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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.

Markus – I think Petaia has been selected as a wing option

Wallabies name 31-man squad for 2019 Rugby World Cup

of course not

I was responding that the issues in defense were no surprise at all based on Perth.

All that you mentioned was why AB’s possession was better.

The age-old problem at the heart of another lacklustre Wallabies performance

From outside the squad McCaffery at 8, from the squad Dempsey at 8.

I get that re combinations but they come on the last 30 mins and then they are using the same combinations.

Who is Naisarnai’s backup if he gets injured? Pocock?

No one else has had any time there.

The age-old problem at the heart of another lacklustre Wallabies performance

I was pleased with 1 aspect of Cheikas coaching during the game.

CLL was having a poor game so he replaced him early, top marks.

I do question why he never does that with Foley when he is having a terrible game though.
My fear is Foley NOW gets back in and stays in despite poor game after poor game , as usual, and when having yet another shocker doesn’t get hooked early.

The age-old problem at the heart of another lacklustre Wallabies performance

Obvious solution is to bench the captain and use him as an impact player

The age-old problem at the heart of another lacklustre Wallabies performance

The defence of that same team in perth was poor though, it just continued being poor.

In Perth the AB’s scored 26 points, they added 2 better wingers and it was wet and 15 players, no surprise the same porous defence gave up 36 points next game.

The age-old problem at the heart of another lacklustre Wallabies performance

FWM – Good team.

Personally I would start Slipper over Sio in this game (and the RWC).

Slipper is a better scrummager. Sio could do rest anyway.

Sio has played 4 straight starting and first 2 games in RWC are Wales and Fiji.

For that reason I would also consider Rodda, and Naisarani on the bench they have started last 4 games and need a little break, they would be on the bench.

The age-old problem at the heart of another lacklustre Wallabies performance

sure and thats why Hodge is the better all round f/b than either of them

Eight talking points from Bledisloe 2

Hodge a better f/b than winger though

Eight talking points from Bledisloe 2

DHP is as poor as Beale with his one redeeming quality being good under the highball

Eight talking points from Bledisloe 2

People over egg Beale’s effort in Perth.

Yes he ran the ball well and scored 1 try. That was it.

He didn’t set up any tries, didn’t kick well, and very poor in defence. He wasn’t tested under the highball.

His positional play and defence is worse than Folaus ever was, and atrocious under the highball.

Eight talking points from Bledisloe 2

Hodge at f/b is a better choice than Beale or DHP.

Beale is far too error prone to start, he is a very good impact player last 20 mins when players are tired. Should never start.

Banks on the wing for his pace.

Cheika's Wallabies need a revised Plan A for RWC glory

rubbish, the defence stats out wide were terrible and it was obvious pace would do them in, it was only because the AB’s had 35% possession that saved the wallaby bacon.

AB’s easily scored out wide and made many breaks there last week in Perth yet Cheika still selects the same players despite pace men being added to the AB’s out wide.

Beale is known to be poor under the highball and even worse in the wet, hasn’t played well except for the last 20 mins of a game.

There had to be changes in the backline and that was an obvious selection mistake predictable before the game.

LSL was shown up for pace BUT it was his best game and he hit the breakdown hard so it could be justified retaining him.

Cheika's Wallabies need a revised Plan A for RWC glory

AB’s had 50% possession and 52% territory.

Wallabies are poor in the wet but even worse when the coach doesn’t have a wet weather game plan.

Congrats on a good win, as predictable as it may have been.

Cheika's Wallabies need a revised Plan A for RWC glory

What is amusing is an amateur analyst like myself easily predicted that the AB attack was going to be fast men out wide taking advantage of the porous outside backs defence.
I noted in Perth the best tackling of the outside backs was 60% by JoC (who 100% this time) and they would target Hodge and Beale. This was shown by the defence in Perth and AB’s selection changes, very predictable.
Yet the Wallabies did not change anything or prepare for this attack.
In the wet it was clearly the wrong decision to have Beale who can’t catch the highball at f/b and Hodge who is slow over the first 10 metres to defend on the wing.
It is very obvious Banks and Koroibete who both have pace should be the wingers and Hodge for his boot and good under the highball be the f/b. Beale off the bench.

Cheika's Wallabies need a revised Plan A for RWC glory

That simple, Beale selected at f/b in the wet was the first and biggest selection mistake.

2nd mistake was not adjusting a game plan for the wet.

3rd mistake was selecting Hodge at wing when the AB’s selected pace to go through the porous outside back defence.

All of this was predicted by me and alas it came to be true.

All Black attitude and waning Wallaby resilience

Banks was about 5th best against the boks, he was solid only would be a more accurate way of saying it rather than he was one of wallabies best against the boks.

VOTE: Wallabies DIY player ratings from Bledisloe 2

it is obvious he is best as an impact player.

He did that well in Boks game but then rewarded to start against Arg where he was good ok not close to boks form.

Did play well against AB’s first game if you ignore all the missed tackles, and as predicted he would be poor in the wet under the highball and would continue to miss a lot of tackles.

It should be clear he is best used as an impact player.

Also obvious is that Hodge should be at f/b and not on the wing, he is not fast enough off the mark and is beaten easily by fast wingers.

This means 2 speedsters in Koroibete and Banks could be the wingers.

VOTE: Wallabies DIY player ratings from Bledisloe 2

AB’s far better than Wallabies in the wet.

They get a lot more wet games in NZ through all their lives playing rugby.

In Australia if it rains a bit the council calls off games due to the impact on the ground (unbelievable but true) so Aussie kids get a lot less practice in wet games.

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

Peyper’s style should favour the AB’s as it usually does

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

If it is a draw Australia will get the cup since there are only 2 matches this year.

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

I also like how it is lucky that Retallick is out, and Barret carded but Arnold is just missing from the Wallaby team.

About as balanced as Peyper will be.

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

SBW 194 cm, 111 kgs,
Julien Savea 192 cm, 108 kg
Kerevi 186 cm, 108 kgs

Kerevi is stockier which gives a lower centre of gravity but matches the above 2 on mass, so yes shorter but not smaller.

Lomu 196 cm, 119 kgs was a lot bigger than all of them

Barrett: Our attack will click and All Blacks will retain the Bledisloe

and a genuine lineout target and a very good defender

His ball carrying is his weakest area though

Close call on Pocock return for Cheika

Isn’t the AB’s the same team that struggled to beat Argentina, that couldn’t beat the boks at home, and were flogged by the Wallabies last week?

Wallabies well poised to double down on All Blacks