We must play if we want to, but maybe we shouldn’t have?

To be fair to everyone, why someone in the Rugby Union hierarchy thought it was a good idea to arrange a tournament in Japan while they are in the middle of their typhoon season, I have no idea, but they did. It meant that all games yesterday were wiped out by the weather, or more strictly, by Typhoon Hagibis sweeping through the country, sadly with some loss of life, and all games planned for yesterday were cancelled, declared as 0-0 draws, and in truth, beyond the 0.001% chance of Italy beating New Zealand, it had zero effect on the teams who would make the play offs, though it might have changed who out of England, and France won their group, but beyond that…

The thing was, today, Scotland were due to play Japan in the last group match of the tournament, with the winner progressing to the quarter finals, the losers going home. Thing is, if like yesterday’s games, and one meaningless game today, this game was cancelled, then the host country would qualify, and Scotland would be headed home. So, given Scotland expected to win, they made all sorted of complaints about the situation, and efforts were made to move the game, so it was actual played.

The irony was, Japan played like an inspired country, they probably were, and at one point were winning by 28-7, and leaving Scotland looking a bit embarrassed, to put it mildly. They did eventually get the score back to 28-21, but because of the complex bonus points system, they would have needed to have won by more than 7 points to have qualified, anyway.  To be honest, I know they have home advantage, but Japan have ended up beating 2 countries (the other being Ireland) ranked above them, which is quite an achievement, and deserve to qualify, in truth.

But yes, the thing that amuses me the most, if Scotland had accepted the situation, they could have come home looking like the unlucky side of the tournament, whereas now…

OK, the video, well, yesterday at least, was spent as a Safety day for the teams involved in the tournament, so…