Its been with a little shake of the head some of the “journalism” I have read since the Tri Nations kicked off.
And now the latest missive from Graham “ I own Rugby” Henry who insists that “too much emphasis is being placed on kicking in international rugby, creating a “poor product” that rule changes could help invigorate”
This of course from a coach who insists on picking wings who can’t catch a high ball if their lives depended on it. Now he has the audacity to complain that his selections and team are being undermined by rules – not an opposition who identified weaknesses and attacked them two weeks in a row to send the collective New Zealand psyche into melt down as their beloved Ferns got trampled on by a special herd of Boks.
“The product you’re looking at needs some attention, quite frankly,” Henry told New Zealand Press Association. “We, and the Australians, like to play a ball-in-hand type of rugby and enjoy playing the game. “
The arrogance of that statement boggles the mind, so two teams like to play one way – so the rules must suit them. Sorry Graham but the rugby world is a little bit bigger than your backyard.
Locally we have had Jake ‘ I won the RWC so quote me” White come out and suggest the Boks are going to need to score more tries if they want to be successful overseas, something not even his squad could do particularly well. As well as a few articles in the odd national rag that suggested that the Boks are boring to watch.
These poisoned words from the same people who would be calling for Divs resignation if the Boks hadn’t sent the Lions packing in tutus and thumped all and sundry during the home leg of Tri Nations series
Lets be honest South African sports men and women have a tough time, if they aren’t winning they getting fired – ask Carel Du Plessis or Ian Macintosh , if they are winning they just aren’t winning well enough or have to be gender tested.
The reality is aside from ’98, we have just completed our most successful start to the Tri-nations in years but it still not good enough…
So do we fire Jon Smit who according to Gavin “ I have an agenda” Rich is the driving force behind the Boks current gameplan or just smile and be thankful that beer tastes better when Graham Henry looks upset because his wings cannot catch a high ball.
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