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Ooh, glad I advertised my stuff up on here then, I’ve already paid for the ticket and would have missed it. Thanks!

Rugby News: How Wayne Bennett's advice is shaping Thorn, Rebels poach Reds hooker, Canes bust Jordie myth

I’m looking forward to going to the game on Saturday night, I reckon with Wilson and McReight back the Reds will be a different team. I’m looking forward to seeing a couple of familiar faces in Moana too, Christian and Sekope are a couple of my favourite Wallabies of recent years.

Rugby News: How Wayne Bennett's advice is shaping Thorn, Rebels poach Reds hooker, Canes bust Jordie myth

Mafi is a good player but injury ruined his year and as you say, the Reds have other good options at hooker. I suspect they just weren’t prepared to pay what the Rebels were.

Rugby News: How Wayne Bennett's advice is shaping Thorn, Rebels poach Reds hooker, Canes bust Jordie myth

Absolutely Geoff and it isn’t just about depth in the same position. That is, we don’t need a direct replacement for TT when he is rested, just an adequate Super Rugby prop and players who are good enough elsewhere, to make up the points. It is the multiple injuries at one time to our best players without good enough backup, that have been the real problem.

The Wrap: The light at the end of Australian rugby’s tunnel isn’t an oncoming train after all

Nice article Geoff and I am glad somebody bought up the NRC, you have saved Roarers another article on it from me nagging about it ;-).

This season has shown that the Aussie teams are competitive when they are fully manned, but when a key player is injured that performance drops off dramatically. We need the NRC back to beef up the preparation for the non-Wallabies Super Players and for the best club players, to provide depth for when injuries inevitably strike during a long season. It is also apparent that better depth would give Aussie Super Rugby coaches more confidence to rest their star players during easier matches, knowing that the backup is good enough to ensure a win, which would go some way to addressing the arguments about player management that have occurred this season.

RA cannot complain if coaches use the five month off season on conditioning programs that RA high performance staff don’t agree with, then play their best players in every game, if RA are unwilling to put a competition in place that would allow the Super Rugby franchises to meet both do their best in in that competition and cooperate on national goals. So I’ll borrow from Phil Kearn’s idiosyncratic vernacular and say that I think that Rugby Australia just needs to grow a set of cajones and reintroduce the competition this season, irrespective of any whinges from a few loudmouthed wannabes in the Sydney amateur clubs.

The Wrap: The light at the end of Australian rugby’s tunnel isn’t an oncoming train after all

With McReight out and Stewart on the bench, it will be the area of concern.

SRP Round 13 teams: Reds get JOC boost, Brumbies lose Wallaby duo, Hoops out but Hanigan and Ryan in for Tahs

I disagree on the Reds pack, aside from the obvious consequences of the loss of Tupou, I think they will be pretty strong in tight. My main concern is that while I rate ASY highly, he doesn’t have any Super Rugby experience at 7 and is probably a bit slow for that position, so I think this could cost the Reds in open play, both in attack and defence. That is why JOC orchestrating a kicking game to suit our pack is vital, we have five tall jumpers and all of the flankers are big enough to play lock, so emphasising lineouts and mauls is an obvious strategy for this game.

SRP Round 13 teams: Reds get JOC boost, Brumbies lose Wallaby duo, Hoops out but Hanigan and Ryan in for Tahs

The Brumbies will be stuffed without Loleisio and Valentini, that is as bad as the Reds injuries over the last few weeks.

SRP Round 13 teams: Reds get JOC boost, Brumbies lose Wallaby duo, Hoops out but Hanigan and Ryan in for Tahs

With those selections I’d be expecting the Reds to kick for territory more than last week, play tight and target the lineout, with 8, 9, 10 and 12 looking to spark decisive attacking moves in the Blues own half. It will be a tough match, but it should be interesting to see how they handle it.

SRP Round 13 teams: Reds get JOC boost, Brumbies lose Wallaby duo, Hoops out but Hanigan and Ryan in for Tahs

I agree that a few experienced buys wouldn’t go astray to create depth at the Reds. If Vunivalu doesn’t start earning his enormous pay cheque quickly, he should be let go to to the Dolphins or wherever, with the money to be spent on those sorts of players.

The Wrap: Focus on physicality pays dividends as Brumbies secure third NZ scalp

Fardy didn’t have a power running game and in any case, we have Valentini for that. They are perfectly complementary.

REACTION: 'It sucks, quite frankly'- Sam Cane laments home loss to strong, clinical Brumbies

Better news than last year ….

REACTION: 'It sucks, quite frankly'- Sam Cane laments home loss to strong, clinical Brumbies

I reckon he is the best international six option in the country.

REACTION: 'It sucks, quite frankly'- Sam Cane laments home loss to strong, clinical Brumbies

Three Kiwi teams in a row, pretty damn impressive from the Brumbies! It says a lot for the quality of the Aussie competition and players, because the majority of their games against Aussie teams this year were tight. Hopefully that is good news for the Wallabies later in the year.

REACTION: 'It sucks, quite frankly'- Sam Cane laments home loss to strong, clinical Brumbies

All nonsense,

The last game that the Reds played before Super Rugby 2020 was cancelled and Lucas left was against the Crusaders and Lucas was the 10 in that game. He had been getting time off the bench when O’Connor started as well, like in the game before against the Stormers.

Also the last time the Reds played the Brumbies they beat them by 21 to 7, Creighton has performed far better for the Reds than Iona did as backup 10 for the Brumbies, which is why they sweat so much on Lolesio remaining healthy. Without him they are probably in worse shape for the rest of the season than the Reds are without O’Connor.

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

Campbell isn’t young, he is 26 and in any case introducing a new 10 in any game would have been a risk and a challenge. Creighton isn’t even the main reason this game was lost, he played ok and he has three games under his belt now, so while losing sucks now they will be a lot better for it.

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

Big Keps is one of my favourite Wallabies from recent years, such a hard man with high standards and absolutely awesome to watch when he would get a head of steam up on the run. Legend.

'If he gets dominance he's impossible to stop': Waratahs great who's out to end their Super surge

Yes, Campbell was being trained as backup 10 at the beginning of the season addressing your first post that,

“I haven’t seen much evidence of Thorn developing 10’s. ”

By the third game Creighton had more experience. Simples.

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

I initially though Thorn would have moved Stewart to 10 but he clearly rates the role that Stewart plays at 12 and wanted to keep him there, given how critical he is to the Reds defence and in support play I can see why he preferred to do so. I doubt that a different decision would have made a difference either way, especially in this last game given that Paisami was unavailable to play 12.

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

It is good to see you never lose an opportunity to whinge about Quade Cooper being moved on KPOL, even though he hasn’t played for the Reds since 2017 and though they have won Super Rugby AU since then with James O’Connor steering …. 😂

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

By last night Creighton had played 160 minutes at 10, Campbell had only played a few off the bench earlier in the season and in a trial match. What makes you think he would have done better?

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

He did, Jock Campbell was given development as a backup 10 at the beginning of the season, but he was needed at 15 due to Petaia’s injury against the Canes and by the time the Landers came around, Creighton already had 160 minutes at 10.

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

His introduction would have been challenging whenever he got the game time ….

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

McDermott elaborated in the presser on the support Creighton needed. He said he personaly needed to improve the service Creighton was getting and that the other backs needed to support him better, for example Campbell and the centres needed to do more of the kicking.

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

I am glad that he is ok, I was just sick when I saw how hard he fell and the angle that he hit at, at least until I saw his feet move. I can’t imagine what it would be like for his family watching.

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

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