It's weird. I thought after losing the Rugby World Cup final that I'd be really disappointed and a bit down, but instead I just felt really pleased that the guys put forward a good account of themselves.
I think it was a great advert for Rugby - I don't care what the press may say about an 'ugly' game - yesterday there were 30 men on the pitch fighting for their reputations - and it was the only scenario when both teams could keep their reputation. Had South Africa lost - it would be a case of them simply 'not turning up' in the Press. It wouldn't be down to England's good rugby - no siree.
England lost by the narrowest of margins - they fought to the death. The missed try by Cueto was not so much a turning point in the match, but a mark of how far England have improved over the tournament. It was a really good game for Matthew Tait especially, solid at the back. Mike Catt will have been upset not to last the 80, but he did a marvellous job when on the pitch. I remember years ago (back when the likes of Gerry Guscott & Rob Andrew were playing) that I used to try and emulate Andrew. (Andrew by name, Andrew by nature) was what my Dad said when I sent the ball over the fence. I emulated Guscott with the drop-goal for the Lions, and I emulated Catt by shouting for the mark, and then letting the ball pass through my hands for a dropped catch. Needless to say he was as solid as a rock this tournament.
It's good to see that Johnny lasted the distance too. It must be so hard having to contend with all those injuries. All I can hope now is that he happens upon Chris Patterson's kicking manual for these new balls. They look a bit like the lightweight footballs in the air, swerving this way and that, but they're still kickable - it's just a different technique.
Anyroad, England did us proud and I personally think they deserver the Parade around London still (or even better, Manchester). I can't wait to cheer the guys back at Edgeley Park next time I got and see Sale.
Three Cheers for England!!!
The only thing that disappointed me was the line-out. However, it's not a big problem, and I'm sure we can sort it. I think Chuter's had a good World Cup, as have most of the players. As I said, I'm p