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Will Knight

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Sport is so simple yet often so complex. Sometimes black and white, more often colourful. I try to make a bit of sense of it - mostly cricket, rugby union and rugby league - but try harder to have a laugh along the way. "We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees” - Jason Kidd

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Fair. Risky. Marcus Stoinis would’ve been close.The poor fella’s father passed away during I think the second of the three Shield games leading in. He was probably in front of Marsh at that stage as an all-rounder option. But Marsh’s workload shouldn’t be massive. And he’s proven to be pretty economical. He bowled some solid overs in Sri Lanka last year.

Marsh is Smith's insurance against another busted paceman

There was a consensus that has been formed following plenty of the day-night pink-ball first-class matches both in Australia and overseas: get the new pink ball in the hands of the quicks when the lights go on. Of course Smith and the Aussie crew knew this. And Australia had bowled only 75-odd overs. Not a heap, and I think Lyon had got through 25 or so. But Smith’s reluctance to risk his quicks again was an insecurity that can be mitigated with a medium-pacer added to the mix. That equates to insurance to me. Reduce the workload means – in theory – lessening the risk of injury.

Marsh is Smith's insurance against another busted paceman

Oh I see. I assume being almost a Ricciardo you shoey your Shiraz ???

How to spice up the Bledisloe dead rubber? Give Quade a run

Always gamble responsibly?!?!

How to spice up the Bledisloe dead rubber? Give Quade a run

Yeah not a massive fan. It’s more in hope than empirical evidence that Quade will turn a game. Like Glenn Maxwell for the Aussie ODI and Test team…

How to spice up the Bledisloe dead rubber? Give Quade a run

For sure. And this fixture has got free air really. Nice little gap between NRL grand final and RL World Cup. No international cricket. But not enough meat to chew on this time around ?‍♂️

How to spice up the Bledisloe dead rubber? Give Quade a run

I wanna get pumped. Nothing driving it. And I’m normally a proponent for being fired up for every Test – there are only generally 15 per year after all. But there’s tumbleweed for this one. Need a villain or something.

How to spice up the Bledisloe dead rubber? Give Quade a run

Good to see someone is revved up. Although I expected more chill ? from one called waxhead

How to spice up the Bledisloe dead rubber? Give Quade a run

Yeah there aren’t a heap of excuses. But I suppose the crux of my article was about the teams hosting deservedly getting an advantage. None for the Eagles and Sharks in week one. Shafted.

NRL finals folly: Get back to the ‘burbs!

Yeah, AFL fans are a committed bunch. Incredible every week.

NRL finals folly: Get back to the ‘burbs!

Well I love Brooky because it’s everything Homebush isn’t. It’s a link to decades of rugby league gone – shabby stands, shoulder-to-shoulder on the hill, grimy, grab a hot dog walking into the ground. Grab a beer at Brookvale Hotel early. Old school mentality and not in tune with the finance and marketing department. But that’s what I like about the suburban grounds.

NRL finals folly: Get back to the ‘burbs!

Absolutely. The footy was brilliant. Every game went down until the last five minutes. Including an extra-time game. Three out of the four AFL finals were duds. But the AFL crowds are always going to be far superior. Keep the finals local in the NRL. The TV ratings I reckon would be healthy for the NRL for the four week-one finals. Must be reward for home teams.

NRL finals folly: Get back to the ‘burbs!

The reality is that Parramatta, Brisbane, Canterbury, St George-Illawarra and South Sydney can draw 20,000-plus crowds in the first two weeks of the finals – and that’s usually if they play eachother.
Nonetheless, the hosting teams deserve better. If that game is on at Brooky on Sat night, it’s a memorable night for all. All jammed in. 22,000. Manly get the advantage they deserve by finishing higher on the ladder. There’s nothing emotive to lure Manly fans to the SFS. Nor the Penrith fans.

NRL finals folly: Get back to the ‘burbs!

Yep I initially had Red Herring in the headline arthur rightus – I think it’s a perfect distraction from a dire last six to 12 months. With more pertinent issues than fitness levels. Cheika normally blasts the players on the training paddock early in camps. Nothing new. But it’s become a bigger issue than it needs to be.

Why did Cheika go public with Wallabies' fitness concerns?

Yeah rip in Fox Molder! “Shifting the blame” is how I see it too. Surely the fitness levels can’t be that dire at five professional rugby clubs. Use the bench. Adapt your style. The international season means you’ve got the work with the fitness levels in July – not have an over-reaching power to implement your own benchmarks from January to July.
And yes, it has everyone distracted. Hardly a gripping narrative. I think we can do better.

Why did Cheika go public with Wallabies' fitness concerns?

Ha. My wife does! Xxx

Why did Cheika go public with Wallabies' fitness concerns?

You reckon the Wallabies coach should be about to dicate fitness levels at Super Rugby teams from January to July, El Gamba? I reckon that’s a bit heavy-handed. I struggle to believe the fitness levels are that poor at the Aussie SR teams that it becomes a big issue. Feels like a red herring to me. Shift the blame after being horrible in the June Tests.

Why did Cheika go public with Wallabies' fitness concerns?

Yes desire alone won’t get you over the line. It’s a bit simplistic. But you’ve got to work with what you’ve got as a Wallabies coach. Be better using your bench is probably the most obvious fix.

Why did Cheika go public with Wallabies' fitness concerns?

Yes agreed it’s mysterious this desire thing. It’s grey. It’s nebulous. But you know it when you see it. The Lions in the second half of the recent series against the ABs! Mostly in defence.

Why did Cheika go public with Wallabies' fitness concerns?

Ha. I’m cheap. But I don’t think they’ve got any money.

Rebels have only one win to stand on, so stop moaning

Rebels and Force have had some pretty good cattle in the past. Some established Wallabies – Pocock, O’Connor, Beale, Giteau, Mitchell etc. But aint been contenders.

Rebels have only one win to stand on, so stop moaning

Inman brought up the uncertainty being a problem. An AFL draftee faces enormous uncertainty – firstly, will he get picked up at all and if so, is he going to Queensland, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne? Why isn’t that a decent reference point for a position of uncertainty? And guess what – if the situation is truly unbearable, there are other SUper Rugby teams in Australia, a huge number of clubs in Europe and Japan etc. It’s not like it’s the Rebels or bust.
The ARU have fumbled the process but head office isn’t missing tackles on the weekend.

Rebels have only one win to stand on, so stop moaning

Hmm. At the Crusaders, Israel Dagg, David Havili and George Bridge move around the back three all the time. And deliver wherever they move. This is true across a few of the NZ teams. Beauden Barrett and Aaron Cruden often go to No.12 and fullback. And kill it.

Rebels have only one win to stand on, so stop moaning

Mental disruption?!? I’d argue as a professional sportsman you should be able to roll with a bit of adversity. These are fit, tough guys with plenty of psychological strength. They wouldn’t be at that level without it. Inman saying the uncertainty is “showing in on-field performances” perhaps proves their approach is sub-professional.

Rebels have only one win to stand on, so stop moaning

2011 – 15th
2012 – 13th
2013 – 12th
2014 – 15th
2015 – 10th
2016 – 12th
2017 – 17th?!

My “logic” is this has been going on for a long time. Get the results and you’ll sit pretty. Pile up the loses and don’t expect sympathy. That’s sport. Its simplicity – win or lose – is arguably its greatest virtue. Don’t offer shallow excuses if you don’t deliver.

Rebels have only one win to stand on, so stop moaning