Ca-TAHS-trophe – Green and Gold Rugby


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Having sat by the 5 x TT spherical #2 video games and with this a match evaluate of the Tahs v Blues sport, it’s really arduous to understand how I really feel about all of it?

Ought to this simply be a easy match evaluate that ‘X’ participant scored a attempt right here, ‘Y’ participant did one thing else there, culminating in a 48 – 21 thumping? {That a} crowd of ‘ABC’ witnessed a sport performed out at Eden park and blahdy – blah – blah. Or do I reference that spherical #2 noticed the Kiwis beat all Oz sides by a mixed 211 – 76?

As a substitute I’ve settled on a compromise piece in regards to the Tahs on the finish of TT spherical #2 and my general observations re the lads in blue thus far.

I received’t rehash the sacked coach, recruitment and full lack there-of or inexperience of the facet and nor will I query the center and efforts of these gamers in sky blue. Actually the appliance is there, little doubt they practice arduous, they’re effectively ready bodily, they’ve cheap expertise and to a person, they sacrifice and pressure to place themselves right into a place to entrance each weekend. So if it isn’t their preparation, it’s not the shortage of endeavour or willingness to easily ‘have a dig’ then what’s it that has seen them let in 112 factors over two TT video games at a median of 56 – sure, 56 factors a sport?

The one overriding and gnawing feeling within the pit of my rugby soul is solely this – the Tahs are ‘rugby dumb’ and it’s not essentially the younger guys at fault.

The Auckland Blues tonight didn’t need to have set piece performs, or effectively thought out strikes containing a thousand shifting items with guile and deception to bamboozle the Waratahs, they merely needed to anticipate ill-discipline, brain-farts, break down in rugby fundamentals or just rugby stupidity personified. Any of those occasions assured them turn-over capsule and wham bam, thanks mam – 48 to 21 in a canter.

I want I may merely write that off to inexperience, however having watched all 5 video games from begin to end, all our sides undergo the identical infliction, however I’ll stick on the Tahs for now.

The NSW facet are mentally smooth, there, I stated it.  Not all of them thoughts you, however sufficient of them that this poisonous, creeping malaise permeates each fibre of the blue jersey and leaps from their fragile psyche onto the sector by their actions, sport in, sport out.

You solely have to take a look at issues like a penalty to the Tahs, they take a fast faucet from 60m out (that’s 60 METRES OUT from the Blues line). The Tahs participant runs 4 yards after which, anticipate it, grubbers to no person, nobody in sky blue that’s. What do the Blues do, effectively spin it large and rating a few phases later don’t they.

I’d need to watch the sport once more to be fully scientific in my evaluate, however to be frank I’d relatively watch Eurovision for leisure worth and let me let you know, I farging hate Eurovision. From recollection I recall that each one the Blues tries and a good few extra they need to have scored, had at their genesis a Waratahs mistake, mind fart, panic or rugby stupidity.

To be clear, I didn’t count on the Tahs to win this match and don’t count on the Tahs to win a single sport in TT. However I do count on them to show proof of ‘Kaizen’ (Japanese for ‘Steady Enchancment’) game-on-game of their performances. Nothing flash, no quantum leaps, however incremental positive aspects that present an understanding of their frailties and earnest endeavour in rectifying identical.

I recognize there are mitigating components exterior the gamers management. Recruitment, teaching selections, participant retention – advert nauseam, however the issues the gamers can management is their effort, utility and their attitudes.  Ship on these fronts and this Tahs fan will likely be ecstatic. It is going to present rugby maturity, readability and management. Don’t reinvent the wheel and work on the 35 issues that we’re at the moment piss-poor at, however nominate these 3-5 issues that may be addressed per sport and shortly sufficient ……….effectively, small fish quickly fill a bucket.

Now to the coaches. Little question Jason Gilmore has some skills as a coach. His monitor file with the U20’s is to not be sneezed at however doesn’t he have head coach ambitions on the Tahs? Isn’t he at the moment additionally in command of ‘D’ on the Tah’s (and has been final two seasons)? Now that’s a job interview I’d pay to sit down in with NSW Rugby HR on:

HR – ‘Inform me Jason, what’s your present position?

JG – ‘I’m at the moment former defensive, chief head, co interim assistant coach, in command of defence’

HR – ‘Sound’s intense and multi-skilled?’

JG – ‘It’s. however I really like the problem, The previous coach, some Kiwi man, was absolute tripe, however we’ve righted the ship, turned it round and now set to be breaking information’

HR – ‘Are you able to level to any important achievements in your time in that position’

JG – ‘Nicely sure, we simply equalled an extended standing file and I consider we’re effectively on our option to smashing it. We’re concerned in expansive, excessive scoring affairs, particularly towards NZ sides, with a stack of tries being scored throughout the match – in truth our final two outings have yielded a complete of 181 factors.’

HR – ‘It sounds precisely like what we’re after for the Sydney – sorry, NSW (each chuckle out loud) market place. So how does a  7 yr contract@ $800k per sound – about proper?’

JG – ‘It’ll do for now.’

HR – ‘Nicely. sustain the 90 factors per sport common in TT and we are able to speak pay rise’

JG – ‘that shouldn’t be an issue’

Hoss – ‘sigh, what time’s Eurovision on once more?’







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