August 18, 2011 in Uncategorized
Damn, I wish the Rugby World Cup could just start tomorrow.. Better yet, I wished it was finished already so that we can just move on. The fact that this year’s tourney is being played in New Zealand, I can only see 3 teams who has a serious chance of hoisting the Webb Ellis trophy and they’re currently numbers 1, 2 & 3 on the IRB rankings. Supporters of the teams up north, I’m sorry but that’s my opinion.
2007 it was a bit more open than what I think the 2011 version will be: Northern Hemisphere teams like England & Ireland had solid teams that had the potential to make a lot of noise, England certainly did, even though not a lot of people knew which England side would rock up. France was the host nation and back-to-back 6 Nations winners so a semi final was probably the lowest they were expected to fare. From the South, Australia even though a bit on the aging side was still Australia & then the sole owner of 2 WC titles so you could never write them off. The All Blacks virtually walk into every WC tournament as favorites but on the other hand Darren, they also walk into every WC tournament as favorite chokers. And the Springboks, well the Boks, just like England I guess were a bit of an uncertainty, which is a little bit ironic as they were the 2 teams that played in the final. The world took notice though when we compressively beat England in the round robin stages. Throw in the world cup darlings Argentina, who surprised friend & foe with their run to the semis & that will further back my point that the 2007 edition was open for anyone to win.
Forward 4 years & I can’t see any team beating the All Blacks, well maybe one team.. And that’s ofcoz the All Blacks themselves. The last 12 months or so Australia wrestled away the New Zealand’s-biggest-threat tag from the Boks but even they have shown that beating the current All Black side at home will take some doing. Yes, any team that comes up against the All Blacks in the WC’s knockout stages has a chance to beat them as Lady Luck have been avoiding them like Bakkies does speaking English during a post match but one get the feeling that this team will not be stopped.
And I guess that’s why I’m not too fazed or nervous about our boys’ chances of playing well against them this weekend or when we should meet them in the tournament. They’re the best team in the world & apart from Australia, the most in-form team in the world. They’re playing at home in front of supporters who will be yearning for that elusive trophy almost as much as they will. When you think of it in that way, losing against them will be disappointing but certainly not the end of the world. Right?? Australia (if they don’t win this year’s tri nations) will be a team who haven’t won a major trophy since?? What?? 2001?? You know how bad that it is?? 10 years!!! Put it this way (& excluding 2011 6Nations, Tri nations winners & the British Isles tours) of the top 7 rugby nations in the world right now:
- New Zealand got 7 tri nations trophies
- France got 5 6nations trophies
- Springboks got 2 tri nations & 1 world cup trophy
- England got 1 6nations & 1 world cup trophy
- Wales got 2 6nations trophies
- Ireland got 1 6nations trophy
- Australia got shit..
It looks like they might be able to break their duck this year in the Tri nations but in this year’s World Cup?? I’m not so sure.. And everyone is on our case coz we’re not playing well at the moment?? Mostly our own fans!! Relax people!! We have it easy compared to our Australasian rivals. We don’t have that much pressure to perform very well or win the whole thing just coz we’re the defending champs. Coz it’s evident that title doesn’t mean much during the tournament. Just do what I do, support your team whenever they’re playing, back them against any team anywhere & if we win, be happy!! Go & get wasted, predict that THIS is our year!!! & if we lose, say: “Well played boys, don’t worry, well get them next week, next month, next year or in 4years time..“ And believe that each member of OUR team gave their all even though it wasn’t enough. But please don’t make a loss or a semi final exit in the RWC look like it’s the end of the world!! That’s the Aussies & All Blacks supporters’ job!!