KPM, my contention is we haven't played to potential for a very long time... regardless of playing stock. Honestly, the players now are pretty much the players available to Deans for 7 years. Hooper, Skelton, Kuridrani, Hanson... Anyone else? Slipper maybe? Foley. Some of the second rowers... They are new. The rest? The ones selected were mostly available to Deans.
As I said, our basics let us down badly. When we drop the ball, or throw a poor pass on first phase, that is a travesty to the national jersey really. The national team should be better. Poor defensive structures? Players should know better, regardless of coaches. I am not an accredited coach, and I could have fixed their two pass problem in defence on the weekend... "Hey! How about you inside two shooters bring everyone with you? Everyone.. go with the shooters so there are no damn holes outside them that two passes from the ruck can exploit!"
Sheek, to be fair, a lot of us were commenting on numerous selection issues prior to the RC, not least of all, Beale at 10, which has been a fail in my view.
I have said for three years now, Hooper is not great over the ball. Did it worry us the other night? Maybe... Maybe not, but if we had a 7 who was a rucking nuisance, perhaps we could have slowed the ball. It is a 7s job after all... But the loss isn't Hoopers fault, don't get me wrong.
Regardless of tactics etc... until the Wallabies as a whole can perform the BASICS of rugby well, we will be terribly inconsistent. And that frustrates the hell out of me. How our players at national level can't perform basics.
Hanson then, and Faingaa to bench.