We all know what it’s like – Saturday afternoon, you’ve waited all week for it – at least 6 of you turned up training on a freezing cold Thursday night – now it’s time for the big game!
Your captain has been watching black white clips of Sir Winston Churchill all morning, preparing his speech – the senior players have been fine tuning their ‘colourful language’ and the backs have been doing their hair… here’s our first 5 in our series of “things you will hear on a rugby field on a Saturday”.
- As the Referee addresses the players in his pregame briefing: “When is the ball out, Sir?”
- As the trusted kicker collects the ball from a penalty and aims to find touch for an attacking lineout, a forward (probably a prop) offers some sound advice: “Make sure, yea!”
- Hidden in amongst the captains Chuchillian pre-match motivating speech: “Do it for the badge!”
- The trusted and athletic front-rows, walking, 30 metres away from the action, as the ball is thrown fully 10 metres forward and hits the deck “Forward Pass!”
- When your team is up or, possibly more likely, down by 40 points and you hear the motivational cry - “It’s Nil – Nil, boys”