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I remembered today though that DR and Johnson have spent long periods of time in Scotland. I like to think they’ll have the guys on their toes as previously we’ve been pretty shocking vs Scotland

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

Agree here with everything. I was upset with the lack of patience they showed as the opportunities were there to exploit. They looked best when slowing down and playing percentages more – that gave them the pressure to exploit mistakes japan made.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

Hopefully Marky N at the tahs can fulfil his potential. If he does, we’ll have a FB that has everything we need and then some. Hope Coleman pours all his efforts into developing him, he is a super talent.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

Yeah fingers crossed, I am just hoping it is a Kerevi case where the syndesmosis injury turned out to be less severe than it first looked.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

I think Wright needs to be balanced by a power winger who will get into rucks etc. His skills are great but he lacks the edge to balance the back three when the other winger has similar attributes to him. For the UK, if Hodge is ruled out, I’d have a combo of Petaia, Kellaway on the wings and Morahan at FB then Wright off the bench. Against Scotland though with the expectation that the UK guys wont play I’d look to have JP at fullback, Kellaway on one wing and potentially Perese on the other with Wright off the pine. I have been impressed with Wright’s performances off the bench, his elusiveness and skills also suit broken down play late in games. JP for me has won FB for his high ball taking, he looked so assured and we’ll need that up there. I think his kicking is better than many realise too, unfortunately no Hodge though.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

They are all travelling to the UK which is good at least; QC, Hodge etc. The severity of Hodge’s injury is not fully known but not serious enough to scrub him out entirely yet so fingers crossed.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

And you can add to that Pk we didn’t even play great overall and still managed that. Rather be winning ugly than not winning at all.

MATCH REPORT: Wallabies secure fifth straight win in hard-fought contest with Japan

They ain’t going near Beale. It’ll be Morahan and daylight…then more daylight. Luke would be a good FB for us anyway.

MATCH REPORT: Wallabies secure fifth straight win in hard-fought contest with Japan

Agreed Colvin. As I replied to Oblonsky above, and as DR said, we got sucked into playing too helter-skelter. The space was there to exploit and QC could see it, but we needed to suck the defence in playing more direct to earn the right to access it. That is a fine pass to make when there is no players rushing but in the face of traffic it is exceedingly risky. Frustrating but it was always going to be a bit of a banana skin as our game style fits how Japan plays well.

MATCH REPORT: Wallabies secure fifth straight win in hard-fought contest with Japan

I thought forwards did ok too OOP; two holding on pens conceded and one silly one at the ruck. But we also forced 3 from memory and otherwise were aggressive at the breakdown, which we needed to be considering Japan were playing so many jackalers. I think DR summed it up nicely in his post game comments, he isn’t a happy camper with the helter skelter style we played – backs were the reason for that. Thought they looked a lot more direct and nuanced when Joc came on, even if it was for 5 mins, but it was what was needed to drive the rush defence back. QC and White pushed things, went too wide too early on occasions, as they could see space but we needed to cool our heads and earn the right to go there. Frustrating but banana skin avoided.

MATCH REPORT: Wallabies secure fifth straight win in hard-fought contest with Japan

Oh absolutely, Fiji and Japan should be added to the RC. That would make it very exciting too. A very diverse competition and it would be a lot of interesting styles being played.

MATCH REPORT: Wallabies secure fifth straight win in hard-fought contest with Japan

I thought breakdown was ok bar two or three blemishes with turnovers. Overall disappointing, looked to me like they were switched off and thinking ahead maybe? Not the same energy imo. All the makings of a banana slip game, thankfully avoided

MATCH REPORT: Wallabies secure fifth straight win in hard-fought contest with Japan

The intercept was poor, if we’d played percentages rather than spin it you’d be pretty much right Mad!

MATCH REPORT: Wallabies secure fifth straight win in hard-fought contest with Japan

Commiseration to Japan, their progression has been excellent though and that is evident when you compare the scorelines from the last meeting in 2017. They put us under pressure and their style of play capitalised on our mistakes. I am not very happy with our performance, inconsistent and we looked like we were not fully switched on at times . Too many speculators and not playing smartly at times suited Japan’s gameplan. Test match footy, against any opposition, needs to be much tighter and we tried to play Super Rugby in moments today (e.g. the intercept). I actually thought Wallabies looked more structured and straighter in attack when Joc came on, though it was a small sample size. DR will be grumpy again, which is not bad, and we’d rather be in the W column with things to improve than the other way round. Valetini and Leota were good today, as was Petaia and Kellaway in the backs. That’ll do my wrap up!

MATCH REPORT: Wallabies secure fifth straight win in hard-fought contest with Japan

Hope Connal goes well. All he needs to do is the basics and do them competently. I wasn’t happy with Feletis throwing, if he can be an improvemeant in that area it’ll be important. I’m nervous as Japan are getting better and, away, we can’t allow ourselves to get sucked into their game plan, hopefully Wallabies can get it done playing smart footy.

Hooper: A crucial 2023 World Cup lesson starts now for promising young Wallabies outfit

Rob offers more with the ball than Swinton too which I like. Swinton has the harder edge to his tackling but Rob is less of a penalty magnet. Both are big men and lineout options so it is almost like for like there. As long as whoever is 6 is hitting rucks in a big way, I will be happy.

WALLABIES TEAM CONFIRMED: Kerevi injury paves way for Paisami return, Brumbies hooker set for debut

Yes I reckon this will, hopefully, be the straw that makes him tackle lower! Leota is horses for courses though, similar players.

WALLABIES TEAM CONFIRMED: Kerevi injury paves way for Paisami return, Brumbies hooker set for debut

Thanks mate, is a strange situation for sure. I am sure both DR and QC want to play, but it seems up in the sky with the RA negotiators. Hopefully it gets across the line! Cheers for asking though 👍

WALLABIES TEAM CONFIRMED: Kerevi injury paves way for Paisami return, Brumbies hooker set for debut

Yeah I have fingers crossed he’ll get the nod, nothing confirmed as far as I have heard and thought similarly around hearsay but I am holding onto hope we’ll get some clarification. It’ll be a tough tour regardless and we need him.

WALLABIES TEAM CONFIRMED: Kerevi injury paves way for Paisami return, Brumbies hooker set for debut

Yeah if it weren’t fox I would buy it more – somewhat – but as it is fox I think it’s probably a very long bow being pulled to try smear rugby as usual. I don’t think Rennie is going to bow to player power – I hope anyway.

WALLABIES TEAM CONFIRMED: Kerevi injury paves way for Paisami return, Brumbies hooker set for debut

If it ended up like that professional rugby will die in the Southern hemisphere completely. Though that’s what the clubs want really.

WALLABIES TEAM CONFIRMED: Kerevi injury paves way for Paisami return, Brumbies hooker set for debut

Not that you’re in the absolute know either Tony but do you have any extra inside info somewhat clarifying what is going on with Quade? I know it says it looks like this may be his last WBs game this year but I am holding onto hope.

WALLABIES TEAM CONFIRMED: Kerevi injury paves way for Paisami return, Brumbies hooker set for debut

Beat England please and thank you. Joc wouldn’t be too bad as a 10 with White at 9 anyway I reckon.

'Above my pay grade': Quade admits Test campaign could be over this week in club vs country tussle

Yes that’s my fear too, PE isn’t giving its money away for free and the consequences of going all in on it could be very severe if RAs track record is anything to go by. Community rugby isn’t going to quickly deliver the return on investment that a firm desires but the game desperately needs help there. How this is negotiated will be key for the future

The Wrap: With the bushfires now out, can Andy Marinos regenerate Australian rugby?

Ah right I didn’t know that last bit. I feel RA will have to get something through considering they’ve left behind a few guys who could cover in the absence of QC, Kerevi etc if they weren’t to go. It’s good at least they’re working with the clubs, a working relationship will be beneficial long term

'A chance to change perception': Successful spring tour would mean more than usual for Wallabies

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