No, not the flowers, the rugby team.
NSW got off to a good start in the Super 14 rugby tournament on the weekend, beating the Wellington Hurricanes 20-3. There are new rules this year which are supposed to make the game more entertaining to watch but will need some time to settle in.
A great performance from Timana Tahu when he was able to get involved got Lachlan Turner over the line for a couple of tries. Also Wycliffe Palu and Rocky Elsom had good games, indicating NSW might be up for a brighter season than last year.
While Lote Tuqiri needs to continue working on his kicking, he can run and tackle like very few other wingers playing rugby. It is great to see former league players making waves in rugby. Hopefully the success that almost all converts have (Wendell who?) will point people towards rugby league for it’s higher skill sets, tempo and levels of tribalism, leaving rugby to it’s representative role, which it does rather well.
NSW is now away against the Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton, NZ next week, then over to play the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin, NZ the week after. Their next home game is against the ACT Brumbies at the SFS on March 7.