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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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Wright did look great and he and Kellaway seem to understand/read each other well

VOTE: Wallabies player ratings from second Test vs Argentina

Didn’t stand out, but the job was already done btmy the time most got on.

VOTE: Wallabies player ratings from second Test vs Argentina

And what a few quality cameos for him! Was a gamble to bring him on quite early in the game.

Belief, brutal strength, bloody-mindedness: The Boks are bloody back, baby!

Looked like this week Pollard had been told to play rugby though, not just kick

Belief, brutal strength, bloody-mindedness: The Boks are bloody back, baby!

Marx especially. Thought Vermeulen was big too at several points. Also nice to see Pollard actually playing attacking rugby (and well) not just kicking, and D’Allende getting the ball again, getting the chance to show what a good pkayer he is.

Belief, brutal strength, bloody-mindedness: The Boks are bloody back, baby!

I thought Vermeulen could be ahead of Valetini.

Seven Wallabies, five All Blacks and three Boks in our Team of The Rugby Championship

I’ve only seen two and a bit of his games since 2019. He still looks like he could be bit fitter, though he’s fitter than he was as a Wallaby. But on his skills: he controlled and handed off the ball well when tackled and seems to know how to optimize his size while getting pretty low for a massive guy on clearouts. Looked good to me

'They're full of emotion': Everything Hoops said about fiery Argies, Skelton link, Quade's impact

I’d also be concerned at frustration levels among the forwards, who are winning hard ball only to see it kicked away, thoughtlessly

'Is it entertaining? No': All Blacks legend speaks out against Springboks' DNA

Most boring game i can remember. Or the game i most remember for being boring… More interesting for me to ponder how best to put it than watching it was

'Is it entertaining? No': All Blacks legend speaks out against Springboks' DNA

Happy to see Wright back in the side. Petaia is a major talent though and I doubt Rennie would be playing him if his attitude was off.

Everything Rennie said about Holmes' 'shock', McMahon role, Jake over Tate and Argies shambles

Huge news. Plus the players playing Europe available. Quite a team we’ll be able to field

Everything Rennie said about Holmes' 'shock', McMahon role, Jake over Tate and Argies shambles

I think he’s a pretty different player now to what he was 5-10 years ago. To me now it seems like he focuses on what he should do rather than what he can do.

TEAM CONFIRMED: McMahon on bench, Holmes becomes oldest Wallaby in pro era, Tate rested

It’s the person who makes claims that should back them up, surely.

'The boys and staff felt really disrespected': Why this photo has Argentina coach fuming

Disgraceful oversight really. Photo should not be publicised without the Arg captain in it

SANZAAR and RA apologise to Argentina after Ledesma snaps over TRC photo snub

If i were their forwards I’d be calling mutiny on the coach. He must be encouraging De Klerk and Pollard to play that way. The Boks forwards were generally very good, persistently so.

The Wrap: Tense, gripping clash of styles falls the All Blacks' way

not luck. bad play from the Boks backs. Forwards continued to play well right to the end. very poor play by the halves, especially Pollard. And no doubt he’s told to play that way

The Wrap: Tense, gripping clash of styles falls the All Blacks' way

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The Wrap: Tense, gripping clash of styles falls the All Blacks' way

if i were the South African forwards I would be so angry with the halves, or probably more the coaching staff. this is a great exposé on the last six minutes

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

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.

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