Audio Highlights – Brumbies thump Hurricanes in season opener

Brumbies' Argentinean scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli scored his first Super Rugby try last night, in the Brumbies' big win. Image: ABC Grandstand

Brumbies’ Argentinean scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli scored his first Super Rugby try last night, in the team’s big win over the Hurricanes. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand: The Brumbies have started their 2016 Super Rugby season in grand style, smashing the Hurricanes seven tries to one, 52-10 in Canberra last night. Check out the full set of ABC Grandstand highlights and all my post-match interviews here below…

Grandstand Breakfast: vintage Pat McCabe

The Brumbies get around Pat McCabe after the first of his two tries against the Blues, in Canberra last night. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: the Brumbies bounced back from last week’s disappointing loss to the Rebels in impressive fashion last night in damp conditions in Canberra, with a 3 tries-to-nil 26-9 win over the Blues.

Earlier, the Rebels did very well to come back at the Highlanders in Dunedin, before the home side was able to hold out for a 3-point victory.

Francis Leach and I ran the rule over both overnight games on Grandstand Breakfast this morning, as well as looking ahead to the Reds-Force tonight in Brisbane, and the Stormers-Waratahs early tomorrow morning in Cape Town. Thanks once again to the ABC for the clip:

 

#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.

The Roar: Right then, let’s get on with it

A very happy Peter Kimlin cut short a south coast holiday after his Wallabies call-up..

This was originally going to be about having one last guess at which six additional players might be joining the Wallaby squad this week, the names of whom will be officially unveiled at midday today.

Like all good squad announcements, though, those names came out well ahead of time.

With six new faces checking into their Caloundra base with the rest of the squad on Sunday afternoon, the secrecy was gone, and even with the token ‘more players may yet arrive’ offered as word started getting around, the announcement had essentially lost its relevance.

Keep reading on over at The Roar