Is there NOTHING a Queenslander will not do to win?

Friday’s Rugby Information 25/3/22

Good morning from the Ponderosa & welcome all to a different Friday’s Rugby Information!

This week let’s take a look at the abomination that’s Queensland Rugby and their dastardly techniques and slimy tentacles that noticed Taniela ‘Teflon’ Tupou ‘cleared’ by the farce often called SANZAR. Preview Spherical #6 SRP actions. The outcomes are additionally in for the Official G&GR Wallaby Squad and try the financial institution balances of our main Girls in Rugby and convey it dwelling with Friday’s ‘Goss with Hoss’ at present in talks with Netflix to turn into 3 half doco starring Brad Pitt.

‘Forgive me father, for I’ve sinned. Oh, wait a minute…………….’


Nicely, I by no means.

Late, forceful, clear and harmful contact with the pinnacle and with out mitigating circumstances AND for those who decelerate the footage, I imagine you will notice Taniela ‘Teflon’ Tupou is carrying a change blade into contact as nicely and……………..nicely, you recognize the remainder.

Think about if you’ll, the jersey colors had been totally different. What if the 140kg of gum-chewing Tongan rhino was within the hallowed, nay, sacred, sky blue of Australia’s Premier state?

The GA&R pages can be alight with acrimony, allegation, conspiracy, axe-grinding and hubris from those that had been dealt a merciless hand within the nice poker recreation of life and stay up north, or who’s household punished them by shifting to the Queensland Folks’s Republic of Queensland (QPQR)

Riddle me this, think about if Tupou had been in blue, would he have:

a. Stayed on the sector after the compulsory 213 tremendous slow-mo replays of the heinous ‘clear out’?

b. Been additional cited for an incident assembly the ‘crimson card threshold’, solely to be discovered harmless utilizing that very same footage?

c. Right now be having the finer particulars of his visa and residency software from years again, forensically scrutinised by a minister, COINCIDENTALLY additionally from Queensland?

No punters, one thing is rotten within the state of Denmark QPQR

Possibly Tupou is solely sensible? He bought ‘owned’ by Jimmy Slips at scrum time and for 80 minutes TT largely walked across the area chewing gum, sometimes determined to bore in sideways at scrums and, nicely, didn’t a lot else. So maybe his clean-out was meant to distract the main target from his in any other case common effort & efficiency towards the Ponies. If that’s the case, nicely performed that man.

However for me, this entire affair smacks of ‘gerrymander’, of Nineteen Eighties Queensland police ‘integrity’ of a NZ-born, Danish heritage (what likelihood did he have!) shyster posing as a premier. The repair is in. This result’s the abhorrent progeny, created from an unholy alliance of all issues evil that lurk north of civilisation.

Maybe as a Tahs fan, I ought to merely take it as a praise that the Reds fought (bribed, cajoled, threatened, blackmailed) SANZAR so onerous, in order that he may very well be current tomorrow night time towards the sky blue. It truly is a backhanded praise to the extra fancied, rising and doable future greatest state Rugby crew ever, the Tahs and their probabilities at Suncorp Saturday night. For the brutal fact is that this:

No Tupou = No Reds scrum.

No Reds scrum = no front-foot ball

No front-foot ball = No Reds.

It’s a tragic day to be Australian, punters. The very material of what it means to be Australian has been torn asunder, urinated on, after which incinerated. And for what, so an under-performing crew from QPQR may acquire an unfair benefit in an try and beat a rugby union crew from NSW. A crew clearly on the rise and as most on right here would agree, on their march to greatness.

For disgrace Queensland, for disgrace.

‘Soiled Harry’ A minimum of his jersey is half the proper color. Mild blue actually fits him too.


SPR Spherical #6 ‘Heritage Spherical‘ is right here. You could find all groups, instances & venues right here, courtesy With Queen Jacinda dictating that crowds be allowed to return to Kiwi fixtures from 11:59pm this Friday night time Kiwi time (which I believe is August 1974 our time) there’s a bit to look at & have fun this weekend.

With COVID nonetheless impacting NZ sides anybody else suppose we would see a stand alone Ouncescompetition solely this 12 months? Keep tuned I reckon.

Moana Pasifika v Hurricanes

Friday 25 March 5:05pm AEDT at Mt Sensible Stadium, ad-free, stay and on demand on Stan Sport

TJ Paranoia returns for the Canes this week and whereas there’s a lot love for MP they’ve endured a disrupted and fractured marketing campaign up to now and whereas the Canes have additionally been poor, they are going to be too good for MP at the moment.

Fearless Prediction: Canes by 25

Melbourne Rebels v Fijian Drua

Friday 25 March 7:45pm AEDT at AAMI Park, ad-free, stay and on demand on Stan Sport

Certainly the Rebels are going to show a form-corner proper, proper, RIGHT? The Drua’s arms abandoned them just a little final week they usually paid the worth with the Power getting the chocolate belatedly. For me that is easy, the Rebels won’t be a menace with Matt T at 10. It’s chilly, it’s merciless, it’s actuality. He isn’t a ten and never the reply for the Rebels. Appears these making gold alternatives additionally agree…….what’s it that Kevin Foote sees that nobody else does?

Fearless Prediction: Drua by 12

Western Power v Brumbies

Friday 25 March 10:00pm AEDT at HBF Park, ad-free, stay and on demand on Stan Sport

The Friday three-peat rounds out with the Power at dwelling to the Brumbies. It’s honest to say the Power have been ‘underwhelming’ this season, which is a disgrace as Rodda has been sensational, Anstee is all the time terrific and I’m a fan of their forwards generally. However just like the Rebels the Power have points at #10. The Ponies? Nicely, whereas rightly atop the desk they’ve but to hit their straps both. I might concede although, that good groups nonetheless discover a method to win, even when off-kilter and the Ponies are a superb crew. Lengthy story quick, it’s the Nutta precept on present right here – the ACT forwards get the crew dwelling and their Fairies resolve by how a lot.

Fearless Prediction: Brumbies by 17

Highlanders v Blues

Saturday 26 March 2:35pm AEDT at Forsyth Barr Stadium, ad-free, stay and on demand on Stan Sport

The Blues look to be the one aspect able to giving the Crusaders an actual run to this point this season and that features all Ouncessides. The Highlanders are on a 0 & 4 run this season and even at dwelling I can’t see this altering right here. 0 & 5 right here we come

Fearless Prediction: Blues by 21

Chiefs v Crusaders

Saturday 26 March 5:05pm AEDT at FMG Stadium, ad-free, stay and on demand on Stan Sport

The COVID curse this week hits the Kiwi powerhouse the Crusaders with numerous notable gamers out in what in any other case would have been a mouth-watering encounter. Little doubt the Crusaders depth will likely be examined and whereas they do have the very best manufacturing line in world rugby, with 60% of their squad impacted by COVID I can’t see them getting over the Chiefs this weekend.

Fearless Prediction: Chiefs by 18

Queensland Reds v NSW Waratahs

Saturday 26 March 7:45pm AEDT at Suncorp Stadium, ad-free, stay and on demand on Stan Sport and Channel 9

Heritage Spherical culminates with conventional rivals The QPQR Cheats Reds v NSW Waratahs. The Reds are at dwelling and like all Ouncessides, they’re but to completely hit their straps for the season, particularly in assault. The Reds have well-documented threats everywhere in the paddock. There’re Wallabies a a lot and expertise oozing in key positions and they’re a tough crew to not admire and the cherry on prime, Tate McDermott returns from harm.

So as to add to the spice, NSW Coach Coleman has thrown just a few choice surprises of his personal by naming Angus Bell & Jed Holloway from the bench (workload or techniques you reckon?) and all this with Tane Edmed in his first begin for the Tahs ever at #10, with Ben Donaldson out injured, skipper Jake Gordon nonetheless out injured & Izi Perese out with COVID. One intriguing choice although is the twin flankers of Charlie Gambol AND Carlos Tizzano beginning in what could also be a masterstroke to disrupt Pink capsule and sluggish/disrupt the Reds attacking ball and harass JOC and Stewart.

The Tahs probabilities have additionally been made simply that little bit tougher with coach Darren Coleman recognized as a COVID ‘shut contact’ and self-isolating at dwelling. Like the remainder of us, Coleman is performing his position ‘just about’, In line with my employer I’ve ‘just about’ been doing my job lengthy earlier than COVID arrived too.

On the very least the Tahs will likely be aggressive, however aggressive sufficient to steal the candies from the Reds at dwelling and at close to full power……………………………

Fearless Prediction: Sure they may. Tahs by 2 and an ‘upset’ (not for me it gained’t be) to finish heritage spherical.

Get out of my manner, black scum. Grace Hamilton – Legend.


With girls’s rugby going from power to power when it comes to participation, protection, sponsorship and above all else for sheer leisure high quality, it was heartening to come back throughout this text this week from (boy didn’t I’ve to sort that in fastidiously, bought in mistaken first time and man didn’t I’ve to clarify my manner outta that with IT Gestapo figures).

The fuc article is concerning the pay cope with the English girls’s groups settlement for his or her autumn internationals of a rumoured £4,000 – £5,000 for many who play all video games over that interval.

It follows comparable information from the Power & Rebels in early March and their respective selections to pay their SRW gamers (SMH article right here)

The identical SMH article additionally states:

New Zealand Rugby can pay all Tremendous Rugby Aupiki gamers $1,800 per week throughout a pre-season and four-round competitors, funded via its broadcast cope with Sky Sports activities NZ. Within the NRLW the highest gamers earn $16,000 a season, whereas nearly all of AFLW gamers earn $20,239 per season.

Australia’s girls’s Check crew, the Wallaroos, will this 12 months earn $1,400 per week whereas they’re in camp, with the ladies’s Rugby World Cup scheduled for October in New Zealand.

My level in all of this?

Ouncesgirls’s rugby is a ‘product’ and like several ‘product’ it has a worth. However even with at the moment’s ‘business realities’ I can’t assist however really feel this product is being significantly undervalued and those that carry the product to market SUBSTANTIALLY under-remunerated. I imply for those who pays a educated, nay, cadet journo & government answerable for automobile parking like Billy Nathanson at $255k per, then certain as shite you may pay our girls’s rugby gamers MORE than a ‘token’ wage.

‘Yowie picked what! FFS.’


Right here it’s G&GRs, the Wallaby 30 as voted by 61 clever and true, nicely, by 61 voters anyway.

Little doubt 3 x OS primarily based gamers will likely be within the remaining combine & the return from harm of some gamers like Vunivalu & Daugunu for instance. However our standards for voting was for eligible gamers of the 5 Ouncessquads – so there you’ve gotten it. Not too many surprises I suppose, however I might ask what Hamish Stewart must do to make the broader squad?

My because of those that gave their time and voted.

5 Props

Allan Alaalatoa 58

Angus Bell 58

James Slipper 60

Taniella Tupou 61

Harry Johnson Holmes 19

Three Hookers

Folau Fainga’a 39

Feleti Kaitu’u 38

Dave Porecki 30

4 Locks

Izaac Rodda 58

Darcy Swain 55

Matt Philip 44

Lukhan Salaikaia -Loto 23

5 Backrowers

Harry Wilson 55

Rob Valetini 53

Michael Hooper 44

Fraser McReight 42

Pete Samu 27

Three Halfbacks

Nic White 56

Tate McDermott 55

Jake Gordon 34

Two 5-Eights

James O’Connor 55

Noah Lolesio 35

Eight exterior backs

Hunter Paisami 61

Len Ikitau 57

Andrew Kellaway 52

Jordan Petaia 50

Tom Banks 46

Izi Perese 44

Jock Campbell 30

Tom Wright 27

‘You heard it right here first ultimately’


The return of the $6 million greenback man studies Wallaby skipper and legend Michael ‘Lee Majors’ Hooper seems set to return subsequent week when the Tahs tackle the Drua once more.

Welcome again captain, my captain. We’ve missed you.

Jordan of Nazareth re-signs.

Whereas on information that 22yo Jordan Petaia has inked a two 12 months extension to stick with RA till the top of 2024. I’m a fan of this younger man. Right here’s to a couple years freed from harm so we could all benefit from the development on this particular younger athlete.

Final out please flip off the lights studies ‘rumbles’ out of middle-earth and this time, not attributable to volcanoes, however to the Nearlies disturbing slide on the world rankings to (snigger) third and solely .53 forward of the fourth positioned Oirish.

In doing due diligence for this week’s articles I additionally stumbled throughout the somewhat ominous indisputable fact that ‘Ian Foster’ is definitely Polynesian for ‘Eddie Jones’ to. With the Saffas and Oirish to play in 2022 it is going to be fascinating watching and listening to NZR followers ‘if’ these ageing warriors practically all in black, lose this 12 months……..Move me the popcorn please, this may very well be good.

Place Vacant

England’s a lot cherished coach and part-time Australian Eddie ‘Dr Evil’ Jones has been given the kiss of loss of life by his employer. No coach ever needs to listen to “The RFU continues to completely help Eddie, the teaching crew and gamers“. Everyone is aware of they’re weasel phrases for ‘we’re in search of your substitute now, however having hassle filling it as we’re solely 18 months away from being bundled out within the quarters in France

‘Justifiable sacking’

Whereas on SH coaches answerable for NH sides, Kiwi & Welsh coach Wayne Pivac, has gained no followers with their 2021 Champions to 2022 fifth place, 6Ns exhibiting. Culminating in a loss to the Azzuri final weekend (who totally deserved the win – love this little bit of commentary right here too – 13 minutes in – that’s how rugby ought to be known as, Mr Sean Maloney please listen) many Welsh ‘legends’ (who gained what once more?) are queuing as much as take a swing. This from Jonathan Davies through Appears to me the Welsh have made a profession of rugby mediocrity, it’s simply extra of the identical.

Till subsequent week. Nicely could the Reds say ‘God save Nella’, for nothing will save them from the Waratahs!

Hoss – out.


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