The sight of the Fijian Drua absolutely cutting the Perth Spirit to shreds in front of a wonderful crowd in Suva in this weekend's NRC game warmed the heart. The home side had it all. Pace, offloads, long-range tries and second-rowers running perfect lines onto pop passes. The Fijians were physical, intelligent and well organised. This remember, is a country that has lost its players to all corners of the world.
It is apt that the new Super Rugby draw followed on the heels of the Senate inquiry into the demise of the Western Force and, more broadly, rugby in Australia. No matter what your position is on the Force issue, all can be in agreement that the amount of money shovelled into the apparently bottomless pit that is Super Rugby in Australia is eye watering. Budgeted or unbudgeted, the Senate hearing once again highlighted the issue of tens of millions of dollars going from the ARU to the franchises.
1. I'd like to single out a few things Sekope Kepu did in the 28th minute, in part in protest at Bernard Foley being awarded man of the match against Argentina, which shows bias in favour of the backs remains strong in Australia. From a scrum in the Wallabies' half, Kepu promoted the right-hand side just enough to allow Israel Folau to make good ground down the blindside. Then, Kepu popped up as the ball-playing option in midfield and produced a lovely disguised pass to Kurtley Beale.
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