Our favorite Irish Free State supporter vents his spleen about certain tactical consequences of the ELV’s on overseas players . . . . . Patrick beware.
The standard of rugby seen from SA sides in the Super 14 in the 1st week is not good enough to win the, Vodacom Cup and in the 2nd week, the Curry Cup if a minimum amount of tries was required to reach the Final of 2 per match for any side as an average.
There was a slight improvement from some of the sides or players but not enough to get me excited.
We have shown a complete Zero in the appreciation and interpretation of the new laws and the type of rugby they reward and the type of rugby the punish.
The Cheetahs, Bulls and Lions have shown very little growth from the 1st week and the Stormers the most, The Sharks were expected to be our best hope yet they struggled to beat what is a hapless Mountain Goat herd, without the Great Sheppard himself in charge.
I spotted the lack of fitness David Nuccsie speaks of early in the first round. It will get worse as the NZ sides hit match fitness fuelled by the intense pace they are exposing themselves to.
Between Falie Oelshig and Fourie DP , I can’t say who has less respect for the new game but both are costing their sides dearly. Not that I have anytime for the new laws other than the 5m back from scrum which is proving the most successful as it rewards sides that attack off 1st phase.
The offside law is ok but it has not seen its full effect due to the rules about giving Free Kicks where Peanuts once abounded. The best example of this is Ritchie Break The Law McCaw, he has quickly worked out that there is now no consequence to breaking the Law…
Example , Side A attacking and gaining momentum soon to expose cracks in a defensive line struggling to fall back under constant pressure … enter Ritchie, get hands in ruck and don’t let go!
2 results possible
1 = Turnover
2= Free Kick , thereby stemming the tide of an attacking side gaining momentum and allowing my side team b to reform in structured defense …
“Dead F@ckin Easy ay ”
i.e. no consequence of 3 points so why the hell not !
The Bottom line …
Not 1 SA side in the Semi’s