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    Michael Cheika has named an unchanged side for the Wallabies’ second Test versus Ireland on Saturday night.

    The news comes as no real surprise after the side named for the first Test exceeded expectations with an 18-9 victory last week.

    There were no major injury concerns to come out of the game, and therefore no particular reason to find replacements.

    The news means that debutants Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Caleb Timu and Pete Samu have all held their spots.

    Ned Hanigan and Rory Arnold were potentially available for selection after recovering from injury, but Cheika has opted against including either.

    Wallabies team to play Ireland, second Test
    1. Scott Sio (44 Tests)
    2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa (1 Test)
    3. Sekope Kepu (92 Tests)
    4. Izack Rodda (5 Tests)
    5. Adam Coleman (21 Tests)
    6. David Pocock (67 Tests)
    7. Michael Hooper (c) (80 Tests)
    8. Caleb Timu (1 Test)
    9. Will Genia (89 Tests)
    10. Bernard Foley (56 Tests)
    11. Marika Koroibete (9 Tests)
    12. Kurtley Beale (72 Tests)
    13. Samu Kerevi (19 Tests)
    14. Dane Haylett-Petty (19 Tests)
    15. Israel Folau (63 Tests)

    16. Tolu Latu (5 Tests)
    17. Tom Robertson (19 Tests)
    18. Taniela Tupou (2 Tests)
    19. Rob Simmons (83 Tests)
    20. Lukhan Tui (5 Tests)
    21. Pete Samu (1 Test)
    22. Nick Phipps (62 Tests)
    23. Reece Hodge (25 Tests)

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    • Roar Guru

      June 14th 2018 @ 1:58pm
      pformagg said | June 14th 2018 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

      Good. Building combinations.

      • June 14th 2018 @ 2:02pm
        Hello said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:02pm | ! Report


        • June 14th 2018 @ 3:16pm
          Noodles said | June 14th 2018 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

          This is terrific, as it allows the squad to show what they can do with a little prep and one game under the belt. Ireland will surely go up a notch, so I’m counting on a really big improvement in accuracy at kicking and breakdown and a more settled game around the lineout.

      • Roar Guru

        June 14th 2018 @ 2:03pm
        jeznez said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

        Yep – happy with that. They had a short prep last week. Keen to see them try to step up their performance.

        • June 14th 2018 @ 2:35pm
          Fionn said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:35pm | ! Report

          Yep, every player earned another chance. Not convinced by the 6-2 split, but it worked very well last week so hopefully the Wallabies can come out and do it again.

          • Roar Guru

            June 14th 2018 @ 5:31pm
            ThugbyFan said | June 14th 2018 @ 5:31pm | ! Report

            A week prior to the first test I suggested the 6:2 formation be used for the whole series. My reasoning is the Irish play a game similar to the Crusaders, brutal forwards holding the ball for the whole game and smashing the opposition pack into the ground, building up pressure and exhaustion on their hapless opponents.

            Look how the Tahs crumpled before the ‘Saders once they stopped the toss it wide/kicking game and reverted to their A game, the score went from 0-29 to a win. The Tah forwards had one gear, backwards! I note that Ronan O’Gara has re-signed as Crusader assistant coach, to be sure them Irish are smart cookies indeed, learning from the masters. I suspect it’s all part of a succession plan for Joe Schmidt.

    • June 14th 2018 @ 2:10pm
      AC said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

      How refreshing. I expect much work has gone into the lineout this week, set piece will be crucial. Rodda and Paenga-Amosa will be feeling the heat and hopefully that translates to big performances.
      Interested to see what an extra week of training in combination reveals, especially in the backs.
      Wallabies cant afford a slip up this weekend and regress, like we’ve seen in the last few seasons.
      Ireland will lift immensely, the Wallabies have to not only match it, but out smart it as well.
      Licking my chops over this one, should be a cracker.

    • June 14th 2018 @ 2:15pm
      RJ said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

      Good to see from Cheika. Heard heavy rain was forecast, guess that favours the Irish, hopefully the extra week together means they can go up a gear again in the wet.

    • June 14th 2018 @ 2:20pm
      Cathal said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

      In total 8 changes expected for Ireland and 1 positional

      15. Rob Kearney
      14. Andrew Conway
      13. Garry Ringrose
      12. Robbie Henshaw
      11. Keith Earls
      10. Johnny Sexton
      9. Conor Murray

      1. Cian Healy
      2. Niall Scannell
      3. Tadhg Furlong
      4. Devin Toner
      5. James Ryan
      6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)
      7. Dan Leavy
      8. CJ Stander


      16. Rob Herring
      17. Jack McGrath
      18. Andrew Porter
      19. Tadhg Beirne
      20. Jordi Murphy
      21. John Cooney
      22. Joey Carbery
      23. Jordan Larmour

      • Roar Guru

        June 14th 2018 @ 5:02pm
        Timbo (L) said | June 14th 2018 @ 5:02pm | ! Report

        So Ireland are playing with their “A” squad now.

        • Roar Guru

          June 14th 2018 @ 6:37pm
          Derm McCrum said | June 14th 2018 @ 6:37pm | ! Report

          He’s dropped out Stockdale, Henderson, Cronin, Marmion.

          Interesting start with the two Munster wingers. Scannell, Beirne and Cooney on the bench should get some time.

        • June 15th 2018 @ 1:45pm
          Drongo said | June 15th 2018 @ 1:45pm | ! Report

          Unlike France with a third string team.

      • June 14th 2018 @ 8:47pm
        Worlds Biggest said | June 14th 2018 @ 8:47pm | ! Report

        Cathal I’m surprised Stockdale has been dropped, thought he was very good last week.

    • Roar Rookie

      June 14th 2018 @ 2:28pm
      piru said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

      I’m astonished he didn’t try to stick Hanigan in somewhere.

      I suspect polyjuice potion, this can’t be Cheika

      • June 14th 2018 @ 3:38pm
        cuw said | June 14th 2018 @ 3:38pm | ! Report


        in the past he liked to tinker with the team – even a winning team.

        and also seems to have stopped naming 24 and chopping someone late.

        polyjuice wears off – who can it be???

      • Roar Guru

        June 14th 2018 @ 5:04pm
        Timbo (L) said | June 14th 2018 @ 5:04pm | ! Report

        I am not sure what is worse, your use of a Harry Potter reference or the fact that I recognized it as one.

        • Roar Rookie

          June 14th 2018 @ 5:11pm
          piru said | June 14th 2018 @ 5:11pm | ! Report

          Better Timbo!

          What could be wrong with a HP reference?!

          Hell of a seeker that kid, could have been a good 9 if he’d made the switch

    • June 14th 2018 @ 2:30pm
      Connor33 said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:30pm | ! Report

      On Saturday’s performance, let alone his previous 18, I cannot see what Cheika sees in Kerevi—ever more so in the most important defensive position in the baclkine.

      I said last week: if we lose the game, it’ll be because of Kerevi. The prediction nearly came true. Thankfully we won.

      But the prediction stands, Mr. Cheika: if we lose this week, it’ll be because of Kerevi. At minimum, he’ll be the most significant factor in the loss, as he nearly was on the weekend.

      I have nothing against the guy personally. He seem top notch. But he is not a test footballer. He need 2-3 years in England, the can set up in the squad after that. Not now—and not with the WC less than 18 months away.

      • June 14th 2018 @ 2:37pm
        numpty said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:37pm | ! Report

        please explain. Neither of the 2 clean breaks Ireland made were in his channel. He also made a number of big physical hits, not to mention having to adjust his defence when beale and co were actively shooting out of the line. He was quiet in attack but thats only because he got no ball.

      • June 14th 2018 @ 2:38pm
        Fionn said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

        Kerevi was dominant in defence shutting down lots of attacking plays, his run set up Foley’s try with a great run and presented the ball super fast, another good run in the second half where he placed the ball perfectly again set up Genia for his chip kick that forced the penalty against Stockdale.

        How did your prediction nearly come true last week whatsoever?

        He’s also statistically one of the best attacking players in Australia.

        • Roar Guru

          June 14th 2018 @ 2:44pm
          Train Without A Station said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

          Yeah outside the back 3 he is one of the most potent attacking threats in World Rugby in the midfield.

          He’s ran for 100m+ in the midfield on multiple occasions in tests vs Tier 1 nations which is quite impressive. Certainly has his elements he needs to improve on but he has elite attacking ability.

        • June 14th 2018 @ 4:36pm
          Jacko said | June 14th 2018 @ 4:36pm | ! Report

          kerevi has been the form centre of the Aus SR sides and had a great test, so not sure what game you watched Connor33 but I suspect you didnt watch at all and are just throwing something in to stir a bit

      • Roar Guru

        June 14th 2018 @ 2:38pm
        Train Without A Station said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

        How was Kerevi nearly a factor in the loss on the weekend?

      • June 14th 2018 @ 2:42pm
        Ouch said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:42pm | ! Report

        I think you were watching a different game. Samu made some big hits, shutting down the Irish attack.

      • June 14th 2018 @ 2:53pm
        oleDonFreo said | June 14th 2018 @ 2:53pm | ! Report

        I once said “darn, if I keep eating these prunes I should just about be able to control my bowel functions” and you know, my prediction almost came true.

      • Roar Guru

        June 14th 2018 @ 5:11pm
        Timbo (L) said | June 14th 2018 @ 5:11pm | ! Report


        I suspect that you may have Reds Center Samu Kerevi confused with Wallabies Center Samu Karevi.

        From what I saw, The 2 coaches have him/them performing different roles. The attacking plays are reserved for Folau and Beale, with Kerevi performing ruck cover and a bigger defensive role.

      • June 14th 2018 @ 5:25pm
        Connor33 said | June 14th 2018 @ 5:25pm | ! Report

        1. Put up your hand if you have watched the game at least twice?

        2. Put your hand up if you actually watched Kerevi?

        Go on guys, be honest…

        Now if you have to done 1. or 2., close your eyes, don’t look below, go and watch the game again. But if you need to look at the back of the book for answers, here’s Kerevi’s efforts in a nutshell:

        24 minute – complete misread. He continually does this test after test after test, ever more so at 13. He turn and chase. Irish break out leading to 3 points.
        30 minute – lumbering after a kick by Beale. And the Wallabies had him on the wing. How is he going to move that big frame around in the Melbourne mud.
        38 minute – dropped the ball.
        40 minute – break out, then Kerevi throws a sydney harbor bridge pass. Phipps would be proud. Had the play continued as it should have, Folau’s pass was not forward, the whole movement broke down because Kerevi could not pass left to right.
        51 minute – awkward line, leading to a turn over.
        56 minute – classic hands like a fish moment. He’s in the team for his hands and his running. Yet after making no more than 8 tackles all game – and missing 2 (Kerevi can’t defend), he surely could have mustered the energy to have run over the line. He failed.

        The contrast with Pocock’s try in the 72nd minute was telling. Pocock had made 16 tackles and missed 2 yet mustered the energy, the skill (the hands despite being a forward) to score a try in more trying circumstances albeit 16 minutes after the Kerevi’s failure. Indeed, Kerevi’s failure to simply CATCH the ball and RUN 4 m nearly cost us the game, because he lost AU a certain 7 points. In these clutch moments, you compare that with TK and he nails the try to win the game when he has to. SA and Scotland games come to mind.

        Incidentally, Genia was not going to use Kerevi in the 72nd minute in that whole play. Genia did not pass the ball to him once and went back inside to Pocock. After Kerevi’s dismal failure in the 56th minute, the forwards were going to finish it—and they did.

        In short, Kerevi cost us 10 points on the weekend. That’s enough to lose most test matches. But given the team’s collective fortitude, they were able to carry the Kerevi passenger. Thank goodness we’re not carrying Hanigan this weekend as well…and is it interesting how some folks seem to go after Hanigan, but fail to show consistency in their criticism towards Kerevi…provincialism perhaps or just blinkers…such is life I suppose

        • June 14th 2018 @ 5:39pm
          Faith said | June 14th 2018 @ 5:39pm | ! Report

          Excellent analysis on Kerevi. (sound of crickets chirping)

        • June 14th 2018 @ 7:31pm
          riddler said | June 14th 2018 @ 7:31pm | ! Report

          nice work connor..

          i do a similiar thing on foley’s play.. just to make sure i am not being biased when other people say he played badly or just okish.

          i really do watch a different game to a lot of people..

          • Roar Guru

            June 15th 2018 @ 9:24am
            taylorman said | June 15th 2018 @ 9:24am | ! Report

            Ireland won the one I watched!😀

        • Roar Guru

          June 14th 2018 @ 7:34pm
          Timbo (L) said | June 14th 2018 @ 7:34pm | ! Report

          I watched:
          Minute 0-40 at home
          Minute 41-55 lost in transit to NIB
          Minute 50-79 on the big screen
          Minute 80 lost to the ages because the game had been decided and Twiggy selfishly wanted to get his game underway.

          I didn’t notice much of him ether way. More in D but cut out of the attacking plays. Looks like I missed his handywork.

          • June 15th 2018 @ 1:50pm
            Drongo said | June 15th 2018 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

            Oh yeah, the ‘World Series Rugby’. What a ‘spectacle’ that game was.

        • June 14th 2018 @ 9:56pm
          Fionn said | June 14th 2018 @ 9:56pm | ! Report

          I have watched the game twice.

          No one claimed that he didn’t make errors.


          – after Folau by far the best attacking Australian player with ball in hand at SR and Wallaby level. If we want to play an attacking game there is no one better;

          – he defended in the most difficult position in the team with both wingers, the 10 and 12 weren’t notable defenders and shut down almost every attack, and even came out of the line multiple times to do so, making great reads;

          – had a great run where he cut back in field and presented the ball perfectly, which created the quick ball for Foley’s try;

          – his good decision to hold the hall and perfectly presented ball was key to Genia’s chip that forced that penalty;

          – him attacking on the wing was clearly a coached thing – are you going to blame him for following the coach’s instructions?

          • June 14th 2018 @ 11:33pm
            Connor33 said | June 14th 2018 @ 11:33pm | ! Report

            Putting all the other badness I noted to one side, we both agree 1) his misread in the 24th, led to 3 points to the Irish, 2) his hands like a fish moment 4 m from the line in the 56th minute, cost AU 7 points and 3) he only made 8 tackles in the whole game and missed 2.

            In short, we agree that he cost us 10 points, and nearly cost us the game, right?

            • June 15th 2018 @ 4:45am
              Fionn said | June 15th 2018 @ 4:45am | ! Report

              No, I absolutely do not think he almost cost us the game. I think he was a crucial cog in us winning it. If he had played like his opposite number, Henshaw, then we may easily have lost it.

              • Roar Guru

                June 15th 2018 @ 9:27am
                taylorman said | June 15th 2018 @ 9:27am | ! Report

                These opinions are very Foley like…interesting. The same player in the same match is both excellent and shocking at the same time. Only in Oz?😀

            • Roar Guru

              June 15th 2018 @ 9:35am
              Train Without A Station said | June 15th 2018 @ 9:35am | ! Report

              Only made 8 tackles?

              That’s not exactly low for a midfielder. In fact the bloke next to him only made 8 tackles and missed 2… And the highest tackle count for a midfielder was 9…

              • June 15th 2018 @ 1:37pm
                Connor33 said | June 15th 2018 @ 1:37pm | ! Report

                But 1 of Kerevi’s 2 missed tackles in the 24th minute led to a break out and 3 points subsequently being scored. Pocock was purportedly responsible for the other 6 points.

                The difference between great and ordinary isn’t that Pocock made 16 tackles and still scored try in right traffics 4 m from the line in the 72 nd minute—something Kerevi could not do in the 56 th minute in less trying circumstances.

                Yet everyone raves of his hands and running ability. ‘Twas, all he had to do was catch and run, but failed…

                It’s a joke that he remains in the team while he is still sorting out so many basic flaws…Haniganess

              • June 15th 2018 @ 4:00pm
                Fionn said | June 15th 2018 @ 4:00pm | ! Report

                And yet we have a flyhalf who cannot kick tactically and often struggles to pass long.

                A fullback who is lazy in cover tackles and shows little ability to recognise when to kick.

                A winger who I have never seen take a high ball nor kick, and who missed 5 tackles.

                An inside centre who is a poor defender.

                Very few of our players are in any way ‘complete’, but Kerevi is one of the best midfield attacking threats in the entire world. No surprise whatsoever that Cheika keeps him.

                Whether a break leads to points is neither here nor there. The player cannot be blamed for what happens after they miss a tackle. Kerevi defended extremely well all match and kept their attack very quiet when they had a few good opportunities.

                Here is some good analysis of some of his play:

          • June 15th 2018 @ 9:57am
            Luke Ringland said | June 15th 2018 @ 9:57am | ! Report

            I saw Kerevi out of position a few times, but frankly I’d rather we be working with him now against Ireland, a team less likely to exploit these mistakes, than repeat Bledisloe 1 last year. I still have my doubts, you simply don’t beat NZ unless you can hold them out, no matter what your attacking threats. But I don’t mind that we’re doing it. He’s a potential long term Wallaby and leader, who I expect will end up playing most of his career at 12.

            Hopefully the line out will do better. That is the best platform for our backs.

            • June 15th 2018 @ 10:30am
              Fionn said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:30am | ! Report

              I don’t think his defence is perfect (he is nowhere near TK on that front).

              But he defended pretty well there last week and is by far our most potent attacking centre.

              The more Cheika plays the current back-line the more they will learn to defend together and improve… Hopefully…

              • Roar Guru

                June 15th 2018 @ 12:02pm
                Train Without A Station said | June 15th 2018 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

                Most importantly, you can teach a weaker defender to defend better.

                You can also plan around their flaws.

                You can’t just make a player a good attacker.

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