It doesn't really matter when it comes to Jordan Petaia if you ask his Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn - as long as you stick to one rule."There was a move in the All Blacks: pass the ball to Jonah because he's good," the 56-Test New Zealand lock said.
Set piece frustrations will motivate Brumbies captain Allan Alaalatoa as he sets his sights on a Super Rugby AU grand final rematch with the Queensland Reds.The skipper returned from a three-game suspension in Saturday's 24-22 loss to the Reds at Suncorp Stadium, the hosts rallying from 12-0 down to edge ahead with just three minutes to play.
Jordan Petaia has produced back-to-back clutch plays as the Queensland Reds rallied from 12-0 down to beat the Brumbies 24-22 and secure hosting rights to the Super Rugby AU final.The Reds' seventh-straight win this season and 10th consecutive at Suncorp Stadium came after a frantic five minutes of defence after they edged ahead for the first time in the 77th minute.
Melbourne Rebels coach Dave Wessels blamed execution rather than effort as his side put their Super Rugby AU finals berth in major jeopardy with a late capitulation against the Western Force.The Rebels led a gritty AAMI Park match until the 77th minute when Domingo Miotti converted a late try for the Force.
The Western Force feel they are in the box seat to make a real dent on the Super Rugby AU finals after snatching victory from the Melbourne Rebels on Friday night.The Force won 16-15, only taking the lead in the 77th minute at AAMI Park when Tim Anstee's try was converted by Domingo Miotti.
Western Force have come from behind to snatch a 16-15 win over Melbourne Rebels to keep alive their hopes of a Super Rugby AU finals berth.In a ugly affair, the Force hit the front for the first time in the 77th minute, with Domingo Miotti converting a Tim Anstee try to break the hearts of Rebels fans at AAMI Park on Friday night.
The Queensland Reds can book a home Super Rugby AU final with a 10th-straight win at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night against a powerhouse Brumbies unit that, despite their success, haven't won in Brisbane since 2015.Captain Liam Wright has recovered from an ankle injury and will play his first game for the Reds this season off the bench, while rival skipper Allan Alaalatoa is also back from a suspension that meant he missed the 40-38 loss to the Reds in Canberra last month.
Former Wallabies star Quade Cooper says Japanese rugby is so strong that Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby teams should consider playing in their competition, rather than the other way around.Cooper and his former Queensland Reds teammate Will Genia currently play for Japanese second-division side Kintetsu Liners, and they've been blown away by the quality of rugby in that country.
Former Wallabies star Will Genia has praised the "complete transformation" of James O'Connor, saying he's thrilled to see his former teammate thriving.O'Connor's career was at the crossroads in 2017 when he was arrested in Paris for possessing cocaine.
Lock Matt Philip will return from France in July in a boost for the Wallabies and Melbourne, signing with the Super Rugby club through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.Philip skipped this Super Rugby AU season to play with French Top 14 side Pau on a short-term deal but has opted to turn his back on a big-money contract to return home to push his case for Wallabies selection for the July Test series against France.
The Western Force are approaching their Super Rugby AU match against Melbourne with a finals mentality, as the two bitter rivals scrap for the third play-off berth.Unbeaten Queensland and the Brumbies, whose only loss has come against the Reds, effectively have two finals spots sewn up with three rounds to play.
Slow and steady wouldn't usually be the recommended approach for a fullback or winger but it's served Jock Campbell well as he waits for his next rugby union opportunity.The 25-year-old has taken an old-school path to the professional ranks, proving himself at club level and the second-tier National Rugby Championship to now own a spot in the Queensland Reds' star-studded backline.
Queensland Reds captain Liam Wright and Brumbies counterpart Allan Alaalatoa will return from injury and suspension in Saturday's top-of-the table Super Rugby AU clash in Brisbane.Wright has missed his side's unbeaten six-game run after hurting his ankle in their only preseason clash, while Alaalatoa has served a three-game suspension.
Harry Wilson has forecast a return to his damaging best as the Queensland Reds look to secure their first home grand final in a decade on Saturday.8 burst onto the Super Rugby scene with his line-breaking and offloading ability last season, playing every Test under new Wallabies coach Dave Rennie.
Wallabies and Queensland Reds five-eighth James O'Connor is keen to break out the popcorn and study a new opposition after confirmation of a travel bubble gave Super Rugby Trans-Tasman new life.The five-week, home-and-away tournament set for mid-May, featuring all 10 Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby outfits, hinges on the existence of a travel bubble that on Tuesday was given the green light from April 19.
Western Force lock Sitaleki Timani says it was a big surprise to be brought back into the Wallabies frame, and he's aiming to make the most of it.Timani played the last of his 18 Tests in 2013 , with the 34-year-old leaving Super Rugby that year in order to play in France.
James O'Connor believes he's only now appreciating the beauty of rugby, likening his stint as Queensland Reds captain and progression as a No.10 to being unplugged from the Matrix.
Will Miller has interrupted daily milking on his farm to answer an SOS from the injury-hit Brumbies as they push toward back-to-back Super Rugby AU titles.Flanker Miller retired to his farm near Berry on the NSW south coast at the end of the 2020 season after helping the Brumbies win the grand final against the Queensland Reds.
Young midfielder Dylan Riley has become the third Australian-raised player in his Japan Top League team to declare their allegiance to the Brave Blossoms in a worrying trend for Australian rugby.The former Australian under 20 representative has turned his back on his homeland and is targeting Japan national selection for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Wallabies and Melbourne veteran Matt Toomua says an additional round of Super Rugby AU should be a last resort, with players willing to do whatever it takes to make a trans-Tasman competition happen.New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern is expected to announce on Tuesday a potential date for the opening of a travel bubble with Australia.
In-form flanker Tim Anstee hopes to fulfil both his Olympic and Wallabies dreams this year, but his first goal is to guide the Western Force to the Super Rugby AU finals.Anstee was lured to the Force from the Australian men's Sevens program late last year on a two-season deal.
Australian centre Dylan Riley was within fingertips of glory as the Panasonic Wild Knights almost snatched a dramatic victory against the Kobelco Steelers in Sunday's key Top League rugby match in Japan.Former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans' men were forced to settle for a 13-13 draw in sodden conditions at Kobe's Universiade Memorial Stadium, but only after Riley was denied by inches as he chased a speculative kick in the final minute.
Michael Cheika says the time isn't right for him to return to Super Rugby to coach the winless Waratahs.The former Wallabies boss had been lauded as a possible replacement for sacked coach Rob Penney, who was a casualty of disappointing season.
Champions England have commenced their women's Six Nations title defence with a 52-10 thrashing of Scotland 52-10 in Pool A.The postponed tournament is being played in a condensed format with two pools of three teams each, with the pool toppers playing each other in the final.
A two-try haul by rampaging prop Taniela Tupou has helped the Queensland Reds to an impressive 44-19 win over Melbourne Rebels, reclaiming top spot on the Super Rugby AU ladder.The Brumbies moved ahead after their thrilling win against the NSW Waratahs on Friday night but it was short-lived with the unbeaten Reds regaining the competition lead after Saturday night's AAMI Park victory.