OUR SAY: World cup loss proves painful outcome
AS A proud Wallabies supporter and still struggling to come to terms with the 34-17 world cup final loss to the All Blacks, I'm not quite sure what hurts the most.
Was it the score-line itself or maybe some of those questionable refereeing decisions made by Nigel Owens?
Was it the bone-crushing intensity served hard and fast by every All Black player or the fact the Wallabies lineout wilted under the pressure of the likes of Jerome Kaino and, I hate to admit it, the serial pest and NZ captain Richie McCaw?
Was it the slightly slurred rendition of the Haka I heard outside my window at 4am with shouts of "We won - you suck" or knowing that the Kiwis in the office probably would stroll around the office with a winner's air of contentment?
Or was it the refusal of the English organisers to provide a more suitable time slot which would have meant that those of us on the other side of the world didn't have to get up at 2am to watch the Wallabies go down?
As someone who likes a Sunday sleep-in more than most people this last one might just have stung the most because in 2003 when Australia hosted the world cup, the final was pushed back to accommodate our northern hemisphere brothers and sisters.
I understand that England unceremoniously and embarrassingly crashed out of the competition at the hands of the Wallabies and the Welsh, but fair's fair.
Anyway it's all over now. The better team won on the day but the Wallabies should be proud of their gritty performances throughout the competition.