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Geoff is a Melbourne based sports fanatic and writer, who started contributing to The Roar in 2012, originally under the pen name Allanthus. His first book, A World in Conflict; the Global Battle For Rugby Supremacy was released in Dec 2017 to critical acclaim. For details on the book visit www.geoffparkes.com Meanwhile, his twin goals of achieving a single figure golf handicap and owning a fast racehorse remain tantalisingly out of reach.

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Hi CR

One thing SANZAAR has got right this time is managing the respective travel demands fairly.
All four sides have to travel to their match this week!

I know I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago, but re the WC, if I were French I’d be very worried right now. And I wouldn’t be all that comfortable being English either. That’s one heck of a pool right there.

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Well actually you can, Aiden. Feel free. 🙂

They’ve got their World Cup, let them be happy with that one.

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Yes it was great to see White play so well, mz.
One of a few bright spots on the night, although outnumbered by the darker ones unfortunately.

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Good post, allbark. Australian rugby needs to move on, well beyond talking about the ref.

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Strong post, Ralph.

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Shades of John Clarke’s ‘The Games’ Phil, where Brian broke the world record for the 100m because the track was only 90m…. 🙂

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No he hasn’t been officially designated zh, that’s just my poetic licence.
There’s a Rugby championship and a World Cup to get through first and the focus should rightly be on that, and the current regime.

But I don’t think it’s too far off the money…

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“Not looking forward to Japan.”

Will have to disagree on that one AWF. Regardless of what happens with the Wallabies, it should be a brilliant tournament.

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“The Wallabies will be lucky to beat the Pumas.”

They’ll have to play very well if they are to do so, Simon.

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Good call on the netball too, Muzzo.
Doesn’t quite make up for the cricket, but a great effort all the same. The Ferns have had some rough times against Australia in the last few years.

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Hi Muzzo

Yes I don’t think anyone else who follows the game closely would consider the Boks a ‘dark horse’!

“Big Frans”… yeah, what do you reckon is going on there? Did he challenge Mathieu Bastareaud to a sheep eating contest?

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All fair points Jez, and taking all of that into account, by no means was this a poor performance by recent standards.

On the other hand, what was really disappointing was that it was many of the same mistakes that cost the Wallabies dearly, that they’ve been making consistently over the last few years. Lapses of concentration and urgency in defence (two tries conceded), lack of clinical finishing ability (two tries forgone), and lack of discipline (two tries conceded while a man down).

I’m all for taking the positives out too, but at some point those negatives must be addressed on the field, instead of being talked about.

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Interesting hypothesis around the conditioning, Rhys. Not the craziest theory I’ve head by a long shot, but who knows where the actual truth of it lies?

Certainly I was very impressed with how the Argies matched it for the whole 80 mins against the AB’s, despite it being a fairly high tempo game.

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Agree, Lara. All Test matches are important, but this coming one is shaping as VERY important.

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I think we’ll get a fair idea of the correct ranking position this coming Sat night, RG.

If the Wallabies win, it will be a good result against a very good side. If they lose, then I think we can say that’s about their fair level.

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Thanks for the contribution, Joe. Too much whining and not enough winning, indeed.

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Pretty easily solved T-man.
Barrett to fullback…. 🙂

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I doubt it’s just a ‘Melbourne thing’, Melburnian.

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“Hooper’s question was pointless. It could only serve to annoy the ref.”

Yes, the look on Paul Williams’ face when Hooper said that was priceless, Wal!

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Sorry Ken, only just picked up your comment about Rennie at the second sweep.

No, nothing’s a done deal until it’s done. But I certainly wouldn’t be betting against it at this stage.

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“A man who says no to researching the traffic road rules or indeed the journey and just drives his way!”

Not the worst analogy I’ve seen, Wallie!

Re the ‘licence renewal’ however, he doesn’t actually need to have his contract renewed, he’s merely riding out the term of his original contract. One that was made under Bill Pulver’s administration btw, not Raelene Castle’s.

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Tupou’s cleanout was certainly nothing like the one Kepu got sent off for in Scotland, Hoy.

But I think he does need to reign things in a bit. Same with the one he did in Canberra, it’s no good him trailing an arm somewhere behind his shoulder and claiming that he wasn’t leading with the shoulder.

The refs are on to him, he doesn’t need to be less physical, but he does need to more genuinely wrap his arm and hit a bit more with the bicep rather than the point of his shoulder.

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Very nice, mate! 🙂

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It’s a good point you make about self belief, WB.

It’s not about saying that you have it, it’s something you know you have via your actions and outcomes.

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“Don’t blame the ref. We’re so over it. Take the points. We’re over that too.”

That covers a whole lot of it, Luke.

Re the 6-8, I too am not a fan of LSL at 6, although the position does seem to be his for now. Given his relative inexperience there, plus Naisarani on debut at 8, then sure, you’d expect to see the combination not quite gelling at this stage.

The trouble is now, there are only three more matches in which to bed this down before they play Fiji in a must-win match.

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