The decisions Michael Chieka must make if the Wallabies are to succeed

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    You are the coach and your team is trailing on the scoreboard about 50 minutes into a tough Test match, when you get your first decent attacking opportunity in quite a while from an opposition penalty and subsequent attacking line-out near their try line.

    You have the biggest ball-running freak of a tighthead prop, perhaps ever to play rugby, on the bench and your veteran tighthead Sekope Kepu is tiring. So clearly you substitute them to improve your odds of scoring quickly, right?

    That is what I would have thought, but that is not what Michael Cheika did during the final Test match against Ireland this year – he left Taniela Tupou on the bench for another couple of minutes.

    The Wallabies did score off that line-out, but in a game that came down the wire, putting the Tongan Thor on to punch across the line could only have improved the odds of a quick score, which was vital when the Wallabies were chasing the clock.

    This observation is not intended to be a prelude to another Cheika-bashing article, because he did well as a coach in the Ireland series.

    After the last couple of years of Wallabies disappointments and debacles, Cheika has clearly had a good, hard think about the way he coaches over the off-season and has improved.

    Notable changes are that he has allowed the Wallabies to develop a more comprehensive kicking game, while he previously stubbornly insisted on ball in hand at all costs, which was losing them games.

    The Wallabies’ kicking game against Ireland was far from perfect, but there was a fair bit of promise which will only be built on when the Rugby Championship comes around.

    Cheika is also noticeably calmer in the way that he interacts with the team and the media, which can be a good thing as his over-the-top displays of emotion from previous years could only be counterproductive to getting clear messages across.

    However, Cheika has improvements left in his game too and the Kepu and Tupou substitution example highlights one of them.

    Taniela Tupou

    (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)

    He does not appear to think entirely clearly in the heat of the moment, when he is responsible for making critical substitution decisions and communicating key messages to the team.

    This means that he is not enabling his team to respond in the best way possible to opportunities like in the example above, or when something goes wrong.

    An example of where something has gone wrong in a game that needed correct, decisive action from Cheika, was when Matt Giteau was concussed in the 27th minute during the World Cup final in 2015.

    Cheika had Kurtley Beale and Matt Toomua on the bench and chose to substitute on Beale, despite the fact that Giteau was the Wallabies defensive linchpin and that before Beale’s improvement in defence post-World Cup, Toomua was a far better defender.

    The subsequent two tries both involved defensive errors by Beale and it was game, set, match to the All Blacks.

    Would the Wallabies have won had Cheika sent on Toomua?

    Probably not given that they were playing arguably the finest rugby team ever assembled, but I believe Cheika’s decision reduced the odds of an upset.

    It is interesting to compare Cheika’s decision to substitute players according to the pecking order with All Blacks coach Steve Hansen’s decision to substitute Sonny-Bill Williams for Conrad Smith in the second half.

    Williams’ power immediately proved decisive, opening up the Wallabies’ defence and putting Ma’aa Nonu through a game for a decisive try.

    The comparison highlights the differences between the conduct of the two coaches during games, Hanson’s calm demeanour allows him to keep a clear head and make good decisions, while Cheika’s passion does not.

    That sort of passion is great from fans, but Cheika is the coach and needs to continue working on toning it down so he can effectively guide his team at critical moments.

    Finally, it is clear that the competition in the upcoming World Cup is going to be closer than any Cup since at least 2007.

    The All Blacks are still the best in the World but since key players from their golden generation have retired, they have more off days and less depth than they used to.

    Behind them, any of Ireland, England, South Africa and Australia could cause an upset and knock them out of the competition, and then who gets the silverware will come down to how teams play on the day.

    This highlights the importance of Cheika continuing to look for these sorts of marginal improvements, because they have a chance at leading to glory.

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    • Roar Guru

      July 3rd 2018 @ 2:58am
      taylorman said | July 3rd 2018 @ 2:58am | ! Report

      Kerevi being out of the RC doesnt help with Genia already sidelined and Hooper needing to rehab back into the game. Oz may end up worse of the four injury wise going in so Cheikas going to have to dig deep on selections.

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 5:11am
        Ed said | July 3rd 2018 @ 5:11am | ! Report

        With Kerevi out, if Foley is injured then you would assume Beale moves to 10. Who wouild be 12? No one obvious. Hodge doesn’t have the hands for a 12. Would it be a Hodge and Kuridrani/Rona centre partnership?

        • Roar Rookie

          July 3rd 2018 @ 6:43am
          Dave_S said | July 3rd 2018 @ 6:43am | ! Report

          For 12, I havent watched a lot of Rebels this year, but from what I’ve seen of Bill Meakes … maybe worth some more investment?

          CLL is again another option.

          My money is on Cheika picking Hodge at 10 or 12.

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 6:59am
            Cynical Play said | July 3rd 2018 @ 6:59am | ! Report

            No 12 is almost as bereft of depth as 10 in the WBs. Meakes is not there yet but defends well and is aggressive. He would be worth developing. Duncan P, Hodge and she Hegarty would be other development ideas for 12. Toomua if he ever comes home. Even Rona. 12 can be played different ways.

            Kerevi must be gutted. I almost fell off my chair when I saw him boot not one but two excellent clearing kicks against the Blues.

            • July 3rd 2018 @ 8:46am
              Dave_S said | July 3rd 2018 @ 8:46am | ! Report

              It’s been a tough year for Duncan P. I think a lot of us thought he would really kick on this year, but with a stuttering start to the season and then playing outside chopping and changing halves pairings (poor ones at that) at the Reds, he’s just marked time, arguably gone backwards. Still young, and hopefully the Reds halves will be better next year (can’t be much worse …)

              • July 3rd 2018 @ 11:09am
                ethan said | July 3rd 2018 @ 11:09am | ! Report

                In terms of skill and style, DP seems the one most able to emulate the way Beale plays at 12. As you say though, his form this year doesn’t really warrant his being there. I still like Godwin, he played well in his one test cap and has been unlucky not to win another. Hasn’t set the world on fire this year at super rugby though. Meakes was terrible against the Barbarians. Haven’t seen enough of him this year to comment on form.

                My guess is they’ll use Hodge as Mr. Fixit. He will be back up 10, 12, 13 & 14.

              • Roar Rookie

                July 3rd 2018 @ 11:27am
                Dave_S said | July 3rd 2018 @ 11:27am | ! Report

                And TBH I’m not averse to seeing Hodge get experience in a variety of positions, I see him as a long term WB player and leader.

                He doesn’t need to be good at all of them (I don’t see him ever being a starting 10), but it’s still part of a well-rounded rugby education.

                One of our problems is that many top line players have surprisingly narrow skill bases, Kuridrani for eg.

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 11:46am
            RahRah said | July 3rd 2018 @ 11:46am | ! Report

            I’ve always liked Meakes, comes with being a Force Fan I guess. I think he could be developed into a kind of Ryan Crotty type centre. Either way, wouldn’t it be a novelty to have a Wallaby 12 that can defend.

        • July 3rd 2018 @ 12:23pm
          Chippy said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

          Would we see Hodge come into 10 and Beale remain at 12 rather than a reshuffle and probable change in Game Plan A?

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 8:47am
        Mapu said | July 3rd 2018 @ 8:47am | ! Report

        Sorry I missed it but what’s happened to Kerevi?

        • July 3rd 2018 @ 9:15am
          Ed said | July 3rd 2018 @ 9:15am | ! Report

          Torn bicep operated on. He is out for 12-16 weeks.

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 2:01pm
            jameswm said | July 3rd 2018 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

            Seriously? From the weekend?

            • July 3rd 2018 @ 3:45pm
              Cynical Play said | July 3rd 2018 @ 3:45pm | ! Report

              Nope. Played whole June series with it apparently.

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 11:44am
        RahRah said | July 3rd 2018 @ 11:44am | ! Report

        I live in hope. Some of Cheika’s best “selections” are those that were forced on him by injury.

        • July 3rd 2018 @ 12:53pm
          jimbo81 said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:53pm | ! Report

          we need Phipps and Foley injured…

        • July 4th 2018 @ 10:32am
          Orange Fuhrer said | July 4th 2018 @ 10:32am | ! Report

          Unfortunate wording jimbo81, but you are dead right.

    • July 3rd 2018 @ 6:19am
      Daveski said | July 3rd 2018 @ 6:19am | ! Report

      That’s a big what if !
      Hodge shouldn’t have a number on his back less than 13. If Beale had to move to 10 then you’d be looking at Meakes as 12, or possibly Godwin ( in form but leaving ) or Duncan P ( not in form but staying ).

      I personally thinks Meakes is perfect for intl rugby. Abrasive and competitive with skills and game-sense I don’t see amongst most other Aust centres. With that comes a few mistakes but if we aren’t selecting Wallabies because they make mistakes we wouldn’t have much of a team left.

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 8:54am
        Laurence King said | July 3rd 2018 @ 8:54am | ! Report

        Meakes for mine and Rona outside and they already have a combination as they were together for the Force alongside DHP

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 9:27am
        Drongo said | July 3rd 2018 @ 9:27am | ! Report

        Quade had a brilliant game on the weekend. I think the best thing that could happen would be the need for Foley to miss a RC match or two (wedding, birth, the most minor of soft tissue strains) so that Cheika is forced to deal with this issue (who is the back/up and who is the reserve back-up 5/8) before the World Cup.
        This is an urgent yet completely unaddressed issue that has the potential to completely derail our RWC.

        • July 3rd 2018 @ 10:41am
          JP said | July 3rd 2018 @ 10:41am | ! Report

          In 65 minutes Quade had 2 tries 3 try assists and kicked 4/6 conversions. Masterful display to watch live.

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 1:05pm
            Super rugby said | July 3rd 2018 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

            Yes club rugby certainly is a different beast to international test matches.
            Not a big enough fish to make it in the ocean but big enough to swin in a pond

            • July 3rd 2018 @ 1:57pm
              JP said | July 3rd 2018 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

              I guess that’s why Lukhan Tui played reserve grade in QLD Premier Rugby and the next week he was in the Wallabies.

            • July 3rd 2018 @ 6:33pm
              Drongo said | July 3rd 2018 @ 6:33pm | ! Report

              He has already proven himself at international level and has the best winning percentage of any currently playing Wallaby.

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 1:15pm
            Drongo said | July 3rd 2018 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

            It was rugby as an art form, a beautiful, imperfect creation.

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 9:29am
        Fionn said | July 3rd 2018 @ 9:29am | ! Report

        Hodge can play 12, he does have the hands for it I think. He and TK in the midfield would be very good defensively, but I would prefer if Hodge was at 12 that he have a more distributing 13.

        Godwin might even get a run unless he gets an early release to go off to Ireland? He’s finally finding some form.

        • July 3rd 2018 @ 9:49am
          Boomeranga said | July 3rd 2018 @ 9:49am | ! Report

          Frustrating that Godwin gets it back together, just in time to leave.

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 10:27am
            Fionn said | July 3rd 2018 @ 10:27am | ! Report

            +1

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 10:35am
        Reality Check said | July 3rd 2018 @ 10:35am | ! Report

        Meakes as 12, or possibly Godwin ?? .Oh dear the depths we will go.These two are midgets slow and have no skill.

        No !!!

        • Roar Rookie

          July 3rd 2018 @ 1:27pm
          piru said | July 3rd 2018 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

          Meakes is 94kg and 187cm,
          Godwin is 93kg and 187cm

          Both are heavier and taller than the incumbent Beale at 92kg and 184cm

          hardly midgets

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 1:59pm
            Reality Check said | July 3rd 2018 @ 1:59pm | ! Report

            Wrong !

            • Roar Rookie

              July 3rd 2018 @ 3:00pm
              piru said | July 3rd 2018 @ 3:00pm | ! Report

              yes, you were

              now what have you learnt today?

              • July 3rd 2018 @ 3:20pm
                Orange Fuhrer said | July 3rd 2018 @ 3:20pm | ! Report

                Bill Meakes

                Height
                1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

                Weight
                100 kg (15 st 10 lb; 220 lb

                As per normal you are wrong again Piru.

              • July 3rd 2018 @ 5:10pm
                Pete Antick said | July 3rd 2018 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

                OF, your stats still support Piru’s contention that Meakes is “heavier and taller than the incumbent Beale”.

              • Roar Rookie

                July 3rd 2018 @ 6:39pm
                piru said | July 3rd 2018 @ 6:39pm | ! Report

                I went from the official Rugby Au page, but thanks for backing me up Drongo

              • Roar Rookie

                July 3rd 2018 @ 6:41pm
                piru said | July 3rd 2018 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

                Piru; “Meakes is heavier and taller than Beale – see stats”

                Drongo: “haha, wrong again – he’s even heavier and taller than you said, therefore lighter and shorter than Beale”

              • July 4th 2018 @ 9:49am
                Orange Fuhrer said | July 4th 2018 @ 9:49am | ! Report

                Why are you laughing ? Anyway, myself and Reality Check didn`t mention Beale anywhere Piru. You did. As per normal you are wrong ” again” ..You said Meakes is 94kg and 187cm,haha wrong.

              • Roar Rookie

                July 4th 2018 @ 11:31am
                piru said | July 4th 2018 @ 11:31am | ! Report

                ok mate

                heavier = lighter,

                Shall we alert the astrophysicists at NASA, this could be important news?!

              • July 4th 2018 @ 12:05pm
                Orange Fuhrer said | July 4th 2018 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

                Good to see you`ve sort of owned up that you were incorrect Piru. That`s one tick in your box. 99 more ticks to go.

              • Roar Rookie

                July 4th 2018 @ 12:14pm
                piru said | July 4th 2018 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

                Well – you haven’t provided your source, mine was Rugby Australia, so I wouldn’t get too carried away.

                I hadn’t bothered correcting you because you were backing me up (even though you thought you were being clever)

                Can you stop with the different names? It’s juvenile

          • July 4th 2018 @ 12:31pm
            Orange Fuhrer said | July 4th 2018 @ 12:31pm | ! Report

            Try to keep up Piru. It`s not that difficult.

            • Roar Rookie

              July 4th 2018 @ 12:40pm
              piru said | July 4th 2018 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

              Not really, more annoying – who do you think you’re fooling?

    • July 3rd 2018 @ 6:27am
      P2R2 said | July 3rd 2018 @ 6:27am | ! Report

      …they have more off days and less depth than they used to. …

      I think some evidence and clarification of what this means is needed….one loss to Ireland and one loss to Aus….belies your assertion that the ABs have more off days and less depth than they used to…..pffff….3-0 against France with a very young team does not equate to less depth….what a joke..!

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 7:17am
        Daveski said | July 3rd 2018 @ 7:17am | ! Report

        So you reckon the current ABs would beat the 2015 RWC winners yeah ? That’s the comparison Rhys was making.

        Pfft

        • Roar Guru

          July 3rd 2018 @ 10:56am
          Fox said | July 3rd 2018 @ 10:56am | ! Report

          People seem to forget that in the run on pack only two players, McCaw ( but Cane is a very experienced test player) and Kaino have gone since 2015 WC final. Moody was flown in to play in that game remember. And the current pack was called the best in world by the Lions forwards coach after that series. Is that not where the game is won and lost?

          In the backs there is four – Carter ( but Barrett was on the Bench and has since been WPOTY twice) Nonu, Smith in the centers and Savea – but Savea has been replaced by a player much faster and even more devastating in Ioane.

          Crotty organizes the AB defense really well as did Smith and is only just under Smith as a defensive reader of the game and Goodhue may yet prove to be the heir apparent to Smith but he can also play 12.

          SBW replaced Smith at halftime at the WC Final. So the team is not all that different to WC winning team except it has lost a lot of experience and Carter’s freakish goal kicking and game management skills only matched by Johnny Wilkinson.

          Due to endless injuries to guys like Crotty and SBW ( and a red card) the current AB’s still have to develop more cohesion between 12 and 13 and why everyone notices how much we miss the experience of Nonu/ Smith combo but they were one of the best ever in game.

          However, SBW was fantastic in the 3rd test against France when he finally came back and we all know how good Crotty is. But with guys like Laumape, Goodhue, and ALB the AB’s have plenty of good depth there with youth on their side

          Let’s see what happens in RC and Bledisloe both of which could be one of the most closely contested in recent times. Let’s hope so!

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 11:00am
            Fionn said | July 3rd 2018 @ 11:00am | ! Report

            Barrett is not half the test rugby 10 that Carter is. We all know that if Carter was playing for the All Blacks they win the Lions series 3-0.

            SBW is not half of Conrad Smith or Nonu as a test level starter.

            More importantly the All Blacks lost by far the best and most inspiring captain in the world.

            The relative decline of the All Blacks since 2015 is how close they’ve been run at times by poor teams like the Wallabies, Springboks, Scotland, France, losing to Ireland and running very close again the next week.

            New Zealand still easily the best team, and probably improving, but nowhere near the 2011-15 team currently.

            • Roar Guru

              July 3rd 2018 @ 12:38pm
              Fox said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

              Fionn some interesting points but SBW can do things the Nonu could not and vice versa and to say he is not half the player – I firmly disagree.

              SBW was superb in last years Northern Tour for the AB’s and if had not been so injury prone we would be seeing a 12 who offers just as much as Nonu but in different ways IMO. Just remember how long it took Nonu to become the player he did at test level.

              Even Carter may still have struggled to get the AB’s up in the second test with team being down to 14 players but he is arguably the greatest 10 of all time and would have been instrumental in winning the 3rd test one feels. Famous Welshman Gareth Jenkins certainly thinks he is by far the best 10 that has ever played and ahead of Wilkinson because Carter was better defensively from day one and was better at exploiting gaps.

              Carter is the better 10 but to say Barrett is not “half the player” is wrong IMO Fionn.

              Carter did not have Barrett’s explosive pace and his tactical kicking is very good these days and the master of the kick pass – he out goal kicked Farrell in Lions series so he can’t be that bad in that department but still lacks the consistency but is much better this year overall.74% this year from memory. He is also a good defender these days though not as good as Carter but no 10 I have seen is as good as Carter in defense. Though due to his pace, Barrett has shown time and again that he is one of the world’s best cover defenders. So I think you sell the WPOTY short Fionn.

              Barrett has scored more tries than Carter after the same number of tests ( many of which Barrett came off the bench) and has played extremely well at wing and FB at test level. He offers Hansen more options on the bench because of this versatility.

              And you talk about results last year – yet you fail to mention the missing players at the end of the RC and the various new combination that had to be tried and players tested.

              One the Northern tour for a start – No Brodie Retallick , Owen Franks, Tom Moody, Coles ( the World Cup Winning front row and No1 world Lock no less) , or Jordie Barrett, Israel Dagg, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ben Smith (badly missed). With the exception of Jordie Barrett – all were first choice backs at that time. The players that went instead have benefited from that tour. For example D Mac and Ioane are both better players for that tour.

              Sure they didn’t smoke everyone but you have to win first and they still only lost two games last year and one of them was to the best Lions team to tour and with only 14 men for 70 minutes.

              But hats off to the Lions and Wallabies – they got the job done so credit to them. And credit to Scotland who proved in the last two tests against Australia they are a world class side and Ireland went on to win the 6 Nations and now no2 in the world so this touring AB side were not playing slouches.

              We will know more about all the SH side in the coming months I think it is fair to say and the competition tough.

              • July 3rd 2018 @ 3:03pm
                Fionn said | July 3rd 2018 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

                You can excuse the results we’ve seen since the 2015 RWC however you like (and yes there were new combinations, but that doesn’t change what I’ve said). However, the results since 2015 are clearly inferior to those the 2011-15 put out.

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 7:41am
        Rhys Bosley said | July 3rd 2018 @ 7:41am | ! Report

        They lost against the Lions too and drew the series. The statement is my opinion, but I’m not going to get into a big debate about it because the article is primarily about Australian coaching, not New Zealand World Cup prospects. If you want to discuss bit more I’m sure it will be thoroughly covered on this sight in the next year.

        • Roar Guru

          July 3rd 2018 @ 10:39am
          Fox said | July 3rd 2018 @ 10:39am | ! Report

          I tend to agree Rhys but P2R2 makes a valid argument to negate the articles claim.

          Hansen has said that this is just the beginning stages of the new game plan the AB coaching staff have been working on for some months to combat rush defenses and they won’t have it perfected with the moves etc until the test series next year. So I think when developing a new game and there will be teething issues.

          I think we will know more about the Boks, the Wallabies and the AB’s in the RC to be fair to all.

          But one of the biggest gaps is knowing how to win games consistently which is sure, the skill and the brilliance of a team, its outstanding individuals and the skill of the coaches…… but perhaps more importantly, being clinical when you have opportunities, mental strength, good discipline when it really matters, and knowing how to manage the game when you are both ahead and/or behind on the scoreboard.

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 10:45am
        MitchO said | July 3rd 2018 @ 10:45am | ! Report

        P2 this isn’t the weakest All B’s team but the northern nations are improving so even a good ABs team would get pushed more often.

        I appreciate that guys like Reiko and DMac and BB and Jordie B etc etc are extremely good and are only going to get better but really for mine last year the ABs won a couple of games with a couple of moments of magic from Kieran Read and they don’t have a replacement for him yet.

        That tap up of the ball spilling out of the maul against the Lions and the steal in the air against the Wallabies.

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 12:30pm
        Phil said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

        P2R2 typically getting testy if anything is said about his precious All Blacks!I think the comments Rhys makes are very valid.No matter how good the replacements are,and they are good,you don’t lose legends of the game like Carter,McCaw,Smith and Nonu without suffering some drop in consistency.Barrett is a wonderful player,but in my opinion Carter was a once in a lifetime player and if he had not been in that ’15 final then the result may have well been different.

    • July 3rd 2018 @ 9:29am
      Fionn said | July 3rd 2018 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      Good article, Rhys, cheers.

      While Beale’s defence has improved though, he still is too high when he goes into contact and tries to grab them. He has far, far more courage than he used to, and is making far more and bigger tackles though. It’s wonderful to see him improve so late in his career.

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 12:05pm
        StuM said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

        Fionn, which Beale is that specifically? Example: Ireland 1 Beale, Ireland 2 Beale or Ireland 3 Beale? You never know which Beale (or any high ranking Wallaby player for that matter) will decide to show up from week to week, other than the immense David Pocock. Wallaby courage comes in waves, and only when a dire situation makes it absolutely mandatory.

      • Roar Guru

        July 3rd 2018 @ 12:14pm
        PeterK said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

        I would like to see Rona replace Kerevi at 13.

        We know what we get from Kuridrani so lets see how Rona goes at 13 in the RC.

        • July 3rd 2018 @ 12:48pm
          mick said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:48pm | ! Report

          Hopefully Rona keeps developing through the remainder of the SR season. With luck the Tahs will continue to play well and he’ll get some fantastic experience in a finals campaign!

          It’s nice to have TK around though too – losing Kerevi hurts, but TK is also very good and has shown time and time again that he can match it at test level.

        • July 3rd 2018 @ 1:33pm
          Fionn said | July 3rd 2018 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

          We know that TK does a good job though. I hope Rona gets a run in the RC too, but not starting against the All Blacks.

          • July 3rd 2018 @ 1:52pm
            mick said | July 3rd 2018 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

            Oh, that’s pretty much what I meant. I’d like to see Rona continue to get better through SR and compete with TK for the position. I’d think that unless the Tahs do really well in the finals that TK would have a lock on 13 in the RC. I’d guess the only reason he didn’t play against Ireland is because Cheika has decided to give Kerevi as much time as he can before the WC.

            Fingers crossed that Kerevi bounces back from this injury. At least with a bicep issue he should hopefully be able to keep up the running fitness and agility.

            • July 3rd 2018 @ 2:37pm
              Fionn said | July 3rd 2018 @ 2:37pm | ! Report

              Yeah, agreed, mate.

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 8:17pm
        Rhys Bosley said | July 3rd 2018 @ 8:17pm | ! Report

        Agree on Beale Fionn, I was never a fan but I am glad he has come right.

    • Roar Guru

      July 3rd 2018 @ 9:30am
      Atawhai Drive said | July 3rd 2018 @ 9:30am | ! Report

      Headline needs work, chaps.

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 7:04pm
        Rhys Bosley said | July 3rd 2018 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

        Yup 😉

    • July 3rd 2018 @ 10:03am
      JP said | July 3rd 2018 @ 10:03am | ! Report

      Forget flyhaves who can tackle Cheika is not interested in them, that is why we have Foley as 10. Foley is there as he gets the scoreboard ticking over with his masterly display from 10.it does not matter to Cheika if he cannot tackle.Tackling is irrelevant for a number 10 in Cheikas game plan.

      • July 3rd 2018 @ 10:26am
        ScottD said | July 3rd 2018 @ 10:26am | ! Report

        Foley can tackle, run, kick and control. He has demonstrated that over his career.
        The problem is that for the last 3 years he seems incapable doing them all in the same game.
        It obviously drive us all mad.

      • Roar Guru

        July 3rd 2018 @ 10:28am
        taylorman said | July 3rd 2018 @ 10:28am | ! Report

        You’d think Quades chances would be super boosted with that logic.

        • July 3rd 2018 @ 10:48am
          JP said | July 3rd 2018 @ 10:48am | ! Report

          The chumming worked as i got a bite.I think i`ll be bringing home some Taylor today.

          • Roar Rookie

            July 3rd 2018 @ 11:57am
            Sage said | July 3rd 2018 @ 11:57am | ! Report

            Tailor

            • July 3rd 2018 @ 12:38pm
              JP said | July 3rd 2018 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

              ^ 1. A person whose occupation is making fitted clothes such as suits, trousers, and jackets to fit individual customers.

              • Roar Rookie

                July 3rd 2018 @ 3:07pm
                Sage said | July 3rd 2018 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

                Correct. Also the fish that migrates from southern NSW and spawns at Fraser Island around Aug/Sept every year (W.A. coast too). Great fun to catch if you haven’t had the experience. The name comes from the Tailor’s ability to cut fishing nets with its sharp teeth.

              • July 3rd 2018 @ 3:26pm
                JP said | July 3rd 2018 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

                Correct , It`s a fush, as i stated earlier.

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