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Friday’s Rugby News sees Super Rugby AU Week 6, Super Rugby Aotearoa, The Weekend Ahead in Club Land and Taniela Tupou Opens Up

SUPER RUGBY AU WEEK SIX

Allan Alaalatoa having a chat.

Allan Alaalatoa having a chat.

As we start the second half of Super Rugby AU there has been some separation of the teams and the apparent cream has risen to the top. This week we have one real grudge match and another game where the Rebels will be keen to keep touch with the top two sides.

First up we have the Brums taking on the Rebels at what appears to be the new home of rugby in Sydney, Leichardt Oval, (Friday 705PM EST, FoxSports and Kayo). The Rebels have made changes galore, particularly to the backline through a mix of injury and a desire to change things up a bit. In the pack, Trevor Hosea drops out of the 23 and is replaced by Matt Philip, Josh Kemeny replaces Michael Wells at 6 and Brad Wilkin starts at 7. There is a new halves pairing too, with Ryan Louwrens rupturing one of his huge biceps and is gone for the season, with Frank Lomani getting the start. Andrew Deegan starts at 10,  pushing Matt Toomua to 12. Big bloodnut Campbell Magnay returns from injury at 13, pushing Andrew Kellaway back to the wing.

The Horses are not without their changes too, as they look to consolidate the top spot and secure the home field come finals time, albeit not on the same level as the Rebels. Andy Muirhead comes in for the seemingly anointed Wallaby in waiting Tom Wright on the wing and Ryan Lonergan comes onto the bench.

This should be a fairly brutal affair and will be interesting to see how they stack up compared to the first game where the Brumbies struggled a bit to gap the Rebels. They were lucky to get past the Reds last week, and they still seem to be missing the backline dynamism that was there earlier in the year.

On Saturday, the SCG hosts the Waratahs and the Reds (715PM EST FoxSports and Kayo), with the traditional rivals once again talking up how much they don’t like each other. The Waratahs welcome back Lalakai Foketi after missing a couple of weeks through injury and Jake Gordon gets the start at halfback after returning via the bench in the last game. Angus Bell and Andrew Tuala come onto the bench to bolster the front row stocks that copped a hammering the last time these two teams met.

The Reds have made just the one change to their starting side, with young gun Jordan Petaia starting on the wing in place of the injured Chris Feauai-Sautia. The bench has seen its share of movement though, with three changes. Josh Flook and Tuaina Taii Tualima resuming their spots on the pine and the potential debut of Zane Nonggorr who is already being dubbed “Thor Junior” by the press.

This young prop was the captain of TSS in the GPS competition and is known for his ball skills and motor. The old YouTube will provide many schoolboy highlights including his willingness to play acting half as he did during the Australian Schoolboys game vs NZ last year, playing an integral part in a cracking 90m try. Given Brad Thorns reluctance to replace his props of late, it might be a case of the experience on the bench for Nonggorr unless the Reds can gap the Waratahs.

Whatever happens in this one, expect fireworks with known niggler Lachie Swinton likely to be in the thick of the push and shove.

Teamlists for both games courtesy of rugby.com.au here

Tips: Brumbies by 7, Reds by 12.

 

SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA

Kiwi fans Sydney 7s

With only two rounds left of Super Rugby Aotearoa we are at the very pointy end, with the Crusaders able to seal the competition with a win this weekend, while the Blues have to watch on the bye and hope that the Highlanders do them a favour. The other games sees the Hurricanes hoping to end the season of misery for the Chiefs in what will be the Waikato boys last hurrah.

Saturday (505 EST FoxSports and Kayo) has the Hurricanes playing host to a Chiefs side that will finish as the backmarkers of the competition. As they have in so many games, they were not completely outclassed last week against the table topping Crusaders but just could not find the continuity to make it count when it mattered. Chalk this up to a building experience as the squad continues to work to the gameplan of coach Warren Gatland.

The Canes on the other hand are third and have the only win against the Crusaders and were looking strong prior to their week off last week. Team wise the Huricanes are looking pretty solid with the big names mostly all there in the starting lineup this week. The Chiefs have nothing to lose and have sent as strong a team as they can in the last game. Kaleb Trask starts again in the place of Aaron Cruden with two debutants on the bench including my new favourite player name, Robb Cobb. Bless him

The second game of weekend (Sunday 135pm FoxSports and Kayo) has the Crusaders hosting the Highlanders. The teams are not yet announced at the time of writing but with the opportunity to seal the deal, one would expect the ‘Saders to put out as close as they can to a full strength team. The Highlanders seem to sort of fly under the radar a bit and certainly I underestimated them at the start of the season but their performances have been solid and probably best described as “workmanlike”.

Stay in touch with the team news courtesy of ESPN here.

Tips: Hurricanes by 12, Crusaders by 9.

CLUB RUGBY WEEKEND PREVIEW

The Queensland Premier Rugby captains at the 2020 launch. Photo: QRU Media/Brendan Hertel

The Queensland Premier Rugby captains at the 2020 launch. Photo: QRU Media/Brendan Hertel

The first round of Queensland Premier Rugby is in the bank and we saw some pretty big scores with attack the flavour of the day in a few of the games up in the winter sun of the north. Let’s do the rounds and see what else is happening.

We are onto Round 5 in Western Australia and there are still two unbeaten sides, Cottesloe and Joondalup. This weekend should see consolidation of the top half of the ladder, with none of the competition heavyweights facing off against each other. Expect the ladder to take further shape in coming weeks before a few big games towards the tail end.

In SA, Old Collegians dropped their first game of the season against thrid placed Onkaparinga, leaving Brighton alone at the top. At the other end Adelaide Uni scored their first win of the season over Barossa. The game of the week to me seems to be Burnside vs Onkaparinga, third against fourth with only points differential separating them.

Onto the ACT, Owls and Vikings lead the way, with the Owls in particular looking impressive in their 35-0 win over Whites. Vikings on the other hand snuck in with a 22-20 win over Gungahlin Eagles. This weekend it is Owls turn to tackle the Eagles, while Vikings play Wests and Whites meet Owls.

The Shute Shield is into round four this weekend, with four teams remaining unbeaten. Of those, one would expect Randwick, and Sydney Uni to comfortably remain so, taking on the winless Penrith and West Harbour. Norths will retain their status via the bye and Gordon face the toughest test in a Warringah team that is probably better than it’s results thus far indicate. That game will also double as the televised game on 7Two.

Down to the Apple Isle and Devonport are the only unbeaten, after putting Harlequins to the sword last week. Taroona were pipped by Stags in a tight game. This week Devonport will take on the Stags, and Taroona will take on Hobart Lions in my match of the round.

Finals fever has hit the Northern Territory with the semi-finals taking place this weekend. We have the old school 1v4, 2v3 format with unbeaten Uni Pirates taking on the Darwin Dragons in one game with the other one seeing Casurina taking on South Darwin in what should be the closer game.

In old Brisbane town, there were points galore last week with plenty of excitement on offer. This week we see Bond Uni first up off the bye as they take on a Sunnybank side that had fifty put on them by Easts. Brothers take on a Norths team who were closer than expected against UQ last week, while Brothers will be looking to open their account after being defeated by Souths. After conceding nearly 60 last week against GPS, Wests are home to face Easts and GPS and Souths will both look to remain unbeaten.

For some more detail, colour and news around the club traps of the nation, take a look at Nick Wasiliev and his column on rugby.com.au. He does the club scene more justice than I ever could in this little column.

THOR OPENS UP

EDIT Taniela Tupou 122A1859

The known to most Australian rugby fans simply as “Tongan Thor”, has opened up in article with Wayne Smith of The Australian. In the article, Taniela Tupou reflects on the six years since he was spotted committing acts of physical violence against opposing players in Auckland schoolboy rugby, the unorthodox recruitment methods by the Reds and his rise and rise to his current role as one of the veterans of team, despite only being 24.

While it is mostly the story we all know about the viral YouTube videos of him outrunning wingers and the like, the story digs down into how Tupou had already idolised then-Red Quade Cooper and how the Red’s capitalised on this interest as part of the recruitment process, and recalls the excitement of Tupou after he received a message from his idol.

Perhaps more relevant to this day and age, Tupou discusses his development in the last couple of years into not only a good scrummager but a player who can play the entire eighty minutes. In a world where it is almost unheard of for a member of a front row to play more than 50-60 minutes, Tupou has been regularly churning out entire games, even clocking ninety minutes when the Reds played extra time against the Rebels.

Last week he played the whole game while packing down against the two Wallaby looseheads, Scott Sio and James Slipper in what really showed the size of his motor. In a humble way, Tupou was in his words keen to “prove himself” to Slipper, who he considers an older brother.

While some smarter than me suggest his scrummaging is bordering on the illegal at times with the angles he sets himself at, the fact is he earns more penalties for his team than any other front rower. Conversely, I have often noticed that he gives away a number of penalties with lazy offsides and ruck infringements, which to some extent negate the others. Last season for example he was, for a long period of the season the single most penalised player in Super Rugby.

For someone who, barring major injury or losing faith in the game domestically could well break appearance records, it is a good look into the person who is becoming literally and figuratively, a cornerstone of the team.

 

  • KwAussie Rugby Lover

    Thanks Ben, some interesting changes by the Rebels again and I wonder if these are in the best interest of the team. I know last time it paid off ok but against the Brumbies it may be a big ask. Reds vs Tahs should be good and the Tahs will bear desperate to not lose this one. Swinton needs to concentrate on delivering on the field before proving how tough he is or it may backfire.
    Just hope my Canes keep the Chiefs winless. Been some good rugby and I see there is some talk about having a playoff and final which would be good. However it’d only give the Crusaders a couple more wins I think.
    There are some big scores in the club games. I wonder if those trying to see a salary cap and swapping of players at Super rugby would welcome the same at club level to even the sides up a bit.
    It would be great to read that article on Tupou, I just hope he learns to curb his stupid play and stop giving penalties.

    • Mortahs Incoming – custardtaht

      Thor definitely needs to get the balance between aggression and stupidity right….maybe tackling a pillow will help.

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        Hahahaha I read that about Swinton. First thought was WTF

        • A Dingo Stole My Rugby

          I’m a big fan of Swinton’s potential.

          Imagine how good he could be once he learns to tackle using his arms.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Yep. And join the ruck through the gate. All those damn annoying laws

      • ATrain

        bags not being the pillow Thor practice tackling on…or even holding the pillow

        • Yowie

          Under Covid restrictions the Reds probably can’t even fly in from Spain a specialist matador to hold the pillow out to the side while Tupou charges at it.

        • ATrain

          I would be going to southern africa and trying to get a bloke who knows his way around a tranquiliser and an elephant gun

    • Keith Butler

      Right on all counts KARL. Rebs give away a penalty, Ponies kick to corner, try from rolling maul. Rinse and repeat. Simple, effective but a bit dull. Actually looking forward to the Reds/Tahs game. I’ve been watching Swinton and while he does do some good stuff he seems to want to be involved in more off the ball stuff. He dishes it out out but is not too keen on being on the receiving end. Very quiet in his last couple of games. Go the Rebs and Canes.

      • Hoss

        Bingo. The ‘tough’ player is the one who makes the hit, gets back in the line to help his mates and then does it again. No snarling and dribbling snot over someone when a shot comes off. That’s from The A ‘I love a good dunny’ Smith playbook. Shut up, stay quiet and they will be more intimidated. Big note and you’ll have a target on your back.

        • Keith Butler

          Swinton reminds me of a young Courtney Lawes. Meant to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. Got some England caps and then started to focus on the big hits, often late, rather than his all round game which dropped right off and he became a marked man. Re focused on his overall game and has now earned his place in the England team. A lesson to be learnt by young Swinton who has bags of potential.

        • ATrain

          It’s much better when everyone in the defensive line and the opposition players are going “who the f&ck was that”

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Loved catching those tough guys in a ruck. Payback can be such a bitch

  • Mortahs Incoming – custardtaht

    Brumbies V Rebels: Can’t say I’m expecting the game to be fast and free flowing. I think the Brumbies will get the oats, as they will out play the Rebels at their own game and then some.

    Reds V Tahs: This has the potential to be a cracker. I expect the Tahs to be ready, willing and able. The Tahs will win the lineout battle, but I think the Reds forwards will win the honours overall and the backs will be too much for the Tahs.

    I expect the Force to have their best game of the season and win by default.

    • KwAussie Rugby Lover

      I think the weather will be the big one for the Brumbies vs Rebels game. Meant to be pissing down so I think the game will be tight and slow with lots of set piece plays. That will certainly help the Brumbies

    • ” a cracker”
      The tahs will crack, again?

      • Mortahs Incoming – custardtaht

        Quite possibly. I think the Reds are the better team but the Tahs will make them earn it. It should be an entertaining game.

        • As long as the Reds keep their discipline and aren’t penalised off the park it should be an good run for them.
          Who knows though, the young tarts may come of age.

  • Jason

    The Tuopu vs Alaalatoa debate will be intense. I think it’ll come down to team balance considering who you have in the second row and back row. If you have enough other ball running in the pack maybe you start the more workman Alaalatoa.

    I would also like to see Tuopu maybe go a little harder for say 60, pick up a few more carries and so on and come off a little early for the Reds. If nothing else it’s important to get that emerging talent experience and opportunities too.

  • Yowie

    …he earns more penalties for his team than any other front rower. Conversely,… he gives away a number of penalties … which to some extent negate the others.

    That’s because, as a Queenslander, he has a strong sense of fairness.

    • KwAussie Rugby Lover

      Hahaha or too stupid to know what he’s doing

      • Yowie

        Well, on re-reading the news item, they did find him in Auckland schoolboy rugby….

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Exactly! He’s a JAFA (Just Another Fucken Aucklander)

        • Mortahs Incoming – custardtaht

          Nah….he is more than that. He is the son of Jake the Muss. He has the power and obviously doesn’t neglect speed or cardio work.

        • Yowie

          He’s Boba Fett?
          No wonder he’s a bad-arse.

        • ATrain

          it also means he is the original that all clones are based on….if that is so we are going to have some very good scrums but lineouts….not so much

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Too much weights; not enough speed bro

        • Hoss

          Don’t mention Auckland to me mate. Hate the place. I was all set to open a series of Butcheries called ‘Pork Ewes’ which I personally found suited the demographic to a tee. But no, Princess Aucklandites and their sense of moral outrage and decency. BS if you ask me.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Well you were talking about incest mate. Come on be fair

        • Nutta

          No sense of humour…

          https://youtu.be/Ed5FZpwRlxA?t=10

  • Nutta

    I for one appreciate the manner in which Thorn expects his Pigs to aim up. I have long thought there was a structured soft under-belly to Oz Pig Play with too many guys getting yanked early or sitting on the pine in No1’s eating pies instead of being back playing club-footy. Making folk grind-on (to a point) is a good natural-selection manner of just toughening folk up. Tupou is only 24yrs old for Christsake. Keep running lad. More should do it more often. Some elements of resilience and ability to withstand pressure only comes from experiencing fatigue. I’m not talking about stupidity of run-till-ya-spew ‘we were tougher in my day’ garbage, but I am talking about what the AFL fellas call ‘running miles into the legs’ as you see that pay dividends in what they call the Champions Quarter – the 3rd quarter where the weak buckle and the strong power on. It’s a healthy mentality.

    But he does need to stop the general play penalties. Please.

    • Damo

      Yes, re the ‘we were tougher in my day’ comment I do remember that the doctor used to come on to the field have a look at the injured party and say “yes, I don’t think we are going to be able to save that limb. You can replace him.” Mostly everyone played 80 mins.

      • Yowie

        A doctor?
        Looksury!
        Back in my day we just had the local butcher run on to the field to bend the affected limb at all angles to confirm a broken bone.

        • Damo

          Amazing how many injuries were cured by an ice cold wet sponge out of the bucket and into the face.

        • Nutta

          Ahhh, I miss the magic sponge wielded by the ugliest man in your club occasionally. It was the pre-modern version of a mid-match man-cuddle.

        • Damo

          Which reminds me. Early 1980’s rugby tour to NZ South Island. We arrive in this town (I forget which) and the coach tells the local honcho we’ve got a couple of boys with some niggles. Can we see a physio. No worries, so the guy shows up and he does a good job (I was a recipient of his assistance). Anyway next day was sightseeing, so among other things we were taken to the local freezer works (abattoir). Lo and behold there on the floor is our ‘physio’
          busy electrocuting sheep.

        • idiot savant

          Great story. Steer clear of the tens machine then…

        • Keith Butler

          Nice one. Reminds me of our honorary club doctor a retired gynaecologist. Player goes down with fairly serious head injury. Doc trots on and looks at head. Wag in crowd shouts ‘wrong end Basil’ cause for much laughter.

        • Yowie

          Although a Gyno is qualified to treat the whole of a Waratahs player.

        • RedAnt

          “Guffaw!”

        • Nutta

          Way harsh Tigh.

        • GeorgiaSatellite

          Way to stirrup some controversy…

        • Yowie

          To be honest it was a joke searching for a target. I couldn’t think of a player who was a known grub and was millimetres away from naming Pommy, South African or NZ players.

        • ATrain

          Team doctor where I come from means someone who once caught a bus with a bloke who did a Level 1 St John’s Ambulance course.

      • Keith Butler

        Doctor? We had a sponge man with very basic medical knowledge. Head injury, cold sponge to back of neck. Anything below the waist cold sponge down the shorts.

        • Hoss

          What about on the field KB, what happened there?

        • Keith Butler

          What are you implying kind sir? You should know that what goes on in the sheds, stays in the sheds.

        • Nutta

          Tackling pillows obviously.

        • Andrew Luscombe

          I remember players suddenly recovering on seeing the aproach of the bucket of cold water with the magic spunge.

        • Keith Butler

          To true.

    • KwAussie Rugby Lover

      Bang on Nutta, we’re breeding softness into them rather than resilience. In some ways I like Eddie’s idea that we reduce the number of reserves so that people get used to playing tired. I agree that it will open the game up.

    • idiot savant

      Thor is a targeted species. I reckon the refs watch him more closely than most other players. There was one game last season where the kiwi ref Paul Williams watched only him in every scrum for the first 60 minutes. Williams never even went to the other side of the scrum until after 60 minutes of play!

      Im not convinced he angles in all the time as a lot of people say. I feel there is a tendency for people who aren’t Reds supporters to want to spread this myth about constant illegal scrummaging to try and curb his power. I did notice that up until this season he has tried to get underneath his opponent but I haven’t noticed that this season. Unfortunately with his power he can start to screw the scrum when the opposition tight head holds his ground which often leads to the accusation of angling in. But really with his strength he doesn’t need to angle in on the hooker to be effective.

      In general play I will admit his enthusiasm has led to penalties. He is not helped by by being the fastest 140kgs going around. He didn’t appear to be going for charge downs last week which is a good thing.

      • Nutta

        Don’t misunderstand me, I really like the guy. Plays hard, proud of his power, makes his tackles, aims up for ruck-bashing, clearly not Catholic (loves the pill) and he’s not a fake tuff-guy who goes missing when it gets hard (insert standard back-hander at Fairies here). I agree with your comment on targeting. I think he gets a disproportionate amount of Ref attention at scrum-time and I don’t think he is more guilty or less guilty than anyone else. However it is precisely because of his size vs speed that he attracts attention in open-field scenarios so he needs to be ‘clean’ on those charge-downs etc. However regardless of legitimacy, the fact he gets such attention is not disputed. Therefore it’s a reality that must be managed or his team suffers for it.

        • Damo

          When we critique (not criticise) a player like this, what always comes to mind is that at this level these guys are attending 12 + training/coaching/ skill sessions a week for 10 months a year, and for TT, under basically 2 coaches (BT &MC) for the last 3-4 years. If he is playing consistently a certain way then it’s gotta be because he is being told to play that way. Or is it more of “he’s the best we’ve got, he does some excellent work, we’ll live with the downside” ? I personally think his positives would be even more pronounced if Oz rugby game plans weren’t so fixed on sending tight channel runners into bodies instead of into spaces. I would love to see a lot more of TT in a half gap with someone like Wilson coming of his shoulder- or vice versa.

        • Nutta

          There is that. It’s what I call the Hooper argument – does he naturally play that way or is he told to play that way? Of course I suspect the truth is somewhere in the middle.

        • idiot savant

          Suspicion eh? Love that. I guess where there’s smoke there’s fire….

        • Nutta

          I exercise my right to silence.

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        Yeah but when you’re targeted, rightly or wrongly, you need to fix your game not try and convince the referees they’re wrong. For a start we never admit that

        • Nutta

          You never ADMIT that? So wait, you’re a Ref who by deduction is admitting to being wrong? And by the syntax of excluding the singular you infer you are wrong in multiple instances?

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          absofriggenlutely. Players all make mistakes. what makes you think we wouldn’t. The difference is twofold. First, we never, not ever, admit it to the players,. Secondly, law 6.5.a. “The referee is the SOLE judge of fact and of law during a match. (and something about being fair). It’s like being an officer in the Army mate. Even if we’re wrong, we’re still right because we are the referee.

        • Nutta

          I was waiting for the 6.5.a card to get played… can’t argue with that.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          It’s great. I use it all the time when some coach comes and tells me his player wasn’t off side. I just say Under law 6.5.a he was. Only ever been asked to say what the law is once and the coach laughed and said fair enough

        • Ive always used the “He who is without sin” defence.
          ie: “Mate, when you go 80mins without making a mistake or a wrong decision, talk to me, until then…”
          Of course then mention if 30 players did that you wouldn’t need to be out there.
          Seems to always work well with no argument.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Yeah. I remember telling one irate coach that it was funny how I caused the loss when I didn’t miss one tackle or drop one pass all day – unlike the rest of his team

        • Yowie

          With a deductive mind like that, are you sure you are a forward?

        • Nutta

          Mate it’s only Fronties of a certain age who think like that in the first place. I consider the bearers of jersey 1 thru 3 who still trot out once north of 40yrs to exemplify an almost Darwinian outcome like those freaky hydro-thermal octopuses who live near underwater volcanoes – survival under such circumstances is only achieved by those of rather … unusual … skill-sets and dispositions.

    • Keith Butler

      Spot on mate. I know we’re from a different age but we only had one back and one forward sub only used if the injury warranted it. We prided ourselves on playing the full 80 mins where superior fitness told in the last 20 mins told. Tired legs, tired mind.

      • Nutta

        Yup. We’ve moved past those days in the same way that Kingswood Country is not really that funny anymore. The world moves on. But at the same time, I find myself agreeing with Jones of the Eddie variety that benches should be restricted down to 6 and we really need to speed-up scrum engagements to get some increased pace & fatigue into the game.

        • ATrain

          Yes any rule change will have consequences but some will perhaps be unintended. I like the Eddie’s suggestion I am just trying to think of some of those unintended consequences – he said much the same in one of the interviews but he might have been talking more about changing scrum penalties to “differential” penalties – he used that terminology but I think that is what the leaguies called them where as we would say “short arm”??

        • Nutta

          I reckon leave the Laws around scrum exactly as they are now. Simply put in a ‘Refs Count’ (under law 6.5.a) of something like 20sec from blowing the pea and the team not set and ready to scrum when the Ref gets to zero gets short-armed. 2nd time it’s a long arm. 3rd time your 9 sees cheese. Otherwise folk with crappy scrums will happily give up short-arms all day to get out of being buckled into full-arm penalties.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          The law allows for that now mate. If I get the sense that teams are stuffing around to waste time I call it out under 7.d. Wasting time and if they keep doing it then it just becomes part of the escalation process like any infringement that is consistent

        • Nutta

          Fair point, so in that case we need appropriate encouragement from Referring Authorities to apply the Law as it stands then, as did our NZ counterparts in how they police the breakdown this season. I guess it proves my point – no need to change or even tweak the laws of the game, rather just bloody well apply them!

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Agree 100% mate. I don’t think it’ll happen here because it’ll take time for the players to adapt and you’ll get all the crazies going on about the delays and how it’s boring because there are too many penalties. Didn’t take long in NZ for the penalties to go down

        • Yowie

          NFOS – Thanks for taking the time to give the referee perspective (including with specifics) from time to time KARL, I certainly get a lot out of it in terms of learning more about the game.

      • Nutta

        The US Marines are big on ‘fatigue training’ I understand so that when you are truly buggered and you can no longer think straight you have a tool-kit of ‘just do’ and thereby everyone else can move simultaneously because each is confident of what the other is doing.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Absolutely! The military has always known that physicalfitness is the shocker absorber, before you have to rely on mental toughness to get you through. The fitter you are the longer you last. Then it is all between the ears.

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