Thursday, July 01, 2010
Its Plays of the Week time again and I can promise that this week theres no naked bums on show, unlike last weeks edition where we got to know a few Kiwis a little too well. This week theres a giraffe playing rugby, Greg Martin all fired up, and the Pumas showing the French a thing or two in Buenos Aires.
Starting with the Wallaby win over Ireland where both sides had a case of the dropsies at times. It was anything but a polished performance from the home side, but Digby Ioane seems to have a special relationship with a certain someone, so they should be able to lift their game in time for the Tri Nations.
Hosea Gear is probably the most impressive wing of the past few weeks, as his performances for the New Zealand Maori included a hat trick against England . He was snubbed for the initial All Black squad though, with coach Graeme Henry acknowledging his talent.
"He's unlucky. It's just that you can't pick them all and I feel for him because he played some exceptional football. But we made a decision on Super 14 form that Joe Rokocoko and Cory Jane were our two specialist wings, and they played in the first two tests and played exceptionally well.
"It's hard on a guy like Hosea Gear. We certainly have been told about him. I went to the game in Napier and I guess about 250 people yelled out to me in the stand, so I do know he exists," he added.
Gear himself was disappointed, but realises he isnt quite the finished article yet. "I haven't heard a lot, but I know pretty much what I need to work on... my guess is the high ball and my overall workrate," the brother of former All Black, Rico Gear, said.
In East London, South Africa hosted Italy in what was a one side affair. One of the tries of the match went to Pierre Spies after great work from Schalk Burger and the rugby playing giraffe , Andries Bekker.
The performance of the weekend goes to Argentina though, as they brushed aside the travelling French in what was a record score against the country where a lot of their players play their club rugby, probably making the win all the more sweeter.
Highlights of each match can be seen right here on RD, so which was your Try of the Week?
The Rugby Club Plays of the Week - I see it but I don't believe it!
he Rugby Club Plays of the Week - North vs South