Wrap The final footy comes two weeks before the Blues and Brumbies slog it out

As they say classic, it has been one hell of a week.

Craig Kelly did not become prime minister in the end; Older Frank Ann Farter himself, actor Craig McLachlan, chose to keep his democracy sausage in Barbie instead of spreading his democracy sausage across the national media; And monkeypox has appeared, just in time to prevent our chief health officials from going to irrelevance.

Oh, and the Blues and the Brumbeira fought through the mothers of all the Dogfights in Canberra, splitting by Bouden Barrett’s drop-goal after the Siren. Later on about that thrilling, exploitative competition.

The Crusaders were careful to say all the respectable things after pasting Fijian Drua, 61-3 in Christchurch, and rightly so, Drua was in no way incompetent to suggest that score-line.

Simply put, the score was a reflection of a title choice that played well, shifting the point of attack until it found a place in the overlap, and a new team without a class of players and a strong enough set piece to keep up with it. Them

Such results ignite a fire among those who ridicule Super Rugby for losing its competitive edge, and indeed, there is no sugar-coating between a ten-time champion and a rookie team without a predecessor at this level.

But if anyone thinks that such matches would be worth paying to tap into a rich rugby resource that has provided French competition year after year, and now promises a potential long-term advantage for Super Rugby, where rugby from our region, within our region , Then it starts to become more meaningful.

Despite four straight defeats, yet showing a strange lack of intensity, the Reds thank Uber-competitive halfback Tate McDermott for keeping a safe distance between themselves and Moana Pacifica, 34-22.

Already hampered by injuries, the Reds have lost James O’Connor and Josh Fluke, and the next week on Christchurch’s hard road journey it seems that one side has not been able to rise enough from its front five, and is badly chained to have a meaningful impact on it. Final

Moana Pacifica improved last week, but struggled to take their alternatives, spending too much time in the game refusing to pass the ball to their outstanding winger Timosi Tavatavanau when he was in space, and touching twice grab-kicking while holding 15 v 13. . Numerical advantage.

But their biggest job is their set piece. Improve it in the off-season, and in 2023 the store will have even more wins

In Hamilton, the Chiefs were always in control against the Force, closing the match 54-21. It has become a habit of the chiefs to provide multiple tri-scorers in recent times, and this time it is the turn of Queen Tupier, who scored three goals.

With Brody Ritalik due to a comeback, the Chiefs are bringing themselves back together on the right side of the season and will have a handful in the finals.

For their part, the Force headed to Auckland to play their postponed match against Moana Pacific on Tuesday, there is still a realistic chance of claiming a place in the final, although the rebels will have to upset the Highlanders next Sunday.

How to get to Moana Pacific is no secret; With a decent line-out of themselves, if the Force can be clinical on their ball and attack every Moana Pacific throw as their lives depend, the victory should be theirs.

Jock Campbell of the Reds during the Round 14 Super Rugby Pacific match between the Queensland Reds and Moana Pacific on May 20, 2022 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Canaris / Getty Images)
Jock Campbell of the Reds. (Photo by Bradley Canaris / Getty Images)

Interrupted by several late changes, the Hurricanes did a fairly comfortable job against the rebels, winning 45-22.

The Rebels suffered because the Hurricanes could not slow down the ball, their isolated defensive lines often allowing runners to go behind the first point of contact. It was an invitation for hurricanes to play more straight than they often do, to move forward in the waves and to recycle before resetting defenses.

With the ball, the rebels showed the ability to do the same thing and all three of their attempts were well taken. An obvious improvement in their ball-movement and continuity in the season provides a platform for them to prepare for next year.

For those who think that last year’s Wallaby star was ‘wrong’ with Andrew Callaway, the answer is; Nothing typically a right winger, Kellaway has set foot in the center twice in recent weeks to provide cover for where the team needed him.

If Kellaway had been placed normally, he would have left Westpac Stadium with three attempts in his name, and not a bad word was said. None of which is intended to deny Lucas Ripley’s efforts; Although all three attempts were straightforward, the twenty-year-old was an extraordinary genius.

After the Brumbies’ Round 12 victory in Hamilton, coach Dan McClellan insisted that in order to beat New Zealand’s opponents, they must first win the physical competition. Knowing what his own side could do – and was ready to put their bodies in line – Brumbis also hinted at the way the force had misled and confused the Blues in Perth.

That ‘dual-desert’ approach came at a heavy price, with referee Damon Murphy losing patience with Brumbis’ relentless offense under pressure, returning from the penalty spot after the penalty, before sending both Foulai Finga and Darcy Swain to the penalty spot. Turbulent first half.

Somehow, the Blues couldn’t hit the scoreboard; A combination of Brumbis’ strong defense and aggression on the set piece, and some dumb luck, which resulted in several almost missed and players holding the tri-line.

Finally, in the stroke of half-time, Stephen Perofeta finds a hole for Bouden Barrett, but if the Blues thought it was an indication that things would open in the second half, they were sadly mistaken.

Was just the same; Brumbis’ defensive effort pushed Barrett deeper into his pocket, which was slightly more than his ineffective kicking practice for Andy Moorehead.

While on his side, Roger Tuivasa-Shake enjoyed his best match in the blues jumper, enjoyed intense physique and kept the blues on the front foot with some of his pack and winger Mark Teller’s some strong effort.

The Brumbies were hungry for a chance to attack, but when their chance came, they returned to their faithful lineout maul; The two try to run well to transfer their lead when playing under two minutes.

That should have been the end but, aware of not giving a penalty for latching while trying to run down the clock, the Brumbies were picked, and the Blues were good enough to find their way to the goalpost, from where, a referee pointed to referee Murphy. , Barrett Dagger hit.

Roger Twivasa - Check of the Blues.
Roger Twivasa – Check of the Blues. (Photo by Joe Allison / Getty Images)

A disgruntled Alan Alaalatoa later suggested that he wait on the phone this week to apologize to referee boss Mitch Chapman, but if I were him I wouldn’t hold my breath.

True, the breakdown was a nightmare, as was the scrum, and things can be very difficult for players to read when sometimes breakdown penalties are blown up and other times, everyone is allowed to go free. Uncheck

But to be fair to Murphy, when two sides come to scrape on every blade of grass, flooded with every fracture and consider every ball in dispute, it’s hard to imagine a referee managing to keep all stakeholders happy – especially the under pressure party. , Doing the defending majority.

The Blues and All Blacks are not the people of Prope of Tungafasi, to ruin the word or exaggerate. Stan Sports’ Sonny-Bill Williams described the match as “tough” when questioned after the 21-19 win. It’s a bit like describing Nick White as light-hearted.

The Blues have now won a franchise a record 12 matches and their home ground advantage has been confirmed as long as they remain in the final. It was a tough test as far as either side wanted to take and survive and in the end it was just a fissure, the confidence they took back to Eden Park would be huge.

The Australian franchise was left in the hands of the Waratahs to fly the flag as the Brumbies painfully shrunk, with the Highlanders sure to go up the stairs to Red at 32-20 on Sunday.

By keeping their main male Jade Holloway at home, the Waraats maintained a fine balance between the back and the forwards, and although they were quick to admit, they were never at risk of losing.

The match marked the return of beloved son Ned Hanigan, whose second-half cameo was full of energy, when winger Mark Nawakanitawas showed again that he is a much better player this season.

Mark looks at the Navakanitawas of the Varatas
(Photo by Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)

Admittedly, Waratara helped the Highlanders fly flyhalf Sam Gilbert to tip Michael Hooper over his head in the first half. When such shameless acts are punished with only 20-minute red cards, it is not surprising that Sanjar is losing the argument with World Rugby.

Following last week’s announcement from AFL about the need for professional women to invest in rugby, there was an announcement from AFL, announcing huge salary increases for AFLW players, where players would earn, under a new consolidating bargaining agreement. Average দশ 46,000 (up to $ 72,000) for a ten-week season, plus finals.

With NRLW players expected to earn between $ 40,000 and $ 60,000 in 2023, the challenge for Rugby Australia is obvious. Not only sound education but his alertness and dedication too are most required.

This plight highlights the intense level of competition faced by rugby from other domestic sports, a situation among the leading rugby nations, unique to Australia.

All of these sports face a hen vs egg situation where it can be argued that the current game quality and commercial returns do not effectively guarantee this kind of money being thrown at part-time players.

But it is clear that the investment must be made first. English and French rugby have done it, and as a result are ahead on the road. With AFLW and NRLW following the same path, without anything close to equality, there is a risk that women in Australia will be left in the rugby starting block; Struggling to attract junior and amateur participants, and without access to the best elite athletes.

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