I had the painful experience of watching the ‘talent’ wasted by the Waratahs against the Stormers. You could almost read the pain on Berrick Barnes face as he kicked and kicked and kicked.
It then dawned on me that he must have felt that by following this brain dead strategy he was kicking his Wallaby chance away.
Then there is Rob Horne, one of the really talented Waratahs. He did nothing but tackle all day as the Stormers ran the ball back at him from our aimless stupid kicks. His chances of a Wallaby jersey are non existent.
Rocky Elsom tried hard and by pushing things, to try to overcome the lack of ball in hand, gave away a pile of penalties. It’s questionable whether Robbie Deans will take him at his current showing.
Adam Ashley-Cooper was another who put in but found it impossible to shine and had to go looking for the ball, which he did well. He could get a spot in the Wallabies. Bernard Foley like Ashley-Cooper was trying but is unlikely to make the squad.
Both wings will not see a Wallaby jersey as they rarely got any ball. Who knows if they have real talent against serious opposition if the Waratahs do not give them any ball?
Of those that tried within the confines of this madhouse of 1990’s rugby, Dave Dennis stood out and may have earned himself a spot in the squad. Ben Robinson, Kane Douglas and apart from the dropped balls and penalties given Sekope Kepu tried.
Several of the old hands here at The Roar have been on about getting a top quality coach for a few years and I have often added my name to those posts.
Foley is not up to the level needed for the talent he has at his disposal. Chris Hickey was the same. EWen McKenzie didn’t do well, but is now heading a successful Reds team. You cannot win a war with part of your army missing in action and this has been the Waratahs ongoing, deep seated problem.
The basic rule of coaching is the same as corporate management – good managers make things happen!
All Foley is doing is killing Wallabies.