Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Pure Fucking GOLD!

Friday, June 17, 2005

Southern Hemisphere Six nations

Pacific Rugby is the key to the Future.Agreed. Get the focus away from Asia and throw some cash into Samoan, Fijian and Tongan Rugby. These guys play some of the best running rugby you'll see, and if they had more of a chance to play together they'd be a real threat at the next world cup.

Ideal Scenario: Scrap the Tri-Nations and have a Southern Hemisphere Six Nations Competition involving Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay and a Combined Pacific Islands. It gives the second tier teams much more of an oppurtunity to play against the top tier nations, increases rugby's standing the the smaller countries and would be fantastic to watch. You could even have a game between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere Champions.

The IRB needs to make a more of an effort with the second tier nations. Develop what is already there before tackling any new markets.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Not Enough Time

Disappointed, but not disheartened.

Myself, the Wife and a few friends disappeared up to the Woolwich Pier Hotel last night to watch the Super 12 Final. Unfortunately the Waratahs went down to the Cursaders 35 to 25. We just ran out of time. If the game had gone on for another 10 minutes, the result could have been very different.

I thought the Waratahs kicking game was one of the biggest problems. They couldn’t get it to where they wanted it, too many kicks and Peter Hewat kicking donkeys out down the sidelines. Peter Hewat persistence with the little chip kicks smacked of someone who was out for personal glory rather than a win. At times I just wanted to scream at him to stop being a typical back and take it to ground to let the forward pack back him up. As expected, the Crusaders scored off mistakes. We knew they were going to be able to do it and we were punished for it.

All in all though, it was one of the best years for NSW Rugby. The entire squad played as hard as I’ve ever seen them and it all looks good for next year. We are going to miss the likes of Cannon, MacKay and in particular, Grey, but I think the acquisition of Sam Norton-Knight is a good one. The likes of Rocky Elsom, Morgan Tirinui and Phil Waugh are going to around for a long time yet, and this can’t be a bad thing.

It doesn’t hurt to lose one either as it only makes you more hungry for revenge.

Bring on the Super 14!