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I’m sure we could kill some time yapping on. Particularly if there is a game on. I am Sydney based.

REVEALED: The Wallabies side to face the Springboks (as voted by the fans)

We don’t know. We are making assessments on imperfect knowledge. Imagining we are the coach and what we would do if we were in his position.

REVEALED: The Wallabies side to face the Springboks (as voted by the fans)

Yeah we are missing the sharp shooter. Someone like Morne Stein. It is definitely a hole in the plan. There are lots of holes in the existing structures as well. I had hoped O’conner could tick that box. Maybe he will. We are going to need some luck at this cup to progress. I am not that concerned if we don’t. I just want to see some intent or method with how we think we can win. I feel much the same way about the overall management of rugby in Australia.

REVEALED: The Wallabies side to face the Springboks (as voted by the fans)

Thanks for your considered response. It would be good to chat about it over a pint. There are different ways to score tries. Territory, getting over the advantage line and scoreboard pressure resulting in the other team taking risks can result in more tries. Distribution is not the only way. I do agree CLL is less easy to target then Foley and gives us a bit more than Hodge in game management. I could live with CLL. I could also lith with with JoC or Tomua. For me the game plan is the key thing. Mobility and distribution is not sound when paired with any our options at 10.

REVEALED: The Wallabies side to face the Springboks (as voted by the fans)

I am just as happy with either of those two there or to swap JoC and hodge. I did wonder why the rebels done use him to kick when they are trying to get out of the 22. You think he is to slow to clear?

REVEALED: The Wallabies side to face the Springboks (as voted by the fans)

I do remember. If it is on, he may not hit the target and we won’t score as many tries like that. The question is do we gain more in defence and field position and in close running. I am not sure… I just no our current plan has not been working.

REVEALED: The Wallabies side to face the Springboks (as voted by the fans)

It’s an ok team.

The real problem is our game plan requires a strong 5/8 and we don’t have anyone that can do the job. Plus, the people that we put there end up being weak links in other aspects of our play.

Over the last couple of months, I have been thinking about whether it would be possible to redefine the role of our 10.

My analysis of our 10’s is:
– Foley is too small in defence, has zero distance in his kicking game, and was a running 5/8 who has now lost his pace. No one is really scared of his attack, they target his channel in defence, he is only an ok goal kicker and cannot kick the ball long.
– Lealiifano has a great story and is an ok player but once again no one is scared of him.

A new game plan: We have been building our game plan around attack and mobility. It’s not going to work at this cup. We will be knocked out at the semi’s if we are lucky, most likely the quarters. Instead of building our game around attack I think we should consider building it around territory, defence, and gain line. Pretty successful approach at world cups.

In this landscape, kicking length, size and speed, defence are attributes that become more important than distribution at 10. Creativity is still important for the team, but you look for it in other areas, in forwards that can offload, in a 9 that can probe, in a 12 and 13 that can bend the line and offload, and in a back 3 that can counter-attack and join the line.
If we were to select a team that was to be built around territory and defence and gain line.
– I could work with the pack selected above (but swap Pocock for Hooper in the starting line up).
– I would start White and finish with Genia in the 2nd half for the whole tournament.
– I would have Hodge as my primary 10 and Tomua as my backup to get us moving forward, hitting the line, kicking long, and defending strong.
– Kerevi and Kurindrani would get us over the advantage line and defend strong. Kerevi is pretty good at offloading.
– Beale and banks on the wings to finish, play field position, and add creativity.
– James Oconner at the back to kick goals

I think it would be a bit of a grind, but I believe this team and the game plan has more chance of getting us through to the Semi’s.

Very interested in People thoughts. It’s out of the box thinking that challenges the way we look at a 5/8 and play the game. I think it has some merit though.

REVEALED: The Wallabies side to face the Springboks (as voted by the fans)