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They get Tele’a back from suspension this week, which is a big plus, and Renton, Holland Saunders, Dunshea and Tucker must all be close to taking the field again. Is there anybody else?

Reds cop another blow with Wallabies hopefuls to miss Highlanders clash

That’s very bad luck for Uru — who’s been playing well — and very bad timing for the Reds. Mitigated a little by the return of Blyth.

Reds cop another blow with Wallabies hopefuls to miss Highlanders clash

The SA players mentioned as exemplars may now be playing all over the world, but most of them learnt their rugby chops in soup. There won’t be a good test of the proposed strategy until the next generation appears, then we’ll see whether it would be a good strategy for Oz (and NZ for that matter) to emulate.

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

Or, more accurately, he’s keen on a paid holiday in a place where he spent a bit of time as a lad.

All Blacks star signs surprise short-term deal with Irish heavyweights

Do you mean TJ? The only PJ I can think of in NZ rugby is Sheck, who as far as I know has yet to appear for the Blues this year and seems very unlikely to be an AB in the near future.

The forgotten leader Razor must pick for the All Blacks - and why it could change who wears the prized No.10 jersey

Totally agree on Perenara’s determination, competitiveness and work ethic. And he’s good with ball in hand and a decent tackler for a halfback. But his passing, which has never improved over the years, is just too erratic to be a first-choice international 9. Basically a poor man’s Marshall.

Maybe, just maybe, he’ll end up warranting a place in this year’s ABs as a 3rd choice ‘mentor’. But nothing more or beyond that.

The forgotten leader Razor must pick for the All Blacks - and why it could change who wears the prized No.10 jersey

Cameron and Ioane is definitely pushing it. As, unless a leopard change its spots, is Barrett. Oz may not have great riches at 10, but they can do better than any of those three.

The forgotten leader Razor must pick for the All Blacks - and why it could change who wears the prized No.10 jersey

The only “highly controversial” aspect of Foster’s replacement with Robertson was that it didn’t happen much earlier.

All Blacks star signs surprise short-term deal with Irish heavyweights

There was certainly inconsistency, but it favoured the Reds. That McDermott could get 3 weeks coming just a week after Lomani got 6 simply beggars belief, and confirms that, when it comes to the judiciary, some teams are more equal than others. Both struck another player following provocation, the only real difference being that McDermott’s victim was already on the ground, which made it worse.

Anybody who thinks McReight should have got a lesser sentence than 3 weeks simply hasn’t been paying attention. He got exactly the same sentence as those convicted of identical offenses (e.g., Barrett, Tele’a). As for the ‘what about Koroiduadua’ red herring, ask yourself this: if the aim is to minimise sad cases like Billy Guyton (which it should be), which action is more serious: a weak headbutt that missed its target or a serious head clash.

'Not ideal': Reds star duo cop Super Rugby bans after red cards - but where's the consistency?

Foul play outrage seems to be a selective beast in Australia. When the Drua had two sent off last week, it was “blatant thuggery”. When the same thing happens to the Reds this week, they’re “unlucky” and “only has himself to blame”. So much for sauce for the goose being sauce for the gander.

Rather than being unlucky, McReight’s case was exactly the same as several others this season who have all received the same penalty, the exceptions being Sinclair (who outrageously got off entirely) and Fa’agase (whose case was so egregious he got an extra week). So it’ll be a scandal if McReight doesn’t get 3 weeks, with 1 off for tackle school.

As for McDermott, his actions were essentially identical to those of Lomani — only the means of delivery differed. True, he did less damage, but then we’re assured by the mob — in the case of Koroiduadua — that it’s only intentions that matter. So again it’ll be a scandal if McDermott doesn’t get the 6 weeks meted out to Lomani.

It’s not coincidental that the Canes are looking much better without Savea, it’s because his absence allows them to play as a team. As I’ve pointed out several times over the last few seasons, Savea and (to a much lessening extent) Barrett are like the big kids in the playground who think the only purpose of the others is to give the ball to them. His absence allows a thousand flowers to bloom, rather than just one.

The Crusaders certainly sit at the other end of the smart spectrum though. 5 tries to 4, but they manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with two monumentally dumb pieces of play after the 80 minute mark. Reihana can be excused due to his inexperience, but Strange shelling an almost-uncontested kickoff is unforgivable. It was like watching the Blues in the pre-McDonald years.

Once again, the less said about the Highlanders, the better!

The Wrap: Crusaders' shot clock fiasco and shhh, don’t put the moz on Darby

If the local’s good enough, he’ll be picked up somewhere else.

Super Rugby teams round 8: Tahs drop Marky Mark, Kellaway returns for Rebels, HMP replaces Lynagh

Albeit somewhat old…

Presumably Williams (especially) and Brewis are still injured.

Super Rugby teams round 8: Tahs drop Marky Mark, Kellaway returns for Rebels, HMP replaces Lynagh

Surprisingly sensible. Any more than 2 weeks would have indeed been ‘wholly disproportionate’ to the nothing act of Koroiduadua.

As for Lomani, he was being tackled without the ball and in resisting was unfortunate he connected so solidly that the outcome was not pretty. So 6 weeks is fair in the circumstances. Hopefully it’ll make forwards think twice about grubbing halfbacks in future though…

Lomani gets huge discount on ban for shocking elbow after guilty plea, teammate has penalty halved

A far better example of ‘crazy’ would be Sinclair not getting cited at all.

I can’t understand all the sympathy for Fa’agase as his deliberate head-on-head tackle was far worse than anything else that’s gone before the judiciary this season. One might say he was lucky to get away with just 4 weeks. Ok, he’s Australian and it was only a Chief he hit, whereas the Fijians outrageously got stuck into a couple of Aussies, but really…

Lomani gets huge discount on ban for shocking elbow after guilty plea, teammate has penalty halved

It’s got nothing to do with that. The mitigation will be that he was being illegally tackled without the ball.

Lomani gets huge discount on ban for shocking elbow after guilty plea, teammate has penalty halved

I’m sure somebody, somewhere, understands the point you’re making…

Brisbane rugby fan convicted for 'vile and toxic' online abuse of TMO during RWC, as WR goes troll hunting

Only because you don’t understand it.

Brisbane rugby fan convicted for 'vile and toxic' online abuse of TMO during RWC, as WR goes troll hunting

I don’t think it’ll be that bad for those clubs — they should probably be competitive against the Japanese teams at least. But I do fear for some of the lesser NH clubs — they’ll probably have to count the number of players at the end of each game.

'I'm a big fan': Kiss throws weight behind Club World Cup as Europe and Super Rugby agree to new tournament

Although that was pre-season with both teams playing below-strength sides…so not exactly a sensible comparison.

'I'm a big fan': Kiss throws weight behind Club World Cup as Europe and Super Rugby agree to new tournament

The Stormers obviously finding the going a bit easier than they ever did in soup…

'I'm a big fan': Kiss throws weight behind Club World Cup as Europe and Super Rugby agree to new tournament

Allowing the NH teams to play all matches at home is just a form of handicapping that’ll allow them to be competitive. Although when something similar was tried in league, even that didn’t work.

As for 3am, you can be assured all the important games (those involving SH teams) will be played at night…you know, like in last year’s RWC.

'I'm a big fan': Kiss throws weight behind Club World Cup as Europe and Super Rugby agree to new tournament

Hmm, the “unwanted video evidence” certainly didn’t suggest Daungunu scored; if anything it suggested Murphy was right. So the decision definitely wouldn’t have been over-turned if time had been wasted on it, which means it was a good call by Murphy.

The “focus placed on protecting the head” seemed to go missing last week when Sinclair caused major damage. Whereas poor old Koroiduadua looks, as you say, set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines for just getting a little over-enthusiastic in agreeing with whatever Mafi was saying to him. 😊 As for Lomani, well, it’s true that thumping someone for tackling you without the ball is rather frowned on these days, but speaking as an ex-halfback who over the years has seen and received many instances of filthy great forwards clobbering me and my brothers, let me just say how refreshing it was to see the roles reversed. To Rebels fans, I’m sure Lomani’s elbow will be seen as a symbol of pure evil that requires no less a penalty than burning alive in boiling oil, but to me it’s a blow for midgets everywhere!

The refereeing of that passage of play was rather interesting. Prior to Lomani’s brain explosion, the Rebels committed one, possibly two, high shots and tackled the halfback at the ruck without the ball while on attack. Normally that would have attracted some combination of penalty, yellow and penalty try (ok, the last is a bit of an exaggeration), but in the end it was all conveniently ignored. And yet if any one of them had been called, Lomani would still be playing next week.

The Wrap: 'Take them to a dark place' - A quiet round grabs eyeballs for all the wrong reasons

Don’t the Waratahs have a lot of injuries too? (Poreki, Gleeson and Hanigan come immediately to mind)

Brumbies make it 12 straight against Tahs as Bell hobbles off in worrying sign for Wallabies

Well the hair was certainly noticeable, but so was his performance — 8 carries for 34 metres (more than Valetini) and 17 tackles without a miss (compared to Valetini’s 5 with 2 misses).

Brumbies make it 12 straight against Tahs as Bell hobbles off in worrying sign for Wallabies

Still quite soft compared to some teams though, with the Hurricanes and Crusaders at home and avoiding having to play the Drua in Fiji.

Brumbies make it 12 straight against Tahs as Bell hobbles off in worrying sign for Wallabies

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