ABC Grandstand: Super Rugby Round 17 preview

James Horwill and Will Genia will play their last games in Brisbane for the Reds tomorrow night. I give them a massive chance of beating the Chiefs, too. Image: QRU Media Unit

James Horwill and Will Genia will play their last games in Brisbane for the Reds tomorrow night. I give them a massive chance of beating the Chiefs, too. Image: QRU Media Unit

ABC Grandstand Digital: Another great rugby chat on Grandstand Breakfast this morning with Andrew Mayes, in which we cover off all the massive games coming over the weekend.

Starting with the Hurricanes-Highlanders tonight in Napier, to the Force-Brumbies in Perth, to Reds-Chiefs in Brisbane tomorrow night, and the Cheetahs-Waratahs in Bloemfontein in the early hours of Sunday morning, there are big games everywhere. It’s a cracking round of action to come..

#ThreePoints: Beware the Super spoilers in run to playoffs

Nothing went right for the Chiefs against the Hurricanes last weekend, and now they face a chronic Lock shortage..

Nothing went right for the Chiefs against the Hurricanes last weekend, and now they face a chronic Lock shortage..

ESPNscrum.com: Round 14 of Super Rugby was dominated by discussion and debate of officialdom, and colleague Greg Growden was bang on the money on Monday, saying the referees have a hard time of it while ever the Laws and the interpretations have made everything the complicated mess the game now is.

Keep it simple, stupid. Certainly, there are more than a few items in the rugby bible that could easily be ‘kissed’ goodbye.

Regardless, here were a few things to stand out in Round 14:

  • Chiefs open trial week?
  • Nuisance value, and
  • TMO clarity required.

 

ABC Grandstand: Super Rugby Round 10 wrap-up

The Rebels' celebrate Sefa Naivalu's try against the Brumbies last night, at a very wet Canberra Stadium. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Rebels’ celebrate Sefa Naivalu’s try against the Brumbies last night, at a very wet Canberra Stadium. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand: Chris Coleman and I wrapped up all the overnight results this morning on Grandstand Breakfast this morning, including the Waratahs ending the Hurricanes’ unbeaten start to the season, the Rebels’ first ever win in Canberra, and the Reds ending their eight-game losing street, with a one-point win over the Cheetahs Bloemfontein..

ABC Grandstand: Super Rugby Round 9 wrap-up

Stormers - van Wyk charge

Stormers winger Jacobus van Wyk scored in their 32-18 win over the Waratahs in Sydney last night. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: There’s no two ways about it, this was a shocking round for Super Rugby tipsters, and Matt Hill and I went through what felt like an endless stream of upsets this morning on Grandstand Breakfast.

All four of the Australian sides to play in Round 9 lost, including the Waratahs’ shock loss to the Stormers in Sydney last night. With the Brumbies having lost to the Blues on Friday night in Auckland, this was a massive missed opportunity for the ‘Tahs.

Of course, the biggest talking point on the Grandstand rugby chat now is the building tipping rivalry between Al Crombie and myself. Fair to say we both took a battering this weekend, with Al’s lucky guess of the Blues the only different this weekend..