OK. The first 35 minutes was skittery, disjointed and
uncharacteristic. We were missing our three All Blacks and
the senior players stepping up to take the slack were just
trying too hard. But then we gutsed and forced and trusted
and believed in each other and simplified things up again. We
could have capitulated, but we didn't (Highlanders fans like
me have too much faith in this group to think of that as a
likely option.) We could have lost to a blow- out score by
panicking and trying too hard to play catch up rugby (this is
the scenario we have come to expect). But what we did with a
team stacked with green or greenish bit part players in the
last 45 minutes was fought our way to being within a foot on
the line of getting a bonus point. Obviously a win would have
been better but I think this performance was a big
progressive step to being a competitive franchise in the long
The answer is simple - relocate, lose the right to use the
stadium for any more games, or pay the full cost for each
game played there! If they move out maybe we can then close
the ugly fruit bowl and the ratepayers can then save money.
Ungrateful, as Albert has noted. Seems there was a huge error
by the people of Dunedin in the recent past. It also seems
that we should have not bailed out the ORFU as we would all
be a lot better off if they had indeed gone down the toilet.
No more favours until you fulfil your obligations, in fact,
get out until you have met those obligations.
Well, Mr Richard Kinley, ratepayers were conned into paying
for a nice big flash stadium for your 'professional'
organisiation and now you complain because it's too cramped
and has little privacy? Three words to remember when
you are doing your costings for a move, Mr Kinley; fifty
million dollars. Don't forget, we won't. [Abridged]
It's a darn shame how the NZRFU fails deliberately to drill
down and name the root cause of why there are so many head
injuries, and other serious injuries, now compared with, say,
50 years ago when there were more players.
Could it be due to the change in rules allowing more extreme
body contact (but of course we mustn't say so must we)?
I always thought "stacks on the mill" was a young kids game
until I saw the ridiculous similarities now allowed in rugby
union. Now even the All Black coach says the game is
Methinks the game is now only a very short step away from
mandatory head helmets and Michelin-man body padding
ala Yank footballers. Will the NZRFU then be happy
Its not often you will hear me say that, but I will make an
exception in this case. Best of luck to the Wellington boys
and Glen Frew. If you're reading this, Glen, good win at
Waimate. Watched it on the TV recently. Man, that red rocket
looks a handful, but great save on the finish line on the
last run though. Well done.
Highlanders fans (myself included at times) can be a negative
bunch. We ve had a good team the past couple of
years and are playing well at the moment. We should be
expecting to beat the Blues this weekend and anything less
would be a poor result and a real upset.
By the way, as a Highlanders fan at last Saturday's match I
enjoyed the rugby our team played on the way to a
well-deserved win over the red 'n' blacks.