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So, Castle should’ve foreseen the COVID crisis (that no one else saw!) when tossing up whether to sign with fox or not…? She made the right decision at the time with the information she had at hand in regards to the broadcast deal. When she hasn’t been putting out spot fires from past decisions, she has made bold correct decisions. Sacking IF, signing Rennie and a quality team around him, bringing in scott johnson to limit Cheika and not being beholden to Fox when they lowballed her. Here is the vision – all you had to do was google it. https://australia.rugby/about/about%20us/strategic%20vision

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

larkham’s contracts was signed pre- Raelene. Don’t believe the hype – particularly when its from newcorp.

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

That’s it Brett. As Geoff said yesterday, very few people wanting change have actually outlined an alternate vision. I sure as hell don’t know how Kearns differs from Raelene apart from the haircut… And in all this, where is Kearns? He has called it all ‘paper talk’ suggesting he may not be the one behind this character assassination, but he also isn’t out there supporting Raelnee or RA either. There is a way to do this constructively and in a positive way – and the way Fox is doing it isn’t it. Would we be in the same position if the broadcast rights contract ran out last year or next year? Probably not…

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

I guess when your 9-5 is installing puppets in government, you might get bored with a lowly sports administration.

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

But, (in my mind) this campaign suggests they still want the broadcast rights. So what I do not understand is why they are devaluing a product they one day are going to have to try and sell… Short term = cheaper cost to buy the broadcast rights. Long term = less viewers, less revenue. Aside from the ethics and good of the game, it doesn’t even really look like a smart business decision to me. As I noted yesterday on Geoffs article, Kearns has been very much silent in all this as well.

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

Great piece brett. The question I have is does anyone actually think that this effort by fox and newscorp, is being undertaken for the good of the game? Regardless of whose better out of castle or Kearns, can these actions really be seen any other way then harmful to the game? Are they willing to destroy it just to then get the rights for a bargain. But then why buy the rights if there is no game left to watch and no one keen to watch it… Chooks coming home to roost and all that.

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

Tongan thor might get some sympathy 😂 Those legs wouldn’t feed themselves.

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

Cheers mate, am a frequenter of RP. But, scouring many an article I’m yet to see any quote kearns in depth. And mostly all these accounts are coming from ‘sources’ and are ‘reportedly occurring’. I smell dodgy reporting.

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

The only thing from Kearns that i’ve seen is that he said that all the speculation was “paper talk”. That’s it. The other pt about many of the articles saying that kearns will take over, is that he will do so when raelene’s role ends next year 😱 “reports indicate he has the backing to take on the job when he’s free to do so in 2021.”

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

Thanks Geoff. By the way, has Kearns actually made any public statements in recent days? I couldn’t find anything… He may be letting others do his bidding for him, or maybe he doesn’t get a say… Either way, the best thing he could do is come out and say that now is the time to get around the sport and worry about leadership change on the other side of all this. Silence is complicity at this point.

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

This is what the true rugby spirit looks like – from the rugby AU website. 1) Genia urging everyone to come together during COVID19. 2) local rugby clubs helping bushfire ravaged towns. Up the broulee dolphins and batemans bay boars.
link 1 – https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2020/04/05/genia-rugby-australia-thoughts
link 2 – https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2020/04/04/bush-beat-walmsley-bushfires-covid-19

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

Why would we want a group of people in charge of RA who are currently bringing the game into disrepute through negative press? Imagine if a player carried on like Kearns, NFJ, Alan Jones about their coach week in week out. They would rightly get reprimanded. In a time of crisis, people need to look above themselves and at the larger picture, not settle scores or whats in their self interest. Right now, they should be getting behind the game and having a positive influence – running online coaching clinics, podcasts, reliving their best moments as players/coaches etc. This whole episode tells me alot about the character of Kearns and his backers and none of it is positive.

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

I think you pick Banks or DHP, not Banks and DHP in the 15. Neither are good enough defensively or in terms of positioning on the wing, because they don’t play there. Need a specialist winger like Speight imo, or maybe even Wright/muirhead. WBs let in 5 tries against the boks last year with a back 3 of Hodge, DHP and Banks at 15.

Pick your Wallabies side for whenever they play next: Part 2 - bench and captain

How can you say DHP is a fullback only in one breath (I agree), but then suggest banks should be on the wing in the next (also a FB only)? JOC and Toomua have both been pivotal to their SR sides this year, and the WBs looked markedly better when each player joined the fold last year – JOC as 13 and Toomua as 10. Slipper head and shoulders above any of his rivals this season.

Pick your Wallabies side for whenever they play next: Part 2 - bench and captain

Surely there is a nonna in your street that’d be happy to keep you well fed! I learnt how to make decent pizza dough/sauce a while back. Cashing in on it now. The problem is the lack of sports means I’m far from burning off the amount I’m eating 😂

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

😂 loves the spicy meatball

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

Very hard to stop which seems to be why alot of teams do it. Players I think rarely look up and out when defending their line, focusing on the pick and go instead. They need eyes in the back of their head to see that out in runner coming. Or a very chirpy and astute winger.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

The desired effect was achieved for the D and not for Valentino.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

The technique though was just imperious. He was able to hit so low and then use the opposing players weight as a counterbalance to lever them up. Most beaten to the ball would hit the back and then try to roll. Not many would have the athleticism to pull that off.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

The stats suggest he is playing very well. I think he should’ve been on the plane to Japan last year considering mk was the only specialist winger in the whole squad! I don’t think he is a world beater, but he is a smart footballer that gets through alot of work. Underrated imo and rarely turns in a bad one.

Pick your Wallabies side for whenever they play next: Part 2 - bench and captain

Somehow I think Hooper’s image will survive. Unfortunately our comments likely don’t carry as much wt as we might like to think 😛 As dilks pts out above it was swinton who made the initial hit and attempted hold up tackle. But, Hooper was good enough to identify it and contribute leading to the outcome NB states – ‘momentum killed’. Regardless of who was/wasn’t the defender, the pt of the article and stream of thought was to highlight the little pts in Valetini’s game that still require attention, so I think the point was fair enough.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

Yes true and true. The pt is it wasn’t Hoopers job to make that tackle. i.e. he didn’t make a mistake. And although Valetini got to ground, Hooper still made a second effort and attempted positive contribution. (Better than nothing).

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

Gold! the blind spot may be on your behalf soapit. He doesn’t ‘fall off’ that tackle, he never makes the hit because the guys outside him do, with hooper covering the inside pass (McNerney) of the 3 man pod. He is then smart enough to spot the opportunity and hits it while everyone else watches. Also note in that eg and the 2nd he is rushing his man in defense, shooting way out on lolesio at the very beginning of that clip to win the gain line, realigning in D and rushing again. He had 3 useful contributions in a grand total of 9 seconds. Same in clip 2, rushes the man and then slides across to help make the tackle. Double contribution.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

I think I agree Dilks, I think the target there was the fold more so then Valetini in particular. As expected, your loosies in Samu and Valetini should (and did) get there first. That channel and hard unders line is highly effective scoring territory no matter the team when pinned on your line. Note, brumbies worked this area very well against the reds in Rd 1 for their first try.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

Great piece NB and shadows my thinking. Valetini is one hell of a specimen and will have his day, but is still very green and has less super caps then I thought 😱 . Samu makes the team purely for whats between his ears imo, he just does the right thing, at the right time, at the right place far too often for it to be coincidence. The 2nd try he scored in that chiefs game showed great IP. He was smart enough to run at the outside shoulder of the hooker to make the initial break (Valetini probably would’ve bounced him front on), then slowed down to size up the cover defense, and was good enough to put the speed back on to bust through (Valetini would’ve known one speed).

That cleanout technique of Samu in your example is champagne and is much appreciated by this former loosie struggling from a current dearth of sporting content!

Even when you’re not writing about Hooper, you can’t help but compliment him. I never knew Hooper came off his perch on the wing to make tackles in the midfield like that. It looked almost physical 😛. Great IP from him to attempt the choke tackle.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6