Reds No.15 Toua to turn back rugby years

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    After a horror run with injuries, Aidan Toua hopes to revive the razzle dazzle of his schoolboy years spent playing alongside Quade Cooper in Queensland’s Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes on Friday night.

    The former Anglican Church Grammar School teammates developed a good understanding at the Australian rugby nursery which Toua says he’ll try to draw on this weekend.

    “You can’t go in with any preconceived ideas (with Cooper). You just have to be off the cuff most of the time,” he said on Tuesday.

    “Most of the time, I don’t think he even knows what he’s doing.”

    The Suncorp Stadium clash looms as a try-scoring shootout.

    Reds director of coaching Ewen McKenzie has picked a slick young backline loaded with attacking options to match his Kiwi rivals who posted 15 more tries than any other side last season.

    With young centres Chris Feauai-Sautia and Ben Tapuai, who also played with Cooper and Toua at high school, so impressive in last week’s 25-17 win over NSW, McKenzie has give Anthony Faingaa more time to get over a hand injury.

    Toua’s recall at fullback comes at the expense of superboot Mike Harris who, while far from under-performing, hasn’t convinced McKenzie he’s a better option than Toua in a game promising all-out attack.

    “This is a different type of game than the last two weeks,” said McKenzie whose only other change is the inclusion of big Radike Samo off the bench.

    “We want to play footy. They like to score tries and they’re very good at using the width of the field.”

    Port Moresby-born Toua has overcome some serious injuries and McKenzie obviously likes what he offers the team. Toua said he hoped to have put a few tough years behind him.

    “I have had a few disruptive years with two knee recos and several hammy tears last season,” he said.

    “I feel I’m ready to repay the faith Ewen has shown in me.”

    Because of their poor record against the Hurricanes, whom they haven’t beaten since 2007, McKenzie rates the clash highly.

    The Reds might have won 22 of their past 25 games at Suncorp Stadium but their record against the free-spirited Hurricanes is an abysmal 1-9.

    “We’ve worked hard over the past few seasons in overcoming numerous hoodoos and creating a history of our own,” said McKenzie.

    “Friday night presents another opportunity for this group to step up and do what no other Reds team has done since 2007.”

    Toua is confident the Reds can deliver for their coach.

    “People are going on about how the Hurricanes have scored the most tries but pretty much every back in our team can break the line,” he said.

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    • February 27th 2013 @ 4:00am
      Johnno said | February 27th 2013 @ 4:00am | ! Report

      Another perfect example , why we need a 6th super rugby team, or a viable 3rd-tier. A guy like this could easily of been lost to the system, as could of Timani senior , Beau Robinson at the reds, John Ulugia, Dan Palmer who had an injury riddled career at the tahs and limited game time, Stirling Mortlock yes , ex wallaby captain born and bread Sydneysider only a medium talented schoolboy rugby player (no aussy schoolboys or NSW rep honours just GPS rep 3rd’s and school 1st 15) , who never played 1 minute of his life for the Waratahs.

      • February 27th 2013 @ 8:36am
        formeropenside said | February 27th 2013 @ 8:36am | ! Report

        but he wasn’t lost to the system, whats your point? We have 5 teams at present, two of which are barely competitive on the evidence to date.

        • February 27th 2013 @ 8:37am
          mania said | February 27th 2013 @ 8:37am | ! Report

          fos – 3 if u count the tah’s performance last year

          • February 27th 2013 @ 9:17am
            formeropenside said | February 27th 2013 @ 9:17am | ! Report

            Yes, but they were all Wallabies, so it cant be a lack of talent, or the whole Wallaby selection criteria is called into question, and we cant have that.

            • February 27th 2013 @ 11:07am
              Handles said | February 27th 2013 @ 11:07am | ! Report

              Toua has been supported through two years of injury. I think the system is working OK if he is the measure.

              • February 27th 2013 @ 12:00pm
                formeropenside said | February 27th 2013 @ 12:00pm | ! Report

                more than two – he was first with the Reds in about ’09 I think

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        February 27th 2013 @ 8:57am
        B-Rock said | February 27th 2013 @ 8:57am | ! Report

        Heaps of players are lost to repeat injuries in the early stages of their careers, we just dont normally hear from them as they find a real job and move on with thier lives. Having more pro teams wont help that. Toua is clearly highly talented and/or very lucky to have an organisation continue to invest in him.

        3rd tier is far more important than a 6th SR team… to see the Force get beaten by the Kings illustrates the lack of depth which has to be built from the bottom up, and will take 5-10yrs to implement and see results from. The problem is the short sightedness of ARU officials with a 1-2yr focus. No 3rd tier propostion will stack up on that basis

        • February 27th 2013 @ 10:04am
          Markus said | February 27th 2013 @ 10:04am | ! Report

          I’m still waiting for Toua to show anything resembling the hype around him. I haven’t even seen this blistering pace he supposedly possesses yet.
          For mine Chris Feauai-Sautia has already looked much more promising with fewer opportunities.

          • February 27th 2013 @ 11:08am
            Handles said | February 27th 2013 @ 11:08am | ! Report

            What are you doing Friday night, Markus?

      • February 28th 2013 @ 11:59am
        Ajax said | February 28th 2013 @ 11:59am | ! Report

        @Johno…. Im a bit bemused by all this as well, the Reds seem have quality backs 5 deep on the bench, yet the Force are recruiting middleaged journeymen from overseas? Ive lost count of the amount of times Ive just shaken my head bewilderment at some of the guys “The Farce” have signed… (waiting for the Riposte blaming this on the ARU the way).

        Surely the ARU and the franchises should meet every pre season to nut out their squads… and these young guys who probably wont get a run should get loaned out to other teams where they probably will. Fortunately in this case the young guys are getting a run. But it sounds like there are a few guys in the QLD set up who could really help the Force on 1 year loan deals.

        I dont know why we dont have a draft camp like they do in the AFL…

      • February 28th 2013 @ 6:32pm
        Hightackle said | February 28th 2013 @ 6:32pm | ! Report

        My god!!!
        Write a letter to somebody.
        Why the hell do you just keep going on and on about it?
        “Bla bla 6 teams, bla bla imports” OVER AND OVER!!!

        • February 28th 2013 @ 9:03pm
          Hightackle said | February 28th 2013 @ 9:03pm | ! Report

          Australia doesnt have enough players for 5 teams.
          The Rebels have TEN IMPORTS and their biggest mega huge draw card is Delve.
          Your wrong Johnno, nothing that you go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on about is actually worth saying once becuz its based on a fantasy that has nothing to do with how things actually are. The big stars are not coming and wont come becuz we offer less money than Europe or Japan.
          You go on about how 5 imports will make them come, TEN DOESNT!
          You go on about how we need more teams for more opportunity for Ausie players but then go on to say you want LESS OPPORTUNITY BY BRINGING OVER DOUBLE THE IMPORTS!
          You say you want the Tahs dropped. You cant just drop a team. Think Johnno, for once THINK.
          Everything you say on this subject, EVERYTHING, is not based on reality. You imagine things that are not going to happen and repeat over and over and over and over.
          You dont consider what reality actually is. You say stuff like “We need all the roads to be made from chocolate, nobody would ever go hungry and our tyres would never wear out”.
          Then you go on on the most narcissistic way about how you see the big picture.
          No Johnno, you are not the special one, you are the one who doesnt get it.

          • February 28th 2013 @ 9:49pm
            GWS said | February 28th 2013 @ 9:49pm | ! Report

            Dude. Manners are free.

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            February 28th 2013 @ 10:12pm
            Damien said | February 28th 2013 @ 10:12pm | ! Report

            LOL. Thanks HT. Your vein-popping rant gave me a really good laugh.

            Not because I disagree with it because I agree with all of your post but because it was directed at Johnno.

            The situation reminds me of a whle back when Paris Hilton wore a bikini and decided to post a YouTube video herself ‘lecturing/grilling’ Senator John Mcain (who was NOT on the video). It got quite abit of exposure in the States. The funny thing was that McCain couldn’t really respond to Paris Hilton because then it would have been an argument between a Senator/Presidential hopeful and a blonde socialite sunbaking in a bikini.

            Somtimes you just have to let things go through to the keeper.

            PS I’m not suggesting that Johnno in anyway resembles Paris Hilton in a bikini LOL..

    • February 27th 2013 @ 4:29am
      kingplaymaker said | February 27th 2013 @ 4:29am | ! Report

      Johnno spot on, and let’s be honest the more of them the more potential for such players to play. Volavola would have been playing as a teenager with another team in Sydney, the much adored Quirk with another team in Queensland.

      Doubling the number of teams in NSW and QLD means doubling the capacity for players to play. Western Sydney/Gold Coast the priorities in this.

      It’s fine to ship new players out to Perth and Melbourne, and certainly the national spread of the game should be completed with the final chapter of Adelaide, but when you start doubling capacity on the ground in NSW and QLD the increase in player production will be dramatic.

      These should be the first three new teams.

      • February 27th 2013 @ 4:44am
        Johnno said | February 27th 2013 @ 4:44am | ! Report

        KPM exactly, build the base . And it will grow. One thing you have told me, and i haven’t forgotten this point, is you don’t need a successful team for the sport to become a success.

        And then I started thinking of examples. Western force perfect example. WA rugby junior participation never been higher, despite being ignored and not given much help from the ARU, and never making a super rugby final.

        -NZ Warriors in rugby league another,. Never won a title, made 2 grand finals, but have had many lean years to, but NZ rugby league is booming now overall, current world champions 2008 etc, with only 1 pro club team compered to Australia’s 15, junior rugby league growing in NZ.

        -Heck in NZ soccer is the highest junior participation sport now not rugby union, and NZ All blacks are world champs , with 5 super rugby teams, NZ soccer men;s team made the world cup , but didn’t even make the 2nd round of the world cup, and only 1 club pro team, yet soccer is booming in NZ.

        -More teams equals more success long term, not a dilution of talent, if you think long term in the bigger picture.

        That’s why i have no issue initially with top heavy squads , as at least your getting some rugby in the market in that geographic location better than none at all. Look at the bigger picture, when people bemoan no depth, well just imports short term can fix that.

        A-league allow 5, west sydney soccer team is allowed 7 this year, Melbourne Rebels were allowed 10 in there 1st season.

        Bill Pulver interview the other day, not bad, but Bill Pulver could be even more expansive, the interviewer was very good he had a lot of good questions, some Bill Pulver did not like especially about rugby union’s being seen as a private school game, but reality is if no expansion happens, rugby’s tiny market pool will become even more of a niche in Australiia, water polo, volleyball levels,

        http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/bill-pulver-reveals-his-new-third-tier/

    • February 27th 2013 @ 4:59am
      kingplaymaker said | February 27th 2013 @ 4:59am | ! Report

      Johnno the problem is that most fans and media commentators can only see what’s in front of them, not two stages along.

      In Kafka’s The Trial, the priest tells the protagonist at one crucial stage ”Can’t you see what is just in front of your nose!’

      The difficulty is that fans and media commentators can ONLY see what’s in front of their nose. So for them more teams means dilution of talent because that is only what they see immediately, they can’t see that to quote sheek the standard needs to ‘fall to rise’, that a dip in player quality overall is necessary in the beginning so that more playing stocks can come through because of the greater capacity.

      So they rant and rave whenever a new team is added, failing to understand that this extra team will lead to greater playing stocks in the medium and long term.

      Soccer is booming just because it has more teams which breed more fans and grow the game more and offer more playing places. That’s it. Rugby could do the same, just increase the number of teams. There’s nothing to it.

      Rugby has gone national successfully and just needs to add the last major string to its bow with Adelaide, and then it can take NSW and QLD from a position of national completeness. Western Sydney, Gold Coast, Newcastle, these are easy pickings and would revolutionise the profile of the game.

      • February 27th 2013 @ 5:24am
        Johnno said | February 27th 2013 @ 5:24am | ! Report

        KPM exactly. On the foreign import point I disagree with sheek. I like sheek’s models, and competition ideas, but if he allowed more foreign imports these teams could be up and going and being successful .

        -Basically KPM the choice is simple. Rugby with lots of foreign imports, or no rugby at all.

        -You the fan decide.

        -And clearly I ramble about imports, bring in crowds, tv ratings $$,bums on seats, merchandise sales , eg Del Piero at sydney FC, and promotion of the sport. So clearly the majority of fans do prefer lots of imports in the team.

        -Most fans just want to see some rugby, or a decent quality, and don’t give a stuff where the players come from.

        -Do fans in Manchester, or Barcelona, or Chelsea, complain about the low percentage of locals in the squad, and the high foreign import quota, no.

        -And hello Spain are world champions ,despite all those foreign imports, pumping billions into spanish football, that means spain can spend big on grassroots, and 3rd-tier comps, and will always still give contracts naturally to the best local players anyway, as a star local attracts fans.

        -If SBW declared himself available for the tahs, and say the Tahs could nab 8 of the best rugby players play for them , would fans boycott matches due to the ugh foreign import quota. Would sheek not watch the tahs, as protest if they signed 8 foreign imports in there squad. This is what one has to think.

        -99% of rugby fans would go and watch the tahs if they had 8 marquee foreign imports, heck that would be great if they could afford it.

        -Fans most are not Xenopobic and want to watch the best global players in the world , not the best locals. Want to watch the best locals go and watch park rugby, and I will watch guys like SBW, or a Jonah Lomu, at the Tahs, or Manu Tuilagi, or Ma Nonu.

        And is Benji Marshall, hurting the west tigers, and all the kiwis in the NRL as unlimited import rules apply, hurting Australian rugby league. No it’s not, it’s raising the bar, more money is coming in as they have a higher product, and can be spent on juniors, and NZ has got better so now OZ have more competition, and a viable product.

        And France remember KPM lost to the AB’S in NZ by just 1 miserable point, with all there imports in the Top 14, .SO ahrdly hurt france, they have money to spend on a high class 2nd division that only OZ rugby could dream of, plus the mixing of all the Inellectual property and rugby cultures.

        -The EPL soccer has unlimited imports, French rugby you are allowed 40%, both league are hugely profitable, and money coming into the sports there left right and centre, and money for juniors, and money for 2nd divisions etc.

        And England soccer team has basically in the last 23 years only lost on most occasions on penalty shoot outs, and suffering fates like losing as there was no goal lien technology, so read into that.

        Oh and England rugby team KPM which allows imports a lot more than aussy super rugby. English rugby has done much better than Australian rugby in the last 10 years, as has France.

        England 2003 world champions, 2007 runner’s up, 2011was a disaster but that was the management’s shambolic set up.

        Aussies 2003 runner’s up, 2007 Quarter finals, 2011 semi-final disaster

        France 2003 semi finals, 2007 semi finals, 2011 runner’s up

        SO imports aren’t harming French, or English, or Irish rugby. Irleand most successful era last 10 years KPM,has been on the back of there clubs getting very good , and big brand awareness and interest in rugby, and they allowed a lot of imports in, and then the money came into Irish rugby, now they have clamped down, and surprise surprise both he results of the club teams, and national teams, are going down.

        So there you go, you need revenue, imports help that, and to expand if imports a lot of them help expand australian rugby, then so be it, and most fans embrace imports, they just want to see the best global players in the world now, most fans don’t pay to watch local, they pay to watch the best.

        I’ll pay to watch SBW NZ, Gareth Delve Wales,Sergio Parisse of italy in a super rugby team, I won’t pay to watch Richard Brown, or Ben Mcelman, or guys worse than that.

    • February 27th 2013 @ 5:35am
      ScrumJunkie said | February 27th 2013 @ 5:35am | ! Report

      I dont mind having a couple, but I don’t want see teams full of imports, or a season without a final. I’m a rugby fan not a soccer fan.

      I would much rather see locals play in my local team, Test Rugby is where I get to see the best from other countries.

      • February 27th 2013 @ 5:57am
        Johnno said | February 27th 2013 @ 5:57am | ! Report

        would you boycott matches scrum junkie if the team was full of imports. I’d like locals to but if there are not up to standard and i can find better imports on the global market, why should i as a rugby fan be stopped from watching the bees players in Australian club rugby comps.
        English sock rise unlimited, the NRL is unlimited i want to see the best, and i should not be restricted as a consumer to see the best, which is why now I am watching more French rugby, amazing players, best foreign imports playing.

        I have loved watching the Toulon and Toulose side this year, there roster is as better than the Wallabies team , or just as good.

        • February 27th 2013 @ 7:03am
          ScrumJunkie said | February 27th 2013 @ 7:03am | ! Report

          I wouldn’t boycott matches, but I’m sure I wouldn’t be as intrested in a ‘false standard’ competion.

          If aussies are below par, I’d still rather watch some below par locals belt each other, rather than pay top dollar to watch a bunch of frenchmen or whoever turn out for the Force.

          • February 27th 2013 @ 7:23am
            Johnno said | February 27th 2013 @ 7:23am | ! Report

            you are in the minority then, I would much rather watch world class players like SBW, or Delve, or Haskell, or french players like Dussatoir, or Fofana, or Rougarie, types, than average locals. I don’t care where the players are from I just want to see the best players in the world like in the English premier league soccer or French rugby, why should i watch watered down aussy team , when the tahs or force could put on a better show if they could be allowed to buy better players on the global player market.

            Scrumjunikie are you annoyed by the NRL’s unlimited imports stance, and kiwis taking ausys spots eg SBW at the roosters, and Benji Marshall at the west tigers,.

            Are you annoyed by Del Piero from Italy taking a local’s spot at Sydney FC.

            • February 27th 2013 @ 7:30am
              mania said | February 27th 2013 @ 7:30am | ! Report

              but johnno how are your local players supposed to get better if they arent playing? and of the players you’ve mentioned i’d only like to see SBW and dusatoir play in super.
              i agree that the aus conf is a watered down farce but getting locals to sit it out whilst below average imports are brought in isnt the answer to the state of aus rugby.

              • February 27th 2013 @ 8:14am
                Johnno said | February 27th 2013 @ 8:14am | ! Report

                mania who said they would be below average.

                Gareth Delve,James Haskell,Alby Mathewson, Daniel Braid, Glen Somerville, are not below average imports.
                Those 3 kiwis are quality players who are , and have in the past been kwis who have contributed to our aussy super teams. And there are a lot of other quality kiwis in the ITM cup who would get a start with super rugby sides.

              • February 27th 2013 @ 8:23am
                mania said | February 27th 2013 @ 8:23am | ! Report

                johnno – albyMathewson, danielBraid and gregSommerville are all fringe players. good enough to play super but not great. they all struggled to make the starting lineup in NZ teams hence why u guys got them. whilst they’re adequate i wouldnt go betting the farm on them.
                haskell despite being an England rep couldnt make the highlanders starting lineup until there were a score of injuries.
                and your imports doesnt address the level of quality over all of aus rugby, which honestly needs to improve

              • February 27th 2013 @ 8:28am
                Justin2 said | February 27th 2013 @ 8:28am | ! Report

                Harsh on Somerville, the guy played 60odd Tests. He was just a bit old and looking for something different…

              • February 27th 2013 @ 8:34am
                mania said | February 27th 2013 @ 8:34am | ! Report

                yeah i’m not a sommeville fan. deans always had a problem picking decent front rows and seemd to default to having whoever was the canterbury front row.
                sommerville did give his all and served NZ faithfully but i still dont thing he was the best that we had at the time. he was awesome in open play running the ball but got owned in the scrums vs the big scrummagers.

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                February 27th 2013 @ 9:31am
                Jiggles said | February 27th 2013 @ 9:31am | ! Report

                He seems to have similar issues as wallabies coach, mania

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                February 27th 2013 @ 9:31am
                Jiggles said | February 27th 2013 @ 9:31am | ! Report

                He seems to have similar issues as wallabies coach, mania

              • February 27th 2013 @ 9:46am
                mania said | February 27th 2013 @ 9:46am | ! Report

                agree Jiggles but i am not a deans hater, just an observer. i do note tho that he’s making very similar mistakes to the the ones he made when co-coaching the AB’s. the whole quade and carlos relation is pretty eerie.
                luckily u guys dont have a christianCullen scoring lots of tries otherwise he’d get dropped.

              • February 28th 2013 @ 6:19pm
                Hightackle said | February 28th 2013 @ 6:19pm | ! Report

                Somerville played most of his tests under Henry and to try and say the assistant coach of the ABs (who was mainly a backs coach wasnt he) was the one who picked Somerville becuz he just happened to be a Sader is ridiculous.

              • February 28th 2013 @ 6:29pm
                Hightackle said | February 28th 2013 @ 6:29pm | ! Report

                Mitchell and Cullen didnt like each other and it had nothing to do with Deans.

            • February 27th 2013 @ 9:19pm
              ScrumJunkie said | February 27th 2013 @ 9:19pm | ! Report

              I can’t comment as I have no interest or understanding of league or soccer.

          • February 27th 2013 @ 9:26pm
            borris said | February 27th 2013 @ 9:26pm | ! Report

            x 2

    • February 27th 2013 @ 5:38am
      kingplaymaker said | February 27th 2013 @ 5:38am | ! Report

      I agree Johnno. sheek has many virtues but he can show a slight element of insularity that may not take account of practical necessity or even what many fans desire.

      Imports would be a problem if there were only 3 Super rugby teams, because every place would need to to given to an Australian. But once you are at 5 plus there are enough places, and the important issue changes to whether the team and its tournament is competitive enough. I think many are still thinking in the ‘3 team terms’ whereby all the players HAD to be Australian, when those days are gone and the strength of the teams and their viability is more important, and this is significantly boosted by imports.

      If the NRL had a trump card like the number of foreign players that could play rugby, of course they would use it to increase the number of teams they could sustain. It would be crazy for rugby not to do the same.

      It’s a massive weapon to be able to strengthen teams with imports and thereby allow more teams to exist. It’s also a big weapon that there are 16 NRL teams with talent that could play rugby, ESPECIALLY those with strong rugby backgrounds such as Saffy and Tomane who therefore make fast conversions. 5 Saffys and Tomanes in new teams lays a tremendous base,

      Any sensible code would delight in using these weapons. But rugby is so full of those who can only see two inches in front of them that they do not take advantages of clear advantages.

      • February 27th 2013 @ 5:59am
        Johnno said | February 27th 2013 @ 5:59am | ! Report

        KPM exactly, Bill Pulver goes on about revenue generation being a primary focus of his time as cep, then let’s see him drive that revenue base and maximisation for marquee foreign imports, and just good hard edge foreign imports like Gareth Delve, and Albe Mathewson,or Daniel Braid, or James Haskell types.

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        February 27th 2013 @ 1:36pm
        Brett McKay said | February 27th 2013 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

        “..he can show a slight element of insularity that may not take account of practical necessity…”

        My God, the irony doesn’t so much drip here as it deluges….

        • February 27th 2013 @ 1:45pm
          kingplaymaker said | February 27th 2013 @ 1:45pm | ! Report

          Brett sheek is wonderful but is the slightest smallest hint of a questioning of one of his positions sacrilege?

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            February 27th 2013 @ 2:58pm
            Brett McKay said | February 27th 2013 @ 2:58pm | ! Report

            Of course not, everyone’s open to questioning. But that’s my point – how many times have you been questioned on the viability or even sensibility of expanding Super Rugby in Australia (and that doesn’t mean whether YOU think it’s viable or sensible) out to the same number of teams as the NRL, yet you’re STILL banging on about it?!?

            Honestly, there would be Cardinals within the Catholic Church less capable of staying on-theme than you…

            • February 27th 2013 @ 3:24pm
              kingplaymaker said | February 27th 2013 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

              So hang on, if someone questions the validity of one of my positions, I’m supposed to give it up as if being questioned on it somehow destroys its correctness? You’re in fact very like the Catholic Church in wanting to control the behaviour and thought of others.

              And as for banging on, you have a particular habit of jumping onto lynchmobs at the head. Should someone make criticism of me, in the blink of an eye you come storming in like an avenging angel to lead the charge! The moment I ever read a post bashing me, I just need to look five minutes later and there you are at full throttle. Hardly do I ever see this kind of criticism of anyone else from you, despite the unrelentingly repetitive anti-Deans, anti-NSW stuff, miles off topic, often filled with abuse of whoever is being addressed throughout, that other posters produce. Maybe being unconventional I’m an easy target, of which you often avail yourself, and never less than sanctimoniously. There’s a vacancy at the head of the Catholic Church you could well apply for.

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                February 27th 2013 @ 3:33pm
                Brett McKay said | February 27th 2013 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

                No, of course not, but you can hardly suggest Sheek is incapable of veering away from his positions when you are just as guilty of the same. And for the record, so are the Deans-bashers, as you worded it.

                You can play the victim as much as you like, but the comments below about thread hijacking have more than a bit of truth about them. This article was about a guy making amends for long-term injuries, not that he was never going to be discovered. Yet here you and Johnno are, talking about more Super Rugby teams. Again.

                And yes, my entire participation on The Roar involves waiting to join the lynchmob against poor old you. Every one of my 12,000-odd comments on the site…

              • February 27th 2013 @ 3:45pm
                kingplaymaker said | February 27th 2013 @ 3:45pm | ! Report

                I didn’t mean insular in that sense at all if you’d read what was being referred to instead of instantly reacting to it: I meant insular in the sense that a national competition that doesn’t allow many imports is insular in the sense of not being open to outside influences i.e. imports, not that he was insular as a person in his positions.

                Well say what you like, but there’s a mass of repetitive material written by the same posters which you carefully avoid mentioning. There are those who turn every subject into an anti-Deans rant, into an argument that the Reds should always be selected or just about the Reds in general. However irrelevant. But you don’t choose to upbraid them at all. Only easy targets.

                You can imply you don’t go on the attack as much as you like but the fact remains that again and again you do it, far and away more than anyone else. Most stick to criticisms of rugby positions I hold, but you go on whenever the opportunity arises about me as a poster in general. Most experts stay aloof from such matters rather than launching tirades against posters.

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                February 27th 2013 @ 3:46pm
                Brett McKay said | February 27th 2013 @ 3:46pm | ! Report

                Well it’s safe to to say you won’t have to worry about that again…

              • February 27th 2013 @ 3:47pm
                kingplaymaker said | February 27th 2013 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

                Thank God because I’ve had to for a very long time. You’ll have to find another easy target. Perhaps at some stage you’ll develop the ability to be self-aware and critical and wonder if you’re always completely in the right, as you clearly think these kinds of attacks always are. And well done for recognising that the premise of this attack was based on a wrong understanding of the word ‘insular’. Nor should you play the victim, as you are always the attacker.

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                February 27th 2013 @ 10:22pm
                Jiggles said | February 27th 2013 @ 10:22pm | ! Report

                Brett… Well said. You’re one of the only Experts I hold I very high regard!

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            February 27th 2013 @ 10:03pm
            sheek said | February 27th 2013 @ 10:03pm | ! Report

            I’m watching you blokes….. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • February 27th 2013 @ 5:44am
      Justin2 said | February 27th 2013 @ 5:44am | ! Report

      Broken records…

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