Good morning and welcome to Munster Haka’s early morning Rugby World Cup 2019 column ‘Tee and Toast’. Find it’s too early for in-depth analysis and forceful opinion? We’ve got you covered.
You see, regardless of whatever happens this morning Ireland really aren’t going to win the World Cup, are we? In truth there’s probably only three contenders: New Zealand, South Africa and England – and that’s no craic at all.
Downside of the All Blacks winning? Three in a row would make the World Cup a relatively predictable and repetitive event somewhat like their AIG friends Dublin in the All Ireland football championship or late 2000s Manchester United in the Premier League.
South Africa? Paul Kimmage would stay relevant for at least another decade…
And England? No explanation needed.
Luckily however, sometimes it’s not always just about winners and losers and we’re still going to be treated to some extraordinary entertainment in various shapes and sizes throughout the next number of weeks in Japan. Fiji lit it up yesterday morning with octopus-like offloads in their clash with Australia, France served up a first half of pulsating excitement followed by a second forty of sheer suspense in their erm, very French win over Los Pumas and, as brilliant as the All Blacks were in the late kick-off, South Africa’s pocket rocket Cheslin Kolbe was the real winner by capturing the hearts of not only his homeland but the whole world in a way only Nelson Mandela and Siphiwe Tshabalala have ever done before.
As unstoppable as Shane Williams in the 2011 Rugby World Cup game, the 5’7 winger beat eleven All Black defenders to wake up viewers at home and put on the best Springbok performance since Matt Damon in Invictus. Whatever damage Eddie O’Sullivan has done to the good name of small men everywhere, the pint-sized Toulouse hot-stepper is doing more than making amends and long may it continue.
For one reason or another nobody will agree on getting behind another country as soon as Ireland bow out in the quarter-finals but now thanks to lil Kolbe we now have something that everyone can enjoy regardless of where their loyalties lie. We are a country of culture and it should be our moral duty to recognize the poetry in motion in front of us.
He is our new friend. He is our new favourite player. He is our Messi ♥️
Take-Away: Rugby can be a game for all shapes and sizes.
Cult Hero Watch: Cheslin Kolbe
Entertainment Value: 10/10
In Short?: It’s been an extraordinary start to this World Cup with Perci Yato, Samu Kerevi, Damian Penaud, Camille Lopez, Ardie Savea and Beauden Barrett all catching the eye in yesterdays hard-hitting, all-absorbing action but Cheslin is the man that looks most likely to take the tournament by storm and make himself a household name.
Could he be about to hit the World Cup as hard as Sevu Reece hit…Super Rugby?
Check in again tomorrow at 8am for more TN’T content from the team