the black wave

3 08 2008

Now that was more like it! An All Black performance worthy of the jersey. The men in black were awesome last night, the Wallabies not so much. They tried to counter what we were doing but it was like an adult playing basketball with a bunch of children – no matter what they tried the All Blacks were too strong, too powerful and too big.

It started before the kickoff when they did Kapo o Pango haka instead of the traditional Ka Mate haka. It was spine tingling and Kirsty and I were cheering like mad. Even my mum told me today she found it fierce. The awesome thing was the performance of the boys matched that of the haka.

I was reminded of NZ versus Australia in other sports. Sometimes, like when all the planets align and begin to sing Lithium from Nirvana, will we beat them. Take the league team – we win something like 10% of games against them. Test cricket is even worse – our only victories are when we have our best ever player bowling and the aussies are at their lowest ebb. The difference in class and performance between the two teams was like that last night. Only it was the All Blacks who were the gods.

Richie McCaw was supreme. We faltered in the last two games but with Captain Courageous back there was no chance of a repeat. Carter was brilliant and Cowan showed he can be world class when he applies himself. But the true stars were the forwards. They were fearsome, direct and menacing. At times they were like a black tidal wave assaulting the Wallabies.

That performance restored faith in the All Black jersey. When we play like that no one can touch us. The thing is to do it every week. In a couple of weeks we play the Springboks. That’s a good time to avenge that loss.

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