I love Rugby.
Watched the Finals of Rugby's Super 14, Hurricanes versus Crusaders... oh did I say watch it was more like tried to, as the conditions were deplorable. I can't believe that the final game was allowed to be played in such poor weather. It was so foggy that all I could make out for most of the time were little bits of red n yellow all mangled up together.
I know that it would've been difficult for the players to agree to cancel the game coz of the thousands fans who turned up but boy, what a match it would have been had visibility been at 100%. But the game is over and the Crusaders Team once again have proven the mettle. It's congratulations to them and they deserve their win but you also gotta hand it to Rodney n his boyz they came out fighting and kept the top team tryless right up till the last 20 minutes of the game. Tana Umaga, Jerry Collins, Weepu,Maa, Isaia Toeava n the others went out hard and gave it their best. They should all be proud of what they have managed to achieve during this Super 14 Tournament. It was one of their best performances ever.
Though I was rootin' for the underdogs the 'canes I wasn't upset when the Crusaders won as the only try was from Casey Laulala (Samoan decent), there's also Mose Tuialii and a couple of other boyz with Hamo blood in them in the Canterbury side. Don't know if they have been to Sa lately but I'm proud of their skills anywayz.
I love rugby all kinds of rugby :union 15 and 7 aside, touch, league... I miss watching live games (ie: sitting at the stadium screaming your lungs out!!) lol.. but thankfully the Japanese are into rugby as well now. They have lots of foreign players playing for diff clubs here.. they must be paid good money as Leon Mac Donald, Willie O (former Wallaby) and other seasoned players of great calibre have signed up with wealthy clubs like : Sony, Coca Cola, Sanix, Kubota, Panasonic etc.
There are a lot of Tongan nationals also playing for these teams a few Samoans but I wish more of our talented youngsters/players would find their way over so that they can earn some good money for their families. A three year contract with the possibility of an extension is a good opportunity to fatten up one's bank account.
I wish the SRU would find a way to get some of our boys over here.
Congratz again to both teams for a fine effort despite the lousy conditions.
Ps/this fiercely contested game highlights the fact that New Zealand has so much talent to choose from. The skills and strength displayed by the players will ensure the All Blacks remain a force to be reckoned with in the Rugby world.
I don't envy the job of the NZ selectors but I wish our local selectors had the same pool of talent to choose from.
For our "Manu Samoa" I hope and pray that we will be able to field and send a formidable team that will live up to the proud legacy our past reps have worked so hard to establish.
I can't wait for the next World Cup.
Rugby Rocks what can I say...