Dan Carter, the All Blacks' playmaker and the world's #1 player, is out of the Rugby World Cup. He tore his groin muscle in the Captains training run on Saturday. He was due to captain New Zealand on Sunday; instead he's crocked. The AB's were sailing serenely forwards, playing great rugby and doing most things right. Now it's all up for grabs.
Now's the time for the rest of the team to stand up, to make a difference, and to look adversity in the eye and face it down. Now's the time for Piri Weepu to stamp his name or the world stage.
Now's the time for all the All Black coaches and players to win without Dan.
Now's the time for all of us to believe and back Black.
As Vince Lombardi said, "Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit."
We've got into that habit. 4 games, 4 wins. 3 to go.
We live for moments like this.