Is {that a} golden haze I spot……..

Friday’s Rugby Information 6/5/22

Now that’s what I name a ‘Tremendous Round’!

Greetings & salutations rugby diehards & welcome to Friday!

In the present day let’s leap into all of the rugby information that matter. Check out some farming recommendation with ‘Develop Some Nuts’. Dive headlong into SRP Round #12 Previews. Have a look at The Artwork of being Kiwi with Roy & HG. Drop in unannounced to Camp Wallaroo as they put together for his or her first take a look at of the yr and pay extra for Friday’s Goss with Hoss, talked about by the Reserve Financial institution as a ‘contributing issue’ within the current rate of interest rises.

‘Construct a roof, Dom and they’ll come’ rugby ‘whisperer’ Gladys, helps out.


What’s it with these NRL sorts and their propensity to make use of ‘roofies’ to have their manner with different sporting teams?

Georgina Robinson studies within the SMH:

‘Sydney’s hopes of internet hosting the 2027 Rugby World Cup ultimate might be dealt a hammer blow if the NSW authorities once more walks away from plans to place a roof on Accor Stadium.’

Australia’s different two main rectangular codes have expressed their dismay amid widespread expectation that Premier Dominic Perrottet will cave to strain from ARL chairman Peter V’landys and redirect what’s left of an $800 million spending plan into suburban grounds round Sydney.’

I get that internet hosting a RWC is a nationwide occasion and the concept of internet hosting the ultimate at Perth’s spectacular Optus Stadium needs to be a consideration, however for Sydney to be presumably dominated out altogether due to the actions of some pissy little home code the place funds have been directed to spice up bogan-burb-backblocks isn’t just bloody bewildering, it’s diabolical and intensely short-sighted.

The RWC of 2027 would be the greatest world sporting occasion of the yr, with billions of eyeballs on it, shouldn’t it’s showcased in all its glory – which naturally means internet hosting the ultimate in NSW (derr!).

So Dom, what’s it to be and simply what can be your legacy?

A sporting venue to face an age and play host to numerous main occasions over years to come back. With all of the employment and related vacationer advantages to the Premier State – it’s a traditional instance of ‘the accelerator precept’? Or boosting bogan-burb-backblocks taking part in host to league gamers as a method to filling in time till their subsequent courtroom look?

New Australian Flag?


Three wins from six video games for Oz convention sides and a collective spring within the step of followers, gamers, coaches, directors. Mainly the entire code in Oz has loved every week of fine vibes, lengthy might it final. Round 12 kicks off this afternoon, so let’s get caught in. All groups, instances & protection particulars courtesy

Blues v Melbourne Rebels

Friday 6 Could 5:05 pm AEST at Eden Park, ad-free, dwell and on demand on Stan Sport

The Rebels cross to Auckland this week to tackle the excessive flying and ladder leaders the Blues to kick off spherical 12. There’s been hundreds of thousands of phrases written about Eden Park and its hoodoo’. For mine it’s extra to do with the truth that the city of Auckland sucks and gamers are so bored come kick-off that the desire to dwell has drained from them and applicable outcomes comply with.

For all of the attacking threats the Blues have, it was their defensive metal that instructed final week and ultimately obtained the the ‘W’ towards a plucky Power facet. The Rebels alternatively confirmed their very own spirit in holding on towards Moana Pasifika in an in depth run factor.

I don’t doubt the resolve of the Rebels and the exhausting work of their pack, however my considerations linger over whether or not they can throw sufficient attacking jabs on the Blues to recover from them this week. My coronary heart says Rebels, however my head……

Fearless Prediction: Blues by 12, however Rebs not embarrassed.

Queensland Reds v Highlanders

Friday 6 Could 7:45 pm AEST at Suncorp Stadium, ad-free, dwell and on demand on Stan Sport

Will the true Queensland Reds please arise, please arise, please arise.

This week it’s time to take my rose-coloured glasses off on the subject of the Reds. They’ve been largely underwhelming and their impersonation of the Brisbane Lions final week made for horrid viewing. By my reckoning the Communists kicked the ball 647 instances and nonetheless misplaced, so what was the purpose once more? Then the folly of making an attempt to ‘run’ it with 90 seconds to go rating the ‘Hail Mary’ was all the time destined to succeed, weren’t it…..particularly after having zero curiosity in working all of it evening.

Anyhoo. Whereas the Communists welcome again Pataia & Vunivalu for this match, they farewell Tupou for the remainder of the common season, have Hunter ‘The Squatter’ Paisami out with a shoulder criticism and nonetheless await the return of their rugby messiah, JOC. Because of all that, this recreation can be a bridge too far.

Fearless Prediction: Highlanders by 20 and the Reds ‘slide’ to proceed

Moana Pasifika v NSW Waratahs

Saturday 7 Could 2:35 pm AEST at Mt Good Stadium, ad-free, dwell and on demand on Stan Sport

Okay, I do know what you all assume. ‘Hoss will go overboard’. ‘Hoss will say one thing outlandish concerning the Tahs rolling the Saders et-bloody-cetera.

No, as a substitute I’ll depart it to others to say what I shall chorus from:

Biggest rugby win ever within the historical past of the World’ M.Cheika FISMS coach

‘Nice day for Australia and all Australians. How good are the Tahs! Wouldn’t have occurred below Labor‘ S.Morrison – Cronulla

‘I didn’t see it, I used to be out pricing milk. They gained’t get me once more, however I feel below a Labor authorities they’d have gained by extra’ A. Albanese Western Sydney someplace

We’d ban all rugby because the elevated exhaling of carbon dioxide by athletes is contributing to local weather change’ Adam someone – Greens

See, I can present restraint and humility. So to this week’s match that includes the best Australian provincial rugby facet ever, towards their subsequent victims opponents, Moana Pasifika.

What’s stood out for me this yr from the Sky Blue is solely their willingness to work as a group and that’s not one thing you possibly can all the time say concerning the Tahs and hold a straight face. It’s the consistency and cohesion that I’ve admired most and that’s a fantastic reflection of all at Tahs Rugby. It’s additionally the grounded actuality and humility (I’m too busy and necessary for that) coming from the camp – good learn on that entrance from playground brawler Christy Doran right here on FUX Sports activities.

MP had been unfortunate to not get the chockies final week towards the Rebels, a recreation that earlier Rebs group would have discovered a strategy to lose.

For all of the above what occurs this recreation? Nicely might you ask, the sky blue juggernaut retains on keepin’ on.

Fearless Prediction: Tahs by 19.

Chiefs v Brumbies

Saturday 7 Could 5:05 pm AEST FMG Stadium, ad-free, dwell and on demand on Stan Sport

Wow. Simply wow.

I needed to examine it was the Brumbies I used to be watching! Excessive octane, fast faucet and goes, a 125kg #8 placing in a left foot grubber from 50m out and profitable the chase (strive of the yr to date for mine) and simply exhilarating rugby. Certain I’m sadly & significantly skilled in seeing it from a Kiwi facet, however hardly ever seeing it performed to a Kiwi facet. But so it got here to cross. The Ponies out-Kiwi’d the Kiwis.

The Ponies should absolutely arrive throughout the dutch respectful, however, with confidence that they’ve the sport, gamers, coaches AND resolve to go ‘toe to toe’ with these of muddle earth on the rugby area and for my part in Brown, Samu & Valetini have one of the best balanced loosie trio of any facet in SRP.

Add to that the return of 7As from the pine and Nick Frost again from harm I simply can’t go previous them for this one. The Chiefs are at residence and are all the time high quality, however these Ponies have their tails up and are a facet on the march

Fearless Prediction: Ponies by 12.

Western Power v Crusaders

Saturday 7 Could 7:45 pm AEST at HBF Park, ad-free, dwell and on demand on Stan Sport and the 9 Community

Let’s be frank. The Crusaders have been poo the final two weeks. Mo’unga & Matera obtained them out of jail towards the Rebels, however 4 ABs rested towards the Tahs and an identical fumbles, ahead cross shit-show towards an improved Tahs group they usually obtained what they deserved.

The Power? I assumed they had been terrific towards the Blues and simply didn’t have that ruthless edge to their assault, only pure given their rookie #10, to assert it on the loss of life (that and the Blues ‘D’ was sensational).

There’s by no means a ‘good’ time to face the Crusaders, however, after two horrid showings and a loss plus the return of rested AB gamers and every week of brooding I feel there could also be an added edge to the Crusaders this week that makes them exhausting to withstand.

The Power have misplaced their fearless workhorse Kane Koteka (additionally the Power’s 2021 ‘Greatest & Fairest’ Participant) for the rest of the yr with a foot harm inflicting a reshuffle to their pack. Whereas I’m all the time a sucker for an underdog story, I simply don’t see it taking place right here.

Fearless Prediction: Crusaders by 18

Hurricanes v Fijian Drua

How good was Fiji lastly taking part in in entrance of Fijians. The noise of 15,000 Drua followers was one thing that made the hair on the again of my again arise. Add to that two tries early to skip out to a 14-blot lead and I actually dared to dream. I’ve mentioned all of it season. The Fijians rating tries that NO different rugby facet might even dream of, not to mention pull off.

Can they conjure Fijian magic and an upset in NZ? Nicely, with out Ardie Savea (rested below NZR’s insurance policies) to carry the Canes collectively in assault & defence – sure, sure they’ll

Fearless Prediction: Drua by 8. Sure, you heard me proper.

Sunday 8 Could 1:35 pm AEST at Sky Stadium, ad-free, dwell and on demand on Stan Sport

All hail THE Kings of Sports activities Journalism Comedy – Roy & HG with particular look from ‘Fatso’


Probably my favorite sports activities quote, remark, critique of a nation’s folks that I’ve ever heard. It’s the yr 2000, the entire nation is swept up within the emotion of the Sydney Olympics and Rampaging Roy Slaven, sitting alongside fellow provocateur HG Nelson, delivers this zinger after the Kiwis get their first medal of any kind within the video games – for rowing:

‘Kiwis are at their greatest, sitting down, going backwards’ I laughed out loud then and it nonetheless makes me snort immediately 22 years later

But it surely appears the idea of Kiwis going backwards didn’t finish there, effectively no less than in accordance with this learn on

Now KARL, earlier than you leap into me, I 100% perceive Oz sides have had one cheap spherical. We haven’t gained something of be aware and there’s a plethora of information & statistics to as soon as once more quell the fires of rising Oz rugby ambition. BUT I’d level out that these opinions are rising in quantity and frequency from the different facet of the dutch, you recognize, the nation that invented Rugby, so……..

As Wayne ‘Yoda’ Smith factors out within the SMH, ‘one swallow doesn’t make a summer time’. Certainly not Yoda, nevertheless it’s a hell of a primary date and I reckon it will get you moderately excited for the subsequent encounter.

Revenge is a dish greatest served this Friday


Buildcorp Wallaroos group to play Fijiana

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Friday 6 Could at 5:00pm AEST. Stay and unique on Stan.

Our very personal Wallaroos kick off their international season with a bang this Friday towards Fijiana in Brisbane and what a cracker it needs to be! With at least 15 Tremendous W Waratahs within the squad and after their first ever Tremendous W finals loss to the Fijiana this match with be additional spicy. Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning has named 11 debutants and tels

“With so many debutants within the facet, this can be a actually historic second for the Buildcorp Wallaroos – and indicators a transparent path ahead for our programme,” Tregonning mentioned in an announcement. “The group has waited an especially very long time for this Take a look at and the group we’ve assembled right here on the Gold Coast is a really particular choice of gamers. This Take a look at towards Fiji, in addition to our subsequent Take a look at towards Japan on the Gold Coast on Tuesday, symbolize the beginning of a brand new period for the Buildcorp Wallaroos as we construct as much as the Rugby World Cup later this yr.”

It should mark the primary time the Wallaroos will put on the enduring gold jersey, which pays homage to the World Cup-winning facet of 1991.

The Highway to NZ begins now. Go effectively group, go effectively!

‘You heard it right here first ultimately!’


McSettle down individuals!

I get these of you up north of civilisation have little or no in your lives to clutch too and there’s only a lot moonshine and banjo music you’ll be able to take, however please, please, please, relax about Fraser ‘Son of Brian’ McReight. He often is the inheritor obvious, however higher than Hooper at an international stage? No sirrree Bob, not even shut. Good learn from Paul Cully within the SMH.

Little question his time will come, however not McReight now.

Large Pink Dread!

Tahs personal ginger Harry Johnson-Holmes (HJH) ‘might’ miss the remainder of the season with a knee harm sustained with their win over little identified south-isle battlers the Christchurch something-or-others final week.

Future Wallabies coach Darren Coleman instructed the Large Sports activities Breakfast radio program “Harry picked up a nasty knee harm, so he’ll be racing the clock to get again for the season,”

Disgrace, as HJH has been within the type of his life too.

Fall from Grace?

What offers with the Wallaroos? Tahs & former Wallaroos skipper Grace Hamilton is not Wallaroos skipper? studies that the honour has been as a substitute bestowed upon the returning 32 yo Shannon Parry of Rugby 7s fame. Name me biased however there was a sure cosmic calm with two Tahs stars main the nationwide groups, however now, I really feel a disturbance within the drive.

Cause by title, cause by nature.

I’ve all the time discovered Mark Cause to put in writing sound, considerate & goal items and right here is one other one on concerning the ‘rising familiarity’ between gamers and refs and the rising drawback that’s lack of respect from Kiwi gamers and the failure to behave from NZR when these culprits impinge time and time and time and time and time once more. Though I discover Nigel ‘you proud of that RIchie‘ Owens’ opinion somewhat wealthy……….

Be concerned about our resident G&GR refs take right here – Charlie & KARL?

Rattling Lies & Statistics.

Moses speaks to

Paraphrasing – the demise of NZ rugby is nigh, you are feeling rugby’s tectonic plates shifting to, don’t you………….

Till subsequent Friday – go the Tahs all Oz convention sides

Hoss – out.


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