Winning Waratahs

No, not the flowers, the rugby team.

Wycliffe Paul offloading for NSW vs Wellington

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.

Waratah flowers from Robertson, NSW.

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.

Rugby world cup loss

There seems to be a lot of hysteria about after last Saturday’s loss in the rugby world cup (RWC) to England. I was watching the game and the short version is “the better team won on the day.”

Wallabies realising theyve lost

People are looking for scapegoats, saying we did something horribly wrong, but really we were just outplayed. Our players were trying, just not executing well enough. On another day we might have comprehensively outplayed England, but it didn’t happen last week.

It is a shame and disappointing, but life goes on. Probably the most annoying thing is how the road to the final has opened up with New Zealand also losing. England v France taking on the winner of South Africa v Argentina.

I think people need to get some perspective and applaud our team for the fine ambassadors they were for our country and we all need to learn to lose gracefully. Then we can get back to the drawing board and try to do better next time.