Spiro Zavos, a founding writer on The Roar, was long time editorial writer on the Sydney Morning Herald, where he started a rugby column that has run for nearly 30 years. Spiro has written 12 books: fiction, biography, politics and histories of Australian, New Zealand, British and South African rugby. He is regarded as one of the foremost writers on rugby throughout the world.
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Heyneke Meyer, the intense Springboks coach, talked up the positives after the 27-20 loss his side suffered at the hands and feet of a resilient, occasionally brilliant All Blacks side at Ellis Park.
Let us put the Wallabies’ 34-9 victory against the Pumas at the Estadio Mavlinas Argentinas (yes, those Malvinas) into some perspective.
The opening round of the 2015 The Rugby Championship saw the All Blacks defeat the Pumas at Christchurch last Friday. On Saturday the Wallabies pulled off a brilliant 10-phase try in the 82nd minute to defeat the Springboks.
Was Stephen Moore’s decision to go for glory with a five-metre lineout against the Springboks in the last minute of an enthralling Test one of the best captain’s calls for the Wallabies in their recent history? I think so.
An intriguing aspect of the opening round of the 2015 Rugby Championship is that the referees are being tested for their RWC tournament possibilities as Australia, South Africa, Argentina and New Zealand battle for form.
It is one of the most quoted cliches of sports that ‘winning is a habit’.