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I got up at 3am primed for the Twickenham encounter and thought i would watch the Wales-Wallabies match after as I was wide-awake.

Sadly, the kicking duel and the Welsh accents lured me into dozing through the whole game!

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

I noticed that Refs aren’t calling “use it!” quite as promptly as they once did.
There seems to be a lot of dithering at the base by halfbacks of all teams.

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

George’s throwing coincided with Scott Barrett’s introduction as well Neil.
NZ could throw up Read,Whitelock SB and Retallick and still have tall prop Tu’ungafasi there to catch the crumbs!

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

I think it is fair to say the rain was absolutely perfect accompaniment to England’s gameplan.
Youngs’ box-kicking game was enhanced by it.

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

“Nonsensical” is putting it mildly.

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

Highlander;
England ceded quite a few penalty-advantages it seemed pretty much whenever the ABs got into their 22.
They don’t show up on the stats but I can think of at least two occasions where the ABs were under advantage for multiple offences.You could hear the AR chirping in with “White 21 offside” etc.

Beauden Barrett seems to have made a technical adjustment since Wellington and is striking the ball much more cleanly off the tee.
Apart from overuse of the boot early yesterday, my only gripe is that he still doesn’t run straight and attack the line!
Thought he went pretty well otherwise.

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

Maybe a stick at the end of Cheika’s tunnel would suit Roarers more,this morning!?!

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

Ugh…sausage fingers!

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

Fionn,
A minor point byr you seem to have undermined your first sebtence with your second there!
😉

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

Hear hear Jacko!

Were England crucially denied a game-winning try against the All Blacks?

I agree.

Seven talking points from Wallabies v Wales

He was obviously channeling his inner Justin Marshall with that line!

Seven talking points from Wallabies v Wales

Great comment mate!
Brought a smile to my face with that.
Can’t wait for the game at Twickenham , 12 hours away as I write.Going to be up in the dark hours for this one and it better be more fun than last week’s weak effort!!!

Hope your boys do ok too 😉

Undefeated or unemployed for Cheika in Europe?

HansEn Jeff! 😉

Undefeated or unemployed for Cheika in Europe?

Cliff;
My reply to your earlier query has disappeared into the ether ( via ‘moderation’ ).
Hopefully it is in the pipeline somewhere? 🙁

Undefeated or unemployed for Cheika in Europe?

Sorry Cliff,
Genuine typo there mate that escaped my beady eye.
Of course I meant “lift”; we see an essentially muddled squad lift immeasurably when they face the ABs.
As a longtime observer, I have my own theories about why that is.(Suffice to say I believe it has a lot to do with the Aussie psyche particularly vis-a vis their trans-Tasman neighbours and that relationship in general.)
The performances they occasionally pull out for lower-ranked opposition would see them concede 50, 60+ scores were they playing the ABs I reckon!

As to which Bledisloe; though there have been some big scores racked up, I can’t think of an out-and-out stroll in the park game recently.Even when they let in 40 in the 1st half last year–in a performance akin to Salta ’18–they still got it together sufficiently in the 2nd forty to pile some points back on the men in black.

Having said that, they haven’t managed to turn up like they did in Dunedin often enough and those performances all seem to be backs-to-the-wall responses to a shellacking don’t they?

They team are being hindered by the coaching staff in my view; without a shred of evidence to support it except my own eyes, I reckon they may have taken it upon themselves to diverge a little from the coach’s playbook for that famous 2nd half riot they produced against Argentina.
There are plenty of decent players around.

Undefeated or unemployed for Cheika in Europe?

“For whom the bell tolls” would have to be Cheika/Jones.

Ned and the Dragon

Let’s see how England go this weekend before writing your boys off.

Undefeated or unemployed for Cheika in Europe?

Tricky question.
In one way, it isn’t a particular player’s fault if he is deemed good enough ( for whatever reason ) by the selectors to play.
Take the oft-maligned Hanigan as an example.I am appalled at the cruel barbs levelled at a young man who is out there doing his level best whenever he is picked.
If he isn’t quite good enough sobeit.( But the personal attacks are shameful in my view).
It’s the selectors ( or in Oz’s case, sole-selector) who are at fault.Don’t shoot the messenger!

On the other hand, with the rugby calendar being as it is, there is little scope for a NZ e.g to cram in the fixtures they need to keep heads above water without cutting a few corners in terms of possible devaluing of the jersey.
I didn’t have a real problem with the route those chose to go for the Japan match.
But of course I don’t rate Lomax in the same company as an Owen Franks or a Keith Murdoch.Not yet anyway.

All Blacks and those 'confetti caps'

I expect the Wallabies to dispatch Wales.
The trouble is, they are sooooo inconsistent so you wouldn’t want to put your mortgage on it!
If they left their game to Bledisloe Cup levels I believe they will win.

It’s the recurring dross in between and your coach’s unwillingness to change that is most concerning.

Undefeated or unemployed for Cheika in Europe?

Moody is out of series with a new injury.That’s a blow.

Twickenham showdown: Why the boot will be on the other foot at scrum time

I’m not expecting a blowout though.Not at this time of year.;-)

Twickenham showdown: Why the boot will be on the other foot at scrum time

The Welsh are notoriously pessimistic Sherry!
😉

Twickenham showdown: Why the boot will be on the other foot at scrum time

Neil
“upset” as in one win from a 3-match series or beat 2-1 or 3-0?

I am quite surprised England find themselves where they are today.With the numbers, resources and massive,loyal fan-base I always expect more,frankly.

ps.Enjoyed your main post immensely.Made me ponder whether or not I have hands or trotters!

Twickenham showdown: Why the boot will be on the other foot at scrum time

The stance Marx adopts is quite interesting too, Highlander.
From memory he is side-on with one leg extended.I have got any vide to check,
It looked like he was slightly unbalanced to me -which might affect the accuracy of his inaccurate throws.

Twickenham showdown: Why the boot will be on the other foot at scrum time