Sexton not the biggest worry for Wallabies

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    Amongst the raft of changes to Ireland’s starting side for Melbourne, the one that may cause most angst for Wallabies coach Michael Cheika isn’t the recall of Johnny Sexton.

    There’s been plenty of chat about their relationship given Cheika coached at Irish powerhouse Leinster when Sexton was coming through as an ambitious, abrasive and talented fly-half.

    Cheika has been pumping Sexton’s tyres up for weeks, and after he was named in the No.10 jersey as the tourists aim to keep the series alive in the second Test on Saturday night, the Wallabies boss was at it again.

    “He’s the maestro,” Cheika said of Sexton. “He’s running the show. He’s in charge. He’s directing traffic all the time, he’s a great competitor and he’s a great defensive player… he’s got a great kicking game too.”

    Sexton was one of eight changes that Joe Schmidt made in response to their 18-9 loss in Brisbane, and the Irish team is now very close to the line-up that steamrolled their Six Nations rivals last campaign.

    Ireland's fly half Jonny Sexton kicks a penalty

    Ireland’s Johnny Sexton. (AFP PHOTO / IAN MACNICOL)

    There’s no doubt that Sexton is top-shelf and his combination with Conor Murray in the halves will give Ireland the swagger they need to force a series decider in Sydney.

    But the inclusion of Devin Toner might have a greater effect on Cheika’s tactics at AAMI Park.

    Cheika also coached the 210cm, 130kg second-rower at Leinster, but it’s only over the last three seasons that he’s become a consistent and critical part of the Irish pack.

    Ireland will be ready to throw Toner up at No.2 in the lineout all night, especially given the frailties shown by Brandon Paenga-Amosa on debut at hooker for the Wallabies last weekend.

    The Queensland Reds rookie missed the target with three of his throws, and with rain forecast for Melbourne and the arrival of the beastly Toner, he faces a daunting task at lineout time.

    It’s why Cheika will be likely be eager to keep the ball in play as much as possible, and why Schmidt will want Ireland to live on the edges.

    Murray and Sexton will be aiming plenty of their kicks at the sidelines to put Paenga-Amosa under the pump. It means Wallabies wingers Dane Haylett-Petty and Marika Koroibete will be protecting their edges with plenty of vigilance and Israel Folau will be on high alert in defence too.

    With the ball, the Wallabies would be crazy not to continue with their use of contestable kicks given the two tries scored in the opening Test came from momentum generated through kick accuracy and pressure.

    Of Australia’s 25 kicks, 13 of those were attacking kicks – mostly for Folau and Haylett-Petty.

    Israel Folau for the Wallabies celebrates his try during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and South Africa's Springboks at Patersons Stadium in Perth, Sept. 6, 2014. (AAP Image/Tony McDonough)

    Israel Folau (AAP Image/Tony McDonough)

    It’s attractiveness is boosted when David Pocock, Michael Hooper, Caleb Timu, Pete Samu and Tolu Latu are ready to pounce on a back-tracking opposition.

    It marks a bit of a shift in Cheika’s mindset. He put more emphasis on the Wallabies turning up for the June Tests fitter, and it translates into more confidence in defending for longer periods if possession is turned over from kicks.

    Time will tell if Cheika wants to kick more against the quick-to-react All Blacks, but for now, the aerial arts are in. Is it too much to ask Folau to take on Toner in the lineout?

    Will Knight
    Will Knight

    An AAP writer for more than a decade, Will Knight does his best to make sense of all things cricket, rugby union and rugby league, all while trying to have a laugh along the way. You can find him on Twitter @WKnightrider.

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    • June 15th 2018 @ 7:24am
      bigbaz said | June 15th 2018 @ 7:24am | ! Report

      I thought Murray was a huge disappointment and unless he improves it ain’t gunna matter who’s at 10

      • June 15th 2018 @ 8:55am
        Joseph said | June 15th 2018 @ 8:55am | ! Report

        Murray has always been over-rated. De Klerk, A Smith and Genia are all playing better than him at present.

        • June 15th 2018 @ 9:05am
          Rugby Tragic said | June 15th 2018 @ 9:05am | ! Report

          Big call that Joseph .. I reckon Murray has been for a number of years, and is, one of the premier half-backs in world rugby. Fair enough that he did not play to his potential last week but maybe the reason for that is the Wallabies targeted him and he got buried a few times that put him off his game a little.

          I reckon that was a Wallaby strategy (if it wasn’t it should have been) similar to Kepu on Dan Carter in the RWC final 2015

          • June 15th 2018 @ 12:25pm
            Mzilikazi said | June 15th 2018 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

            “Murray has always been over-rated” Really, Joseph ? No, I am your camp, RT. I don’t think you are off the mark at all saying “I reckon Murray has been for a number of years, and is, one of the premier half-backs in world rugby.”

            If anything many actually under rate him. I would say that all round he is right up there challenging for the No 1 spot. For me, he has a very good rugby brain, and Sexton’s greatness is related to his indide partner in no small way. Murray is what I would call a first rate craftsman.

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              June 15th 2018 @ 12:34pm
              PeterK said | June 15th 2018 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

              agree, every player even great ones have a bad game here and there.

              • June 15th 2018 @ 10:51pm
                Rebellion said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:51pm | ! Report

                As a kid I saw Tim Horan miss a one-on one tackle against his opposite All Black Centre in a Bledisloe Cup game in 1992. Never thought that was possible

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                June 16th 2018 @ 2:53am
                taylorman said | June 16th 2018 @ 2:53am | ! Report

                Yeah thats true, Murrays form has been generally very high through the years and is amongst that group you wouldnt expect to have ‘two bad ones in a row”.

                Perhaps he was weighed down a bit with having to look after the debut 10, and having Sexton back and his own personal pride taking a hit I’d expect him to be even more dangerous this time around, he gets a chance to redeem last week.

                In saying that, i fully expect him to have a go at the line himself until he scores. Thats a halves best way to stamp his mark on a match.

            • June 15th 2018 @ 11:02pm
              codename_karla said | June 15th 2018 @ 11:02pm | ! Report

              I think there’s a certain unwillingness among some SH fans to acknowledge Murray’s quality as historically SH halfbacks have totally outclassed their NH counterparts.

              All the players you mention have areas of their game better than Murray: Smith crisper pass, Genia is a little general and great around the ruck, Faf de Klerk has great vision and pace and is better in open play. Murray is the best tactical kicker and is a better physical defender, although positionally Smith is probably better. He’s also good around the ruck because of his strength and size.

              They all have their qualities and its churlish to claim Murray is overrated. We’re talking about the top 4 scrum halves in world rugby.

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                June 16th 2018 @ 3:01am
                taylorman said | June 16th 2018 @ 3:01am | ! Report

                Yep, fair call. Easy to say a player is overated when he has a poor game. Same comments have been made about Itoje, who, unlike Murray, has had a poor season in general, so fits the tag.

                Murray hasnt, so it is dangerous to assume that at this point…the Wallabies certainly wont be, and thats what matters.

          • June 15th 2018 @ 12:50pm
            Mzilikazi said | June 15th 2018 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

            “the Wallabies targeted him and he got buried a few times that put him off his game a little. ” Indeed, RT, and thatis what the WB’s must do again this week, and to Sexton as well. But fair and clean targeting, unlike the variety we saw two years ago in the Ireland v England game on Sexton.

            Just keep working away at both players all game, ensure their time is always short, they always have to hurry what they do. Always take them as early as possible when they get the ball. Even the greatest of players can crack under such pressure. That is the hope one must carry into this next game, because as a combination, they are arguably the world’s No 1.

            • June 16th 2018 @ 12:39am
              Rugby Tragic said | June 16th 2018 @ 12:39am | ! Report

              Not sure if I’d say that Murray ‘cracked’ under pressure Mzilikazi but he was hit hard at least 2-3 times and that had to make him ‘a little wary’.

              But the champion he is, I reckon he will put it behind him and come back. If the Wallabies can contain him, close up his space and avail him less time, it will go a long way for the Wallabies to close out the series. As if he is contained that will give Sexton less time too. But it won’t be easy.

              Ground conditions might influence how the game is played a little. A forward dominated game on a soft playing surface might favour Ireland.

              Really looking forward to the game.

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                June 16th 2018 @ 5:11am
                Harry Jones said | June 16th 2018 @ 5:11am | ! Report

                Agree 100% here with Rugby Tragic.

    • June 15th 2018 @ 8:55am
      Bob wire said | June 15th 2018 @ 8:55am | ! Report

      A good 10 will always have more influence in a game than a good lock. When Brodie, who is massively important to the AB’s, is awol, they hardly miss a beat. Sexton will be public enemy number one tomorrow.

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        June 15th 2018 @ 9:14am
        Sam Taulelei said | June 15th 2018 @ 9:14am | ! Report

        Beg to differ in the case of Retallick.

        He’s hugely important to the All Blacks and they did miss a beat in latter half of last year when he was granted leave.

        Despite the fact they still won matches, they didn’t have the same authority at the breakdown, ball carrying and defence from his replacements.

        • June 15th 2018 @ 9:35am
          Bob wire said | June 15th 2018 @ 9:35am | ! Report

          Point taken, however I still feel 10 has more influence than 4 or 5. Sexton is key.
          Should be a good game.

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          June 15th 2018 @ 1:35pm
          Who Needs Melon said | June 15th 2018 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

          And interesting little exchange and I think Sam may have given away a little hint at the difference in the NZ ethos towards what makes a good rugby side. The number 10 is more noticeable – at least for most people – but the forwards more important.

          I reckon it’s going to be a bit of a one-two punch thing on the weekend. I think the Irish should have worked out Wallabies are pretty good in the air, pretty good at running it back but aren’t kicking long and have a weak lineout. Ergo people like Sexton will kick long and out – preferably into the stands. And people like Dev Toner will put even more pressure on the Wallabies lineout. Wallabies have to be ready for this.

          • June 15th 2018 @ 1:58pm
            somer said | June 15th 2018 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

            Although it’s really surprising they hadn’t worked that a long time ago. Kicking long behind Folau and targeting the lineouts should have been beating the Wallabies 101.

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              June 15th 2018 @ 5:00pm
              Who Needs Melon said | June 15th 2018 @ 5:00pm | ! Report

              Agreed. I think they must have said to themselves “No – that’s just what they’ll be expecting us to do. Let’s kick it straight to Folau every time!”

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              June 15th 2018 @ 8:46pm
              Phantom said | June 15th 2018 @ 8:46pm | ! Report

              I agree and burying Pocock in the tight.his turnovers must be eliminated

        • June 16th 2018 @ 12:47am
          Rugby Tragic said | June 16th 2018 @ 12:47am | ! Report

          Agree with Sam here about big Brodie, big, strong, fast with great ball skills. I think he must be considered as being the premier lock in world rugby. Thank god he plays for the All Blacks!

          RG Snyman the SA rookie lock looks a great prospect (but opinion based on his solitary game last week) but had a great debut, off topic but I think he was the best lock at Ellis by a margin.

          • Roar Guru

            June 16th 2018 @ 9:05am
            stillmissit said | June 16th 2018 @ 9:05am | ! Report

            RT: as an ex-lock, I firmly believe there is no one close to Retallick, he is the best lock in the world.

            I am surprised that our lineout is so poor, it seems not only the throw but the organisation around it is missing. Certainly, Coleman and Rodda are big enough. Are the Wallabies putting enough focus on it?

            After last week’s effort, I hope and expect they have this week.

      • Roar Guru

        June 15th 2018 @ 12:26pm
        PeterK said | June 15th 2018 @ 12:26pm | ! Report

        The question of impact or importance is 2 fold

        1) I would ask is how much better is Sexton than Carberry compared to how much better is Toner than Henderson.

        I would say a greater difference in quality at the 10’s level.

        2) How much of a weakness to exploit (or strength to nullify) is going to be impacted. The lineout is a bigger weakness as a single area however the 10 is involved more often in testing all aspects of backline defence.

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          June 15th 2018 @ 12:38pm
          Ralph said | June 15th 2018 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

          I suspect a lot has to do with how well you exploit any difference or dominance you have.

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            June 15th 2018 @ 12:45pm
            PeterK said | June 15th 2018 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

            which becomes a function of quality x qantity

      • June 16th 2018 @ 8:26am
        Pinetree said | June 16th 2018 @ 8:26am | ! Report

        The AB’s loss to Ireland in Chicago was absent of both Whitelock and Retallick, and had a huge impact on our possession around lineouts and rucking. Not saying that 10 is a less important position, but that day I think a different 10 than Barrett would of made little difference to that game in comparison to Whitelock and Retallick at lock.

        IMO, quality locks are equal to quality 10 and halfback, or quality front row or back row, because without possession or turnovers at key moments, the 10 is nullified anyway on his ability to impact the game.

      • Roar Guru

        June 16th 2018 @ 8:51am
        stillmissit said | June 16th 2018 @ 8:51am | ! Report

        Bob Wire: a 10 and a 9 for that matter are only as good as the ball they get to play with. The dominance of the halves starts up front. If they get slow ball or better still going backwards, then the fast D can swamp them. To some extent it does not matter how good they are if they are getting rubbish ball.
        I remember the Wallabies in the 70’s living off scraps with a very competent backline.

        • June 16th 2018 @ 6:15pm
          Bob wire said | June 16th 2018 @ 6:15pm | ! Report

          Stillmissit, yes very true the 10 depends on good ball very often secured by the tall timber.
          Let’s see how Sexton goes, I hope the Wallabies have.some plans for him ( in spite of what Cheiks said).
          Enjoy the game.

    • June 15th 2018 @ 9:00am
      Henry Bourke said | June 15th 2018 @ 9:00am | ! Report

      Good read Will. Told anyone who would listen that Ireland would kick the ball out last week and contest the Aussie throw, they didn’t and lost the game. I do think it was that simple.

      Australia had, and have this week again, only two genuine jumpers. In O’Mahony, Ireland have the best backrow jumper around (possible exception being Fardy). Ireland should kick the ball out, even if Australia win the ensuing lineout it will be messy ball at best.

      The other point you make re Sexton not being the most important change in the Irish team is true but it’s not Toner that will make the difference (Henderson is better all round) it’s Leavy. I don’t need to say much more other than he’s Ireland’s Poey, it’s a big claim but he is that good and his form this year would imho have kept Sean O’Brien out regardless of fitness.

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        June 15th 2018 @ 12:30pm
        PeterK said | June 15th 2018 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

        You can stop the lineout being a base for constructed set phase attacks for the wallabies.

        Also you can make it messy.

        However if the Wallabies give up on throwing to the back and are happy to have short lineouts and mainly throw to the front (no 1) then they won’t lose many lineouts, after all you will always be throwing to one of the 2 very good jumpers not an outclassed jumper.

        • June 15th 2018 @ 3:01pm
          Henry Bourke said | June 15th 2018 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

          PeterK, its not just about constructed set phase attack, although that is important. Wills article talked of Ireland kicking the ball out, which is what they should have done in the first Test, that has three major advantages.

          Firstly, contest and disrupt or steal. Secondly it slows the game significantly and lastly if youre right and Australia revert to throwing to the front to secure possession that puts them on the five yard line to start attacks from, with the vast majority of the Irish defence (those not directly contesting) waiting for whatever comes next. Thats not impossible for Australia to work around but ideally Aus throw to the 15 yard line and have a blind side that has to be defended therby splitting the Irish defence to two sides.

          Mzilikazi didnt say it but I will, Leavy is a cross between Hooper and Poey, not as good a runner as Hooper and not as good a defender as Poey but close enough in both aspects to be the difference on Saturday. If you can spend a few minutes watching him on Saturday, do it.

          • June 15th 2018 @ 11:37pm
            ozinsa said | June 15th 2018 @ 11:37pm | ! Report

            He was mighty in the 6N – SOB hardly missed. Can’t understand why he didn’t start last week. I get putting games in your backup 10 but he is the backup 7. I can see you swapping he and SOB around if both fit but I just don’t get why he doesn’t start otherwise

      • June 15th 2018 @ 12:33pm
        Mzilikazi said | June 15th 2018 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

        “The other point you make re Sexton not being the most important change in the Irish team is true but it’s not Toner that will make the difference (Henderson is better all round) it’s Leavy.”

        That is a good comment,Henry. I too really fear Leavy, and will add hugely to Ireland’s cause both in defence and as a ball winner/spoiler, and an attacker with ball in hand. And would think you are right re O’Brien v Leavy, though I suspect if O’Brien had been fit, Leavy might not have been given his chance so early. In a way, it has been fortunate for Ireland that injury has given this fine young guy such exposure this past year, both for Leinster, and Ireland.

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          June 15th 2018 @ 12:35pm
          PeterK said | June 15th 2018 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

          so you are saying Leavy is the best of Pocock and Hooper in 1 player.

          • June 15th 2018 @ 1:27pm
            Mzilikazi said | June 15th 2018 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

            No,PetrK, that thought had not actually entered my head….can see it reads that way perhaps.

            I am actually in the camp of Pocock being the standout 7 in Australia, and if it came down to a choice, I would play Hooper off the bench.

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            June 16th 2018 @ 5:01am
            taylorman said | June 16th 2018 @ 5:01am | ! Report

            Will be watching this Leavy very closely, some comments out of Ireland seem to think they have rhe best three 7’s in world rugby, in OBrien, Van Der Flyer and Leavy, who seems to top the three.

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              June 16th 2018 @ 10:44am
              Derm McCrum said | June 16th 2018 @ 10:44am | ! Report

              Pfft.

              They must have been on hype drugs whoever you were reading.

              VdF is accomplished but not excellent. And currently injured.

              SOB has got pedigree on his side without doubt but his injury profile is such that his Lions tour may have been his last great games. I’ll be surprised if he survives for RWC.

              Leavy is starting out. That’s it. Review his body of work in five years.

              Next.

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                June 16th 2018 @ 5:17pm
                taylorman said | June 16th 2018 @ 5:17pm | ! Report

                True, the drugs explains it for me too.

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      June 15th 2018 @ 9:18am
      Dwards said | June 15th 2018 @ 9:18am | ! Report

      I’m not convinced our lineout will be as shaky this week as everyone is predicting.
      Paenga-amosa was running on for his first test, only playing as a group for about 7 days.
      They’ll be much more solid this week IMO.

      • June 15th 2018 @ 9:36am
        Henry Bourke said | June 15th 2018 @ 9:36am | ! Report

        Paenga-Amosa will improve but it’s not really whether the Aus lineout improves it’s whether Ireland kick it out to contest. Even if his throwing is perfect (missed calls, not his throwing last Saturday) it’s that Ireland should have someone up beside the Aussie jumper every time. With Toner, Ryan and O’Mahony Ireland have a spare jumper and will know the ball is going to Coleman or Rodda, if it’s not it’ll got to one of the backrow standing at two which has the knock on effect of bringing the entire Aussie backline in close to the lineout by a few metres. Keeping width is crucial for Australia and when they did it last Saturday they caused Ireland serious problems.

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          June 15th 2018 @ 9:49am
          Dwards said | June 15th 2018 @ 9:49am | ! Report

          All good points Henry.
          Hopefully they have got their calls sorted out.
          I think we’ll see more throws to the back in attacking situations to be honest. I doubt we’ll see too many mauls off the lineout as I think Ireland will just disrupt them.
          And for defensive lineouts I suspect they’ll throw to 4, or even have short lineout, send it out for 2 rucks and then clear. All have risks of course.
          To be honest I think Ireland are probably favourites for this one, but then I thought that last week too.

          • June 15th 2018 @ 10:14am
            Fionn said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:14am | ! Report

            I’ve felt for a while that the only way the Pooper is workable against a team with a good defensive line out is with a back-rower jumper that is of similar quality to a top class jumping lock (e.g. a Fardy or a Luke Jones or a Mowen).

            Imagine if the All Blacks play Snyman/de Jager, Etzebeth + Mostert in the back-row, or the All Blacks with Read and Squire in the back-row.

            This Saturday will be the big test for the Pooper and for the Wallabies’ line out.

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              June 15th 2018 @ 10:25am
              Dwards said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:25am | ! Report

              Fair call. TImu can jump though.

              • June 15th 2018 @ 10:28am
                Fionn said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:28am | ! Report

                Yep, but he’s only 191cm and is quite heavy. But along with two locks that are 203cm and 2010cm Ireland has two flankers standing at 191cm, and O’Mahony is up there with Kieran Read in terms of defensive line out prowess.

                Best of luck to the Wallabies though, really hoping we can see the line out function AND some big runs from Timu. If so, he could solve a lot of our back-row issues. If not, we may have to go back to the drawing board against the defensive line outs the All Blacks and Springboks may throw at us.

            • June 15th 2018 @ 10:33am
              Hugh_96 said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:33am | ! Report

              What would you be saying if they had selected Hanigan to shore up the line out? I guess there is always a trade off. Fingers crossed the Wallabies have another cracking game.

              • June 15th 2018 @ 10:38am
                Fionn said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:38am | ! Report

                I think we’d get smashed at the breakdown. Simmons/Tui/Fardy/Jones/Higginbotham would all seem better options in that regard to me. Agreed about fingers crossed. Would be awesome if we could win the series with a game to spare, but I suspect Ireland will be much better than last week.

              • June 15th 2018 @ 10:48am
                Shannon Rowse said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:48am | ! Report

                Not sure you have noticed but Pocock has been taking lineouts regularly (mainly at the front). Although its better to have an out and out lineout technician having him jump and take the ball sometimes actually gives the WB an advantage as Ireland have to consider him a target everytime.
                i agree with the comments on BPA was his firast test and he has been throwing pretty well for the Reds so only better this week.
                bring on the game going to be a ripper lets hope the rain is not too bad

              • June 15th 2018 @ 12:40pm
                Mzilikazi said | June 15th 2018 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

                “What would you be saying if they had selected Hanigan to shore up the line out? ”

                Hugh, that is what has worried me all week, that MC might do that re Hannigan. I am with Fionn in this one. Ned is developing well, and is a lineout artist in the making, but he would be ineffective elsewhere in a game of this class. His day will come, I hope but not for perhaps another 2 years.

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                June 15th 2018 @ 2:08pm
                Dwards said | June 15th 2018 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

                I met him last Saturday before the game. Seems a good lad and he’s definitely bulked up.
                I think he has a real future, but I agree he doesn’t quite look ready for this level piggie stuff just yet.

        • June 15th 2018 @ 2:40pm
          Connor33 said | June 15th 2018 @ 2:40pm | ! Report

          Watch AU rolling maul from the lineout and make good ground. I reckon they’ll do this from ther first couple of l/os.

          It’ll put doubt in the Irish l/o whether to jump and compete or not.

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            June 15th 2018 @ 4:08pm
            Dwards said | June 15th 2018 @ 4:08pm | ! Report

            Assuming they win the lineout cleanly then I agree that’s what they’ll do.
            If not they might ahve to get creative.

    • June 15th 2018 @ 9:55am
      Lara said | June 15th 2018 @ 9:55am | ! Report

      No doubt the Wallabies must be secure in their lineout . The set pieces are fundamental in rugby n keeping your possession is core. However, the issue with two short loosies will always bring up the question of lineout variation , so the three jumpers you do have must be genuine jumpers. If the Irish do dominate the lineout early , they will kick for territory n the night will be tough for the Wallabies. Simply get the lineout right n the Irish kicking game will be restricted to their usual aerial assault. Don’t be surprised by grubber kicks by Sexton to test the ground work of the back three. Folua will be busy on Saturday night.

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      June 15th 2018 @ 10:23am
      Mitch Gray said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:23am | ! Report

      I felt Paenga-Amosa suffered from first date ‘jitters’. The occasion was not lost on him & he would have been tweaking his line-out deliveries all week in his spare time. I imagine the Aussie line-out will still be a bit shaky but much improved. If he nails his fist throw in, he will be relaxed and maybe just maybe Joe Schmidt’s plans might start to evaporate rather quickly. We’ll see soon I guess. Furthermore, Surely the wet weather will aid & not hinder Pocock and Hooper for turn overs?

      • June 15th 2018 @ 10:24am
        Fionn said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:24am | ! Report

        I don’t think his throwing was that bad.

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          June 15th 2018 @ 4:11pm
          rebel said | June 15th 2018 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

          Agree, thought it was more a timing issue with the whole lineout. Another week should improve it.

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