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  1. Braveheart81

    TRC2021 - Wallabies v Pumas @ Townsville 25/09

    The big questions this week are: Who will play fullback? Will Reece Hodge slot straight in or will we see JOC or someone else picked in the 15 jersey? Will Sean McMahon play and if so, will he start or come off the bench? It would be surprising not to see a couple of fresh faces given a crack...
  2. Braveheart81

    Law issues with the breakdown

    I thought it was worthwhile having a thread to discuss this as I think it is obviously topical following the red card on the weekend (and red cards in the Six Nations) and arguably the number one issue rugby is grappling with while trying to improve safety. We have: 1. Keeping the jackal in...
  3. Braveheart81

    Super Rugby AU Round 8 - Brumbies vs Waratahs @ Canberra Stadium - Saturday 22 August @ 7.15pm

    A huge game for both teams. The Brumbies need to get back in the winners circle and confirm their position at the top of the table and likely host of the final. The Waratahs need to keep winning to stay in the hunt for the finals after the Reds won last weekend. Always a tough ask to travel to...
  4. Braveheart81

    Super Rugby AU Round 7 - Force vs Waratahs @ Robina - Friday 14 August

    A must win game for the Tahs who could put themselves within a win of the playoffs. Likewise though, the Force are coming off a bye, don't have the same issue the first time around where it was their first game and will know that sides have faltered after a big performance this season. They'll...
  5. Braveheart81

    Super Rugby AU 2020 - The Run Home

    With four weeks left, the competition is now wide open. The current points table is: Brumbies 18 Rebels 14 Waratahs 11 Reds 11 Force 2 Remaining matches are: Brumbies - bye, Waratahs (H), Force (H), Reds (A) Rebels - Reds (A), bye, Waratahs (H), Force (H) Waratahs - Force (A), Brumbies...
  6. Braveheart81

    Super Rugby AU Round 6 - Waratahs vs Reds @ SCG, Saturday 8 August 2020

    The Tahs have to win this one to keep their season alive. If they play like they did against the Brumbies, the home ground advantage should get them home. If they play like they did against the Rebels, they'll lose by 30. Hopefully the week off has refreshed them and they can have a real crack...
  7. Braveheart81

    2020 Super Rugby Round 3 - Waratahs v Brumbies @ ANZ Stadium - Saturday 18 July

    The Waratahs will have to improve substantially from their first two outings to keep it competitive against the Brumbies. Like others I expect Karmichael Hunt to come into the starting side and possibly Dempsey. Will Harris has been solid without doing anything spectacular. He needs to find...
  8. Braveheart81

    Waratahs vs Chiefs - SR R 6 2020, Friday 6 March @ 7.15pm @ Wollongong

    After putting together a decent performance last week to record their first win of the season, things will be much tougher this week against the Chiefs, a genuine contender. I would expect a very similar team given Penney opted for stability and they repaid the faith with a much better...
  9. Braveheart81

    SR Round 5: Waratahs vs Lions - Friday 28 February 2020 Super Rugby @ BankWest Stadium 7:15pm

    The Tahs need to turn things around this Friday. The Tahs have been hopeless but the Lions haven't been a whole lot better. After an excellent performance by the Waratahs A side, Rob Penney has to throw some caution to the wind and give some of those guys an opportunity. The side I would run...
  10. Braveheart81

    RWC Pool D - Wallabies vs Wales - Sunday 29 September 2019 @ 5.45pm

    The crunch game of the pool. The winner will top the pool and likely face France in a quarter final. The loser most likely plays England in the quarters and then the All Blacks in the semi-final. For the Wallabies, Reece Hodge will be lucky not to be suspended. Expect Dane Haylett-Petty to...
  11. Braveheart81

    NRC round 3: NSW Country Eagles vs Fiji Drua @ Wollongong Saturday 14 September 2019 @ 4pm

    NSW Country to face Drua 1. Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2. Tom Horton, 3. Chris Talakai, 4. Pat Tafa, 5. Tom Staniforth, 6. Ned Hanigan, 7. Michael Icely, 8. Nick Champion de Crespigny, 9. Jake Gordon, 10. Mack Mason, 11. James Kane, 12. Ofa Manuofetoa, 13. Nigel Ah Wong, 14. Mark Nawaqanitawase, 15...
  12. Braveheart81

    NRC round 1: NSW Country Eagles vs Sydney @ Dubbo - Saturday 31 August 2019

    NSW Country Eagles: STARTING XV: 1.Angus Bell, 2.David Vea, 3.Matt Sandell, 4.Nathan Den Houdt, 5.Tom Staniforth, 6.Ned Hanigan ©, 7.Michael Icely, 8.Will Harris, 9.Jake Gordon ©, 10.Mack Mason, 11.James Kane, 12.Joey Walton, 13.Ben Woollett, 14.James Turner, 15.Tim Clements. SUBS: 16.Aaron...
  13. Braveheart81

    TRC Round 2: Australia vs Argentina @ Brisbane - Saturday 27 July 2019

    After a disappointing first match, the Wallabies have to put in a convincing performance at home against the Pumas. Slipper and Uelese are presumably a reasonable chance of being unavailable due to concussion. Koroibete will presumably slot back into the side and DHP may lose his spot after...
  14. Braveheart81

    R15: Waratahs vs Jaguares @ Western Sydney Stadium - Saturday 25 May 2019

    Jed Holloway should return this week as his suspension has ended. Presumably Tolu Latu will not be playing. The Tahs will also be hoping for Jack Dempsey to return from injury (I am not sure on the timeframe from that). My expectation is that the Tahs won't rest anyone this week unless...
  15. Braveheart81

    Rd 12: Bulls vs Waratahs @ Loftus. 11pm Saturday AEST

    Do or die for the Waratahs now. They stuffed the game against the Sharks with a red card and a generally lucklustre performance and then missed an easy bonus point after the siren. They now face the Bulls at Loftus which will be incredibly hard to win. With a tough draw to come they simply...
  16. Braveheart81

    R11: Waratahs vs Sharks @ Western Sydney Stadium - Saturday 27 April 2019

    The Tahs need to keep the momentum going after a good win against the Rebels. Absolutely crucial game in terms of the Aussie conference now that it is so congested. Tolu Latu is available for selection and I would expect him on the bench given the lack of game time Tuala has had.
  17. Braveheart81

    Rd 10: Waratahs vs Rebels @ SCG, Saturday 20 April

    Kurtley Beale has missed training the last two days with tonsillitis which is the last thing the Tahs need given Folau is also out.
  18. Braveheart81

    R7: Waratahs vs Sunwolves - Friday 29 March @ Newcastle

    A little disappointing this is a Friday night game instead of Saturday as it makes it harder to get to from Sydney. The Tahs probably need to rest a couple of Wallabies unless they're planning on tanking the South African tour.
  19. Braveheart81

    Round 6: Waratahs v Crusaders - Saturday 23 March @ SCG

    Well, it's time for the Waratahs to get their shit together. This game was originally scheduled for some of the All Blacks to be rested but that will be out the window now given they didn't play in round 5. The Crusaders have been sublime in the opening month of the competition and if the...