Rugby, rugby, rugby. To be honest I don’t really like it. Everytime I watch it I get confused by whenever the ref blows his whistle. Fortunately I’m not alone.
I went to the Brumbies Reds game of Saturday night and it was definitely not a great advertisement for the “game they play in heaven”. Five tries. Not bad for a game of rugby. Four tries to the Brumbies. Good. One try to the reds. Not so good. Reds win. Wait a minute surely if you score only a fifth of the tries of you lose. Not if you play to the most boring game plan imaginable and either kick penalty goals all game or kick to the sideline if you haven’t been gifted another penalty. The game turned out to be kicking practice for Quade Cooper. I think I spent more time watch his strange pre-kick routine than I did with the Reds running with the ball. Maybe Matt Giteau should learn from that and actually start practising. If he had of kicked straight (missed three conversions) the Brumbies still would have won.
I could go on bemoaning rugby but the truth of any sport if you give almost double the amount of penalties (12-7) you will probably lose. And turn the ball over 24 times you definitely will. The Brumbies may have already lost coach Andy Friend and if they continue to perform like they did on Saturday Andy won’t be the only Friend missing.
It was a bad weekend for Australian rugby in general. The Reds (31-25) where the only Aussies to win. The previously impressive Waratahs weere beaten by the Crusaders (33-18), the Western Force thumped by the Sharks in Perth 39-12 and the Melbourne Rebels did not do any better against the Chiefs in New Zealand losing 38-10. But at least we will have a team in the finals