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Do not always agree with Mark Reason as sometimes our reasons take different roads but this summation of the second test at Johannesburg last Sunday morning NZ time, in particular the last quarter when Beauden Barrett’s stupidity almost ensured any chance of victory were well extinguished.

Reason postulates on the reversion to Crusaders Modus Operandi, tactically and personal wise achieved victory in spite of Ian Foster’s efforts rather than any inputs from the coaching box.

Watching a 15 point lead devolve into a one point deficit would have been attention grabbing for sure with 14 to play 15 for 10 of the last 14 minutes, things looked well over.

Was it brilliance from Foster or just the way the cookies crumbled but replacing Sam Cane as on field skipper with Sam Whitelock and heading to games end with eight of those fourteen until Beauden Barrett’s reinstatement, Crusaders?
The evidence was in the record that Jason Ryan, ex Crusaders forwards supremo for Scott Robertson had made the forwards performance reach levels needed to be competitive, the too long delayed giving Mo’unga the number ten jersey to start, and the continued insanity of Sam Cane as Skipper over Sam Whitelock, all became impediments removed for the “Crusader” total rugby to prevail, provided ample evidence for sense to prevail and the ending of the failed apprentice as All black coach.

Yes it is a tough world out there and sentiment and loyalty are sometimes just not a virtue, they become serious impediments to progress.
Random talk of improvements being apparent are typical c2022 BS, of course a group of talented individuals with superior skills and innate pride were always going to provide nothing less but that last quarter was so special.


Written by Gravedodger

August 17, 2022 at 10:09 am

Posted in New Zealand

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  1. I thought Savea took over captaincy?


    August 17, 2022 at 10:25 am

    • So right OC – in fact Cane made a big show of ensuring the Ref knew that Savea was the team leader as he (Cane) left the field..

      However as a keen watcher of the game it seemed to me that Whitelock was the one rallying the troops at every stoppage right from kickoff. He was the on field leader therefore in every aspect but without the captains armband.

      I do not know what Foster was thinking handing the captaincy to Savea. Savea proved last year he lacked the tactical nous and decision making ability to lead an All Black team – inspirational though he may be in a `follow me’ type role..


      August 17, 2022 at 11:00 am

  2. My bad olderchas, thanks to pdm for that summary.
    Now about Mark Reasons notions?
    Maybe even some discussions around the ignoring of Razor, not forgetting that Jordie Barrett was launched from Lincoln University, Canterbury and Crusaders basis and has managed to do it despite Hurricanes influences, abandoned by Beaudy and so far avoided by Scott who has much to offer in leadership and the number six jersey?


    August 17, 2022 at 11:17 am

    • GD if my memory serves me right (it can be temperamental) Jordie was tipped for stardom, either in rugby or cricket before he got to Lincoln. One of those child hood prodigies that come through from time to time in both sports eg Jeff Wilson, Israel Dagg and one I am not sure of re childhood – D B Clarke who did not quite make the NZ cricket team but went close in the late 1950’s.


      August 17, 2022 at 1:56 pm

  3. The trouble is many of the media and probably the NZRFU board will look at this one game, ignore the previous failures and Foster will carry on. With the inevitable result that all are discredited and the public are treated with contempt.

    Tom C

    August 17, 2022 at 11:29 am

  4. The players spoke, in particular Savea and Whitelock: they want Foster and the risk of alienating the players is too high.

    John JohnO

    August 17, 2022 at 5:06 pm

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