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Fridays Rugby News sees Sio’s 100, Fun and games at the Reds, Remembering Shawn Mackay, and Warren’s back with the BIL!


 

 

Thumbs Up For Scott’s Ton

A very long time ago I managed to rack up 100 games for the mighty Euros RUFC in western Queensland. It’s something I was quite proud of and I still have the certificate somewhere. I can’t imagine how much prouder I’d be to rack up a hundred Super Rugby games. I’d be intolerable.

But that’s exactly what Scott Sio will do this weekend when the Brumbies face the Reds in Canberra this Saturday night. And in one of the toughest positions on the field. He’s racked up another 53 caps for the Wallabies and at 28 could easily play for another six years.

He’ll start this weekend alongside Allan Alaalatoa and Folau Fainga’a with James Slipper on the bench.

Coach Dan McKellar has stuck with his promise of resting some sorely overworked backrowers. Injuries to David Pocock, Ben Hyne and to a lesser extent Locky McCaffrey and Rob Valetini have put a huge workload on the Brumbies other back rowers. With McCaffrey and Valetini back Pete Samu and Tom Cusack get a well-earned rest.

The Brumbies

1 Scott SIO
2 Folau FAINGA’A
3 Allan ALAALATOA
4 Rory ARNOLD
5 Sam CARTER
6 Rob VALETINI
7 Jahrome BROWN
8 Lachlan MCCAFFREY
9 Joe POWELL
10 Christian LEALIIFANO
11 Tom WRIGHT
12 Irae SIMONE
13 Tevita KURIDRANI
14 Andy MUIRHEAD
15 Tom BANKS
REPLACEMENTS
16 Connal MCINERNEY
17 James SLIPPER
18 Leslie LEULUAIALII-MAKIN
19 Murray DOUGLAS
20 Pete SAMU
21 Ryan LONERGAN
22 Jordan JACKSON-HOPE
23 Len IKITAU

High Jinx At the Reds

The Iceman

Up in Queensland Defence coach Peter Ryan has been acclimatising the Reds by dropping ice down their shorts. Ryan spent a lot of years in Canberra, which gives him a little insight into what the Brumbies are thinking. but also makes him pretty used to the cold. Most Queenslanders on the other hand, run for their blanky’s when the mercury hits about 15 degrees. Pete’s just helping the guys out.

Meanwhile, Angus Blythe, the Reds giant 21-year-old lock is hiding his injured AC joint and telling anyone who’ll listen he’s being rested because of his impending Wallabies call up.

In the hilarity of Peter Ryan was, as always, a couple of home truths. Ryan pointed out that if the Reds lost against the Brumbies this weekend they were no better than last years Reds as both teams would have won six games for the season. While most people would agree that the 2019 Reds are better than 2018s in the cold light of day the only measure is games won. And he’s right.

So are the Reds a better team this year despite their win/loss record?

The Reds

1. JP Smith – GPS
2. Alex Mafi – Bond University
3. Taniela Tupou – Brothers
4. Izack Rodda – Easts
5. Harry Hockings – University of Queensland
6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto – Souths
7. Liam Wright – Easts
8. Angus Scott-Young – University of Queensland
9. Scott Malolua – Souths
10. Matt McGahan – Norths
11. Filipo Daugunu – Wests
12. Samu Kerevi – Souths (c)
13. Chris Feauai-Sautia – Souths
14. Jock Campbell – University of Queensland
15. Bryce Hegarty – GPS

16. Brandon Paenga-Amosa – Sunnybank
17. Ruan Smith – GPS
18. Gav Luka – Bond University
19. Caleb Timu – Souths
20. Scott Higginbotham – Wests
21. Moses Sorovi – Wests
22. Duncan Paia’aua – Nort

Remembering Shawn Mackay

 

It’s hard to believe it’s ten years since Shawn Mackay’s death while on tour with the Brumbies in South Africa. It’s hard to imagine what went on in the Brumbies camp in the week that followed. To have someone you considered a brother injured and in a coma and still prepare and play a game of top-flight rugby six days later is inconceivable to me. Shawn passed away while the Brumbies squad was flying home.

In memory of Shawn 15 of his teammates, 10 of the support staff and his family will come together at the Brumbies match against the Reds Saturday night.

Brumbies captain Christian Lealiifano and team manager Garry Quinlivan are the only remaining links to that team 10 years ago.

But while Mackay only played a handful of games for the club, he has never been forgotten.

The Brumbies still set up his locker every year at the closest home game to the anniversary of his death as a tribute to Mackay’s life.

“It’s still raw. I don’t think I will ever get over it, I’m always going to miss him,” Patrick Phibbs said of his Waverley College schoolmate.

“Guys are coming from everywhere. Mark Chisholm is flying down from Brisbane, Guy Shepherdson is flying down, Gene Fairbanks is driving in from Goulburn. Ben Hand has been organising it, the Brumbies have been great as well.

“I’m sure we’ll talk about how everyone is going. But the reason we’re there is because of Shawn and a chance to show our respect.”

“It’s a sad reason to catch up, but it’s good we’re doing it,” Stephen Hoiles said.

“Personally I probably found the 10-year anniversary [of Mackay’s death] as the hardest to commemorate.

“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. It blows your mind. At the time I was a new dad and footy became the best distraction.

“Rugby was the greatest escape of all. The hardest part was going home and thinking about it, alone time was really tough.”

 

BIL’s Get Gatland Again

The British and Irish Lions have appointed Warren Gatland as their coach for a third tour. The New Zealander is only the second person to coach three BIL tours behind Sir Ian McGeechan.

Gatland knows first-hand the challenge posed by the Springboks, having already been part of a touring party to South Africa in 2009 as McGeechan’s forwards coach, but is confident of delivering success for the Lions in 2021.

Should Gatland avoid defeat, he would create Lions history by becoming the first person to lead tours to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and remain unbeaten.

“I’m hugely honoured and delighted to lead the Lions again,” the New Zealander said.

“It is exciting and a great challenge to coach the best players from the four Home Nations. The Lions rightly have a truly special place in the game and I jumped at the chance to be involved again when I was approached about the role.

“South Africa is a special place to play rugby. They have some of the most iconic stadiums in the world which will be packed full of passionate fans, and the Springboks have shown in recent times that they are back to being one of the dominant forces in the game.

“Having toured there in 2009 I know the scale of the task ahead of us – playing in South Africa presents a number of unique challenges such as playing at altitude, while the Boks will always be physical, aggressive and highly motivated.

“History tells you it’s a tough place to tour, but I am 100 per cent confident that we can go there and win – I would not be here if I thought differently.

Ben Calveley, managing director of the British & Irish Lions, said: “We’re delighted to have got our man; Warren is a world-class coach, boasts a proven track record and knows the Lions better than anyone else currently coaching in world rugby – so naturally he was our first-choice candidate from the start of the process.

“This was a unanimous decision from the Lions board, and it was important that we moved swiftly and proactively to secure Warren’s signature.

“Appointing him two years ahead of time ensures Warren can also be involved in planning the logistics and scheduling elements of the tour. I’m looking forward to working alongside him to give the Lions the best chance of success in South Africa.

“The supporters are central to what make the Lions special, and with the world’s finest coach at the helm, excitement will grow even further.”

 

  • sambo6

    Didn’t know Shawn McKay from Adam. But the thought a good mate being cut down at the age of 26 while on what should have been a fun night out with mates is fucking harrowing. My thoughts go out to his family and mates….

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Sully,

    Congratulations Scott Sio, that’s a fantastic achievement and one to be treasured. Good luck and hope to see you play many more games going forward. This game could be a real challenge, both teams playing for pride and position rather than finals or not but still a lot on the line. TBH I don’t think the Brumbies will get 2nd place regardless of a win because I can’t see the Jaguars losing to the Sunwolves. They’ll know that and it may just be reflected in the game and give the Reds a sniff. I hope Tupou steps up as his status has slipped this year with too many stupid penalties and not enough ”hard yards” done on the field. He is young but he’s fast turning into yesterday’s news.

    Good to see the Brumbies remembering Mackay and keeping his memory alive. Love that sort of commitment.
    Interesting to see some dissenting comments on Gatlands appointment. Always the case with the Lions and part of the history but this time there may be more in it and it’ll be interesting to watch going forward.

    • Geoffro

      Dunno,momentum counts for a lot and don’t think the Brums will want to drop a game they should win going into the finals.
      How will Gatlands commitment to the lions affect his prospective coaching responsibilities over the next couple years–thought he was being touted for the AB’s but thats definitely a full time job.
      Vale Shawn Mackay,a tragic accident.Good his memory lives on.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        mate I agree and they won’t want to drop a game, but I think when it comes down to the wire the Reds have probably got just a little bit more to play for in this game and that may just be a turning point. TBH I fully expect the brums to win by 13.

        I’m not sure Gatland is actually in the running for the ABs mate. He certainly wouldn’t be my first choice and if he is serious then he needs to get a team around him as it’s just not a 1 man job anyway. I think the Lions coach is full time to allow him to go around and view the players and teams and work on his strategies.

  • Patrick

    I think Gatland’s appointment is a shame. The whole point is to showcase the British and Irish isles talent and I think Vern Cotter or Joe Schmidt should have had the gong.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      As long as it’s a Kiwi coach then fair enough :-)

      • Patrick

        Maybe you should give one of them the u20s ;)

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I think the post tournament analysis will look at the coaching team as much as anything else although as mentioned the main KPI isn’t winning tournaments it’s transitioning players through to Super rugby so the loss, while hurting isn’t the big issue here. I’m not sure either of them would want to step down from a national side to an U20 competition unless the NZRFU did what others are doing and brought the team together for longer to build their combinations before the tournaments.

        • Custard Taht

          Well, if I know post season/tournament reviews, the Baby All Blacks should sack the attack coach….that’s all, and carry on.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Well that’s how it’s done here mate. I think ours might be a little bity more sophisticated

        • Patrick

          No I’m certain they would not!

  • From NooZealand

    Thank you Sully, especially for your thoughts and comments regarding Shawn Mackay..

  • Yowie

    …Peter Ryan has been acclimatising the Reds by dropping ice down their shorts… Most Queenslanders on the other hand, run for their blanky’s when the mercury hits about 15 degrees. Pete’s just helping the guys out.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_oaTP_oRsc

    • Who?

      Peter Ryan’s also a Downlands old boy, so even before his contracts with the Brumbies, he wasn’t completely unfamiliar with the concept of temperatures lower than 15º. And I could imagine him going for the ice just off his Downlands history…

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      bahahawahaha. One of all time greats

  • Hoss

    As-Salam-u-Alaikum

    Good morning all, its Friday and i am back in the saddle, after a big week at Qu’ran camp and completely focused and pumped and ready for a full day of Rugby Blogging.

    In the immortal words of Sam Kerr – the rest can just ‘suck it’. How refreshing for an unscripted, joyous response – you go girl and come on Matilda’s, what an epic win. Got be pumped after an underdog, come from behind victory against a sporting goliath – lookout KRL, i sense overtones for Kill Bill in Japan. Patches O’Hoolihan would be rightly proud.

    Decided to take a crash course in Islam this week. Lets face it, if Voldemort can get $10 mill for his babblings I sense an opportunity to make a lot of coin. Just wait till I unleash a few phrases, naturally all said with ‘love’, so it’s all sweet. I am sure the same on here jumping up for Big V’s religious freedoms will do similar for my Islamic Faith and freedom of speech.

    I’ll be honest, the first few days at camp were rough. The bacon and egg roll I had ordered in for Sunday brekky didn’t go down well with the team – mental note to self, eat it in room next time. Nor did my suggestion for ‘happy hour’ – but at least I know now.

    Big weekend of Rugby ahead and much at stake, to summarise:

    – Landers by a thousand
    – Brumbies to be ruthless and get up by 14. Sayonara Samu
    – Rebels – fake it, till you make it, but sorry, just not good enough and lose to the Brodie Retallick XV (and the prick has re-signed – bugger)

    Also news this morning TK has signed a one year extension with the Brumbies and Segall has made overtures to Quinten, Qwinton, Kwinton Ponga – the fullback at the Knights – big news day indeed.

    I tell’s ya, Oz Rugby is percolating at the moment…simmering away nicely, before coming to the boil in Japan. At $15 to win you gotta get on that don’t you ?

    Hosstafa – out.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Wa Alaikum Salaam my friend. The bacon and egg roll is always a dividing issue; it just tastes so good and “happy hour” is when you disconnect the initiator from the vest. You’ll get there though I’m sure.

      Great to hear TK signing on, I hope he gets the 13 slot this year as he’s by far the best one in that position. WTF is it with Cheika and league players? Surely he’s learnt by now that no matter how good they are at league, it takes them a few years to adjust to the game so that their instincts are right. The RA is short of cash, can’t pay Kerevi enough to stay, looking at in the shit further with the Folau gift that keeps on giving and now he wants to waste even more money on another league player who’ll come in, force more rugby players to piss off overseas and be crap for at least 3 years anyway. I really don’t get this shit.

      • Bernie Chan

        Johnson says RAs offer to Kerevi was “good”..bet it wasn’t near the money spent on Lee Majors and Voldermort. They have no chance of affording Ponga! Why would Krusty even get involved in ‘approaching’ Ponga (or any other leaguie…)…he’ll be out of a Oz rugby gig pretty soon…All smoke and mirrors?

        • AllyOz

          It seems there is always one of these sorts of stories around Origin or the Bledisloe. One organisation trying to steal some of the others limelight. Probably a couple of mates from uni who finished up as marketing managers for the two respective codes and just taking the piss. According to the news reports Cheika did this around the Christmas break and nothing came of it so it’s hardly ground breaking news. Some may argue that it was just Cheika’s inner “league fanboy” coming up with an excuse to ring up leagues latest star.

      • Hoss

        And peace be with you.

        I hear you brother – at this point RA should evoke the Crosby Still & Nash law on contract negotiations – for fuck sake, just love the one you’re with !!

      • Who?

        Ponga’s an ex-GPS player, so he does have Rugby history. But I don’t see value in chasing a bloke who’s got 18 months left on his contract.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Yeah but it’s been years and other ex rugby players have taken ages to settle back into the game. I just don’t get it. Maybe if there were no other options out there but there are actually a few good players coming through in all the positions and nurturing them would seem to be a much better idea to me.

        • Who?

          I think 3 years? Not too long, as a percentage of his life. The sooner he switches, the better, if he’s going to switch.
          But I honestly think he’s more likely to sign with the Chiefs or Blues than the Reds. He’s said he wants to be an All Black.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Yeah mate and maybe it’s not such a bad idea. IT just shits me that Cheika keeps seeming to look for the answer to all his woes in a player instead of looking at the shit he’s actually developed as a coach and address that

        • Who?

          That’s my issue – that he’s looking outside – to a person who’s miles from the end of his contract, whose contract finishes beyond the coach’s own expected tenure – rather than fixing the major issues in his own team.

        • AllyOz

          and who has already expressed an interest playing for the All Blacks

    • Bernie Chan

      Must be a busy news day at fuxsports….how did they squeeezed in a Kalyn Ponga story? Wondering where RA or the NSWRU will find the money required to poach on of leagues’ ‘guns’…
      Fuxsports has also named the 1996 onwards all-time Reds XV…a talent laden XV, but I wouldn’t have Wendell Sailor in the best XV despite being a fan since his days at the Broncos. Great forward pack.

      • Hoss

        Morning & Welcome Mr Chan,

        Kalyn ! I knew it had a ‘K’ in it somewhere. Don’t know much about the young man, i should i can see the Stadium from the Top Deck of the Ponderosa, but those who follow the dark side of the force have wraps on him.

        How’s Sayonara Samu feel today? Not enough money to keep him (in defence i am happy to take Mandrake’s word that the offer was strong), but enough to sniff around an outsider – talk about leather footwear being applied with force to intestinal region !! Segall is like his mentor, Dr Evil, don’t grow talent, poach it from Mungo land and cause a generation of harm to gods-game.

        Still, a lot of good news around Oz sport at present, there will always be trials and tribulations sent to challenge us. Oz girls winning, Oz cricketers showing some humility and form, Ponies looking good, Rebels have destiny in own hands – its a sports fans Nirvana at present and only 98 days to the big one – giddiup !!!

        • GeorgiaSatellite

          Greetings Mr. Cartwright. I believe there was a mungo named Quentin Pongia, or thereabouts, so I think you can be forgiven for cross-pollenating.

        • Hoss

          Your humble servant.

        • Bernie Chan

          Tonight’s a good night to start the weekend…but will be watching the lad play the round ball game…but at least their club has decent beer at very decent prices…craft beer for $4…bargain!

        • Hoss

          Good night to not watch mate 35-7 Highlanders after 35 minutes….

        • Bernie Chan

          Just turned it on and saw that…switch to whiskey…?

        • Hoss

          Way ahead of you.

        • Bernie Chan

          Hope the young guys don’t get scarred by this debacle of Gibson’s making…he has well and truly thrown Mason et al into the proverbial ‘deep end’…

        • Hoss

          Twice now mate, after giving him zero game time in 3 years. He has slaughtered the kid twice.

          Gibson should not go unpunished over his complete balls-up of the roster and lineups this year. Let alone the mass departures aftrr this week

        • Bernie Chan

          Agree with that sentiment…Gibson has zero excuses. He effed it up royally…As per the old bard, “hoist with his own petard…”. Gibson better not coach the young Harrison…

        • Bernie Chan

          BTW…isn’t tackling a player while he is in the air a (automatic…?) yellow card? Didn’t Rona get tackled in the air by the fullback (I know the Tahs scored…)?

        • Not an automatic YC, it’s now an automatic penalty (it’s still dangerous play). If they land on their feet or fall, but land on any part of their legs first, still just a penalty. Arm or back first YC. Neck/head area, RC. Shoulders and upper back get really tricky for this one.

          There are also extenuating circumstances – if the tackler is pushed, tripped, unsighted because of a blocking player or similar, the referee can take that down one or two steps.

          If the player arrives in the landing zone and clearly tries to get out of the way and not make a tackle but still makes contact it can be, but isn’t automatically, moved down a category too. Usually you see penalties stay, “soft” YC and RC where its borderline moved down, but bad landings still get the penalty as if they’d made the tackle. Someone who runs through, flips the player so they’re upside down and they land head first would be deemed “not to have made a tackle” but it’s still really dangerous, so I’d expect a RC, even if it was more clearly an accident than I’ve described it. But if they were pushed and the same occurred, if the ref was getting it right, it might not even be a card – they’re not in control because of the push is the logic, so carding them isn’t just.

      • Who?

        It will have been because Phil Gould said the other day that the NRL should be providing top ups to ensure the Knights can retain him against offers from RA (because he reckons RA will be cashed up after cutting Folau loose – Gus is always across all the detail! :-P), the NZRU (pretty sure Shag did say he was interested in Ponga, but he’s gone after the RWC) and FRU.
        .
        Think Fox also have all-time Brumbies, Rebels and Tahs XV’s.

        • Bernie Chan

          If we lined up the fuxsports ‘best XVs’…wonder who we’d think would have the best side…?
          For the really big money, Ponga (anyone…) would head overseas and play rugby in Europe or Japan? He seems to be loving the State of Origin league series and I’d expect Mal Meninga would have him penciled in for the Kangaroos squad…

        • AllyOz

          Rugby league contracts aren’t really what you would call “cast in stone” (sorry for the biblical reference). He could develop “personal issues” and request an immediate release – spend half a season in French rugby and be playing for the Blues by March next year. I suspect no-one would want to come across to the Wallabies though based on a commitment from a coach who won’t be there himself post November.

        • Who?

          Can’t think of how ‘cast in stone’ would be a Biblical reference – I’m thinking more Arthurian?
          .
          You’re right, but I just can’t see how he’d ever end up playing Rugby in Australia. Plenty of money left to be earned on this contract (over a million left to be paid over the next 18 months), then big offers in League. RA has no money, possibly even less after the Folau decision (regardless of which way it goes). Then factor in that Ponga’s said he wants to be an All Black, Hansen was talking to him before Cheika did… I don’t see him wearing Gold. I see him wearing Black, if he plays Rugby. Or at least trying to wear black (he may not make it).

        • AllyOz

          I was thinking Moses and the stone tablets?? Not unlike me to mix my metaphors or my references biblical or otherwise

      • AllyOz

        I thought Wendell would have played more games for the Tahs than the Reds and you would have to leave out some pretty good wingers in either team to fit him in. I would go with Damian Smith as one and there are plenty of others

    • Keith Butler

      On form as usual. It must be the Gentleman Jack that you lace your morning coffee with. Losses for both the Devils in Light Blue and the Rebs tonight methinks.

      • Hoss

        i may be leaving early to get home and ‘stretch’ before the games mate.

        Mrs Hosstafa has been told i will be in the den swearing from 5.30 onwards

        • Keith Butler

          Now that you’ve found religion no alcohol for you mate or will you drink and repent later. I myself have a bottle of red, half a dozen tinnies of Tassies finest ale and will be preparing Osso Bucco prior to this evenings festivities. Enjoy.

        • Hoss

          Seeking forgiveness is always easier than seeking permission.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Mate, that’s the catholic way. I was taught at school that everything was fine. All you had to remember was on your death bed, just as the light was coming down from above you said sorry and all was forgiven. It was all a matter of timing; get it right and the pearly gates of heaven were waiting, get it wrong and it was a plunge into the depths of hell with the other fornicators, drunkards and fun lovers.

        • Keith Butler

          Going down.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          probabaly but the company down there looks like it might be more fun anyway mate

    • Who?

      Hosstafa!
      To make your coin, it’s not about the babblings, it’s about getting sacked. If you can convince your boss to sack you, then you can sue the aforementioned boss for lost earnings.
      But that may not work real well when you’re the boss…… :-
      .
      Why’s Seagall chasing Ponga? I mean, I know he played Rugby, he’s showing heaps in League, but the chef won’t be here. He’s gone after Bill. And Ponga’s contracted through the end of next year. I can see value in getting him across – if he were affordable – but that’s arguably more of a thing for Mandrake (Johnson, for those who don’t know) to be handling. Because Mandrake’s mandate extends beyond the chef’s tenure.

      • Hoss

        My boss is an arsehole………

        • idiot savant

          Big guy, right? Rides a horse. Wears chaps. Drinks sour mash?

        • Hoss

          Far too much sour mash, its affecting his grip on reality. Thank god his faculties are ok though – knock on wood. Wait was that the front door or the back door……

        • idiot savant

          I sincerely hope youre fully clothed.

        • Mica

          Shouldn’t talk about Mrs Hoss that way. You’ll get months in purgatory for that.

        • Hoss

          That would be release for good behaviour.

          No one can carry a grudge like my, oh shit, i think she heard me….nothing dear, looking up anniversary presents, what, not again, we did it last month, just dont pull my ears this time and stop calling me the neighbours name…….

      • idiot savant

        Who said Seagal’s tenure finishes this year? Im sure theres a sequel in the wings.

        • Who?

          He said if he doesn’t bring home Bill, he’ll give up the gig. Who genuinely thinks he’ll kidnap Bill?

        • idiot savant

          He’s said lots of things.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          That’s always a worry isn’t it? Not sure rugby here would survive if his time at the realm was extended

        • Who?

          True. But I think he’s probably getting a bit sick of reading constant complaints, as have been the case most of the last year. It’s got to wear you down.

        • AllyOz

          Bradbury won a gold medal by being competitive enough to be in the mix in the final. All we need to do is be there or thereabouts and then wait for the All Blacks, Ireland, England, Wales, South Africa, Argentina and Scotland to fall over. Simples.

  • juswal

    Alongside from his playing career, Shawn Mackay must be remembered for coaching Australia’s women’s 7s team to the first 7s world cup title in 2009 – just a month before his death. The team proudly called him one of the girls.

    • IIPA

      Nice Juswal. My brother had the misfortune to play against that Waverley team from U13 onwards. Mackay, Hoiles, Phibbs, Turinui, Tim McGann to name a few. A crack school team and all remained great mates.

  • Miss Rugby

    I can’t believe it has been 10 years since we lost Shaun McKay. The fact that his teammates were there when it happened, I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it was for those guys and also for Jannie Du Plessis who helped him until the ambulance arrived.

    I was at that game in Canberra less than a week after Shaun McKay died. It was one of the most emotional games I have been to, everyone around us was in tears during the minutes applause. For the Brums to even play that game, let alone go on to win it was incredible.

    • Hoss

      It certainly adds some perspective to current events doesn’t it and at the same time speaks to the decency on many, many people like Jannie.

  • andrewM

    Well the good news for those in Brizzy who don’t want to put ice in their jocks but want to watch some fun rugby is that the Western Force will be taking on Kagifa Samoa at Ballymore on Saturday arvo – including Rocket Rod and Andrew Ready. From the looks of it the game will be broadcast on SBS as well

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