Ken rang me today telling me to read a comment he put on a blog exhorting me to comment on the Rugby. When I went there, I notice Chris said the same thing. While I was looking I read the Wog’s piece for her/his father – and I had to email her/him saying that her/his father would always be remembered because his child wrote so lovingly.
It’s not that I don’t have some opinions on the parlous state of Oz Rugby, I bet a mate the All Blacks would win by 50 to 10! Pretty much all the stuff written by Chris and Ken I agree with – but they do it so much more eloquently, don’t they ?
Ken’s thesis that the All Blacks have perfected the ‘league’ game has merit, particularly when one looks at a replay of the game. Several times Oz players were just standing around the rucks while their opposite numbers were out in the looong back line providing overlaps. Too often it was left to Smith and Waugh to tackle Umunga and the other centres/forwards that came crashing through the backline.
Unfortunately Mudflaps has run out of time and must now stay pretty much with the line up he’s got. I reiterate what I said in a previous post, that Sailor is far inferior to almost any other winger – as soon as either Mortlock, Roff or Tune are fit enough, they should replace Sailor. He was responsible for all three Rocacoka tries, the big Fijian just stood him up for the first one, scored the second while Sailor was in the sin bin and sucked Sailor into tackling the full back while he scored the third.
I think the other problem is the team’s attitude. They don’t play with enough confidence; that’s a leadership problem that Jones and Gregan must sort out before the World Cup.
I’ve also been busy preparing a brief for regulation of the biodiscovery industry in the NT and have set out some thoughts on how to increase the number of international tourists coming to Darwin. But most of my time of late has been spent in publishing Southern Pearl.
I’ve hit a bit of a wall with the transition from the background to the ‘now’ stuff. Scott commented that I’ve introduced too many threads, so many that he’s having difficulty remembering what has happened. Chapter 12 is definitely wanting, so if some one could make a suggestion on how to include a ‘state of play’ bit I would appreciate it.