A bit of Rugby Philosophy.
So, the last game of the Autumn Internationals has finished. Yes, we lost against England, but we are far from defeated.
It was the narrowest of margins. Kicks went awry & our outside channels were exposed, especially on two English try-scoring occasions. But like Joe Marler, I'm also having my bottle of red today. As they say down in the Cape, "Ek issi gepla nie".
Way I see it. Congratulate your opponent, as it is good universal sportsmanship. Then take solace & confidence in the fact that, with a few tactical & strategic changes, and better kicking we could've won (our penalties awarded alone). Work on those aspects need fine tuning. And now in the quiet that Eddie knows, that we know, we are in with more than a good shout next time round.
Also know that we have a crop of players far more than capable of doing the business in France in 2 years time. We all were surprised, many angered, by the omission of Bok players in the World Rugby Player of the Year nominations and also the whole drama surrounding Rassie's harsh punishment.
Eben, Siya & Damian were more than worthy contenders for player of the year. Even other pundits, writers & supporters agree. Rassie and SARU are appealing, so maybe we should all reserve further judgement until that has run it's course. It is what it is, and no amount of fan based reaction will have any effect on proceedings or outcomes. That's the unfortunate reality of the situation.
I reckon our South African supporters should put our thoughts & efforts into looking towards the future. A bright future with lots of players coming through, seasoned coaching set up and a set of forwards to dominate them all.
Spending Christmas & New Year's with friends and family, being on top of the rankings, throwing a braai, having a swim & enjoying the beautiful South African summer with a cold one. URC games also coming our way next week. Life is good if you're a South African Rugby supporter. Cheers!