By The Spotter
Regarding that ‘Team of the Year’, the outcome reads like another one of those decisions from SANZAAR that seems like a bad practical joke; the only problem being that it’s unfortunately and most definitely not. Yes, you know the kind of thing- for instance when the team actually coming ninth on 23 points sits above the team coming third on 40 points in the overall points table after three-quarters of the season. And then a few weeks later the play-offs arrive and the ‘reward’ for only dropping a couple of games all season and securing a bona-fide third-placed finish is a trip halfway around the world and a completely opposite time zone.
Surely with a normally configured panel of say, three to five people selecting any dream team of fifteen players, there must be room somewhere for at least three from the title-winning team. Can you ever in your wildest dreams imagine that the winners of the FIFA World Cup failing to get a single player into the ‘Team of the Tournament’. It has never happened, nor will it ever.
By logical definition a team of the tournament has to include some members from the champions. It’s not rocket science- they possess the best players, that’s the reason they won the whole darn thing. How that point seems lost on SANZAAR is anyone’s mind-numbing guess.
Even a cursory look at who is in this imaginary (well, that’s true) team instead of who should be, is enough to bring about a derisory snort or two of mirth. At tighthead prop they went for Allan Alaalatoa of the Brumbies over Owen Franks and Nepo Laulala. Oh, right, SURE. Samu Kerevi of those Super flops The Reds, is chosen at centre over VInce Aso and Jack Goodhue. And Augustine Pulu at halfback is preferred to Tawera Kerr-Barlow or Joe Powell of the Brumbies. Okay…well, no, obviously it’s really not. But hey folks, remember it’s SANZAAR in charge here. Weirdness, plus fighting tooth and nail against common sense and completely blanking popular opinion comes naturally to them.
And the way they run things these days, could they set up a chimpanzee’s tea party without screwing it up? Highly doubtful.
Agree/Disagree? firstname.lastname@example.org Paul