Aus­tralian rugby in real trou­ble

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was at Sun­corp Sta­dium to watch the Hur­ri­canes beat the Queens­land Reds. His ob­ser­va­tions sug­gest there are some big dif­fer­ences be­tween the state of rugby in the two na­tions.

New Zealan­ders do not know how lucky they are to have such ap­proach­able rugby play­ers. At Welling­ton Air­port Ju­lian and Ardie Savea used Face­time to talk to the grand­son of one proud woman who asked for a pic­ture.

Catch­ing the train from In­dooroop­illy to Sun­corp Sta­dium, it would have been easy to imag­ine you were ac­tu­ally in New Zealand. Most of the pas­sen­gers wore Hur­ri­canes tops, oth­ers proudly sported All Blacks gear.

Sun­corp Sta­dium hosts a lot of sport but there would be a furore in New Zealand if Su­per Rugby was played on such a poor ground. The sur­face was ripped to pieces be­fore the game started and grounds­men do­ing run­ning re­pairs is not a good look.

The sur­face was not the only sub-stan­dard as­pect of the game. The ground an­nouncer did not have the cour­tesy to even in­tro­duce the Hur­ri­canes or name their re­place­ments, as they took the field. Fail­ing to ac­knowl­edge the Hur­ri­canes as the cur­rent cham­pi­ons was just rude.

Stuff.co.nz was the best way to fol­low the game and most of the com­ments about the ref­eree and sur­face were spot on.

It was a plea­sure to watch a game where you did not need to wear seven lay­ers of merino to stave off hy­pother­mia.

Roughly 40 per cent of the crowd wore Hur­ri­canes or All Black tops. There were also Taranaki, Chiefs, Blues and Manawatu jerseys on dis­play.

The Ki­wis were far more vo­cal than Reds sup­port­ers. The home crowd seemed sur­prised that their team was com­pet­i­tive and was strangely sub­dued.

The dif­fer­ence in skill level be­tween the two sides was ob­vi­ous. The Hur­ri­canes had match win­ners across the park and in the end it was their skill level that won them the game. The Reds played with pas­sion and de­served re­spect but pas­sion does not win rugby games.

Aus­tralian rugby is in real trou­ble and New Zealand must be con­cerned about the state of the game across the ditch. The Reds should be a pow­er­house and it was only in 2011 that they won the Su­per ti­tle in front of 52,000 fans.

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