SPIRO: The Wallabies need to be smarter and fitter like the Waratahs

Good points.

1 day ago
SPIRO: The Wallabies need to be smarter and fitter like the Waratahs

Atawhai, I'm as bored by one-out running as the next man. If I wanted to watch that, I'd watch league. But... I'm not sure if it was that passage you refer to or another later on but I remember one of the commentators saying they'd gone 16 phases and it was all one-out stuff. The point was that in the passage where that happened the Wallabies WERE actually making good ground. They ground it up the field from inside their own half to the Pumas 22. I'm sure you know better than I do that when you find something that works, you stick at it until the defense adjusts. I thought the Pumas weren't committing too many to the breakdown which meant that while we didn't make line breaks, we did make a few metres in the tackle just about every time. Under the circumstances I disagreed with the learned commentators and thought we should stick at it and save the something different for when the Pumas cottoned on once we got closer to their line. Unfortunately as often happens when your plan relies on ball retention in greasy conditions, we always ended up coming unstuck through a dropped ball - either through contact or as a result of poor passing.

2 days ago
SPIRO: The Wallabies need to be smarter and fitter like the Waratahs

Yeah, I have a bit of sympathy with the goal to spread the game and not just play at the same venues all the time. I can EASILY see that if they just played the venues Spiro mentions, we'd have articles lamenting the lack of ambition to expand. But while the intention was no doubt noble, the results (15k crowd) prove that the timing isn't right. I think we will see alternative venues like this saved for one-off warm-up or exhibition type matches in the future. Argentina are definitely worthy opposition. I can't beleive they are ranked 12th - they are a better team than that. I think 8th is a better reflection of their actual form at the moment - i.e. leapfrogging Scotland, Samoa, Japan and Fiji. I'm sure if the Argies played those teams more often the rankings would sort themselves out. I'd love to watch them against the home nations too.

2 days ago
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