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Nothing against the boks, I love our Southern Hemisphere friends, but the stoppages in play aren’t pretty at all and are not a good look for the side. ABs were their own worst enemy at times, but I don’t think any of the four teams really managed to get a handle on the conditions today. Still, not many times you see the ABs with 23 unforced errors! That was the most shocking thing about the game for me. Townsville is a great place to play in though, fantastic crowd, but the organisers need to look at getting the games right in the dry season-it’s a bit too close to the wet this time of year and the humidity and heat aren’t conducive for the spectacle.

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

Absolutely, we have so much to work on still and I would not say we’ve had great performances recently. Better vs boks, especially game 2, but no where near perfect.

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

I’ll take the depth. You guys up there are building it up nicely. Won SR AU but still very young with plenty of growth left.

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

It’ll be interesting to see how it goes considering how things have been recently. The SA and AB rivalry is much storied as you have eloquently put Geoff. Form sometimes has no meaning on the outcomes, other times it does. But generally it’s close regardless. If only the WBs didn’t go in the other direction when they met the ABs in recent history! Hope for a good contest and for a big turnout.

Celebrating 100 Tests and 100 years: 'There's never a winner in NZ vs South Africa, just the next battle'

I wouldn’t mind if we had another tall guy like Arnold or hopefully Hosea in a few years time coupled with Rodda to try the backrow a bit smaller. Just for a bit more assurance there. It definitely is possible as other countries have shown, but having suffered the years of an unbalanced backrow where Hooper was a lineout option I do find it nice to have a jumper at 6 all of a sudden.

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

Robertson was lucky to make it off the pitch!

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

I think Suzie has been re-employed in the WR cafeteria.

World Rugby flags full training contact limit of 15 minutes a week to make game safer

I think so too but Robertson won’t be facing Kitshoff so that is something!

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

AAA is unavailable for family matters rest of RC and Pone is injured.

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

Hope Leota grabs the chance and Swinton has a real think and changes his tackling. He has improved dramatically already and if reigns in the discipline will be a mainstay 6 in the squad for a time to come. Shame about MacMahon but hopefully gets a go next test.

Wallabies discipline must be much better this week, we cannot get sucked into any niggle with the Argentines. Apart from this, consistency and continual bubble along improvements at the little things. Smart footy. Hopefully they can get it done.

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

Absolutely agree PK, this is common sense which sadly doesn’t seem so common. Most of the research is conducted in the Northern Hemisphere too and the divide between both is large. A proportion system should be in place based on the number of games a squad has already or will be playing. It seems to me to be a big oversight of the actual problems at hand. How is this to be policed too? None of it makes any sense.

WBs and ABs should continue doing what they are doing whilst playing Super Rugby, will WR have the gall to forfeit us from the 2023 WC?

World Rugby flags full training contact limit of 15 minutes a week to make game safer

I think easing him into it though is good, as he is still growing into his body and that contributed to the injuries suffered early on. Wing for now at test level but I hope the Reds start giving him a crack at 15

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

Cheers Tony, was just about to ask when the team drops. Impatient bugger, I have to wait 2 minutes! 😛

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

Wow, World Rugby is truly melting down. What have they done this week? Suggest a biannual world cup, a keen desire to reduce contact at training to prevent injuries (which, side-note, these two things are contradictions). What next, it’s only Thursday.
Where are the majority of rugby injuries? Games. Instead of tinkering with laws, why don’t we revamp the book so it is easier to understand for fans and officials alike. This is not dumbing down the game, it is streamlining it. The rules are like much legislature a lot of it needs to be culled back. Refine this with an eye to safety rather than consistent tweaking of the complex rugby codex in an attempt to reach the same goal.
And I can’t help but feel the amount of games played every year is unsustainable. Especially in Europe. The French Top14 for instance is a marathon event. Maybe if some of the power the clubs up North wielded was wrested back some of these issues would be mediated. Alas, money talks…
EDIT: I see 1997 Brumbies and I have similar thoughts.

World Rugby flags full training contact limit of 15 minutes a week to make game safer

Agreed, I would give him a break because his facial injury looks nasty and seeing what Sean brings at 7 will be handy in the event Hoops is sidelined for a longer period. I’m not one to suggest weakening other core parts of the game for a single player unless we have adequate cover and Sean would likely mean a weaker line out. If we had Arnold and Rodda then that might be different but as it is I’d prefer a jumping option at 6.

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

Yeah I am looking forward to BPA returning. I’d have Uelese there too. Still, FF’s lineout work has been good.

How the Springboks hit an English speed bump at Suncorp

It went back out of Marika’s hand first.

How the Springboks hit an English speed bump at Suncorp

That’s the best way to think about it

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

Yeah the one on the try line had me almost in tears but they pulled it off very well.

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

I haven’t seen any of that commentary but if they truly did see the wallabies as warm ups then they’re in trouble.

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

Agreed RT, we need to be constantly improving in these early stages and Argentina will be a huge challenge. Rennie has not beaten them yet in his career so I hope the WBs are prepared for some massive games. Hopefully they can do it

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

Hah! A couple spring to mine too from a few weeks ago. At least DR adjusts the game plan – Wallabies are no where near perfect currently but they’re doing a lot better than they would if still under previous coaches.

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

Cheers Brett. Nice to have some positivity re Wallabies. Still, they must be very wary of an Argentina we drew twice with last season. I just hope we see continued strong breakdown and set piece coupled with smart play. However, we must improve our discipline as it’s letting us down big time at the moment. Hopefully they can do it, I (we all) want consistency in development and results!

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

Good point, I like him a lot. He did well in his cameo vs boks too I thought.

The Wrap: Wallabies rocket ahead while the Springboks are lost in space

Ah cheers mate, that helps. As a halfback I am not as privy – just get me the damn ball! That’s a point for Swinton then. I was critical of his tackling technique on another post and suggested he get dropped to readjust his mindset but considering how long we suffered without a jumping 6 at the line out, I hope he can fix his technique at training.

The Wrap: Wallabies rocket ahead while the Springboks are lost in space

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