Who needs rugby purists when the rough edges are so much fun?
Second tier rugby damns the percentages – expression and passion matter more than possession and territory
After the All Blacks’ and the Springboks’ thunderous Pool B clash at Rugby World Cup 2019 and Ireland’s technically savvy win over fellow tier one country Scotland, it’s the so-called minnows that have provided the real fun in Japan.
For rugby purists, the tension-filled arm-wrestle that the Boks and All Blacks put on showed the value of well-paid professionals playing a game in which they were briefed and prepared to doctorate levels.
Similarly, Ireland’s suffocation of Scotland in difficult conditions had all the hallmarks of teams so familiar with each other and their own game plans that they seldom strayed into chaos...