September 28, 2011 in Uncategorized
Moving on to the really nervous and exciting stages of this year’s RWC, I would like to know what will be considered a successful world cup campaign for the Springboks, and what would be considered failure.
Clearly if we win the damn thing again it will be considered a massive success or unbelievable miracle. But what if we don’t? My view is this:
If we lose against Samoa and do not proceed to the next round it will be a catastrophe. We are ranked third in the world. Samoa have improved a lot, but they are not in our league.
In the quarters we will in all likelihood play Australia, the team ranked second at the moment. This in undoubtedly a very talented Wallaby side who is capable of beating anyone on any given day. Just ask the mighty All Blacks. Losing to them will be sad, but no shame. I will still consider our WC a reasonable success, espesially if the game is a nailbiter.
The semi-final against New Zealand will be heavily weighted in favour of the home team representing one of the best All Black sides ever. A loss for the Boks will not reflect negatively on an otherwise good tournament.
Losing to any one of the Northern hemisphere minnows in the final will not only represent the ultimate failure, it will quite simply be the end of the world as we know it. The victories over the number 1 and 2 ranked rugby teams will pale into insignificance and 23 October will henceforth be known as Black Sunday.
“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill.