The Rogues Rant #282

August 10 2021

By Ron Wood

The decision by the IDRU Board to declare season 2021 Null and Void was inevitable considering the ongoing Covid situation. I like many others feel for all the clubs but the Shoalhaven club especially, given their unbeaten run after 11 Rounds of football. The fact though is that a Premiership Champion is declared after 18 Rounds of football and a competitive final series which can and often does throw up unexpected results. I feel that if a full series of matches and finals had been able to be played this year given what we have seen so far we would have experienced a very competitive end of season series of matches. In my opinion, for what it is worth, any one of up to five clubs could have taken home the famous Buccaneers Cup Trophy.

With the season being cut short the Challenge Shields winners have been officially declared. Shoalhaven finish the season with both The John Hayne Challenge Shield and the Peter Woods Challenge Shield while Bowral will hold the Talk2MeBro Shield for 2nd Grade. There will not be any individual awards presented for 2021, such as IDRU Player of the Year and Top Points Scorers etc..  

The IDRU Board recently called for expressions of interest for the newly created position of Coaching Director/Senior Illawarra Head Coach. The position to be appointed for three seasons, is designed to expand on the current Representative program and open up greater opportunities for players across the district at all levels. The Coaching Director will be responsible for the structure and implementation of Rep Programs at Senior, Colts and Womens levels. From what I hear there is one outstanding applicant for the roll who has extensive coaching and administration experience across many areas of Rugby which should make the Boards decision making process fairly easy.  

It’s a daunting task for any side to take on the All Blacks at the famous Eden Park in Auckland. Well this week the Wallabies face up to the task for the second time in seven days. For much of last weeks match the Wallabies looked very much second best on the night but the effort from the side in the latter part of the match was most encouraging. The All Black try just prior to half time and then the intercept try to Mo’unga were critical in the All Black win. With each side crossing for four tries a piece, in the end it was Mo’unga’s five goals and Lolesio only slotting two that proved the difference on the scoreboard. I think we can expect a very physical approach from the All Blacks again this week and the Wallabies will have to be at their very best and disciplined to take the series to a decider in Perth on Saturday 28th August.

Watching the South African performances against the Lions, the Wallabies are in for another torrid time in the remaining upcoming Rugby Championship matches. The Wallabies play the Boks at the SCG in Sydney on Sunday 12th September and then again the following Saturday 18th at Suncorp in Brisbane. The final two matches against Argentina are in Newcastle on Saturday 25th September and Canberra on 2nd October.

Don’t forget the Dexter Porter Cup is still ongoing through to the 31st August, so get busy and get your blood donations happening. Shamrocks and Vikings deserve some spirited competition after dominating the Cup over the years. There’s not much else happening at the moment so roll your sleeves up and get involved.

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