ROSEMARY ABBOTT | Sport
GET OUT OF IT BEAUDEN!
Craig Chamberlain is breathing a bit easier today.
The 56 year-old from the Christchurch suburb of Shirley is relieved that mercurial first-five Richie Mo’unga is starting for the All Blacks ahead of Beauden Barrett in their vital clash against the Springboks
“Only took them three test losses in a row to figure that out. About bloody time!” Chamberlain grumbled as he relaxed in his recliner chair sporting his Crusaders jersey.
The born and bred Cantabrian’s frustration comes as he has watched his beloved All Blacks crash to three straight losses, including losing five of their last six tests.
Chamberlain has been present at almost every Crusaders game since their inception and is absolutely convinced Richie Mo’unga should be the starting number 10 for the All Blacks.
“How many titles has Richie steered the Crusaders to now? I can tell you it’s six! Six! I don’t see Barrett steering his bloody Blues team to championships. How does Ian Foster not see the obvious selection of Mo’unga at 10 and David Havili at 12 – it’s the same winning combo at the Crusaders!”
Adjusting his eyepatch, Chamberlain unloaded again.
“Barrett looks like a deer in the headlights at the moment and he can’t kick goals either. Makes sense to start Richie at Ellis Park, calm under pressure. They need a number 10 who can actually put his outside backs into space, not put them in a worse position than they were in!”
“Foster’s job wouldn’t be on the line if he’d just started Richie in the first place!”
Our reporters had to cut the interview short as it looked as though Mr Chamberlain was about to unload his thoughts on coach Ian Foster
More to come.
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