One Percenters: Bellamy and Robertson trade secrets, Twiggy gets jiggy

by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

It's been a big week in rugby.

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Storm and Crusaders share success secrets


It was an NRL-themed week for the Crusades, who had Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy in on match day.

Bellamy presented the team's jerseys for the match and the sides also trained together during the week.

The Crusaders also crossed paths with the Roosters earlier in the week, while they were in Sydney, with Scott Robertson and Trent Robinson having a shared history.

"Craig just talked about what he'd say to his Storm players and how he appreciated what we'd done as a Crusaders team," Robertson said.

"He's been hugely successful and the big thing about being a coach is consistency.

"He's won a lot of championships but his team has consistently performed for him.

"He's a pretty endearing bloke and he really cares about his players and that's what I like about him.

"He has some clear philosophies and principles he lives by and it's great to connect with someone and get ideas and it's been a great couple of days with the Storm crew."

Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock said there was plenty to learn from successful teams, no matter what code they were in.

"No matter who you're talking to, whether it's a union player, league player, football or business as well, there's always going to be something to take," he said.

"There are things that reconfirm what you're doing it right.

"We are always trying to learn and get better no matter who it is off - I have a quick yarn with the ref after the the game to ask if there's anything that he saw because he gets the best view out there."

Hooper backs suburban grounds

Michael Hooper leads out the Waratahs at Brookvale Oval. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Waratahs played at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night, for the first time in the Super Rugby season, and skipper Michael Hooper gave it a big tick.

Drawing a bigger crowd than they've had at Allianz this season, a 'New South Wales' chant rang out in the dying minutes of the nail biting matchup, 

"For us out on the field, it was fantastic," he said.

"You'd have to go back a couple of years to hear that New South Wales chant right on the end," he said.

"For me being a Manly boy, it was awesome, it really brought a smile to my face and that's why it hurts a little bit more and it is disappointing that we couldn't do that.

"If that's a test for potentially years going forward, I think it probably ticked the boxes."

With Allianz Stadium set to be torn down, the Waratahs will be looking to take more games to suburban grounds and this was a good start.

Fiji Warriors enjoy cross-code hospitality

The Fiji Warriors were embraced in Perth ahead of their World Series clash with the Force, and it wasn't just rugby that took them in.

West Coast Eagles star Nic Naitanui had the squad over on the eve of the game, and the ruckman was also in the rooms post-match, capturing a video of billionaire Andrew Forrest in the thick of their celebrations.

Tongan Thor joins U20s

He might be a Wallaby but Taniela Tupou hasn't turned away from the land of his birth, turning up in camp with the Tonga U20s this week.

Tupou spent most of the day on Thursday with the side, helping them ahead of their final Oceania U20s clash.

Shute Shield carousel

Penrith's players are starting to disperse around the Shute Shield after they were axed from the competition this week, but they're not the only club going through tough times.

Gordon has had a terrible start to the year and an 87-10 loss to Sydney Uni have seemingly been the straw on the proverbial camel's back.

It is believed coach Mark Philp is on the outer at the club, amid a player-led revolt over the disappointing results.

NSW Rugby CEO Andrew Hore won some brownie points in the west on Saturday too, running water for the new Western Sydney Barbarians colts team.