Heartening to see!
July 25, 2012 in Uncategorized
The British and Irish Lions tour of 2009 left a somewhat bad taste in my mouth. After all the off field accusations and the on field shenanigans I thought that the professional game has finally caught up with us and it wont be long until Quade Cooper tells Bismark exactly what he wants to do with his sister (Does the Dup Brothers even have a sister) and Bismark retaliates by smacking him with his head. (The Zidane incident is one of the saddest moments in sport that I have seen ever)
It seemed that the camaraderie of the old days is finally behind us. Then the English came along this year and, although I didn’t read many reports of inter team interaction, there was no bad blood on and off the field. I thought that it is at least a step in the right direction.
The Bulls/Crusaders match earlier the season was followed with a lot of badmouthing afterwards with the Bulls accusing the ‘Saders of eye gouching and the Crusaders demanding an apology. I feared that this will lead to a few incidents on Saturday, but there were none of the sort. And the way the ‘Saders’ management and some of the players have treated Bijorn Basson while he has to remain in hospital in New Zealand is really heartening to hear.
It is reported that he was visited regularly by them, some even brought him some rugby magazines and he will not be staying in a hotel for the five days of observation, but he’ll be received at the Crasaders’ liaison official’s home.
Good on you, ‘Saders.
PS – It was disappointing to see so many empty seats on Saturday. It is reported that the Canterbariens’ pockets are still recovering from last year’s earthquake. Not nice seeing that the Crusaders had to pick up the Bulls’ NZ$125000 bill for traveling to NZ as well as their accommodation. Ouch!!!
The info in this post is taken partly from Planet-Rugby’s Loosepass column and seen on Tank Lanning’s Tweets.