When he tires of rugby, or rugby tires of him, Will Genia may have a bright future in marketing or advertising, as his spin on the desultory results the Wallabies posted on their spring tour of the north is any indication of his skill as a pitchman.
Despite the Murrayfield disaster and the previous loss to England at Twickenham, Genia said that the gap between Australia and New Zealand is now more myth than reality.
The All Blacks may have a thing or two to say about that when they meet the Wallabies in Sydney come 2018.
Genia’s remarks in The Courier-Mail provided some inkling of his skill.
“I wouldn’t even say there’s a gap. I think just sometimes they play well, we don’t play well, we play well, they don’t play well, which ever it might be,” Genia said of the north-south divide. Our game against Scotland was a very good gauge for that. I mean, they played a very, very good brand of rugby and exciting where they were attacking from all parts of the field, playing at pace with quick taps, playing at tempo in terms of lineout and scrums.”
He did manage to give the Scots credit for the 53 – 24 beat down they laid on the Wallabies.
We do not know if he believes his side would have beaten the Scots had the Wallabies not had to play with 14 men for the second half after Sekope Kepu was red-carded, but playing an entire match with a full complement of players would be a step in a positive direction.
Genia was a bit saddened that the Wallabies were not able to send off Stephen Moore (129 Tests) in a more fitting fashion, but Moore bears some responsibility for that outcome due to his decision to move up calling time on his rugby career to pursue a fresh interest.
“It hurts because you don’t want to finish (the year) that way but also you’ve got someone in there who’s played that number of Tests (129),” Genia said. “I know I can speak for the rest of the team in saying it’s just so disappointing to not send him out the way he deserved and I guess we’ll have to carry that with us.”