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or just change your formula , the second best player usual studies what the best player usually does and plans for that . Im sure their was an asian gent that wrote a whole philosophy on that …

'Bring back that wild waterboy': The Boks are 'sick' and maybe a return to Rassie is the only cure

I think your right , if a one dimensional plan is all you have then all you need is a one dimensional answer to negate it. Once that happened ,they only had answers that they had never really believed they would need . Cheiks plans also were like that .
Wallabies with heart and mind at the same time, been a long time since that last happened !!!

'Bring back that wild waterboy': The Boks are 'sick' and maybe a return to Rassie is the only cure

and makes room for more beer.

Will the Wallaby scrum survive scrutiny by beer-loving Frans Malherbe, the sweatiest prop in the game?

Hodge out , JOC on bench as a vastly superior Hodge .

'He gets bloody angry': Nic White wins Wallabies start after fiery impact in Boks triumph

From memory there was at least 2 Springboks covering him on the right , perfect opportunity for a Stu Wilson body swerve.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

Its interesting isn’t it , against slower more structured teams the wallabies ,within reason , have coped ok but put them against a similar style to ” the Aussie style” , I don’t actually know what anyone means when they say that (is it a reference to mistakes made faster? ) its the speed of the counter attack that undoes them usually.

'A grovelling apology from me': World reaction to Quade brilliance and 'one dimensional' Boks

I get the feeling there is a cultural fix going on in the team, started by the coach but being embraced by the players . Last number of years the players/coaches/selectors seemed to care but didn’t care enough to fix their shortcomings .
The board seems to be swinging into line as well , now if only the NSWRU got the same memo…

A rapid Wallabies turnaround, and other non-Cooper observations

By teaching the first three you mentioned.

Wallabies need an urgent injection of composure ahead of Springboks and Pumas

Hi Nick , do you find enough worthwhile issues to discuss whilst critiquing the Wallabies? Most games I have a couple of minor things but sometimes I wonder if I’m being a bit picky?

Get your questions in for Issue 25 of Coach's Corner

Really ? If I wasn’t in lockdown I wouldn’t bother replying ,but, can you point out what his actual playing shortcomings are ?

'He's a freak', 'just unbelievable': Even the Kiwis are gushing about Michael Hooper's form

Ive vaguely been mulling over the manner at which the Lions tours have been run on the paddock , apart from watching being on par of having a hangover without getting drunk first , but havent the referees already got the ability to take the game back ?
Players throwing hollywoods, French or otherwise ,penalty .
Slow play free kick , penalty or what ever .
Too much talking by players to refs , penalty ,free kick etc (actually since when do refs have to talk to players except to enforce the laws ? ).
Waterboys etc on paddock warn them to leave or free kick ,penalty etc to opposition.
The power to correct this is already there but no one seems to want to use it . The are the law on the paddock !
If teams start getting penalised , they will self correct or they will risk losing games.

The Wrap: Fast-finishing Wallabies earn respect but Bledisloe Cup remains elusive

Assaulted? Read your article with interest, viewed your comments as Trumpian.

Has Rassie's 'Kool-Aid' gone stale?

Looked at it a few times , I didn’t see a direct to head or throat . There was a shot from behind that looked to be in the area but the shot from the other side looked to be chest to chest . Tough to be sure but my feeling was ,based on what was shown , nope that was a wrong call.

'Absolute travesty': Outrage over Koroibete red in Wallabies v France decider

Brilliant! Huge cahones. Isn’t it amazing ,playing what’s in front of you can work as well as actually adjusting the plan as needed, very un Australian. Huge kudos to the coaching team, they obviously work well together, isnt that a change.

'That wasn't about rugby, it was about heart': Brave 14-man Wallabies' stirring win

Was at the game in Dunners and then went back to after match with ABs. Talking to a couple of them and both their comment was that game was more physical than any game they had played against SA . Looking at the structure of how Fiji played was different to any I’ve seen them play. I would suggest any win against them is a good one and currently , the ABs are not the leading team in world rugby.

All Blacks to unleash Mo'unga at 10 for second Fiji Test

Enjoyed your article . I actually enjoyed the game as well , I actually think the wobblies aren’t as bad as what a lot seem to . I noticed a change of game plan 1/2 way through the first half which I took to be a novelty for them to actually adapt . I think there are signs of good coaching and and signs of Mckellar starting to show . Yes ,they go wide to fast , yes ,I couldn’t understand the French not being pinged for lazing around. I thought the law was the tackler has to roll east or west . Yes , there frequently was no clear release but it was actually ,given the speed of arrival as to who was the tackler. I actually , through wine coloured glasses, wondered a couple of times in maul defence that the French ,enmasse, swam up the side of an Aussie drive and took out the ball carrier.
I think they are missing a heavy ball runner in the backs and that exacerbates the issues you comment on.
But all in all ,things aren’t that bad !

Four things the Wallabies need to change

Bobby ,which kick was poor , the one that Wright didn’t manage to force, the one that Kellaway couldn’t quite get to or the one that he put onto grass that the French bloke put out for a line out around the 22 in the last 5 or so, or was it the error when he slightly overrun to not score . Totally understand that you have far more insight that WG , it stands to reason as you post here so much .
Personally it reminded me of Crusaders/All Blacks making positive attempt errors, better than rinse, repeat ,fail, rinse, repeat ,fail .
Ill take that performance over many Ive seen .
Loved the game .

WILL GENIA: Why I'd opt for Noah and Tate, and loved Hunter's 'ballsy' play

Totally agree KCOL, with out a foundation it’s very hard to build anything that will last . Australian strength always used to be the ability to coach smart but with out a base where do the coaches learn?
How many AB ( and probably lots of other countries)coaches were school coach’s?
Where do the future learn to love a game if they aren’t exposed to it ?
Trickle down economics never works, why do people think trickle down sport will?

Super Rugby AU thrashes the Trans-Tasman competition in rugby's ratings war

If you were the national coach advisor for RA and had direct influence into each Australian Super team , what would you advise the coaches on to concentrate on in relation to tactics and or select which players on ? Team by team .

Get your questions in for Issue 17 of Coach's Corner

Tacking ewes, that doesn’t sound fair.

The Wrap: Five-try Wainui reveals Super Rugby’s bald truth

Comfort eating, I do it with beer and wine.

Back to back row: When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Might have a slightly round tv but I thought both Naisarani and Uelese looked a bit pudgy around the middle, possibly due to uncertainty at the Rebels . Harry’s style may also consign Samu to an also ran . Maybe this is what Rennie saw about Samu and Naisarani last year?

Back to back row: When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Same way as everything is fixed , start at the top and work your way down.

Michael Cheika dismayed by shoddy Waratahs defence

Thanks for that . I totally get the complexity issue ,the viewers ignorance issue and a few beers not necessarily lifting our intelligence but the thing I found most interesting was your comment on not enforcing certain things like offside, if play is not affected. As a player I invariable knew when I was offside , if it wasn’t enforced I would be offside as much as I could . If the ref pinged someone then we adapted . I sort of get what your saying re this but surely a whistle early sets the standard , this I would also apply to being in front of the kicker and a few other quantifiable penalties , would it not be better to set the standard early ,when its probably not at a critical stage rather than towards the end of the game?
I do appreciate anyone who refs as I know its a tough gig .

A referee's view - well, mine anyway

I read your comments with interest Jacko, some show good insight and thoughts . Some I’m not sure whether it’s banter or something less.

The Wrap: Reds take their learnings to break Australia’s Super Rugby duck