RE: Ali Williams to captain the blues
December 10, 2012, 12:14:59
We all no the final outcome and the result speaks for itself. I think the Sharks mucked up their performances early in Super 15 and as a consequence had to travel too much at the end of their campaign. No team can play a game at home - travel to Brisbane - back to Cape Town - and then to play in Hamilton - all within 3 weeks and then expect decent results. It is just physically impossible.
Beeno lives in the past and his ideas are often at conflict with the actual facts. A loss is a loss and that is it - end of story. Any amount of issues otherwise is fabrication of facts. The only thing about losses is what we can learn from them and what corrective measures are required.
Lers forget about the yarpies - there is nothing like that invention in existence in any event - and concentrate on what will happen in 2013 in Super 15 and in tests.
Insofar as the tests are concerned - I think the tests SA is playing in June 2013 is really just the equivalent of trials for Springbok selection and an indicarion whether there has been any improvement in their performances since 2012. Smaoll wins will indicre no progress at all. The realtests would come in the Champiosnhip series.
Insofar as the All Blacks are concerned - the French will be a more serious challenge. Problems is that you never know what Frenh team is turning up for games. They can be very good in one test and very bad in the next one. However, on the whole they could be a serious challenge for the All Blacks and assist in a guide to future development of the team.
As to the Super 15 series I rate the Hurricanes and Sharks as the top two teams in the competition. The other teams that could do well are the Reds, the Stormers and the Chiefs. The 6th posisiton on the log could be either the Crusaders or the Bulls. There can be no doubt about the last place on the log though - it would be the Kings.
However, lets wait till next year - after all squads have been announced - before we make a final prediction.