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Who is Bernard Foley's understudy?

It is clear Bernard Foley will be the Wallabies’ first choice 10 unless some Stephen Larkham-esque talent is unearthed. However, it is still necessary to invest in a strong understudy should injury occur or Foley suffer a decline in form.

He’s not as tall as Salakaia-Loto, but he’s about 194cm and jumps pretty well.

Pocock to shake up Wallabies' selection mix

I agree. I don’t think I would have him start again for the Wallabies. Link had it right using him as a finisher. Deans managed to get the best out of him for a few seasons, but he has declined hugely since 2010. Whether that is due to being shifted around, attitude or teams working him out, I am not sure. But performances like last night are just too common with him when he starts I think.

Eight talking points from Bledisloe 2

I still love Quade.

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 2: The results

I actually think JOC looks an excellent centre. I wouldn’t want to lose him there. Seems to have all the goods there. Even if the team doesn’t do brilliantly at the World Cup, it’d be nice if the coaches finally gave JOC the chance to nail one position.

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 2: The results

Hmm, if that’s the case, then it is indeed difficult to see the justification of him at 6. But we can say the same about his predecessor. Still boggles my mind that Fardy was basically told he wasn’t wanted anymore.

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 2: The results

Wasn’t he one of the preferred locks when uninjured?

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 2: The results

I agree witb him off the bench. I actually think Beale is one of the best finishers in the world. He can cut tired teams to shreds, but his best rugby is almost always in the last 20 mins.

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 2: The results

The unfortunate reality of selections under Cheika is that Banks had one okay (but by no means poor) performance when debuting as a starter, and is now seemingly out of favour. Compare to Beale who has had plenty of shockers, but will likely be maintained.

I hope I’m wrong, but I suspect to see Beale at 15 going forward and wouldn’t be surprised to see Salakaia-Loto at 6 unless Pocock is back.

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 2: The results

McCaffrey.

Pocock to shake up Wallabies' selection mix

I’m not convinced by his work rate. I think Riddler made a good point about him drifting out of matches. I also certainly wouldn’t call him a passenger in defence, but I think he always misses too many tackles for a 6, especially on opposition backs.

At the moment he seems he is selected purely for his line out jumping and his ball running. I personally don’t think that’s enough.

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 2: The results

I just personal think we’ve seen enough from Foley. We know what that looks like. Anyway, just my personal opinion.

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 2: The results

I just can’t agree about Foley. He has failed far too often, at super and international level. He’s had just as many similarly poor performances against the All Blacks.

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 2: The results

I don’t think it’s really fair to blame the players after what was clearly a coaching issue. However, the issues we saw with Beale and Salakaia-Loto are the ones we have seen for nearly a decade of Beale starting and most of Salakaia-Loto’s starts at 6.

I don’t think Beale should start again, he does this too much. And I don’t think Salakaia-Loto should start again, especially not at 6. I’m happy enough with both on the bench though.

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 2: The results

Very strange logic. In the Lions series, both the All Blacks and the Lions won a match when it was 15 vs 15…

That kind of indicates that, shockingly, different results can occur between teams in different matches. Crazy, I know.

Bledi hell! Wallabies walloped by brilliant All Blacks

*cough* US basketball team *cough*

Bledi hell! Wallabies walloped by brilliant All Blacks

Paul played in his own position though.

Bledi hell! Wallabies walloped by brilliant All Blacks

Beale’s passing is often terrible, especially for someone who was considered a test flyhalf by Cheika only a year ago. Go back to the Argentina test and look at his terrible pass to Hodge.

Bledi hell! Wallabies walloped by brilliant All Blacks

‘some Aus fans were feral all last week’
Care to provide examples? The overwhelming majority were simply Australian fans expressing joy at the result, while also admitting that the All Blacks were still a better team. You trying to build a narrative around ‘feral’ fans has zero credibility, Jacko, until you prove it.

Bledi hell! Wallabies walloped by brilliant All Blacks

A well deserved win after a fantastic performance by a champion team.

This is my problem with Cheika’s Wallabies, it’s always one good step forward, and then…

Bledi hell! Wallabies walloped by brilliant All Blacks

It was 16-15 vs England, not a huge comeback. And let’s be honest, the All Blacks form, play and results has been in decline over the last 12 months.

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

True.

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

He was quicker too. I loved it how Gregan used to tackle him – just grabbed onto his shirt, and held on for dear life. I don’t know how he brought him down.

Lomu was the only guy – I thought – who made Mortlock look small by comparison, when Mortlock tried to tackle him.

Barrett: Our attack will click and All Blacks will retain the Bledisloe

I think tennis is much more predictable than rugby (at least when the top players play). I think that there are a lot more upsets than you’re giving credit for. With the benefit of hindsight, England’s 3-0 drubbing of Australia in 2016 may not have been surprising, but it was a huge upset at the time. Only 8 months earlier, Australia’s upset of England at the World Cup was another.

Actually, the 2015 World Cup was full of surprises.

Too many players, too complex and not enough stars of the Lomu variety

I don’t mind the thought of contestable kicks that don’t go out. Given the rain, it will be harder not to fumble them, and harder to pass also. Better than conceding a turnover between our 22 and halfway.

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

I can’t believe I just told you to get some ‘meet’ into you… Now it has been on here for too long, so I cannot edit it and will forever look like someone who cannot spell ‘meat’. :laughing:

Barrett: Our attack will click and All Blacks will retain the Bledisloe