ONE IN A ROW! The Wallabies broke their six-game losing streak against South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday night. Image: ABC Grandstand
The Roar: Well, this is definitely the week. A Wallabies win after a year of losses just has to be a green light to dial up all manner of wild claims and predictions.
I mean, if you can’t be bullish after a six-point win over a surprisingly mediocre former force, when can you?
I kind of tried to do this a fortnight ago, but it only lasted a couple of paragraphs before the sinking reality took hold. But after the Wallabies solid – no, ‘stellar’! – 23-17 win over South Africa, now there’s no holding back.
So here it all comes – positivity turned up to 11. And then maybe reined in a tiny dose of reality…
Michael Hooper and David Pocock in tandem for the Wallabies. Is it the weak link? Image: ABC Grandstand
The Roar: Australians all, let us rejoice, for we are not going to lose to the All Blacks this week! One of the big pluses in the immediate aftermath of the Bledisloe Tests, and even as we emerged this side of the bye weekend was that suddenly, the Wallabies are a chance of winning a Test this weekend.
Of course, that same feeling is shared by our South African friends, whose Springboks are playing with a similar lack of lustre, and who are similarly pulling apart their team’s performance to try and work out how on earth they’re trying to play.
And so it seemed only fair that we hand the question reins over to our resident South African this week.
The Big Question for the Week 3: For each team, which player epitomises the team’s strongest point, and who epitomises the weak point?
It’s not a joke, for the last couple of years I’ve been popping on for a chat with the Green and Gold Rugby podcast around this time of year, to talk the pressing Wallabies and National Rugby Championship issues of the day. Fun as always…
In the lead up to the 3rd round of The Rugby Championship, Reg and Hugh, are joined by annual special guest and rugby journalistic legend, Brett McKay, to get you over the gain line on this week’s five burning questions:
1. Is too much emphasis being placed on private school rugby at the detriment of rugby’s development?
2. With the Wallaby squad, which non-capped player could best ‘answer the call’ for the Wallabies?
3. Is Steve Larkham’s reappointment as Brumbies Head Coach and Wallaby assistant coach manageable?
4. How do we measure the success of the NRC?
5. Favourite Wallaby v Springbok moment (not THAT drop goal)?
Ryan O’Connell and I have conveniently missed the Bledisloe Cup build-up, and have now climbed aboard the September bandwagon for the Footy Finals Special edition of the Cheap Seats podcast.
All the footy finals hot takes are ready, interlaced with #AskTheCheapSeats questions from the regulars, who perhaps sent questions in out of curiosity to see if the new episode rumours were true.
Topics covered include Wayne Bennett’s whinging, the Canberra Raiders as competition darlings, the Wests Tigers/Robbie Farah debacle, the Jack Wighton/Michael Ennis shoulder charge debacle, the Cowboys timing their run, Penrith’s home game on the other side of the world, Thursday night AFL finals, the Geelong-Hawthorn blockbuster, the AFL’s seminal Sydney moment, things to get ugly in Adelaide, the Wallabies ongoing woes, and the worst Australian bowling line-up every set to South Africa, comprising three blokes whose names we can’t actually remember.
As always, you can get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod, on Soundcloud, iTunes, and the TuneIn radio app. And stay cheap – you never know when we’ll be back!