Does this suggest that the brave experiment of playing Wallabies rugby, the ball-in-hand game, will be thrown out and the Brumbies
field-position game, with the halfback and fly half kicking for territory, will be the order of play?
And if this is the case, why not have Jake White who understands the tricks of the Brumbies game coach the Wallabies?
McKenzie was brought in to make the Wallabies smarter, not dumber.
Scott, as an historical note, the referee feed the scrum in the first Test between Australia and New Zealand at the SCG in 1903. The referee was a NZer I believe. There were no complaints from the Australians about scrum feeds favoring the NZers, either.
But I think the referee telling the halfback to put the ball into the scrum is a good idea, especially if the halfback is penalised if he doesn't do this when requested.
The problem with the halfback feeding in, as some Roarers have suggested, is that they will do a Gregan and wait and wait until there scrum finally gets a shove on before putting it in.
I am enjoying immensely the master class on tactics and structures that is being offered with your videos and commentary.
I wonder if the Wallaby coaching staff are reading it, and if not, why not?
It beats Rod Kafer's analyses and that is saying something.
Geoff, thanks for a brilliant series of articles on the Ashes series and truly memorable videos with your script and presentation and Cam the Man doing the editing in creating a video as good as the text.
The last piece captures the joy and poignancy of real sport. It means everything when it is happening and when it ends, it's over, with only the record, the memory and words, particularly, remaining. But what memories, especially for England players and supporters! And what words for us Roarers to enjoy!
I'm not biased when I say that you have captured the vitality and the pathos of the Test series in a way that few others have matched.
There is a great saying in cricket when someone plays a great hand: 'Well played, Geoff, well played!'
Hopefully there is more to come in the second Ashes installment later coming up later on in Australia.