Why the Wallabies can’t beat All Blacks
OPINION: There are two clear differences between the Wallabies and the All Blacks ahead of their last Bledisloe Cup rugby Test of the season in Brisbane on Saturday.
One side knows how to win games, particularly the big ones, and the other has had a disproportionate number of d***heads in its ranks in recent years.
Only non-followers of the game would not know the All Blacks are the winners and the Wallabies are home to the muppets.
As we build up to yet another dead-rubber last Test of the season - 2007 was the last time the trophy was still on the line for the final clash - you have to wonder if those two facts are somehow related.
Kurtley Beale's latest alleged indiscretions - and remember there are two under investigation this time - add to a lengthy rap sheet.
Neither, if proven, cost the Wallabies the Rugby Championship or the Bledisloe - all of his action in the judiciary room happened after those particular horses had bolted (once again). It did though, no doubt, contribute to the Wallabies' first loss to Argentina in 17 years a fortnight ago.
And it means we are on the eve of one of the biggest occasions in Queensland sport in 2014, but all the talk is focussed on what's happening off the park.
Incredibly, Beale's teammates have already made their ruling known - Beale is a good bloke and shouldn't be sacked, despite allegedly arguing over dress code with a member of the commercial team, and earlier sending her a text by mistake that reports have said commented on her size and suitability to bed.
Perhaps the Australian Rugby Union should postpone the hearings, now captain Michael Hooper and vice-captain Adam Ashley-Cooper have shared their thoughts with the world.
Perhaps the negative front and back page headlines rugby garners from Beale and his ilk are acceptable, because they're the only way the sport can make the main pages here.
And maybe the Wallabies will rally to a magnificent win this weekend, using the media focus and the doubt cast on team unity to fire up the most passionate performance possible against an All Black side that really has nothing to play for.
But if that happens, Wallaby fans should not forget that it will simply be another irrelevant result from an increasingly irrelevant side.
They will still be trophyless, still a mile off discovering the secret to consistency. And with Beale to thank for another bunch of distractions that has put a handbrake on their progress.
Bryce Johns is the Australian Regional Media's editorial director. He is a former editor and sports editor of New Zealand newspapers.
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