June 21, 2010 in Uncategorized
This morning I read another dude’s blog about how good we got it as a Springbok rugby team & fans. Our team is unbeaten in 3 wins & we’re the envy of many international teams when you look at our depth in many key positions.
But this is all yada-yada-yada for me because lets be honest, we haven’t achieved anything so far this year on the international circuit. Yeah going to Wales and beating them without 9 or 10 of the guys that started the test where we beat NZ in NZ to claim the tri-nations last year was pretty cool, not impressive, but cool. And yeah beating a French team comprehensively in Cape Town will put a smile on any Bok fan’s face (and a beer in his hand) but I’m sorry to say,considering the form of the guys that played, that was expected of the Boks. If you consider all the international trophies and competitions (super 14 included) we’ve won these last couple of years, then we should be able to beat Wales & Italy regardless of who puts on the Bok jersey and we should be able to beat a French team at home. That’s it, no sugar coating needed!!
The REAL tests come defending tri-nations!! The REAL tests come winning our 1st grand slam tour in yeeeeeeaaars with players that have played a lot rugby and managing them with a whole lot fringe players!! The REAL tests come possibly a 3-peat in the tri-nations!! And ofcoz the REAL tests come obviously defending the WC!! AND ALL OF THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH HOLDING KEY PLAYERS’ PLAYING TIME, CONDITIONING, and FITNESS & HEALTH IN THE HIGHEST REGARD!!
You take those one by one and just ponder a bit, you’ll realize the mammoth tasks the Boks have ahead of them in just over a calendar year of rugby. But hey, that’s the benchmark these guys have set for them & the fans. LOL, call it the curse of their success. You just have to look at the upcoming tri nations for example. If we do not win ATLEAST one of our away matches in NZ (something unthinkable just a couple of years ago) we’ll be disappointed. Can you imagine not winning the whole thing?? You go to the end of the year tour, when last did we beat Ireland in Ireland?? I bet they still have Jake White’s comments about “just picking 2 Ireland players in his bok team” and play it whenever they face us.
Oh no guys, we haven’t achieved anything yet. Winning 3 games in a row, games that we should’ve won, that’s nothing compared to what lies ahead. Sure it must nice for ou Pietertjie to have the selection headaces he has but that won’t mean shit if we do not continue winning trophies, defending them and start beating northern hemisphere teams like Ireland and France on their home turfs!! AND the All Blacks are still the All Blacks, Australia (eventho losing this wknd against England) is still nr.3 in the World so the tri-nations will definitely not be a 1-team competition. Oh and this reminds me, something must be done with the ranking system coz how can a team that currently holds everything they can possibly win in the international arena still be nr.2 in the world? How can a team like Australia still be nr.3 when they haven’t won anything in years? & how can the French (current 6-nations champions) still be nr. 4 in the world?? I think when you do win an international competition, your rankings must sky rocket but that’s one of my many not-really-thought-through thoughts.