Wallabies must go for the 50/50 ball

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    I wonder when the Wallabies will realise that the days of simply busting through the defensive line on the 22 untouched to score under the posts are long gone.

    Watching a little more league than union recently (and why not? I see sport as entertainment, after all) I think there may be merit in the up and under into the in goal or the sneaky poke through the line for the running back. Let’s call for the 50/50 ball.

    Sadly though, the current Australia squad have neither a tall and capable high-marking backline player nor someone with the toe of Slater or Hayne. But one of Rod Davies or Lachlan Turner may just be that man. Davies is a gifted finisher and someone with speed and an ability to find the stripe. Turner has speed and is a balanced ball carrier (albeit with some defensive question marks but no worse than O’Conner).

    With both Bledisloe and Tri-Nations gone for another (wasted) year, is it time for throw one of them into the mix pre-RWC2011?

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    • August 8th 2010 @ 9:00am
      Red Rooster said | August 8th 2010 @ 9:00am | ! Report

      The brightest moment for the Wallabies in terms of creativity came from a quick lineout throw in (keeping the game pace up and taking a risk) and the Mitchell carving his way up the field for a gain of 60-70m. The game is about innovation, possession and continuity. The All Blacks continuity, while it looks risky is obviously practised. The Wallabies continuity is constantly halted by a skill error and they do not innovate greatly at set piece.

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