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cs is a former No. 8 who remembers playing in a forward pack as the most (legal) fun he's ever had. These days he spends a fair share of his professional time crunching very hard numbers.

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Can still be in contact without downward pressure if said contact is with the side of the ball, as it looked to me. In other words, I think he dropped it right on the line but it didn’t go forward.

Incidentally, in the preceding phase I think the 7 threw a forward pass out of the hands, if you check it against the nearby quarter line. C’est la vie.

Beale, Rodda shine on Super Rugby return as Force smash Crusaders to keep finals hopes alive

Agree RTL.

I’m holding my breath for KB, since his form seemed to defy his age. He was crucial in the first two tries and always sharp. It’s the little things that have always got me with this guy, like the pass after the turnover on the line at about 70 mins. The opposition was going to score for all money and, in a blink, KB sent the turnover wide for Donno’s ranging kick, setting up the second last try. Outplaying the Crusaders first up is a dream return to the field. Hope he can go on with it.

Beale, Rodda shine on Super Rugby return as Force smash Crusaders to keep finals hopes alive

Can’t help but notice that adding experienced players is the directly opposite selection policy of our erstwhile national coach.

Beale, Rodda shine on Super Rugby return as Force smash Crusaders to keep finals hopes alive

Just had a brother in the ear arguing the virtues of having two players in Donno & Kurtley at the back able to return long deep kicks. Think he had a point.

Beale, Rodda shine on Super Rugby return as Force smash Crusaders to keep finals hopes alive

” 😂 😂 “, to quote NickM.

Brumbies 'systematically taken apart by the Blues' in 'non-contest' as Larkham's men cop huge reality check

So where’s Biscuits? Thought he’d be insufferably all over this thread. Should we alert the police?

Brumbies 'systematically taken apart by the Blues' in 'non-contest' as Larkham's men cop huge reality check

Maybe leaving the Hurricanes aside, I feel there isn’t a big difference between the teams this year, with the results mainly determined by luck and which is prepared to make the enormous physical and mental effort required to show up come game day. If you’re not fully up for it and the other team gets on top, you’re cactus, especially at Eden Park.

Brumbies 'systematically taken apart by the Blues' in 'non-contest' as Larkham's men cop huge reality check

I don’t imagine Kurtley will play for the Wallabies again at this stage in his career but the idea of CG at 10 and KB at 15 is something I’d just love to see for the fun of it.

Beale, Rodda shine on Super Rugby return as Force smash Crusaders to keep finals hopes alive

Thanks. Yep, another couple camera angles were in order.

Beale, Rodda shine on Super Rugby return as Force smash Crusaders to keep finals hopes alive

Doesn’t there need to be some ‘downward pressure’, as they used to say, PK? Looked to me as if Force 17 player dislodged the ball from his hand.

Beale, Rodda shine on Super Rugby return as Force smash Crusaders to keep finals hopes alive

AK for mine.

Beale, Rodda shine on Super Rugby return as Force smash Crusaders to keep finals hopes alive

yep

WATCH: Did Crusaders get away with a knock-on in try that had the locals fuming?

Well done Force! Well done Donno! Massive defensive effort led by Rodda and Tizzano. Warm congrats to KB for an excellent return after a terrible year. Wonderful game.

Beale, Rodda shine on Super Rugby return as Force smash Crusaders to keep finals hopes alive

I could’ve scored his try. Extreme statement I realise but true.

'Like a Scud missile': World Cup reject leads rout, but Reds suffer fresh blow with Petaia's season in jeopardy

Sadly then, much misery to come …

'Like a Scud missile': World Cup reject leads rout, but Reds suffer fresh blow with Petaia's season in jeopardy

Always looks small with the camera pointing at the lightly populated side of the field. Reckon the announcer cheer-leader could tone it down and the person playing the music should be given a redundancy deal. Had many conversations at the game wherein I still don’t have clue what the other person was saying. Tom-toms are OK but should get more bass into them.

'Like a Scud missile': World Cup reject leads rout, but Reds suffer fresh blow with Petaia's season in jeopardy

Also played well last week in a losing side.

'Like a Scud missile': World Cup reject leads rout, but Reds suffer fresh blow with Petaia's season in jeopardy

Caught the game live. Didn’t reach any heights but the Reds defence was impressive and the result emphatic.

'Like a Scud missile': World Cup reject leads rout, but Reds suffer fresh blow with Petaia's season in jeopardy

My sentiment exactly Phil. 🏉

Let's celebrate rugby for its differences: Why imitating league is not the answer

A big life in sport, and a Tahs fan if I recall correctly. RIP

RIP, David Lord: Australian sports journalism icon was 'always thoughtful and thought-provoking'

I dare say that Phil’s express coaching aim is looking a tad tenuous:

“I genuinely believe our competitive advantage in sport is being Australian, so we need to ensure there’s a really strong Australian flavour within the coaching structure. Whether that includes the head coach or not is less relevant, it’s around the culture installed across the broader coaching group. We’re really open-minded around whether the coach is an Australian or a foreigner, as long as the broader coaching environment is very Australian.”

CONFIRMED: Wallabies land final piece of coaching puzzle as ex-Lion signs on ahead of showpiece event

Surely there will be a million or so conversations in RA on this issue by then?

CONFIRMED: Wallabies land final piece of coaching puzzle as ex-Lion signs on ahead of showpiece event

Every present imagines itself more complex than the past, with debatable certainty..

CONFIRMED: Wallabies land final piece of coaching puzzle as ex-Lion signs on ahead of showpiece event

For a reliably good laugh, I’d recommend listening to league coverage on the TV with the picture totally black.

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

Top shelf discussion. Like the old days.

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

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