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There was a huge crackdown on the Brumbies illegal maul tactics at the end of Larkham’s tenure. They started strictly adhering to every law that referee’s identified – no passing from the jumper straight back to the last man, no joining in front of the last man, etc.

None of it did anything to stop the dominance of their rolling maul.

How the Brumbies had the nous to get home by a nose

Tate needs to learn how to pass consistently. I don’t want another Phipps or Burgess becoming a Wallabies incumbent.

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

He is having a jab at another team that he thinks represents your question even stronger – the “NSW” Waratahs who it had been a struggle to get them to play anywhere else in Sydney beside Moore Park, let alone anywhere else in NSW.

The Wrap: Rugby learnings of Australia for make benefit glorious nation of Brumbies

Lost opportunities during a period when the Rebels started trying to run 5 backrowers in their starting 8. A move to the Reds was a good idea with Horwill leaving, but they signed Kane Douglas straight after, as well as promoting LSL and then Rodda the following year and he just missed his shot.

Really glad to see him back in Australia.

The Wrap: Rugby learnings of Australia for make benefit glorious nation of Brumbies

A couple of times in both the latest Brumbies games, Tupou has scrummed with his feet so far back that a shift in pressure from Sio was enough to see him flat on his face. Sio was penalised for hinging in some instances but in others it was Tupou for not supporting his own weight.

Impressions are huge at scrum time, and given he is definitely the stronger scrummager it is not a label he wants applied to him early that he then has to spend a career shaking.

The Wrap: Rugby learnings of Australia for make benefit glorious nation of Brumbies

McKellar has also been a very vocal opponent of the hype machine that develops for every new young player.

“I think in Australia, someone puts in a good performance and all of a sudden they’re the next Wallaby,”
“We’ve got to be a little bit more patient around that. It gets a bit ridiculous there. It does the players no favours at all.”
“You’re not going to be a good Test player off the back of a good half-an-hour at Super Rugby level or anything like that. It’s about doing it week in, week out, doing it consistently well one game after the next.”

https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2020/07/30/super-rugby-au-wallabies-mckellar-patience

I think he has done quite a good job as a coach of striking a balance between building a young team and ensuring that players are not thrown in before they are ready.

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

Funny because the most vitriol I have seen about Hooper has all come from north of the border. It started when Liam Gill was around and didn’t even stop once he was gone. Apparently any openside that runs onto the field for the Reds is better than Hooper, as well as their grandmothers.

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

Box kick wasn’t the worst option in the situation, it was just frustrating because the chasers were not putting anywhere near enough pressure on, so instead of being a real tactic to threaten them into mistakes and turnovers it just looked like a chance to take a breather.

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

Their worst game came from being consistently pressured hard in defense, their lineout being torn apart, then being made to chase a 16 point deficit.

Their attack really didn’t threaten throughout most of the game which affected their decision making and composure. Petaia’s try was realistically just a piece of individual brilliance under a huge amount of defensive pressure, and it was only the last 15 minutes that they started to look truly dangerous.

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

Yeah I’ve thought Miller’s penalty to turnover count has been way too high all season. Still more threatening than Cusack at the breakdown but nowhere near clinical enough, and a way behind Wright and McReight in execution.

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

The angle on the side where Wright ran his support line seemed pretty clear to me. Tate didn’t place it back, impact with the ground knocked the ball out of his arm, and the ball movement was consistent with his body momentum which was of course towards the goal line.

Not the worst call in history, but it isn’t often you see the ball coming loose on impact with the ground considered anything other than lost forward.

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

Based on last outing I think they’d be far happier if the Brumbies stuck with Kuenzle starting.

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

I think they’re both close calls. Slipper was struggling a bit at scrum time too before he and Sio swapped, there may not be much between them at this point.

McCaffrey probably a strong indication of tactics focusing on the LO from the start, but after looking rushed and even panicked at times last game he may also provide a bit more leadership and composure.

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

Yeah never any doubt for me that Lolesio would be first pick, I’ve thought he was going to be the goods since I first saw him in the 2019 pre-season. I just took from the early year commentary that Kuenzle was very close behind, but beside his goal kicking I have not yet seen nothing from him of the sort.

Three talking points from the Super Rugby AU qualifying final

After seeing his form in Super Rugby AU it is surprising that Kuenzle and Lolesio were a coin-toss at the start of the season for who got the first shot at 10. Even part-time flyhalf Mack Hansen has looked more threatening this season than Kuenzle for mine.

Three talking points from the Super Rugby AU qualifying final

I’m convinced that the people who report rugby players height and weight figures are the same people who do so for the WWF.

Wallabies berth still 'fantasy' – McReight

“is what he did really any worse than the guys who did sign contracts but then quickly sought a release from the contract to go OS?”

Voiding your contract through a technicality to cut and run is worse than having an open discussion and coming to a mutual agreement, yes.

Adding the Arnold Amendment to the Giteau Law makes a hell of a lot of sense

Robertson is a Sydney Uni boy. If there is nepotism at the Tahs he would have absolutely been a part of it.

Wallabies prop makes Western Force switch

Wright’s biggest weaknesses are his defence and occasionally decision making under pressure (attack and defence), and his biggest strength comes when given some space. Being in the outside backs has really played to his strengths, and given him more freedom to inject himself.

Has the K-Train come to the end of the line?

TK has had two poor games in a row, I can’t remember the last time that was the case. Even when he has had average games in the past it has largely just come from not threatening in attack, he was still retaining possession and making his tackles.

With Kuenzle there Simone is essentially running the backline, it is understandable if he is confused as he has never been a specialist flyhalf. Lolesio is not a saviour but they play well off each other and give each other more options.

Miller a good game again but needs to be that bit more clinical next time, he gave away 3 crucial penalties.

The Brumbies just don't have the tools to compete with the Reds

I think you’re right, Kata has looked strongest hitting it up in tight, his running on the weekend seemed less threatening when given greater time to wind up.

Ikitau would be a straight swap for TK though, not Simone. He is a hard defender with better footwork and speed than TK but lacks the size. He does not have anything close to Simone’s playmaking and kicking skills, and with Kuenzle already struggling the backline would offer absolutely nothing in attack.

The Brumbies just don't have the tools to compete with the Reds

Kata unfortunately lacked any go forward when he came on as well. He seemed more interested in hurting defenders than getting through tackles. When the Reds defence held as he ran straight at the man, he ended up getting pushed back or losing it in contact.

I thought Len Ikitau might have been a solid replacement if Kuridrani was off the boil, but he spent his whole game on Saturday giving the ball away through forced passes so I don’t know.

The Brumbies just don't have the tools to compete with the Reds

I know the Cheetahs and Kings are now playing in the top14, but I am still not fully convinced that European rugby has any interest in actually bringing in the South African provincial teams, when they can just continue to buy all their best players.

Three talking points from Super Rugby AU Round 9

Good decision with Hooper. He has played almost without a single break for the last 8 seasons, it may see him refresh mentally a bit too.

Haylett-Petty is an interesting choice for a sabbatical. He is barely a starter for the Wallabies and has plenty of competition for the spot. This arrangement seems more about his value as a leader for the Rebels than the Wallabies.

Toomua a disappointing choice to make the offer to, to be honest. He hasn’t even played a full season for the Rebels since arriving back in Australia and is now going to be gone again for most of next year.

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

I see why they wanted to keep Kata in the starting XV as they used him a lot to hit up one pass off the ruck in close, but Ikitau is a more well-rounded centre option and far better defender, I think he would bring more backline cohesion if Kuridrani is not available next game.

Three talking points from Super Rugby AU Round 8