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Well the Super rugby season kicked off and for me the big talking point was just how bad the Rebels were. I expected them to be scrappy and expected the Tahs to be too good, but the Rebels were just terrible. They looked slow, their line-outs and scrum were a mess, they missed tackles, they made zero line breaks until Huxley started a short-lived assault in the final minutes, and they just had no attack whatsoever. Some of their older players just looked like geriatrics -- Cordingley and Mortlock come to mind. I can't recall Luke Rooney -- a potential attacking weapon -- receiving the ball once in attack the entire game. He must be eyeing a return to the NRL after just one game in SuperRugby. Rod Macqueen -- supercoach -- you've got a lot of work to do to make this team competitive.
As for the Tahs: with all the options they've got I was surprised to find yet again that we had Tom Carter -- who has the speed of a tractor in low range -- the first choice at inside center. That said, he had a good game, although it wasn't hard to look good against the Rebels. Beale was brilliant as usual, and Drew Mitchell took over where he left off last season as a try scoring machine. The Tahs back three -- if they can get the ball past their inside backs -- are brilliant to watch.
The new AAMI stadium looks great -- but how many of the 25,000 who attended this game will front up for more punishment next week........?