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Jarrod Murray

Roar Rookie

Joined October 2019







A student and sports enthusiast aspiring to venture into Sports Journalism. First and foremost, a passionate Gunnedah Red Devils supporter.



Very happy to see Petaia is uninjured! Lolesio’s inclusion makes the game even more interesting. Also, in my opinion, Brumbies have made a great decision in starting Powell. White, to the detriment of his starting position, has proven his effectiveness of coming off the bench and being able to have a substantial impact on the game. Not the same team that was decisively beaten in the last round of the competition.

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

His constant looking to his captain and facial expressions when he doesn’t understand the ref is kind of hilarious.

Kurtley Beale sent off in his second French rugby game

Loved the Nuggets and Clippers game 6 and 7. Nikola Jokic and Murray have been insane! Jokic is such a great team general. Although, huge praise also goes to the veteran Millsap who single-handedly picked the team up when they were down by almost 20 in game 6. I think it was at half time of game 6 when the Nuggets were down by 15 or so, Barkley channelled his inner Paul Peirce and called the game. He ‘guaranteed’ that the Clippers would win by 20. Looking pretty egg-faced right now 😂

Five things we learnt from the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs

To give an example of Rugby Union’s TMO system in comparison to Rugby League, I recall multiple situations in the Super Rugby AU competition this year when the referee was out of position and couldn’t give an absolute on-field decision. So, the ref would ask the TMO to review grounding etc. and they would usually have an answer ready almost straight away. Commentators even joked about who the ‘best’ TMO is, as in who can get a decision fastest. There is obviously always going to be some issues with any form of TMO, although in this case, I think league should understand that referees perform better when given more responsibility. Refs should be able to ask specific things rather than refer the try to the bunker and have them scrape through the entire play.

I hate the Bunker

Was going to say “two cents rugby” as well, he does some good game previews and weekly overviews.

Fox Sports is both a blessing and a curse

Spot on mate. Giannis leads the league in usage and Bledsoe hasn’t been great offensively in the playoffs, I should look it up but averaging less than 10 points a game if I’m not mistaken. I personally hope Giannis stays but he would need a show of commitment from the administration to continue building a solid team around him. Like you say, a good replacement coach would prove this.
Cheers for the article!

Milwaukee needs a culture change and the buck stops with Budenholzer

Imagine for a second, a Giannis move to Golden State. Both his and Draymond Green’s contracts are very similar. However, it is seemingly impossible because he would need to accept the 100m deal that he is on now and therefore take a huge pay cut. The Giannis trap wouldn’t work if the splash brothers were sitting on the 3-point line. I can’t begin to imagine the strength of that team.

Milwaukee needs a culture change and the buck stops with Budenholzer

Sure thing: Saturday’s game will be an absolute cracker!

Super Rugby AU qualifying final: Simply Red vs the Rebel yell

I recently went to a Gordon vs Two Blues match. The Shute Shield competition’s character was demonstrated when I noticed Tatafu Polota-Nau, who had played fourths on the day, was manning the sideline with a flag. Absolute class act.

The magic of the Shute Shield

I will be tipping with my heart this week. Go the Force!!

Super Rugby AU Week 10: The final countdown

Very excited to have Nic White back in Australia!

Dave Rennie's Wallaby XV: Who gets the nod from countless options from Super Rugby AU?

Does Pocock still play for the Panasonic Wild Knights? Would be great to see the two go head to head in Japan!

Michael Hooper to take six-month sabbatical to Japanese rugby in 2021

Great read. Didn’t catch the game, although, saw the send-off on the news. 110% agree, let the players play! Nothing worse than when a referee’s interpretation-based call decides a game.

Netball: Keep calm and carry on

Cheers for the insight Thomas. I’m keen to see the Giannis and Middleton duo. They seem to have a tremendously high level of chemistry on and off the court.

Eastern Conference Round 1 predictions

Matt, Rennie opting to select on form means that no spot is guaranteed. The same is for Hooper, although his recent performance and huge amount of experience at the international level against the best teams in the world means that (at this stage) he would be my pick.

Michael Hooper shines in sky blue slaughter at the SCG

As a fan that has explored the Hooper alternatives, I am very happy for Hooper to have cemented himself at Wallabies number 7.

Michael Hooper shines in sky blue slaughter at the SCG

Exactly. While the Force will always be the underdog for the rest of the Super Rugby AU rounds, their winless record doesn’t tell their full story.

Perfect timing: The round that has Super Rugby AU at sixes and sevens

Looking forward to the Force v Tahs game. If I hadn’t watched the Tah’s stellar performance against the Reds, I would imagine the Force are in with a chance. However, the beauty of last week’s results is that, in the Super Rugby AU competition, no team’s win can be guaranteed.

Perfect timing: The round that has Super Rugby AU at sixes and sevens

Very interesting article Brett.
I wanted to add, seeing as RA has opted down this path, they shouldn’t waste the talent they have already found in some of the young players by instead fielding the more experienced players. Perhaps there are some exceptions to the rule.
Jordan Petaia comes to mind. His first game back was inspiring! Although maybe I’m doing exactly what you are saying not too… Nevertheless, great read.

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

jc, with the plethora of great ideas on the Roar, I don’t doubt that Rennie trawls through it every now and then 😂

Joe Powell's career-defining decision

Yeah mate! That 3 was insane

Storylines to watch for during the NBA’s return

Hey Ferret. In my opinion, White would start, although that may come from my bias towards his style of rugby. To be honest, if Rennie believes Powell to be the better choice, go for it. I just hope they are both offered opportunities to prove themselves, which seems more and more likely in the Rennie-led-Wallabies. Also, it’s nice to see competition around the scrum-half position (not such a bad problem for Rennie to have!).
Cheers for your input!

Joe Powell's career-defining decision

I just caught the tail end of the Mavs vs Rockets game. Absolute score fest and went right down to the wire! Great game if anyone is looking to get a replay up. For that reason, I won’t divulge any spoilers.

Storylines to watch for during the NBA’s return

I’d have to disagree jc. IMO White’s experience positions him as the best choice. I’m thinking he will be in the starting line-up. Although, in the Rennie era especially, it would come down to performance. There is nothing wrong with healthy competition.

Joe Powell's career-defining decision

Cheers Tooly. Will be interesting to see how Rennie may influence Powell’s decision.

Joe Powell's career-defining decision