At the risk of sounding like a ‘losing team blamer’ you really do have to ask what the All Black team thought they were doing last night just promenading in their own half at that time of the night in that part of Dublin?
I mean any coach in the world will tell you that flaunting your lack of possession so obviously in front of what can only be described as try hungry animals at an occasion such as this is at the very least ‘tempting fate’.
It might be ‘politically incorrect ‘ to say it but the way the All Blacks carried on played no small part in what happened to them. Look at how they were dressed. Head to toe in black just like all those great teams of the past who couldn’t be beaten. If we’re honest in the cold light of day, Ireland were always going to take one look at that provocative costume and take their chances. In many respects New Zealand were asking for it, begging for it even.
When a team makes a decision to play rugby they really have to take some advice from people who’ve been around a little bit longer than they have. I’m not saying the Irish team we’re right to beat them, to score a try like that one and prevent them getting one at all, I won’t defend that action. What I will say, though, is that you need to take some responsibility for your defeat. Ultimately being beaten like that was on the all blacks. Ireland would have been getting at the very least mixed messages from their opposition last night, coyly giving the ball away, coquettishly letting Ireland dictate possession.
They should have known better than to enact a provocative and emotion stirring dance like the Haka in front of red blooded, pint drinking, meat eating, Irish men. I mean what did they think was going to happen?
Called me old fashioned but this is just the way I think. If teams don’t want to get beaten they shouldn’t come to places like the Aviva late on Saturday evenings and parade around in provocative black clothing.
Gustavo Hook (no relation)
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