So , things went reasonably well in the quarter final against France after all.
But we would not be New Zild if we were not already fretting about the semi final* against the ‘Boks next weekend.
Giving the lads the benefit of his experience, he instructed them New Zealand teams are not motivated by a desire to win.
They are driven, overwelmingly, by a fear of losing.
This conversation took place in early 1999. Reviewing the ABs results of the previous season , I suggested it was a fear which seemed to have been been, regrettably, overcome.
Joking aside: the focus now will be on the Ancient Enemy: the Springboks. Who, of course, appear to have got over any fear they mght have of losing by spectacularly coming a gutser against Japan.
Rugby World Cups are meant to operate like this. The idea is they will raise the standard of less-well-performing rugby nations – espeically, it has to be said, those with the money to hire expertise from the more well performing rugby nations.
We can see that, too, in the strong likelihood Argentina will be in the other semi-final.
Anyway, this morning’s result is not too foul. I rekkin we can feel a bit chuffed about it, without, of course, going berserk or anything.
*There are people on the Twitter joking about the way we call semi finals ‘semis’ as though it is some rude thing. It probably is, but I’m not going to look it up.