Been very busy lately, but Im back to spew some more convoluted shit which will probably never be read.

Watching the All Blacks attempt to score a try out of their own 22, 4 minutes into the second half, brought a tear of joy to my eye. I feel for them – in that they haven’t looked this rudderless in years (in fact, prior to this season, I can not even recall the last time they played so desperately).

The Springboks are looking good – but the Wallabies will be a sterner test. The winner of the Tri-Nations is almost always the team that can a) win all their home games and then either b) pick up an away win or c) string together 1-2 very close (bonus point awarding close) losses away. I think New Zealand will be a different beast when they are back playing at home (supposedly with Dan Carter back – whether he will have had enough game time to practice is another matter) and it is thus imperative that the Boks put the Wallabies away – comfortably, in Cape Town.

Whether Graham Henry has the energy or the will to produce anything these Tri Nations remains to be seen – I get the feeling they have almost written off this years competition – he looks like a man who is fed up with his job at the moment. In fairness – when your national teams coach’s biggest flaw is his ability to maintain the IRB #1 position – and only falter in one, albeit important World Cup Final, game a year – you really don’t have too much to complain about.

Im more worried, at the moment, for the (most probable) 5th Australian S15 team in 2011. With the Waratahs signing Berrick Barnes – the Reds are not even looking like they will have the quality to compete in the coming competition (let alone yet another team in 2011). Its a real shame the Super 14 coaches exhibit such a reluctance to dip into the Canberra/Sydney/Qld Premier division club competition when looking for players to fill out their rosters. How do they propose to grow the game in Australia when they are more interested in signing a League player or an overseas based expat (long in the tooth) than invest in some competent men who play week-in-week-out in a tough club comp?

My own preperations for the upcoming-off season for Rugby are fast approaching. Im 5 weeks away approximately, and Ill post up an outline of my initial plans fairly soon.

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My cut is nearing the end, Im almost sporting a 4 pack 😀

Really can’t wait to be done, and I start my Offseason rugby training in early September. Ill post up a preview of that closer to the time.

On the Wallabies – wow. They blew it big time. To start with a try so early in the test, and then basically let the All Blacks score 22 unanswered points was diabolical.

Luke Burgess had a shocker, and its a bit unnerving that his only replacement is the 1 test newbie Genia. The Wallaby scrum was also not nearly as formidable as it was against Italy and France (who both served it up to the All Blacks), which has to be disheartening for any Wallaby supporters.
I predicted a 3-5 point Wallaby win, and If I had my time again I probably would have done the same thing. That game was there to win, but they blew it.

Its looking like it will be a good Tri-Nations, and Ill do another match preview for this coming weekends clash in South Africa.

Just thought I would type out some thoughts, after prematurely turning off the TV in a blind rage.

This was the most ordinary performance I have seen from the Springboks since Peter De Villiers first Tri-Nations game in charge last season.  It was a limp Bok performance – bereft of gameplan or structure.

Constantly kicking to an obviously well drilled Lions back 3 wasn’t helping matters, as Kearney spent the first 25 minutes of the match punishing the Boks with well weighted kicks and precision counter assaults.

Ralepelle was doing fine, pulling him prematurely for Du Plessis was ill thought out.  By that stage the game was lost and all Du Plessis did was compound frustrations with his incessant ability to start a good fight.  Johan Muller failed to fill in Botha’s shoes – he was a lot of bark but no bite in the end.

Brussouw was superb, but good god – Brussouw IS NOT A BALL RUNNER, why must the Boks insist on using him as such?  Why he was forced to try and make the gainline in midfield over Kankowski or Smith amazes me.

Its also nice to see PdV has coached the life out of Olivier and has him back as a bloody De Wet Barry type crash ball runner. If the Super 14 proved anything it is the dynamic nature of Olivier – if only they could use him properly.

Nokwe is a good finisher – nothing else. Wings in the Bok side need to be able to create (due to 10 through 13 being able to do nothing), not just finish.  Kirchner had a solid enough debut, apart from a botched try, but Steyn played much better when he was on.

The Lions were superb, Vickery though proved he is over the hill.  He got lucky with the Bok scrum being penalised a few times early in the match until the ref cottoned onto the fact that as much as Gareth Rowntree (Lions Forwards coach) wants us to believe it, Vickery is not “back”.

Shaw bossed Matfield and the rest of the Bok pack, and was unlucky to get sent off.  If Du Preez wasn’t injured he would not have got a yellow.  Heaslip was powerful with ball in hand, and Martin Williams seemed to irritate the Boks to no end which probably meant he was doing a good job of openside flanker.  Riki Flutey was dangerous in the midfield, and Shane Williams sublime living off breaks and taking advantage of Ndungane’s poor defensive play to scoot in for 2 tries.

The match leaves the Bok’s to question both their depth and squad make up ahead of the Tri Nations.  My tip this year is the Wallabies, with the Boks/Nz battling out for 2nd and 3rd.

Ill make a post later in the week with a quick Tri Nations preview and a quick review of each sides squad (if anyone cares 😛 )