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Armchair Halfback is the musings of a long time rugby tragic - a devotee and thinker about all things pertaining to the running game.

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Re injuries, an interchange arrangement similar to AFL might help, so that a player can just simply be treated off the the pitch rather than on it. If we had a 8 person bench with a limit of 5 temporary replacements (for up to 10 minutes) and a maximum 5 permanent replacements then there will be more space/tiring bodies in the last quarter of the game…

Time wasting hurts more than just rugby's spectacle

Hi Harry – I was surprised by how lethargic the Boks were – it’s just a few weeks ago they were monstering the B & I Lions with superhuman defence. Someone like Henshaw – the best 12 in the NH – barely made a metre, yet Kerevi is breaking tackles at will! Thoroughly enjoyed this Wallabies win, one for the ages…

'Bring back that wild waterboy': The Boks are 'sick' and maybe a return to Rassie is the only cure

Thanks JD – Athletic Park 1996 – wet muddy – was it blowing a gale> and – was the old commentators box and adjoining stand prone to swaying alot? Anyway that 38-12 Boks win in 2012 was their best in Australia with an enormous back row of Alberts, Vermeulen and Coetzee and they just monstered the Wallabies that day – but besides this big Boks wins are rare in Aus and rarer outside Perth…

A rapid Wallabies turnaround, and other non-Cooper observations

It reminded me of Highlanders Tevita Nabura who did something similar against the Tahs a couple of years ago, though Nabura’s kick to the head of (Cam Clark?) did look more premeditated…

The Wrap: Rinse and repeat as sharply focused All Blacks sweep the Wallabies

Thanks Geoff, I think some of that confidence gained from the France series win and the combative 1st test at Eden Park is fading fast. The 20 minute red card period was a gift, which they could have used to swing the momentum of the game, but they just lacked the tactical nous, accuracy and self belief needed. They played well in the last 10 minutes, but the game was well and truly over as a contest. At least we have two very good scrum halves!

The Wrap: Rinse and repeat as sharply focused All Blacks sweep the Wallabies

His halcyon days?

Can Quade and Samu wind back the clock for the Wallabies?

QC’s always been a lovely passer of the ball. I don’t think this is a terrible WB’s team – just young, inexperienced and up against the best team in the world 2 weeks in a row in their most impenetrable fortress. Give Andrew Kellaway a break from media duties, Matt To’omua a break from 2nd player maker, play in front of a friendly crowd, and give 4 or 5 AB’s parental leave and we might (possibly perhaps) win!

Can Quade and Samu wind back the clock for the Wallabies?

Thanks Nick, hopefully the Wb’s can bounce back from a tough night in Auckland. QC and Kerevi will hopefully bring more x factor and less intercepted passes…. 😛

Can Quade and Samu wind back the clock for the Wallabies?

Always the way, Harry, always the way – to be honest I’ve never watched Titanic, tediously lengthy running time, and rather boring – rugby would never be like that would it?!

The Wrap: Rugby’s world in conflict becomes a world in standstill

Geoff’s grandiloquent metaphor: No matter, the admission of the ‘Brave Blossoms’ into the Rugby Championships is surely the biggest no-brainer since Kate Winslet chose Leonardo DiCaprio over Billy Zane in Titanic. Never put better….

The Wrap: Rugby’s world in conflict becomes a world in standstill

Thanks JD – Less rugby on atm, so less to discuss! Less rugby sometimes sees more mud slinging round these parts, as you point out. 😛 Hoping the NPC will be back on soon after the Covid cancellations last week.

The Bledisloe bungle: A self-inflicted curse on both our houses

Thanks JD, agree with what you say..

The Bledisloe bungle: A self-inflicted curse on both our houses

Nice, never saw Kirkpatrick play, well before my time. Wikipedia tells me he was a farmer – evidently a very sophisticated one… 😂 Laughing aside a more recent comparison might be someone like former English flanker Richard Hill?

The Thursday rugby two-up: Biggest lesson from Wallabies' 'brutal' review

Thanks Brett. Agreed with Nobes re Etzebeth, he’s Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha rolled into one! He was always athletic and physically imposing, but he’s stepped up to beast mode. If the AB’s & Boks get to play, it will be a titanic struggle. I’ve been name checking Papali’l a bit along the way, he’s big and very physical, very much a modern open side.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Biggest lesson from Wallabies' 'brutal' review

The intercepts I think highlight one big difference – the AB’s can read the coming plays really well and anticipate/support the next several phases whereas the Wallabies (to quote U2) are “stuck in the moment…” https://open.spotify.com/track/1klDPm7SfsS32hl7KHV9iy?si=288ea23e7df442b0

Why the Wallabies are still looking for fool’s gold

Thanks Nick, lots to learn for the Wallabies, tough gig to play at Eden Park annually, never mind on back to back weekends. Hope this one won’t dent their confidence too much..

Why the Wallabies are still looking for fool’s gold

Unless you’re Richie Mo’unga of course…. 😂

Losing all control: The 2021 Lions tour of South Africa

Nice work Harry, victors get to write history as they say!

Losing all control: The 2021 Lions tour of South Africa

Thanks Brett, fascinating game, great to see the Wallabies play with confidence and intent. Though that 3rd quarter was a chastening 20 minutes, hopefully they will be better for it.

Analysis: The 25 minutes when Bledisloe 1 got away from the Wallabies

It was a difficult wind wasn’t it? Sometimes it’s just local knowledge – I watched Harry Plummer nail his kicks in to the same wind the following day in the Auckland v Canterbury NPC clash…

Analysis: The 25 minutes when Bledisloe 1 got away from the Wallabies

I’m more concerned about his physical state after he retires tbh. If Steve Thompson can’t remember winning the 2003 RWC what of Sam?

Some positive steps for the All Blacks, but the volatility remains

I’ve always liked Ardie Savea, at his best he plays with glorious abandon! Gave the WB’s a torrid time at Eden Park last year.

Some positive steps for the All Blacks, but the volatility remains

He’s definitely got the mo’ for the job…! Aka Allan Hewson from the 80’s (not to be confused with John Hewson 😛 )

Some positive steps for the All Blacks, but the volatility remains

Hey Highlander I worry a bit about the wear and tear on Cane’s battered body – he’s had some awful injuries. Papalii, I think, is a bigger, athletic, durable and his a bit of swagger.

Some positive steps for the All Blacks, but the volatility remains

Just glad that Foster hasn’t yet worked out who his best full back is… 😂

Some positive steps for the All Blacks, but the volatility remains

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