The talking points: very weird mid-season rugby-free weekend

The Socceroos: what you’ll find when you attempt to watch Super Rugby on Saturday night. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: I still don’t get it. And I don’t really know it took me until on a fortnight ago to put two and two together. But here we are. Super Rugby ended last weekend; the first June Tests start next weekend. It’s dangerous times for the southern hemisphere rugby fans.

And there’s no point me telling you what to do this weekend; it’s every rugby fan for themselves. Some will elect to head down the sappy path and go and ‘reconnect’ with their ‘families’. Others will see an opportunity for the long overdue comeback on the playing field.

I don’t know what path you’ll take; I just hope you avoid the ambush of odd jobs around the house. Here’s the talking points for whatever we’re supposed to call this weekend:

  • So, why do we have a weekend off?
  • Judiciary lotto strikes again;
  • ARU takeover has a lot of potential for the Western Force;
  • Sonny Blues Williams, and
  • Oh no, Eddie Jones is on to us…

The curly questions from #SuperRugby Round 2

Somewhere, in the middle of this stink, Tolu Latu threw the punch that did this (inset) to Matt Toomua...

Somewhere, in the middle of this stink, Tolu Latu threw the punch that did this (inset) to Matt Toomua. But is a 50% discount too much for him saying, “yep, I did it”?

Rugby News (Australia): You’re a bold punter if you’ve already started writing teams off after two rounds of Super Rugby. With 13 teams with at least one win to their name now, it’s fair to say there’s still a lot of water to go under a lot bridges before we have a clearer picture of who will and won’t contend for the 2016 title.

But that’s not to say that two games aren’t enough to start forming some opinions and raising some queries. And I’ve done that, asking some curly questions on a number of topics, including this one:

Is a 50% discount for accepting a guilty plea too much?

#Scrum5 podcast: Bledisloe Cup Preview

ESPNscrumESPNscrum.com: Sam Bruce, Andy Withers and myself look forward to the Rugby Championship-deciding Bledisloe Cup Test between the Wallabies and the All Blacks in Sydney this Saturday, while also considering the SANZAR Judiciary circus and Kane Douglas’ return to Australia..