Friday’s Rugby News – Green and Gold Rugby


Golden showers for pregame leisure ? Solely in Queensland.

Friday’s Rugby Information


‘We’re gonna get it on, trigger we don’t get alongside!’

Trans-Tasman preview

The wait is over !!

It looks like solely yesterday Australian Rugby was ‘invited’ to tender for 2-3 groups to play in a NZ primarily based competitors. Little question a real & heartfelt supply akin to that of the Chinese language Communist Get together supply to the Uyghur inhabitants to attend ‘weekend re-education camps’ & karaoke carnival. Historical past will present nonetheless that Rugby Oz stated ‘up yours’ and right here we’re 12 months later with a totally fledged TT competitors set to kick-off right this moment.

The refreshments are chilly, the snacks are at hand and as The Prince of Soul, Mr Marvin Gaye would say ‘let’s get it on’.

Two years within the making, have Aussie groups grown and constructed momentum, abilities and – shhhhh – whisper it quietly, ‘perception’. All seemingly achieved while protected and huddled, socially distanced in fact, underneath the cloak of COVID isolation? Or is it to be yet one more false daybreak, brutally uncovered by these from Center Earth as they too awake from their slumber?

Probably the most thrilling half for mine, with all sides reset to zero factors, is that technically, the Tah’s are presently equal leaders and what a meteoric rise it’s been! At $501 for successful the comp, what are the foundations if I cash-out now?

To have fun the TT  kick-off this weekend a gala version (6 articles) Friday Information. I’m tipping two Oz wins from the opening spherical and looking out ahead, I’m tipping 50% win-ratio by seasons finish because the Crimson’s win the entire thing.

So, waddya reckon about my ‘Hosstradamus’ prophecies? Mixture ‘fearless predictions’, drunken ramble or as three magistrates, 2 chief justices and 1 defence counsel have stated – ‘fully filled with shit’. Both approach time will inform, however Trans-Tasman is again. You bloody ripper. 


 Highlanders v Reds

Friday 14th Could – Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin – 5.05pm AEST – Stan

James O'Connor and Brad Thorn

Beating Kiwi sides eh – ‘piss o pess’

TT kicks off with the Oz champions taking over the 4th positioned aspect from NZ. With a number of workload / injury-forced modifications to the match day XXIII (McDermott (relaxation), Harry Wilson (concussion) and Jordan Petaia (Quad) together with Alex Mafi with out with concussion  Reds depth might be sorely examined and they’ll should be ‘on’ from the kick-off.

The Highlanders have some massive names out with Josh Ioane injured and unfastened ahead tyro Shannon Frizelle stood down for an alleged NRL audition final weekend.

Some cavalry have been referred to as up for the Reds and with the announcement of co-captains in Wright (beginning) & JOC2.0 they are going to be nicely lead and can should be as it will match might be no ‘gimme’.

With the crew modifications, brief turn-around time, journey and emotional fatigue (aka an excessive amount of alcohol)  that observe an enormous occasion like their SRA title win, it could seem the largest impediment & problem to a Crimson’s win might be their management of the ‘gray matter’.

I’m a Padre fan, however it is going to be attention-grabbing to see tangible indicators of their maturity and development of this younger aspect not a lot by the end result, however by the business and high quality of their endeavours in opposition to a first-up Kiwi aspect.

Because the Crusaders have proven repeatedly, a real champion aspect is ready to produce persistently no matter exterior elements. The Reds have the potential to be a champion aspect and on this one I consider the bench and management group nonetheless will get them dwelling in entrance – IF they’re masters of their attitudes. Reds by 16

HIGHLANDERS (1-15): Who care’s

REDS (1-15): Dane Zander, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Feao Fotuaika, Ryan Smith, Angus Blyth, Angus Scott-Younger, Liam Wright (co-c), Seru Uru, Kalani Thomas, James O’Connor (co-c), Jock Campbell, Hamish Stewart, Josh Flook, Filipo Daugunu, Bryce Hegarty Reserves: Josh Nasser, Harry Hoopert, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Fraser McReight, Moses Sorovi, Isaac Henry, Suliasi Vunivalu 

 God’s personal Waratahs v Hurricanes

Friday 14th Could – SCG – 7.45pm AEST – Stan

Alex Newsome

$501 to win ? Go you blue issues.

Conflict of the respective competitions ‘cellar dwellers’ in what could possibly be an expansive, attacking and thrilling affair

The Hurricanes have taking pity on the Tah’s both that or the Canes gamers or have pooled their dosh to get on the Tah’s at a wholesome $501 to win TT (I put $100 for shits & giggles), by resting their bull-like, one man wrecking ball Ngani Laumape for this match.

Nevertheless, there’s a sure refreshing liberty when there aren’t any or very low expectations of you – I do know first-hand from my mother and father what that appears like. With that in thoughts and with the rising hazard of Foketti and the ever harmful Perese younger Ben Donaldson getting one other begin at 10, permitting for the return of Will Harrison from the bench. The expertise, management & guile of a totally match Commissioner Gordon at 9 can’t be underestimated and the tah’s appear extra cohesive and calm when he’s on the sphere. With Tizzano coming from the pine which I put right down to workload administration Charlie Gamble will get a uncommon begin. The return of Tepai Moeroa to the bench additionally offers them so ‘go ahead’ later within the piece.

Enjoying in Sydney, refreshed, launched of the shackles of expectation, the Canes having a mean season by their requirements and resting their most harmful attacking participant – add in my slight Tah’s bias and voilà.

Tah’s by 5.

WARATAHS (1-15): Angus Bell, David Porecki, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Hugh Sinclair, Max Douglas, Lachie Swinton, Charlie Gamble, Will Harris, Jake Gordon (c), Ben Donaldson, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Lalakai Foketi, Izaia Perese, Alex Newsome, Jack Maddocks Reserves: Joe Cotton, Tetera Faulkner, Darcy Breen, Jeremy Williams, Carlo Tizzano, Jack Grant, Will Harrison, Tepai Moeroa

HURRICANES (1-15): Gained’t matter 


 Crusaders v Brumbies

Saturday 15th Could – Orange Idea Stadium – Christchurch – AEST 5.05pm – Stan

Dan McKellar

Dan ‘Chuckles’ McKellar response when requested put up recreation final week  if Nic Berry can be on his Xmas card checklist

Preview of the TT Remaining – or simply an absolute bell-ringer to have in spherical one?

Perennial South Island powerhouse, again to again Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa titles and worlds greatest provincial aspect v perennial OZ powerhouse smarting, no, seething after a contentious Oz decider.

I stated in final week’s preview of The Crimson’s v Ponies that you could by no means low cost the aspect from the ACT. It might appear nonetheless, the percentages are firmly in opposition to them for this one on practically each depend.

Little question 7A’s and his boys might be decidedly sad with the end result final week and can search to channel that into an aggressive, but composed and constant efficiency in opposition to the Saders on the unusually named Occult / Rugby Venue in Christchurch.

For a plethora of causes you merely have to select the Crusaders for this recreation, certainly it’s nearly a disgrace this match isn’t 3-4 weeks down the monitor. While the Crusaders have a thousand issues going for them, the Ponies will want the planets to align to be any likelihood. No Neville (my seasons MVP for Ponies), no Nic White, no Muirhead, no Slipper and a largely untested and inexperienced bench means issues may go ‘pear formed’ actual fast. Actually 7A’s might want to hold his gamers tight and supply an actual captains knock for 80 minutes to maintain his aspect shut and the rating line respectable.

Rightly or wrongly the Canberran’s really feel aggrieved from final week and you need to by no means dismiss spite as a motivating issue, my 3.5 ex-wives actually didn’t.  Frequent sense says damage, squad depth, journey, emotional baggage and drained our bodies will depend in opposition to the Ponies and blind Freddy would tip the Crusaders. Certainly, if the South Island supremo’s are stored to a 21 level or underneath victory that might be an ethical win for the Ponies. Ha! Take that NZ. Crusaders by 21.


BRUMBIES (1-15): Scott Sio, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa (c), Darcy Swain, Nick Frost, Henry Stowers, Rory Scott, Rob Valetini, Ryan Lonergan, Noah Lolesio, Tom Wright, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Solomone Kata, Tom Banks Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, Harry Lloyd, Tom Ross, Tom Hooper*, Luke Reimer, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Reesjan Pasitoa, Mack Hansen

CRUSADERS (1-15): From the ‘Saders manufacturing line  – robust all through

 Rebels v Blues

Saturday 15th Could AAMI Park Melbourne – 7.45pm AEST – 9GEM / Stan

Matt Toomua and Dave Wessels at post-match press conference

Two-Cows and a few vaguely acquainted man, rocking a 70’s porn ‘stache, after yet one more loss.

The Rebels are the Forrest Gump Chocolate Field of Oz Rugby, you simply by no means know what you’re gonna get and I really feel for Insurgent’s followers, yep, each of them.

On paper its 4th in Oz v 3rd in NZ nevertheless it’s exhausting to again the Reb’s with key suspensions to Isi Naisarani, Trevor Hosea & Pone Fa’amausili they seemingly lack their most useful three forwards in each meters gained and offering sting in defence.

Add to that the teaching modifications that noticed Dave ‘Keppler’ Wessell’s  – ahemmm – ‘resign’, the companies of connect coach Shaun Berne not required and the interim appointment of former  Insurgent’s defence coach Kevin Foote for the TT marketing campaign and it’s nearly ‘Fait accompli’ that the Blues will run away with this one.

Little question the short-term secondment of Wallabies assault coach Scott Wisemantel will assist add some sparkle to what has been a reasonably lifeless Rebels backline, however with a lot muscle lacking up entrance and the relative lack-lustre sizzle of the Reb’s backs throughout Oz-ball then it’s exhausting to have an excessive amount of love for the Melbourne aspect for this one.

If Two-Cows can rediscover his mojo they usually get Marika ‘The Exocet’ Koroibete extra concerned they are going to be aggressive, however I merely don’t see the power to put a ahead platform to get anyplace close to grabbing the lollies on this one. Blues by 18+.


REBELS (1-15): Cameron Orr, Jordan Uelese, Cabous Eloff, Rob Leota, Ross Haylett-Petty, Josh Kemeny, Richard Hardwick, Michael Wells, Joe Powell, Matt To’omua, Marika Koroibete, Campbell Magnay, Stacey Ili, Frank Lomani, Tom Pincus Reserves: James Hanson, Matt Gibbon, Lucio Sordoni, Steve Cummins, Michael Icely, James Tuttle, Carter Gordon, Lachie Anderson

BLUES (1-15): No Caleb Clarke – thank (insert deity right here) for that

 Drive v Chiefs

Saturday 15th Could HCF Park – Perth 9.55pm AEST – Stan

Jeremy Thrush

‘Oy, you #10, what’s it you’re presupposed to do once more?’ Thrush seeks clarification.

The primary version of TT rounds-out when the Chiefs of Waikato journey to the far aspect of the moon to tackle the Drive at Perth’s HCF Park.

I really consider the Drive are able to claiming some  Kiwi scalps by means of their sheer, bloody minded graft, willpower, effort and considerable coronary heart, however till they will higher flip these qualities into precise factors they are going to wrestle.

At #9 Cubelli & Ian Pryor are ‘serviceable’ – the way in which a Huge Mac is serviceable as ‘meals’, however neither are generally known as working 9’s or have that actual risk or hazard to them, {that a} McDermott, Powell or Gordon does. Their 10’s are nearly carbon-copies of their 9’s. They do the job however to not the usual required to capitalise on the work of the pack. The return of McIntyre to the run-on might assist their form considerably, as too the getting old Irish vacationer and Guinness fan, Rob ‘The Gun Present’ Kearney returns at 15. But when McIntyre can’t spark his aspect, I admit I’ve little confidence within the Drive’s Argentinian 10 Domingo Miotti, who performs far an excessive amount of like a NH 10 for my liking – stands too deep, runs lateral and kicks an excessive amount of tablet away and easily can’t / gained’t unlock the factors the Drive have in them out large.

From #1 – # 8, the Drive pack have a lot to love about them.  Certainly their piggies persistently present platform &  sufficient ball & territory for the backs to do their factor, however alas……

Up entrance 1-3 can maintain their very own in opposition to any. Dr Robbo has been in profession greatest type since leaving the Tah’s. At 2 Feleti Kaitu’u, for mine has been THE greatest hooker all through SRA. Their propping threesome is full with Santiago Medrano who has confirmed a really shrewd addition to the Forces roster and has grown in stature and efficiency all through the season.

The skilled and glorious Jeremy Thrush is joined at lock by Fergus Lee Warner for this match with Timani out injured. They’re complimented by terrific loosies within the expert, quick and energetic Tim Anstee, Kane Koteka who by no means performs a foul recreation and the ever dependable Brynard Stander.

As a ahead pack they get by means of a mountain of labor, can compete in opposition to all and will get pleasure from extra ‘W’s’ subsequent to their names, barring the Drive’s struggles at 9 & 10, they’d.

So for all that these in small numbers supply, by means of trustworthy toil and endeavour and simply bloody exhausting work, will they outscore the Chiefs Saturday evening at dwelling? No likelihood. Chiefs by 18.

FORCE (1-15): Tom Robertson, Feleti Kaitu’u, Santiago Medrano, Jeremy Thrush, Fergus Lee-Warner, Tim Anstee, Kane Koteka, Brynard Stander, Tomas Cubelli, Jake McIntyre, Jordan Olowofela, Henry Taefu, Kyle Godwin (c), Richard Kahui, Rob Kearney Reserves: Andrew Prepared, Angus Warner, Greg Holmes, Ryan McCauley, Ollie Callan, Ian Prior, Domingo Miotti, Jake Strachan

CHIEFS (1-15): All losers from final week.

 Friday’s Quick 5 Bonus

Taniela Tupou and Sonny Bill Williams

The Abattoir and a few NZ boxer – talk about Friday’s Quick 5.

1. Tah’s go on Pablo

Information the NSW Waratah’s go on securing the companies of barnstorming FISMS #8, generally captain, prolific tweeter and South African Tourism ‘influencer’ one  Mr Pablo Matera . For a wide range of causes I reckon the choice to go is an efficient one by NSW Rugby – very long time since I’ve typed these phrases

2. The regulation is the regulation – nicely, generally.

Plenty of Tremendous Rugby AU legal guidelines have made the minimize for the brand new TT competitors kicking off right this moment in Dunedin.

The Kiwis have been nonetheless profitable in retaining legal guidelines that present for them being always offside, getting into the ruck type anyplace at any time, laying over attacking ruck ball and failing to ‘roll away’ from the again of opposing rucks, all whereas feigning piety and righteous indignation if challenged. The spirit of Richie lives on

3. Tremendous Rugby Oz – Mark III ?

RA chairman Hamish McLennan believes there could possibly be room for an Australian-only ingredient to proceed in 2022, this from Tom First rate on the SMH

“I’ve at all times favored the native part and consider it’s one thing we should always give critical consideration to, along with Trans-Tasman,” McLennan informed the Herald. “It’s harking back to our authentic pondering round native derbies and replicating a number of the success of the Huge Bash. That was confirmed on Saturday evening.

“The rankings have been large and we at all times believed the sport would come again,” McLennan stated.

“We have been proper. We knew there was life on this iconic, world recreation and that is simply the beginning of fine issues to return”.

Right here bloody right here.

4. Southern Highlands whine

You merely should learn Fitzy’s response to former rentable opinion, Mr Alan Jones and his newest whine about Rugby in an article in The Australian just lately. Fitzy’s response – as solely Fitzy can. When you learn nothing else this weekend, learn this.

 5. Cadbury Wallabies Gold

The excellent news hits hold coming in for RA and the code this week. After what looks like a lifetime of Wallaby jerseys in a color spectrum starting from canary yellow by means of to watery urine / hepatitis yellow. Wallaby Gold is again child for this yr’s checks in opposition to the tadpoles in July.

To spherical out the good vibe, Cadbury has been introduced as main sponsor for five years and might be blazoned throughout stated Wallaby Gold.

How candy it’s………… 


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