Archive for May, 2011

What happens 2 people wen they are over powered and just about 2 get their eye gouged out do some just give up?

By admin · May 18, 2011 · Filed in Lions Rugby Team · 2 Comments »

My question is about heart and the will to win/survive. I think some people are too scared negative and depressive and give up and let terrible things happen to them where as others will fight to the end no matter what they will keep fighting even if they are being pinned down and raped by an entire rugby team!

How does one develop the heart of a Lion?

You don’t develop heart, you are born with it.

What have the Highlanders and Reds done to turn their Super Rugby fortunes around?

By admin · May 3, 2011 · Filed in Lions Rugby Team · 4 Comments »

These two franchises for some time had been the whipping boys of their respective countries, New Zealand and Australia, for some time, yet now they are serious contenders for their respective conference titles, with the Reds playing some of the most exiting rugby in the entire competition. What is their secret? Were they poorly administrated? Have they been restructured from the bottom up to correct any problems they may have had? Is it coaching?

I ask this because I am a miserable Lions supporter. A franchise that has spent it’s entire history occupying the bottom two spots on the log (If you ignore the Transvaal’s victory in the 1993 Super 10 championship and two semi-final berths in 2000 & 2001 as the Cats). They seem to have adopted a losing culture that cannot be broken. A problematic factor is also the fact that any developing talent is rapidly snapped up by other SA franchises. It is also something that affects the Cheetahs, the bulk of their talented players are poached by the more attractive coastal franchises. Is this an issue that faces New Zealand and Aussie franchises, in which their promising talent is poached by more attractive franchises? Did the Crusaders develop their own or raid the Chiefs and Highlanders? At the height of their powers, did the Brumbies and Waratahs raid the Reds? I just can’t get my head around it. The strange thing is that the Lions’ Vodacom Cup (tournament for upcoming talent) sides always do well, recently topping their group, and their Currie Cup teams always put up a far stronger challenge, yet they’re a joke at Super Rugby level.

for the highlanders,it has been jamie joseph…he has created a new culture within the highlanders and established (with seniors players) what it means to be a "highlanders man" which revolves around the proud history that Otago rugby had, especially in the 90′s. the players have bought into it and have trained and played according to what it is to be a highlanders man, and the performances have shown which leads to the results. they are never blown off the park and stay in the game and play all out for 80 minutes.
another reason is most of the forwards are from the southland provincial team which has performed really well being top 4 team over the last few years and ranfurly shield holders. having picked up some handy players has really helped too. guys like kade poki,nasi manu,jarrod hoeata and siale piutau have gone to another level in this years competition.

for the reds it has been ewen mckenzie. he has turned the forward pack into a very competitive unit and unlike most australian teams they have a stable scrum and good lineout. they also compete very well at breakdowns. this makes it easier for genia and cooper to run the show because they are going forward.earlier this year,the reds forwards were not doing too well and cooper was made to look average.

i dont watch the lions much but if they want to be competitive in this comp, they really need to start in the forwards and their defence.you cant win games by letting as many tries as they do.they seem to have a few very good young players,they need to hold onto them and try a recruit a few more experienced players to help with the development of these guys at this level.