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Law reform: Why the mark and maul rules are outdated

The ball is kicked high, the chases are making a great effort and could gain an advantage with numbers inside the opposition 22, oh no, the defending player, sliding along the ground, takes and catch and calls “mark”. It is the game’s most ridiculous and outdated ‘get of jail free’ card.

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Does Australian rugby need to harden up?

Don’t worry, I can see the poisoned arrows coming my way already… but not so long ago, in the halftime interview during the Rebels game, new Waratahs, coach Daryl Gibson, when asked about his team’s performance, famously proclaimed “Some of that stuff out there was rubbish.”

Well TWAS, I hear you can fly from Brisbane to the Gold Coast and with no quarantine either – no air hostess required as you will arrive at your destination after your second sip on a beer!

Qantas stops spending on sports sponsorships in major blow to Rugby Australia

Yes and without doubt the biggest selection blunder of the WC…man that was stupid against the Poms…mind numbingly stupid. Leaving out your most physical backrower against a back row that prides itself on being physical. I mean what the…?????

How the Brumbies had the nous to get home by a nose

Akira ball running skill is far better than Boshiers and in the Kiwi newsppaers they have stated that it was this skill that prevented Boshier from even being in North South game and they have told him to work on it. Akira is as good as anyone in the carry and very quick for a unit his size and a brilliant off-loader. I don’t think he was lazy in that game. Stopped several runs and drove back the opposition pack near the line… I think sometimes he is one of those players that has an unfortunate dopey expression on his face at times but he has had his best season with the Blues this year in the D and the AB’s coaches have seen enough of him now to know what they see in him long term. Very few players in the game anywhere are his enormous size with his raw pace once he hits top speed – I can’t think of any his size and pace off the top of my head. He is what you can call quite quick even. So he brings something to the table very few others his size do anywhere and he is getting better each season…you might argue he is slow learner – but he does and has learned. Some of his carries for the Blues this year have been outstanding.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOn_IX-Imk8
This 2019 season package might just remind people of what he can do to an opposition with his power and pace. Once he got a start this season I think he proved he had improved aspects of his game that needed work mainly in the D and the AB’s have said as much. But he has a serious x-factor that just cannot be ignored IMO. If he continues to improve he may yet be one hell of player for the AB’s.

How the Brumbies had the nous to get home by a nose

Yeah good point Geoff – My issue that the AB’s made a huge mistake IMO at the last WC by not settling on a 1st 15 and bench. I think SBW also got shafted at that WC as did Ben Smith and Sam Cane. It was noticeable that when both Cane and SBW came on in the semi that the English rush D and physical game was less effective and that said to me that SBW should have had the 12 spot and been allowed to own it during the international season and why the hell Sam Cane – known for his ferocity in tackle – did not start is just unfathomable – and Ben Smith was a bit out of form but they became so obsessed with Mounga at 10 and Barrett at 15 he never got the chance to play himself into form. I think they really stuffed up last season with some selections. So I want them to damn well stop playing with selections and combinations and just stick with it for gods sake and I am not 100% sold on Barrett at 15 when we have his Brother and Jordan in the side. Ironically, has Sam Cane done enough this season to be the 1st choice 7 ? On form no at all, but he is a big match player and is he the no7 that will be at the next WC ? – probably not.

The Wrap: Rugby learnings of Australia for make benefit glorious nation of Brumbies

Damn right Geoff – very precious they are in Otago. I think the possible centre combinations on both sides and equally who plays at 15 will be interesting 1st up. I am not yet totally convinced the AB’s will go with Monuga at 10 and B.Barrett at 15. There is a slight possibility that Barrett may start at 10 IMO and Mounga come off the bench. Barrett was outstanding at 10 for Norths v Souths when he played there which must, at the very least, be giving AB selectors food for thought.

The Wrap: Rugby learnings of Australia for make benefit glorious nation of Brumbies

Hi Geoff I reserve all full appraisal of new internationals on both sides of the ditch until they play under the pressure of an international when the stakes are high – like for example, the Wallabies must win the first game in NZ to have any realistic chance of winning the Bledisloe. They must get serious confidence before they play at fortress Eden Park which means the new players selected need to stand up in the 1st game and big time. They may well do on both sides of the ditch but just saying…..

The Wrap: Rugby learnings of Australia for make benefit glorious nation of Brumbies

Hi Nick thought you find this an interesting read https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/300110601/from-reject-to-respect-rieko-ioane-a-shining-light-on-centre-stage
Note his stats next to Jack Goodhues this season and especially his defensive stats in the tackle success rate next to Goodhues.

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

Yes agreed Nick

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

Its the norm with all presidents Nick – Clinton Bush and Obama so far all issued far more than Trump has…Its something all Presidents reach for though and to be fair it is their right to do so under the US Constitution and for good reason IMO.

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

Well his opposition did run the dumbest of ad campaigns in the history of really dumb ad campaigns…like an unbackable winner giving his opponent a 30 metre head start in a 100m race! I couldn’t believe it when I saw some of those ads.

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

That’s a fair comment Nick except that let’s not forget that NZ was the only side the Boks faced they did not defeat at the last WC.

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

While I do concur with that view overall Nick – I would argue that equally there are times when a player who is gifted with acceleration can open up gaps that others may not or simply could not. It’s that speed over the 1st 20 or even as little as 10m that can be devastating at the right moment. Not all game obviously. The fastest off the start does always score the try but often has hand in creating somewhere in the chain. That can be said of some forwards within a pack as well I think.

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

Oh boy Nick Amen to that! – funny how us non-religious folk still for reach for godly cliche 😁

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

Actually, the strong rumour is the Ennor has the fastest top in gas but Reiko is still has the fastest acceleration over the first 20-30 metres ( something has regained this year after losing some kilos and regaining confidence) which can be devastating as he showed in the North v South game with the breaks he made and the two tries he scored at 13 – his second try he totally skinned some very good defenders who could only look at him. I wouldn’t say no to either them in my side however. When Ennor gets in the clear and in top gear you can forget chasing him – it’s all over.

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

Yes i agree at the top end Nick he has some gas – not express – but certainly quick enough but he does not have the blinding acceleration of some out-and-out speed men. That is not to take anything away from the Reds D and I think they will win the final and as someone who has lived in QLD for a bloody long time , it would nice to see it back here under the current format. But I do agree that some of the ball distribution from Rebels lacked a bit a nous at times. Timing of the pass or off-load is everything – a game of inches as they say – and i think the Rebels lacked some of that clinical attacking speed in decision making and vision at times. To be fair, the Reds D contributed to that of course and as you have illustrated.

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

Great news all round

New Zealand Bledisloe Cup fixtures confirmed for mid-October

Well yes and no Geoff, three have babies on the way so that is genuine excuse as the restrictions mean they will miss the births. Just a shame B.Barrett and Mounga are two of those. The other reason is it works out players will spend Xmas in quarantine instead of with families so canning pay cheques may get some very stiff opposition form the players union and some. They do have genuine cause to not go in unique circumstances.

The Wrap: Wallabies take shape but Rugby Championships are far from settled

Exactly Jacko but when the dollars talk – common sense take a hike. Who cares if its a mish-mash of inequity in preparation and suffocating restrictions coupled with watered down sides due to players not making themselves available due to all the aforementioned – and near Xmas – as long as the games go ahead and the money rolls in for SANZAAR and the networks. This nonsense that nothing is bigger than the game itself has long been a myth since the professional era rolled onward as greed and profits now come well before the interests of fair and genuine competition for fans and players. Just look at the current Super Comp format which is so bad that it turned fans off the competition and the powers that be too long to rectify it – But as fans we have been so starved of Rugby this season that we will take whatever is offered up and they know it as well – it will be instant coffee Internationals without the real beans if many of the premier players withdraw from travelling and some already have so far.

The Wrap: Wallabies take shape but Rugby Championships are far from settled

Exactly TWAS and how disingenuous is that for pities sake!

The Wrap: Wallabies take shape but Rugby Championships are far from settled

TWAS that is an oxymoron “no point risking all of QLD business just for tourism,” Tourism is one of the largest percentages of all QLD business GDP so without tourism your risking a significant number of QLD businesses and many have already gone belly up as result and counting. Not to mention the knock-on effect of all those who rely on tourism for employment.
But I am in agreement 100% about everyone playing politics – dead right

The Wrap: Wallabies take shape but Rugby Championships are far from settled

Hi Geoff Several NZ players including yep Mounga, B.Barrett, Sevu Reece and Perenara have said they won’t play in Australia with the restrictions and new babies on the way. Others are also going to follow apparently so it might be watered down RC by the sounds of it with SA players already saying they are not that interested the way things stand doing the same. Great for the host nations – not much chop for those who have to travel. You cannot blame them, Rennie said he wasn’t interested in playing in NZ with all their restrictions either. As he p[pointed out, two week in quarantine = 4 weeks each end is unfun for everyone and as he also argues that a week later after quarantine you play a test. The host nation trains for 3 weeks while you train for one week or at the very least they get loads more time to prepare. Stupid scenario if you ask me

The Wrap: Wallabies take shape but Rugby Championships are far from settled

I think if ALB plays 12 Nick, Reiko might get his chance at 13 – that was a combination that worked very well in the North v Souths game. Reiko’s acceleration at 13 caught some world class defenders napping in that game enabling him to get in behind the D on a few occasions. He is very strong in the tackle as well something i think people forget about his game. Very hard to bring down. Goodhue is the defensive master of all 4 picked so it might be a horses for courses approach initially maybe. Ennor got injured very early in NvS game so not sure how bad it is and was picked as an outside backs with all the back 3 guys not that that means much but still.

Has the K-Train come to the end of the line?

Not so sure about that Nick – Foster has picked him in the centres – not the outside backs and recently said after the match North v Souths game that based on his exceptional form at 13 this season he has moved into a 50/50 chance of starting at 13 – that’s from the horses mouth!

Has the K-Train come to the end of the line?

“They are always loaded on the wings” Exactly

Has the K-Train come to the end of the line?

Rennie’s pick a 12 will not be an international novice in that position if the RC games go ahead. Just my opinion, but a novice against the class in the Boks and AB’s could be a disaster and that could be a confidence download when it needs an upload at that level. Toomua is good in the D as a rule and has good a rugby brain so might be the choice initially but even he has not done enough at international level to nail that position down when he has played there, all be it with limited opportunities at times, to be fair. We shall see I guess. Rennie may yet surprise us all.

Has the K-Train come to the end of the line?