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Who is Bernard Foley's understudy?

It is clear Bernard Foley will be the Wallabies’ first choice 10 unless some Stephen Larkham-esque talent is unearthed. However, it is still necessary to invest in a strong understudy should injury occur or Foley suffer a decline in form.

I’d rather $800k and the Wallabies to $1.2 million.

But then again, I have the luxury of only having to look after myself, whereas Samu needs to look after his extended family and village. A huge responsibility. So I totally understand his decision.

Talk of a million too much for Tupou

Hmmm, not convinced, but you’re probably right. I wonder how tax rates between Aus and Japan differ.

Talk of a million too much for Tupou

Yeah, that is very generous. I wonder why he didn’t accept it. Maybe there are some truth to the rumours about players not getting on with Brad Thorn. I also heard he perhaps wanted to be with his brother in Japan.

Talk of a million too much for Tupou

Do we know what Kerevi’s offer actually was, or are we basing this off Johnson saying it was generous?

Talk of a million too much for Tupou

Meh, I think that pretty much every maul, scrum and ruck has something illegal going on where the referee could blow a penalty. I wouldn’t particularly mind if the referee did take a harsher stance with mauls as it would make for a more visually appealing sport, I would also expect them to take a much closer look at the cynical nature of the pressure-relieving penalties that most Kiwi sides (and other good sides) seem to have been taught to concede when on defence in the 22, as well as the falling on the wrong side of the ruck, not rolling quickly, etc.

I doubt the referee will penalise the Brumbies’ maul off the park though. There are too many penalties in rugby, and referees don’t want to blow the whistle at every breakdown, scrum and line out if they can avoid it.

Can the Sharks bring attention to the Brumbies ‘interesting’ lineout tactics?

Consistently outplayed him when playing then.

Slammin' Sam Cane shows just how good the Kiwis' super sevens are

My biggest issue with Isi is that I haven’t seen that linking ability I want in an 8. He is very good at the physical stuff, but he isn’t getting those passes away to the men outside him when they are in better positions, McCaffrey excels at that.

I wouldn’t mind 6. Naisarani, 8. McCaffrey. Isi can do the tighter forward stuff and let McCaffrey play a bit looser.

Slammin' Sam Cane shows just how good the Kiwis' super sevens are

I’d start him. Has consistently outplayed Naisarani this season. Only reason to go for Isi, I think, is if you need tight ball running only.

Slammin' Sam Cane shows just how good the Kiwis' super sevens are

It will be a disgrace if he doesn’t make the squad.

Slammin' Sam Cane shows just how good the Kiwis' super sevens are

Oh really, you think so? We won earlier in the season, but the Chiefs are much better now. I would be worried if we were to play them, wouldn’t be at all confident of starting favourites.

Slammin' Sam Cane shows just how good the Kiwis' super sevens are

Yep, in Canberra.

Slammin' Sam Cane shows just how good the Kiwis' super sevens are

I don’t really agree. I think that Gibson found a niche that worked for a while, but who can forget the fact that the Brumbies finished last season as easily the form Australian team, including destroying the Tahs in Sydney, they just left their run too late.

The Tahs’ 2018 season was built on outstanding seasons from two players that were almost peerless with the ball in hand, Folau and TN. Once those two were neutralised, the Tahs didn’t have a whole lot.

It was a very good strategy for a while, but Gibson has been in charge for four seasons, and was successful for half a season to two-thirds of a season, and totally reliant on two players.

The Brumbies: The best Australian team is the one we’d all forgotten about

Would 6. Frizell/Squire, 7. Cane, 8. Savea be good enough in the line out? I suspect that both Cane and Savea are superior line out operators to either of the men who collectively make up the Pooper.

Slammin' Sam Cane shows just how good the Kiwis' super sevens are

Great player; fantastic comeback story from a horrific injury; scary for a Brumbies fan.

Slammin' Sam Cane shows just how good the Kiwis' super sevens are

Brown, to me, looks like he could easily be a potential Wallaby starter one day.

The Brumbies: The best Australian team is the one we’d all forgotten about

Weren’t there only 4 finalists from 07-09 though?

The Brumbies: The best Australian team is the one we’d all forgotten about

So all three of them looked comparably good?

Junior Wallabies surge into historic World Championship final

The problem is he still only looking like a guy that vaguely belongs at super rugby level, not any higher and not even there necessarily.

The Brumbies’ first choice back row this season was 6. Valetini, 7. Pocock. 8. McCaffrey, 20. Samu. The next two guys were Brown and Cusack.

I don’t think Hanigan would be ahead of any of those guys, which would mean that he would be the seventh best loose head at the Brumbies.

The Brumbies: The best Australian team is the one we’d all forgotten about

Any idea why Frost doesn’t start?

Junior Wallabies surge into historic World Championship final

Exceedingly wise comment.

The Brumbies: The best Australian team is the one we’d all forgotten about

True, but even if the others were entirely subjective (which is very subjective), Fardy was the outstanding option, and he was discarded first for Mumm and then for Hanigan.

The Brumbies: The best Australian team is the one we’d all forgotten about

Do you have a guess as for next year? I can’t say I’ve seen either play a huge amount. I found it strange that Jordan Jackson-Hope was given game time on the weekend when he is leaving, rather than someone like Hansen.
This week generally but also over the longterm I would probably say… although those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, and I’ve been intentionally negative this season since the first Reds game so as not to get my hopes up!

The Brumbies: The best Australian team is the one we’d all forgotten about

I don’t disagree with that, but I will say that you don’t need to be objectively brilliant to be the best option, just better than the competitors.

Guys like Fardy, Tomane, Powell, Banks, etc have displayed that over the last few years, in my opinion.

The Brumbies: The best Australian team is the one we’d all forgotten about

I could argue with LSL at 6, Hodge, Fitzpatrick and Wright 😛 , but I agree it is a very good side, one far better than we’re likely to get from Cheika.

Seven talking points from Super Rugby Round 18

Great article, mate, thank you.

I too have fond memories of that night, it was a chilly one and I was with my cousins who were following the tour from Ireland. Although of course avid Lions fans, they were extremely happy for and impressed the Brumbies, and since became Brumbies fans from afar.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Remembering the Brumbies' Lion tamers