Getting up at 5am has had its rewards – exhilarating yacht racing, a capsize, a mistake when winning and then winning by only 1 second – but ultimately success today.
Team New Zealand won the Louis Vuitton Cup today and are official challengers for the America’s Cup again. Team New Zealand has been there before and it hasn’t always gone well but I reckon we should enjoy the success now.
A few minutes ago the Otago Highlanders beat off the British and Irish Lions 23-22. What a great game. And there’s more to come – ABs vs Samoa and Maori All Blacks vs Lions.
Richie McCaw will play his 142nd Rugby test tonight. A world record. He should get to 147 and if the ABs get through the quarter finals at RWC15 to 148 or 149. Sir Graham Henry says he’s the most influential player in the history of the game. Only two yellow cards (one this year as I recall). Seems calm, dependable, strong and is held in respect. Looked pretty angry last week when the team failed to fire. But didn’t lose his cool (not that we saw anyway!). All great leadership traits.
The rugby public enjoy and admire him.
I’ve never heard Richie McCaw boo or bad mouth an opponent. Even when he’s been eye-gouged he shrugs it off as part of the game.
Tonight the Wallabies will kick for goal. AB fans will boo to try and put Quade Cooper (a Kiwi) off.
If it’s good enough for Richie McCaw to swallow any bad play directed at him, it’s good enough for us to respect the opposition. Play hard, hate to lose, but don’t be a bad sport.
The public should follow Richie I reckon. Then the occasional loss wouldn’t be such a bitter pill. Maybe!