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Sorry, looks like theyre out of beans, will be around around 10.30 🙂

Geez you’d think I’m the only one that does any work around here. 🙂

The Waratahs' leaders, not Israel Folau, have led to this disastrous season

Not really much point addressing a comment directly to Spiro. Unlike Mr Lord and others, they actually care whats being commented, positive or negative. Spiro doesnt like to play 🙂

The Waratahs' leaders, not Israel Folau, have led to this disastrous season

Which is exactly why Foley will get the nod. Better the devil you know. No way Cheika will want that performance in a big match. He may get it from Foley though. CLL for me hasnt done enough to convince Cheika hes the one. At least he has a Super rugby title, an England world cup section win, and a Scotland quarter that had Foley critical to the win. Hes blinded, and QC has just put himself out Id say.

What I wonder about the Webels

Something changed at the Chiefs when they went on tour after a horrid start. Even the Blues were beating them. They smashed the Bulls then from memory beat the Jaguares. Cane and Retallick were still a way off. With the loss of their Ace in DMac didnt think theyd end up having the season they have. A real example of internal fortitude and team spirit.

Chiefs annihilate the disappointing Rebels to most certainly qualify for the playoffs

Yeah good point. And part of that I think is oz sides tend to take a while to develop, bar interestingly the Brumbies who took to Super rugby like a duck to water.

With the heavy workload, the travel, the coming up against such a vast array of styles and venues, including NZ sides who via schoolboy or mitre 10 are far more developed as pro’s when they hit Super rugby, oz super sides find it tough to get off the runway cleanly. Same happened with the Jaguares, Sunwolves are still there. (Blues have unique issues of retention, recruitment and management. They are still producing talent like nowhere else).

That can explain the ‘spooked’ feeling across some players. They know theyre up against NZ rugby, where everyone plays to the same tune, the products just that little more refined.

Sheek has alluded to a lot of those historical reasons that inhibit better development pre Super rugby.

The Wrap: Only one Australian finalist a poor Super Rugby return

They’re so knowlegeable, that they ‘know’ they’re hopeless. So they don’t go. A tough act being a sports team in the worlds most knowledgeable sports city. But at least if you’re hopeless, you soon know it. 🙂

Chiefs annihilate the disappointing Rebels to most certainly qualify for the playoffs

Yeah I think it’s more about bringing structure, discipline and mostly, winning back into the game than simply advocating boring jakeball, something I also dislike. But if there’s anything, white gets results quickly. He can make average sides play better purely because he adds a tight formula that works. For me it would then be about trying to remove some of the jakeball aspects of his style… to a point. Discipline as players appears to be lacking, not because they’re not trying hard, but because they’ve no sense of real direction. They ‘try stuff’ that never really amounts to anything. Or does. Sometimes. Grey.

Chiefs annihilate the disappointing Rebels to most certainly qualify for the playoffs

The advantage of having White would mean the Oz pack would operate at much higher levels and that alone could help bring oz rugby back to the forefront. Oz rugby has no recognisable structure. Its all over the place and White brings a discipline that at least assures certainty to a point if not beauty.

Chiefs annihilate the disappointing Rebels to most certainly qualify for the playoffs

A rejuvenated Retallick will be interesting.

Super Rugby Round 18: For the clubhouse lead

Oops, I thought I put a couple of zeros too many on my slip 🙂

Super Rugby Round 18: For the clubhouse lead

Blues will win now they’re back to their default position of laughing stock again. Took a while but with Leon’s hard work and perseverance, they finally got there.:-)

Super Rugby Round 18: For the clubhouse lead

‘Blues are improving, they’ll be good enough to make the playoffs next year’

Found the above scratched into a wall just under the tomb of tuthenkhamen the other day. 🙂

Super Rugby Round 18: For the clubhouse lead

Good, don’t.
Sit back and fasten your seatbelt up, yes right up, around ….:-)

Super Rugby Round 18: For the clubhouse lead

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…….

Super Rugby Round 18: For the clubhouse lead

Oh I get what you are trying to say, it’s just your selection of words keep contradicting the very points you are making:-)
I can see CLL there this year but now it’s far too much about risk. What Foley will do is well known. What CLL or Quade will do in three knock outs no one has the foggiest. And Chieka won’t go near foggiest. He didn’t last year, no way he will this year.
Who’s backup is the only question.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Well Cheika made that exact decision over and over again so he’s insane at least by inference.

‘Small chance vs no chance’…hmmm…yet of the two Foley is the only one to have provided EXACTLY that.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Thats the whole point. You’d rather do that. Cheika doesnt. If he continues to pick Foley as he has he simply disagrees with you. And probably prefers for you not to die. ????
And at this moment, whether CLL can handle three knockout starts, is a complete unknown.
And is Cheika by your definition actually insane? I wouldnt say that.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Blues with ‘only’ pride to play for vs a canes side who simply want no ‘hurtees’ will be all out to give them exactly that.
Blues AB players will get the rest so last chance for fringers to impress the selectors.
Canes… be warned! ????
Cmon the Bluuuuuuuuuuuues!!!

Super Rugby Round 18: For the clubhouse lead

I’d say they deserved to be top three between 1978 and 2015 as a general rule for that period. Ahead of England and France and the non playing boks in the 80s, on average the best…first or second side in the 90’s around the two World Cup wins. Overall fair to say no less 3rd overall than England or France, forget the rest.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Sounds remarkably like some Blues fans I know:-)

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Far more World Cup matches, far more Rugby championship starts, far more bledisloe starts, far more vs Northern sides starts in the last four years than the other two put together. What part of that as big match experience is made up?

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

I agree. And last three knockouts is a step up again. CLL isn’t prepared for that, particularly with what he’s come through, albeit remarkably well. This is why it keeps coming back to Foley. He has a significant amount of big match experience the others don’t, and Cheika is simply banking on him pulling one or two good ones out of the bag. Cheika has a clear history of better the devil you know selections.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

As is picking another player so Foley isn’t there. The other two don’t have anywhere near the recent test familiarity that Foley has. Yes mainly because Cheika keeps picking him but the alternatives are not only average, they’re not clearly superior players than Foley, don’t know the test scene as well, haven’t played the game plan. For that reason foley is the best of a poor three.
It’s too late for Cheika to base a game plan around someone like Quade which would really be… ‘let’s see what he’ll do next’.
Something that suits nz with Barrett, but not oz, cos Quade doesn’t have the same skill levels.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Yep, they’ve always had him on their radar. Would have to be an interesting offer to avoid an overseas one, perhaps if combined with a sabbatical that cuts maybe the first few SR games out.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Insane is a bit terse. Big match, he stepped up. And is fully capable of doing that again. CLL isn’t a big test match player, never has been, and is certainly past his best. As might Foley be but I think Foleys right for this years tournament. Quade has shown just as much flakiness to his efforts this year.
It’s not the dream three you’d want to pick from but for me Foley edges the others, if only for his no nonsense, directness in approach. No denying he lacks skill in some areas but at this point, picking someone else would be more about not picking Foley than anything else.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019