Santa Claus: the annual @GAGR podcast appearance

Really enjoyed another appearance on Green and Gold Rugby podcast on Tuesday night, where the Wallabies’ annoying loss in Cape Town and all things National Rugby Championship were discussed in great detail with GAGR podcast royalty, Reg Roberts and Hugh Cavill.

Reg labelled me ‘Santa Claus’ given this appearance came nearly 12 months after the last one, which is probably fair…

Newlands: 70 minutes of improvement let down by a disappointing final ten

"My only real bone of contention about Owen’s performance was his decision that Francois Hougaard’s high tackle on Adam Ashley-Cooper was cancelled out by Ashley-Cooper scoring the try. It was either high, or it wasn’t, Nigel." Image via Wallabies Facebook

“My only real bone of contention about Owen’s performance was his decision that Francois Hougaard’s high tackle on Adam Ashley-Cooper was cancelled out by Ashley-Cooper scoring the try. It was either high, or it wasn’t, Nigel.” Image via Wallabies Facebook

The Roar: ‘The one that got away’ was how I described the Wallabies’ 28-10 loss to South Africa in Cape Town, in the Sunday morning post-mortem, and I still think that will be the case now, with the squad already in Argentina preparing for their final match of The Rugby Championship.

We heard that Ewen McKenzie was “furious” and “disappointed” about the performance of his bench players in the last ten minutes, according to the various reports. And with good reason, I might add.

The two teams were a hell of a lot closer than the 18-point margin suggests, with the major different being the way the Springbok bench over-ran the Wallabies, as opposed to the way the Wallabies bench seemed to implode with panic and indecision and just plain stupidity…

The NRC wrap Round 6: If the sun shines, they will come

Without question, the major point of discussion coming out of the weekend is the return of Quade Cooper. Image: ARU/Sportography

Without question, the major point of discussion coming out of the weekend is the return of Quade Cooper. Image: ARU/Sportography

The Roar: Say it with me now, record National Rugby Championship crowds. That’s what I’m talking about, and it’s wonderful news for the competition. A new match attendance record pushed the round’s total into record territory, too, as the return of a certain Queensland flyhalf gave the fledgling competition the shot in the arm it needed.

After it felt like the first month of the competition was played exclusively in rain, three Sunday afternoon games have brought the fans out in droves. No doubt, clear skies in Brisbane and Sydney played a role in the record numbers being achieved, and while it’s a slightly premature conclusion to draw, you’d still like to think the competition planners for 2015 are pencilling ‘plenty of afternoon games’ into their notebooks.

Overall, 11375 people got to the four games in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and Perth over the course of Round 6, which as I mentioned, is a new record for the competition. Let’s hope they come back next week, and even better, bring some mates with them.

ABC Grandstand: Wallabies overrun by Springboks bench

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper contemplates the one that got away, in Cape Town this morning. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: Argh, so close, yet so far. That’s the sum total of the Wallabies’ 28-10 loss to South Africa in Cape Town this morning. After playing very well for 70 minutes, the Wallabies’ bench offered little to no impact in the last ten minutes, as well as shelling three tries with some pretty ordinary defence.

Joe Sullivan and I ran the rule over the Wallabies performance this morning on Grandstand Breakfast, where we both concluded this will be the ‘one that got away’ performance that haunts the Wallabies for some time…

Meanwhile, New Zealand wrapped up The Rugby Championship for the third straight year, with a 34-13 win over Argentina (it was halftime during this chat with Joe).