Well, I'd like to say I'm surprised that a pack of poncy GPS Silver Spooners didn't stand up when it was time to roll the sleeves up, but it's been Australian rugby culture since, well, forever really.
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Australia win the toss & elected to bat on a damp pitch ...hang on
My new Aussie backline after watching Barnes' kicking
Edit Barnes must play and should either be 10 or 15 - they are the only spots where you can have a kick first mentality that he has. He was a terrible 12.
Only issue I have with my backline is whether cooper can handle the defence - at 13.
Last edited by Hurricane; 24-09-2011 at 12:03 AM.
I'm honestly not sure whether Barnes fits in the team. I don't think Cooper is best served being played in the Centres. I'm also not really sure what the Aussies' game plan is in terms of territorial kicking against better teams. I thought they looked a bit undercooked against the Yanks last night; maybe trying to get rid of the cobwebs that formed against the Irish. Too many utility backs, and not enough specialists, maybe?
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Yep good post heef,
Return of Barnes relieves Australia's Rugby World Cup pain - Rugby World Cup - NZ Herald News
This article seems to suggest the backline worked better with Barnes in command. I think he is a better 1st 5 than a centre. So if he is to play then I think Cooper should move elsewhere.
All this said you have valid points and I think that Aussie should be shooting for stability at this stage of things rather than making major reshuffles such as cooper playing out of position. So I side with your view after consideration rather than mine.
I do think Aussie is going to struggle without a genuine goal kicker though. And this is what caused my post.
I think if they do play Barnes at 2nd 5 like the article suggests then they won't beat anyone.
None of these place kicking options last night are good enough on the evidence they put up, but I think Barnes, Beale and Cooper are all better at place kicking then they showed last night. Barnes hit a couple of nice ones shortly after he came on, but went off the boil shortly after.
Odd to see Samo on the wing for the last 10 minutes.
Barnes needs to play with, ideally, AAC outside him. He should slot in at 12 and inter-change, IMO, with Cooper at 1st 5. The real issue though is the Australian forwards, Pocock has to return and enough has to be done for parity with the South African forwards. Frankly, I am doubtful that I will see this happening.
Australia had best pray that Italy pulls off an upset against Ireland.
Russia vs Namibia would be a good game - but this isn't.
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