Can the Boks exploit the ALL BLACK opportunity gap?

24 October 2017, Tuesday

 

 

 

 

 

Adversity is the training ground of champions

 

 

All Black Coach, Steve Hansen believes that the Boks will be dangerous in Albany this weekend. He’s right .

But,  is it because the Boks have a new found  ”playing culture ’’- or is it because the All Blacks are erroneously dissipating their very own  ”playing culture”  ?

There can be little doubting that the All Blacks, who have often been described as ‘the best sporting team in world  ‘’,  are missing the exemplary leadership of a certain Richie McCaw.

 

The All Blacks have not been on top of their game of late , and things are beginning to open up for teams hungry to exploit the opportunity gap – as saw with the recent British & Irish Lions tour.

Even before the Aaron Smith incident  , All  Black rugby was accused of covering up a multitude of  incidents  – incidents that simply had no place under Richie’s famed : ‘no d***heads’ policy amongst the squad.

P.D.N.L – Pricks do not last  – was the  All Black mantra under Richie McCaw

A potent culture that took the All Blacks to two consecutive World Cup victories, but it’s now eighteen months since Richie McCaw retired.

And , wow how things are a changing :

  • Aaron Smith’s case is being re- investigated amidst claims of pressure to sign false affidavits.
  • Luke Romano suddenly leaves the end of year tour under a dark cloud – and only returns six months later to the All Black squad. Any guesses why ?
  • Sonny Bill Williams becomes the first All Black since Colin Meads to be sent off
  • Jerome Kaino is sent home to deal with moral issues – having conducted an extra marital affair  – while on tour with the All Blacks.
  • And other yet undisclosed incidents

We certainly understand that our game and our players are under public scrutiny and these latest stories are concerning:  NZR chief executive, Steve Tew

That’s all fine, when it’s just one isolated incident , but these incidents are coming fast and furious .

There is some kind of trouble in the camp.

Their own internal  ‘HONOUR CODE” has been dealt some hefty internal blows.

And a few questions must be asked of their management –  and their players.

If you lose money for the firm I will be understanding. If you lose reputation I will be ruthless. Warren Buffet

Can the Boks –  who are no strangers to adversity –   take advantage  ?

Or will the All Blacks simply step up another gear  – and show us that adversity is merely the training ground of champions.

The Boks coud then be on the receiving end of  a untimely backlash from the World Champions ?

Interesting times .Let’s see which way it goes .

GO BOKKE GO


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