So the Rugby World Cup semi final between New Zealand and Australia takes place tomorrow night. The media’s going crazy with Australian pundits fanning out across the media landscape to explain why the All Blacks will choke yet again and why there’s no pressure on the Wallabies. And New Zealand pundits are gingerly, hesitantly predicting an All Black win. It’s all getting very tense indeed. Here’s a sample from the hopeful school of punditry from The Otago Daily Times (Dunedin’s newspaper).
But are we doomed? Is the generation-long curse of the All Blacks never winning the Rugby World Cup going to continue?
It’s semifinal time and the captain has a crook foot, cannot train and according to some is on the downward slide.
Our key back is out injured and the back-up to his back-up should really be on the big screen appearing in the Smurfs movie.
David Pocock is on fire on the open side of the Wallaby scrum and it’s entirely possible the man New Zealanders love to hate – Quade Cooper – will silence the hecklers by playing the game of his life.
Is it going to be four more years of pain and sorrow?
Simple answer: Nup.
It’s the All Blacks who are playing the Wallabies in tomorrow night’s semifinal.
With all the advantages that offers.