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Have gone for Highlanders, Lions, Hurricanes, Reds, Stormers and Jags. Not confident of a couple, and might change yet before KO…..Natal and Blues . If I get all right and no one else does in my Superbru tipping group, will go to No 1 out of 99. More likely to slide….always do !

Super Rugby Round 5: Reality bites

“Natal have the game to trouble Qld”. Like you call them Natal, Sinclair ! What they should be called, just like the side they are playing is Queensland…..REDS….grrrr.

Super Rugby Round 5: Reality bites

Thanks for that, Nic….bit of a character, Ellis.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Possibly due to weird reffing decisions, DK. By the way, Ireland have some scrum problems when the top two are subbed off. I was really disappointed by Porter on Sun, but maybe it is more that Genge is very good. he is possibly England’s most damaging scrummager at LH…..interesting to watch him next game v Wales.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Nice post, Bill….I certainly second what you say there.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

“Yes I was surprised that Isaac Lucas got canned so quickly by Brad Thorn”. Seems to his trademark…..I find that a worry, though have always generally supported Brad Thorn.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

“In NZ I reckon Joe Powell would be moved on to another starting job.” and also in Ireland, Nic….Cooney good example there.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

So where is home for Lolesio, Brett ? Can’t see anything on Wiki on that ? And thanks for the info on the lad….very interesting.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

“If you hadn’t made that silly statement about Hooper,Matt,” Yes indeed, Phil !

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

I would be interested to see Hanigan at 8, Jez/Nic. I have a lot of time for him, and he is a good ball handler, and packing a couple of times at 8 in the scrum looked very capable linking of the scrum with his scrumhalf. But can’t see him geting over some of the big guys now going for the WB 8 spot, nor at 6 either.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Berrick Barnes is another that comes to mind, Sinclair……..he only got his chance because of Beale’s being injured a missing the 2007 RWC.
Was interested to see this from his Wiki profile:
“Barnes made his international debut aged 21 in Australia’s first pool match of the 2007 Rugby World Cup, against Japan. After only three minutes on the field, and with his first touch of the ball, Barnes scored his first Test try. He scored again, five minutes from the end of the game, which Australia won 91–3. ”
Japan don’t concede 91 points anymore !!

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Ah, wrote this before I saw your posts on Carty, Nic. Interesting we concur to an extent on Jack Carty. I thought he was a clever player, with a good footballing brain.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Carty, Armchair. He actually played for Ireland in Japan this last RWC. From what I saw I thought he looked quite good…..had plenty of confidence too.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Bizarre….we went on a boat trip on Milford Sound in NZ a few years ago, and one group sat inside in the cabin and played cards all the time, setting their camera up on the window ledge to record the passing scenic glory. At one point one of us out on deck stopped in the line of the camera….furious banging on the window, and gesticulations “Get out of the way”

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Crazy bus driver = warm Italian welcome…..far worse than any virus !

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Reading the Irish press just now, I see the Ulster Benetton game is off, and almost certainly the Ireland Italy game will go as well. Only decision to take in reality with the COVID-19 crisis in N. Italy.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

“did you see how much more time and space the Irish backline developed in the 2H when it was Cooney-Byrne-Sexton? Do you think that was more about shifting Sexton to 12 or the difference in tempo between Murray and Cooney? ”

Harry, for me it is the Cooney factor. Murray has come back a fair bit in the past year and a half, and Cooney is the form scrumhalf in Pro 14 this year. The guy just exudes confidence, and came close to getting a nice try late in the game when put away by Doris. He is also a good goalkicker. It was interesting Cooney was brought on at 54 mins….good decision imo by Farrell.

In that game, it would have been better to take Sexton off, and leave Aki at 12. I really rate Aki, though he does not have a kicking game. But he is very good in all other areas. That was a ludicrous penalty against him in the second half when he was in early over the ball. He really showed his frustration to Pyper.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

” Cooney really should spend more time focusing on the ball, and less on his hair, if he is to be taken seriously”

Mmmmm…..don’t go on holiday in Ulster, Homer.

England Six Nations hopes up on Irish win

” have you been impressed much by Wilson, the Reds’ 8? ” Have always rated him, pm, from his first appearances with Qld. Country. He is developing well. Hard player !

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Thanks for a great article and analysis, Nic. I have not watched the Brumbies game yet, but what really stands out for me is how relaxed, yet sharp, Lolesio is all game. I think he is also very aware of the time and space he has to use the ball to best effect. But to do so also requires excellent decision making. He shows this so often, for example holding a pass back and going into contact, rather than throwing a risky pass. And even in contact, his decision making remains excellent, deciding to offload quickly, or go fast to ground and lay back.

Of course, so much of the young mans success comes from those around him, and their alertness and hunger. Pete Samu is one who stands out here, but not alone.

To beat a top NZ side in NZ is indeed impressive…..and welcome after such a drought !

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Neil, thanks for the info on the Jonny May/Henshaw incident….I only have Kayo and can’t seem to get a frame by frame playback.

“My real point around any points debate is that every Irish pundit I listened to, declared the scoreline to flatter Ireland.” Yes, I am getting that slant from everything I read. Irish press being very hard on the team. I hope they just give Andy Farrell a chance to build a good and competitive team, with the young talent he has coming through.

England Six Nations hopes up on Irish win

Yes jez, Beau was a superb Qld. Super player…remember him so well. Sadly he was not able to step up and perform at that level for the WB’s

The spiritual third-coming of James O’Connor

“Cooper, Beale and O’Connor”…..jeez, and Danny Cipriani was allowed into Australia as well, and joined that band. Good post there, Gray-Hand.

The spiritual third-coming of James O’Connor

“Plays tougher than many give him credit for. ” Hard as nails, as they say, Don. Also he has courage/no fear in contact…..that aspect lets so many potentially good players down….won’t mention any names as I don’t want to open “cans of worms”, don’t want to spoil a good discussion on a really outstanding article.

The spiritual third-coming of James O’Connor

Wonderful article, Brett. many thanks.

In a lifetime of being involved in rugby as a player, then coach, and now just one with a deep interest, I would rank James O’Connor as one of the great players I have seen. He has the ability to play probably all the backline positions well. He has wonderful balance, which allied with great short distance speed, and physical hardness, sets him above most mere mortals.

It was a sad time when he went “off the rails”, was not fulfilling his great potential, and hurting the Wallabies with his absence. To have him back now, a man in a different and happy place, is a gift from above for sure. And to have him back in Qld….we are so fortunate !

The spiritual third-coming of James O’Connor