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Thanks Nicholas for the great article highlighting a potential star. He did some good work in what would have been a trying week to prepare after the loss to the Highlanders and the health scares some Brumbies players had. To direct a team at 20 against the competition front runners is a big step for Noah Lolesio.

I think a couple more performances like this warrants selection in the Wallabies squad. New beginnings with a new coach. Having Lolesio in the squad now would allow some great career development for him.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Yeah mate Ennor is looking impressive early on. His speed in getting on the outside of defenders and his size makes him a hard man to tackle.

Super Rugby: Five talking points from Round 4

Great read Geoff as always.

Your last line really sums it up. Celebrating what the game is about is extremely important. Rugby teaches people a lot of great life lessons like playing in a team, respecting the opposition and officials in what is a physical and mentally taxing game. Highlight the positives can really boost the sports profile not just in Australia but in the World.

Only saw highlights of Wales vs France but looked outstanding. Good to see a French resurgence. As for the Crusaders vs Highlanders game there was some excellent rugby on show. I think the Crusaders could have ran in 2-3 more tries.

The Wrap: Lazy thinking reinforces rugby’s negative narrative

Brumbies really overcame some adversity during the week to get an impressive away scalp.

One other point to add is that for the second week in a row the Crusaders had a solid win and probably still left 2-3 tries out on the field. Yes they did lose to the Chiefs but have looked really dangerous. Havili is in better form now than he was in 2017 when he debuted for the All Blacks. I am also interested to see whether Goodhue is considered a 12 at International level. He is playing well there and ALB at 13 might look better than the other way around.

Super Rugby: Five talking points from Round 4

Their will be points in that Geoff mate. I think Sharks win a close one. They have some exciting backs. That disallowed try of theirs last week was one of the best that never was.

Super Rugby Round 4: Short and sweet

Love Diggers sure thing. Enjoy the test. Hopefully the lads can step up. Special moment for Ross Taylor playing his 100th.

Rugby Wise:

Crusaders should do it easy against the Highlanders. Interested to see how Hunt goes against his old team though.

Chiefs over the Brumbies. Stoked to see Jacobson back on the field.

Bulls vs Blues: I dont trust the Blues unfortunately and can see them squander this in a close game. Important game for them as if they get a win on the road early that will be their kick start.

Jaguares vs Stormers: Stormers is a close one.

Also two (three if you include Scotland vs Italy) intriguing 6 Nations games this weekend. France coming up against Wales. Will be interesting to see what Shaun Edwards has in stall. France have looked good this year. England vs Ireland will be a good battle. Will only be a couple of points in it.

Super Rugby Round 4: Short and sweet

Yep he needs to get out of Auckland. Has been treated like a star there since he was 18 and I reckon he has got too comfortable as he has it relatively easy.

Super Rugby Round 4: Short and sweet

We hope so. I have gone against them. I just have this feeling they will stuff something up at a crucial stage of the game and lose a close one. In saying that if they get the win, that a massive boost. Even though the Bulls arent strong this year a win in South Africa is key.

Super Rugby Round 4: Short and sweet

Brilliant as always Nicholas. I didn’t this game on the weekend so wasnt aware of how the conditions were. Your analysis highlights the Rebels being smarter in poor conditions. I am very surprised by Gordon’s passing technique. That will hinder the Warratahs attacking cohesion and they are going to struggle to kick into gear if his delivery is like that. Louwrens seems like a very good thinking halfback.

This was an important win for the Rebels. Both teams needed to win. Although it is still early days the Warratahs have some major work to do to get their season back on.

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

Thanks for your take Harry. That’s a great crowd of 27000. Imagine every game getting close to that mark. Can definitely see why there maybe some animosity between South Africa and Japan if they didn’t vote for them. I remember World Rugby’s recommendation was to hold the tournament in South Africa.

The Wrap: The Sunwolves and Super Rugby’s shame file

NZ Crowds have been poor across a number of major sports for awhile. The earlier kickoff times were set to help lure more people especially with families to get to games. Dunedin the other week was a matter of poor timing as University hasn’t started yet.

The Wrap: The Sunwolves and Super Rugby’s shame file

Going to be hard for Beauden Barrett to fix the Blues fortunes by the time he suits up in April. The squad really needs to get themselves in a position that their wont be too much pressure on him joining late. Personally think he should be coming back earlier than April. The Blues are not going to get much out of him with this extended break plus another clause to have a sabbatical in near future.
The Crusaders unearthed another quality forward on Friday in Callum Grace. His workrate and impact on the game was immense.
I thought Tomkinsons tackle was a red and was expecting a red to come out. On the ref front I saw an interesting that today that South African refs have given South African teams a +159 penalty count over a certain period.
Did Dane Coles get cited? That was totally unnecessary.

Six talking points from Super Rugby Round 3

I was really impressed with the Sunwolves crowd on the weekend. The fans showing good spirit even though they will be disbanded. One other thing that I was always notice with Sunwolves home games regardless of the result the speed and quality of the rugby is usually quite high. I think day time games have a large part to play in that. Will be ashame to see them go and very ironic if South Africa pulls the plug.

Glad you mentioned Boshier. He must be the most inform forward in the competition at the moment. I think the Crusaders may have unearthed a prospect in Callum Grace. He got through a mountain of work on Friday.

The Wrap: The Sunwolves and Super Rugby’s shame file

Thanks. Didn’t realise that about Mallet. Gatland was a perineal All Black tourist playing second fiddle to Sean Fitzpatrick. Joe Schimdt I am pretty sure was a first class player for Manawatu. Farrell made a good transformation from League to Union.

2020 coaches: Who will we see the best of?

Yeah I agree. Rassie was a good loose forward. Agree that some of best coaches were journeymen. Sir Graham Henry, I am pretty sure only played a handful of first class rugby games (if that). Steve Hansen played for Canterbury but pretty sure was never in the All Black mix. Nick Mallet. What was his playing background? Don’t remember him being a former International but could be wrong as his playing days were probably whilst I was still young.

2020 coaches: Who will we see the best of?

Highlander you have some really good honest points. One player I was looking forward to seeing was Tima Fainganuku. I have to admit his original non contract may have been justified after a strong Mitre 10 Cup. He looked like he was playing League trying to run over the top of players.

On handing the reigns to Tony Brown. Last week on Radio Sport he mentioned he doesn’t want to be a head coach. He prefers being hands on with his backs and skills. He said head coaching was too much managing of staff for his liking (or in similar lines).

Crowds is always a tough one. They seem not to be improving anywhere. The early start hasn’t helped. Getting those students on board is key for the Highlanders. Hopefully they get there once Uni is back.

Super Rugby’s waning interest levels in Dunedin

Good read Harry.

Shaun Edwards seems to be a great coup for France. Hopefully the players don’t do the traditional French thing and cause a revolt against him. With his defence structure and a blend of some emerging talent France are building up nicely.

I like what you said about the Sharks and Stormers coaches. Good coaches don’t have to have been good players. In NZ I
think in recent times there is a tendency to fast track some ex players through the coaching ranks. A lot do not do the necessary ground work at the grassroots level first.

2020 coaches: Who will we see the best of?

Yeah they got stuck into the Saders. I am glad they are using both Boshier and Karpik. I always thought with Jacobson coming into the scene one of those two would have been tempted to try their luck with Crusaders to fill Matt Todd’s void.

Boshier can play sides both well. There was a good article about him on the NZ news the other day. Reckons yoga sessions with Tyler Ardron (qualified instructor) has helped his flexibility at getting low over the ball. He’s timing his run well. Foster came out this week and said the All Blacks are in need of a 6 and an 8.

I vaguely remember that Waikato victory over the Lions. Was only 11 at the time and was a midweek game. In the clip featured Duane Monkley who was probably the best player never to be an All Black.

Why Warren Gatland is winning the battle of the basics

Loved Geoff’s and Diggers sure things. Tough round this week. I have gone with predominantly away wins which probably means on the back foot already.

Blues are improved but the Crusaders rarely lose two on the trot. Always hate backing against the Blues.

Tahs vs Rebels could be a painstaking watch. I have gone Tahs as they are due.

Brumbies too strong at home for the Highlanders.

The Sharks look like a good team this year and I think given the Canes have traveled back to NZ they will get a second consecutive win on NZ soil. Will be a good game.

Super Rugby Round 3: Nothing to see here

Brilliant read Nicholas on highlighting the importance of teams being accurate in certain aspects of the game.

Boshier has been impressive for the Chiefs so far this season. I have always thought he is an underrated player. I remember last year you gave him a good mention on article you did on Sam Canes return (funnily enough that was against the Crusaders as well). Boshier has relished in playing at 6. The Chiefs have some handy loose forward stocks. What impressed me in your analysis was how well the loosies worked together to apply pressure on the Crusaders.

Having Gatland coach the Chiefs is a really good fit. One he is from the region. And the style that the Chiefs can play especially upfront fits with Gatlands coaching style. In recent years they have had some good hardworking and combative forwards.

Why Warren Gatland is winning the battle of the basics

Egotistical as they generally only worry about their club and not necessarily about developing future National players. In away I can understand that as they need to win titles to make money generally speaking.

The French and English clubs will spend their extra cash on more foreign players or if you are Saracens set up some dodgy businesses for their key players.

The Wrap: How Super Rugby can help save the environment

I was really impressed with the Sharks. They were very clinical. The Highlanders are going to endure a tough season I reckon. Was pleasing to see The Blues play that well in testing conditions. They are playing a Crusaders side coming off a loss. Thats never a good situation to be in. The Chiefs defensive effort was huge. Gatland has really added some more steal to a team that has a high level of resolve.

I think you raise a good point Geoff about the South Africa joining the Northern Hemisphere competition regarding the clubs. Those egotistical French owners would not want their top players away for too long. I can see them not supporting this.

The Wrap: How Super Rugby can help save the environment

It amazes me that not many bowlers bowl the traditional yorker aiming for the base of the stumps or the batsmen toes. The old fashioned yorker was en vouge in the mid 90s with Wasim and Waqar. I also remember Danny Morrison getting a ODI hat trick in the 1994 (I think) vs India bowling three in a row.

The focus with batsmen being more creative is to bowl yorkers wide of the stumps. I guess the more they focus and practice on that skill, the traditional type of yorker becomes less prevalent which is sad.

Everyone has a slower ball but only a few have the yorker - why?

Chiefs vs Crusaders will be a great game. I think Crusaders win a close one due to the Chiefs front row injuries. The battle of the backlines (depending on who’s selected) will be enthralling.

The Tahs vs Blues game will be an interesting watch. Both teams have promise but not the necessary execution. I am going Blues just.

Super Rugby Round 2: second round syndrome

Thanks as always Nicholas. Some promising loose forwards in Australia at the moment. I think Hooper will thrive knowing there is a few up and comers coming through. Assuming he is the first choice 7 for the Wallabies, it will be interesting to see how Rennie uses him.

What did you make of Currys effort at Number 8?

The great Australian openside debate: Round 1