#Scrum5: Horwill, Reds ‘in mind-blowing, jaw-dropping denial’

The Reds after the loss to the Rebels on Saturday night. So much about their season was summed up by the post-match ranting, none of which addressed the real issues. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Reds after the loss to the Rebels on Saturday night. So much about their season was summed up by the post-match ranting, none of which addressed the real issues. Image: ABC Grandstand

ESPNscrum.com: Super Rugby Round 14 left many of us with an ordinary round of tips, and a busy week for the judiciary members, video analysts, and lawyers. We had foul play, a ten-year drought broken, and controversy in Brisbane. But there was also some pretty decent rugby along the way, giving us yet another weekend from which there are many more than five talking points.

Regardless, here are the talking points from the weekend:

  • The Australian-ish New Zealand derby;
  • Inspired Sharks break Christchurch drought;
  • …but Deysel heads a busy week for the judiciary;
  • Horwill comments reflect the Reds’ season, and
  • Cooper injury the eraser to McKenzie’s selection whiteboard

Plus, Andy Withers and I are also back with the #Scrum5 podcast, reviewing the round:

#Scrum5: Colin Slade’s kicking key for Crusaders

ESPNscrum.com: Round 13 of Super Rugby was one in which the Brumbies and Force consolidated their credentials in the Australian conference, while the Chiefs and Crusaders made similarly strong statements within the New Zealand conference. We might just have seen the Try of the Year, and we saw a nomadic coach head back to the patch of turf he once called home.

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

  • Chiefs showing signs of life after Cruden;
  • Ink in ‘No.10 B.Barrett’ for the June Tests;
  • White finally gets his goodbye;
  • Western Force one win away from target, and
  • The Crusaders have played us. Again…

Plus the Scrum5 podcast is back, including a pie-by-pie account of the Brumbies-Sharks kickfest…

#Scrum5: What the Western Force was that?

Stormers' talisman flanker Schalk Burger made a triumphant return to Super Rugby. Image via SANZAR Super Rugby on Twitter

Stormers’ talisman flanker Schalk Burger made a triumphant return to Super Rugby. Image via SANZAR Super Rugby on Twitter

ESPNscrum.com: Round four of Super Rugby was good for the Australian conference, with three wins recorded, while the South African teams managed two wins from the four games in which they were in action. New Zealand recorded just a single win, and the Crusaders might still be wondering how they got away with that one.

Here’s the #Scrum5 talking points as I saw them, from Round 4:

  • Stewards enquiry needed in Perth?
  • I remember this Pat McCabe
  • And I remember this Schalk Burger, too …
  • When a try is no longer a try, and…
  • Great White Sharks roll on.

The column, and the #Scrum5 podcast (with Greg Growden back on deck) are all up on ESPNscrum.com now.

Two heads better than one in new Brumbies coaching structure

Laurie Fisher (left) and Stephen Larkham (right) will continue on from the groundwork laid by Jake White..

Laurie Fisher (left) and Stephen Larkham (right) will continue on from the groundwork laid by Jake White..

The biggest sporting saga in the ACT in the last few months has finally been resolved, with the Brumbies confirming their coaching structure for the next two seasons in the wake of former coach, Jake White’s departure back in September.

The Brumbies have promoted both of White’s assistants, with Laurie Fisher appointed to a Director of Rugby role, while Stephen Larkham becomes the club’s new Head Coach.

Using a structure common to European rugby clubs, both Fisher and Larkham take on new positions with the Brumbies for the next two seasons. Continue reading