Tremendous Rugby knowledgeable ideas: Who wins this weekend and why

A coach has been sacked and we’re all now on alert for the response of the crew impacted.

Usually, a crew that has their coach sacked is primed to reply; they’re decided to point out the interim appointment that the issue wasn’t them, it was all that earlier bloke. He was hopeless.

This isn’t a traditional week although as a result of sadly, the Waratahs haven’t been a traditional crew in 2021.

The sacked coach phenomenon is an actual factor, however the greatest query in regards to the Waratahs in 2021 is whether or not they have sufficient bounce again in them to maneuver on from Rob Penney. That’s in all probability a query for the Waratahs accountants, too.

It’s additionally a query for the panel, so let’s see who thinks they will.

(Spoiler alert: it’s no-one. No-one thinks they will bounce again.)

LAST WEEK: Geoff 3; Harry, Brett, Digger and The Crowd 2.

OVERALL: Harry, Dan, and Geoff 18; Brett and The Crowd 16, Digger 14


The Waratahs set two information this week; sacking a wonderfully good coach for not having the ability to make Grange Hermitage from Rodger Davis’ urine, and CEO Paul Doorn trotting out a world report variety of company clichés in a single press convention.

I half anticipate Dan McKellar to inform his boys to take it simple tomorrow night time, as a result of what’s gone down isn’t honest on the Tahs gamers, however even when he does, the Brumbies will nonetheless win in a canter.

Earlier than that, it is going to be a crusading Canterbury canter, with no pleasure for Tony Brown’s Highlanders.

The room of mirrors has been doing the rounds in New Zealand. This week it was Leon McDonald’s flip to line his boys up and extract a couple of house truths. They’ll bounce again in opposition to the Canes.

The Reds are in a cushty place proper now. That’s as a consequence of good administration and good luck. But when they’re too snug with themselves I believe they’re weak this week. It’s a little bit of a stab, however I’m going for the outsider.

SURE THING: After Michael Cheika reminded viewers final week that ’the referee is all the time proper’, Stan/9 will go one higher this week, with Tim Horan demanding that Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk step apart, to get replaced by Jordan ‘you don’t see that from him too typically’ Petaia.

Jordan Petaia. (Photograph by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Photos)


There are just a few methods to win a rugby match, assuming lethal weapons aren’t allowed.

There are numerous, some ways to lose. Sadly, the Pressure, the Rebels, and the Hurricanes are discovering lots of them.

As a look on the wonderful Six Nations stats will present, you run at your peril (Scotland) even when you have sort out busters (Duhan van der Merwe busts 73 per cent of first tackles; Stu Hogg 43 per cent). It’s worthwhile to kick greater than you move (Wales, France).

You can’t miss lots of tackles (Italy). And in case you win turnovers (Eire) you can’t waste them (Eire).

You can’t lose your individual lineout (Scotland), and you have to not get pinged (England) until you’re in your strive line (early). So, this week is a collection of positive issues. It’s positive. I’m positive.

SURE THING: The Reds will obliterate the utter Rebels.

SURER THING: The Brumbies will chew up the chaotic Waratahs, and spit them out.

SUREST THING: The Blues will defeat the Jordie-Hurricanes by a lot.

CERTAIN THING: The Crusaders over the _____ (fill in clean).

So, I’m fairly positive of this spherical.


I do like Tony Brown’s considering this week: beating the Crusaders is difficult sufficient, and bloody close to not possible in Christchurch, but when the Highlanders might do it after some self-standard resetting and with a vastly unpowered crew, then that will be a chapter of Highlanders historical past value writing.

Sadly, this week, it can even be fiction.

As is the concept a worldwide seek for a coach will web the absolute best teaching candidate for the Waratahs in 2022 after they magically change the tradition of the joint and someway rid the place of company bullshit.

There might be some extent of lifeless coach bounce this week, however that also gained’t be sufficient to cease the Brumbies profitable. By a lot, even.

The Reds are about to seek out out what the Rebels and Pressure went by final yr, however this week will nonetheless really feel like a traditional away sport. Subsequent week after they inevitably must play a house sport some place else might be a distinct story, nevertheless. They win this week, simply.

And that simply leaves with me with the first colour-themed crew from Auckland. They burned me once more final week, they usually critically suck they usually can go to hell.

I hate them. Hurricanes. By a lot.

SURE THING: Offended tipping will turn out to be a factor if this spherical delivers a 50per cent or higher success fee.


Nearly every thing that must be stated in regards to the Waratahs has been already. The Brumbies ought to win by, oh, I dunno… 20? 30? 40 even? Doesn’t matter, it’ll be by rather a lot.

Andy Muirhead, Len Ikitau and Rob Valetini of the Brumbies celebrate

Len Ikitau (centre) with Andy Muirhead and Rob Valetini. (Photograph by Mark Kolbe/Getty Photos)

Identical goes for the Crusaders, who’ll haven’t any issues trouncing the Highlanders in Christchurch. It’s factor Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa has a last this yr, because it’s the one factor stopping the defending champs from sealing one other title with weeks to spare.

The Blues will welcome the week off when it arrives subsequent spherical, however they’ll take pleasure in all of it the higher if it follows a victory. At house, anticipate them to return to the winners’ circle in opposition to the Canes.

The final sport of the weekend is shaping up because the decide of the bunch. The Rebels, recent and relaxed after the bye. The Reds, undefeated however whose solely convincing wins have come in opposition to the Tahs, out of the blue compelled on the highway as a consequence of Brisbane’s COVID cluster.

Melbourne are positively an opportunity for an upset win, I’ll take the Reds in a squeaker on the speculation that the squad will rally collectively following the week’s turmoil.

SURE THING: Good Friday might be something however for the Waratahs.


Effectively, I did for a second flirt with the concept of selecting the Highlanders, however after some obvious get together shenanigans by a couple of boys that was fairly clearly not at Tony Browns home, that transient flirtation has died a pure demise and the Crusaders it’s.

Tough to see the Waratahs profitable, ever, so the Brumbies ought to stroll this one in whereas the Rebels and Reds appears to be like like a bob every means, Rebels must be an opportunity however I’ve to again the Reds, simply have extra factors in them, I believe.

To date this season, I’ve tipped the Hurricanes twice for no return and tipped in opposition to them twice for a 50per cent strike fee, primarily based on this scientific reasoning I’ll run soiled once more and decide the Blues.

SURE THING: The penny will lastly drop for Leon and TOM will lastly, lastly get chosen to begin for the Blues. Love that bloke.

Get your ideas in under, and assist The Crowd make up this out of the blue giant hole to the leaders!

Harry Brett Dan Digger Geoff The Crowd
General 18 16 18 14 18 16
Final week 2 2 2 2 3 2

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