ESPNscrum: what we learned from Super Rugby Round 19

Kieran Read and his Crusaders are “on a scary roll already”. Image: Crusaders Rugby

Having witnessed the Wallabies-Lions decider first hand, perhaps the biggest lesson learned from the weekend was that it might have been safer and more enjoyable to just focus solely on Super Rugby? Hindsight is wonderful, of course..

In this week’s edition of Scrum Five, the talking points as I saw them were:

  •     An interesting final round awaits us;
  •     I don’t want to say ‘I told you so’ but…;
  •     Don’t leave NZ games early;
  •     The Cheetahs are back, and
  •     Sharks nearly win in spite of themselves.

Plus one final Lions Tour bonus point about how wonderful the tour’s been despite the final result. It’s all up on now…

ABC Radio Australia: “I’ve been better, Phil..”

Lions captains Alun-Wyn Jones (L) and Sam Warburton (in suit) lift the Tom Richards Cup in Sydney on Saturday night. Image: ABC Grandstand

It was the only way to put it, even if that was live to air to the listening audience in the Asia-Pacific region. However you want to look at it, the British & Irish Lions were simply too good, and were thoroughly deserving series winners.

On Radio Australia this morning, with Breakfast host Phil Kafcaloudes, we revisited the points in the match where the signs weren’t looking good, just how good the Lions were, and the possible implications for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.

You can hear the clip below, with thanks again to the ABC..

Cheap Seats Episode 9: A very typical Shane Watson 90

Watson, Watson, and Horwill get the Cheap Seats treatment in Episode 9.

Ryan and O’Connell and I are back on deck for a cheap shot-laden Episode 9 of The Cheap Seats podcast.

In this episode,I become slightly swamped by my schedule and had to relinquish the hosting duties. Unsurprisingly, Ryan happily picked up the baton and all the opportunities for ridicule that come with it.

Episode 9 talking points: Jobe Watson’s stunning admission that he was injected with a banned anti-obesity drug in 2012; Rugby’s Blues launching a raid on Benji Marshall, and what that might mean for Wests Tigers and the NRL; the latest cricket developments from England; the Second Wallabies-Lions Test from Melbourne, and this week’s Splash & Dash on Mark Webber and Bernard Tomic.