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I've tried my hand at everything rugby. My serious playing ceased 40 years ago. My social playing, Fifths with my brothers, finished 30 years ago. I've refed, managed and been a delegate to the QRFSU. I've taught rugby as a school subject to boys and girls and I am still coaching schoolboys with an old mate, Got to loves the 4th's. I agree with the old colonial powers, spread rugby and develop leaders for the future in the community. You don't have to be 1st XV or a rep player to be a leader.

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I thought ASY on for LSL was due to injury, so not a mistake. The lineout throws by the Reds were the worst for a month and Brums defending jumper getting the inside shoulder in front caused the reds trouble and loss of possession.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

3 tries to 2. Far superior?

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

This is not directed at anyone in particular. Certainly not jameswm, TWAS or RR. I happen to agree with you. I just thought it an appropriate moment for comment.
You can’t have a game without a ref, the only participant in the field of play who doesn’t have the opportunity to win. Doesn’t matter what we think, none of us are as close to the action as s/he is. Respect the game and respect the decisions.
If you want to make a difference, join a ref’s association and work your way up. Should be simple for some of you from what I’ve read over the years.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Tooly’s assessment is interesting, though flawed. You’ve given the chocolates to a kid coming back after a month, against the one man who has shown the most composure of any player in SRAU. For that reason alone, the Reds must be seen as having the slight advantage man-for-man.
As for playing in Canberra, the best view of is in the rear view mirror, as you take the trophy home.

Brumbies reveal key to decider

Thanks for the reply Greysy. I’m just hoping his stats tomorrow night are on the better side of the ledger.

Super Rugby AU final teams: Lolesio back for Brumbies, Petaia given the all-clear

Funny how Stiles’ name disappeared. Not that I think he deserved consideration. I think I could have looked good with the Reds packs he had to work with.

Wallabies turn to former British and Irish Lion as forwards coach

I’ve just finished reading Sam Warburton’s book, interesting insight into the man and an easy read, and I think he held Parling in high regard. So he must be alright, with that feeling coming from a Welshman about an Englishman.

Wallabies turn to former British and Irish Lion as forwards coach

Is that due to better throwing though? That’s where I’ve noticed the greatest improvement.

Wallabies turn to former British and Irish Lion as forwards coach

I wouldn’t have thought so, but there you go. How does that stack up as a percentage though? Is that raw figure because he has had more people running at him? Serious question. I’m not normally a stats person.

Super Rugby AU final teams: Lolesio back for Brumbies, Petaia given the all-clear

I was wondering hoe the Reds could accommodate Paisami, Petaia and CFS into two starting spots. Unfortunately injury has taken that problem out of the selectors hands. Paisami at 13 gives all the strength that Petaia offers but I think it gives the reds better off-loads to the wingers.
I like Petaia. He always looks like he wants to finish the movement with the ball and score. At the moment I think the wing suits him best, but he will be a world class 13. Nothing lost with Paisami defending the 13 channel.
Interesting to see TK’s reaction to being left out of the WB squad. Will he be trying to get back in… or chasing an overseas contract thinking his time here is over?
Even contest in the tight 5, edge to Reds loosies and confident JOC over returning young Lolesio.
I think the Reds have it, with tougher defence all round.

Super Rugby AU final teams: Lolesio back for Brumbies, Petaia given the all-clear

How easy was that? Amazing what can be achieved when parties sit down with each other to respectfully sort things out from and for both sides.

New Zealand Bledisloe Cup fixtures confirmed for mid-October

Mike,
You’re either too young or too old to remember. When SA was allowed to re-enter international sport, one of the first arrogant comments made was that the Wallabies could not consider themselves World Champs, World Cup 1991, until they had defeated the Boks.
Now I may be wrong but I think the Wallabies, the World Champions at the time, were the first international side to play in SA post-Apartheid, that’s right, welcoming SA back into international rugby. Oh yes, we won that series. I guess, if you remember this time in history you probably wouldn’t think that we had helped you one bit.

The Wrap: Wallabies take shape but Rugby Championships are far from settled

G’day RW. Like the Brian Ashton analogy. He certainly knew how to get Bath humming, and did a more than impressive job with England when he went back to that job to help them out of a hole.

I like that Brad Thorn calls his players “men”

Nuance, same size fields, same number of players on the field, Reds played away from Suncorp just as many times as at Suncorp, Sydney, Canberra, Gold Coast and Force away, can’t remember where. I’m failing to see the HUGH advantage. Three teams played at their home grounds and two, unfortunately, had to play their home games in established bubbles, all on the east coast so no time zone problems there.
We are talking about professional sporting teams. There’s 25 years of experience in the pro era for the whole organisations to draw on. They’ve all had the experience of playing through difficult travel schedules to NZ, SA and ARG, so travel within a single time zone should not be overwhelming.
Being away from family is a problem but, there are many professional players and coaches plying their trade overseas who return to their families at the end of their season. And I wouldn’t want to try to tell fi-fo workers how tough the players have got it.
Back in the amateur era, Wallaby players, not being paid, would undertake three month tours of the UK and France and be away from their families for Christmas and New Year.
These are worrying times, but for men who are engaging in their paid professions with all the support that has surrounded them, please don’t try to sell me the idea that any one of the SR AU teams has enjoyed a HUGH advantage.

I like that Brad Thorn calls his players “men”

I’m going to name two players who are favourites and there will be some chuckling over the first.
Mike Catt, remembered for a moment in South Africa, is a player that I admired for the attitude with which he played. Sadly seems to be defined by one miss on Lomu. So who didn’t end up on the wrong side of that collision at least once when marking that monster of a player. Where many would have turned away from rugby after that kind of moment, Catt went on to become an important tactical figure for the English, whether playing at Fullback or in the centers where he was an outstanding defensive general.
The other player goes back a bit further. Stuart Barnes. Not a player I got to see a lot of, but like the great outside halves, always seemed to have more time to do what he did than anyone else on the park.
Keep it up peterj. These are very enjoyable, thought provoking and memory testing reads.

My five favourite English players of all time

Thanks for the words of wisdom Rhys. You may recall earlier in the season I was a little concerned about the size of Stewart and the physical impact his body was going to get playing at 12 the way he did. He has certainly shown to be a tough and talented young man.
Thought they could have rested him for the last 10 minutes though with Canberra in mind. Was that a band-aid on his calf when he rejoined the fray on Saturday night? Pain killer?

I like that Brad Thorn calls his players “men”

G’day Bobby. Old saying, “You make your own luck.” Seems to me that the Reds have become “more lucky” as their attitude towards and application of defence has improved.

I like that Brad Thorn calls his players “men”

Sorry to come to the party late TWAS, but I agree with you. There are also facts in the public arena that aren’t, for reasons unknown to me, being reported… or is it Journo 101 with an election looming… Never let the truth get in the road of a good story?

CONFIRMED: Wallabies to get home-ground advantage for 2020 Rugby Championship

G’day Nick. The action of the JP and TK moment from the scrum (second try) that you high-lighted speaks volumes to me. What I saw on the night, and from the film, is TK goes into the tackle and , rather than keep his eyes on the target, seems to drop his head, maybe even close his eyes. He then gets his head in front of JP at contact making it too easy for JP to run through. This poor tackle technique indicates lack of confidence in self.
The second thing I saw was JP’s eagerness to stay involved. After breaking the tackle and taking on the next attempt to stop him, the round the corner pass is delivered as well as any. He is then taken to ground and is almost immediately back on his feet and places himself in position to be the primary support player. Special mention of Stewart who ran a lovely line, with speed, to support the outside pass should it have been delivered.
TK has been a great servant to Aus Rugby and I’d rather remember him as a player who moved on a year too early than a year too late. Have I written him off? Not yet…but the signs aren’t good.

Has the K-Train come to the end of the line?

Has McKellar been taking lessons from the NH coaches who would complain about the “weaknesses” of Aus scrums and get the penalties before the game even started?
The truth is, and it’s hard to hear sometimes, that your prime may have passed. How often in Aus rugby, have we held onto a player for one year too many and lost an up-and-comer as a result?
At this level it is a professional game not a sentimental one.

Brumbies cry scrum foul ahead of final

Ah Geoff, that’s the thing about common sense… It’s not that common.

The Wrap: It’s time for rugby’s loose ends to start to come together

G’day Geoff. In this modern era of sophisticated defensive patterns, what ever happened to taking the man with the ball? Surely putting a player in a position where he has to decide to run or pass under pressure, and possibly force an error, is better than allowing an unobstructed run to the try line? Or is this idea too old fashioned and simple for today’s plans?

The Wrap: It’s time for rugby’s loose ends to start to come together

Let me throw a couple of names up that seem to have gone missing in the discussion (is that because of injury?). Both of them are called Smith. They anchored the dominant Qld scrum for the last couple of years, and are now both eligible and reaching the peak years for props. Pretty handy around the field as well.
Nice to know there are young props coming through. Would the young ones be ready for the next WC? Would the current mature props be too old? Or do we go with the best players on the day (my preferred option)?

O’Connor boosts Wallabies hopes

Two words, Liam Gill.

Why it was all McReight on the night against the Rebels

As a ref, I would have the naughty boy retrieve the ball, run it back and hand it to the team receiving the penalty 10m further down field. At the same time he would issue a loud apology to both teams. I’m pretty sure I only had to do it once a game with teams who didn’t know me. No problem with teams I’d reffed before. It’s all about respect.

The Wrap: Leadership vacuum sucks life out of the Rebels