What makes you tick Higginbotham?
Wallaby blindside flanker Scott Higginbotham made an extraordinary comment yesterday.
As reported by Ben Horne: “It’s not going to be easy going back to Super Rugby. It’s a completely different ball game, and style of rugby”.
What utter bollocks.
Higginbotham has just come off being an important cog in the Wallaby machinery that whitewashed Six-Nations Grand Slam champion Wales in their three-Test series, the first time since June-July 2008 the Wallabies have won three internationals on the trot against a major rugby nation.
If Higginbotham isn’t on a huge high after that, he’s either very hard to please or he has a major problem.
Playing the men-in-scarlet was a darn side harder than having to play the Rebels away, Highlanders at home, and the Waratahs at home to keep the Reds in with a chance to defend their Super title.
Those three games will be tough because of the pressure on the Reds to win them all, but a breeze compared to Wales.
You would think Higginbotham was so buoyant he would be ready to set the Reds alight.
“Not easy going back to Super Rugby,” just doesn’t cut the mustard.
Wallaby and Reds team-mate Will Genia is on the right planet, explaining how much benefit it will be to the Reds on the run home that six of them – Rob Simmons, Digby Ioane, Anthony Fainga’a, Mike Harris, Genia, and Higginbotham – were involved against Wales.
“Playing at that level you just gain more and more experience,” he added.
Wallaby coach Robbie Deans was on the same page when he said the switching between Test and Super Rugby was refreshing for both players and fans. And it was important for the Wallabies to return to their franchises as leaders.
So shape up Scott, and remind the Rebels, Highlanders, and Waratahs you are a first choice Wallaby.
And play like it.
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