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“I was at the game and I feel ashamed to admit I thought we were gone just before that last reds line out on our line. ”

Interesting comment, Richie. I would not be feeling ashamed at all. At that point the game was there for Qld. to take. I think it was seven minutes from the end, and O’Connor and Wright were thinking about what to do with the penalty just given. Both should, imo, have shunned the lineout like the plague. The Brumbie jumpers were going to compete hard, and with a high chance of at least disrupting, and possibly straight stealing the ball.

And if Qld. did win the ball, what then. They have no record at all of rolling maul try scoring. Ok, they might have tried a quick play of the lineout possession and maybe got the try. But two better options existed. One, kick the penalty, and start from the kickoff again to get the points needed to win the game. Or two, tap and apply more strong pressure on a now rattled and vulnerable..imo ofc…Brumbies side.

I would have gone for the tap. That was poor captaincy by Wright, and O’Connor with his vast experience, should have stepped up to the plate.

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

“When opposition fans consider you a pest you can consider yourself a great player.” Can remember Fardy being described as a pest a few years ago.

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

Always interesting to get these insights, OOP. Would indeed be good if lachie could pick up a cap.

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

“he can rest easy in the knowledge that nobody did more, in a practical, understated way, to bring a Super Rugby AU title to Canberra.”

Totally agree, Nic. Lachie McCaffrey had an outstanding and pivotal role in the Brumbies win. And across the Tasman, if you were to write an article for the NZ Roarers, you would perhaps have written on Lachlan Boshier ?

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

” god defensive centre.” Great, james….bit like O’Driscoll, where the Irish said “In Bod we trust”.

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

“Think Hooper will get the nod this year and the captaincy as well.”

First bit fine, Bobby, but not Capt. for mine. But no clear candidate really….that’s another article though !

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

Boshier, Goady….he is some player, and I just don’t see the AB’s can afford not to have him in the picture. That game he played at the weekend in the winning of the Ranfurly Shield was the best from a 7 I have seen since Pocock in RWC 2011 v SA.

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

Jeez, are you a lawyer, Twas ?

Seriously though, the law is the law, and I take that point, but it is often so marginal in those cases. I guess what I like is that turn over ball does make for a better and more fluid game, and thus I would personally always favour the jackal, as long as it is a marginal situation.

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

“I love mauling. Loved it as a player and enjoy seeing it as a spectator.”
On the same page totally, Jez. It is a great part of the game, and I admire the teams that are good at it. Qld. were once, I seem to recall, under John Connolly…must be about 105 years ago now ! Have totally forgotten what Super number even…maybe 10?
One great driving maul I saw once….Connaught against the AB’s….think Gatland was coaching them…I think. Whole Connaught team joined in….and maybe even a few from the crowd….and they got the try.
Tried to find a clip, but failed….did find this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL4cYa8JlBs
And this one was epic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBjptQhMNoM

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

Useful post, numpty….thanks.

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

“Tate needs to learn how to pass consistently.” I think that aspect of his play is overstated, Markus. Bit of a give a dog…… Had two bad one’s in the semi, but overall I think his pass is not bad. Nowhere in the class of Phipps or Burgess….latter by far the worst, imo.

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

Side entry is one, but so many others. The offside line at the breakdown is a joke so often, and then players onside and further out who rush are penalised on a guess.

Players going in off their feet, with no attempt to clean out…only aim is to lay bodies on the other side and make any contest impossible.

Lineout too is badly refereed, with players stepping through offside before the lineout is over, and sometimes even before it is touched.

Scrums are difficult, I concede, but their should by the laws, be no “working”, or pushing, till the scrum starts…I’m not going to say when that is….check the laws, and I would wager many will have the wrong idea before.

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

We see this very differently, Twas. But I would need to look back through the games at specific instances to build a proper case. . McCreight’s decision making I feel has been good, only going in when he can legally contest. I just don’t recall any blatant or cynical side entries, and he has the right to continue to contest for the ball when he is in early enough. And to their credit, the NZ refs have generally been on the side of the defending team when the jackal has hands on a ball that the man on the ground is not releasing

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

Of course, I was forgetting we are only talking a team of the season !

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

“Simmons”. Peter, I know and respect your reasons for putting Simmons forward, but, for me , he just lacks the physicality needed to play at this level. From a developmental point of view, better to give the younger players the game time too.

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

“Problem as I see it was that McReight and Hooper were playing in the same position”. Valid comment, and hard one to resolve. I think I would go for McCreight for this team, just for his superior work at the breakdown. But Hooper is the stronger in defence and as a ball carrier, though McCreight is/has to be more clever.

End of the day, Hooper will, imo, start for the WB’s, and McCreight will continue his developmental trajectory, perhaps not getting any game time against the AB’s, but very soon thereafter, he will do.

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

Ja Daveski , eyes always light up when I see the title as I open up the computer in the morning.

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

Some interesting selections in there. Godwin is the one that surprises me, as many don’t rate him. I do, always have, so am happy to go with him.

For me Tate McDermott edges Joe Powell, and going forward I think will leave Joe well in the rear. For me Powell is good, but a bit “wooden”, uninspired, lacking in spark. McDermott is so full of life, always alert to any chance to run. I addition he is remarkably strong in contact, and fast and elusive as a runner.

Fraser McCreight is an interesting one. I thought he might not shine so brightly, but I feel he has had a standout season in all areas. His breakdown work is superb, with very good timing, and that rare ability to sometimes actually rip the ball away for his sides immediate use, rather than force a penalty. He and Lachlan Boshier standout in this respect. If Fraser was playing under NZ referees, he would have even more impressive stats. He has, imo, often been either penalised wrongly, or not been given the penalty he has one….jeez, better not start on the refereeing interpretations of the law changes here in Australia.

One other thing I like about McCreight is the way is is so often encouraging those around him, with a word, look, a touch on the arm. He is a natural captain, and will one day, I hope, lead the WB’s. To those who feel, with some justification, Fraser is too small to go right to the top, I say “So was Neill Back “

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

“You talk about how Tupou owns Sio in the scrums well you also have to “own” his mistakes elsewhere!”

I think those are two different topics, Richie. And has been discussed at some length over the past weeks, Tupou has matured so much in the past few months. I was really pleased to see him immediately acknowledge his scrum slip, for which he was rightly penalised.

I think it is not only his scrum work that interests many of us so much. It is also his very high level running and passing skills.

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

“Twice on Saturday he was the first to pop out of the scrum when the pressure was on,” I saw that too, M, but it was when the Reds had the pressure on the Brumby scrum, not the work of Sio, imo. Is an area of the game that has worried me for weeks now. Tupou is so good and powerful that he can stay low and straight, and shift his opposite number back. The full power of the Reds scrum has not been properly harnessed this year.

If any one is interested, just look at the scrums in the Canterbury v Taranaki Ranfurly Shield game. That is where the Reds need to be.

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

True, but they all seemed to find it quite amusing. Risky job though, being a rugby touchline photographer….bit like being a rodeo clown !

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

ce, read some of Harry Jones articles…imho he has a wonderful command of the English language, and a great flair for writing.

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

Two Brumbies tries resulted from missed tackles from the new golden boy, Tupou”

Maybe could say “a front row forward was beaten by the speed and power of two very good backs “?? Depends on how one views these things.

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

Nor, I, OOP ! Was really fearful of a big blowout coming. Well done you guys…you must be very happy waking up this am…..as will all those dairy farming families in Taranaki ! Don’t think I have ever seen such a start to a game of that calibre.

Not good news from Dublin. Have not watched any of that game, but that is some win for Saracens……at least I can gain solace from that fact that Mark McCall is at the helm there.

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

Great wrap, Geoff. Some great rugby this weekend. Disappointed Reds fell short, but very proud they got so close that the powerful and well coached Brumbies could so easily have lost that game….and might have done so had Qld. gone “tap, tap, tap”. Congratulations to all Brumby people on winning a very good competition.

Always amazed by some of the things you find, Geoff. “the fate of former player and Georgia seven’s coach Ramaz Kharazishvili who, at the union’s offices last week, was shot – by none other than the vice-president of the Georgian rugby union!” Clearly an action to force the Six Nations to admit Georgia to that competition ! Bit of extra zest in the games played in Tbilisi !! Could be hard to get anyone to referee down there though.

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