Four talking points and one ongoing saga for #SuperRugby Round 9

Embattled Brumbies CEO Michael Jones emerges from the ACT Supreme Court on Thursday, where his injunction to keep his job was upheld. But these are the days of our lives… Image via ABC News Canberra

The Roar: It’s been viewed already as one of the harder rounds to tip in the season to date, and that’s a fair call with so many games featuring so many subplots across the weekend. Already healthy leads in three of the four conferences can be extended, while New Zealand will undoubtedly deliver yet more quality.

And then, there’s maybe the hardest game to pick all season: the Sunwolves v Jaguares in Tokyo. Sheesh, I’ve still got a headache thinking about it. Here’s the talking points for Round 9:

  1. ANZAC Weekend? What ANZAC weekend…
  2. Which teams are kicking themselves off the tee?
  3. The Bulls: it could be time to consider the possibility that there’s a chance that potentially I might be wr-wr-wr-wro-wron…
  4. I don’t think the Waratahs are done yet. But they’re close. And..
  5. The Bold and the Brumbies: Episode 37

Cheap Seats podcast: the ANZAC Day footy weekend special edition

Ryan O’Connell and I have made a sporadic return to the studio for a ANZAC Day footy edition of the Cheap Seats podcast.

The number of ANZAC Day fixtures this weekend feels about right..

The number of ANZAC Day fixtures this weekend feels about right..

The podcast’s regulars have come through in style, flooding us with #AskTheCheapSeats questions and avoiding any prospect of awkward small talk.

Topics covered include ANZAC Day footy, and an evident lack thereof in Super Rugby, the state of the Australian teams, podcast scarcity, the strength of the Kiwis, the new format, neutral referees, penalty tries in the NRL, the location of the GF, the new stadium deals in Sydney, Olympic uniforms, and just how ridiculous Kobe Bryant’s farewell NBA game became.

As always, you can get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod, on Soundcloud, iTunes, and the TuneIn radio app. And stay cheap – you never know when we’ll be back!

Brumbies primed for ANZAC Day rematch with Chiefs

The Brumbies will wear this special commemorative strip in their GF rematch with the Chiefs...

The Brumbies will wear this special commemorative strip in their Grand Final rematch with the Chiefs… In the shadows of the Australian War Memorial, the iconic museum chronicling Australia’s military history over more than a century, Brumbies’ scrumhalf Nic White is trying his best to maintain that it’s just another game. But we can see the grin on his face, and so he quickly stops pretending.

“They won the Grand Final, and we didn’t,” White says, of facing off against the Chiefs on Friday evening at Canberra Stadium. The match against the Chiefs is the first of what the Brumbies hope will become a regular trans-Tasman clash in Canberra on ANZAC Day. And of course, it’s also the first rematch between the two sides since the 2013 Super Rugby decider.

“I don’t know if ‘revenge’ is the right word or not, but it’s definitely something that burnt blokes for a good six months until we could get back into Super Rugby,” White says of the 27-22 loss in Hamilton. “It’s a chance for us to… it certainly won’t bring back the feeling of winning a Grand Final, but it’s a small step.”

Read the rest of my ANZAC Day piece for ESPNscrum here

Cheap Seats Episode 1: The ‘Saving Face’ Tour

Well, we’ve done it. The pilot was a success, in so far as it wasn’t rubbish, and so now Ryan O’Connell and I have properly launched The Cheap Seats podcast with Episode 1: The ‘Saving Face’ Tour!

Ep.1: Singo, ‘Camos’, and Rogo…

In the first episode, Ryan and I tackle the big issues, including just how expensive Ryan’s new headphones were, the importance of not getting sued by bookies, and why hypothetical squad selection is something you can never get wrong. No, right.

Episode 1 talking points: Singo v Gai, and the whole More Joyous affair; ANZAC Day footy, and how much is too much; the Australian cricket squad for the Ashes Series in England in July, and Ryan makes Brett name a Wallaby backline for the British & Irish Lions series.