• Springboks Take Momentary Pool B Lead at RWC 2019

    Nothing over which to be concerned.

    True, South Africa have risen above New Zealand at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but it is only temporary, as the All Blacks have a game in hand in Pool B play.

    The Springboks took the heavy sledge to Canada, winning 66 – 7, yet they managed to go up just 14 in the point differential and they still trail New Zealand 14 – 15 in tournament points.

    New Zealand have Italy on the calendar for the nest match in a couple days’ time and they have already beaten South Africa, so from an All Blacks perspective, it is hard to find anxiety when you have yet to be beaten and there is no squad capable of beating you.

    From one perspective, this is a tournament that was designed from the outset as an All Blacks coronation, a way to send coach Steve Hansen on the journey to his next assignment, whatever that may be, with another feather in his feathery cap.

    The World Cup in analogous to F1 motor racing in the way the F1 circuit for the moment seems to be an every-race birthday party for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.

    Credit to the Japanese. They seem to have sorted their food and beverage issues and they have managed to convince a large number of Japanese patrons to buy tickets and merchandise, even for the All Blacks’ game with Namibia.

    As for the game between South Africa and Canada, Canada did not have great prospects in the first place and those prospects plummeted precipitously when John Larsen was given red in the 36th minute and the Canadians played the rest of the game with 14 men.

    Laddies have still not posted a price to go with Italy’s $51 quote for the game in three days. We can only guess, but even if Italy were to play the entire game with 15 men, or even be given a 16th, the quote for New Zealand will probably be just over a dollar.

    By the time that game is concluded, New Zealand will once again be top of the table ahead of the next round beyond pool play.