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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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John, I’m interested in why you think the Heat would be better off bowling first?

Before today’s game (in which they again chose to bat first), they were 2 from 7 chasing a total.

The two wins came when chasing small totals – 5/131 chasing Hobart’s 9/126, and 3/114 chasing Adelaide’s 110.

Their five losses batting second:
143 v Thunder’s 6/172
8/145 v Stars’ 7/167
109 v Scorchers 6/149
8/179 v Scorchers 3/213
120 v Renegades 6/164

The common denominator in all five losses is that despite knowing the target, their top order failed every time and they weren’t always big targets. The *best* they did batting second was to only lose eight wickets.

There’s nothing in any of that that screams ‘bowl first’ about them; they are and have long been the perennial front-running team. And they’re a long way from being brilliant at that, too..

All on the line for Brisbane Heat

Case in point – today he took 2/35. From 14 balls…

All on the line for Brisbane Heat

Tell me you got to the 4th par, Ryan!! 😯

All on the line for Brisbane Heat

That’s a common belief Nick, yet if they win tonight, only three teams will have won more games than them this summer…

All on the line for Brisbane Heat

A good point well made, Ryan… 😔

All on the line for Brisbane Heat

As a Heat supporter Bunney, how much are you allowing yourself to contemplate them winning comfortably?!? 😊

All on the line for Brisbane Heat

Nice one, mate. A nice expression of what plenty will be feeling today..

Vale Kobe Bryant, a basketball and Lakers great

It was absolutely comical, TLN!! When he got his third, I thought surely that’s it, surely the Thunder won’t play ridiculous shots again!!

Wrong! 😡

Thunder fall in a heap to open the door for Brisbane and Hobart

Nah, I disagree with this on a number of fronts:
1. Green really hadn’t done a lot when he was suspended, and he’s not been missed since with Liam Bowe coming in;
2. Only once (last night) have they fallen in a heap in a run chase that went the distance.
— Twice they’ve been batting second when games have become rain interupted, and found themselves behind DL par scores
— Twice they’ve chased down solid targets: 6/172 chasing 169 v Renegades, and 6/166 chasing 162 v Hobart.

Their batting has been solid: Hales, Khawaja, Ferguson, Ross all contributing regularly.

Sams and Morris have led the bowling well, and with good bowling support from the spinners in Bowe and Cook.

They were disappointing on Friday, no question. But that’s been their outlier in terms of consistency this season..

Thunder fall in a heap to open the door for Brisbane and Hobart

Great article John, with seriously worthwhile questions being asked.

The “what will they be driving?” question is going to be front of mind for motor racing fans in Australia for as long as it takes for SuperCars to make it clear.

Will it be 2L medium sedans? Will it be hatchbacks? Could it be a complete overhaul and uplift of Super Utes?

Fantastic read, thanks for taking the time..

Can Supercars survive the death of Holden?

McCaffrey gets back from Japan this week, Jez.

And Markus, Cusack is back fulltime during the SR season. Won’t play Sevens again until the Brumbies season is done..

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

Even Adelaide, Big D. They seem pretty good at working out where their weaknesses are and recruit accordingly..

Marnus Labuschagne can’t be used to paper over the Heat’s glaring cracks

I don’t feel so bad about wavering then, Dingo!

Marnus Labuschagne can’t be used to paper over the Heat’s glaring cracks

You said it yourself, Marshall, he’s only batted twice. And if you’re not counting the innings where he got runs (and batted pretty well, for mine) , then there’s only one failure isn’t there.

I think to label his two games so far a major disappointment on the back of one failure is more than a touch harsh..

Marnus Labuschagne can’t be used to paper over the Heat’s glaring cracks

Entirely unsurprised about this, in fact I suggested on a pre-season podcast only a few weeks ago that I could see it happening, as a way of freeing Hooper up a bit during the Super Rugby season ahead of the Test season. Don’t expect it will change the Wallabies set-up one bit.

My only surprise is that they went to Simmons. After he led them a few times in Hooper’s absence, I thought for sure Damien Fitzpatrick would get the nod…

Michael Hooper steps down as Waratahs captain

Exactly. Gregan did it, Mortlock did it. Were Horwill and Elsom still state captains when they led the Wallabies?

Michael Hooper steps down as Waratahs captain

I don’t think so Jez, I think Ruaidhrí Murphy is the forwards coach now..

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

No doubt it’s to accommodate the North, TWAS, and particularly if the South insisted on full strength squads touring in July. No doubt at all..

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

This is a decent explainer, Mach: https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2020/01/19/saracens-scandal-explained

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

Because they don’t have to be, they’re not a national union. Their existence is about making the Premiership better and that’s it..

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

Well, I don’t really gun for coaches to be sacked, so it won’t be a matter of defending him or not for me…

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

Well Adsa, Fraser McReight didn’t play the trial and remains injured at this point as I understand, so I’d suggest respectfully that “many Reds fans” don’t know what they’re talking about…

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

There’s one on one development, Fionn, there’s the individual skills development, there’s leadership development, there’s a host of things.

Yes, wins and losses is the obvious measure. But I just don’t think that all there is. I don’t think it’s black and white

If 12 blokes in a team all improve because of the coach’s input and three stagnate because they don’t want to put in the same hard work, I don’t think it’s fair to say that coach has failed when he’s made the vast majority of the team better – regardless of wins..

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

To be promoted though Mach, a club needs to show that they’ve operated within the Premiership salary cap for two full years prior – to stop clubs ‘buying’ promotion, effectively.

Saracens already can’t show that they’re compliant next season, so promotion is already at least three seasons away..

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

That’s an interesting point TWAS. That’s definitely not being reported..

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season