Our inability to defend is quite freakish imo. Just asking for troubling backing off so much and letting Nonu et al run full tilt at 'em.
Hanging on by the skin of our teeth here.
Fmd, how can a player give an interview as he runs off at half time? Wtf is that? You aren't out of breath and too ****ed to talk, you're a disgrace.
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How is that not a yellow against Woodcock?
May sound bitter, but reckon Kaplan's been crap. So inconsistent, couple of the forward passes he called, has let go exact same pass 2 minutes later.
Better back play the difference between the teams with the ABs finishing two nice plays. The Aussies didn't seem to want to compete at the breakdown to create turnovers on AB ball. Instead they tried not to commit too many men so that they could cover the AB running game. It seemed to shut down the ABs to a certain extent. Biel's try was certainly exciting with Carter in hot pursuit.
Good game. I think the difference between this week and last week was better forward play by Australia and also luck. The ABs got the rub of the green on a couple of tries last week and I thought things would even out a bit this week. Conrad Smith admitted to playing the ball on the ground to create a try from last week's game.
For Wallabies to win they need a game breaker in their back line. I didn't really follow the new Aussie number 12 too closely so don't have any comments on him.
Oh ABs won the battle of the breakdown. Creating multiple turnovers in the 2nd half.
Biggest difference was the class/professionalism of the ABs (had very few opportunities but took most of them), their brilliant defence and the lack of creativity from the Oz backs
- throwing the ball from one side of the field to the other with minimal creativity just wont cut it
Oz desperately needs Cooper to inject some individual flair
Woodcock should've been at least a yellow - that was a Saffie cheap shot of the worst kind
Anyway, big improvement from last week and some hope for WC IMO
EDIT: with Cooper coming back It'll likely mean A. Faingaa goes back to the bench seeing as Giteau is untouchable and is going to 'play a blinder' eventually...would prefer to have Cooper-Faingaa than Cooper-Giteau tbh...no reds Bias there...
Also think Davies could be a game breaker with his raw pace, easily the quickest man in Australian Rugby when his hammy's arent buggered.
Hoping Woodcock gets a few weeks at least, that was a low low shot that doesn't belong in the game.
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My thoughts: that was an awesome game. Best test of the tri-nations thus far and a proper test match.
Outstanding defense by the AB's, no way around the rucks, or through Nonu/Smith, and outwide they get shepherded to the sideline (although Giteau's penchant for running sidewise doesn't help). Also, I thought Woodcock was damn lucky not to get a yellow, he deserved one.
Australia can take a lot out of this. Deans clearly still has the confidence of his players, although I think they will need to win at least one in South Africa to continue what they are trying to achieve - they really can't afford 3 successive losses when they resume their schedule in September. I also don't think they will beat the ABs in Sydney, and Deans continues to be out-coached by the 'three wise men'. Still, if they play like they did yesterday and adapt to the altitude then they might be able to come away with a win, but not two, I think. But they must win at least one over there.
I liked the look of Beale at FB and when Ioane returns I reckon O'Connor needs to go back on the bench. (It may even be worthwhile slotting Shepherd in at wing and moving O'Connor to the bench for the rest of the tri-nations.) That would be quite a potent back three for the Wallabies. AA Cooper needs to stay at centre, he and A Faingaa added some grunt and power in the centres that looked quite potent, at times, and were usually strong in defense. The front row definitely needs some work, Safu (?) is just **** and they need Alexander back to partner Robinson and S Faingaa (who had another awesome game and has surpassed as Moore as first choice hooker).
But Pocock was outstanding. That guy is a player and a half. They would be rooted without him, I reckon. Not all that impressed with Genia to be fair, some poor passing at crucial times, rarely chanced his arm, and takes too long at times to make decisions. Better to make a bad decision quickly in rugby, I think, and go with it, than to spend too much time over making the right decision. Also, it may be time to bench Giteau. For a player who has played so many test matches, his career is more about over-promise and under-delivery than anything else. A backs combination of Cooper-Faingaa-AAC would offer more, I think.
Last edited by JBH001; 08-08-2010 at 04:11 AM.
Hurts me to say it but I do agree about Genia, hasn't found the form he had when at the Reds, will likely return when Cooper is back in the 10 position as they know each others game back-to-front.. Agree about the Cooper-Faingaa-AAC combo as well, doesn't offer as many kicking options but definetly provides more grunt which is what we need...the days of two ball players is done IMO.
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