...I was thinking the other day about how history would have seen Fitzpatrick and a number of other prominent AB's in a lesser light had they dropped the AB's and gone to play in Kerry Packers World League rugby crap comp. In the end rugby turned professional so Fitzy and co did not need to make the switch for the cash. Yet to think they were considering it.....as in a lot of them were considering it. Have games been "fixed" by the AB's you begin to wonder. Money is a major part of a players career. You only have to look at Tana Umaga who saud he was retiring from Test match rugby to "spend more time with the family." Next thing you know Tana is taking a summer season in France for cash instaed of a homely Christmas and makes it back just in time for a break???? No....just in time for pre season Hurricanes games lol! Now to my point 14 August 2004 South Africa Johannesburg, Ellis Park New Zealand 26 - South Africa 40 Watching Tana during this game was puzzling. He did not seem himself and was missing some tackles...getting bumped off and all sorts. However the most significant part in the game was when in the first half with the game evenly balanced.....De Villiers or some guy gets the ball and runs a few steps with the try line about 5 metres away. Tana comes to tackle him....and misses......the Springboks score. When you watch the replay you have to wonder....honestly....how could Tana have missed such an EASY tackle. There was no sidestep no fend no bumpoff no change in direction no sudden acceleration. The tackle was from the side and Tana could not have had it presented to him any easier. Another factor to consider was that Tana did not turbo into the guy at speed....because if he did then there is a chance that you could say that the guy was strong enough to hold his ground and Tana simply fell back from tjhe collision. Yet this is not the case at all. Tana simply wrapped his arms around the guys waist...the easiest tackle you can make and there was no resistance either way. Then Tanas arms strangely fell off and the surprised and jubilant Springbok scores. For those who play rugby...we all watched and thought "Mate the worse guy in our club could have made that tackle" So the question is....what really happened that day in that corner of the field? When we watch the last Tri Nations game between the Springboks and the AB's.....the odds for the Boks winning were huge...a huge payout if someone beted on them. Sooialo out of the blue unprovoked "pushes" a Springbok guy near a ruck. Penalty then victory for SA. We are left wondering...."why".....why would a team as good as the AB's do something like that? Why would Sooialo do something like that which would cost us the game. Also interesting to note that Sooialo also threw an intercept pass to Habana. We won't even go on about the try that was disallowed cos Sooialo was taking a guy out at a ruck in front of the S.A post. Some things in rugby do make you wonder.