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The Bulls & Highlanders managers need to get on the communication earlier to avoid that colour clash.

Blues, three away wins. Their defence in the first half was outstanding. They are going to be chuffed that they have finally won an away NZ derby. First in 7 or so years.

On the Reds. They showed some superb glimpses on Friday and should have won. Poor goal kicking and a lack of experience cost them. You are right saying when are they going to stop the rebuild. They need to develop some winning habits now. They certainly have the makings of a good team. The Crusaders still know how to sneak a win when they didn’t play to their high standards.

The Sharks are looking good. Was surprised they pumped the Jaguares.
Some exciting players in that team.

Super Rugby: Five talking points from Round 6

I played in an Under 85 kg competition when I first left score. That grade gets you fit as it’s played at a high tempo. Also the grade across NZ is traditionally the best “off the field” grade. Those involved with the National Club comp will love it.

On the drop of schoolboy rugby numbers I have seen that first hand. At the previous school I worked at we went from 4 teams in 2014 to 2 teams in 2019 (The between years we had 3). Reasons being a lack of staff involvement, a lack of coaches (and quality), we couldn’t compete against the more traditional powerhouses and the demographic of the school which had a large Indian and Asian population.

NZ rugby is trying hard to engage more people with modified versions and some provinces taking away representative rugby at certain ages to keep youngsters more engaged in the sport. Sevens is popular as it’s tournament based as opposed to seasons.

Weight-restricted rugby, concussions and ways to move the game forward

The Black Caps will be confident after beating India in ODIs and Tests. The squad they have chosen is pretty much their World Cup squad that got them to the final. My concern is whether they will adapt to Australian conditions again. That test series showed that playing in Australia is an extremely challenging place to play. ODIs are the Black Caps best format. Key will be how to contain the Australian new ball attack and will the NZ opening bowlers make early inroads in the Australian top order.

Kiwis' big chance to end 35-year drought in Australia

Some really tasty games coming up this week.

I am really looking forward to see how the Blues go against the Hurricanes on the back of their 2 wins in the Republic. I am a Blues supporter but am using my reverse psychology method that has worked the last two weeks. I want them to win but Hurricanes are hard to beat at home and the Blues have not won many NZ derbies especially on the road in recent times (so have picked the Canes).

Crusaders will be too strong for the Reds. Chiefs to bounce back against the Tahs but could be close. The Jaguares vs Sharks game will be a good game. Jags have been in South Africa for a
couple of weeks and Sharks have had a positive road trip. I think the Jags win a close just. Rebels I think win 2 on the trot and Bulls will edge out the Highlanders.

Super Rugby Round 6: Wollongong is beautiful this time of year

That was a really enjoyable read Nicholas.

These youngsters are adding some much needed freshness to the Tahs and potentially the Wallabies. Nawaqanitawase has looked really dangerous and seems capable of creating or scoring some brilliant tries. His tall rangy figure makes him a difficult person to mark.

Angus Bells start to the game on the weekend was superb. Great to see young props running with freedom in general play.

Harrison is only going to get better with the more he is persevered with. Young first fives need regular time in the saddle so they can command their backline.

Hopefully the Welsh can get up on the weekend.

How the Waratahs' youngsters are making a difference

The Blues winning back to back in South Africa should be a talking point, but more importantly will they be able to beat a NZ team in away fixture. If they get past the Hurricanes this weekend thats a massive step in the right direction.

Super Rugby: Five talking points from Round 5

Great wrap. Thanks Geoff.

The Rebels were very impressive on Friday night. At times it felt like they should have put more on the Highlanders. That last lineout was a great contest from Philip. Coltman does have a habit of missing some important throws. I thought Billy Meakes had a strong game as well.

Your call on the measured approach of the Blues attack is spot on. It is the first time in years they actually looked clinical and controlled. Otere Black appears to be the steady hand they need. I will admit I picked them to lose both games in the Republic on the tips. I may do so again this week and reverse psychology works. Their game against the Hurricanes will be important. A third straight away win will be a huge boost. The bells must be ringing for Hoskins Sotutu and Tom Robinson to be All Blacks.

The Wrap: Super Rugby teams struggle at home. Why is it so?

There is a good example of that happening this weekend when the Sharks play the Jaguares. Sharks have been brilliant on a long tour. Get back to home soil and face the Jags whp have been in South Africa for 3 weeks.

The Wrap: Super Rugby teams struggle at home. Why is it so?

Yeah mate it seems to be the NZ teams that the Blues struggle with and especially on the road. They beat the Chiefs in 2019 on the road and that was their first NZ away win for a few years. If they can topple the Canes this week. That is huge. Three away wins on the trot.

The Wrap: Super Rugby teams struggle at home. Why is it so?

Sorry mate I got my wires crossed. Thanks for the correction

Super Rugby Round 5: Reality bites

Yeah for sure mate. Both get through a truck load of work particularly with the amount of tackles they make

Super Rugby Round 5: Reality bites

Great sure things guys. The code hoppers and glad that there is no team mates fighting each other in Dunedin this time around. It will be carnage there on Friday night as University Orientation week will be in full swing. A man called Tom scoring, I am looking forward to seeing how Tom Robinson goes up against PSDT. A good showing will enhance is All Black credentials.


Highlanders to edge the Rebels in a close one. I am not convinced about the Hunt/Ioane 10/12 combo. I am excited to see Teariki Ben-Nicholas start and in tandem with Marino Mikalele Tu’u. Two strong ball running back rowers.

I am going home advantage with the Tahs.

Hurricanes by plenty against the Sunwolves. Being at Napier and kicking off 4:45pm there maybe a risk of too much sun shining through the ground as what happens in cricket games there.

I like what the Sharks have accomplished on this tour. The Reds have shown some promise but have a feeling the Sharks have the slight edge.

Last week I picked against the Blues (who I support) and they won. So I am doing the same this week. They say reverse psychology works. Stormers too strong in Cape Town.

Jaguares fresh after a bye even though they are travelling should offer more than the Bulls. I wonder how much repair work the Loftus grounds staff have done after last week.

Super Rugby Round 5: Reality bites

Good move by the Highlanders starting both Mikaele Tu’u and Ben-Nicholas. Both promising young players. Will give the Highlanders some real good go forward with ball hand.

Super Rugby Round 5 teams: Four huge ins for Rebels, Reds name strong bench

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.

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