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Turinui is clearly playing a bit of politics etc and bites his lip alot. His comments are almost always constructive rather than destructive hence the lack of cheika criticism at the levels we are happy to throw around but there is no doubt he said certain aspects of WBs gameplan etc was poor. Equally with Wessels, he started his comments out not to have a shot at the man but rather what the rebels needed to be successful and rebuild. And in his mind that’s a new coach. And I think if most people had a think about it, they’d probably agree.

Rebels boss Dave Wessels stung by coaching criticism

Did you read nbs article on Hodge last week where it shows Hodge being good at and relishing front on collisions???

Australia’s other forgotten man stands up at Suncorp

Yeah but will anyone listen to him nb? Or it will be a case of head meets wall.

Australia’s other forgotten man stands up at Suncorp

Don’t ask me where and don’t put money on it, but I remember seeing or hearing recently from Genia or Cooper that the 2018 or 19 rebels season was their funnest season to date… For what it’s worth.

Australia’s other forgotten man stands up at Suncorp

Great read nb and hopefully Maddocks continues this form. Interesting your takeaways on the kicking duals, looking at some stats from rugbycology suggested the tahs were actually the better team but the Reds starved them of opportunities. What do you make of JOC midfield bomb/clearances? I don’t quite understand the thinking behind them…

Australia’s other forgotten man stands up at Suncorp

They do! Good lookin roosters I might add 😉

Reds win shows the value of the National Rugby Championship as Australian rugby’s premier development competition

Hence the part* twas. The first half was very stop-start given how many penalties Gardner blew against both teams. The brumbies also struggled with rhythm in the first half, but they were still good enough to convert a couple of opportunities. Rebels were not.

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

He used to play 7s for Aus I believe Geoff so McDermott should theoretically be fit as a fiddle. I noticed his 50-22. I’m hoping he brings more kicking into his game as a good box kick is needed at the intl level. The fact he was smart/cheeky enough to take that quick tap is why I think he is a guy to have around. Shows great IP and ‘cojones’. Something to be said for choosing the option your opposition least expects, least wants.

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Also mistook Sio as on the ground at one point also when Slipper was still clearly on the field from memory.

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Agreed. I think the rebels slow start can at least be part attributed to the new law interpretations etc. They looked pretty slick when they got going in the second half and who thought they would out-compete the brumbies at set piece time… Rebels also had a pretty good kicking game I thought giving the rookie 15 a few high balls to test his nerve.

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Brumbies have scored the first try in all but one match this season, most of them in the first 10 min. They have also scored more tries in the first half across 3 of 4 of their ‘competitive’ games (tahs and sunwolves were demolitions).

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Well then you are in agreement with how things are currently run by this rationale..? The pt of the initial comment is that some seem to think that the tahs/Bell were judged harshly for having the weaker scrum which I somewhat agree with but do not know what a workable alternative looks like.

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

This is my pt. Its near impossible for someone to not do something ‘illegal’ even if not trying too once a scrum has been packed for a while and going backwards at a pace. So the result is the same in a penalty to the dominant team. Maybe the interpretation could change such that if no clear penalty is evident, refs play the ball where it lies which would incentivise tunnel 1 ball more. if a maul falls to pieces sometimes it is just play on… That’s another area of the game far too bent towards the attacking team imo.

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Yes, very hard to watch the first half of the brumbs/rebs game, lacked alot of flow and both teams struggled given the number of penalties. Second half was much better. I thought Berry let alot go in reds/tahs.

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

I agree with all this and think maybe it should’ve been a penalty try rather than yellow card to bell on the weekend. But if a scrum disintegrates and one team is clearly dominant what should the outcome be (genuine question)? It is unrealistic to think that if no one is infringing and one team is dominant that they could trundle a scrum 50m up the park, it just doesn’t seem possible… Should they just play the ball where it lies and therefore maybe incentivise getting quick ball out of the scrum? Honestly not sure of the right answer.

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Brumbies trend in general. Amazing in the first 10min almost always entering the oppo 22 and scoring off set piece, good for the rest of the first half, switch off from 40-70 and hang on from 70-80. Chiefs game they went into the sheds 21 nil up from memory and ended letting the chiefs in for two tries in the second to make it tighter than it had to be. Reds led in the first round at the 70min mark from memory despite not being the better team.

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

One of Cheika’s biggest faults in 2019 was how many players he tried and implementing total new attack and defense!?! No settled combinations led to a lack of cohesion.

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

No doubt there is some fresh life in the competition for green and gold jersies and it can only be a good thing. But, to say this has only fired on all but hooper is incorrect. He too has been playing with extra freedom and vigor this season without the captain’s duties.

I agree the other backrowers in the game played well and hooper didn’t have his best, but he was still right up there. He also put that big shot on wilson in the first 5 minutes which set the tempo for the whole match. Player comparison at this link has Hooper making more tackles, more passes, more runs and more metres then swinton, Wright or McReight. The others did get more turnovers and Liam, in my opinion should’ve had two tries which is also a big impact on the game.

Swinton’s defense is not as good as hoopers in that game or so far in this season. He missed two tackles on friday night and foxsports stats has him with 77% tackle efficiency, compared to hoopers 87% for the season so far.

https://www.rugby.com.au/match-centre/356/2020/356011
https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/super-rugby/stats/players?position=blindsideFlanker&category=defence&teamId=50004

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

You are very grovelly this morning oop so I’ll leave it to you but up and unders are a pretty common tactic in world rugby. Maybe they weren’t executed well on Friday night, but that doesn’t mean they were aimless. They gain territory, create contested possession, chance for regather, make opposition turn and chase and secure the ball under pressure. And in a game knowing there was a high penalty count, there’s extra incentive to be at the other end of the park. Enjoy your sunday.

O’Connor kicking goals in Super return

Well it’s not pointless if they were kicking for territory… May have been poorly executed in terms of placement or chase but they weren’t booting it out of lack of ideas. Toomua effectively used the same tactic last night, making the Brumbies FB drop a couple of bombs.

O’Connor kicking goals in Super return

Same thing in NZ. It’s because so many penalties are being blown, it’s better to play a territory based game rather than possession based. Look at rebels Brumbies game, rebels let in two tries from penalties in their own half. Better to play at the other end which they did in the second half.

O’Connor kicking goals in Super return

Stewart was a standout in the squad at the start of the year such that he shoved Lucas to the bench. He is also a 10 who has shifted to 12. He can kick and pass, but I’ll agree we haven’t seen a heap of it. Look at Rhys bosleys article and highlight of Stewart.

O’Connor kicking goals in Super return

Great piece. No doubt the nrc has provided huge value in developing players. Naisarani came through it as well didn’t he? The problem has been it’s lack of viewers/uptake. I think it’s worth persevering with but ra need to actually buy in and invest into it proper with marketing, tv rights etc and find a way to link it to club land.

Reds win shows the value of the National Rugby Championship as Australian rugby’s premier development competition

Fardy chirps plenty. They all give and take a bit of niggle. Just coz thorn isn’t a big talker doesn’t mean he isn’t doing equally ‘chirpy’ actions in the ruck/maul with raking, a few uppercuts etc. Hooper shoved Wilsons head after making that big hit on him in the first few minutes of the game.

Super Rugby AU: A new hope for the Waratahs?

Bell had plenty of chirp in him as well. I liked it tbh, there was clearly a passion and drive in those young blokes to prove themselves and they wanted to win. Most of it was between mates from the u20s side anyway so I think it’s all just fun and games. And hell, they havent had the chance to rip in for a few months. The boys were hungry!

Super Rugby AU: A new hope for the Waratahs?