Objective is about blaming the loser? It takes two to tango. So a losing side has a bad day at the office. Cannot possibly be that the winning side, brought a strategy that shut down parts of the AB's play or theme. No, can't be that.... You have confirmed what I read here from some, not all. Being a big fan is one thing, unashamed non objective bias is another. Fan Club stands. Its is for some, a club of fans. For others fanboyism
Ticker tape parade? Childish comment. I broke the rules here, that's patently clear
Blaming anyone but the loser would be making excuses. How many times have you seen critism over the way fans reacted to the loss in 2007? SA got props for the way they played, but it's not enough according to you.
As a team/player, you can only control yourselves. That is who should get the blame for a loss.
Ok, I disagree, that's my opinion. My basis is this. A team, especially in rugby can effect control over the game. Targeting areas they feel will shut down strengths of the opposition. Thats often mentioned. Their lineout sux so lets kick to their line, close to the try line. Fusitua scores on the right wing at will, lets keep the ball away from him, their forwards are too good, lets not take them on, and so on. IMHO thats a big part of team sport, and individual sports. Its up to both sides to target those favourable areas, and try to respond when the opposition is doing the same. Any team or player can have a bad day at the office, Id expect a lot less from the top top sides, and there will always be statistical anomalies which is bad luck, not the run of the green. That happens. But its a two side game. The opposition isn't playing a scripted game play, they are playing their game as well as they can and going after weaker areas they feel they have an advantage. IMO, RSA did that, played well, and it paid off. If AB's say now, we should have been more ruthless, why didn't they do that? Thats an excuse. If we drop balls more than usual, that can mean the other side is pressuring us, we are taking risks because of that. They have affected our game. I can blame the AB's for not adapting to the way RSA was playing, and I have. RSA created that, AB's did not respond. Maybe they could not, in which case AB's are not to blame. Their side and skill was outplayed by the other side and their skill. But to only blame the losing side isn't how I see it. Of all the factors involved, they fell short, they had the same 80 minutes as the other side. You can blame them for not doing this or that, but a lot of that is a direct effect what the other side took to them. On that they were beaten by a better side, playing better on the day.
This week I expect a 15 point win. RSA's tactics worked, but that's no secret now. They will try other things, we need to nullify them. The last match was a top effort by them strategically and execution, yet that only gave them what is in effect an even score line. RSA aren't that great. They achieved their maximum. If they payed AB's 10 times we win 8 of them. Maybe 9. TAB has them evens at 13.5 points, I feel it will be 15 and a bit more to NZ