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Definite danger game for the Brumbies JC. Reckon the backs and their defence give them a bit of an edge, but the forward battle is tough to call.

Top-of-the-table clash the perfect chance for Brumbies to find their best form

Yeah he’s a Large Human

Top-of-the-table clash the perfect chance for Brumbies to find their best form

Should be a ripper. Would have liked to see a Reds back row of Wright, McReight and Wilson again against the Brumbies, but still an enticing match-up.

Top-of-the-table clash the perfect chance for Brumbies to find their best form

I’d not say Tupou is lazy Bobby, he’s really improved his workrate this year.

Think we can all agree with you on Petaia though. A clean bill of health for him, please.

Top-of-the-table clash the perfect chance for Brumbies to find their best form

Concur. Particularly given we’re well covered at 15 with Banks, Haylett-Petty and Maddocks.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

Cheers Chook. Yes depth isn’t great right now, particularly in the second row, but I suppose that’s to be expected the year after a World Cup. Three more years to build it up before the next one, and with gen-next showing positive signs I reckon we’ll get there in time.

As for number 8s, between Harry Wilson and Will Harris we’ll get exactly the type of player you’re looking for. Give it a year or two.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

Fair enough on Lolesio, although he’s had a far better pack to work behind than anyone else in Australia this year. At any rate, sounds like finals is about as early as we can expect to see him back, so his injury has certainly opened the door for everyone else.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

Well if he can beat the commentator’s curse we know he’s the real deal.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

I don’t think To’omua’s the best long-term option at 10 for the Wallabies but he was good at the World Cup last year and hasn’t been given much of a platform by his forwards the last few weeks. Should get first crack at it this year.

Hodge, I think, would become a good 13 if he’s just given a proper, season (or two!)-long run in the jersey.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

Who’s your starting Wallaby 10 then Bobby?

Also I said Bell scrummaged well in the Waratahs’ last game against the Rebels, not in the first two rounds of this comp.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

He shouts from second-last on the panel.

Super Rugby Week 6: Choose your own disappointment

Oi quit copying my tips!

Super Rugby Week 6: Choose your own disappointment

On another topic, I see what’s going on here: there’s genuine concern at Roar HQ that after however many years it’s been, Brett might actually take out a tipping panel. So how can we possibly pull back his lead?

Answer: Put him back in charge.

Damn, so much for my master plan staying under the radar.

Although it probably would have made sense to submit some different tips to you if that was going to work in my favour…

Super Rugby Week 6: Choose your own disappointment

Yep that home advantage for the Saders was big for me.

Super Rugby Week 5: The Force is strong with this one

Edward, this kind of comment is extremely problematic. Putting aside the notion that because schoolkids say something must mean it’s perfectly acceptable (like, really? They’re at school to learn, not set societal examples for grown adults to follow) you evidently believe it’s fine to insult someone by using a derogatory term which compares them to someone with a disability.

This sends the message that people who have a disability are somehow less than those who don’t – which is just plainly not right. At all. That’s why it’s offensive.

Rather than continually posting about how this is just a media beat-up, maybe do some reading about why the type of language Fonua-Blake used is so offensive. You’d benefit from it.

Some light on Addin Fonua-Blake's words

Jez, Penney did not make some significant changes to the pack.

He didn’t make any, in fact.

Super Rugby Week 5: The Force is strong with this one

I’m surprised that, for all our talk of it being a tough week, all the tips were identical save for one game.

Super Rugby Week 5: The Force is strong with this one

That doesn’t give the player any right to then abuse the referee.

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

That’s great. There are plenty of others who are too and do, though.

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

Understand the point you’re making Shane, but ignorance is no excuse for AFB.

I think the way some of this language is used in films and other media – and that’s a whole other problem which needs addressing – is just all the more reason for the NRL to actually do something meaningful here. Might not a hefty suspension and education around the issue indicate to footy fans that those words, even though they’ve been used in movies, aren’t acceptable?

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

Ah yes, because not being able to use disparaging, offensive slurs makes the NRL soft and ridiculous.

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

I’m not saying AFB should go and do some work with kids who have a disability – although it may help give him some perspective. I’m saying his club or the NRL should spend some time educating their fans about why what he did was wrong.

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

I think the learning point is a really important one. This kind of language won’t end until people are taught how – and more importantly, why – it’s offensive. There’d be plenty of people who use words like those without understanding their impact. That’s why it’s so important for the NRL to come out and say something meaningful here; it’d help make a difference.

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

I cannot abide those apologies to “anyone offended”. An all-too-common case of saying sorry without actually apologising for your actions.

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

If only the Chaser’s War on Everything was still around… could have subbed in for Anna Coren’s segue off the week

Super Rugby Week 4: Here come the Aussies