The Wallabies are a disgrace

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    The Wallabies are a disgrace to their country and the coveted gold jersey that those before them have worn with pride.

    Skipper Michael Hooper should be asked to explain how his side missed a staggering 48 tackles. For he, too, slipped off crucial tackles.

    The inability of any Australian Super Rugby teams to topple New Zealand sides in this year’s competition was a portend of things to come in the Bledisloe Cup.

    Remember 2011, when the then-brilliant Will Genia and Quade Cooper orchestrated the Reds’ triumph in the Super Rugby final against the Crusaders, the Wallabies clinched the then Tri-Nations series.

    These days, you’d have more luck discovering a cure for cancer than turning the Wallabies’ fortunes around.

    While the All Blacks’ off-field dramas in the lead up to Saturday’s Test steeled their resolve, the opposite was true for Australia –even with the noise following the Western Force’s axing.

    This was a game between a freakishly good and a relentlessly bad side.

    If the Wallabies were talking about adopting the British and Irish Lions’ style heading into Saturday’s match, none of it was remotely visible.

    In fact, it was the complete opposite.

    The Lions drew the series on the back of excellent line speed and brilliant counter attacks. They had one hell of a halfback in Connor Murray, and world-class No 10s Owen Farrell, Dan Biggar and Jonathan Sexton.

    The Wallabies need to develop a world-class 9-10 axis. Genia has become too predictable, while Bernard Foley is a one-trick pony.

    It’s also time to let go the likes of Stephen Moore and Tatafa Polota-Nau. The former has signalled his retirement from international rugby, but they can’t carry him on the basis of having been a wonderful servant of Australian rugby.

    Across the Tasman, the likes of Julian Savea, Malakai Fekitoa, and Patrick Tuipulotu are playing in the domestic competition. Such is the gulf between the two countries’ talents.

    Wallaby legends John Eales, Michael Lynagh and George Gregan must be crying blood watching how far the Wallabies have regressed since the last World Cup final.

    More preparation time, a tough training regime, and acquiring the services of ex-All Blacks skills coach Mick Byrne counts for nought when the players are devoid of ideas and unable to execute the basics.

    Last weekend it was poor tackling, this weekend they will leave something else on the training pitch on the way to Dunedin.

    The All Blacks won on the back of their ambition, relentless desire to keep the ball moving, and hunting for space. And they found plenty, not least because of the worse-than-schoolboy defence from a side that less than two years ago nearly knocked the All Blacks off their perch in London.

    The more confidence the visitors gained in the first half, the more the Aussies drifted out of the game, and their accuracy and cohesion slipped.

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    • August 21st 2017 @ 3:06am
      Angus said | August 21st 2017 @ 3:06am | ! Report

      Imran – I understand your sentiments but that is really harsh – our boys didn’t go out there intending to fail.

      The rubbish starts at the top – the ARU BOARD.

      They are the disgrace.

      A CEO whose next big idea will be to sell ice to eskimos,

      A big banker who chairs a sport’s union that is virtually bankrupt but refuses to talk to one of the richest men in country who could be a huge benefactor of the game across the whole country.

      Worst of all the ENTIRE BOARD OF DIRECTORS* who played like a cat with a mouse with the lives of ALL the players for an entire super rugby season. [*save for one steadfast and honest now ex- member]

      How can the players be expected to achieve anything on the field when every other aspect of the game is in a total shambles.

      The biggest statistic for the ARU BOARD to ponder: ONLY 54,000 at ANZ Stadium last night and that was before the 54:34 outcome.

      Wake up Australia – the ARU BOARD MUST GO if our game is to survive!!!!!

      • August 21st 2017 @ 3:24am
        OZ Mike said | August 21st 2017 @ 3:24am | ! Report

        Hear, hear Angus. Absolute jokers.

      • August 21st 2017 @ 4:59am
        P2R2 said | August 21st 2017 @ 4:59am | ! Report

        Ummm – you may wish to add the COACH….

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        August 21st 2017 @ 7:50am
        DrGeorge said | August 21st 2017 @ 7:50am | ! Report

        If the goal of the ARU Board is to plunge this game beyond disrepair, then I cannot wait until next weekend!!

    • August 21st 2017 @ 4:06am
      sittingbison said | August 21st 2017 @ 4:06am | ! Report

      Yup, it’s the ARU….sorry ESRU…that is the disgrace. Wallaby performance is symptomatic of that.

      Completely dysfunctional, morally and actually bankrupt, deceiptful, lacking any idea of how to grow or manage the game, and pandering to a small and declining privelidged few rather than the broader community.

      They have broken the game, alienated public support, disheartened the players…they have lost the changeroom and in disarray. They need to go in a boardroom sweepout and change of executive (already well underway with CEO, CFO and COO already resigning)

      • August 21st 2017 @ 6:54pm
        Angus said | August 21st 2017 @ 6:54pm | ! Report

        There are systemic problems that arise by virtue of years of mismanagement of the game by the ARU BOARD: ergo, the ARU BOARD must go and fresh blood must replace it.

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      August 21st 2017 @ 7:49am
      DrGeorge said | August 21st 2017 @ 7:49am | ! Report

      To all those who were savaging Deans, well look where we are now!!

      Cheika the Saviour and the ARU Board have plunged this sport to the very bottom of the barrel… Where do you start?? The administration, culture, players – it’s all so woeful…

      No doubt the ARU sill spin the BS about the second half fightback and how the Wallys were so great to win that half…

      LOL you know something is very very wrong when the Wallys are getting pats on the back for that effort!

      • August 21st 2017 @ 7:55am
        Fionn said | August 21st 2017 @ 7:55am | ! Report

        Poor effort, Dr.

        Cheika’s failings have no bearing on the fact that Deans made mistakes also. They are completely different mistakes, and Deans had much better players to work with than either Link or Cheika. Deans’ time was up after the 2011 RWC, he held on too long.

        What we should feel really bad for is what happened with Link.

        • August 21st 2017 @ 10:18pm
          PiratesRugby said | August 21st 2017 @ 10:18pm | ! Report

          Yep, Link got shafted. Meanwhile Beale is starting at 12 and Hooper is captain. And their old coach has Link’s job. I wonder how that makes other players feel?

      • August 21st 2017 @ 6:56pm
        Angus said | August 21st 2017 @ 6:56pm | ! Report

        Clyne must go back to banking and Pulver to marketing – let those who love rugby get on with the game.
        The ARU BOARD en mass must go!!!!!!!

    • August 21st 2017 @ 8:51am
      The Fatman said | August 21st 2017 @ 8:51am | ! Report

      The Wallabies’ biggest problem is this ridiculous fixation that we have on players defending out of position. Of course Kerevi is going to get stranded in defence when he cannot slide out because the has to keep an eye on who is actually defending at 12, and if they are in their position yet.

      The players who we ‘hide’ on the wing; Beale, Foley and Cooper are better defenders than they are given credit for. Considering Hooper doesn’t play on the ball, we can cover for the occasional one on one missed tackles. It has to be better than conceding 4-5 simple tries through the backline.

      Pity those All Blacks took the pressure off I wanted to see a point a minute – at 54 points there were there after 54 minutes then STOPPED. Hopefully next week they will play the same way for 80 minutes in front of a home crowd.

      I had read in the past few days the Wallabies were in with a show, they are, were and continue to be pathetic. The ARU need to clean the swamp.

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        August 21st 2017 @ 4:56pm
        Kashmir Pete said | August 21st 2017 @ 4:56pm | ! Report

        Fatman

        Concur with this:

        The players who we ‘hide’ on the wing; Beale, Foley and Cooper are better defenders than they are given credit for.

        Coaching misjudgment in my book. Not to mention, how much do you improve, when coach says you are not up to it.

        Cheers
        KP

        • August 21st 2017 @ 6:38pm
          Sheriff said | August 21st 2017 @ 6:38pm | ! Report

          Why do we need to ‘hide’ anyone in defence? Are they not professional rugby players? Haven’t they ever learnt to tackle? If that is the case, why are we paying them?

    • August 21st 2017 @ 10:43am
      Ex force fan said | August 21st 2017 @ 10:43am | ! Report

      The Wallabies are a disgrace because the ARU is a disgrace. You need to fix the ARU and address the stranglehold that NSW has on Australian rugby at all levels before the team will impact. With the coach, assistant coach, captain, co-captain and the majority of the player group coming from the NSW it is no surprise that the performance of the Wallabies are in line with the performance of the Tahs. The same issues are experiences including a lack of leadership, players been selected with poor form, and “star” players not producing performances that is in line with their pay.

      The current Wallaby team is an re-enforced (pun intended) Tahs side. Until it becomes an Australian side, it will be trashing after trashing…

    • August 21st 2017 @ 11:01am
      Stu B said | August 21st 2017 @ 11:01am | ! Report

      Imram to understand where the Wallabies are at somebody said recently just have a look at the front office,enough said!

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