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Video says much about Wallabies attitude

At the end of this article is a video of the Wallabies’ change room after the Welsh win. I love how, during the Lions’ tours, they have a camera in the change room to show you what happens before the match. And this is also a frank look at the dressing room after a good […]

Yeah that’s the thing for me… looks very dominant at NRC level, but hasn’t been consistent at Super level at all I don’t think. It isn’t so much the team, but I don’t know if he has confidence at that level…
I think we are seeing the huge fall out from years of terrible coaching… He was picked young to play, had a bit of a rough start, and was put to the side… that may have really played on his mind, and could still be…
I see what he CAN offer, but I think Kerevi is a better 12… so 10 would be the obvious place for the skilled 12 option… and I am not sold on Stewart yet at all. It is a shame he is moving on.

Reds centres aim for point of difference

I don’t think he likes playing 10.

DP has been good to great at times, but has also gone missing a lot. I wouldn’t call his defence ferocious, but he was OK. I think 10 would have been good for him, but if he didn’t like the role, it is sad that I don’t think he is as good as others at 12, however maybe we need him at 12, if Stewart isn’t as creative as we need him to be?

Reds centres aim for point of difference

To me it seemed that CFS got too big too quickly and his body couldn’t handle it… when he was too heavy, he kept getting injured.

When he trimmed down and was fit, he was a weapon. Fast, explosive, good hands, aggressive… but it was few and far between unfortunately.

Reds centres aim for point of difference

Huge problem. Lack of good 5/8s in this country is now not only killing our results, but also harming the development of other positions really.

Reds centres aim for point of difference

I can’t ever seem to edit?…

Australia face a nightmare tour of India

I used to enjoy a definite “Cricket” season, but there is so much on now, it is all kind of blasé…

But it still seems odd to me that we are touring India, right after they toured here…

Australia face a nightmare tour of India

Agreed Nick! I’m tired of the failing stupid 2nd playmaker system. It hasn’t worked for us yet after almost about 12 years… Get a decent 5/8 who can actually run a game without the need for a helping hand, and then get a good running 12 to get us over the gain line through power and/or guile… ala Kerevi, then get a 13 who can set up outside FAST runners. Basically, it would be a complete overhaul and change of direction from Cheika’s game plans so far after 5 years.

By dumping Larkham, the Wallabies have been Cheika-mated

We were as close to losing 3-0 as we were to winning the series…

By dumping Larkham, the Wallabies have been Cheika-mated

People keep thinking it was a close series, and if you look at 2/1 it was, kind of… remember we lost game 1 when Beale slipped over, but then we won game 2 when Halfpenny missed?… otherwise it would have been 3 blot. But then, we didn’t really just lose either… remember game three? Boy, that wasn’t a close loss.

By dumping Larkham, the Wallabies have been Cheika-mated

Yeah, look, forwards coach was a no brainer. We regressed badly. It was pretty staggering but also, obvious.

By dumping Larkham, the Wallabies have been Cheika-mated

Yeah, I don’t think Dean’s was treated horribly by RA at all… sure some idiots complained simply because he was a kiwi. The problem as I saw it was that his results weren’t necessarily appalling, but he is in the position that we are in now, where undeniably, we were not reaching potential… plus he lost a Lions series at home… I mean that used to be worth something, but now, having lost two home series Cheika stays rather than falls on his sword…

The saddest thing on your list John is the McKenzie problem. Boy that was a cluster. I can’t get past what we potentially lost in coaching there… An analytical coach, able to tweak game plans…

Lets face it, that list is a list of horrible issues, through terrible administration, horrible understanding of the game they are running, and just stupidity really. You would have to say 3, 4 and 5 are really as dumb as it can get…

It sure is a bad list…

By dumping Larkham, the Wallabies have been Cheika-mated

What? This is getting perilously close to the 1 on 1 I used to play with my brother…

Rugby X: World Rugby approves five-a-side competition

So many questions… one would have to assume that Larkham finally stood up and said words to the effect of “this is madness…”… feedback across a myriad of forms has been interesting… with one particularly good comment I saw being that wouldn’t a difference opinion (between Larkham and Cheika) actually be a good thing? Wouldn’t a normal person sit back and look at alternative theories etc? But no… it was a disagreement, so one had to leave, and it wasn’t the head coach, with a horrible record.

Meanwhile, as you say Ash, the defensive (ly poor) coach is still there, despite have a horrible record, because he is obviously on the same page as the head coach.

Steve Hansen went on a fishing expedition in Wellington

Barnes played a scorcher against Wales, on debut I think? Is that right? Then in the QFs, our scrum issues came to the fore again…

Stephen Larkham sacked as Wallabies assistant coach

To me, it’s been a useless Australian thing for too long… go back to traditional 12… Kerevi is that man… but use him well… he will get you over the gain line… use him like a battering ram, as Foley does, and he is pointless.

Having said that, Larkham was a fan of tweaking Toomua and Lealiifano and switching them in and out… I always thought Lealiifano was a 10 playing 12, and Toomua a 12 playing 10.

Stephen Larkham sacked as Wallabies assistant coach

6th?

Stephen Larkham sacked as Wallabies assistant coach

I can’t edit this for some reason… but I should have said he will be our new head coach without any of the old World Wide Searches that we have all become accustomed to… or even despite the World Wide Search! I want to like Larkham, but as I said, he just doesn’t have the results behind him.

Stephen Larkham sacked as Wallabies assistant coach

It only makes sense if he is good… Larkhams record isn’t great by any stretch… what really worries me is they are keeping him around because come November 2019… he will be our new head coach!

Stephen Larkham sacked as Wallabies assistant coach

phew… So do we read that Larkham disagreed with the game plan, and tactics to this date? Or was it Larkham’s fault, and Cheika wanted to change how the team was attacking?

As for the ARU being responsible and keen to transition Larkham into another role…. he has no results to write home about at this stage… why is the ARU bending over for him? I think he would be better off getting an assistant’s job in the North somewhere and learning the role well… Come back with skills and ability as a Coach.

Stephen Larkham sacked as Wallabies assistant coach

Not sure what happened to my original comment here? Now I can’t remember what I said…

Something along the lines of “Do you think each teams S&C and defensive coach follows the same pattern as each other? Holds the same beliefs?” Wouldn’t our results be pretty similar then? But if that was the case, why are our teams dominated physically at the start of the season, through games etc. Wouldn’t we be better off training in game like situations as much as possible?

Sure worry about injury, but what benefit is there in going into trials and the season underdone? Wouldn’t soft tissue injuries be more likely to happen then…

Something like that anyway…

Super Rugby 2019 preview series: Queensland Reds

The interview shows Peter Ryan saying “These guys have never really done full contact during session during this time of the year”. He goes on to say “it’s only small numbers”… but you seem to think each team prepares the same way, believes the same science etc? You think all S&C and defensive coaches drink from the same bottle? Wouldn’t that give us all reasonably similar results? Yet time and time again, we see Australian teams physically dominated early in the season, early in the game etc. Why is that? It’s almost like…

Why don’t you think our teams (or at the very least, the Reds) have been doing full contact just before trials? I mean sure, worry about injury, but it can happen when you step down from the gutter… and anecdotally I always felt injuries happen when you are half arsed. Sure coddle them until they get to a trial… but then… whats the difference? They would have a higher likelihood of soft tissue injury if their bodies are not prepared for it wouldn’t they? Plus, if you train like a game situation, then wouldn’t you get better at game situations? You’d reckon… might be wrong though…

Super Rugby 2019 preview series: Queensland Reds

I think Peter Ryan will be a big bonus for the Reds this year. I did see Peter Ryan interviewed recently and he was saying the Reds were doing full contact still, but… (I was AMAZED to hear him say) that it was unusual for an Australian Super team to be doing full contact this late in pre season… I nearly fell off my chair.

I couldn’t believe it, but then when I look at results, it makes perfect sense… I have long thought a massive issue in Aus was how we train… look at the teams sometimes and it seams all they do is uncontested training, and then when they play, and someone actually opposes them, we can’t handle it… our game plan isn’t worth a pinch of salt, because it isn’t based on true opposition…

Someone I know has been down watching them train, and he said they were getting belted in pre-season.. flogged. They should be fit anyway.

Super Rugby 2019 preview series: Queensland Reds

You’re bang on, it’s recruitment… poor halves.

The Broncs can get upfield 90m but their halves can’t do anything inside the 10m attacking zone, and THAT is the big Broncs problem. They have recruited or kept the wrong options since 2006…

What happened to the Broncos?

Forgive my waiting and seeing… paper sides have never been as good…

I am not sold on Thorn’s ability to coach yet. There was some very odd decisions last year in regards to his rotation of playmakers etc…

Plus I am not so sure Kerevi is a good captain. Great player, no doubt, but not sure of his ability to lead a team, get a team motivated, change tactics etc. It reeks a bit of “best player, now captain” to me.
The problem at the Reds is they are a VERY young side. Tuttle might have been an option to captain, however he was on the outer last year, despite the poor bloke being used for almost all their promotional media… The only others a bit sensible seem to the whichever Smith is a certain starter.

Kerevi named skipper as Reds look to put tumultuous year behind them

I’m comfortable with “Lonners” but I would have thought of something down the Simpsons line with Herb Powell, making a pow, pow, powerful car!

Preseason be damned: Matt Lucas on his back-to-back-to-back seasons