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Location: Western Australia ----------------------- Rugby team: Western Force ----------------------- AFL team: Dockers

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As a former Kiwi from that area living in Perth I am looking forward to my current team beating my former team senseless. 🙂
It will be a great night whatever happens.

I predict a crowd of +20,000 in Perth this weekend and a similar number next weekend.

The two lingering questions from an incredible weekend of Super Rugby finals

Maybe but even if the Force is “predictable” they also have a rock solid defensive game. I think it will be interesting to watch the kiwi teams with their attacking speed and prowess against the Force. I suspect the Blues/Hurricane/Highlanders may become frustrated at not being able to score as freely as they like and may give away some silly penalties.
From the Force perspective, they need to maintain those defensive structures for 85 mins and also be able to turn possession into tries. Scoring tries is something they struggled with early in the season but seem to be getting better at. I think they will struggle in the first couple of games but will grow in the last couple. Of course by then it will be too late to make the final, but it will be interesting to watch how they go.
The Rebels are capable of winning most of their games but I think they are so used to losing and playing their no-winning formula that they will also struggle for their first couple of games.
I do think there are three gettable wins for both the Force and the Rebels, I think the Chiefs and Crusaders are a step too far. We will see. ????

The two lingering questions from an incredible weekend of Super Rugby finals

Fair enough however, NRC has never been professional. The average player got $5k for the season to play.

The two lingering questions from an incredible weekend of Super Rugby finals

NRC didn’t cost $15m Brett.

The two lingering questions from an incredible weekend of Super Rugby finals

When did they dump them ?

The two lingering questions from an incredible weekend of Super Rugby finals

Drua have played in Australia for 3 yrs before Covid. Suggesting Aus has done nothing is a silly statement.

The two lingering questions from an incredible weekend of Super Rugby finals

I’m with you mate

The two lingering questions from an incredible weekend of Super Rugby finals

Yes, ok. Maybe we were looking at the same thing. I think you are right

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

Thanks Geoff

I think the one undeniable fact coming out from this year so far is that Australian rugby needs and thrives on a strong domestic competition. The 5 team domestic competition seems to work well and must be maintained. The fact that we can have 40k at the final and even 6.5k in Perth at their final game when 3 in 4 people cancelled due to a Covid lockdown tells the story. I was a strong supporter of the national competition too but this one is better. The NZ version also seems to be working well. I am hopeful that RA and NZ will not miss the opportunity after the TT to be really self critical in their assessment and not ignore the last 10 weeks of rugby in their decisions on the 2022 and beyond structure

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

Sure his phrase “brand O’Connor” didn’t come from him

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

With the relationship with long-time broadcast partner Fox Sports having run its course, new partner Nine/Stan has brought increased enthusiasm for the game and greater reach. If viewers never actually got to see the final ball released to O’Connor and see him straighten and dive for glory, that’s only a minor blip to what has been a hugely successful season, so far.

Geoff, I’m not sure what you meant by this?. I saw the game on GEM and it was excellent, try and all!

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

I think you are right, but Phillip is in the same mold as Hodgo so I would expect him to be a very good captain.

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

😂

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

John
I think you are correct. Back “in the day” the advantage was given until it was taken, i.e. the team receiving the advantage had advantage of possession or of position not both. I think holding advantage for 20 phases of play is well beyond the intent of that advantage rule. If you’ve had the ball in your possession for one or two phases of play then the referee should either determine you have received the advantage of possession (in which case should call advantage over) or should be required to determine you have no “immediate” advantage and call up the infringement.

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

It’s as good a reason to make it mandatory for the referee to leave his arm out while playing advantage as any. Easy enough to do.

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

Wear the black prison bars on their blue. Nobody can argue that there’s a clash….

The AFL has officially denied Port Adelaide's prison bars jersey request

The Force will win if they can play with the relentless and controlled aggression they showed for about 40 mins last week but they will be flogged if they play like the first 20 mins.

GO FORCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brumbies vs Force: A test of discipline

Well he won’t be able to take the field against the Force then 😛

Reds dealt massive blow with star to miss Super Rugby AU final

Fair enough, I probably clarify by saying my description of it being “silly” should be applied to the whole argument. It’s a team game and it’s the importance to the team that matters the most.

How Fremantle have made the Western Derby relevant once again

The Dockers can win all the midfield ball they like but until they learn how to kick goals instead of points we will not be a worthy top 6 team.

How Fremantle have made the Western Derby relevant once again

No the state government vetoed it because they are fun police

How Fremantle have made the Western Derby relevant once again

Actually I really rate Yeo. I’d love to have him playing for Freo

How Fremantle have made the Western Derby relevant once again

I agree, his contribution isn’t fully reflected by the stats

How Fremantle have made the Western Derby relevant once again

How Fremantle have made the Western Derby relevant once again

What you are saying is silly. It is simply how many of their preferred starting squad who aren’t available due to injury that matters
How many were premiership players or AA is just not relevant wrt the importance of those players to their team.

How Fremantle have made the Western Derby relevant once again