In the blink of an eye

I can run, not fast, and I really don’t know if Julian Savea could have made the try on his own down the right hand side running hard up against two Rebels’ players.

But I couldn’t help but notice the difference between him and Ben Lam on the other wing that night.

Savea for all money looked like he could…should!…make it. He glanced and in that millisecond he knew he wouldn’t make it. So did we. Went infield, into contact, and the try was not to be. The Hurricanes still won, so it didn’t really matter.

But I suspect it matters to Savea. Score those sorts of tries and it’s game on for the All Blacks Jersey.

iStock-485876118.jpgGreatness is tested for all of us at moments that we can’t predict. We can plan, practice and strategise but when the moment arrives, the test is upon us. For ordinary people it might be the response to a racist or inappropriate remark – stepping up immediately – to rebut and assert our ethical compass. Or it might be in a meeting where a client has unexpectedly declared the whole exercise futile, and someone needs to lead the response.

These are the moments that test us in the blink of an eye.

I bet we’ve all waivered and we carry that. But when we don’t we know. And so do others.

Stephen

142 and counting

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!

Stephen