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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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Lots of great comments already, gang, thank you.

I’ve had my say, so I’m going to hit a golf course and let you all have yours..

Cheika's legacy: Consistent inconsistency and puzzling selection to the very end

Nice one, keyboard hero… 🙄

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika resigns after quarter-final loss

They’re impacted EFF, sure, but I don’t think you can say a team that finishes minor premiers is struggling!!

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

Ideally, sure, but there isn’t a professional or semi professional comp in the World where every team is a contender..

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

Nice! It’s that sort of rugby; pie, chips and beer!! 🏉 👍

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

Curious decision on a number of fronts, then…

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

Never made a semi, which makes their three titles in five years all the more impressive.

Honestly Jock, you just make yourself look more stupid every time you comment. And you sought this article out yourself, so you’ve gone out of your way to look stupid. Kudos for that at least. 🙄

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

No, only said to be minor RW, but not minor enough that it could wait until the end of the NRC, obviously!

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

Reckon the Force remain firm favourites Chookman. Very good side, playing good rugby..

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

The avenue is there, and there were a couple of Illawarra and/or Newcastle players picked for NSW Country in the first few seasons. But the reality is the cream of the country talent is in Sydney.

My understanding is a bit over half the Eagles squad were Country origin or have Country ties (some came down to Sydney from Qld, for eg)

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

Reilly, the tie-breaking for the NRC is points differential firstly, then the result between the two teams, then most tries scored.
Brisbane and Fiji tied in their game, and had scored one more try going into the last round (they both scored 4 tries in these last games).
Fiji’s win over Qld Country gave them 17 points and a differential of +17, too.
Going into the game, Brisbane City’s differential was +12, but they needed to win the game first and foremost to get to 17 points. A BP would’ve got them to 18pts, obviously, but Melbourne’s second half fightback put paid to that.
So it’s a fair question you raise, because even with the late Melbourne try, City were still in line to get the 4pts for the win, so that gets them into 4th. And a PG would’ve put them ahead of Fiji’s differential by one.
I’d be stunned if they sums hadn’t been done, so I can only wonder the range (and therefore not putting the ball dead) was a reason?

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

And in fairness Andy, this year has seen improvements in the way both NSW teams were structured and played.

NSW Country were unlucky not to play finals, and Sydney were a lot better than their record shows..

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

Yes, a NSW team has made the finals. Ordinary comment, clearly uninformed…

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

In fairness Ethan, NSW Country ran inside the top two for about the first five rounds, and it was only the losses in the last two rounds that saw them drop out. And even then they only missed fourth by one point…

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

Hadn’t thought of that, Andy!

I’ve not seen a Drua side as yet, but I’ve not seen any suggestion any of the RWC stars will be back though..

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

McReight is out AJ, yes. Underwent season-ending surgery last week.

And don’t forget the chips!! 😁

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

Roast pork rolls on one side, Richie, the king of steak sandwiches on the other. Viking Park is rugby nirvana… 😊

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

Certainly am. Road to the semis article out tomorrow..

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

😡 👎 Them’s fightin’ words, Moa!!

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

Changing them every week since hasn’t solved much either… 🙄

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

For the fifth time in as many games, the Wallabies have changed their halves pairing, Cheika and his selectors dropping Nic White to the bench and bringing Will Genia into the run-on side.

It’s quite incredible isn’t it, Dan – and it’s actually worse than that, this is the sixth halves change in consecutive Tests, and the eighth change in the last nine.

Only once this season have the Wallabies halves from the previous week played the next Test: White and Lealiifano played in Perth and stayed on together for Auckland. But there’s been changce every game since… 😯

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

Surely, Moa, you’re not suggesting I’m tipping roughies out of desperation to bridge a gap?!? 😁 😂

Rugby World Cup quarter-finals expert tips: End the desperation

It was only reading another article just before that made me twig onto it!! We knew who we meant..

Rugby World Cup quarter-finals expert tips: End the desperation

Yeah, and likewise, I’ve just realised this confusion, too. I blame you TC.. 😁

Rugby World Cup quarter-finals expert tips: End the desperation

Big backline calls from Eddie, too, it seems…

Rugby World Cup quarter-finals expert tips: End the desperation