A 24 – 8 win against Argentina first up. Scratchy but promising. A solid performance by the forwards, especially Baxter at prop, David Lyons in place of Toutai Kefu, and David Giffin before the sickening collision of his head with the ground. At least it’s apparently only concussion not spinal.
The backline combination was distinctly lacking, as you’d expect after so much chopping and changing and so long without a real game. But there were quite a few promising signs. Larkham, Rogers and Matt Burke all had great games. Joe Roff was adequate, and Sailor’s only mistake (amidst lots of good things) was to get caught out of position defensively once when the Pumas scored down his wing late in the second half.
For an incurable optimist like me, the Wallabies showed enough to keep me hopeful that they really can retain the World Cup as long as all the cards fall the right way.
Then a quick switch over for the second half of my usual favourite viewing of the week, At Home With the Braithwaites. Each episode feels to me like a finely observed and crafted documentary, made by someone who’s been spying for several years on my family and close friends. What does it mean, I wonder?
Update – this is a demanding weekend for us anally retentive, sports loving couch potatoes. I had to get all my exercise and housework duties out of the way this morning, so I can settle into an intensive afternoon of switching between the All Blacks v Italy match and the Bathurst race warm-ups and Top Ten shootout. Then with a bit of luck I might fit in a hit of tennis, before backing up for the evening to watch France v Fiji and then South Africa v Uruguay. It doesn’t leave much time for blogging, though. As Roy and HG put it, it’s a weekend when too much sport is just barely enough.