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True Chris, the rolling maul is very difficult to defend against when it is well constructed.
That being said, how many rolling maul tries have been scored against the Brumbies in the last two years?
Two or three?
Also, let’s be honest, when a back joins a rolling maul it is mostly tokenism. They just want to be able to say, ‘great try, we helped you guys’.
Forwards know the truth, but they know the backs need to feel like they’ve actually done something during the game.

Penalty delivers Brumbies last-gasp win

Congratulations to the Brumbies, to win when you don’t deserve to is a good habit to get into.
Hopefully some of that will transfer to the Wallabies.
As for the Reds, didn’t they play well and exciting to watch, when they got going the Brumbies had no answer.
Their line speed and defence was outstanding, and with ball in hand looked dangerous across the park.
They just need to turn that into winning the tight ones, or putting the opposition well away when they have them on the ropes.
As for the Brumbies, they need to work out ways to penetrate a team with good line speed like the Reds.
We’ve seen them struggle when the opposition has line speed and committed defence.
Sure they can resort to line-outs and rolling mauls when things aren’t working, but it would be good to see them find other ways to break-down the opposition.
They were doing it in the pre-covid season, but have struggled since.
Maybe that has coincided with the loss of Lolesio and the average form of Banks and Kuridrani.

I really enjoyed the game and it showed that if two teams are committed to trying to win the game instead of trying not to lose it, then Oz Rugby can be an enjoyable spectacle to watch.

Penalty delivers Brumbies last-gasp win

Can’t understand why Sehwag didn’t do better at T20.
On the surface, it appears to be the perfect game for him.
Maybe it came along too late in his career.
Pretty good strike rate though mid 140’s.

India's all-time T20 XI

Tears for Villa if /when Grealish goes…
How do replace someone like Jack for a club like Villa?

Transfers that should happen this European summer

Thanks Rellum, as a Milan fan the last decade has been disappointing, looks like it will continue.

The Old Lady makes it nine in a row, but celebrations are subdued

Although I am looking forward to the new Bond movie ‘No Time to Die’, whenever that comes out.

The pub test: What is actually plausible for 2021?

No, my point is NZR are controlling their narrative regarding whatever comp evolves.
South Sydney is controlling their narrative regarding whatever happens with Suaalii.
RA is controlling none of theirs, they are going from crisis response to crisis response.
To use a Cricket analogy, ‘ They are always on the back foot, trying to block the chin music.’

The pub test: What is actually plausible for 2021?

I don’t understand how Juve can be so dominant in Serie A and not transfer that to Europe.
ie. Champions League Trophy, what are they 2 from 9?
Isn’t that why they bought Ronaldo?

The Old Lady makes it nine in a row, but celebrations are subdued

TWAS, Ahh I think you’ve mis-read my comment.
My point was League & News are pushing the $3M.
Which is drowning out RA’s narrative.

The pub test: What is actually plausible for 2021?

RA are being played like a fiddle.
There are two areas where they have lost the narrative and it’s being used against them.
The first area is finances the second is talent.
There are two organisations or three if you include News/Fox that are recently using it to their advantage to control the narrative.
The first is NZR with their Aratipu Report, high-lighting RA’s lack of talent and finances for pushing only 2-3 Oz teams.
By controlling this narrative and getting the media and usual suspects on board, whatever happens next they have a fall-back position.
If RA go it alone, there is the ‘we offered them to join us’.
If RA is successful in getting all 5 in the NZR comp and OZ teams get flogged it’s, well we only wanted 2-3 anyway.
The other is Souths, having tabled a huge offer to 16-year-old Suaalii believing it to be fait accompli, only to find out he was investigating Rugby and it’s options.
So to control the narrative, suggesting that the only reason he’d go has to be due to a huge counter-offer.
Souths get News/Fox on board with that narrative cause sharks love blood in the water, whether it’s burley or prey.
There you have it, Souths win if he stays cause he chose League over Union and if he goes it’s because he went for obscene money from a broke, talentless organisation.

Whatever happens with the competition next year RA has to win back the narrative and have it on their terms, otherwise, they will be dictated to by everyone.
Which is part of the reason they are in this current situation.

The pub test: What is actually plausible for 2021?

I first became aware of Hill during SBS’s 2005 Ashes coverage and have been a fan ever since.
Although commentating different sports he and Phil Liggett are probably my two favourite.

Simon Hill's departure from Fox Sports leaves a gaping hole

In the age of digital media, one guiding principle rings true:

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story”

I mourn for the loss of balanced, truthful journalism and for the informed, knowledgeable reader.

The Wrap: Truth proves elusive as Superman Suaalii saga rages on

That try had more arse than Rakheem Cornwall, but if any team was to score a try like that, of course it would be a NZ one.

'We've seen everything now!' Crusader lights up Super Rugby NZ with unbelievable trick try

As much as I love watching LeBron, I think the MVP will go to Giannis.
It’ll all depend on how they play after the Covid break.
Which, as we’ve seen in other sports, some players excel and others have struggled to recover their form.

The bigger question is whether these two will challenge Kawhi for finals MVP…

Exciting times to be seeing NBA back.

The two-way race: Who will be crowned NBA MVP?

When you have a superiority complex every one looks insignificant when you look down on them.
As this is a ‘One-Year’ option I think they’ll go it alone with a re-think if it turns out to be more than that.
What’d I’d like to see is two pools of the five teams with Pacific players sprinkled in with the intent for them to be stand-alone for the next comp if it happens. They keep aligned with their national teams but gain Super Rugby experience.
That way they are able to experience the level of games to improve competitiveness.
When the fifth team from each pool would normally have the bye they play a trans-Tasman game.
Everyone plays every weekend. If need be RA clubs have more PI’s then NZR.
Benefits everyone.

Know when to hold 'em, know when to walk away

If the Brumbies can’t get their set-piece right or adjust their defence to prevent off-side penalties and warnings, and the Force can play for the full 80 minutes then they are a chance.

I’ve admired the way the Force have played and are coached since coming back into the fold.

But if the Brumbies fix their issues then they should win comfortably.
Especially as it is their first back-to-back game since the start of the comp.
If this happens then we should see them back to playing to their pre-covid best.

Force captain Stander: We 100 per cent can beat the Brumbies

I originally thought, where’s Malcolm Marshall, then checked his stats.
Everyone looks small when compared to his West Indian fast bowling compatriots.

Making short work: The ultimate munchkin XI

Also, Fox usually doesn’t include Kayo or Foxtel Now/Go numbers, so numbers could be much higher.

The case for FFA TV

I like the idea, so long as a game or two is on free to air for those unwilling or unable to subscribe and to help grow the game.
Another code in a similar broadcast position to Football is Rugby.
Maybe the two codes could create a production and streaming development alliance to share the costs.
Then you could have FFATV & RATV covering everything fans would want and shared development & production costs that wouldn’t break both codes.

The case for FFA TV

I agree that over the last decade and in particular over the last 5 years Oz Rugby skills in all departments have been abysmal.
I do believe we have seen a significant improvement, at times, on the skills this year.
What’s need is consistent, back-to-back improvement.
Which I think is coming. But again it comes down to player commitment and buy-in for that to happen.
It takes time to undue the bad habits in order to create the good.
As for Will Harrison, didn’t he kick 15 straight before missing?
What about Foley, when Mehrtens was his kicking coach he rarely missed.
Maybe RA could hire him to coach all Oz kickers.
As for in-game kicking, bring back to the Torp…

Australian rugby's skills issue

There is talk a wealthy benefactor is stumping up a majority of the cash… I wonder if true or a diversionary tactic.

Rugby Australia denies $3 million grab for sports freak

While we are at it….. Let’s not forget that under-arm delivery….or 2019 cricket world cup….or 1995 Rugby World Cup…. or 2007 Rugby World Cup…. or 2017 Lions Tour… and on and on….seems to be a pattern here..

Critics keep coming for NZ Rugby over proposed breakaway comp

Wouldn’t make sense spending that sort of coin in the current environment…. Unless you want a revolt on your hands from existing proven players.
Especially with no signed broadcast deal for next year.

I’d have thought RA now has more sensible heads running the show now.

Maybe league can’t reconcile the fact that a young bloke would choose the Olympics and international competition and exposure over NRL.
So therefore, it has to be about huge money why he’d go to Rugby.

Rugby Australia denies $3 million grab for sports freak

Has any of the lost three signed their new lucrative overseas contracts yet?

Changing of the red guard bodes well for the Wallabies

If he can continue putting back-to-back season’s of consistency in, then he might be mentioned in the same light as Sir Garfield or Kallis. Although as an all-rounder Kallis doesn’t get his deserved praise.
If Stokes hasn’t already, he’ll easily surpass Botham & Freddie.
Imagine if he’d chosen New Zealand what that team would be like today… Or for that matter England without him.

Ben Stokes on course to match it with one of Australia's greats