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Pocock Out!… Again

The fallout from the Wallabies disastrous pre-season training camp continues with David Pocock ruled out for his tenth game this season. His absence and an injury to eight-man Lacky McCaffery opens the door for Jahrome Brown to have a crack at the openside flanker spot.

The Brumbies have moved Tom Cusack to blindside and left Pete Samu at eight but their depth is being sorely tested with a plethora of injuries to their back row stocks.

Lachlan McCaffery (knee) has dropped out of the 23 due to a medial ligament injury he aggravated in the 31-20 win over the Johannesburg Lions last weekend.

It’s a massive double blow to the Brumbies as they look to get their season back on track during the South Africa and Argentina leg of their Super Rugby season.

“[Pocock] should be available next week. He’s not at 100 per cent, but the Jaguares in Buenos Aires will be what we’re aiming for,” McKellar said.

“It was always unlikely. [For] a calf injury two weeks is generally the minimum.”

The 22-year-old backrower has been on the Brumbies bench for their past three games, but will get his chance to start at Newlands.

“Brown comes in, who has performed well off the bench, gets his first start. Mr Cusack at six and Pete Samu at eight, so still a quality back row ,” McKellar said.

“[Brown’s] physical, high workrate, he’s just someone who’s in the game.

“Whether it be attack or defence, he’s always a typical openside flanker where he’s always in and around the ball and off the back of that he has a lot of quality involvements.

“He’s forced turnovers in defence, he’s scored tries and had some nice touches in attack for us. It’s a great opportunity for him against a quality Stormers pack.”

BRUMBIES (15-1): Tom Banks, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Tom Wright, Toni Pulu, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Powell, Pete Samu, Jahrome Brown, Tom Cusack, Sam Carter, Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, Folau Fainga’a, Scott Sio

Reserves: Josh Mann-Rea, James Slipper, Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, Darcy Swain, Murray Douglas, Matt Lucas, Wharenui Hawera, Andy Muirhead

MATCH DETAILS
Saturday 20 April 2019
Super Rugby Round 10

Stormers v Plus500 Brumbies
(Newlands, Cape Town, 23:05 – AEST)

Beales Playing!

Kurtley Beale dishing.

Big news for the east coast elitists! Beale has beaten the man flu and will play against the Melbourne Redsbels! Beale takes over the fullback position from he who shall not be named (for today at least) and should feel right at home. It could actually be a better fit than his usual inside-centre role where he tends to be a little indirect.

This from the SMH,

The top two sides in the Australian conference will face off this Saturday in a crucial match in the context of both their seasons.

 The Waratahs still have a game in hand, but should they lose to Dave Wessels’ Rebels outfit at the SCG, they could end up 12 points behind the ladder leaders, depending on bonus points.

The importance of the game is not lost on either side at the midway point of the season.

“We’re within a touch of leading our conference,” Waratahs second-rower Rob Simmons said. “It’s a double-edged sword: if we can take a win away from them and get a win for ourselves … it really puts us in good stead.”

Waratahs vs. Rebels, 7.45 p.m., Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Waratahs: Kurtley Beale, Cam Clark, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Karmichael Hunt, Alex Newsome, Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon, Michael Wells, Michael Hooper (c), Jack Dempsey, Rob Simmons, Jed Holloway, Sekope Kepu, Damien Fitzpatrick, Harry Johnson-Holmes. Replacements: Andrew Tuala, Rory O’Connor, Chris Talakai, Tom Staniforth, Will Miller, Nick Phipps, Lalakai Foketi, Curtis Rona

Rebels: Reece Hodge, Jack Maddocks, Tom English (c), Billy Meakes, Marika Koroibete, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Isi Naisarani, Richard Hardwick, Luke Jones, Adam Coleman, Matt Philip, Jermaine Ainsley, Anaru Rangi, Matt Gibbon. Replacements: Hugh Roach, Tetera Faulkner, Sam Talakai, Ross Haylett-Petty, Rob Leota, Michael Ruru, Campbell Magnay, Sione Tuipulotu

What’s Happening To The Rebels Skippers?

Jono Lance narrowly avoids a charge down by Angus Cottrell.

The Rebels have managed to break their second captain for the year after skipper Angus Cottrell failed to recover from a concussion sustained at training Monday. Cottrell was covering for Dane Haylett-Petty who hurt his pinky a while ago.

The new skipper is club stalwart Tom English while Richard Hardwick replaces Cottrell on the side of the scrum. Anaru Rangi, Jack Maddocks and Matt Philip all returned to the starting side after missing last game due to injury.

Hardwick has played for the Wallabies and proven himself in Super Rugby, but Wessels has pushed him to boost his fitness levels.

“I’m really pleased with Dicky’s contribution in the back end of the Stormers game, he is back to full fitness which is where he needs to be,” Wessels said.

“We all know he is a Wallaby. When he is on and hungry he brings a lot to the game.

“We have been pushing to get him a bit fitter, to his credit he has done that. He made some changes to get to where he needed to be. It’s a competitive position and he has needed to play well and train well to get back into the mix.”

Haylett-Petty and hooker Jordan Uelese are in line to be available for selection after next week’s bye.

 

Rory Best Retiring.

Ireland and Ulster skipper Rory Best has announced his intention to retire after this year’s world cup and who could blame him. The 36-year-old made his international debut in 2005 and 117 games later he’s earned the accolades that keep heading his way.

“It is with mixed feelings that I announce my retirement from Ulster Rugby as of the end of this season,” said Best.

“This feels like the right time for me to go out on my terms, a luxury for which I feel very privileged.”

Since succeeding Paul O’Connell as captain in 2013, Best led Ireland to three Six Nations titles, including the Grand Slam in 2018.

A win over New Zealand last November capped a remarkable year for Irish rugby, although Joe Schmidt’s side suffered a disappointing 2019 Six Nations and fell to heavy defeats by England and Wales.

Best has featured in three World Cups and twice been selected for the British and Irish Lions, although he did not play a Test.

Best said: “I am very excited for the end of the season with Ulster and for the upcoming World Cup with Ireland – both of which I hope to finish with a massive high, playing at the top of my game.”

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004– Ulster 218 (115)
Correct as of 16 March 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010
2005–
2013, 2017
Ireland Wolfhounds
Ireland
British and Irish Lions
1
116
0
(0)
(50)
(0)
Correct as of 10 March 2019

 

  • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

    Huge game for the Rebels. If they win this, they should lock up the Aussie conference barring some absurd Brumbies results on tour.

    As for Best, undoubtedly a great. I do wonder how Ireland ageing team will go in a long tournament like the World Cup. Will be interesting to see.

    • Keith Butler

      The Rebs have to win this one but it will not be easy. I don’t think age will be an issue for Ireland. However, on their recent 6Ns performances, they may have peaked early but I would never discount them. England much the same in the run up to RWC 2003. Fourteen of their squad over 30, swept all before them in the run up and just managed to get over the line.

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        To be honest, I don’t think the Rebels have to win this one. The Tahs are now without their best back, their only player giving them go-forward, their most effective player at this level (although Hooper is better than Folau) and the player that has covered for their weaknesses for years at this level. Even if the Tahs wins tonight, I cannot see them catching the Rebels by season’s end.

        I have thought that guys like Best and Sexton looked very old and slow recently. Performing week in, week out and peaking at the end of the World Cup will be difficult for them.

        • Keith Butler

          We have the Sunwolves, Canes and Saders away. Reds, Tahs, Chiefs and Bulls at home. The Tahs also have a game in hand. One win out of three away games and a two/two split for the home games. Will that be enough to top the conference? Could get us in the top 8 but away to top NZ or SA teams.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Doesn’t change that the Tahs have been poor, will still be behind on the ladder if they beat the Rebels and will be without their best player.

          I agree that a win will be huge, but because I think it will virtually wrap the conference up. Rebels will still be faves if they lose.

        • Keith Butler

          Hope you’re right. We’ll see tomorrow.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Morning GAGR’s! Happy Easter to all of you Christians, and heathens alike. I am sitting here like a king with his kingdom, home from travelling. Coffee in hand, tin lids still asleep as well as Mrs BL. Puppies up curled up in a ball at my feet. Life couldn’t be much better. My points this fine morning:
    – Pocock. Fuck me Cheika, if this guy doesn’t recover this is all on you. Disco music and running up hills, injuring three players. And more to the point injuring Brian. Arghhh.
    – Beale back in is a good thing. If I were the Rebs I would be having Hodge and Cooper bombing Beale with high balls all night.
    – Cant wait for the game on Sat night, I think it is going to be a pearler. I am tipping the Johhny’s by 7+.
    – Good to see nothing about Izzy in todays news.
    Over to you GAGR’s!

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      I want to see Naisarani run at Beale.

      Happy easter to you too mate.

      • Bernie Chan

        Cheika does want Isi to tear it up, but he’d cry if one of his ‘chosen’ got touched up…

        • Brisneyland Local

          True which is why Cheika isnt that upset about Pocock’s injury. As it justifies him to keep picking Hooper at 7.

        • joy

          I think Hooper’s got Pocock’s measure this year. Pocock’s aged fast over the last two years.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Hoooper is not a pilferer, and is no where near Brian’s record of pilfers, but is better in open play. If Pocock is fit, I would pick him at 7 ahead of Sk8tr boy every time.

        • joy

          I would too if fit but he is struggling with what seems to be long term injuries esp. neck. I think we have the depth to bracket the pair for 7 and select 6 and 8 on merit. Hooper’s going well and is durable.

        • Brisneyland Local

          The ongoing injury apparently is his calf that he injured in Cheika’s pre-season Wallabies fuck up.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          They’re both great defensive players, question is whether you want Hooper’s running ability tight and wide, or Pocock’s linking ability + pilfering ability.

          Pocock and Hooper’s tackle numbers have been comparable for years. Pocock misses fewer though.

        • Brisneyland Local

          I think we play them both at 7. Either Hooper off the bench or starting genrally depending on who the oponent is!

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Who would you start Hooper against?

        • Brisneyland Local

          To answer your first question, I would start Hooper off to rest Pocock or when the team we are playing doesnt have a huge forward pack and speed is of the essence. Otherwise I would bring him on in the 50-60th minutes to replace Pocock.
          Poey somehow always seem to come back like he has never been away. So I am hoping that will be the case this time. But regardless of our ruminations, Pocock fit or unfit, Hooper willl be 7 and Captain whilst the Ass Clown is coach.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Imagine in a World Cup final, against the All Blacks, the match is in the balance in the 60th minute, your back row is 6. Jones, 7. Pocock, 8. McCaffrey.

          What do you do when you want to bring Hooper on?

          I wouldn’t take Pocock off. I would take off one of the others.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yeah potentially. To me there are so many variables. As we have not mentioned the effect on the line out. Now if we have those big guys like Arnold and Coleman still on instead of the powder puff simmons we may have some strength still in our line out. You look at how strong a weapon the Rebs line out has been this year. So there are just so many wht ifs? But pound for pound for me, Pocock stays on as long as he can.
          And lets hope that first round match against the Fijians holds. You have to put your A team on against them as they are improving rapdily, but the you also seriously risk your top players getting hurt against the fijians.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          The good thing is that while, in my opinion, Hooper is a considerable step down from Pocock when both are in form, he is still unquestionably one of the top 7s in the world, and so the Wallabies do not have to feel guilty about starting him rather than Pocock vs a potentially tricky opponent like Georgia or Fiji.

          We were lucky having a crossover between George Smith (our best ever Wallaby, at least in the professional era?) and Pocock, and between Pocock and Hooper.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yeah very true. I f you and I were selecting the team, that would be the case. But I am not sure the Ass Clown will balance the remainder of the team. Especially if Neddy Flanders is in there as well. I would rather see our good tall timber and we have a lot of it at the moment. McCaffery is another good choice, tough abrasive, hard at the ball.
          Hooper is fine if the balance is taken into consideration. And that my freind is the million dollar question.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          ‘I don’t think he is so good that the courts could ever intervene to say he should be in the team’

          How can he have Pocock’s number when Pocock isn’t playing?

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yep, that would be hilarious!

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      With you mate. Happy Easter to all the pagans and invisible friend worshipers. If it makes you happy and you don’t hurt anyone – go for it.

      Wife’s asleep, liquid gold is steaming and I just (finally) watched the Canes vs Highlanders. Fuck me that was a good game. The intensity was just outstanding. I hope Pocock recovers. I hurt my calf at Muaythai a few weeks ago and it’s taking ages to come right – part of getting old I think. FFS I hope the post 2019 team get some clever people instead of this old school bullshit.

      • Brisneyland Local

        KRL. Yep I am onto my third cup of freshly brewed bulletproof liquid gold. Ahhhhhh
        Yes the Canes v Highlanders was a great game.
        Rest Ice Compression and elevation. only way to recover.

    • Keith Butler

      Morning BL and a happy Easter from the Apple Isle. In no particular order, i’d be running a mile with Brian on my back if Cheika’s disco music consisted of endless loops of Staying Alive. Massive game for the Rebs, make or break time. Only trouble with bombing Gilbert is that Koroibete could end up binned. I shall be watching from behind the couch clutching a tinnie. And hurrah nothing about Folau – let’s keep it that way.

      • Brisneyland Local

        MAte it might almost be wroth ten in the bin just to put the fear into gilbert. One solid hit and he will be shitting himself for the rest of the game everytime a high ball is put up.

    • Yep, a game not to be missed. I think Beale still has a lot to offer and could even provide some new magic to a team that otherwise always seems to underperform given the talent pool they posses. If Izzy is finished I think it’s time for RA to invest more in forwards and less in superstar backs that can’t prosper without them. FWIW, I see a bright future up front thanks to all the young forwards coming through.

      • Brisneyland Local

        I agree on investing in the forwards for a while, we cant afford to lose them.
        I think Beale shouldnt be in any team at all due to his off field issues. The man has had more chances than all other Aus rugby players combined. But that aside. He needs to play himself back into form. I think a stint in club rugby might just provide him the kick up the ass he needs to get his on field back into form. But they will never do that to old gilbert. So potentially off the bench then.

    • joy

      “Good to see nothing about Izzy in todays news.”
      The press has gone to church to brush up on their quotes.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Pure GOld Joy!

  • Bernie Chan

    Faark…Pocock still out. Cheika n his idiotic regimen …

    • Brisneyland Local

      Yep he is still an Ass Clown!

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Sully,

    That’s really bad news for the Brumbies and I think they may struggle this week. McCaffey is a real blow as he’s been a real go to guy this year. Time for Samu to step up and show he actually learnt something at the Crusaders and it’s not just reputation I think.

    Rebels/Tahs game is the game of the round for me this week. Such a lot riding on it and I think the Rebels need this win to prove they have the mental edge as well as the physical edge.

    Rory Best is a fantastic player and it’ll be sad to see him go. I’d love to see an AB Ireland final – with the ABs winning of course. I just think Ireland will again struggle at the Qtrs and Semis. I fully expect to see them in the Semis but I’m not sure they can jump 2 steps in one tournament.

    • Brisneyland Local

      What is your tip and margin for the Tahs Rebs game?

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Mate I’ve got the Rebels by 12+. I think they’ll cut loose

        • Brisneyland Local

          I am hoping you are right.

    • joy

      All black Ireland final!! I think your’ve betrayed yourself there.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        No not really. I make no effort to hide my loyalty to NZ first. I’d love it to be another NZ vs Aus but I think unless there are major changes the Wallabies will not only struggle in the Quarter finals, they may struggle to get there. I don’t see them getting to the finals this year with the shit lead up in the last 4 years.

  • Hoss

    Morning traitors and poor tipsters,

    Just finished compiling a list of those of you who have tipped Rebels to beat gods chosen and on a Holy weekend such as this, you know it’s Tahs by 9, eye non-believers shall be smote for your blasphemy

    Should be cracker of a game.

    • Brisneyland Local

      One mans traitor is another mans freedom fighter and Rebel!
      And fighting the evil empire that is NSWRU and the Tarts is a good thing for rugby.

      But barbs aside, it will be a cracker of a game. I have already been to Uncle Dan’s to stock up. Our whole cul-de-sac is having a gathering for Easter , and then we are projecting the game up onto the Garage door of one of our neighbours.
      I intend to eat lots, drink lots, and cheer for the Rebs lots!

      Happy Easter to you and your Novocastrian horde.

      • Hoss

        Likewise mate – happy Easter. I am in Darwin and my young bloke taking me to Litchfield Park for a dip tmw and back by 4 for pre-game drinks at Lizards Bar and Grill at my digs (which isn’t to shabby) and to go the knuckle with those wanting the TV on GAYFL or worse mungo ball.

        For know I am hitting the gym and then a swim. Darwin is growing on me.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Mate I lived up there for 6 years. I love it. Make sure you get a pint in at Shenanigans!
          Litchfield is great, Florence and Wangi falls. make sure you stop in for swim at Berry springs on the drive back.
          Best dinner in Darwin is the Hanumans! Make sure you go and eat there.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I’ve always been impressed by those with the bravery to swim in the tropical regions of the NT…

        • Brisneyland Local

          There are many dedicated swimming holes in the NT that are fenced off and patrolled prior to opening each morning. They are well worth going to. IN fact the whole topend and Kimberlies are worth going to. Loved them!

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I’ve got some friends that have worked as researchers in the Kimberley and Pilbara for about 30 years. By god they are tough people, they are out remote, often living in tends, including in the wet seasons.

          Fun fact, as an archaeologist my mother was lucky enough to be one of the first white fellas to see the Bungle Bungle Range/Purnululu. Another place I’ve always wanted to see.

        • Brisneyland Local

          The Bungles are one of my most favourite places. I used to live in Kununurra. I have camped in the Bungles many many times. It is a sacred and beautiful place. Your Mother was privelidged to be one of the first. All Australians have to see that place.
          I lived in Darwin, Alice, Kununurra, Gove, Groote Eylandt, Broome and KAtherine. Loved the NT and WA.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Yeah, I hope to live in remote Kimberely or NT one day. Would also love to see Karijini NP.

          My oldest friend is an Aboriginal fella whose (European) mother is from Kununurra. She loved it there, but she’s now moved down south as she is a fairly senior historian of Australian, especially Indigenous, history at a university down here.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yes they are so beatuiful to visit. There are significant cultural and societal problems there, but so still worth visiting.

        • David Creagh

          Don’t forget Rorkies

        • Brisneyland Local

          Old Rorkes Drift. Been thrown out of there a few times.

        • David Creagh

          Duck’s Nuts?

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep a great place to spend an afternoon pouring bevvies down your head, then not far to wander down the road to Nirvana’s to stuff some beautiful curry down your neck.

        • Hoss

          I’ve enjoyed it mate. The female of the specials is quite attractive as well and I have dropped two shirt sizes, down to a 6XL – or what’s known in the trade as ‘a 3 man tent – with buttons’.

          It would be ruin them though because once you’ve had fat, you never go back.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Spoken like a true Fat BAstard!

        • Keith Butler

          Heating up closer to Hades if the D is growing on you. Have a great break and watch out for salties.

        • Hoss

          First thing i checked mate. My son tells me it’s in a national park high in the hills, but he is getting in first……

        • Brisneyland Local

          Mate in Litchfield it is as safe as houses. Nothing to fear there. Have swam there at least 100 times. Enjoy am very very jealous.

        • Adrian

          Great Crocodile zoo in one of the main streets, don’t miss it Hoss

        • Hoss

          Saw it last time I was up mate. ‘Crocosaurus’. 6m, 950kg bohemeths. I went below to look at em from a viewing platform and one swam over to the glass 6 inches from my face and just sat there and looked at me the whole time – sheeeeit. Then some psycho’s actually paid money to be lowered into the water in some Perspex bowl – you can jam that sideways.

        • Adrian

          They have a 100 year memory, so be nice to them.

          That bowl is called the Izzy bowl, and could be breakable

    • Keith Butler

      A bottle of Butler’s Plum Brandy or Vodka that the Rebs nick this one. Place your bet.

      • Hoss

        You may as well mail it now mate. Tah’s will be up for this and angry. Tah’s by 9

        • Keith Butler

          Ah but will you see my bottle with a nice Hunter Valley Cab Sav?

    • Adrian

      Well said Hoss.

      Bookies say Rebs by 1/2 point, and they are usually right on the winner, if not the points.

      Frankly I’m humming and Harrington, but I agree that in reality the difference will probably be about 9.

      It’s funny, but various contributers here say that the Tahs either have a shit-house roster, or a “fantastic” one, but on both counts, this points to a loss!

      It will be very hard for the Tahs though. They will need very innovative tactics, and a level of coolness to but the bullshit behind them.

      I think they can do that

      • Brumby Runner

        Adrian, I’m sure you’ll find that the majority, perhaps vast majority, of posters who say the Tahs have a fantastic roster are died in the wool Tahs’ fans. Most other posters feel that the forwards are rather light on for both skills and weight, while a few of the backs are over the hill.

    • And then, on the day after, God created the Brumbies and they were good and shall rise again. Says so in the bible or something. (Happy Easter people)

  • Adrian

    Thanks Shane

    Yes, I think there are 8 or 9 direct Wallaby selection match ups here, with Reb players ahead in all 8.

    This should make it a great game, whatever happens

  • Brisneyland Local

    To the Tah’s? I know you generally have faith in the bookies views? What is your call Adrian?

  • Brisneyland Local

    Either way I think it will be close. Unless the Rebs forwards get a bit dominant in the scrum and the line out, then I think the Rebs could pull away with it.

  • Hoss

    Stay the path mate.

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