The talking points: Super Rugby Rd 14

Brumbies scrumhalf Joe Powell (below) was one of 10 uncapped players in Michael Cheika's first Wallabies squad of 2016. But why couldn't the announcement have waited? Image v Wallabies Facebook

Brumbies scrumhalf Joe Powell (below) was one of 10 uncapped players in Michael Cheika’s first Wallabies squad of 2016. But why couldn’t the announcement have waited? Image v Wallabies Facebook

The Roar: It’s the last weekend of Super Rugby for the next month, and thankfully, the competition is going to go into its recess with a bang. By my count, six of the eight games can have some kind of bearing on the race to the playoffs. Here’s the talking points for Round 14:

  • Bolters galore, but not the one everyone expected;
  • Does the Wallabies announcement overshadow some important games?
  • Fantastic Friday: sorry, Boss, I’ve got to finish early. Again…
  • Unpredicta-Bulls
  • #Joubers100

#Scrum5: ‘Write the Crusaders off at your peril’

Brumbies players celebrate their 28-23 win over the Waratahs on Saturday night in Canberra. Image: ABC Grandstand

Brumbies players celebrate their 28-23 win over the Waratahs on Saturday night in Canberra. Image: ABC Grandstand

ESPNscrum.com: Super Rugby round five saw the New Zealand teams issue a reminder that there is indeed still life in their conference, while, in Australia, questions were emphatically answered about some teams and asked again of others. In South Africa, the Lions proved they can no longer be treated as easy-beats while the Sharks just kept on rolling on to sit five points clear atop the standings.

Here’s the #Scrum5 talking points as I saw them, from Round 5:

  • Life in the New Zealand conference yet;
  • More or less questions from the Brumbies-Waratahs blockbuster?
  • South Africa has a new super-boot;
  • Dear Lawmakers, I have a suggestion, and
  • A great moment in referee humour.

The column, and the #Scrum5 podcast (where host Andy Withers leads me onto my soapbox) are all up on ESPNscrum.com now.