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    Tim Horan's Super Rugby AU Power Ranking

    Yesterday at 4:22 PM
    by Tim Horan


    FOX Sports Rugby's, and former Wallaby great, Tim Horan runs the rule over Super Rugby AU ahead of the season's kick-off.

    First, The Brumbies

    The Brumbies should win Super Rugby AU. They are the form team and were well out in front prior to the season being suspended. Currently they have the best coach in Aussie Rugby in Dan McKellar and he allows his players to play a pattern of play that will suit this competition.
    Tom Banks has one hand on the Wallabies 15 jersey and is a player that could have featured more heavily last year. He will be a force for the Brumbies and light up their attack.
    Wallaby Bolter: Tom Wright

    Second, Queensland Reds

    The Reds have lost a couple of key players and losing two second rowers will create headaches at Ballymore. Queensland have got plenty of potential and are well led in the backs by James OíConnor.

    Liam Wright has endured a tough start as Reds skipper. Photo: Getty Images
    Harry Wilson is a dynamic young player and one to watch this season. He has the best offloading game from a forward in Australian Rugby at the moment and we know that is a skill that has benefited New Zealand Rugby for so long.
    Wallaby bolter: Harry Wilson

    Third, Melbourne Rebels

    The Rebels have a quality backline with Haylett-Petty, Koroibete, Kellaway and Meakes but the forwards have to deliver some quality ball to allow the backs to play. The Rebels have nothing to lose and they are well backed by their coach, Dave Wessels who will want them to go for all out attacking rugby.
    Wallaby bolter: Billy Meakes

    Fourth, NSW Waratahs

    The Waratahs are looking to the future and their selections will probably reflect that. Michael Hooper is the last surviving member of the 2014 Championship winning team and they will need his leadership with such a young crop of players.

    The Waratahs must also grapple with the loss of Kurtley Beale. I donít think people realise what a loss KB is for the men in blue with his poise, experience and rugby brain. Without KB it gives the Waratahs backline an opportunity to reboot with a new style.
    Wallaby bolter: Angus Bell

    Fifth, Western Force

    Iíve only put the Force in fifth because they may need a few rounds to adapt to Super Rugby AU following on from Global Rapid Rugby and the NRC in 2019. This is a huge opportunity for the Force to prove they deserve to be back in the competition moving forward.
    Force will be bolstered by the return of Kyle Godwin and Jono Lance.
    Wallaby bolter: Jack McGregor

    https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2020/0...-power-ranking

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    Tim Horan was a good rugby player (FULL STOP)

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    Nice to see him recognise Jack McGregor.

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    Nice to be the underdog, so it will be regarded as huge upset when we beat the Tahs.

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    Good to see Horan did his research. In an earlier story he had Henry Taefu as the Wallaby bolter. Now tell me if I'm wrong but hasn't Henry already played for Samoa.
    Wallaby bolter? Good to see Horan is taking a real interest in our players.
    Looks like someone told him he was a goose and changed it for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg View Post
    Tim Horan was a good rugby player (FULL STOP)
    How the mighty have fallen..Once great and now a wanker...

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    ."..KB has pois, experience & a rugby brain....?!! Horan really has no idea. Thought the Tahs actually played better without him last night - the margin would have been a lot bigger and penalty count way higher.

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    This is a huge opportunity for the Force to prove they deserve to be back in the competition moving forward.
    What do we have to prove? Bigger crowds, stronger production line, financial backing? And we have a competition, "moving forward"

    We don't have to prove jack-shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chibi View Post

    We don't have to prove jack-shit.
    Spot on. I'm kind of hoping this is a one off and GRR goes ahead into new beginnings. First SR I've really watched since the axe fell last night. Same old shit from the same wankers. But I'll back up today hoping the Ponies give the Mexicans a real flogging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopper1 View Post
    How the mighty have fallen..Once great and now a wanker...
    Horan is fine. He has said that the Force shouldnít have been cut.

    The Brumbiesí weakness might be the set piece due to player losses. That may be alleviated by the other sides being in the same boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    This is a huge opportunity for the Force to prove they deserve to be back
    A few things I didnt agree with but this 1 line just pissed me off. DESERVE... Are you serious. We never deserved to be cut, half ya blurb about the rebels is what was stolen from the Force and gifted to a useless administration that should have to prove why they should be in the comp.

    This is a huge opportunity for the East Coast to see what they forfeited and who they failed.

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    Tim Horan wouldn't know the difference between a rugby ball and a butt plug

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