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Jim Tucker

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Craggy veteran who has been writing about Test rugby since 1979 when the Wallabies' jersey had three stripes and was 100% baggy cotton.

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McReight is a ripper and his time will come. Only one back. Aust rugby lost a gem in Liam Gill because he was two back behind Hooper and Pocock

Glimpses of greatness and lamentable let-downs: Wallabies 2021 player ratings

He will
Huge engine as they say and versatile skills. Big moment guy

Glimpses of greatness and lamentable let-downs: Wallabies 2021 player ratings

Good observation. Rodda did do big yards in the five in a row streak. Lineout far better with Rodda in it. Adjustment noted

Glimpses of greatness and lamentable let-downs: Wallabies 2021 player ratings

Hit the mark perfectly then Waxhead

Glimpses of greatness and lamentable let-downs: Wallabies 2021 player ratings

The complete card list…
Wales 2, France 1, England 1, Ireland 0, Scotland 0…so 4 cards for northern hemisphere sides in the same spring tour block that the southern sides incurred 17…Australia 5, South Africa 3, Tonga 3, Fiji 3, NZ 2, Argentina 1

Glimpses of greatness and lamentable let-downs: Wallabies 2021 player ratings

We remember that White kick at Suncorp.
What to do with the ball in the final 90 sec of a Test is a skill that can and should be learnt. The kick-it-to-the-shithouse philosophy and tackling the opposition down the other end only works so far.
You keep the ball and you control the destiny.
That would seem the way to go but the stats often say the team without the ball has more chance of earning a penalty.
The Wests-GPS club semi-final in Brisbane was decided on just this issue.
Wests led in the closing moments, actually stole a lineout from GPS but because it was unexpected they passed the ball along the backline in their own quarter and knocked it on. Should have been kicked 50m downfield.
GPS scored a late converted try to pinch it.
Being indecisive is the killer…back one way or the other but at 100 per cent.

ANALYSIS: Give the ref a propeller hat, thank Kurtley for the memories and fix this blight on the game

Totally agree with your view on the red card. Tompkins’ hand motion was a backwards motion but the ball just went straight down or not backwards enough to warrant reward. Dud call. Only my view

ANALYSIS: Give the ref a propeller hat, thank Kurtley for the memories and fix this blight on the game

I like a bloke with the few short words that make the most sense

ANALYSIS: Give the ref a propeller hat, thank Kurtley for the memories and fix this blight on the game

Definitely agree that a structure to coach the coaches is as important as one to coach the players.
We definitely have suffered with no Marks’ successor.
It has befuddled me why no system is in place to get Chris Latham into a Super Rugby program because he wants to coach and has background.
He’s now coaching Souths in Brisbane for 2022. That’s a great grounding but eyes need to be on him so he can be advanced in double-quick time

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

Wouldn’t we all love a super-exciting, steppy fullback to emerge from nowhere and a Dane Coles-style hooker. Then we are cookin’

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

Skelton is a role player and very good when he has a sense of timing when the ball is headed his way. A few days in 5 years with a team doesn’t give him that. He’ll get vastly better.
Kurtley has had great days but none of those are now ahead of him

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

There are definitely good signs in the pack Harry. Plenty of locks and a strong corps of props. Hooker is a mystery.

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

The qualities to stay in the fight are excellent. So team harmony is very strong.
It’s a sign of a smarter game plan than concede a turnover out wide and a 70m, one-pass try.

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

Cherishing the ball is Rule 101 at Test level. Ikitau definitely needs to be far better in this area.
England got great value with their deliberate strips in tackles.
All those little extras like smarter kick-offs are unexplored areas by Wallabies

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

Kerevi and Cooper improve the team with the clear roles and assets they possess. They are not messiahs and no one is suggesting they are. Cooper has to play the ABs to get a judgement on his game but he needs 14 teammates up for it as well

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

I’d love to see an Aussie back putting a support through a hole like Steward’s great try. The Poms isolated defenders and worked them over for some great breaks. The Wallabies once did that routinely. More passing sharpness won’t happen overnight. That’s a skill development thing needed across Australian rugby

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

Olly, you’re right. The game plan with Quade in the side should be close to the game plan when he is not in the side with different players in the same roles. It shows the Wallabies have still a way to go because there is a big difference between the No1 backline and the next.

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

To get a strong judgement on Skelton, he should start against Wales. The McMahon experiment with a few minutes only against Argentina was a nothing.

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

With Ireland and South Africa beating the All Blacks recently, I think most of all we are heading towards a 2023 RWC with plenty of possibilities for the semi-finals. No gift games in the quarter-finals that is for sure so Wallabies have to be on their game

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much zip in attack at all off JOC but certainly not helped by not having Koroibete or Petaia to slice into the backline.
Cooper is the clear No.10 bet for 2023 and will play more Tests next year.
The best of the young ones is a mystery box. Carter Gordon does have some big strengths and is more robust than a Will Harrison. Lolesio still has plenty to build on and we may see more of him against Wales next weekend which would be a natural step after being marked against the All Blacks in five of his first eight Tests.
Your point about Vunivalu being a contender in 2022 is right but that’s also the issue. Changes to get the best combo…just 12 months before a RWC. No room to get much wrong.

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

Very good point you make. It’s easy to say Liam Wright is behind Hooper on the list of No.7s.
Then look at what the Wallabies’ No.6 options have provided this season which is a position Wright also plays.
His workrate is better than all other contenders, he is a legitimate lineout option, he doubles the capability of the Wallabies to compete at the breakdown which is such a huge battlefield at Test level and he’s disciplined not a yellow-card magnet.
All those are huge plusses. He is not a dynamic, line-busting runner although a solid carrier. He is a busy, strong defender but certainly not Swinton-esque with his hits.
The question is this…is it better to have someone always in the game like Wright or Swinton’s heavy hits, poor handling and card history or Leota’s in-and-out of the game style?
Wright firms as a possibility on all those judgements

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

Good to hear from you. Glad you are enjoying watching these late night Tests under the maroon doona cover with your Reds’ beanie and cap on the hat stand.
Stewart is a strong SR player but still needs more thrust as a runner to play at a higher level. It’s always baffled why he has hasn’t refined his long kicking game because he came into the Reds with a mule-like kick.

ANALYSIS: Perese power can pack a punch, but only if he's picked in right position

Definitely need some punch in the centres so the suggestion that Lolesio-JOC-Ikitau fill 10-12-13 is flawed.
Agree that the Wallabies need more metres from their general kicking game. White perhaps kicks long once or twice

ANALYSIS: Perese power can pack a punch, but only if he's picked in right position

White was under huge pressure around the breakdown every time he got the ball or had to go digging for it. The forwards have to give him better ball presentation. He did take steps sideways to get clear. Not his best passing day

ANALYSIS: Perese power can pack a punch, but only if he's picked in right position

Skelton played like a forward looking for timing with a new pack. He was OK and will be much better for the hitout in terms of just knowing where to be and how to run-off teammates.
White plays against England.

ANALYSIS: Perese power can pack a punch, but only if he's picked in right position

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