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It’s either him or Paisami. Unfortunately Petaia has a worrying knack of getting injured.
He is an amazing player but if he can’t play a season uninjured he’s not providing a high enough upside over Paisami to keep in the 23. Trying to keep both of them in the side means one out of position and look how well that’s worked for us for the last 5 years.

VOTE: Wallabies Bledisloe 2 DIY player ratings vs New Zealand

He did give a couple away but he was also all over the park, he had a good game mate.

I have never been a fan of his, he was put into the wallabies mix way too early when there were vastly better players around, I prefer both Samu and Wright generally, but Hannigan certainly put his hand up in that game and deserves some praise.

VOTE: Wallabies Bledisloe 2 DIY player ratings vs New Zealand

Lolesio brings more to the table than any of the 12 options, Simone being the best of those. He could possibly come on at 12 given he played there in U20 but I would play him at 10.

JoC has played at 12, a lot, he would be good at 12 to help run the defence which is what was sorely lacking when Toomua went off. Petaia and Paisami just didn’t manage that well.

VOTE: Wallabies Bledisloe 2 DIY player ratings vs New Zealand

Having been critical of Hannigan in the past he would have to have been close to best Wallaby on the park in that game.
If Toomua is out for a while it’s time for Lolesio at 10 and JoC at 12.
Simone to the bench to replace either one of Petaia or Paisami who showed that they may be individually brilliant but neither of them can play 12 (yet) which happens to also be the one spot Hodge isn’t real crash hot in.
Definately down with Hosea over Simmons.

VOTE: Wallabies Bledisloe 2 DIY player ratings vs New Zealand

Lolesio was part of a team that struggled to score except from lineouts. Unless Lolesio was on the pitch when they scored from everywhere. Although clearly Australia’s selectors who have access to vastly more information than I do disagree with me, Lolesio in my mind has a greater impact on the game than either Petaia or Paisami.

Harrison is a weapon. It’s going to be an interesting fight between that pair over the next few years.

Bold Bledisloe selection calls prove the Wallabies are in excellent hands

Petaia is a star-in-waiting. A player of his skill belongs in the Wallabies. True, but the player dropped for him could easily have his name inserted in that sentence.

Lolesio is a star-in-waiting. A player of his skill belongs in the Wallabies.

Bold Bledisloe selection calls prove the Wallabies are in excellent hands

I agree, it’s unlikely they have fully confirmed participation, that’s actually why I worded it as they had agreed to a schedule as opposed to saying they agreed to come.

SA shouldn’t have agreed to it at all, they should have just said sorry guys I’m out, find someone else this year.

Maybe it’s just that I’m more of a rip the bandaid off than a slowly remove it kind of guy.

Should South Africa participate in the Rugby Championship?

I agree, Boks (and Pumas) would be better off not coming because their players aren’t match fit which is going to increase their chance of injury. The last thing most rugby fans want is to see players leaving the pitch on a stretcher.

Having said that, instead of agreeing to a schedule and getting broadcast rights sorted across 4 countries then deciding at the last possible minute to pull out of that agreement they should have said, from the start, sorry guys we aren’t coming. Had that been the case this wouldn’t be an issue at all.

They will likely lose world No.1 they would definately lose the RC trophy but both those things will most likely be lost whether they turn up or not.

The player welfare issues were no lesser or greater 2 months ago than they are now. SA rugby (rightly) needs to do what is best for their players and pull out. But SA rugby also needs to acknowledge they could have dealt with this better from the start.

Should South Africa participate in the Rugby Championship?

I never really counted “if you have the ball in your hands, run somewhere. Forwards, backwards, sideways doesn’t matter, just run” as a game plan.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies moved on from Cheika-ball at the Cake Tin

I really enjoyed Nic White’s analysis.

Feels like the players and coach are thinking about how to modify their game for next week.

Such a change from, we ran the ball this week, it didn’t work but we will do it again next week just better.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies moved on from Cheika-ball at the Cake Tin

Maybe you just notice it more because it hasn’t happened much under “I don’t review my opponents” Cheika.
But Hanson was never really short of a comment on who the Wallabies should or shouldn’t select.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies moved on from Cheika-ball at the Cake Tin

Yeah, I was using the combined numbers. Just covering 2020.

What changes should the All Blacks and Wallabies make for Bledisloe 2?

I think the biggest difference this year is the Wallabies played the first game with a plan, with intensity and with a good defensive structure. We haven’t seen that in 5 years at least.
Last year in Perth felt like an every dog has its day moment. This feels like a change in style and attitude.
Not saying the Wallabies are going to win at Eden park, I think that’s fairly unlikely. However I also think a 30 point shutout by the All Blacks is fairly unlikely.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies moved on from Cheika-ball at the Cake Tin

Mate, you are reading way more into a comment than actually exists.
Noah is better than a 64% kicker. Simple.
I totally agree that JoC is far better than a 40% kicker the stats from one game have him at, a game that Noah didn’t get on the pitch in.

What changes should the All Blacks and Wallabies make for Bledisloe 2?

I don’t understand how I was inconsistent mate, I simply pointed out Noah is better than the 64% stat shows.

Leigh halfpenny would have struggled to kick at 50% in that game. The wind was insane!

What changes should the All Blacks and Wallabies make for Bledisloe 2?

Just checked the numbers.
Matt Toomua at 82% (53 from 65)
Will Harrison at 86% (50 from 58)

I stand corrected.

What changes should the All Blacks and Wallabies make for Bledisloe 2?

Again, I don’t disagree, Toomua was clearly the best kicker in Super AU, just mentioning that Noah is better than the stats suggest.

What changes should the All Blacks and Wallabies make for Bledisloe 2?

If Petaia gets picked Paisami should leave the 23, I see it as one or the other with that pair at international level.
Fiangaa got panned for his throwing, the wind was causing a lot of issues there. Uelese has a worse throw.
Personally I would pick Powell over Tate only because he has played with Noah extensively, this would be a short term thing. Tate will get his turn very soon. Having said that I wouldn’t be in any way sad if Tate got the nod.
Hosea for Simmons 100%.

What changes should the All Blacks and Wallabies make for Bledisloe 2?

I don’t disagree but I think you have to take into account the position on the field where the ball is kicked from.
Brumbies kickers over the past few years tend to have low percentages due to very few penalty kicks and a lot of sideline conversions.
Noah is better than the 64% stat shows. But I wouldn’t put the kicking on him on debut either.

What changes should the All Blacks and Wallabies make for Bledisloe 2?

I like it, I was thinking JANZAR myself.

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

You responded directly to my comment, but my comment was one of those ones lost in the list as a reply to waxhead mate. It’s why the context of my comment was lost.

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

Mate I never said RA wasn’t inept, simply pointing out that RA signing to whatever terms RNZ dictates would be diabolical in terms of the Australian game. It would be the definition of inept.
Its simple, Australia will be better off with a domestic comp than joining NZ on terms of 2/3 teams in the comp.

Also, you’re having a crack at a return comment to waxhead. Who is constantly pushing the NZ shouldnt go near RA because of NewsCorp line. Just too many comments in between for you to see the connection.

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

Yet RA have been trying to walk away from newscorp for 12/18 months now, remember Castle trying to get Optus on board?

I also hope RA divorces NewsCorp but at the end of the day, why the hell would RA push that divorce through just to get into another master slave arrangement with NZR?

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

Doing favours to NZ like propped up your proposed new tournament which is built to strengthen NZ Rugby and weaken Australian Rugby? No thanks.

I did like some of your examples though. We poached a coach NZR didn’t really want (Rennie) even if the fans wanted him.
We poached the Tongan Thor – well the name says it all, you poached him first.
We Poached Noah Lolesio, well we got at that one early didn’t we? Grabbing kiwi babies before they ever strap on a boot to strengthen the Wallabies in 20 years, that’s solid. Wonder who identified his talent?
Reds Coach, oh, that guy who was born in NZ then played a bucketload of professional football in Australia, mostly from Queensland, before returning to NZ? And then he chooses to move back to Queensland? And the Tahs coach, well I don’t know much about the new one, I wish him all the best, he has a lot to fix after their last kiwi coach burned them to the ground, admittedly Gibson was left a smouldering mess by Cheika, I think we did NZ Rugby a solid favour there, imagine if Gibson had coached the canes.

NZ Rugby needs Australian Rugby as much as we need you lot. Whining about poaching and trying to throw stick into the front wheels of each others bike doesn’t help any of us.

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

True, but honestly, they don’t want to PAY for the content so screw them.
I’d rather have happy players and partner Unions that happy broadcasters.

Leaked document adds further tension to Australia-NZ rugby row