The Whiteboard: the Reds’ set-piece try that wasn’t

Quade Cooper looks all but certain to score, after motoring through this gap. And he did... all but score...

Quade Cooper looks all but certain to score, after motoring through this gap. And he did… all but score…

ESPNscrum.com: While all the post-match discussion from the Reds-Brumbies derby in Brisbane was for that other disallowed Reds’ try, there were several other opportunities last Saturday that went begging.

Certainly, by the time Stephen Moore and Eddie Quirk had their infamous coming-together in the 50th minute, the momentum of the game was already starting to swing in favour of the home side. And that was always bound to happen, after the Brumbies had enjoyed 66% of first half possession, and more than 70% of territory.

In the 57th minute, the Reds’ outside men found themselves in space after a raid that commenced just inside the Brumbies half, and a questionable last pass was negated by the scrambling defence of Brumbies’ scrumhalf, Nic White, whose tackle on Reds’ flyer Rod Davies forced the ball free.

The presence of Brumbies winger Joe Tomane getting involved, too, coming across from the other side of the ground, should’ve been a warning sign for Reds’ fans. It wouldn’t be the last time he’d be involved in a try-saving situation in the match, and I’ve pulled apart that moment today on the Whiteboard.

Hot damn: Free to Air interest in Super Rugby!

Ten Network's interest in Super Rugby is excellent news for the gam ein Australia. Image: ABC Grandstand

Ten Network’s interest in Super Rugby is excellent news for the game in Australia. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: Every now and again, a news story makes you sit up and say, ‘that’s bloody excellent’. Fairfax’s reporting yesterday of Network Ten’s interest in showing Super Rugby on free-to-air television was one such story.

And it is bloody excellent. Of all the criticisms of Super Rugby – and there’s plenty – high on the list is the all but complete lack of presence the game has on Australian FTA television.

Fairfax reported yesterday than the Ten Network was hoping to expand on the success of luring cricket’s Twenty20 Big Bash League to FTA this summer just gone, by adding Super Rugby to its growing stable of premium live sport.

The interest in Super Rugby is great news, and I’ve gone into more detail about the sudden interest today on The Roar

#Scrum5: An open can and worms all over the place

ESPNscrum.com: Super Rugby Round 9 was the one in which retaliatory punches were ignored, the Waratahs received a second opinion on Israel Folau whether they wanted it or not, and the two Australian derbies were won by the teams without the 130-odd years of history. It was also the week a well-known sleeping giant awoke and reacquainted itself with the top half of the Super Rugby table.

Here are the talking points from the weekend, as I saw them:

  • An open can and worms all over the place;
  • Highlanders confirm mercurial existence;
  • Folau situation can only get messier;
  • ‘Star Wars’ game takes on great significance, and
  • Ye of little faith: the Crusaders are back

ABC Grandstand: the Israel Folau saga goes on…

A clearly annoyed Israel Folau voiced his frustration on Fox Sports on Saturday night...

A clearly annoyed Israel Folau voiced his frustration on Fox Sports on Saturday night…

ABC Grandstand Digital: The whole situation with Israel Folau’s throat injury continues, with no real idea of an end-date. The ARU continue to maintain that the risk of Folau being further injured was too great to allow him to play in Perth, against the Western Force, while the Waratahs maintain he was right to go.

Francis Leach was very keen to ask the tough question on Grandstand Breakfast this morning, and he gave me the plum job of trying to answer them…