Time to say haere ra to Deans
September 5, 2012
Robbie Deans is a man under pressure © Getty Images
My ESPN co-worker Sam Kekovich and I had to think of a word today that will best describe the Wallabies at the end of the Rugby Championship competition. He chose 'winless' and I chose 'recruiting' - and unless Robbie Deans pulls off a miracle we could both be right because if the Wallabies don't win a game in this competition then Robbie Deans will no longer be the coach.
It's not a personal decision, I like Robbie, we chat and see each other regularly away from the rugby pitch and he is a great fella. The bottom line is however he is the coach of a team that demands success and during his tenure the Wallabies haven't been successful. They have won the odd trophy and beaten the odd team here and there but in the big events the score doesn't read well.
When the Wallabies were beaten 22-0 the other week by the All Blacks, Deans was very quick to say that their cross-Tasman rivals would've beaten any side in the world that night. But none of the journalists asked whether every other team in the world would have failed to score a point against them?!
It's great to acknowledge how good New Zealand were and let's face it, they were very good, but the Wallabies were equally bad. I mean really, really bad. Zero points. In an era when every game starts with a penalty just to get things going the Wallabies could not score a point!
Former greats can't believe the lack of flair the Wallabies play with at the moment and I also can't believe the defeatist attitude Deans adopted when asked about New Zealand.
Fans are deserting the game in their thousands, the players are more famous for their Tweets and Facebook posts than they are for their prowess on the field.
I'm not a dinosaur but I do believe that tweeting and posting should come after a good performance - not a bad one. If you performed like some of the current stars have over the past few games, then the suggestion might be to throw the iPhone into the drawer and go back to the play book because it isn't working the other way.
Kurtley Beale's public cry for another chance via Twitter was both pathetic and lacking class and displayed a petulance, which I for one am not a fan of. Over the past few years we have spoken about the game that could make or break the Wallabies, most of them involved the All Blacks and most of them we lost.
This weekend it's safe to say that this is the biggest of them all. If Australia loses this one I suspect the rumours about Deans being given the flick will materialise.
If not then the Australian Rugby Union CEO John O'Neil will be endorsing another rank failure and maybe he will go. I highly doubt the latter will happen so have your two bob each way on the former.
It's not like there isn't a willing candidate waiting in the wings. Ewen McKenzie is ready and raring to go, and if you believe the rumours, and when it comes to rugby and coaches I normally do, Robbie has lined up a gig back in New Zealand.
So let's dispense with the niceties, he wants out so let him out. Most of the rugby fans in Australia want him out, so there's another reason. The players certainly don't play for him, that's one more. Most importantly the game is haemorrhaging at the moment so a bit of positive publicity won't be a bad thing.
There you have it, four good reasons to go and not one good reason to stay. Why doesn't anyone want to push the button? If the highly paid CEO, COO, CFO and FYI's at the ARU can't make the decision I will be happy to make it for them. Robbie it's been nice but times up thanks for the memories and haere ra.
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