Sunday, October 2, 2011

Now is the Time

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.

Kia Kaha.


1 comment:

Pi said...

Such a pitty that another Kiwi has blighted the RWC with such a dire performance of his own.

No bones about it, the Aussies have been a fantastic side this year and will grow even more with this team in years to come. The Springboks, however were streaks ahead of them today. Why did they not win the match then? Why were they not able to convert territory and pressure into points? Don't be mistaken as to thinking it was the Aussies resolute defense (which was good but needed the assitance it unfortunately received), no no, referee Bryce Lawrence simply refused to blow the myriad of transgressions of the Aussies at break down.

It's not the first time that has happened in a rugby Test and will not be the last. Knocking out one of the top two teams of the competition though is very sad to South Africans of course. But to any rugby lover that appreciates the REAL contest, that sorrow will be shared.

Great work by the French and a decent run by the All Blacks today. Wales were great too. Unfortnately the whole thing cannot be what it should have been after the Robbery.

All the best to all the teams still in the game and to the amazing ... including the talented Aussies.

And of course we know the tournament will not be the same with out DC either. May he heal and deal with that huge dissapointement as best he can.

See you in 2013 ... or will we?