The Rogues Rant #245

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The ongoing saga of who will be the next Rugby Australia CEO continues. New names that have been thrown up include former Cricket NSW Executive Andrew Jones and current Adelaide Crows boss and Ex Brumbies CEO Andrew Fagan. Caretaker boss Rob Clarke seems to be kicking some goals in his temporary roll and might yet decide that he would like to take the job on fulltime again, who knows? One thing for sure, now that Pill Kearns has taken the job on to win Australia the World Cup in 2027 he won’t be in the mix for the top job this time around.

What a first forty minute performance from the Waratahs last week at the SCG against the Reds. Thirty Eight points as the Tahs put on five tries with Halfback Jake Gordon crossing for three by halftime. They couldn’t do a thing wrong with everything sticking as they ripped the Reds apart at will. Is this the style of football new coach Rob Penney wants from his players as they threw caution to the wind and trusted their arm putting on some real razzle dazzle football? I hope it is. Going by his stated desire to see the players play what they see in front of them we may just see some more of the same as the year goes on. There was another eye catching performance from young Fly-Half Will Harrison while Reds number ten James O’Connor continued on with his impressive form. My tips for this week: Waratahs, Reds, Hurricanes and Blues.

It needs to be pointed out that the latest advice from NSW Health is that it is quite safe to travel to all areas of our zone for Rugby as long as social distancing rules are being observed. There is no reason to be concerned about traveling to any of our venues at this stage as no area is currently considered a Covid 19 Hotspot.  

The wet weather created some drama last week locally with only two games going ahead. The match between Shamrocks and Campbelltown eventually went down as a forfeit in favor of Campbelltown. Ocean Park was ruled out on Friday and amid some confusion Shamrocks made the call that they would not be traveling to Campbelltown, so under the Competition Rules the match went to Campbelltown as a forfeit. Front runners Avondale were way too strong for Tech Waratahs at Brownsville running in 36 unanswered points to remain unbeaten after two rounds. Shoalhaven got the best of the atrocious conditions at Nowra to win 12 – 10 over Camden. Vikings and Kiama was washed out when both clubs grounds were unplayable. My tips for Round 3 are Camden to win over Kiama at Camden. Avondale will win again at Gerry Cappetta Oval over Shamrocks. Tech Waratahs to edge Shoalhaven at Saunders Oval and Vikings to win over Campbelltown at Vikings Oval.  

All opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.