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THE annual Waratah-bagging season is now open with the media whipping themselves into a frenzy as they compete to see who can put New South Wales down the most.

Call me dumb, or maybe I'm just missing something.

On top of the table past the halfway mark, their two losses being by just seven to the side with the best for and against and best performed side in the history of the competition, and a two point loss to the second placed side, away from home, when they scored one more try but lost on goal kicking.

Two losses, which netted three bonus points, which is just about equal to a win.

And the verdict? They're falling apart, playing poorly with no commitment, same old story.

No-one is going to go through the Super 12s undefeated.

If they can go that close to the second and third-placed sides while playing so badly and with no heart, then surely that's a good sign for when they find form and start trying.

nAND while on the Waratahs, one of the Redmen's longest serving first graders, Robbie Brown, is off on a bigger challenge a little later in the season, attacking the Kokoda Trail to raise money for much needed equipment for the hospital.

The link to the Waratahs ? he's got a tremendous NSW framed and signed jersey to auction off to assist in the fundraising, one which would look good in any lounge room, especially mine.

The auction will be part of a trivia night on April 21 at the GDSC.

Tables are selling fast so put a team together, get to the Club to book your table, and have a great night.

nROUND 3 of the Bangalow Hotel Far North Coast Rugby competition may be the time for things to start sorting themselves out or get a little confusing, with the three top teams threatening to split away from the field, or being dragged back if the underdogs can get up.

There seems to be a general evening out of the competition with the ability to get over the line in the tight games already being instrumental in the opening two round results.

Casino look to make it three from three at home to Wollongbar, and whilst the Pioneers are strengthened by their English imports, the ever honest Bulls are hard to beat, and on the evidence so far, should get home.

Yamba impressed everyone with their excellent showing against a strong Ballina, being within a try of a great result to near the end.

On the strength of that, and University's usual slow start, the Buccaneers are ready to spring the sea- son's first upset at Lismore.

nTHE Jacaranda Hotel Redmen travel to Ballina and would be keen to erase the memory of last week's lacklustre last 20 minutes against Casino.

At risk of raising the ire of the locals, I've given up tipping the Redmen to win, it seems to be the kiss of death. They will need to pull out all stops against a dangerous Ballina on their home turf, no excuses and play out the whole 80 minutes.