Good teams even win those games they are supposed to lose.
I have not done match reviews for yonks because I believe that there are just so many of them out there and the review or report is actually quite subjective to the writer and not really a proper reflection on what happened at the moment.
That said, a recent ‘review’ I read in the New Zealand Herald where the Cheetahs were ranked the 3rd best team of the weekend I just could not keep my trap shut.
“They gave it a good go” the author said. “It would have been closer was it not for Goosen’s poor goal-kicking” he said. “They are not as boring as the Bulls or Stormers” he concluded…
Well apart from the fact that he got the wrong team winning in Durban I can only ask “Dude, what the #$@& are you smoking?” The Cheetahs lost by 42 points! No amount of goal-kicking would have brought them closer to the Chiefs. They had one line break in the match, and that after enjoying 80% territory in the first half! Cheetahs supporters might want to give themselves a pat on the back following this review but I beg you – don’t! This is the worst kind of insult the rugby public of South Africa could ever receive. So the Cheetahs went down – but at least they went down pretty…
But insulted we should be, not by this report or so-called compliment, but by the performance of our teams which was nothing short of shocking.
The Bulls did their best to lose against the Force, thank goodness the Force is too kak to lose against. Following that the Sharks and Stormers gave a perfect instruction of how the game of union should never be played. As for the Cheetahs, I don’t think they have a backline coach, because surely a backline coach will tell players to run towards the goal line and not the touchlines.
At least the Bulls coach condemned his team’s performance as their worst in 5 years and as my opening line states, good teams win those games they actually should lose. The Sharks as far as I can tell are satisfied with 2 wins from 2 games and the Stormers coach is regurgitating the same lines as he did since 2009 about believing in the structures they have in place.
Look I don’t think that we have been treated to magnificent rugby in any way by any team in the opening 3 rounds, and that includes the New Zealand teams – bad defence does not make for great running rugby, but if this is the shit that is going to be dished up week in and week out then I’d rather tune in Monday nights only and watch some proper running rugby played by amateurs… Oh wait…
My team of the week:
- Jou ma
- Jou ouma
- Jou pa se ouma
- Oom Gerrie
- Slettie van Swellendam
- Liam Messam
- Die Griek van die kafee
- Daai ou by die robot
- My labbie
- Aaron Cruden
- ’n Potplant
- Richard Branson
- Toasted Chicken & Mayo
|2||Sharks||12 – 6||Stormers||Kings Park, Durban|
|2||Bulls||36 – 26||Force||Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria|
|2||Chiefs||45 – 3||Cheetahs||Waikato Stadium, Hamilton|
|1||Reds||18 – 12||Hurricanes||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane|
|1||Waratahs||31 – 26||Rebels||Allianz Stadium, Sydney|
|1||Blues||34 – 15||Crusaders||Eden Park, Auckland|
Log after Round 3
South African Conference
New Zealand Conference