Footballing minnows, New Zealand, last night emerged as the new favourites to win the World Cup after their hard-fought and well-deserved point in their 1-1 draw with current world champions Italy in Nelspruit.
The workmanlike Kiwis staked their claim as 'new best team in the world' by virtue of the fact that they DID NOT - as so many other teams have done - concede a last-minute goal against the Italians who, by hook or by crook - usually by crook - manage to 'fashion' a goal when faced with an emabarrasing result.
This 'goal' is usually preceded by an element of 'chicanery' or fakery on the Italians' part, involving a player plunging unaided to the turf, often holding a limb in total agony, grimacing as if a bullet were lodged in his spleen, and rolling around like a baby on a carpet. Fucking cheats.
The All Blacks/All Whites, with their stupid pre-match Haka dance, will now go into their final game with Paraguay with their confidence sky-high, and with Jonah Lomu set to return to the side, must fancy their chances of going all the way.
One elated Kiwi fan told us:
"I'm gonna go back to me 'otel, get meself a coupla tinnies, and bladdy well shear meself a coupla sheep!"