July 30 2021
Welcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things
By Ron Wood
With the Covid restrictions being extended as expected till the
end of August, the future of the 2021 IDRU season is very much in doubt. The
IDRU Board and clubs have been consulting regularly in the hope of achieving a
restart to the competition. Time is quickly running out with a September 25
deadline for active Rugby. It’s crunch time this coming Monday when the Board
will meet to make the next call on the situation. Perhaps it’s time to start
planning for 2022.
The Aussie Men’s sevens finished seventh in a disappointing Olympics
but the girls are keeping the Aussie flag flying. Big wins against Japan and
China on day one for the tournament favorites was followed by a narrow loss to
the strong USA team on day two. It was an impressive physical performance from
a big athletic American side which made the Aussie girls work very hard for a
12 – 0 lead. The size and power of the Americans eventually took its toll on the
Aussies as two late tries completed a 14 – 12 win. The Aussie girls now progress
to the Quarters against Fiji.
What an absorbing First Test between the Springboks and the
Lions. The Boks led 12 – 3 at the break after enjoying the run of play during
the first half before the Lions put it together in the second term to run out
22 – 7 winners. It was an intense match and I think we can expect more of the
same this Sunday again in Cape Town.
TO BE ADVISED
opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not
be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.