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If the ref allows the props to bore in at an angle, then props like TT become a nightmare to handle.
On the weekend, The young brumbies prop was perpendicular to the scrum within 2 sec of the push starting. That is very dangerous, unfair and can only be caused by the opposing prop pushing in across the scrum line.
If the referee rewards wheeling, with a penalty because they think they know which team caused the wheel, then it’s a dogs breakfast.
The refs must insist that wheeling is not rewarded and the props must be policed to push straight, or be penalised.

Act of mindless brawn and baffling subtlety that will decide the Brumbies' fate

Cale offers a very balanced backrow for the brumbies and they are much improved when he plays. They have Valentini, Brown, Hooper, and Pollard is now adding to this, as the power men carrying in the midfield and that doesn’t allow the defence to just spread. Cale offer pace and power wider to the core and his contribution to the lineout is very difficult for all other team to handle so far.
Foe me he is so far ahead of other n0 8 in aust, he should be picked now.

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The referee, is gardner, so anything will damage the brumbies set piece.

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Why ‘are the Brumbies now the team with the most financial pressure’ when they are basically breaking even, or only slightly negative, and the Tahs were about $5M in the red.

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True, but Noah Lolesio still hasn’t signed for the brumbies for next year. This maybe due to RA contract top-up potential, but still leaves the brumbies in a dark place if he leaves as well.

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Are the Reds able to resign Jeffery Toomaga-Allen? as like Tua he is a NZer I believe. Well worth keeping as well.

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If Timati Tua isn’t allowed to be resigned by the Brumbies, and he will be a big loss, they need another inside centre.
Could they interest Carter Gordon for that position? I don’t know if they could afford him, but if RA is paying his wages that may work.

Tupou to Tahs, LSL to Reds, Gordon eyes NRL switch: Where Rebels stars will find new homes in Super Rugby

The top-up should be re-assessed annually as per the Cricket team. There have been too many players in the recent past getting top-ups when their form doesn’t warrant it when the RA is broke, let alone the unproven players auctioning themselves to RL to ensure a top-up.
On last weeks performance, the Tahs, Rebels and Force did not show any of their players were worth top-ups.

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Do the Waratah’s ever really develop a player. I have seen many talented plays there just don’t improve. Will Skelton only improved after he left.
Their u/19 last year were talented but simply played as individuals.

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Ben O’Keeffe is going to have difficulty getting to Perth in time for the Brumbies Force game after doing the Chief /Blues in NZ.
Please don’t let it be Angus Gardner!

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The referee also twice pings Brumbies for offside even though tries were scored in the movement, plus a yellow card.
In the reds/force game, and normally, when a try was scored, any offsides indicated, were not acted on.

Taniela Tupou cited: Rebels suffer blow after testy Brumbies battle

I am not sure that Foote and Sampson have done much with the Rebels. Their roster looked ok, but the team had nothing on Friday night, where the Rebels looked simply uncoached.
DC appeared to be a good coach, admittedly in Shute Shield, but couldn’t seem to influence the Waratahs from an outsiders perspective. There must be a story behind the scenes as to why he was unable to succeed, at least to some degree.
Waratahs need to look away from the local insiders group, for their next coach and pick someone who can demand control.

The Wrap: Is Australian rugby about to throw a whole heap of valuable coaching IP out the window?

The brumbies cannot afford, or need to, buy established players as they rely on developing young fellows from early on. The brumbies has 2 x 2nd rowers and Lachlan Hooper in the under 20 plus Lachlan Shaw brought in this year, that AAA thinks highly of.

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The shock for me was that the Rebel had nothing to offer, other than the scrum advantage for 20 min. I expected to see a good team playing.
No team play obvious, poor lineout, no maul in attack or defence, and cut to pieces by the Brumbies backs whenever they needed it.

'Like the under 10s': Wright's Jonah Lomu moment sums up Brumbies' power, but cards are a wake up call

Rebels deserve to stay with their efforts this year.

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Agree and we need to give credit to Wright’s massive improvement this season in that aspect, rather than restate his deficiencies of a couple of years ago.
He was asked to improve and he has. He is also very confident within himself and the team now compared to previous years.

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There is no development in the Tahs wider squad is also a serious problem. There is just very little use made of the Wilson boys and others in the squad that are now leaving without anyone knowing their potential. The young Bowen fellow is not too be seen ever for some reason, and they will wonder why he drifts away. Jake Gordon is just not that good, that he should play almost 90% of every game.

The Tahs forward pack, especially their tight 5, is just not been their priority for far too long.
Going forward they have spent a fortune, in todays SR world, on 2 outside backs.

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Yes, but from Tua perspective, he is playing at the Brumbies because he couldn’t get sufficient game time in NZ. He must be far more attractive to a NZ Super team now, and if the offer comes, then a chance to play for the AB beckons.

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Not sure about that, as Sapsford also plays ITM for Hawks Bay and he is eligible.
Also without an NRC a lot of Aussie players should consider playing ITM especially if they only get a few games per year at SR.

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Charlie Cale has reminded me how important speed is for a no. 8 with the covering defence and wider attack. At first I was disappointed that Bobby V wasn’t selected at 8, but Cale simply has proven the selection was a very good.
I wonder if Ned Hanigan’s selection at 8 is headed the same way. I am not sure of NH speed, but he always appears very mobile.

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I don’t think any aust team can believe they will get to a top 2 this year.

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I think the most important lesson for the weekend was just how powerful and skilled that Blues team is, especially the forward pack, and how they have seriously improved over the season. Now it’s the Reds turn to see how they hold under the pressure. Little wonder that the Brumbies half and 5/8 struggled behind a forward pack, that couldn’t keep pace.
The All Blacks look very strong even if they only select from the Blues, Canes and Chiefs as these 3 teams look like a class above the remainder.
The importance of Sam Carter leadership to the Force forwards improvement, was also underrated.

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Uru looks a far better prospect as a 2nd rower, than he does as a backrower. He works hard, seems to lack purpose as a backrower.

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Agree with the emphasis on the tight 5, but for the first 7 games of the Brumbies, the lineout is getting picked off whenever Frost is playing.
It seems to work better with Cadeyrn Neville and Darcy Swain, not just the lineout, but the maul setup is better organised as well, but it is hard to know what is the problem from just looking on.

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Cale has speed over all the other No. 8 options and I think the Brumbies were very smart to replace Pete Samu with him at 8. for me he is straight into the test team at 8.

Five things we learned: One area Gordon must fix to convince Wallabies boss, ABs bruiser should be on notice

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