Brett McKay is one of The Roar's good news stories and has been a rugby and cricket expert for the site since July 2009.
Brett also writes for ESPNscrum.com, is a commentator for ABC Grandstand radio and on Fox Sports’ NRC live stream commentary, and has written magazine columns and articles in Australia and New Zealand. He tweets from @BMcSport.
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So here we are, the funny bye weekend. It’s the weekend where the Australians and South Africans among us are left to stew on uncomfortable losses for another week.
This was going to the be the column in which I’d buck convention and actually pinpoint some things the Wallabies could hang their hat on going forward. The Sydney post-mortem seemed to go on much longer than I can ever remember, and it just seemed to me that some positivity was desperately needed.
At last, a competition in which an Australian team is a decent shot of winning!
Talk about an opening weekend of contrasts. One game an 80-minute battle for supremacy between two surprisingly well-matched sides, and well, whatever you’d like to call Bledisloe 1.
The Hume Highway between Sydney and Canberra has been good to me over the years; the couple of hours of dual carriageway provides plenty of time to think, and more than a few columns have written themselves at 110km/h.
It kind of feels like regular rugby has slipped from view over the last few weeks, as the Olympics sevens captured the global attention in style. But the 15-a-side game is back with a vengeance this weekend, with the biggest game of the year on the trans-Tasman calendar.