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I can see Mack Hansen getting a bit of time at 15 this year for the Brumbies when Wright comes back from injury. Way too early to call but that bloke has the potential to be Brumbies first choice fullback before the season is out. With the hole in that position at Wallaby level him and Campbell could make a run on it this year.

At super level, Hansen, Wright and Banks/Muirhead would be a fast, skilled back 3.

Coach's Corner issue 1: Can the Reds midfield step up for Australia?

Rossi? won all his championships riding the best bike at the time.
Stoner was the greatest rider of the 800cc era, Marquez of the 1000cc era.
When Stoner, Marquez and Lorenzo turned up Rossi stopped winning.

Lorenzo is the only one to have beaten all the others to a title. Rossi is the worst of those 5 riders. Marquez V Stoner would have been amazing to watch but for me Marquez, Stoner, Lorenzo, Rossi is their order of merit.

Hamilton being called the GOAT is the same a Vettel being called the GOAT. Best car at the time, good driver, but every time an equal or better driver is put next to him in the same car he loses (Button/Rosberg on Hamilton and Riccardo put Vettel firmly in his place.) With equal vehicles across the board I honestly doubt Hamilton would have ever won a championship. In his prime Vettel was better and might have a couple under the belt. Both would have been eaten alive by the ruthless competitor that Schumacher was, neither have the skill to keep up with Riccardo, LeClerc, Verstappen or probably Sainz from the current crop. Even at their best.

John Surtees is the undisputed GOAT of motorsport. There is no other person who will ever achieve what he did. F1 Champion, MotoGP Champion and 3 time Isle of Man GT winner.

But comparing across sports in impossible. There are some athletes like Dylan Alcott who really deserve the recognition for dominance. Imagine if disabled athletes were afforded equal pay, that dude would be a gazillionaire!

The GOAT: Who really is the greatest athlete of our generation?

Don’t get me wrong, I rate Tate, and we are only 1 game into a season. I’m mostly just pointing out we have 7+ scrum halves in the system who are either capable of playing at international level right now or very very close to being at that level. The depth in that position is amazing right now.

The Wrap: More ticks than crosses in bright Super Rugby opening

Interesting, I also thought Tate played well but was the worst of the 4 scrum halves on display over the weekend.

Just shows how much depth we have at 9 right now.

For all the talk about Tate, he was outplayed by Prior who isn’t even in the running for a Wallabies callup. He was definately outplayed by Gordon who was the only dude in the Waratahs that looked like he is able to play above under 13s competitively and probably had the best game of any of them. He was outplayed by White who probably still has one hand on the jumper as front runner.

Lonergan and Fines are in the wings as well and Powell still has potential to be amazing but I think he might never reach it. So much depth!

The Wrap: More ticks than crosses in bright Super Rugby opening

I find it interesting that White, who played 9 did the primary playmaking role normally done by 10/12 and covered Korobeti’s wing on defence when he was off somehow scored lower than all 3 of those players.

I can’t see how anyone justifies giving Tate a higher score than White based on that game.

Wallabies Bledisloe 4 DIY player ratings vs New Zealand: The results

Like others have commented, White was slow as he was doing the playmaking side of the 10 role as well as his own job for a lot of the game.
Tate sped it up, but had a playmaker (Lolesio) to feed the ball to.

Hodge had a great game, but he looked like a 13 playing 10. Any Australian Scrum Half other than White would have left us very exposed.

Tate is an awesome young player but he is miles behind White right now.

Five talking points from Bledisloe 4

but Hodge can play 13, he can also play 10 but i would put Tupou there before Hodge

James O'Connor injury forces major Wallabies shake-up in team for Bledisloe 3

Cant believe Harrison hasn’t got the bench spot over Paisami, no 10 cover if Noah gets hurt.

Lolesio starting at 10, cant wait he should have been in that spot from the first match!

James O'Connor injury forces major Wallabies shake-up in team for Bledisloe 3

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?