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Division 2 – the Northern Hemisphere

Division 2 – the Northern Hemisphere
McCaw with Grand Slam Shield

McCaw with Grand Slam Shield

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Killer scoreline of the year; Southern Hemisphere 20 – Northern Hemisphere 1. This of course refers to the number of times the Tri-Nations kicked the arse of their European cousins over the past 12 months, aggregating into what can only be described as a total butt-rape.

So now the question is “why”?

In an amazing about face, everyone’s least favourite rugby “commentator”, Stephen Jones has shown that even he doesn’t believe the anti-southern poisonous tripe that he regularly defecates into The Times. Today he dedicated a whole page explaining why the 3Ns have a 82% win rate vs the 6Ns since 2003.

His answer is that it’s all about passion – we (or to be accurate, he only names the ABs and Boks)  – just want it more than the Europeans. We are apparently more focused as well.

Close Stephen, but you’ve deliberately missed the far more obvious reason, which is that you’re still playing rugby in the last century.

First of all, let’s look at the ‘Tours’ you jokers ship down south. Because you’ve never managed to fully let go of the amateur game, you’re still tied in knots around crazy club/country wars which result in sham tours that are demeaning the game and handing you 9 of the wallopings you copped this year. How this still surprises you guys I’ll never know. Your only truly successful coach Sir Clive had figured it out.

Secondly, (and this is where your article is at it’s most schizophrenic), it’s the head in the sand, narrow-minded refusal to move the game forward that’s been the North’s self imposed handicap. The cause you’ve been a self appointed pudgy middle-aged cheerleader for.

In the hard copy version of the article there’s an inset tucked away in the corner that refers to the superior fitness and power that the 3Ns have all exhibited up here, and at the end of a long season. First half points tallies 87-125 to the South this tour, second half 36-160. Mentioned is the extra 8 minutes (20%) of play time that Super 14 now has. And that’s it.

The reality is that despite the obfuscating toe-dragging perpetrated by the North over the ELVs, the genie is out of the bottle and the game’s moved on. You can sit, whinge and get your arses handed to you (again), or you can stand up and pull yourselves into the modern game. Your choice.

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