Was Handre Pollard really that good at the 2019 World Cup?
An Onslaught follower sent us in this Handre Pollard video and it’s fair to say, it’s pretty damning.
The Springcock fly-half has had an astronomical rise to rugby stardom following his team’s exploits at last years World Cup in Japan.
After watching this footage, however, we have to ask.
Was Pollard an architect in his sides World Cup triumph – or a passenger?
Lions fans will be praying that Pollard gets the 10 slot for their 2021 tour to South Africa
This video showcases Pollard’s performance in his sides three BIG games in Japan. Against the All Blacks, Wales and England.
Anyone saying the Montpellier 10 is a big game player surely needs their eyes testing after watching this.
In the opening game vs New Zealand, the error count piles up – with missed tackles, missed kicks and shoddy passing.
It only gets worse as the tournament goes on.
In the semi-final against Wales, it’s clear to see the men in red targeted the fly-half for his questionable handling under the high ball.
Kicking out of hand wasn’t much better, with slices left, right and centre. God knows how Rassie didn’t haul him off the Yokohama turf after ten minutes.
In the final however we have to give him some credit for his performance against England… he managed to catch a ball!
That’s about as far as our praise can extend with another comedy of errors in the showpiece final.
Don’t believe us?
Watch below for yourself
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Leicester have admitted there could be redundancies at the Gallagher Premiership club after they revealed they have launched a consultation process across a business that is projected to lose £5.1million in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic stoppage of the 2019/20 season.
The Tigers haven’t played since a March 7 Premiership defeat at Saracens and with the indefinitely suspended season expected to eventually be completed behind closed doors, upwards of £2.1m will be lost in matchday revenues as Leicester still have five home league games and a home Challenge Cup quarter-final left to play.
Outlining their current situation in an LLTV special on the state of the club’s finances, Fintan Kennedy, Leicester’s interim finance director since March, said: “The £2.1m is part of the reduction in turnover towards our financial year-end which is June 30.
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It is a situation that chairman Peter Tom admits has hit the club hard. “Against this background, a number of tough decisions have already been made with the club’s long-term interests at heart,” he said on the club’s website.
“Players and staff have faced a reduction in salary during this period and many of them have been placed on furlough using the government scheme. Also, we have already seen some of our senior colleagues leave the club and, after exploring all the options, there is a risk of staff redundancies with a consultation process underway across the business.
“It’s a situation none of us could have foreseen but it is one we are working through together to allow the club to come out the other side as strongly as possible.”