Welcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things
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.
opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not
be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.