Even those of us, well especially those of us who have nothing more than a passing interest in a sporting contest, like to see a good game whenever possible.
Our interest level is determine by whether or not one of the teams is one of the ones we support, or if we have a punt of some sort on the game.
It is therefore a pleasure to report that the recent encounter between the Super Rugby League New South Wales Waratahs and the South African Stormers, or DHL Stormers, or Cape Town Stormers, whatever it is they choose to call themselves these days, came down to a win at the death for the NSW side.
The dramatic game resulted in a 34 – 27 victory for the ‘Tahs at Allianz Stadium.
The Man of the Hour was Ned Hanigan, a tester who plays flanker, who basically went straightthroughSpringboks winger Raymond Rhule for a score in the corner. Ruggers seem to do double duty in South Africa, just as they do in Australia. Triple duty, even.
The Stormers blew their chance when an overthrown lineout by Stormers hooker Dean Muir gave the Waratahs one final chance at redemption.
“It was a good team effort there at the finish,” Hanigan told Fox Sports.“I think Jake Gordon got a very good call from ‘Nard’ (Bernard Foley) on the edge and Harry Johnson-Holmes on debut drew his man and I was in the right place at the right time.”
Hanigan’s words rang true, even for those of us who have made it our specialty to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It was a modest crowd at Allianz, something the league is doing its best to rectify, but if they are worried that crowds are thin now, they must be in utter dread of what is going to happen a couple fortnights hence when the NRL and the AFL commence.