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Don’t disagree that he played a lot less on the gainline, but that was as much a facet of the attacking patterns the Tahs were obviously going for and not necessarily a byproduct of just Harrisons play. There was a lot of coast to coast play by the Tahs were they really tried to stretch the defensive structures and change the point of contact. A lot of speed, through the hands work rather than the channel one play of say the Rebels.

I think you might want to delve into the stats a little more to reflect on Harrisons season because he took it to the line a lot more than you might think, lots of runs for decent meters with a reasonable amount of tackle busts.

Also it’s a bit of a misnomer to say that playing flat to the line is the only way to counter rush defence, there are a number of ways to approach it.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

I think you need to seperate the media chat from Lolesio the individual. Remember Mark Nawaqanitawase being talked up as Folau 2.0, that sure wasn’t coming from Mark.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

I actually thought Harrison was a better classic 10 this season.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Even with the Reds, I’m not sure that it is so much about the complexity of their sequences, it’s more the fundamentals of timing & accuracy of both positioning, throws and lifts. As I said a range of execution issues.

I have wondered somewhat if the AU teams playing each other week in and week out is also a factor. Calls become important when your coming up against the same teams who have potentially already seen what you have in your toolkit.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Yes and no. I don’t think they have become too complicated, just that like last night a number of teams haven’t been able to execute. Go watch some of the Crusaders lineout sequences this year if you want to see some novel lineouts done right.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Don’t you mean by JP Smith who continued to drive/push him. At least Tupou had the class to come over an see that he was ok.

Poor photographer gets demolished by Folau Fainga'a

To be fair, I think any talk of the Reds coaching has been in the context of their attack this year vs. the last couple of years. Their scrum and to a degree defence have been sound for awhile but their attack has been very much improved since McKay returned to the fold. It’s hard to not excuse their lineout woes this year after loosing the talent of Rodda and even Hockings.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

I thought the mental aspect was a factor too. Reds looked jittery at the beginning. There may have been a degree of having played their final last week in terms of the mental/physical toll.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Selections give me the impression that McKellar always had a particular approach in mind and very much presented a specific picture in the last game against the Reds.

Super Rugby AU final teams: Lolesio back for Brumbies, Petaia given the all-clear

Not to mention his experience though his involvement as a player in a number of other coaching setups. I’m not adverse to having a range of fresh eyes and voices in the room.
The breakdown will be interesting. I’ve always wondered how much of the learned habits you can coach out of players in these windows leading into international games.

Wallabies turn to former British and Irish Lion as forwards coach

I’d be curious how he’s tracking too. He was good coming into the RWC, but his consistency the year or two before wasn’t great and his lineout throwing was rather average for a long time there. The environment and support Latu has around him will be important for him maintaining his form as he hasn’t got a great track record for managing himself.

Wallabies turn to former British and Irish Lion as forwards coach

If I had to guess I’d suspect it to have more to do with the fitness and the defence aspects of his game than his attack.

Wallabies squad for 2020 international season revealed

He’s still available (Simmons)

Adding the Arnold Amendment to the Giteau Law makes a hell of a lot of sense

Don’t forget Richie too.

Adding the Arnold Amendment to the Giteau Law makes a hell of a lot of sense

Coleman hasn’t returned post COVID for London Irish has he had some surgery so he’s a very large unknown atm. I’d be doubtful if he’s the player Rennie has in mind when he requested this amendment.
I also concur with others in that I think the optics might not look good if Rodda is recalled and I’d be curious what the player sentiment is about those ex-Red’s players.
Skelton would be interesting. Was looking good at Saracens, haven’t seen his performances at La Rochelle.
I know Scott Fardy is getting on, but he’s still looked pretty good.
I wonder if Genia, Quade, Foley or anyone like that is on the cards for Rennie. I know people mention Tolu Latu, but some of his lineout throwing wasn’t so crash hot either for much of his time at the Waratahs.

Adding the Arnold Amendment to the Giteau Law makes a hell of a lot of sense

Anyone know if the international standings will continue to operate as usual? I just can’t see the game win/loses this year as necessarily being entirely valid for country rankings.

CONFIRMED: Wallabies to get home-ground advantage for 2020 Rugby Championship

Not Randwick? 😛

CONFIRMED: Wallabies to get home-ground advantage for 2020 Rugby Championship

Keep in mind we are talking about South Africa the team not the country. Whilst the country has a long way to go, many of the players are abroad participating in comps with reasonably robust COVID controls so it may not be as bad as you think. With the right quarantine and testing I see no reason it couldn’t work much like the numerous American sports etc..Likewise Argentina have a few players already running around o/s, though likely not as many. Travelling with larger squads is going to be needed so the economics of this comp will be a lot different.

I curious to see if the rumoured Japan possibility happens.

CONFIRMED: Wallabies to get home-ground advantage for 2020 Rugby Championship

I thought it was Jeff

Melbourne Bledisloe Cup Test postponed

Considering the numbers/interest has diminished in the core markets I’m not actually sure that expansion markets is really what they need atm. Additionally a lot of these games hosting location is as much about what the state can provide ($, etc..) for bringing the show to town vs. strategically where RA might wish to go.

Melbourne Bledisloe Cup Test postponed

As an aside, why the heck do people call these stadiums by their sponsorship names? I mean I know why broadcasts and the media have to but I really don’t know why the general public are such lambs. Perth Stadium seems an apt name to my mind, as does Docklands Stadium.

Melbourne Bledisloe Cup Test postponed

Agree. Though there was one where it did look like Tupuo’s legs went from under him.

Brumbies cry scrum foul ahead of final

He (Tafa) was def. one of the picks of the bunch in those A games. Moeroa impressed me less. Looked hesistent, rusty with his decision making and as you said a little slow.

Super Rugby AU Round 9 teams: Rob Penney makes selection gamble for must-win match

Maybe they just don’t have the funds to even come close to what they know they’d have to pay him.

Super Rugby AU Round 9: Tight, but not tipping panel tight

Brett, their win % with him doesn’t make great reading either 😛

Good chance for them to see what they can do without him as my gut feeling is that they might not have him around next year.

Super Rugby AU Round 9: Tight, but not tipping panel tight