Monday, 8 October 2012

Rugby Championship review

The first Rugby Championship is now over. The title was awarded to New Zealand which managed to secure the victory last week. All Blacks were second to none. They won all games and remain unbeatable for 16 matches in a row, now. Last Saturday, they beat South Africa 16:32 despite losing 16:12 at half time. The team’s captain Richie McCaw had one more reason to celebrate. As the first New Zealand’s player he took part in 100 won matches. It is a really impressive achievement! The charismatic back row player, who has been All Black’s skipper for years, won almost 90% of the games he played in. Congratulations!

Rugby Championship runners-up – Australia did not have an easy task as they had to deal with lots of injuries. In the last game they beat Argentina away. The hosts, as usual, played very brave physical game, however, the visitors showed a real passion and composure which helped them gain the well-deserved victory.

South Africa came third. The key Springboks player was Bryan Habana. The South Africa team, despite periods of a really decent game, failed to outplay mighty New Zealand.

Argentina took the fourth place. Before the tournament had started, many doubted if Pumas were ready to face the world rugby elite. Although South American players did not win a single game, they managed to draw with South Africa and proved a very demanding opponent. Argentinians played at a very high level. They produced strong defense and showed that they cannot be underestimated.

Changing Tri Nations proved to be a very good idea. The tournament remained at a high level. Argentinians brought in freshness and the games stayed equally or even more entertaining for the fans. Unfortunately, despite of a great attitude of South American players, some of their fans seem to be still too immature to experience rugby at the top level. During the game with Australia, some of the local fans tried to distract the opponents targeting them with lasers beams while the players were kicking at posts. Such behavior is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated! It’s not what the rugby spirit is about! This disgusting incident was the only bad point of the Rugby Championship. SANZAR will have a discussion about it with Argentinian Rugby Union. I hope that it was the first and the last time when we saw such incident.