I have never witnessed anything more cringeworthy than the after game interviews following the Wallabies’ loss to the All Blacks last Saturday.
There was Robbie Deans saying we were not good enough, they beat us in most phases of the game, and what a great team the All Blacks are.
Then our captain Will Genia, appearing almost in tears as he claimed the game was too hard and fast for us… or words to that effect.
Then another Kiwi, Quade Cooper, claiming that all the All Blacks played the game of their lives, which has to be right up there in terms of backside kissing and grovelling. I watched all of 10 minutes of this pathetic drivel and switched off.
Is this how a bunch of men who are out on a rugby pitch supposedly putting themselves on the line for their pride and the pride of the country are supposed to act?
Saturday night was not cowardly as no coward would ever play rugby, but by Christ it certainly lacked any of the guts and determination that has typified Australian rugby over the last 30 years.
Then you have Kurtley Beale falling all over Sonny Bill Williams following the first loss in the Beldisloe, and he had the look of someone trying to make friends with a schoolyard bully so that he won’t beat him up again.
I think we have become far too respectful of a bunch of guys who, like any other team, are beatable on their day and the first Test was such a day.
If the Wallabies were not so keen to kiss arse, show respect (street gang talk for you scare me) and remembered who the hell they are and what they stand for, they could have beaten them in the first Test; they were there for the taking.
I agree with many here that the Wallabies are not good enough at the moment and have too many injuries.
I also think that many supporters will cut them some slack at this time due to those factors, but if we are lost with no direction and have the feeling of a dog on its back in a fight before we start, then the result against the All Blacks will always be what the result was on Saturday.
The All Blacks love to create the myth that they are unbeatable, but as the French showed in the World Cup final, anything can happen if you front up.
Had we fought them for 80 minutes and lost, everyone would have nodded their heads to reality.
As it is, they are a gutless bunch of sycophants who you would not want to be near.