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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 is an international and Super Rugby commentator for ABC Grandstand radio, is the voice of ACT club rugby, has commentated on Under-20s Championships, Women's Uni Sevens and National Rugby Championship coverage, and has written for magazines and websites in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. He tweets from @BMcSport.

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I watched again while putting this together – it looks worse four years on!! Genuinely looked like it was hitting middle two-thirds of the way up…

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Exactly, so why not use it. And either way, it also means 3 in 4 come from other means!

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

12 tries from driving mauls from a total of 44 is hardly an over-reliance, Fox. Don’t get caught up in the perception-driven commentary…

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

Yep, right you both are. It’s been tough keeping track, I must admit..

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

Ha, my interpretation of Paul was that they’re over-reliant on trying to play pick and drive without the size to do it! They’re bringing plastic knives to sword fights!

I suspect Jez, like most things, is that the truth is somewhere in the middle of what we’re both saying..

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

1. South Africa conference tries in 2019:
41 Lions
40 Jaguares
32 Sharks
28 Bulls
23 Stormers

2. Handre Pollard played three consecutive years of U20s, and was named IRB Junior Player of the Year in 2014, after starring at his third tournament. He debuted for the Springboks later that year.

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

Has Genia sat a game out yet, Robbo?

I wonder if he won’t go to Japan..

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

The only thing I can be certain about Chookman is that there’s nothing certain over the next four weeks…

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

yeah, they definitely will be, FWM, and even without the win in Wellington, the win in Sydney last season would’ve been enough to give them confidence again this year anyway.

And I agree, the Tahs will need to win everything – but there’s no games in their next four that stand out as games they can’t win..

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

That’s certainly all true, Daveski. But we’re not that far apart on all this.

For one thing, teams working out the backs is exacerbated by the lack of go-forward from the pack. And that in turn forces to try and find ground any way they can, hence the aimless kicking.

The big challenge for them over this last month is going to be how to rediscover what was working at the start of the season..

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

yeah, that’s a decent point, Paul. The Waratahs’ approach is clearly to play with a mobile forwards pack, but too often they appear to be playing a pick-and-drive game plan..

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

Sure. What’s your point?

How would a Folau legal challenge affect RA?

Yeah, can’t disagree with that, Jez.

At the start of the year, the backrow of Cottrell-Hardwick-Naisarani had a really good, balanced feel about it, and even performed pretty well, too.

But since the first month or so, it’s been a revolving door. Hardwick had been injured, Cottrell missed a couple of games, and they’ve been a bit all over the place. That’s got to be a big reason why they’ve lacked on-ball presence in this latest period of struggle…

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

McCaffrey looks more likely than Pocock, definitely…

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

I talked about it because despite what we may think, this is the biggest rugby story in Australia by some margin. And the news yesterday that to the CoC process was effectively over doesn’t make it a smaller story.

But we still made the point that hopefully this is it, because there is some fantastic rugby to come that deserves more attention than it’s getting.

How would a Folau legal challenge affect RA?

I’m going to copy this and use it on Thursday, Bobby! Great summary!!

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

Yep, agree TWAS. And fighting with the likes of the Lions, Sharks, Highlanders, and Waratahs. Maybe the Stormers too..

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

Funnily enough, Rob, it’s been the Tahs undersized backrow leading the way for the forwards to have more influence in recent weeks, because their attack now amounts to whatever whim Beale is running with…

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

Geoff’s out of action this week, Jeff.

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

yep, that’s spot on Jamie. The Brumbies better than any other Australian side this season have worked out there’s a time and place to go wide, and when to truck it up the middle..

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

yeah, I am, Fionn, and you should be too!

The Bulls aren’t great away from home, which drove the confidence to begin with, and the whisper getting around the Pollard might be sitting Friday night out certainly helps.

Plus, I just think the Brumbies have shown a great ability to vary their game plan this year, both home and away. They’re in very good form currently, and know the right strings to pull to take on different varieties or opposition…

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

Bang on, Istanbul…

The South African conference has had three different leaders this season, and I think the weekend was lead change number 7 or 8!

One BP win separates the four Australian sides.

“Clear as mud”, indeed…

The Rebels have left the Australian conference door ajar and it could cost them

We made this very same point, awa…

How would a Folau legal challenge affect RA?

Entirely my thoughts, too. It feels like the penny is a long way from dropping…

How would a Folau legal challenge affect RA?

Great memories, Dan. Gilchrist was batting with pure wild freedom on this day, and I’m with you, no specific shots ring out, but the greater carnage is unforgettable.

Of course the most ridiculous flow-on from this was discussion around whether squash balls in batting gloves should be banned – an idea clearly tossed up and debated by people who’ve never experienced just how bloody uncomfortable it is!!

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