Welcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things
The Bledisloe Cup is gone for
another year. While the first match of this
series in Wellington brought new hope to Aussie Rugby fans, we were all brought
back to reality with a thud on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium. The embarrassing
43 – 5 margin to the All Blacks was their biggest win ever over the Wallabies
which confirmed what deep down we all new. It has long been the opinion of this
column that the Coaching and Development program of Rugby Australia is just not
producing the quality of player and indeed coaches, required for the Wallabies
to be competitive at the International level. The Wallaby performance here was
way off the pace, with the match having the appearance of Men against Boys such
was the divide between the performances of the opposing players. The All Black
players were too strong, too fast and too skillful all round. More correctly
the Wallaby players were under strength, slow and lacked the skills and power to
compete with their Kiwi rivals. This situation is not going to be turned around
simply by bringing in a new coach although Dave Rennie should be applauded for
his efforts and his positive approach so far. It has taken ten years or more to
create this situation and it is going to take even longer to turn it around, if
indeed at all.
I read a wonderful piece in the
Sydney Morning Herald the other day written by Illawarra Junior Dan Palmer. The
article outlines Dan’s life on his journey through the ranks of Australian
Rugby through the Waratahs, The Brumbies and the Wallabies, while dealing with
his sexuality. It’s raw, confronting, enlightening and inspirational. If you
haven’t read it yet go to the Sydney Morning Herald website.
A great result for Gordon Rugby
Club with their recent 28 – 8 Shute Shield Grand Final victory over Eastwood.
Gordon struggled through season 2018 with just one win to celebrate. It has
been 22 years since they last won a Grand Final and have gone through some
tough times which threatened their very existence. Their revival mirrors what
Bowral went through in the IDRU and I’m sure that their Premiership glory will
be appropriately celebrated.
opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not
be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.