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You must be fun at parties.

Brumbies fall heartbreakingly short in titanic struggle with Crusaders

Great game, congratulations Crusaders and commiserations Brumbies. It’s great to see the Brumbies play so much more directly and attacking out of their own half!

Brumbies fall heartbreakingly short in titanic struggle with Crusaders

They both went to League from a Union background.

Reds crash back to earth with loss to Highlanders

Plenty of players have had poor Super Rugby seasons, but then go on to tear it up in tests. Ma’aa Nonu was one of them. Toomua is still the best candidate at 12 for the Wallabies by a considerable margin, none of the other candidates have the all round second playmaking skillset.

Matt To'omua locked in until 2023 World Cup

I like your amusing comments Mick, I think it was you who once said “You know it is forbidden here to say terrible things about Bono” about four or five years back, about a certain woke Wallaby? If it was you should know that I still laugh about it when I think of it.

Values and attack have made winners of Brad Thorn's Reds

Yeah. I actually think Stewart has the best clearing kick, both in the air and along the ground. He he looked out of it tonight though, probably a bit knackered from all that tackling he does. They should give him a week off to rest and get him to brush up on his kicking/playmaking, instead of just using him as a third flanker.

Reds crash back to earth with loss to Highlanders

Thanks Adsa, I’ll be there even after tonight’s result. I’ll be the fat 47 year old wearing a maroon cap and an unbecomingly tight Red jersey. Perhaps the fat, middle aged part of the description is too generic for a Reds game 😂

Values and attack have made winners of Brad Thorn's Reds

Putting it mildly, yes. They must have been worried about charge downs or something.

Reds crash back to earth with loss to Highlanders

The kicking and speed to breakdown were the difference. The Highlanders have always been great counter attackers, don’t gift them possession with bad kicks or badly supported runs.

Reds crash back to earth with loss to Highlanders

Sounds like a great topic!

Values and attack have made winners of Brad Thorn's Reds

I agree, in my opinion they would get a good start by:
1. Attacking more often from their own half.
2. Getting Simone to use his 105kg to run some hard lines off 9 or 10 after Valentini has, instead of always passing. It would create lots of space abd would create breaks.
3. Telling White and Ikitau to run through the gaps created, with Lolesio winding back his running just a bit to vary the point of attack.
4. Emphasising support play to capitalise on the breaks.

Values and attack have made winners of Brad Thorn's Reds

Thanks BF, you always make insightful comments and your profile says you have tried everything rugby, it would be great to read a few articles from you if you feel so inclined.

Values and attack have made winners of Brad Thorn's Reds

Thanks for the comments folks, both for this article and previous ones. I am really thrilled to be able to write an article about a Reds competition win, after writing about the Reds rebuild under Brad Thorn for the last four seasons.
Due to other commitments I am unlikely to be writing articles on here for the foreseeable future, though I may make the odd comment. Thanks to the Roar for providing an accessible platform for those who like to write about sport, if fancy trying your hand at sports writing, this is the place to do it.
My advice to those who give it a crack is to remember that sport is meant to be enjoyable and that the people who play, coach and administer it for us work incredibly hard to make it so. So try to be positive and if you honestly can’t be positive, then be constructive and fair, but most of all have fun!

Values and attack have made winners of Brad Thorn's Reds

I never said the Brumbies were boring, just predictable. It is up to them whether they want to improve their aspects of their game, but if they don’t I think they may flounder in the future.

Values and attack have made winners of Brad Thorn's Reds

Agreed that their ability to stay in the fight was critical in keeping the Reds winning, though brains and skill were as much part of the season as character. At the beginning of the season O’Conmor stated that he was taking the three points when on offer and stay in touch with the Brumbies, because he knew that the Reds attack is good enough to finish the job. It may have resulted in a couple less tries but was inspired leadership, which could only be exercised because of the Reds investment in attack.
The future does look bright, hopefully the Reds will keep this coaching team together for another 4 years at least and turn the Reds into the Crusaders of the North!

Values and attack have made winners of Brad Thorn's Reds

They got their worst injuries in a semi that the Reds didn’t have to play, because they were a better team during the season. That is the Brumbies problem, not the Reds who also had 4 key injuries, before and during bthe game.

The Wrap: Suncorp buzzes as Super Rugby final delivers three winners

They aren’t on the wane, but they will plateau is they stick to the same old game plan for another season.

The Wrap: Suncorp buzzes as Super Rugby final delivers three winners

So what? The result could have been different in favour of the Reds if they weren’t missing Paisami, Petaia, Wilson and Vunivalu by the end of the much last weekend too. None of that changes the truth of my point, that the Brumbies need to mix up their attack.

The Wrap: Suncorp buzzes as Super Rugby final delivers three winners

His feelings? He is a big softie off the park.

The Wrap: Suncorp buzzes as Super Rugby final delivers three winners

The Brumbies are an excellent team but in reality if they want get ahead of the Reds again, they need to bring more than their “mature game plan” currently provides. Against a good defence they pose no attacking threat from very far outside of their own 22, making their game relatively predictable and measures to counter them possible (note I didn’t say easy). There is a lot of time and effort that will need to go into improving their ability to take their chances wherever they arise and convert them into tries, if they are to step up.

The Wrap: Suncorp buzzes as Super Rugby final delivers three winners

Indeed, the QRU played the long game with the big fella and the team and it has been proven to have paid dividends. Bloody good on them!

Super Rugby thriller! Last-ditch James O'Connor try hands Reds the Super Rugby AU title

How about I get to enjoy my team winning ahd you go and cry somewhere else. I mean that in the nicest possible way.

Super Rugby thriller! Last-ditch James O'Connor try hands Reds the Super Rugby AU title

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Super Rugby thriller! Last-ditch James O'Connor try hands Reds the Super Rugby AU title

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Super Rugby thriller! Last-ditch James O'Connor try hands Reds the Super Rugby AU title

Sounds good, make him half-back and get him tackling lessons from George Gregan, because half-backs still have to do cover defence.

McKenzie could cement an All Blacks jersey at halfback