The All Blacks’ World Cup campaign begins tomorrow morning (NZ time) with a match against the Pumas.
Our team is number one in the world and among the favourites to win the Cup but championships have to be taken game by game.
The Highlanders’ win over the Hurricanes in this year’s Super Rugby final is a recent reminder that an underdog can beat a favourite and this mornings Pool B match reinforced that.
Who would have thought that Japan’s Cherry Blossoms would beat South Africa’s Springboks at all, let alone 34 – 32? Georgia’s 17 – 10 win against Tonga was also a surprise.
And wasn’t it an unexpected win by Argentina against the French hosts in a previous Cup opener which led to the French meeting, and beating, the All Blacks in the quarter-final?
All my fingers and toes are crossed for the All Blacks because in spite of all they’ve done to prepare, their fitness, tactics and skill, luck will play a part in which team makes it to the final and which wins the Cup.