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No sure how it the forwards had anything to do with Goodie steam rolling both wallabies centres, running through the Wallaby pack off the kick off, not missing a single tackle, and not making a single error?

Seven talking points from Wallabies vs All Blacks Bledisloe 1

Another talking point is just how bloody good Jack Goodie played. Second best player on the park after Retallick imo. Everything he did was fantastic and he’s only 20. To play in a specialist position like 13 at his age and play the way he did is next to unbelievable. His long passing game is going to open up so much space for the AB’s back three.
11/11 tackles
16 runs for 126 metres
6 defenders beaten
2 clean breaks
0 errors with ball in hand

Seven talking points from Wallabies vs All Blacks Bledisloe 1

The thing is that if the Waratahs were in this position after beating good teams I’d be given them some credit, but they haven’t. They’ve had two wins outside their conference, one against the Stormers and another against a 14 man Highlanders. I don’t see how getting to play the Rebels and the Reds twice prepares a team for finals football. Against the top end teams they have been exposed.

Bernard Foley thriving on the Waratah captaincy

But nothing about how awful the Waratahs were in the 1st half and that they leaked 25 points to the Sunwolves? There is nothing convincing about beating a 14 man Sunwolves team. This is still the same team that got slaughtered by the Lions, got beaten by the Blues, and lost to the Crusaders after a 29-0 lead. Other teams will make mince meat out of the forward pack and the defensive deficiencies of the back three are going to be a major problem.

Bernard Foley thriving on the Waratah captaincy

Are the Jaguares really going to be much of a threat come finals time? Up until last week they had a negative points differential and have been smashed by the Lions, Canes, and Crusaders. They play some good footy but as soon as they come up against a dominate forward pack or things don’t go their way at the start of the game, they seem to fold.

The Run Home – part 2: The equations

Great article. Just imagine how much better rugby could get by getting rid of the Super Rugby conference system and getting an international season!

The Wrap: Yes, there is a way forward through rugby’s confusing malaise

Aside from the intercept, Foley was awful

Beale and Foley pinch Super Rugby victory from the Rebels

If Folau didn’t grab the player and kept his arms to himself, this wouldn’t be an issue. There wouldn’t have been a yellow card and no citing. Reality is, if you play a player in the air at all its an issue. Whats the problem? You don’t have to ban anything, just don’t play the player. Go up and contest, bump shoulders, hit the player with your body, you’re fine. Just don’t touch the player deliberately with your hands. How hard is it??????

Folau ban farce: It’s World Rugby that need to lift

“Champion Wallaby fullback”… Champion of what exactly?

World Rugby did not make a different decision for all three incidents. They made the SAME decision. All three should have been yellow cards!!!! Thats consistency isn’t it? The only questionable decision was back tracking on Gardner.

Rugby keeps shooting itself in the foot

Goodhue’s passing out of both hands is superb. He’s set up so many tries by cutting out three-four defenders. All the Crusaders have excellent passing. Codie Taylor has an insanely good pass for a hooker and I’d say better than Foley’s…

Wallabies heartbreak loss to Ireland shows need for a playmaker at No.10

Two things:
1) Why is Foley’s passing game so poor? Particularly his long range passing. It was depressing to see someone like Jack Goodhue, making his debut, demonstrate a better passing game from 13 than Foley has in his career.
2) Once again Folau goes missing in a big test match. He’s happy to run around when he has space but doesn’t have the ability to make the hard yards when he needs to.

Wallabies heartbreak loss to Ireland shows need for a playmaker at No.10

The South Africans have been doing it for years, has been infuriating to watch.

Seven talking points from Walabies vs Ireland second Test

It has to be a red card. When you really think about the alternatives, changing the rules around it will only result in more inconsistency in a game that already has far to many areas down to individual interpretation. You have to have absolute liability, as in you are liable purely on the outcome and intent/recklessness doesn’t come into account, if a player lands on their head in a high ball contest. If you leave it to interpretation, players will still be red carded for the offence but the level of inconsistency will increase.

The reality is that it was a poor contest by the French 15, he was never going to catch it. The excuse he only had his eyes on the ball is pretty thin. Every player should be aware there could be a potential contest with another player and being aware of that is part of the game.

Don’t blame the ref for issuing the red card, blame the player for putting themselves into a position where a red card offence was likely to occur.

Win for All Blacks, but the fans see red

Harry, what do you make of Schalk Brits being called into the Springbok squad? Though I’m confused as to whether he will actually be playing or just acting as a mentor.

Ten crucial questions for Eddie Jones before Bloemfontein

Still don’t like pooper though

Nine talking points from Wallabies vs Ireland first Test

Thanks for the comments guys, watching the game again and you are right. Great player.

Nine talking points from Wallabies vs Ireland first Test

Pooper works once and now suddenly its a great idea? I thought the Irish played right into Pocock’s hands, running at players near him and giving him a perfect opportunity to contest, rather than running at him, committing him to the tackle and negating his effectiveness. Teams have figured this out and I was surprised Ireland come in with such a poor game plan.

The biggest question is whether the Wallabies will back this impressive performance up with another one. Inconsistency has been they’re biggest issue for the last 10 or so years.

Nine talking points from Wallabies vs Ireland first Test

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Wallabies vs Ireland highlights: International rugby union live scores, blog

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Wallabies vs Ireland highlights: International rugby union live scores, blog

No, because they had no attacking structure and their defence was one dimensional. Thats what I would be annoyed about. The poor set piece is what I would be annoyed about.

The momentum the French had was entirely off All Black handling errors. They started catching the ball and tore both flanks of the French defence to pieces.

All Blacks vs France: Test rugby union live scores, blog

The Irish 13 is doing a very good Malakai Fekitoa impression, rushing up and missing the tackle

Wallabies vs Ireland highlights: International rugby union live scores, blog

Pardon me, misread. Apologies

All Blacks vs France: Test rugby union live scores, blog

How was it cynical?

All Blacks vs France: Test rugby union live scores, blog

One inconsistency, ONE. They don’t. They’ve had plenty of yellow cards over the past couple of years. Two in the last Ireland test, still went on to win.One in the world cup final, still went on to win it. The French were in the game because of unforced errors of a side who haven’t played together for a while. They cut the errors, destroyed the French set piece, and took advantage of a slow French pack and inside backs. Plenty of sides have managed to defend with a player down.

The French gave up because they couldn’t keep up. They tried to be aggressive for 20mins and ran out of steam. Poorly coached and unfit

All Blacks vs France: Test rugby union live scores, blog

They’re a professional rugby side representing their country. If one yellow card, a fairly common occurrence in rugby, breaks their moral, that attitude will lose them the match, yellow card or not.

All Blacks vs France: Test rugby union live scores, blog