Aussie rugby talk ‘over the top’: McKellar

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    Talk of Australian rugby’s demise is greatly exaggerated, according to Brumbies coach Dan McKellar.

    The first-year Super Rugby coach believes discussion around the state of the game in Australia is over the top.

    McKellar said he was sick of talking about New Zealand’s dominance over Australian teams in the competition, compounded by the NSW Waratahs losing at home on Saturday night to the struggling Blues.

    That result extended the winning streak of Kiwi teams over Australian sides to 38.

    But McKellar admitted the only way for talk to start shifting was for Australian teams to start winning again.

    “I think it’s over the top,” McKellar said.

    “The Waratahs game (against the Blues) could’ve gone either way. Our game (against the Crusaders) could’ve gone either way.

    “I was really proud of our effort, the last chance we had against a New Zealand side.

    “They’re (New Zealand teams) certainly shutting out and winning those moments in games that are proving to be important, but I’m sick of talking about it.”

    Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle said this week the performance of the country’s four franchises was “not acceptable, but could see improvement”.

    Castle said Australian teams needed to start beating sides from outside the conference to boost rugby’s profile.

    “The history of this sport in this country is that that’s not acceptable and it doesn’t deliver you the fans and the commercial outcome that you’re looking for,” Castle said.

    She maintains the decision to cut the Western Force from the competition last year will have a positive long-term effect, even if it isn’t showing yet.

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    • May 11th 2018 @ 8:55am
      John said | May 11th 2018 @ 8:55am | ! Report

      I’m sorry but McKellar is living in a fantasy if he thinks that game against the Crusaders could have gone either way. All he is doing is demonstrating that he has no idea on the game at this level and hasn’t the experience to know it.

      Unfortunately when you limit your search for a coach to the club parking lot out and up with this sort of experience. The whole coaching pathway in Australian rugby is badly flawed and until/if ever it is fixed people here need to go off shore to learn how to coach.

      • May 11th 2018 @ 6:24pm
        Bluetooth said | May 11th 2018 @ 6:24pm | ! Report

        totally agree John this guy is as clueless as the team he coaches

      • May 11th 2018 @ 11:33pm
        Ignoramus said | May 11th 2018 @ 11:33pm | ! Report

        Everyone is either watching the AFL, NRL and the hipsters the soccer. Noone watches or discusses rugby union in Australia. More people are watching NFL or ice hockey than union. There is your reality check coach.

        When was the last time your team beat a NZ team too?

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          May 12th 2018 @ 9:50am
          ChrisG said | May 12th 2018 @ 9:50am | ! Report

          Well named Ignoramus. Nothing interesting happening on your sports page?

          For the record I never watch NFL or Ice Hockey though I do concede that they get a lot of support in North America and probably get watched there more than any of the other sports you have mentioned. Something to do with population numbers.

          From an Aussie perspective I hardly ever watch “count to 5 & kick” or “Victorian Handball”, and I discuss Rugby Union with my mates. As most of the sports mentioned won’t ever play a NZ team, and hence saving themselves the embarrassment of a loss, your final question is irrelevant.

          There’s your reality check.

          • May 14th 2018 @ 5:16pm
            MStorm13 said | May 14th 2018 @ 5:16pm | ! Report

            lol, more people are watching nfl, ice hockey and nba in Australia alone (yes, Australia) then are watching rugby in Aus. You know how we know this, it’s called tv ratings, maybe check out mediaweek on twitter to see the dismal numbers rugby gets. You will also see that your so called ‘aussie perspective’ is a significant minority compared to the number of people watching NRL and AFL. That’s the only reality check here.

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              May 14th 2018 @ 6:38pm
              ChrisG said | May 14th 2018 @ 6:38pm | ! Report

              Excellent – you want to talk TV ratings. Well straight from the horses mouth, so to speak, are the 2017 annual ratings from Roy Morgans. Here’s the link – What did they find, well in order of viewing numbers it goes on a sliding scale:
              Sports measured for TV viewing by Roy Morgan:
              • Over 5 million TV viewers.
              o Olympic Games,
              o AFL: AFL Pre-season, AFL Regular season, AFL Finals, AFL Grand Final, AFL Women’s,
              o Commonwealth Games,
              o Cricket: Test match cricket, One-Day international cricket, Twenty20 Cricket/ Big Bash Cricket,
              o NRL: NRL Regular season, NRL Finals, NRL Grand Final, NRL – State of Origin,
              o Tennis: Australian Open, Other Tennis, Horse Racing: Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, Golden Slipper, Other Horse Racing,
              o Motor Racing: Bathurst 1000, V8 Supercars, Formula 1 car racing, Motorcycle racing, Rally car racing, Drag racing, IndyCar racing, Other car racing.
              • Between 1-5 million TV viewers.
              o Soccer: FIFA World Cup, A-League, English Premier League, Other Soccer,
              o Cycling,
              o Rugby Union: Rugby World Cup, Rugby Union Internationals, Super Rugby,
              o Swimming,
              o Golf,
              o Basketball: NBA, NBL, Women’s Basketball/WNBL, Netball,
              o Athletics – track and field, Boxing, Winter Sports: Figure skating, Snow skiing/Snowboarding.
              • Under 1 million TV viewers.
              American Football/NFL, Surfing, Gymnastics, Professional Wrestling/WWE, Lawn bowls, Iron Man contests, American baseball/MLB, Horse riding/Equestrian, Greyhound racing, Trotting/Harness racing, Snooker/Billiards/Pool, Marathons/Running, Triathlons and Sailing.

              And guess what genius – no ice hockey, and nfl & nba are both behind RU. Who’s laughing now?

              In terms of viewing numbers here’s another reality check for ya: Fox Sports is reporting a four per cent ratings uplift after eight rounds and a three per cent rise for Australian home games (for Super Rugby). in 2018, and frankly that’s all I care about.

    • May 11th 2018 @ 9:09am
      Puff said | May 11th 2018 @ 9:09am | ! Report

      It is interesting that Dan McKellar is so agitated regarding NZ dominance over OZ Super teams and waffles on about the Crusaders match. In spite of the result, there were numerous moments during the second half that his experience was pivotal. Nothing materialized, which suggests the coach is a poor communicator, poor coach or both.

    • May 11th 2018 @ 10:10am
      Markus said | May 11th 2018 @ 10:10am | ! Report

      “Our game (against the Crusaders) could’ve gone either way.”
      Didn’t score a point against them for 65 minutes, even when they were down to 13 players.

      Probably the worst performance I have ever seen by the Crusaders and they still won by 13 points. The only other way that game could have gone is them piling on an additional 5 tries.

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      May 11th 2018 @ 11:11am
      John R said | May 11th 2018 @ 11:11am | ! Report

      So we’ve got the:


      Brumbies could be the Dumbies, Bumblies? Any other ideas?

      What about the Reds?

      • Roar Guru

        May 11th 2018 @ 3:26pm
        Timbo (L) said | May 11th 2018 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

        Deads, Dreads

        • Roar Guru

          May 11th 2018 @ 3:33pm
          John R said | May 11th 2018 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

          Works for me. I was thinking maybe like Rudderless, but it’s too many syllables aye.

          • May 12th 2018 @ 1:45am
            Amateur Hour said | May 12th 2018 @ 1:45am | ! Report

            The Dregs?

    • May 11th 2018 @ 11:27am
      Marty said | May 11th 2018 @ 11:27am | ! Report

      Get the blinkers off. Australian rugby will take a long time to recover and we’re on a downward slope for a long while yet before it improves. 38 lost consecutive matches to kiwi franchises is more than a mere anomaly, it’s a huge statistical outlier. In kiwi rugby the blues are having a shocker and our best team couldn’t close out a match against them. The Tahs were never in the race against the saders either.

    • May 11th 2018 @ 1:02pm
      DB said | May 11th 2018 @ 1:02pm | ! Report

      Dan is a comedian – what a laugh!

      Player depth is not the problem – coaching is.

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