Sunday, November 29, 2009

Got there in the end

Oh yeah! The AB's thrash France (the recent victors against South Africa). And so my prediction comes to completion. The All Blacks go unbeaten AND remain with a clean defensive sheet - no tries against them on the tour. South Africa didn't leak any tries on Sunday either but it didn't stop them going down 15-10. So. The All Blacks finish the season as the best team in the world. But not a great team. And the South Africans who were the best team in the world in August end with a splutter, demonstrating that it takes more than a Tri Nations win to become a truly great team.

1 comment:

Rhett said...

Finally a good game of rugby, eh? Reading the Guardian (a British paper) I was surprised to see that even they are willing to admit this is how it should be played. To quote them, "More Dan Carter less Johnny Wilkinson".

The All Blacks all played well, and to me, the only player who still has a small question mark over his head after this tour is Ma'a Nonu. But it's great to see Mils find form again, our two wings looking very sharp, and Conrad Smith proving himself (if he needed to).

I think our tight 5 is probably still where we could use some depth, particularly in the front row.

But how good is the first test against the Boks going to be next year!? If it was sweet cutting the French apart like that, how sweet will it be to do that to the ultimate rugby plodders.