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Harry Jones

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The Blues aren’t finding it hard! 60 in a season so far!

The Wrap: Finals footy arrives two weeks early as Blues and Brumbies slug it out in Canberra

Leinster poses a serious obstacle for all! In the QFs, we will see Kitshoff-Malherbe (Stormers) up against Schoeman-WP Nel (Edinburgh) in a tasty scrum battle! Plenty of 🏉 to absorb coming up!

The Wrap: Finals footy arrives two weeks early as Blues and Brumbies slug it out in Canberra

Yes, we are definitely seeing that tactic: defending teams pull the tackled carrier over on purpose, as long as they have the ball cocooned. So, even if the attacker is trying to just make a yard, they give him two! Can’t say I love the new rule. So hard to score a try; seems we would want to do 5 m scrum.

The Wrap: Finals footy arrives two weeks early as Blues and Brumbies slug it out in Canberra

Personally, I’m just mad BBBBB has now learnt how to win a match with a drop goal!

The Wrap: Finals footy arrives two weeks early as Blues and Brumbies slug it out in Canberra

Yes, the Brumbies made a full 80’s worth of tackles in the 1H and yet were still right there. Tough team to break down, and the way they held up the ball three times was magic.

The Wrap: Finals footy arrives two weeks early as Blues and Brumbies slug it out in Canberra

I’ll stick around, mate.

The Wrap: Finals footy arrives two weeks early as Blues and Brumbies slug it out in Canberra

Helpful article.

Super Rugby Finals: Best and worst case ladder positions for every team and predicted quarterfinal match ups

Was highly anticipating this Wrap, given Damongate in Canberra. Clash of styles and level of intensity made it incredibly interesting to the neutral, but it did look to me as if the Blues were “heavier” in contact all night; also, I am sad but understand why the Wrap has no mention of the Stormers finishing second overall in the URC log (winning the SA shield, which is unsuitable for drinking, but courtesy of Frans the Long Bind Malherbe now has a place in the pod trophy case), three Saffa teams making the playoffs (albeit the Sharks and the Bulls will play in one QF) and the Heineken tourney next year, which probably vitiates SARU’s plan to join the Pro14. Long term, the ability to play Euro Cups and get closer to Euro levels of earning, should mitigate the player drain a bit. Maybe a global calendar will be attained in super-gradual little incremental steps.

The Wrap: Finals footy arrives two weeks early as Blues and Brumbies slug it out in Canberra

I think Nic would’ve just tackled himself! Haha! He was gassed!

REACTION: 'Reckon we'll get an apology' - Battered by the ref, bettered by Barrett, Brumbies blow Blues battle

Mine, too! I like getting detailed with players.

Jumping the gun by a few weeks: A Wallabies 23 to face the Poms

Us, too! We are finding it easier + easier to book too guests so something is going well!

Jumping the gun by a few weeks: A Wallabies 23 to face the Poms

Yes, but there was another tackler in position, and Nic had stepped in the quicksand!

REACTION: 'Reckon we'll get an apology' - Battered by the ref, bettered by Barrett, Brumbies blow Blues battle

Had to constrict BLU. They couldn’t hang in an NBA scoring contest.

REACTION: 'Reckon we'll get an apology' - Battered by the ref, bettered by Barrett, Brumbies blow Blues battle

Thanks, pm. Rough crowd! Hang in there!

Jumping the gun by a few weeks: A Wallabies 23 to face the Poms

We often see lopsided penalty counts when running metres (635-120) and tackle counts (108-39) are lopsided. And that’s just just one half of footy. The Blues have been doing this same thing all season to everyone. The Brumbies had the right game plan to negate it, but just didn’t close it out.

REACTION: 'Reckon we'll get an apology' - Battered by the ref, bettered by Barrett, Brumbies blow Blues battle

When we get these tight matches between top 2 teams w clashing styles, it’s time to enjoy the intensity! No ref story here at all. 12-1 in 1H was actually not odd given BLU camped in red zone, held up 3 times, and BRU hanging on tenaciously + cleverly. In the end, BRU needed to close out 2 minutes and BLU snatched it instead. Great match. Awesome advertisement. One feels a rematch!

REACTION: 'Reckon we'll get an apology' - Battered by the ref, bettered by Barrett, Brumbies blow Blues battle

Some excellent ideas, but reducing the value of a penalty would definitely have an unintended consequence of creating MORE of an incentive to commit even more infringements to prevent a try. Three points from kickable positions create a good curb to cynical ball-slowing.

Reduce the value of penalties, and four more law changes that would be game-changing for rugby

Haha! He’s a good ‘un. Paddy missed kicks so he is out as Ginger 10 Man. Rhys P not picked by Pivac. so, it’s Tane at the top!

'We can't be naïve': Tahs give Tane contract update as 'forgotten man' looks to jog memories

Best ginger 20 in WR. Does he have a Saffa nan? Pollard is 28; Elton 32.

'We can't be naïve': Tahs give Tane contract update as 'forgotten man' looks to jog memories

Won’t touch that! Haha

Exclusive: Ned Hanigan on how Japan changed him, Wallabies ambition, dealing with doubters and his 'surreal' Tahs return

That’s good journalism and excellent writing, Big T.

Exclusive: Ned Hanigan on how Japan changed him, Wallabies ambition, dealing with doubters and his 'surreal' Tahs return

They do the right things but the ref seems to see the old (but not too old) guy’s pictures clearer!

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

We’ve learned we underestimate Duane at our peril. His steal at the death won against the ABs on the Gold Coast. Has that nous.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Yes, but in the heat of battle, that 28-33 ish prop prime still wins out!

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Amazing heirloom

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

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