SPIRO: Ireland defeat Cheika’s Wallabies with Jakeball

I actually thought Beale made more sense than Horne to cover the wide positions, but they why they played him at 13 is beyond me... It seemed so obvious to shift AAC to 13, Beale to wing... Beale to FB, Folau to wing... Makes more sense...

2 days ago
SPIRO: Ireland defeat Cheika’s Wallabies with Jakeball

I think Nucifora was pushed during Deans. I am also not sure we want him back... remember he was responsible for the worst showing ever in under 20s wasn't he? Well played Ireland, they beat us... They probably shouldn't have really, looking at it... I think we should/could have won... but they beat us... All they have to do at the end is come out in front... I do agree there appear to be no deep thinkers involved with Aus rugby right now... How could Jones be held up twice in the tackle going in so high, against a team that so publicly used that tactic against us in the World Cup? Aside from not being aware of that obvious tactic, why don't our forwards fight for the ball aggresivly in contact? Our planks just lumber into contact... Our reserves came, looking to make an impact, and Ireland slowed the game up completely... It didn't help that once again, our players dropped our ball or gave away penalties at inopptune times... There is a lot of here and there about Phipps and Foley.... Phipps might have scored one of the great individual half back tries ever Spiro, but jeez, his passing was absolutely terrible. I haven't seen a grade halfback throw passes that bad... There were times when he not only missed his target, but missed it by many metres... I have no trouble with his pass to Foley for the try. I think it looks bad because he was shoved backwards after the pass. Looking at where he passed from to where Foley got it, it look OK... The Ref was right there, and happy with Foley's ball placement for his try, so that will do me... I guess, Alun Wynn Jones try looked short, and was given... not much outrage there... I notice everyone was a lot quiter about the three metre forward pass Sexton through in general play after receiving a kick in his half... AAC had a game to forget, which makes two games to forget in a row... I thought Speight did well... I thought Schatz would be a likely option for 6, but I think at some time, we have to stop switching players.... It is a balance to find a good player, and creating a settled team. Foley... I think we need to have a creative 10, and I am a fan of Cooper I will say right now, but in the time he came on, he just looked like he created more options, had more time with the ball... Foley at the moment just cant create anything in play, except broken play... with a great interplay for the second Phipps try. But his set play, and his set phase play were easily picked off again... It is too predictable at the moment. Cooper came on, and created half chances instantly... Beale looked like he had been out for a long time... odd that... But I was surprised that he went to 13, and not AAC... Or even 15, and Folau to wing... One thing I will say is I have noticed Refs being rather relaxed about the tackler releasing the tackled player these days. Ireland were getting the benefit of not releasing quite often, and they even got two penalties out of it, including the last one of the game I think. The idea of the tackller releasing the tackled player was so the tackled player had a chance to play the ball... At times, we were not afforded that right...

2 days ago
Toomua learnt the importance of the team by not being in it

I think he and foley are like for like, that is why it hasn't worked as well as we all hoped.

4 days ago
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