This coming weekend sees the proper start to the month-long fest of rugby internationals – mainly between Northern and Southern Hemisphere foes.
The IRB have lined up 37 internationals for the month of November (and a little bit of December for those unions looking to make an extra buck or two outside the international window).
Leaving out the the feeling hurty bits about "Generation This or That", which dispenses with criticism and consequent dismissal for "generalisation" (which is illegal even in short journalistic opinion pieces, evidently) and, one trusts, cleanses away...
Or the rise and fall and rise and fall of the Crusaders (for a bonus point, name that programme)...
So three rounds completed, some superb footy played if you are a Chiefs and a Blues fan, and not much to show for effort for the Crusaders and the Hurricanes.
Sure, the Crusaders have only had one game, and were playing against a team that had already had a hit out in the Blues. But.
But, it was only one game, and both sides have had plenty of warm up fixtures. It was also not just a loss, it was a shafting. Five, FIVE tries to zero, zip, nadda, nothing. The Crusaders could not score a five pointer in 80 minutes of endeavour. I think the old attack coach, Mr Gibson now in Sydney would be quietly chuckling into his Tooheys. Mr Mauger and Mr Matson however, won't be. Another but to add into this though, we don't know just how good this Blues defence is as yet. The Hurricanes managed a penalty try last week, a dubious one at that, so the blues have not conceded an earned try yet this season in 160 minutes of rugby. However, good or bad, as it stands, the Crusaders won't be happy with 80 minutes and no five pointers.
First things first: QLD is getting hammered at the moment with wind, rain, and big tides. The water down at the Gold Coast is up to the lifeguard towers, and its only predicted to get worse. The forecast has possible thunderstorms, maximums in the low...