Real Rugby Nuts

Weekend Woes & Rants

Posted in Internationals by therugbynut on June 14, 2006

What a weekend for all the home nations and I was stuck in San Francisco, unable to watch any of it.

Try reading a write up in a US paper, little or no acknowledgement of the game, how bloody frustrating! Thank god for the internet and BBC Sport.

England walloped and every chance of a series whitewash – typical reaction to a loss, drops half the team as continuity would 'not' allow the team to grow and flourish. How can they change that many players after one result, frankly it's not the first inept decision that Mr. Robinson has made. Andy Goode's in, but I am sorry he just isn't a world class centre and was horribly exposed over the past few months. Oh and Matt Tait's a centre so let's play him on the wing. What is this guy on! The wallabies will without doubt roll them over again at the weekend.

The Flower briefly looked like they could get back into the game against the Springboks, but were well beaten by a talented side, full of the usual muscle and flair. Likely the result will be the same again this weekend; I think the score will be closer though, except they have made six changes of their own.

The Welsh are desperately in need of a shot in the arm, a morale boosting win against the Pumas was the order of the day. Champions two seasons ago and wooden spoon candidates currently, a young Wales side should really have won this game hands down, but two stupid sin binnings (the only way you can describe a sin binning), handed the game to Argentina.

Finally, the Irish the perennial underachievers of World Rugby, who have so much talent and yet never manage to put it all together. They pushed New Zealand hard, but you always new the All Blacks would prove to strong, with their mixture of raw talent and speed. The Irish just need that added self-belief that they are on the world stage and can do it. The All Blacks are looking awesome heading into 2007 and the World Cup, but privately ex players are saying that they won't win it, with the smart said to be heading towards the French and South Africans as the possible winners.

 Here's to another entertaining weekend of full on rugby and hopefully a couple of Home Countries wins. Actually, I really don't mind who wins as long as there is more scintillating ruby.


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