MISSING: Reds star Andrew Ready missed out on a Wallabies call up.
MISSING: Reds star Andrew Ready missed out on a Wallabies call up. ROSS SETFORD

Brumbies back-up a surprise selection

COMMENT - By Alastair Costello

RUGBY UNION: Have the Waratahs left it too late?

A week off for the Reds means we can focus our attention elsewhere.

Let’s start south of the border where the Waratahs were too hot to handle for the ladder-leading Chiefs. Damn they were good! They were brutal in defence and lightning-fast in attack.

The New Zealanders had no answer to their intensity and were sent back across the ditch battered and bruised. The Tahs seem to have found some form but will it be enough to make the finals?

With three rounds left they are tied on 34 points with the Brumbies and have to go to Tokyo to face the Sunwolves after the break before playing the Hurricanes and the Blues. That’s going to be tough.

Speaking of the Hurricanes they were involved in another all-New Zealand cracker, scoring a try in the last minute to clinch a thrilling victory over the Highlanders.

Played in typically abysmal Wellington weather the quality of the skills on show were simply sublime.

The Kiwis have named a scary test squad as well. The Wallabies squad, well, it’s more interesting then scary.

James Horwill, remember him? He’s back after some time in the cold, literally. Joe Powell is in there as well. Yeah I hadn’t heard of him either. He’s the back-up half-back at the Brumbies and is ‘one for the future’ presumably.

My favourite, blond hooker Andrew Ready, hasn’t been called up though. A shock to many Queenslanders who’ve seen him scrap and fight all season.

It’s into camp for all the Test call ups.

The fun begins on June 11. I can’t wait. – Alastair Costello

Rats trip away

THE Warwick Water Rats have their second furthest trip of the season when they play Condamine at Condamine in B-grade on Saturday.

Roma and Condamine are two of the longest trips in the Darling Downs Rugby Union competition but the Water Rats are playing with plenty of confidence despite some recent losses.

Scots PGC will host a major school rugby union carnival this Saturday.



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