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Fair, but then suggesting he implemented a suffocating approach would also be giving him too much credit. Because, no approach was apparent. 😛 Also, scoring from ‘fortuitous counter attacks’ sure sounds like playing whats in front of you…

Reds look the goods in pre-season trial

Tbf Dilkington i think that is his intent it just didn’t fire on all cylinders last season. Reds have a very simple structure in attack that seems to be very open to interpretation, and play whats in front of you… And thats where their tries came from, mcdermott sniping, guys running off of kerevi’s shoulder, spotting blindside overlaps etc. They weren’t scoring off set piece, planned moves. They did try and play through the forwards a bit much though. I noticed a similar setup to the blossoms in the trial match, with lucas standing with a forward pod and the ball going out the back, more of this hopefully.

Reds look the goods in pre-season trial

Its not the winning bit, its the style and quality with which they played. They can only control what they put on the park, not what the opposition does, and the reds put in a good performance. Nothing wrong with being happy about that. I’ll tell you one thing, Thorn walked away a happier man then what wessels would have in terms of looking forward to the season and what he can take away from the game. Rebels are at square one if not zero after that.

Reds look the goods in pre-season trial

Great piece, didn’t get to see the tahs game but the reds looked hungry. The jury is still out on thorn but there is no doubt he is getting a “team” together and making them play for each other, not letting in any easy pts. I noticed that when moses sorovi came on they lacked a little bit of direction, with the team having about 20 odd phases on the rebels goal line and only went backwards. Is it just by coincidence, or was Tizzano in everything in the tahs game? Because he showed up alot in the h’lights.

Play like nobody's watching - no fear

Agreed. Very hard to see how a new player will fit into your existing team, when none of the existing team is playing! In contrast, thorny has played a good mix of old and new, seeing how combinations look etc etc. And defence oriented still

Super Rugby 2020: A big year for…

Reds don’t look too bad. JOC making meters through the 12 channel and steering the ship with hegarty. Lucas looks threatening.

Super Rugby 2020: A big year for…

JOC is a relatively big body and with his mix of footwork and hands, he can certainly play the role of first phase hitup (similar to Meakes for rebels), he did it plenty for sale. Hegarty at 15 for mine as there needs to be a game manager/kicker out the back considering the other wings are ball runners. ALso, with JOC at 12 he can steer the ship plenty with Lucas at 10.

Super Rugby 2020: A big year for…

So if just one of hooper or pocock were on the field over the last 4 yrs WBs would be top of the ladder? Even though every other potential backrow replacement is also not world class as you state below…. Also, if a dual openside policy was such a poor decision, why did so many of the top teams at RWC 2019 adopt it?

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

JOC at 12 means an inexperienced 10 can be picked. They also need a decent kicker/game manager at 15 as none of Speight, CFS or Daugunu fill that role. If it were me I’d probably have Hegarty at 15 for that role and have lucas or stewart at 10. Both JOC and Hegarty can slip into first receiver at times. Lots of play also came off 9 last year also, and I expect this to continue.

Super Rugby 2020: A big year for…

Talk about glass half empty bluesfan. I, for one am excited for this year because no one has a bloody clue whose gonna win and with all the fresh blood coming through its just about anyone’s. Will BBBB get the blues humming? Will the reds finally turn a corner under thorn? Can gatland get the chiefs up and running? Will Jordan Petaia and JOC hit their straps? Will the Jaguares hold their form in a depleted SA conference? Further, Just think that by the end of this year each national team is gonna have a number of debutants off the back of a cracker debut SR season and with new coaches at SA, NZ and WBs.

Super Rugby 2020: A big year for…

I’m tellin ya, that man’s PR manager should be telling him to grow a beard, mullet and return to his head gear wearing days. His public approval would go through the roof!

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

The players vote to pick the winner champ.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

He won the john eales medal in 2013 and 2016 so clearly had more then 2 good yrs as you suggest. And got nominated for world player of the yr in 2015.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

What a convenient out Gav. Any stats you want to bring to the table to suggest he isn’t up to scratch….? Or just happy to stick with ‘he just isn’t physical enough.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Except you know, that Hooper is a test 7… Nominated for world player of the yr, has won the john eales medal twice, waratah players player 6 times, captained WBs and tahs for seasons, most tackles in 2019 SR season despite not making the finals, selected by 2 WB coaches and specifically planned against by opposition teams. I could go on…

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

No Nic White!?

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

“I’m completely underwhelmed with Hooper and Naisrani.” Either you’re one hard man to please or potentially wear tinted, almost block out spectacles because both of these blokes had a pretty handy RWC campaign. I would be VERY surprised if they didn’t make the starting squad for the WBs in game one of 2020.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

That’s why Naisarani will be at 8 at 195cm. If England can get to the RWC final with 2.5 targets surely Aus can make do with 3 genuine targets plus two half targets in hooper and mcmahon.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

The comment re: maul defence wasn’t a slight on Rodda but more emphasizing the talent of Arnold, and the fact that there is daylight between Rodda and the next best available. Although not that much size may actually be lost on paper, Arnold’s presence physically around the ground was immense over the last 12 months and I do not see it being replaced by available candidates on current form. Although LSL is technically similar in size, I have never seen him impose himself like Arnold has in tight. Coleman at his best can play the role, would also like to see what skelton can do around the park now.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Sorry jones, slipup there. I agree that having Jones/LSL/Phillip partnered with Rodda means we are missing a power lock in the form of Arnold/Skelton/Coleman. Would lose size but gain speed…

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Maybe I haven’t watched enough of him but have never noticed this as a big part of his game. I’ll watch with anticipation in the upcoming SR season.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Agree Phillips is a good player but does not fit the mould NB outlines of industrious, pesky ruck monkey. He may however, actually be a better fit in the 2nd row with Rodda then LSL.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Excellent as always NB, and who doesn’t love a fardy back-to-back special. A player for the purists. I wonder if backs get as much joy out of watching fardy in the rough stuff as much as this little piggy does? 😊 Taking the conversation a little to the side, do you think that a Rodda/LSL 2nd row combo has enough beef to it? Both lads have the height, but neither the hulking mass of a Coleman or Arnold. You would add speed of recycle, running game to the positives but lose maul defence and in tight physical domination perhaps… Maybe rather than pull a class 4 and 6 out of the smokey Australian air, Rennie will pull a few plane tickets out of the back pocket and conveniently feed the giteau law to the dog instead…

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

I was wondering this PK. I have high hopes for valetini but am yet to see him do enough of the rough stuff. No doubt has potential as a ball carrier and tackler, but need to see more niggle in the rucks, mauls etc from him and some smarts before he becomes my preferred candidate.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Naisarani did not go missing, at least in attack. I’d have to rewatch games to look at his defensive work rate, but he carried like a freight train in every game he played. Far more effective than LSL in that respect.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?