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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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Speaks for my expectations pre-season. They’re playing way better, and way better that their record suggests, too..

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He came off the bench the week before, against the Brumbies coincidentally, but I can’t recall if he played backrow or lock.

Just great that he’s back playing, he had a shocking run with injury there for a couple of years…

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You read the format, right, Gloria? You read how it it’s my current thoughts on each team relative to what I thought about them before the season started, right?

And the Reds are playing a hell of a lot better than I expected them to, so yeah, in my eyes, they’ve overachieved so far.

Make sense? Even for you?

(And if not, you’re welcome to write your own assessment: https://www.theroar.com.au/contribute/)

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He played lock, for one thing. Scored the Moondogs’ first try to level things up after half an hour, but that’s about it…

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Just to clarify TWAS, as funny as my comment does now inadvertently appear, I did actually mean that the aforementioned Waratahs being capped by Cheika isn’t the reason they’re under-performing this season! 😂

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I know, Doug. And my point stands.

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Interestingly, RA have today put the rights negotiations on hold…

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Yep, that’s all valid Jez. We said at halftime on the Grandstand call that 21-14 at HT was probably a fair reflection given the way the Brumbies finished the half, but there had been more than enough signs that the Waratahs weren’t that fair away.

Unfortunately, we also concluded it was up to them to start the 2nd half well..

Super Rugby on hold: Early-season report card

Armchair, I can’t see that Penney is under any kind of pressure, not unless the Waratahs board has completely lost their marbles..

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And that’s hardly a valid reason for under-performance this year anyway…

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I put it to you Doug that this forum is hardly a collection of random casual Aussies. The addition of incorrect label is not an accident…

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And that’s an interesting prospect, Andy. I can imagine all kinds of scenarios being considered in the coming weeks..

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What about them, James?

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Not since, what, 1997?

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Yeah, in hindsight Danny, that’s been a masterstroke!

January is still crazy for starting Super Rugby, obviously, but gee I’m glad they did!

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This really threw me, Cookie. I was well into the third line before I realised why this all sounded familiar!

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Hang on, NOW IT’S THERE?!?! How did that happen?!? 😱

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Paul, I had a great long post in agreement with you ready to go and promptly hit the Cancel Reply button above, instead of the Add Comment below!! 😡

I’ll have to come back to you on this, but I argee with plenty of what you’re saying…

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“These here are crazy times…”

All community rugby in Australia put on hold until May

Paul, I actually agree with plenty of that. It’s almost like the Tahs’ pre-season didn’t start until a fortnight after Penney arrived, and so they’re six or seven weeks behind everyone else. What we’re currently seeing is like trial form.

And I even agree that there is plenty of talent there. Some players do need a bit of a reset, and some need a complete re-tooling. I think the sooner they work on Holloway becoming a no.5 lock the better. He’s lost the dynamism around the ground he once had but has the right body shape to become a proper set piece second rower.

Guys like Tafa and Will Harris are going to be the backrow future, start working on them now…

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It would be an intriguing contest Billy, for sure. Don’t think there would be much in it either way…

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I think both Harrison and Lolesio will naturally add size, and I only think back to a wiry young flyhalf in white headgear making his debut for the Brumbies more than a decade ago, Name was Toomua…

Reckon we just let these guys develop for a bit..

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Ah crap, I have too…

The Hurricanes I had sneaking into On Par, and that’s probably on the back of that win over the Chiefs on the weekend.

I’ve been a bit torn on the Canes; I don’t think they’ve played particularly well and they have been largely disappointing, yet their record is 4 & 2 and they sit 6th overall, so they’re clearly doing something right. They still have a strong squad, and they’re getting results, so on that front, I guess they’re performing as expected…

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Which is absolutely absurd, isn’t it.

So a player can’t stand his ground, catch the ball, and jump back into the field of play and play on…

But can jump from a standing start, catch the ball, and play on if he lands in the field of play.

The sooner they get rid of the “or outside” part of the Law, the better…

The Wrap: Rugby shuts down… am I ever going to see your face again?

I was talking in terms of rugby, but thanks for this..

SANZAAR makes the call on Super Rugby season amid coronavirus crisis