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Let’s talk rugby – Auz vs SA

27 September 2012, 07:18

Hi everyone.  I’ve been here now for a few weeks and stumbled on this news site that seems to be quite popular amongst Saffas who like their sports.

That said, it seems that liking something does not mean you understand it.  So let’s talk rugby.

Regardless of whatever history people say belong between the All Blacks and Proteas rugby (aka Springrolls), there was a long stretch during the former Tri-Nations competition that saw the mighty Australia battling it out for rugby supremacy with New Zealand.   In fact, during those years, South Africa hardly got a mention.

I’m talking of course about an era that saw the greatest names of the game display their raw skills and talents on the field.  Names like: John Eales, Stephen Larkham, Matt Burke, Tim Horan, Joe Roff and the inimitable Georgie Gregan.  Man those were the days!

Back then, Australia was the only nation to ever win two Rugby World Cups and it would have been a third in 2003 against England if the referee hadn’t been fixing the match.  The point is, that era of Aussie Rugby puts to shame any form of former glory that deluded Springroll supporters can think to compare with.

Reading through the venomous comments on some of the sports articles (and others), it’s clear to see that Saffas have a lot to learn about integrating professionally with the rest of the global economy on a first-world basis.  Then again, a third-world mentality will do that.

It seems that lack of professionalism runs in the veins of everyone here, whether it’s in these hostile comments or displayed in the sheer thuggery of your rugby.  I don’t have the actual figure, but I would guess that South Africa has accumulated the most yellow cards per nation in the history of the game.  Prove me wrong.

This coming Saturday once again sees the anticipated clash between the Wallabies and Proteas rugby at the home of all farmer rugby supporters, Loftus.  As the world watches the Wallabies, we sincerely hope that the perpetrators of violence in rugby will be able to keep their attitudes in check and not spoil what should be an easy game and a guaranteed win for Australia.

Given the total lack of form from one to fifteen, the smart money is NOT on the home team, that’s for sure. 

I’m putting my money on the Wallabies by three to four converted tries.  And at least half of those points will be unanswered during the second half.

Go Wallabies!

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