Dean Greyling's ban a real disgrace

20:15, Sep 17 2012

What a weekend of sport. It all started for me watching the NRL games and like everyone I got frustrated with the mistakes made by the referees and the video refs.

To see them make such colossal blunders as Manly beat the North Queensland Cowboys was terrible.

You can say that Cowboys captain Jonathan Thurston should have been able to put it behind him and get on with the game - and maybe he should - but you could clearly see how off his game he was and how it got worse with every successive blunder.

But then I got to watch a different sort of captain when Richie McCaw led his All Blacks to victory over the Springboks in what was a gripping contest. How on earth that South African (Dean Greyling) did not get sent off when he came barrelling in and blatantly elbowed Richie in the head is beyond me. I see he has copped a two-week ban - that means he only misses one test and that's a disgrace.

How lucky we are to have Richie. He is a superb leader and no matter what happens he just gets up and gets on with the game.

He never loses his composure and I have to say he is, in my view, one of the greatest All Black captains of all time. Richie McCaw, the Mad Butcher salutes you.


Then on Sunday I watched nervously as our Silver Ferns began their series against Australia in Melbourne and it was completely absorbing, an absolute nail-biter.

We will take a two-goal win over the girls in green and gold anytime and I can't wait for the second game of the series in Auckland on Thursday.

The only sad note for me was seeing the Vodafone Warriors Under-20 team dumped out of the finals by the Roosters. This is a team we had high hopes would do something remarkable and win a three-peat, having won the grand final in 2010 and again last year but it was not to be.

Now I'm looking forward to my next sports serving with, as I said, the Silver Ferns in action again this week and a big day on Saturday. Don't call me that afternoon because I will be at North Harbour Stadium to watch North Harbour take on the Southland in the NPC at the invitation of my good friend and former All Black Jimmy Cowan.

He celebrated 100 games for Southland at the weekend and I see he's still not one to take a step back, having fired off about how the NPC has been demeaned because it is played all over the shop during the week and that it's bad for the game.

I have known Jimmy for a while and he is a real straight shooter so his comments came as no surprise to me.

He is a terrific bloke so forget what I said about not calling me on Saturday afternoon because I'll be at the game - don't call me at all because I suspect I'll be having a late night with Jimmy and the boys from the deep south.

Manukau Courier