From Fiji to Wanaka, it was a weekend of missed chances — but there were cheese rolls and gigantic props.


Seven rugby talking points from the weekend, and two more on Beauden Barrett.

Yeah, that'll work

A hard ground in Suva, with a bone dry ball, and the Māori All Blacks chose to kick and kick and kick again, handing possession to the Fijians, some of the best runners and handlers in world rugby. Only after Fiji romped to a 22-0 lead after 46 minutes did the Māori side wake up to the idea that giving the ball to their opponents was like, as David Bowie once sang, "putting out fires with petrol". It was far too late and

How long ago was that last win?


Better off mowing selector's lawn

Reinforce Cheika's coaching box

All this and $6 cheese rolls, too

Mother knows best

He's eaten his pudding

The perfect choice

They'll still love him in the 'Naki