Cup is no contest for dirty tactics
EVERY day is a step closer to the ‘‘big event’’. The Rugby World Cup brings 19 other rugby nations to our shores, each with their own contingent of avid supporters.
Some top contenders including Australia, England, France and South Africa have a realistic chance of lifting the trophy but it is hard to see any of them surpassing the skills shown by our mighty All Blacks to date.
History shows that being the favourite does not sit well with New Zealand but this time there appears to be more structure with experienced leaders in the team.
Richie McCaw, Daniel Carter and Mils Muliaina have twice tasted bitter defeat but this time they are at home and have the whole country behind them. This is our time.
Millions of people worldwide will watch this sporting extravaganza, some seeing rugby for the first time.
First impressions are important so we must ensure that they see rugby at its best – a free flowing exciting and skilful game with hard-fought contests on the field and well-earned comradeship after the game.
Let’s hope that the clean green image recognised as part of New Zealand culture is not tarnished.
Unfortunately there is a tendency for some to stack their team with aggressive thugs who have a ‘win at all costs’ attitude, promoting dirty tactics to achieve their goal (no coincidence that one of these teams wear green jerseys).
Ah, yes the old foe again. If this report gets to you Peter de Villiers, heed my advice and get rid of behemoths like Bakkies Botha (infamous for his head butt on Jimmy Cowan).
How many cards and bans does one player need before he loses his place in the national team?
Funnily enough, he seems to target the little guys. Let him try anything against the big boys like Brad Thorn and Jerome Kaino and see what happens. However de Villiers is not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to comments on selection policy and game plan – well known for having his mouth in gear while his brain is in neutral.
Here’s a rib-tickler for you; in a post match interview following the Springbok-Lions test, where Schalk Burger faced the judiciary again on a charge of eye gorging, Peter de Villers said: ‘‘This is just a part of the game rugby, and players need to harden up’’.
What? Is this what we want the world to see? Thuggery and ridiculous verbal justification.
Maybe on second thoughts, Peter de Villers should continue with his present antics and maybe the Springboks will concede the vital three points which may secure the Webb Ellis Cup in Aotearoa for the next four years.
On a final thought, what a great result for the Hinuera A and B teams in the local derby against UMS a couple of weeks back. Good on you boys.