SORELY MISSED: David Pocock passes the ball, before issuing a stay-away notice to Matt Findlay and his all-conquering kiss of death. Photo: GETTY IMAGESIN the words of the king of mediocrity, and one of my idols, George Costanza – “I’m back, baby”.
After a fortnight crocodile hunting in Darwin and channelling Pierce Brosnan to tackle the best of Bali’s volcanoes, the time is ripe to have a quick gander at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and, most importantly, the Wallabies.
For anyone who spoke to me in the lead-up to the tournament, they’d know I “tipped” England to win and a lot of the other northern hemisphere sides to give their southern counterparts a serious run for their money.
Now, after all of the former nations have been eliminated we’re left with a Rugby Championship final four – Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina – I can finally reveal my ulterior motive.
To jinx them all. And, it’s worked.
That’s right, I’ve done it again.
Just like my previous forays into fortune telling went perfectly, I’ve nailed my first attempt at witchcraft in silently giving a number of nations the kiss of death – normally reserved for my colleague Nick McGrath’s* tips in anything, anywhere.
You’re welcome SANZAR.
Either that or I was just really, really wrong.Take your pick.
Either way, the Wallabies have performed exceptionally so far, other than in their biggest game of the tournament in Monday morning’s quarter-final against Scotland.
AlthoughI’d like to think it was more of an off night than big-game-itis, and due credit needs to be given to the Scots, they scared the bajebus out of Australia.
Sean Maitland’s yellow card was ridiculous, and it’s pretty much fact that final penalty should’ve been a scrum but, regardless, the Wallabies were the better side on the night.
That doesn’t mean they were good though.
The scrum faltered, our back-row looked flaccid without David Pocock and Bernard Foley had the shanks – forget his last kick, for 78 minutes his right boot may as well have been covered in gravy.
Butto grind out that kind of win with an ordinary performance shows a resilience not associated with the Wallabies for some time.
More than anything that gives me faith the Wallabies will beat Argentina, and can win the tournament, even if it will take something special to knock off the All Blacks.
At the very least I’d love to see Australia win purely for Matt Giteau.
After his trek back to the top a Rugby World Cup title would be fairy tale stuff, worthy of a sports movie.
I’d 100 per cent back Nicolas Cage to play Giteau perfectly too.
DISCLAIMER: Nick McGrath has correctly tipped each of the NRL, AFL, Super Rugby, 2014-15 NBA and all-Orange squash champions recently, and is without question a better tipper than Matt Findlay.
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