I suppose it was inevitable with only two matches left that the media have been a bit stuck for rugby stories this week.
Obviously there’s been a plethora of views from pundits, former players and coaches about who will win and why – most of them with their own agendas. Some have been worth reading too, although in a two horse race nobody is likely to look totally stupid – I mean it’s not like they were predicting that England would definitely be in the final is it?
When the papers got really desperate we had nonsense about where the ‘Royals’ will be seated for the final (like we give a toss), a petition from down under about moving the time of the final (like that’s going to happen) and a gaggle of predominantly faded, American movie stars declaring their support for one of the two teams still standing (like we believe they’re not just after some publicity).
One English paper even knocked out some advice for antipodeans on how to stay awake for the final for fuck’s sake. Presumably on the basis of trying to improve circulation in Wollongong and Papakura!
By far the best story though has been the apparent discovery of the Wallaby plan for the big game this afternoon –
These were notes captured on a photograph and detail how the Aussies will target and defend against individual All Blacks.
Apparently The instructions appear to have been organised into four separate sections – ‘K’, ‘D’, ‘T’, ‘A’ – which could be seen as representing kick-off, defence, turnover and attack.
Nobody could accuse Michael Chieka of being stupid – he speaks Arabic, French and Italian (and Strine presumably) and he created a multi-million dollar fashion business. There have been suggestions that this is a double bluff and not the plan that he will be using this afternoon.
Either way I am just impressed that he, in fact, has a plan – it’s not something that us England fans knew you could do – it seems like quite a good idea to me – but then what do I know?
If we did indeed have a plan to get out of the Pool, I suspect I know who might have been asked to devise it!
I’m being unfair of course – the RFU have just released their secret strategy for the 6 Nations –
How’s that for a ‘plan of a tack’
Still, better luck next time eh? Or the time after that…or…
Later this afternoon we’ll find out if indeed Chieka was being devious and that just maybe ‘the leak will inherit the earth’