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KB’s not back yet.

I would go Grant, Harrison and Reilly to round out the 23.

'Coach for the broken': Judging DC, rugby's patron saint of lost causes who's working wonders with the Tahs

I’m still not sure if he’s a 10 or a 12. Don’t think we need to rush him.

I doubt they’ll want to make many changes to the back line if they can help it hit with everyone fit I’d be keen for Coleman to have a look at:

9. Gordon
10. Donaldson
11. Pietsch
12. Edmed
13. Foketi
14. Perese
15. Nawaqanitawase

'Coach for the broken': Judging DC, rugby's patron saint of lost causes who's working wonders with the Tahs

Yeah, have heard him speak a few times now. He’s impressed me.

'Coach for the broken': Judging DC, rugby's patron saint of lost causes who's working wonders with the Tahs

Nice one Harry. DC has massively outperformed expectation even accounting for the additional reinforcements and young players being another year more mature.

I was highly critical of the treatment of Penney and still think Davis and co were utterly unfair in what they did to him.

That said it has to be water under the bridge now.

Coleman, Gilmore, Whitaker, Taumoepeau, Crawford, Doorn and Blades look to be building something pretty special.

'Coach for the broken': Judging DC, rugby's patron saint of lost causes who's working wonders with the Tahs

Cheers mate. Fully agree about ‘survival mode’ and that Bell will learn from this. Think Franks and Jaeger have been an excellent wake up call and he’ll improve from it.

I like your comment about about scrumming with the heel off the ground – to me that is the only way to scrum and I think where Bell has been getting in trouble he’s been a bit straight kneed and with his heel down.

He should be in a much better position to drive, whether forward or just holding if he’s up on the ball of his foot with his knees more bent/hips lower.

I suspect it’s his high hips and shoulder dipping below them that is painting the poor picture to the refs.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

It’s the reverse Mo. Opposing Tighthead’s are pancaking, he’s getting pinged for a hinge.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Finding his spot. Have seen him at 5/6/7/8 at club level.

Think he’ll settle at 6 or 8.

COMPLETE SRP Round 14 teams: Noah back for Brumbies, Hoops and Ned for Tahs, Reds also boosted

A year ago Brett? Try a few months ago! 😁

COMPLETE SRP Round 14 teams: Noah back for Brumbies, Hoops and Ned for Tahs, Reds also boosted

A young Manly Marlin. He runs well, some excellent footwork and balance.

COMPLETE SRP Round 14 teams: Noah back for Brumbies, Hoops and Ned for Tahs, Reds also boosted

He’s had two season ending injuries in in a row.

Ankle in 2021, round 1.
ACL this year during pre-season.

Hope he’s fully recovered and ready for next year.

COMPLETE SRP Round 14 teams: Noah back for Brumbies, Hoops and Ned for Tahs, Reds also boosted

Was very much hoping to see Reilly get a good run at 13, would have preferred Newsome retained at FB.

Nice to see Gleeson getting a start. Nervous about this team selection with the guys getting rested/rotated. Had thought this was a game to really have a crack at. Guess they want to be primed for Blues/QF.

COMPLETE SRP Round 14 teams: Noah back for Brumbies, Hoops and Ned for Tahs, Reds also boosted

Very much in agreement, NB.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

That’s exactly it Nicko. The position for maximum pushing power will see back and shins parallel to the ground. They used to think that pairing that with quads perpendicular to the ground was best but it’s since been determined that an angle of about 120 degrees at hips and knees is the strongest.

The issue is that the further back you put your feet, the less ability you have to hold the scrum up. Just pushing will keep you there if all forces are equal, (same as the keystone in an arch) as soon as one side starts to move though the risk of collapse shoots up.

Finding that balance point where you have your feet far enough back to deliver power but forward enough to have stability is one of the key challenges to propping. All while your opponent is trying to force angles and wrestle you out of position.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Makes any attempt to go back later incredibly hard though.

How many WA fans are gone from cutting Force?

To me the solution is simple, stop playing Super. I know most don’t agree with me though.

The impossible decision Rugby Australia must make now

The short bind can work – Mtawarira switched from long to short very effectively in the 2019 WC final as an example.

I tend to think the long is the more consistent option, need incredible strength to work the short as a LH

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Indeed NB, if Gordon had not kicked that ball back into the scrum we’d have seen exactly what we are looking for with Pietsch scoring off a dominant scrum.

Jake has these brain fades at times, this one up there with using his hand to roll a ball forward back into a ruck in preparation for a box kick….. 😢

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

I thought he was losing his cool in that Crusaders match. My guess because he was being pinged for his opponents actions. Although we’ll never know.

The one thing I could see from the ‘wrong’ side was that his hips looked a bit high compared to his hooker.

Seeing a couple of the examples in your videos (I agree with Carlos’s comment) think he’s got an opportunity to bend the knees a bit more.

Looking forward to seeing if he can adjust in the last two matches after what’s happened in these last couple of games.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Brilliant Harry.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Just like the Sneaky Sound System, all about the Pictures.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Congrats on the first article but no thanks. What’s the next move if we keep struggling? Cut again, and again?

Sure if we only had teams in NSW and Qld we’d probably be pretty strong but is that really what is best for Australian rugby?

You say, the priority is winning. I strongly disagree. For me the priority is participation and pathways. Vic is now producing quality players like Uelese, Fa’amausili, Hosea, Leota, Valetini and Samu – why on earth would you throw that away?

The impossible decision Rugby Australia must make now

100% mzil. That look said he was out of ideas.

The only thing worse than being out of ideas at scrum time is to show it.

Needed to channel Shane Warne – a ‘new’ mystery ball for every series.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

G’day James. I know we disagreed the other week about loosehead’s and whether they should “always” go for a short bind. No disagreement from me when it comes to tighties.

The only way for a TH to be effective is with a short bind. They’ve got to close that gap and deny the loosie access to their chest.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Bobby, I’m with you mate. Would like to see him a bit cooler around the outcomes.

Particularly against Jaeger there was an element of despair on his face with some of those decisions.

Saw Holloway console him, give him a pat on the back and get him to stop dragging his lower lip on the weekend. Was a good moment and glad he’s got some senior players around him now to help him develop.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Thank you Nicholas. One happy reader today!

As soon as Franks feels the pressure, he sinks his chest forward, towards the ground. Instead of lengthening out and getting taller like Lomax, he drops inside and makes himself a smaller target.

Quality TH play from Franks. Small target, shrink the right shoulder and bring the scrum lower. Absolutely spot on.

Agree with your question on refereeing triggers though. In the examples where Bell is penalised, it’s the TH’s taking the height down, not young Gus.

He’s got to find a counter or a way to create the picture that shows it’s his opponent bringing the scrum lower. His development curve and problem solving has been exceptional so far, I’m backing him to solve this one too.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

Good on for Kirifi standing up for himself.

To whoever the muppet in the crowd was, pathetic.

'There's a line': Tahs apologise after Hurricanes player says crowd racially abused him and insulted his mum

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