Will there be more Super twists?

The relative up-and-down form of the Chiefs in the second half of the season has me thinking that a win for the Stormers is very much on the cards, in this weekend’s quarter-finals. Image: ABC Grandstand

In my latest column for Rugby365, and after an eventful final round, I wonder if we’re completely done with all the twists and turns in this year’s Super Rugby season…

After months of calculations and predictions, then more predictions and recalculations to rectify some over-enthusiasm around some sides, the Super Rugby finalists for 2016 have been decided.

How did my own predictions go? Well, I’m not so glad you asked…

I did manage to get the quarter-finalists right, but I’m sure I wasn’t alone in getting the final order a bit out.

England loss provides Wallabies blueprint – IF they can throw out the rubbish

Plenty of thinking for the Wallabies, after the cleansweep at the hands of England. Image: ABC Grandstand

In my latest column for Rugby365, I’ve outlined why everything that went wrong for the Wallabies in the 3-0 Cook Cup series loss can actually be the road forward for them. If they can be smart about it…

It may take some time for the shock to disperse, but the first clean-sweep series loss on home soil since Hannes Marais’ South Africans won 3-0 in 1971 provides Michael Cheika’s Wallabies a definite way forward for The Rugby Championship and the Bledisloe Cup.

But there’s one massive, unavoidable proviso.

They simply must stop shooting themselves in the foot.

Australia v England – roll on the ‘Cheika & Jones’ show

Behind all those brilliant Randwick players of the 1980s sat a crafty and clever hooker named Jones, and a brash and abrasive young no.8 named Cheika.

Behind all those brilliant Randwick players of the 1980s sat a crafty and clever hooker named Jones, and a brash and abrasive young no.8 named Cheika. Now they’ll face off as coaches of England and Australia…

My Australian column for June is out now on Rugby365, in which I give a little bit of background as to why the upcoming Wallabies-England series – and all the Michael Cheika-Eddie Jones shenanigans that comes with it – is what we’ve all been looking forward to…

As soon as the Wallabies beat England in the pool stage of last season’s World Cup, the first step in England not progressing in their own tournament, the return bout over three Tests on Australian soil this month became highly anticipated.

And when the Rugby Football Union did the right thing by us and replaced Stuart Lancaster with former Wallaby coach Eddie Jones, tickets for the three-Test series practically sold themselves.

Grab the popcorn for the Australian run to the playoffs

The Waratahs looked done for when beaten by the Brumbies in Sydney three weeks ago, but now look the Australian team most likely. Image: ABC Grandstand

In my second column for Cape Town-based rugby site Rugby365, I explain how things suddenly look rather different in the Australian conference…

With ten rounds of the 2016 Super Rugby season done, things have suddenly got a whole lot more interesting in the Australian conference.

I finished off last month’s column saying that anything can and will happen in Super Rugby, and that’s certainly been the case in the within our conference. Form has been fleeting, consistency hasn’t existed unless you include ‘inconsistency’, and where I suggested that the Brumbies probably loomed as the major – and possibly ‘only’ – source of Australian playoff hopes, well, even that claim now looks rather shaky.