beyond the quarters. Such is life.
The interest in the Wc will be focussed 100% on the greatest side in
the world - to see if they can crack the hoodoo - if justice prevails,
they will win at a canter - but haven't shown signs of this.
They remind me of a Federer who keeps serving double faults for the
first 3 sets or a Michael Jordan who gets fouled out of the game with
the scores even..........so the only interest in the WC will be Can
the ABs beat themselves? Nobody else has the talent or skills to do it
to them, but they have a nasty suicidal ideation that must be driving
the Boyds insane..........
I feel for you and yours, Boyd, and hope that the Suzies and demons
stay away in September/october for your team to re-claim their
rightful place of the natural order of rugby in the universe. But
don't count on it.