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Archives for October 2011

Positivity reaps rewards

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John Beattie | 15:20 UK time, Sunday, 23 October 2011

I think that Richie McCaw should be knighted, but anyway on to the blog...

It strikes me that to win things you have to be positive. You have to have an optimistic outlook on life, relationships and sport.

And maybe that's what's wrong with us Scots, perhaps even us Brits - we are just too cynical, too sneering, and too negative. And that permeates into our sport - scared as we are, actually, of even allowing people to take part in sport.

So I am going to skip by some of the more obvious comments about refereeing inconsistencies which can stay on twitter and talk of the tournament instead.

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Northern Hemisphere has some catching up to do

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John Beattie | 12:30 UK time, Sunday, 16 October 2011

This World Cup, sadly, is proving that rugby in our neck of the woods is soft, stodgy and stale and, oh, the All Blacks will win the cup. And what a fantastic World Cup it's been so far.

Luckily there was Northern Hemisphere side to the World Cup play-offs because we are not on the same planet as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa at the moment. And with Argentina joining them and Georgia and others progressing there could be a new world order.

Only the Welsh, robbed by a red card, have anything close to the ferocity of our neighbours South of the equator.

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Could you ever make rugby the number one sport?

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John Beattie | 12:20 UK time, Sunday, 9 October 2011

Could rugby union, with it's 'game for all shapes and sizes' and its penchant for collision injuries ever, really, be the number one game of choice in a group of islands with a burgeoning obesity crisis and a love of soccer?

Mmmm. Discuss. How would you do that?

My own personal opinion, if you want it, is that countries like Scotland and England have become car-dependent, TV-watching, complaining countries that breed people who are, frankly, softer than your average Kiwi, Australian, South African, or even Frenchman.

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What now for Scotland after World Cup exit?

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John Beattie | 17:25 UK time, Sunday, 2 October 2011

I hope this World Cup gives Scottish rugby the kick up the **** it needs.

It was Ireland's failure in the Aussie World Cup that paved the way for their current success. They said "never again", and so should Scotland.

I got up during the night with that terrible cramping feeling in my stomach. For all I care you could have called me Johnsky Beattievsky as I was supporting Georgia.

After a cup of tea, and early in the second half, it dawned on me, and every other Scottish rugby fan watching, that Scotland were on their way home from New Zealand.

Only you and I know how that felt.

And that means you have to analyse and ask questions as to why this has happened so early in the competition for the first time ever. Oh there have been some squeaks, but this time we didn't make the quarter finals.

So, do we have the right coaches, players and set-up?

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Argentina is the game Scots will rue losing most

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John Beattie | 12:02 UK time, Saturday, 1 October 2011

Do we, as Scots, have a national failing?

As I write this, Scotland can still qualify depending on the result on Sunday. Argentina play Georgia and Argentina need to win that or lose with a bonus point to qualify. Georgia can throw Scotland a lifeline.

The trouble is that Scotland played really well in the 16-12 defeat by England. I liked the way Dan Parks came on, ran straight, attracted defenders and caused England problems. England, for their sake, abandoned their previous game plan, panicked for the first half, and played a game so foreign they looked as though they would imitate France in the process.

I didn't understand the way England played.

Just a mistake by Nick De Luca, who might have scored, and we were thinking about Billy Bremner 1974 and a sitter against Brazil in the football World Cup - and poor Gavin Hastings in 1991.

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