If you don't think the Tahs are an 80 minute outfit, BS, you might like to take a few lessons in watching proper rugby from a few experts. Feel free to join Pfitzy, Hawko, cyclo, Braveheart et al, and me, at the next Tahs match.
Let's take Saturday night's match for starters. The Tahs had flown from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg and on to Sydney (what, 13 hours?) to confront a local side who'd ambled down from Brisbane on Friday. Yes, the Tahs took half a game to get into their stride, but when they did they blew the Reds off the paddock from the 45 to 80 minute marks. PARTLY DUE TO THEIR SUPERIOR FITNESS! Maybe it's not a fair comparison 'cause the Reds palpably aren't fit enough. Whatever, the Tahs' fitness is one reason why they've been one of the top two Super sides the last coupla years.
I've never ignored anybody, but you're tempting me.
That's entirely fair.
Any objective student of all the Reds' 2H periods this year could see the team's stamina, defensive intensity, attacking focus all gradually fading away, often badly. The team regularly looked less fit than all but the weakest of opponents, and so it was vs the Chiefs and Tahs in recent games.
This is hardly surprising: as some of us have noted for some time the Red's HPU (bar Stiles' set piece work) has been in clear disarray since early in the season, if not before and back into 2014's other horror show.
Re S&C, the Reds' in all their post-2011 hubris and distraction failed to replace D Marsh with an S&C coach of sufficient calibre, O Richardson was not that man. Then into this season RG had various fall-outs with some S&C staff, some just up and left including Richardson who departed mid-season. It's been a total mess.
Add all that up and in no way can it match the consistency and calibre of the best S15 teams' S&C capabilities. This is before we come to discuss injury management where clearly the Tahs have done well and the Reds....not so much.
Our QRU thought they could defy the laws of modern pro rugby at the highest levels and build glorious S15 seasons under mediocre and unproven coaching specialists picked by an HC that was demonstrably and from the outset out of his skills and managerial depth.
Now that we have little but the bitter ashes of two seasons of humiliating defeats, an angry grassroots and deeply disillusioned membership, perhaps 'total failure' will prove the only useful lesson-giver to those on high that thought they knew so much better and worse, arrogantly refused to change even when the data that they needed to was utterly compelling.