Well, I decided at the beginning of saturday that come 12 nooon, my decoder would be firmly on 201 with a quick changeover to 202… However, 50 mins into the springbok game I found myself watching 202 and occasionally switching back to 201…
The above just illustrates how boring the second half of the rugby was for me. I chose Cricket over Rugby and THAT says a lot… Yes, while they both fall under the veil of great sport to watch on a Saturday, you can’t tell me Test Cricket is more exciting that Test Rugby? Surely not?
At one stage I sent a text to my friend asking if there was in fact only 2 Stormers on the field because it sure looked like there was 15… When did we accept that winning ugly is ok? I’ll take an ugly win over New Zealand any day, But Argentina ??? Surely, here, against the “Western Force” of the Championship we can be a little more daring? A little more out there?
I recall a second text message to my friend : “We’re stupid, fat and slow” , “Boring and uninventive”
Third Text : “You know, I just realized that our rugby and cricket captains always say “Ya, a lot of hard work still to do and still lots of room for improvement – I’ve never heard Ritchie Mcaw say that, not even when they lose”
It’s a mindset, We want to be the best, but we don’t play like that. There is always this side note of “Room for improvement” We have this low self-esteem veiled in humility that stems from who knows where? Why can’t we just go out there (Cricket and Rugby) and smash the opponents with some brilliant individual displays teamed with a group effort culminating in some awesome displays of skills and unity and then follow it up with an interview in lines of :
“It all came together today, we played to our strengths and we came to win and we did that”
Some call it arrogant, I call it confidence. Sadly, however, I feel the latter will always be lacking as long as we believe we are the underdogs in every game. I knew we would cream England in the Cricket. I knew it because player for player we are better. With the rugby, we are light years ahead in terms of skill and talent, but no, this is “Test Rugby” and we conformed to the old bash it up and see what happens…
Look, I’ll take the win… but hands up if you were happy with it?