Waratahs coach blasts rugby stoppages

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    NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika lashed out at meaningless stoppages in play after his side was forced to take a drinks break during their 30-27 Super Rugby win over the Blues on Sunday.

    With the temperature hitting the 30 degree mark at Allianz Stadium, the match-day doctor used his discretion to order a 30-second timeout immediately after a Waratahs penalty goal had levelled the game up at 10-all in the 22nd-minute.

    Waratahs captain Dave Dennis was heard telling Argentine referee Francesco Pastrana his team wanted to play on, but the skipper was told it was mandatory.

    The Blues scored two soft tries immediately upon the resumption, much to the chagrin of Cheika.

    “We didn’t want the game to stop. We’ve trained hard and we want to test ourselves,” Cheika said.

    “I wasn’t real happy about it. They asked us before the game and we said we’re not into it. Like, it’s not that hot really.

    “Then next thing I get a buzz saying we’re having a break. We’re having a rest. It’s not a big deal at the end of the day but for me the game is 40 minutes (each half) – go hard and see what happens.

    “Sometimes that benefits you and sometimes it’s against you. If it was 40 degrees and piping it, I’d understand.”

    Cheika said excess time wasting in rugby was ripping off paying fans.

    “The game is stopping far too much as it is,” he said.

    “The time spent at scrums – last week and this week – is ridiculous. Let’s just get set and go in.

    “I feel for the crowd a little bit on those things. Last week there was 22 minutes lost on scrum introductions.

    “That’s time when we could be playing. Especially when you’re behind, you want to catch up.”

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    • March 25th 2013 @ 8:50am
      Sailosi said | March 25th 2013 @ 8:50am | ! Report

      It happens in every sport, coaches call timeouts in basketball, managers walk to the mound for a chat in baseball, Tony Blain would walk to square leg between every ball and waste a heap of time. Until officials stop it from happening it will continue.

    • March 25th 2013 @ 8:58am
      Brendon said | March 25th 2013 @ 8:58am | ! Report

      It was bloody hot at the ground… But not unbearable for playing seeing that half of the ground was in shade. We play trials at this time of year in the hunter valley and such and it’s 35 degrees sometimes.. Still play 40 min a half without a break

      • March 25th 2013 @ 9:01am
        mania said | March 25th 2013 @ 9:01am | ! Report

        temp was 27 degrees wasnt it? thats still pretty hot for a winter sport

        • March 25th 2013 @ 10:38am
          jameswm said | March 25th 2013 @ 10:38am | ! Report

          Hot to a Kiwi maybe!

          Certainly not hot enough to warrant a drinks break at 1/4 and 3/4 time.

          Over 30 degrees maybe, but not at 27. That’s just soft.

          • March 25th 2013 @ 12:59pm
            dr evil said | March 25th 2013 @ 12:59pm | ! Report

            I thought the same thing. Besides, I’d thought they be used to heat given the north east island of oz has been in drought pretty well all summer.

            • March 25th 2013 @ 6:34pm
              atlas said | March 25th 2013 @ 6:34pm | ! Report

              drought – no rain; not necessarily hot
              21C in Auckland today.
              Wellington, also in severe drought, a high of 19C.

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          March 25th 2013 @ 6:49pm
          Jiggles said | March 25th 2013 @ 6:49pm | ! Report

          27 hot!?!? Mate that’s still jumper and tracky dacks weather! Soft kiwis 😉

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          March 25th 2013 @ 8:13pm
          Mark Richmond said | March 25th 2013 @ 8:13pm | ! Report

          If the official temp was 27 in Sydney, that is measured at Observatory Hill, out of the wind and in the shade. Ground temp in the sun would be 10-20 degrees warmer……We employ the Doctors for a reason, their call on medical matters, coaches stick to picking your team and getting them to play to the best of their ability. Next we’ll be letting coaches tell players when they are allowed to play after a head knock and concussion.
          A better idea would be to only play night games at this time of year….oh who’s choice was it to apply to play an arvo game…the NSWRU.

      • March 25th 2013 @ 2:50pm
        Funk said | March 25th 2013 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

        So should the teams from warmer climates (Reds, Sharks) get extra breaks when they go down to Chch, Melbourne or Invercargil (now that dunedin got a roof) maybe a quick hot cocoa to warm up?

        • March 25th 2013 @ 6:37pm
          atlas said | March 25th 2013 @ 6:37pm | ! Report

          Hot cocoa, marshmallows only for sid ein front at halftime
          I’ve always thought it particularly cruel when eg Fiji had to play the All Blacks in Dunedin – before the new roofed stadium.
          But then Canberra gets bloody cold too
          Dehydration’s risky if you’re not acclimatised. Drinks breaks rare, less time than collapsed scrum or two?

    • March 25th 2013 @ 9:06am
      TembaVJ said | March 25th 2013 @ 9:06am | ! Report

      Loved seeing him peeved off barking orders from the side line. Its what the Tahs need.

      • March 25th 2013 @ 9:15am
        eagleJack said | March 25th 2013 @ 9:15am | ! Report

        Yeah he certainly has some mongrel in him. No wonder they tend to come out firing after half-time – maybe breaking up the game into quarters would be good for the Tahs. So Cheika could given them 2 additional blasts.

        I enjoyed his post match comment that he thought the Tahs players had been given Rohypnol during the first half. Refreshing.

    • March 25th 2013 @ 9:50am
      Johnno said | March 25th 2013 @ 9:50am | ! Report

      Cheik fires up, he still thinks he’s a player lol, good to see.

      I have never seen any coach, and i mean any coach other than Alan Jones, go in the team huddle pre-game, arms around the boys, firing up as if he is one of the player.

      Coaches i’ve seen give the AL Pacino any given sunday rant, but not in the huddle..

      Never seen Ted or Dingo Deans lol, fire up like that or huddle in.

      Alan Jone get close to the men pre-game in the huddle, but other than good old Alan , only Chiek. Cheik actually played the game at a high level Alan didn’t, but Alan liked to fire up the boys with a good huddle lol . Love ya Alan Jones, listen to you every morning .

      • March 25th 2013 @ 10:38am
        Skills & Techniques said | March 25th 2013 @ 10:38am | ! Report

        You listen to Alan Jones for a joke right?

      • March 25th 2013 @ 10:39am
        jameswm said | March 25th 2013 @ 10:39am | ! Report

        Alan Jones might have had other reasons for wanting to put his arms round the players and join the huddle…

        • March 25th 2013 @ 10:48am
          Johnno said | March 25th 2013 @ 10:48am | ! Report

          lol he just might, your guess is as good as mine lol. Skils and technique yes .

          Uncle Alan lol, as I like to call him give me a laugh in the morning, good old Alan he does have some jokes.

          The funniest thing I find is how boy bands seem to go on the Alan Jones show, It always gives me a laugh, how excited Alan Joens is when the boy bands come on his show, too funny. Human Nature, have gone on there a few times, so has Boyzone, some other bands too. Always a good laugh, is the Alan Jones show. he loves ripping into Aussy rugby too, always a good laugh,.

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        March 25th 2013 @ 1:28pm
        Brett McKay said | March 25th 2013 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

        And another piece of the Johnno puzzle falls into place…

        • March 26th 2013 @ 4:41am
          Billy Bob said | March 26th 2013 @ 4:41am | ! Report

          But surely not the last, Brett

    • March 25th 2013 @ 12:26pm
      Frustrated said | March 25th 2013 @ 12:26pm | ! Report

      The scrums are the frustrating part. Having been at the game yesterday the time it took to set scrums was ridiculous. You could argue heat, but it is happenng more and more across every game – how often do you also see some big foward drop to ground when a set piece is called yet 5 seconds ago was ok to run around the paddock?

      I even got to the point of timing yesterday how long it took for the whistle to be blown and for the subsequent scrum to be packed (and that is without an injury stoppage). Two scrums in the second half nearly reached 2 minutes- these long stoppages do not help the game appeal to a wider audience I am afraid.

      • March 25th 2013 @ 1:33pm
        ScrumJunkie said | March 25th 2013 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

        I’m afraid they’ll become like league scrums, and the game will lose half it’s old audience.

    • March 25th 2013 @ 2:18pm
      formerflanker said | March 25th 2013 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

      The current scrum setting rules are designed to eradicate neck injuries that occurred in the days before refs took over the engagement process. I too would like to see quicker scrum engagements but would need to see medical records that prove the merits of the current system before I joined the chorus of calls for quicker engagements. Perhaps a compromise between the old and new methods is needed? For example, all middle row players should be bound and set within 15 seconds of the ref calling for a scrum. At the moment, an inordinate amount of time is spent setting the feet of the front row, then getting their binds on, then waiting for the middle row to bind and only then do they drop and set. Surely they can do the same things at a faster pace – let the assistant referees do something for their money and time it from the sideline. 15 seconds to get to the spot, bind and set – too difficult for today’s professional athletes?

      • March 25th 2013 @ 4:19pm
        Chivas said | March 25th 2013 @ 4:19pm | ! Report

        Agree. Neck and spinal injuries are nasty and none of us like to see the ambulance drive onto the field or a player stretchered off in a brace. We all know people who have broken their necks. Some are lucky and some end up parapalegics. The law changes have done a pretty good job of reducing those.

        So in all changes can be made as suggested but not at risk to players as pointed out.

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