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If Noah had played a whole SRAU season he might have got the start but at the momement he’s a lot of promise without enough game time. I can see why TK wasn’t brought in. Good defender, but his general play really hasn’t been up there this season.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

I wonder if Rennie considered bringing Kerevi back. Agree, Paisami’s defence concerns me the most. A fit Petaia is obviously who they wanted.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Yes, that’s always been my issue. Lack of any real concret facts and just a general sense that it seems true (which like said I think likely holds, I’m just not sure by how much).

As I said, Aoteraroa whilst an interesting data point, I don’t necessarily think reflects the longterm viability. It was the only live/new Rugby on TV for awhile there with no Premiership, Pro14 etc..etc.. up and running. I’d want to look at the longterm numbers to have a better feel for what the real commercial viability of SR level NZ rugby is in a broader global market context because there is a rather low ceiling if you are relying on just the NZ market.

Super Rugby as we know it all but over after South Africa votes to quit, send teams to Europe instead

I’ll agree to disagree on him not offering anything.

Wallabies dealt massive injury blow for Rugby Championship

Yes, a lot of SH sides have won the RWC. You’d think there has got to be some value in playing each other. Iron sharpens iron and all that.

Super Rugby as we know it all but over after South Africa votes to quit, send teams to Europe instead

Isn’t CVC and the likes hovering around the Pro14 (16). Perhaps the money men see it as an underperforming asset with the SA injection adding value.

Super Rugby as we know it all but over after South Africa votes to quit, send teams to Europe instead

Playing some of those games in summer is going to be interesting for the NH teams.

Super Rugby as we know it all but over after South Africa votes to quit, send teams to Europe instead

Scotty, I was going to ask, where did Andy Marinos state that NZR never agreed to a 6 week comp? Is there a clip with him somewhere?

I feel like there is almost a need to parse what is being said in this affair as there seemed to be an inference that NZR were ok with a 6 week tournament when they were hosting.

Also as an aside, is being in quarantine on Christmas really such a big deal in the scheme of things / the world.

Super Rugby as we know it all but over after South Africa votes to quit, send teams to Europe instead

There is a truisim about that statement which I don’t necessarily disagree with, but I’d still be curious at the significance. By that I mean do we have the actual numbers for NZ v NZ games in SR in the global/european market?
I know SRA did ok, but I see that as a bit of an aberration in that it was the only game in town for awhile there. It would be interesting to actually see the numbers over the last couple of years to get a sense of the value of the NZ product outside NZ/AU.
Obviously the internationals are a different question with the AllBlacks having a reasonable pull.

Super Rugby as we know it all but over after South Africa votes to quit, send teams to Europe instead

Peter, what are you talking about with regards to signing and then taking up o/s offers?

Wallabies dealt massive injury blow for Rugby Championship

I’m guessing you haven’t seen much of Skelton of late. He is worth consideration depending on the balance Rennie is going for.

Wallabies dealt massive injury blow for Rugby Championship

Coleman had surgery recently coupled with limited game time. I’m not sure he’s who I’d be bringing back.

Wallabies dealt massive injury blow for Rugby Championship

I was curious how Richie is going too. Was a period where he showed all the same potential (even ahead at time) as Arnold but never seemed to step up the same way towards the end.

Wallabies dealt massive injury blow for Rugby Championship

I think with Rodda it will depend on the optics and the specifics of how Rodda approached the situation and pointedly how the other players view the events.

Wallabies dealt massive injury blow for Rugby Championship

My concern with players like McMahon and even Kerevi for that matter is how little game time they have had this year. I know it’s not perhaps as essential as I think some people think it is but it is still nice to have a true sense of where the player is at.

Wallabies dealt massive injury blow for Rugby Championship

Have you watched much of Skelton’s play since he left our Aussie shores?

Wallabies dealt massive injury blow for Rugby Championship

Don’t disagree that he played a lot less on the gainline, but that was as much a facet of the attacking patterns the Tahs were obviously going for and not necessarily a byproduct of just Harrisons play. There was a lot of coast to coast play by the Tahs were they really tried to stretch the defensive structures and change the point of contact. A lot of speed, through the hands work rather than the channel one play of say the Rebels.

I think you might want to delve into the stats a little more to reflect on Harrisons season because he took it to the line a lot more than you might think, lots of runs for decent meters with a reasonable amount of tackle busts.

Also it’s a bit of a misnomer to say that playing flat to the line is the only way to counter rush defence, there are a number of ways to approach it.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

I think you need to seperate the media chat from Lolesio the individual. Remember Mark Nawaqanitawase being talked up as Folau 2.0, that sure wasn’t coming from Mark.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

I actually thought Harrison was a better classic 10 this season.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Even with the Reds, I’m not sure that it is so much about the complexity of their sequences, it’s more the fundamentals of timing & accuracy of both positioning, throws and lifts. As I said a range of execution issues.

I have wondered somewhat if the AU teams playing each other week in and week out is also a factor. Calls become important when your coming up against the same teams who have potentially already seen what you have in your toolkit.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Yes and no. I don’t think they have become too complicated, just that like last night a number of teams haven’t been able to execute. Go watch some of the Crusaders lineout sequences this year if you want to see some novel lineouts done right.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Don’t you mean by JP Smith who continued to drive/push him. At least Tupou had the class to come over an see that he was ok.

Poor photographer gets demolished by Folau Fainga'a

To be fair, I think any talk of the Reds coaching has been in the context of their attack this year vs. the last couple of years. Their scrum and to a degree defence have been sound for awhile but their attack has been very much improved since McKay returned to the fold. It’s hard to not excuse their lineout woes this year after loosing the talent of Rodda and even Hockings.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

I thought the mental aspect was a factor too. Reds looked jittery at the beginning. There may have been a degree of having played their final last week in terms of the mental/physical toll.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Selections give me the impression that McKellar always had a particular approach in mind and very much presented a specific picture in the last game against the Reds.

Super Rugby AU final teams: Lolesio back for Brumbies, Petaia given the all-clear