Are Roarers picking the Wallabies for the wrong reasons?
Reading the threads regarding the preferred make-up of the two Wallaby sides in the coming Tests, I was struck by the fact that only few of the posters seem to know or care anything about the opposition.
They’re fixated on choosing the right Aussie players in the right places.
But how do they know who should play where if they have no knowledge of who they’ll be up against? Everybody’s acting as a proxy for Robbie Deans, but what do they think Deans and his assistants are doing?
They’re doing what all good coaches do – mulling over the probably Scots and Welsh lineups and planning how best to counteract them.
Quite a few Roarers know that Jamie Roberts isn’t coming, but who do they know in the rest of the squad, the players who are coming?
They know George North and maybe the wild-haired prop Adam Jones, captain Sam Warburton, and that’s about it. Have they given a thought about who would best counteract a tall and powerful lock like Luke Charteris?
Or which back row combo would best negate Phillips and Hook not to mention Martyn Williams?
Which centres would nullify Biggar and Beck? More to the point, do they think it doesn’t matter who the Welsh pick because all that’s needed is 15 men in gold jerseys and it’s a guaranteed win for Oz?
And it’s doubtful Aussie Roarers know the Scots at all. How many could name the players who are likely to be tough
Like 6 feet 4, 110 kg. winger Tim Visser, or Sean Lamont, another handful at 6 feet 2, 103 kg.
Or hard-scrummaging prop Euan Murray? It seems that Aussies have little interest in NH rugby even though two NH nations will be here in a couple of weeks.
Maybe Ben S and a few others who live in the Northern Hemisphere could do the forum a favour and give us a rundown on the players likely to give us the most trouble in the Tests.
Then maybe we’ll know what to expect and can pick two teams based on strengths and weaknesses. That’s the way Deans will pick them.
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