GORDON LIGHTFOOT | Sport
“AH THIS IS MORE LIKE IT”
Last night’s Bledisloe Cup match felt like a return to normality for Graham Darby, the Taranaki father of four grown up children. Not just because the All Blacks won, but because they gave away no clues of there being a possibility that they might lose.
“Ahh nice to have things back to normal isn’t it?” sighed Mr Darby as he smiled lazily, enjoying a morning coffee with wife Karen.
“When I watch an All Blacks match, what I expect is absolute dominance at all times. It’s good for the country,” he explained. “Ideally, All Blacks games should always look effortless, and their tries should look more like training exercises.
“It’s just a stress-free way to enjoy our national sport. Nothing better than watching an All Blacks haka at the start of the game, seeing the opposition watching that haka, and knowing they’re about to be absolutely trampled,” explained the retired FMG insurance advisor.
Darby went on to explain more about how a struggling All Blacks team is bad for the country and bad for the economy. “Well, we’re just coming out of this pandemic, there’s a war happening in Europe, all kiwis need at the moment is something to cheer about.
“When the All Blacks were losing it was just another thing to add to the pile of things making everyone down in the dumps. Who’s going to want to get out there and be productive or start a business under those sorts of conditions?
“This display of All Black dominance is just what we all needed. After the first 15 minutes of that match where the Aussies were making silly mistakes and we were just creating chances – ahh, just felt like normal life again,” he said as he looked skyward, reminiscing about the game he had just recently witnessed.
“I was in a relaxed state, sitting in the lounge with a beer, watching our national team win comfortably, before having a cup of tea and a biscuit before bed.”
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