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Super Rugby Wallaby Watch – Rnd 18

Super Rugby Wallaby Watch – Rnd 18

Round 18 was the last of the regular season and it wasn’t a good one for some of our Australian teams. The Waratahs got spanked by the Highlanders, the Rebels did even worse against the Cheifs and the Brumbies put on a strong display to put away the Reds. Enjoy our last Super Rugby team of the week for the 2019 season!


1. Scott Sio (Brumbies)

It was a hundredth game to remember for Sio who was part of a strong scrum and got through 9 tackles.


2. Folau Fainga’a (Brumbies)

The Brumbies hooker has the put his name on Wallabies number 2 jersey and had another strong performance this week. He ran 10 times making 15m and 2 clean breaks.


3. Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies)

Along with Sio, Alaalatoa contributed to a strong scrum and also made 7/8 tackles.


4. Rory Arnold (Brumbies)

It’s a shame Arnold is headed overseas as this has probably been one of his strongest in Australia. He stole one at lineout time, made 7/7 tackles and used his enormous arms to dot down a 5 pointer.


5. Sam Carter (Brumbies)

The usual workhorse shift from Carter with a little bit more punch. Got through 9 strong tackles.


6. Angus Scott-Young (Reds)

Starting at number 8, the Reds backrower was shifted to 6 when Salakaia-Loto went off with a head knock. He put in a strong effort making 13/13 tackles.

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7. Jahrome Brown (Brumbies)

Not even expecting a run this season, Brown turned into one of the Brumbies best. This week he ended with 15/16 tackles and 3 runs for 11m.


8. Isi Naisarani (Rebels) 

One of the only Rebels that looked like he wanted to be there this week. Outside of giving away a penalty, he didn’t step a foot wrong. He made 13/13 tackles and got through an enormous amount of work with ball in hand making 17 runs for 75m.


9. Joe Powell (Brumbies)

Solid service and starting to get a bit more confidence and running with ball in hand more often with 4 runs for 15m. Has his name on the Wallabies reserve halfback spot.


10.  Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies)

Lealiifano is doing all he needs to do. He doesn’t overplay his hand and that was the case again this week. He distributed well, cleared well, distributed when he needed to and even made a few little runs.


11. Tom Wright (Brumbies)

I think Wright has found his position in Rugby. He looked completely at home this week and killed it. He has scary good footwork and is strong into contact. He ran for 124m beating 4 defenders with 3 clean breaks. He also got his name on the score sheet with a great intercept try.


12. Samu Kerevi (Reds)

The Brumbies had planned to stop Kerevi and it worked to an extent. He didn’t have the influence he would have liked to have but still managed 15 runs for 48m. He beat 5 defenders on the way and made 2 clean breaks.


13. Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies)

Another strong performance by Kuridrani this week. Made 8 tackles and ran for 33m. One of those strong carries lead to a try for the Brumbies.


14. Jock Campbell (Reds)

Another good performance from Campbell. One of the Red’s best in attack. He ran for 73m from his 9 runs.


15. Tom Banks (Brumbies)

Has been huge for the Brumbies this season and made a huge 140m this week. He had 4 defenders beaten with a clean break and 2 offloads.

On the fringe of selection:

Bryce Hegarty – Another change of scenery has been great for Hegarty. He had another strong showing with 64 run metres with 3 defenders beaten and 2 clean breaks. He also kicked 4/4 with the boot.

Liam Wright – I look forward to watching him in future seasons because this kid is a star. Not one that is too flashy but gets through a ton of work. He made 13/14 tackles and scored a 5 pointer.

Billy Meakes – Did the best he could with what was on offer. Made 13/13 tackles and 25 run metres.


The Rebels and the Waratahs – What else can you say about these teams except for that they were disappointing. The Waratahs have been poor all season and who knows what has happened to the Rebels in the past month. This week wasn’t that different with the Waratahs losing by 37 points and the Rebels losing by 51 points. The players who are looking to represent Australia need to pick up their game or Australia could be in for some serious problems.

  • More madness from RA and the Brumbies in letting Arnold go. He’s a machine.

    • Jason

      Good thing we signed Folau to that 5 million dollar – 5 year contract!

      • Patrick

        And Hooper :(

    • Huw Tindall

      Been said before but we really don’t value tight forwards in terms of $$ on their contracts.

      • Totally agree – they make all the flashy big dollar playmaker shit possible.

  • Huw Tindall

    This article is almost getting a bit predictable which IMO is a good thing! There is a clear run of form on the majority of players which should make national selection easier. Baring the Tahs Wallabies who were rested this week the above team had the same old characters for the most part.

    Starting pack will have
    4 Brumbies with probably Rodda, Naisarani, Hooper and LSL. Bolter Valentini for 6 but LSL gives more lineout options.

    Backs a little less certain, especially back 3 but will have a mix of all 4 franchises. Potentially Genia, Foley/CLL (sorry Quade), Kerevi, TK, then 3 out of Banks, Korobiete, Beale, DHP, Hodge and maybe even Speight. Personally I’d give Banks, Hodge and Korobiete a run first up.

  • Brumby Runner

    I thought Rob Valetini outplayed both LSL and ASY on the weekend. While Kerevi was again good and earned a spot, Simone ought to have at least been mentioned as being close. He is getting better with every game and has improved out of sight from his early showings at the Brumbies.

    Not sure about your last comment on the Waratah (and Rebels?) players needing to pick up their games. Just when will they play next in order to show they have done that?

    • Geoffro

      Could easily have been a full Brumby totw ,McCaffrey and Muirhead were solid too.

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        I would have gone for McCaffrey and perhaps Muirhead, but I suppose I would say that.

  • Gallagher

    Combined scores after the FINAL round;

    1 SLIPPER 5**, Sio 5 (J-Holmes 1*, Robertson, Faulkner, JP Smith, Hoopert)
    2 FAINGAA 9*, Fitzpatrick 2* (Rangi 1**, Mafi 1, McInerney)
    3 ALAALATOA 10**, Kepu 3 (Tupou***, Talakai, L-Makin)
    4 RODDA 6* (Holloway 1, Swain, Staniforth, Blythe)
    5 ARNOLD 6 (Philip 5, Carter 3*, Simmons 2, Coleman**, Hockings)
    6 SALAKIAIA-LOTO 5*, Jones 2*** (Scott-Young 2, Hanigan 1*, Valentini 1*, Swinton 1, Dempsey**, Cusack**, Brown)
    7 HOOPER 8* (LWright 5*, +Pocock, Hardwick, Brown)
    8 SAMU 4**, Naisarani 4*** (McCaffrey 1*, Wells 1*, Higginbotham***, Timu, Cottrell*)
    9 POWELL 7*, Genia 4* (McDermott 3, Sorovi, Gordon)
    10 COOPER 5*, Lealiifano 5 (Foley 3, Hegarty 2*)
    11 NAIVALU 4 (Korobete 3, Pulu 1**, Newsome**, Peni)
    12 KEREVI 11* (+Hunt 3, Meakes 2***, Simone 1*, TWright 1)
    13 KURIDRANI 6*, F-Sautia 4** (English**, Ashley-Cooper, Ikitau, +Petaia)
    14 RONA 4** (Campbell 4, Clark 3, Speight 1**, Muirhead, Hardy)
    15 BANKS 4** (Haylett-Petty 2, Beale 2, +Folau 2**, Maddocks 1*, Hodge***, Stewart*, Lucas)

    – Arnold locked in the last Lock spot, Lealiifano the bench Flyhalf spot, and Naivalu and Rona the two wing positions, and are all now our UNTOUCHABLE WALLABY’s!

    KEREVI (11)
    ALAALATOA (10)
    FAINGAA (9)
    HOOPER (8)
    POWELL (7)
    KEPU (3)

    – GREAT performers NOT to make the UNTOUCHABLE WALLABIES are Philip, LWright, McDermott, Korobete and Campbell!

    Props – Tupou may still be in the squad running, but underwhelmed this year
    Hooker – We have NO solid backup really, slightly concerning if we lose Folau
    Locks – Coleman, Carter and Simmons stocks dropped, but still great depth
    Backrow – Plenty of options, great to hear Pocock is on his way back sooner than later
    Scrumhalf – Excellent to have Powell and Genia pushing each other for starts
    Flyhalf – Polarising, would Lealiifano look as good behind the Rebels pack? Who cares, Foley is out of form, and the Wallabies pack will be the Brumbies pack with a 9/10 combo, and Quade gets the nod with Genia combo.
    Wings – Too many out and out winger options, its maybe Naivalu and Clark pushing Korobete and Rona. Plenty of fullbacks may wind up in these positions such as Haylett-Petty, Maddocks and Hodge.
    Centres – Kerevi, Kuridrani, done.
    Fullback – Banks fighting Haylett-Petty and Beale, great options available.

    Fitzpatrick, Jones

    G&GR Fringe worthy selections;
    Blyth, Phipps*, Daugunu

    G&GR Disappointments;
    Johnson-Holmes 2, Kepu 2, Beale 2, Talakai 1, Tupou, Ainsley, Faulkner, L-Makin, Rangi, Arnold, Phillip, Salakiaia-Loto, Hockings, Holloway, Ruru 1, Foley 1, Cooper 1, Meakes 1, Korobete 1, Hegarty, Mason, Hunt, English, F-Sautia, Simone, Peni, Muirhead, STupou, Naivalu, Maddocks, Folau, Hodge, Toomua

    • Hoss

      Great stuff mate. I tell you who has flown under the radar a bit and doesn’t get any headlines at all is Angus Scott-Young. The second half of the season he has been terrific. Does all the grunt stuff, has a bit of shit in him and is bigger than I thought. Personal opinion only but I’d have him in gold before his team mate FKA.

      Having watched the Under 20’s and witnessed what a tackling pilfering 7, an aggressive 6 who can also pilfer and get amongst it and a ball carrying 8 can do – I only hope Seagal was also watching. Fraser McRight is the next Pocock – he even has a similar physique and Harry Wilson at 6 is sensational. Imagine the same thinking for the national team. Not to mention the young locks who just trucked it up all day – it put the starch back in my jocks for sure.

      • Mica

        We had Pocock and Fardy, just chose to use them inappropriately or not at all

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