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Who wins the John Eales Medal?

As I cast back my mind over the last 12 months of internationals, quite aptly, the phrase “nobody is perfect” comes to mind. That phrase, of course, is synonymous with John Eales and for good reason. This then makes me think of the upcoming John Eales medal award.

that may be true however he still improved and you said none of his other issues improved and he didn’t improve as a player in any way from 2014

The Wallabies are a better team without Israel Folau

thats just not true, his kicking improved quite a lot in his last 2-3 years.

The Wallabies are a better team without Israel Folau

then it should be 15

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Foley also is expected to be a support runner which he does well.

It is unusual to have all the playmaking come from 9 and 12 or probably now from 9 and 15.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

totally agree.

This is one good reason to have DHP at f/b over Hodge since he is slightly better under the highball.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Don’t confuse the 0.1 % with the rest.

This is the big flaw in the privilege argument it only concerns itself with the top.

If white men , middle aged in particular have it so good then why does it have the highest suicide rate?

Suicide Statistics

White males accounted for 69.67% of suicide deaths in 2017.

The rate of suicide is highest in middle-age white men in particular.

Of course this does not fit into the nice neat myth of the evil patriarchy narrative

A letter to Alan Jones on the matter of Israel Folau

NB selects topics to attract many posts and discussion

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Hodge is the best defender of the the f/b options and is quick enough for a f/b certainly a lot quicker than DHP.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Hodge is the most complete all round f/b, the best defender of them with the biggest kick.

The issue is the back 3 as a unit. I have no doubt Banks and Hodge should be in the back 3.

So the question is who should be the 3rd either the next best winger probably Speight or the next best f/b DHP.

If DHP then the wings should be Banks and Hodge. If Speight then the other winger is Banks and Hodge at f/b.

Cheika will probably have Beale at 15 and DHP and Koroibete on the wings since only attack matters.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

Kerevi would be the one star back

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

but it is beyond Cheika to come up with such a plan, he hasn’t even hired an attack coach!

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

I expect Beale to start , there is no way Cheika will not start him.

However if that is the case then the best of the situation should be made.

Beale must then be at 15. This opens the door to Kerevi in his best position at 12. Then the defensively sound TK at 13.

Banks would be 1 ideal winger and the other winger is a question mark. I expect Cheika to select DHP on one wing. I would select Hodge instead.

DHP is a very weak defender on the wing and then you have a weak defender at f/b.

Why Israel Folau has done Kurtley Beale a favour

I wouldn’t pick Beale to start, however I know Cheika will at either 12 or 15 so 15 is the lesser evil

'Tahs secure tight win over brave Reds

The game was entertaining and reasonably high on skill levels in attack with little dropped ball and lots of offloads and draw and passing.

Defence was pretty good overall as well with both sides making about 85% of their tackles.

Kicking needs work from both sides however the tahs kicking has improved.

'Tahs secure tight win over brave Reds

I too noted how the reds attack faltered when Kerevi moved to 13.

I hope Cheika selects Beale at 15 and not 12 so Kerevi can slot in at 12.

The reds scrum is a worry when the tahs had parity in the scrum for most of the game.

That said 6 tries to 4 a better goal kicker and the reds would have won.

'Tahs secure tight win over brave Reds

agree mostly but not as extreme.

Beale was outstanding in attack. However he turned over the ball 3 times, he dropped highs balls when they were contested. His kicking was good but not outstanding.

Foley was good to very good not outstanding, he missed a tackle that led to a try and had a charge down, 2 turnovers.

Phipps gave away another intercept, his passing was still erratic. Very good scrambling defence and support play.

'Tahs secure tight win over brave Reds

certainly for me 🙂

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

for starters not knowing that until last match at f/b Beale had made 5/9 tackles which is 55.5% and saying he made at least 6 try saving tackles agaisnt the lions when only made 4 in total.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

yes, and it is the thin edge of the wedge.

Gameplans and team selection go hand in hand.

Once he has selected his moneyball team then he can be grilled on the right gameplan to use with it and compare it to Cheika’s selections and only game plane he has.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

Agree Beales tackling at f/b is better than DHP’s who is woeful but his highball catching is worse and is part of defence.

Also Beales defensive positional play is worse than DHP’s.

If you look at his tackles missed tackles
Lions 4 0
Bulls 3 2
Sharks 0 1
Rebels 2 1
that is 9/13 which is 69% and only 1 game was he acceptable his 4-0.

Hodge is better in tackling, defensive positioning and under the highball than Beale.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

it would such an injustice for Robertson to take Slippers place.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

agree you did a good job.

The backline I would try for this criteria (moneyball) and ignoring Toomua until I see his form) would be

9 Genia 10 Cooper 11 Speight 12 Kerevi 13 Meakes 14 Banks 15 Hodge

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

They should have time off for scrums that are reset so they can’t be used to wind the clock down.

I enjoy watching the scrums and often rewind to see who has dominance however I fast forward through the resets so it doesn’t bother me.

Live at matches I chat to friends or use the time to eat and drink.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

Good post

More like too smart to play in the backs as most props are.

I agree with more stringent policing of scrums laws though.

The repeated collapses should be fixed by a penalty if the ref is sure (80%) who was at fault, and a free kick if they are 60% (or more) sure, only reset if they have no idea.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

Also sheer size taking advantage of the big hit was taken out.

Now power through short steps rather than a big hit means more.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind