I am seeing some strange things happening in this Rugby World Cup finals. Yesterday I saw Fiji push Wales off their scrum a number of times and today I saw Georgia decimate the All Black scrum on at least two occasions. Throw in Japan’s upset win over South Africa and the fact that the so called minnows have not been outclassed by the highly paid professional elite tier 1 group. The state of world rugby is in a healthy space.
Frankly, if New Zealand play in the quarter finals like they did today they will be out faster than a pigeon from a loft. They were awful.They were as loose as, the fumbled and bumbled through movements. Only moments of brilliance and two late tries brought a degree of respectability to the score line. This was supposed to be Georgia’s second string line up. Hmmm.
It may have been Georgia’s second team line up but they played like wounded tigers. They upset the All Black rhythm, were quick up on defence, never allowed the AB’s to settle at any stage and their scrum. Wow! What a lesson given!. It was a heroic effort. It was the sort of heartening performance that means the Rugby World Cup is an inspiration for aspiring rugby nations.
Where to now?
New Zealand’s last pool game is against Tonga. This is the last chance for the world’s no.1 team to finally click. I expect they’ll not play their top side. Who knows how they will go in the quarter finals? Kiwi supporters are beginning to bite their nails.
Georgia has a win at all costs game against Namibia on the 7th October. A win will give them third place in the pool and automatic qualification to the 2019 Rugby World Cup finals.