Saturday, October 31, 2009

A game of two halves

It's just a brief return from semi-retirement (although there will be an announcement before the end of the year), but we couldn't let the mighty Wanganui's 34-13 victory over Mid Canterbury in the Meads Cup final pass without a mention.

Down 13-nil at half-time, and for the first ten minutes of the second half, things did not look good for the River City boys. But a storming finish with four tries in the final half hour will see the Meads Cup stay in Wanganui. It truly was a game of two halves!

The Butcher's Apron is not rugby's most fashionable jersey. But without doubt, Wanganui has been the dominant team in the Heartland Championship since its inception four seasons ago. Wanganui has been a finalist in the Meads Cup in each of those years, and now becomes the first repeat winner. If there is to be a second-tier competition next season involving teams demoted from the Air New Zealand Cup, Wanganui will be worthy participants. In the meantime, they can celebrate tonight, and a few beers will probably be shared with Sir Tree himself, who was present at the match

Right - if the All Blacks can dismantle the Wallabies in Tokyo tonight, the Kiwis can beat the French in the morning, and the Phoenix can beat Sydney FC tomorrow night, life will be bliss!