After a weekend of gentle mourning and heavy
drinking analysis I had a quick scan of the rugby news this morning and the inevitable has happened. The siege mentality syndrome has hit the Irish camp and so there is no hope. This is something that happens every time a team performs badly and it always suprises me that squads can’t see it coming and avoid it.
The Irish rugby news is filled today with the rumours, allegations and speculation about O’Gara’s personal life and the numerous players who have come out in his defense. It’s also detailing how Eddie is on the back foot and the IRFU are probably kicking themselves for getting back into bed with him. None of this should matter.
The amount of time, effort and focus it takes these people to defend allegations and “what-ifs” could be put to much better use, I don’t know, practising line-outs, learning how to catch the ball and take it into contact, rugby in general! I’m not up to speed on the contractual obligations of players and management but surely they can cut out a few interviews and get back on the training pitch?
The players focus also gets thrown in these situations. It reminds me of the famous “spear tackle” on O’Driscoll during the Lions tour. We heard nothing but that for the next few weeks, meanwhile nothing came of it and the Lions got beaten off the field. It was a smokescreen for bad management, poor preparation and an inevitable loss and the same could be said about the whole O’Gara debacle. Move on, get over it, get back to what you should be doing and forget about the media, the sponsors and the allegations.
The “hard-done by” attitude is coming into it, the excuses are being exercised and meanwhile the team aren’t performing. We got put into the “pool of death”, the French media have taken a pop at O’Gara, the referee was not on our side, Georgia are actually a good team etc etc. Time to grow up and play some rugby.