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Brett McKay is one of The Roar's good news stories and has been a rugby and cricket expert for the site since July 2009. Brett is an international and Super Rugby commentator for ABC Grandstand radio, is the voice of ACT club rugby, has commentated on Under-20s Championships, Women's Uni Sevens and National Rugby Championship coverage, and has written for magazines and websites in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. He tweets from @BMcSport.

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I didn’t actually think that was aimed at me?!

Was it, Tooly?

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Well, headlines were around a long time before clickbait was even a thing, Nobody!
And either way, ‘clickbait’ is more about a headline that dials the hyperbole up to 11 in terms of relevance to what the article is actually saying…

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

That’s a definite possibility, LN. World Rugby issued new directives around high tackles ahead of the tournament..

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

So is “Winning is not that important to Rugby Australia any more”.

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

:laughing: Something like that, Nobody!!

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

And I reckon it’s all this that will have the Wallabies strongly considering a defence, TWAS. Might depend on the level of the charge, too..

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

Fionn, relax, I’m just talking about myself…

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

🙄

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

No no, Ray, it was certainly implied in “..it was pleasing to see the lineout drive used to start the momentum shift…” 😉

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

yeah, nah…

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

For ten minutes, Jock. 🙄

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

It was a great opening weekend, wasn’t it Mzili! I loved Japan-Russia on Friday night, and ditto Italy-Namibia yesterday.

You make a really interesting point around White and Genia. I’ve notice more and more a trend in comments that if one player – especially off the bench – has a good game, then the player replaced must therefore have been poor, as if everything is black and white.

Genia was great off the bench, but White wasn’t poor. Ditto Toomua and Lealiifano. Ditto Haylett-Petty and Beale, actually. I don’t think Beale was as bad as plenty of people do.

It’s entirely possible that games swing as bench players start coming on. Indeed, that’s why they’re used so strategically…

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That’s a pretty solid summary of all events, BB! :thumbup:

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

Good post Luke, can’t disagree with any that really. And it’s a very good point you make about ‘hit and wrap’..

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

Yeah, all good points Adam.

My understanding is that Petaia is the only player in doubt for Wales, and the Kuridrani was considered for the Fiji game..

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

Yeah, I’m with you on the hard line, Cole. If rugby wants to get serious about concussion and both how it deals with it and what it can do to prevent it (and it clearly does), then this hard line is necessary.

if that means Hodge is out for a week or two, it’ll be hard to argue the point..

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DHP’s performance off the bench will undoubtedly give pause for thought Baz, I’m sure. And of the two, Beale strikes me as the better bench impact option – but credit to Haylett-Petty for the job he did to start the conversation at the very least..

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That’s a ridiculous comment…

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

No, the headline is designed to get you to read the article, Homer, which you can’t have done, because you wouldn’t be stuck focussing on the headline.

If you read the article, the headline makes *perfect* sense… 🙄

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

And this is exactly why I say I don’t know what to make of it, DeeMac.

There’s a side angle out there which shows both of Hodges arms wrapping after impact, and would therefore suggest the intent was always to tackle legally front-on (notwithstanding being steamrolled!)

Will be very interesting to see how it plays out..

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

Well Paul, Hodge being cited suggests the Citing Commisioner is suggesting it should’ve been red, so then it becomes a question of entry point and whether they agree to any mitigating circumstances.

But I agree about the idea of few (if any) changes. This is another of those games where the win probably provides enough credit for the players who started..

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Nah, it’s not that difficult Fioon, and sure beats trying to find fault in everything.

Plus, genuine criticism then has more impact than it would if I spent my whole time whinging about everything..

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

hahaha, I just hold out hope Daveski that one day Jock will make a solid point. Alas, I’m left disappointed today… :unhappy:

I suspect you’re right, if the citing commisioner has decided the tackle met the red card threshhold, then it’s not hard to see a suspension coming, especially when the RWC Disciplanry Process speaks of a “One-team ethos between citing, judicial and match official environments”…

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(double post, apologies..)

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

It was a great excuse to spend a lot of time watching YouTube clips…

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