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Rugby lover and Wallabies fan, but late to the game, becoming a real fan 5 or so years ago when in my mid thirties . From Perth, living in France.

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I mean a night off, not an off night; as in the Boks backs rarely get given the ball to run with, so their opponents don’t have to work as usual hard tackling-wise.

SA View: Heartbreak in the 100th as Boks 'set the table, kill the calf and forget to eat'

There’s no depth of flexibility among the backs it seems. Forwards are still good and deep.

SA View: Heartbreak in the 100th as Boks 'set the table, kill the calf and forget to eat'

I’m interested in the “as you can see that they do not agree” bit, Madkiwi. Why/how have you got that impression? Something they’ve said? Done/Not done?

SA View: Heartbreak in the 100th as Boks 'set the table, kill the calf and forget to eat'

JB was a good under the high ball, I thought. The rest of the backs had a night off defensively, as do most backs who play the Boks.

SA View: Heartbreak in the 100th as Boks 'set the table, kill the calf and forget to eat'

They’re their own worst enemies though. The SA forwards deserved a win. They were superb. DV, Smith, De Jager, Kolysi especially. But Pollard is playing lazy, thoughtless rugby at 10. Maybe it’s not on him, he’s just told to play that way, but there’s barely a plan for attack. Nothing new; was the same through the whole Lions series. I get the kick and crash can work; but do you have to do it instead, even when it’s clearly on to run the ball back?

SA View: Heartbreak in the 100th as Boks 'set the table, kill the calf and forget to eat'

Greatest moment was the Vermeulen contest in the air.
Referee ” On-field is penalty. But just let me, have a look at it”
Duane, as he keeps on slowly, insistently walking towards the referee, ” I had my eyes on the ball”
Referee, as he quakes in his boots, “Yes, just penalty, you had your eyes on the ball”

Boks coach bemoans 'bounce of the ball' as youngster's massive play secures All Blacks win

Ikitau impresses me every game. Just looks very, very solid.

VOTE: Wallabies player ratings from first Test vs Argentina

I enjoyed it much more than the Wallabies’ win even as a Wallabies fan. Just cause the SA forwards really came to play – Smith, De Jager, all six front rowers, Kolysi. Whereas Argentina looked like they were sulking and couldn’t be bothered anymore quite a bit of the time. A gallant loss for the Boks. A fairly hollow win for the Wallabies… Having said that if the Boks had any inclination to throw the ball to their centres they would have won. I used to like Pollard, but I think he’s doing nothing to capitalise on the quality centres behind him. The kick and crash can work but, not every single time you get the ball

Boks coach bemoans 'bounce of the ball' as youngster's massive play secures All Blacks win

What has he said that’s not true though? Seems a balanced appraisal to me. If you had asked me to read that not knowing which team he was taalking about, i think I would have guessed it was Argentina. Not claiming I’m an expert guesser, but he isn’t the only one who would see it that way

Analysis: How the Pumas can upset in-form Wallabies

Can I just say re the headline here: I’m seeing lately a few headlines on TheRoar rugby that are a bit provocative, sensationalist, derisive. I get the point of that if you’re trying to draw in non-regulars, but do we all want to get all wound up right off the bat?

Rennie expects usual tactics from Pumas

who do you rate as the best halves combo?

Coach’s Corner Issue 27: Who is really the number one team in the world?

A few things:

1. I just love Quade. Years ago he was the cause of our frustration. Last few years, for me at least it’s been more frustration that he was out of the picture, suffering for his old indiscretions rather than appreciated for the poise and precision and restraint he has shown, even back in his time with the Rebels.
2. We would be all over Banks if he’d dropped those high balls, calling for his head. I like Hodge but I think he really just is a good jack of all trades and master of none.
3. White and Cooper is as good as any 9,10 combo in my opinion, bar Smith and Mo’onga. And I thought Dupont, Romain Ntamack a year and half back were awesome. But Ntamack seems to have fallen from favour a little now. White and Cooper, with Mcdermott about too really changes who Kerervi, Koroebeti and Ikitau are, as you (more or less) point out

Coach’s Corner Issue 27: Who is really the number one team in the world?

I think Tupou is wold class. Has his weaknesses, bit his stengths are huge. Maybe only Furlong ahead of him for mine

Everything Rennie said about indispensable bench weapon Pete Samu, Leota, Swinton and McMahon

I really think Hooper could be decent there. Runs hard lines, reads the play, good pace. Id be more comfortable with that if we were down a guy than pretty much any other positional change on the whole team (apart from guys like Hodge or O’Connor who’ve already proven their versatility)

Everything Rennie said about indispensable bench weapon Pete Samu, Leota, Swinton and McMahon

It’s interesting he says Samu could play some centre. I think Hooper could too. Seems to open the way for a 6-2 bench. As someone who would love to have seen McMahon picked too, that would have been interesting

Everything Rennie said about indispensable bench weapon Pete Samu, Leota, Swinton and McMahon

You should stop being so tactful a’d moderate, Yabbie. A bit of exaggeration never hurt anyone. 😛

WALLABIES TEAM: Leota the No.6 bolter, McMahon overlooked, Hodge starts and JOC on bench

Swinton has got to chill a bit. Not too much, but a bit.

How the Springboks hit an English speed bump at Suncorp

He had had a rough trot with injuries even before that too. Get well soo. At least D’Allende is doing alright

Coach says Boks lost their 'soul' and Wallabies beat them at their game as names side for All Blacks clash

‘Tacklers were asked to clear out more quickly, defenders wanting to contest the ball were required to stay on their feet, and there was zero tolerance for cynical play.’

Just sounds like really good refereeing.
My own perception of the two matches has been that the refs have made the right decisions during the action, but that some cards were given that shouldn’t and some that should have weren’t.

How the Springboks hit an English speed bump at Suncorp

I hadn’t heard anything about Snyman. Just noticed he had not played for ages. What/where was the accident? Sounds terrible

Coach says Boks lost their 'soul' and Wallabies beat them at their game as names side for All Blacks clash

I wonder if they have thought of dropping Pollard. The backs clearly aren’t functioning well and a crisper, faster passer might be handy for them, to get D’Allende and Am into it the way Quade has Kerevi and Ikitau. But is there really no depth at all in the Bok backs, no good replacements? They can field two full international calibre forward packs – all 16 of them – without much trouble when healthy. But who are the would-be backs?

Coach says Boks lost their 'soul' and Wallabies beat them at their game as names side for All Blacks clash

Feels to me like the opposite, Ken: some good backs to pick from, but no likely fullback

Tom Banks' unlucky break opens the James O'Connor door

Is Tom Wright healthy? Not sure he’s a fullback but he’s in the mix as a bzck who seems to read the play fairly well. We just don’t have a strong candidate for fullback in the post-Folau, post-Haylet Petit era, it seems

Tom Banks' unlucky break opens the James O'Connor door

Looking at it from the other side, as a Wallabies fan: i was thinking the whole time, why is this such a messy game? But I couldn’t put a finger on what the Wallabies were doing wrong. Then i saw the possession % late was actually still about 67-33 to the Boks. It’s so unusual to see a game where the Wallabies win with limited possession and its our opponents making a meal of it. I was kind of lost and dumbfounded watching it.

'Bring back that wild waterboy': The Boks are 'sick' and maybe a return to Rassie is the only cure

It’s basically the same side that won the world cup in 2019 though. They are good. Pollard kicked poorly last week – they could have won. They also beat the Lions 3-2 despite basically no attacking play from their centres and outside backs.

Boks send clips to World Rugby to seek 'alignment' with refs ahead of Wallabies rematch

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