Why commentators panicked during Tahs’ pre-game

Man oh man, Super Rugby Pacific was bursting at the seams during the weekend’s action, Friday to Sunday, which kicked off with 25 test players working in Canberra. twenty five!!!!

There were thrillers the whole time, lots of massive tackles, some extraordinary tries and an all round vibe that followed Thursday World Cup Announcement

It’s made me have to lie down, so today’s column is from the couch where I’m watching Old School on Stan. “Hey Blue, how come there’s no ice in my lemonade?”

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DOWNTOWN WONDERLAND

For 43 glorious minutes, waratahs fans dared to dream of their men claiming a second upset win against a NZ heavyweight outfit. In appalling, humid conditions, they played the kind of footy you’d expect on a bone-dry course. The passing and handling was honestly quite brilliant. Rahboni Warawn-Vosayaco and Jed Holloway’s long balls along with Izzy Perese’s try-assist were real highlights.

What’s incredible is that it all took place in front of 11,531 home fans, their best attendance this year and triple the number that showed in 2021.

#Reset22 was the pre-season motto, they have already fulfilled that mantra and more.

POSSUM MAGIC

There was chaos in the Leichhardt Oval comment box for the game, when a dog-sized possum walked in, looking for a bite of Morgan Turinui’s organic, gluten-free biscotti with lemon and myrtle. It also cost Drew Mitchell and his family a real shine.

Fortunately, cameraman Eli Viliamu rushed off the deck to escort the huge marsupial to the side before he could sink his teeth into it.

Sean Maloney and Morgan Turinui watch the final round of Super Rugby Pacific and discuss the possum that nearly derailed coverage of Saturday’s Tahs match.

WHERE ARE ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE GO

The run-up to Friday Brumbies v Crusaders battle showed some of their previous encounters from the same stadium with a packed stadium.

Really, the fans were hanging from the rafters.

Then why was the audience, in 2022, when it’s 2 against 3, with 25 test players on the show, just under 8,000 strange?

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In addition to the phenomenal football players on both sides and their quality of play, hot chips and pies were sold at 2004 prices. It wasn’t even a cold night in the capital.

Then why were there so many empty seats?

Where would everyone go?

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SMITH AND STIRLO

Two men who starred for the Brumbies when they were the hottest ticket in town were rewarded with years of service last week, with George Smith and Stiring Mortlock being inducted into their Hall of Fame.

Two more popular players that you will find difficult.

Today, both are still linked to rugby, Georgie with clothing company Palladin and Stirlo with ball technology gurus Sportable.

THE POWER OF THE PACIFIC

The inaugural clash between the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika did not disappoint.

In the first season they both had a brutal time away from home but they have continued to serve rugby week after week.

What made Saturday afternoon’s spectacle that little bit more special was the coming together of both sides after the game.

DISRUPT GALORE

The unpredictability of the Shute Shied continued again in Newcastle with the Hunter Wildfires beating the table and beating Manly Marlins.

Coached by ‘Bubba’ Coleman, the man who claims to have taught brother Darren everything he knows, the Wildfires stopped a quick finishing Manly outfit and the game went on until the 85th minute.

Weekly form guides are shredded in the Shute, giving us the most open first six weeks of competition in years.

WHO THAT?

Which Crusaders had to lean back on the advice of a former Super Rugby referee at the blackjack table at the team hotel in Canberra?

“No mate, DO NOT hit 16 when the dealer is on a six.” Was repeated many times…and firm.

WELL DONE GOLD DUST

Congratulations to former Marlins First Class Coach Matt ‘Goldie’ McGoldrick who completed the SMH Half Marathon on Sunday.

Coming off a non-existent base, he dropped 15kg and turned on his broken pins to complete the trail in two hours.

Former Wallaby Adam Freier also recently finished the LA marathon, a huge effort from both.

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