George Smith (75)
Interesting. I recall the orthodoxy a few years back was that Uni was heinous and must be stopped, with a small few suggesting others should aim to go to that level and match them. I won't try to rationalise all the disparate sides of the argument.Yeah but I also think other clubs have started putting a bit more effort (particularly financially) into their top two grades in order to bring themselves up to a level Uni had been running with for years.
Its whether they can sustain it (again: financially) that is the question.
A small anomaly on the equation of Uni versus everyone else is that Cheika is openly challenging players to come from anywhere - so its not like people are just going to Uni to get a Waratahs cap any more.
Slight effect, but present.
I reckon it's been a little of the first, but more of the second that has seen them come back to the pack.
Ultimately, it's good to see the quality of the comp overall rising, and the race more open.