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Passes are like kicks. Only as good as the kiddies chasing.

A rapid Wallabies turnaround, and other non-Cooper observations

If a kick is only as good as it’s chaser(s), then a pass can only be as good as its receivers on spot, at pace.

A rapid Wallabies turnaround, and other non-Cooper observations

You are kind Harry.
Thank you again.

SA View: 'Rest of rugby world scratches our heads at dismissive treatment of Cooper'

I concur, Pines.
Well played Harry, after a close, and carded loss.
Enjoyed watching the dignity of the Boks as a foe, and of their fans here conceding.
A fairish fight I thought (even if in the moment I tried to convey my reading glasses to the ref through the Stan screen).
A biproduct of this result is the interest in the RC. It’s a battle of game plans as much as talents. Does this WB game transfer to the flamboyant Pumas? I think not.
Do the ABs feel Bok-confident now? Perhaps, though I did think that the Boks had a eye looking a fortnight ahead during that WB game. The Boks have a reserve discipline of some depth and will test the ABs more than we could.

SA View: 'Rest of rugby world scratches our heads at dismissive treatment of Cooper'

“ I REALLY blame Cheika for selecting Foley over Cooper all those times, and then, when Foley was really ordinary, picking Cooper, but putting Foley at 12 alongside him to get in the way.”

An unfairer suck of the saveloy has not been designed by a selector in modern memory.
But what I find fascinating from a sociological perspective, is the ‘mob pile on’ that followed Richie-gate, and Foley-gate, that is, the self-fulfilling prophecies that populated the QDS commentariat.
Today, a full ten years after Quade’s knee brushed the saintly back rower’s halo, we read of the ‘sins of Cooper’s past’.
And we hear nothing from these ‘sin-spotters’ of the shame that the 2011 booers brought to Auckland’s international stage, and NZ’s cultural maturity, the metaphorical spittle on their closest neighbour’s 10 jersey.
For the millionth time here. I love NZ and NZers. Personal privacy stops me describing just how close to NZ I am.
But NZ rugby culture has its dark corners, as does every culture, and dark corners ask for light.
We could have had ten years of Quade in the gold 10 mix, sharing games with the Noah’s, Carter’s and the Harrison’s du jour. Building them all, teaching them long pass, hole spotting and attack template. Not to mention the rest of the team charging with arrow head shape and urgency off both of an attacking 10’s shoulders. Y’know, like another SH team does?
Foley may have had the competence to scramble us into the 2015 WC final, but there was only ever one Wallaby 10 with a snowflake’s chance of guiding us to win it.
And he never got a run.
Never got a run.
Cannot abide Cheika’s commentary, after those locust years, the years we waited for the creation of a Quade alternative, that never came.
Foley, in a zimmer, even got an embarrassing send off gig in 2019.
But, on the bright side, Quade’s knees and other joints not injured by halo battering, may be grateful, and healthy.
The Lord once promised “I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten”.
Let his will be done.
May God bless you Quade.
You have done a few things wrong, but you have done a helluva lot right.
Last weekend’s game was an answer to half a decade of prayer – whatever happens next week.

SA View: 'Rest of rugby world scratches our heads at dismissive treatment of Cooper'

Ha Picasso!
I texted ‘God bless him’ to a mate today as well.

MATCH REPORT: 'He's a big game player. He said I've got it and he nailed it'

Well said MrV.
I concur.

MATCH REPORT: 'He's a big game player. He said I've got it and he nailed it'

“ None of these adjectives could have been applied to Cooper in the past”
According to anyone with a long, myopic and selective memory.

SA View: 'Rest of rugby world scratches our heads at dismissive treatment of Cooper'

Excellent question, Harry.
Thank you.
In that phase of sleep, of exile, what dreams may have come?
Prophets are never accepted in their own land.
And Cooper has had two lands shun him.
What buttons he pushed, what private griefs, the ‘pushed’ have, alas I know not.
But for one moment the eagle calmly soared, eight times, between the sticks.
Is it a 2021-23 Phoenix rising from ash, or merely a brief parting gift?
It doesn’t matter.
I am grateful to the Tokoroa Teenager, and to you, who can see him.

SA View: 'Rest of rugby world scratches our heads at dismissive treatment of Cooper'

Geoff, excellent observations in a week with no rugby to observe.
We have evolved at a glacial pace, if at all.
But your assertion that “ Eventually, there will be a way out of the fog” leaves me wondering if you have some inside info on fog lights, industrial fog blowers or free chopper flights for all?

The Wrap: Rugby’s world in conflict becomes a world in standstill

But a couple of areas the NRL caught that might be handy – eyeballs and dominant myth.

The Wrap: Rugby’s world in conflict becomes a world in standstill

I like that Haydn.

The Wrap: Rugby’s world in conflict becomes a world in standstill

I would love to see QC Kerevi and Ikatau have a crack.
Kellaway at the end of kick passes.
Marika at the end of cut-outs. (Not intercepts)
Kerevi won’t need to pass except in offloads.

RENNIE SPEAKS: Kerevi set to play as two key Wallabies ruled out, positive JOC, Quade updates

Too many changes there for mine cookie.
Though I rate all your picks.

RENNIE SPEAKS: Kerevi set to play as two key Wallabies ruled out, positive JOC, Quade updates

Yes, I spotted him a few days ago on a thread somewhere.
I welcomed him back, but no response.
Hope he’s okay.

CONFIRMED: Times set for The Rugby Championship double headers

1997
I agree that we need geographical catchments for higher levels.
That way Shute tribes can follow up the tiers.

Rugby in New South Wales must adapt or die

David, who decides what is five metres on a shifting maul?
Daylight behind last feet is an easy yes no question and answer.
Ie. keep daylight behind last feet until after there is daylight under the ball that the ruck half is lifting. Simples, and a clear line to police.

The Thursday rugby two-up: How the law variations have made an impact, and the ones we want to see next

Yes MZ, and so often a chaser gets thrown off course after dodging a blocker, only to mess up the challenge of the ball, create danger for the catcher in the air, and end up on the sideline carded.
Meanwhile the blocker smirks and jogs back behind his goal kicker seething up the tee.

Blockers contributing to cardable mistakes should be carded also. Kolbe’s recent carding came after he dodged a blocker pretending he wasn’t. Why oh why are offialdom pretending to be so naive about this tactic? Too hard to officiate? Simples – all on the catching side (but not catching) required to vacate ball chase lines as soon as ball is kicked. Once upon a time backrowers we’re not penalised for the ‘accident’ of blocking clean ball. Now they are pinged immediately for not rolling east west. Blockers could easily be pinged for not allowing north south access to chasers.

The Thursday rugby two-up: How the law variations have made an impact, and the ones we want to see next

“ If World Rugby ……….want to promote more open backline play, there is already an offside law”
Bingo, Geoff.
There are other excellent suggestions on this thread, but this one changes EVERY thing.

The professional culture atm is one of psyching out the officialdom. The game has become one of daring officials to ‘wreck’ a game with penalties and cards.
And the officials mostly do not.
The players do with this other game I call – ‘not rugby’.

The Thursday rugby two-up: How the law variations have made an impact, and the ones we want to see next

Yes, nobes. Context required.

The Thursday rugby two-up: How the law variations have made an impact, and the ones we want to see next

“ any Springbok that played against Lomu had huge respect for the man”
Not only Boks, biltong.
Speaking from a distance there was a lot I perceived to like about Jonah. His respect for others being one key element.
I regret never meeting him, a genuine statesman of the game, IMO.

Why the All Blacks and Wallabies will be thrilled to avoid South Africa in 2021

Yes, Buk, some players may be ordinary tacklers but excellent defenders, and vica versa.
(And wtf doesn’t spellcheck friggin well do Latin! A pox in all your dumb-ass houses spellcheck!)

Bruce Robertson was majestic, aristocratic, elegant… Yes, I am talking about a rugby player!

Just when the kids had finally almost gone to sleep one of them had to throw a toy at his brother……

'Tough for the relationship': Turinui says Aus-NZ relations worst since 2003, spins Ian Foster theory

Which dictator, Bluffboy?

FIXTURES REVEALED: Queensland to host four weeks of rugby heaven as TRC locked in

Jacko!
You’re back!
Folks here were worried.

Was it something I said?

FIXTURES REVEALED: Queensland to host four weeks of rugby heaven as TRC locked in

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