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A passionate, yet moderate view on all things rugby. "grass is the basis of all rugby" Sometimes ref, sometimes coach, rubbish player and always will believe in the rugby family.

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BW, back in the day when God wore shorts! I was a damn fine 15! But as the years the went by so did the speed and I found myself looking for “easier” jobs of which none exist except for the “Lose head prop” who spends all their time on the wing without any expectation of covering the backfield. So I slowly moved by necessity to being somewhat of a pathetic lose forward leaning against the strange thing called a scrum. I have a greater expectation for young Kellaway even though his old man looks much more like a Front row piggy! (I do realise a bunch of readers are going to beat down on me! :0 )

VOTE: Wallabies player ratings from first Test vs Argentina

I thought some of the performances we capable without some of the gloss of the elite. What did stand out for me was two things, 1) Northern Hemisphere referees are closer to the law book and they are less influenced by the material effect and our obsession with keep the play moving and accept cheeky little cheats along the way. Having said that I think advantage gets stretched a little bit too much. All teams on the night struggled with their little cheats being picked up. That will help us with our EOYT and WC. Actually, I am a big fan of the POMS reff’n and the Penalty Count will come down when coaches/players adapt. 2) Rennies coaching team did a number of new attacking plays which really showed the potential of this Wallaby squad given another six months. Kellaway and Lenny (13&14) excited me the most with their ability and growing into their positions. Kellaway also showed his ball-playing skills, he reads the play well. A possible 10 in the future? Maybe.

VOTE: Wallabies player ratings from first Test vs Argentina

Yeah, it’s Geek humor! Trying for a job as a headline writer for Harper! He thinks I break the internet! 😱

Coach’s Corner Issue 27: Who is really the number one team in the world?

KCOL, Rennie has been a class act so far. Killed the “whinging!” & “every other person’s fault!” stuff. Calmed Hooper down with the refs! Being a KIWI he doesn’t have to navigate the NSW V Qld rubbish. Picks players via a quorum and they get the most of it right. Young players tried and struggled against the best, good for their ego. Gets Johnson to unpick the restrictions on getting the best players we have back. (well as many as he can anyway) Repairs the toxic culture. Now surprise surprise the team is a team and starts to function and we return to a more predictable ranking. Now he just has to win the spring tour with the new-look team and set up for a final in the RWC. We could really get behind this new rugby feeling!

Coach’s Corner Issue 27: Who is really the number one team in the world?

So Nick, back to the big question. “as Coach!” for the Bokkies, Is the key point to 1) slow the ruck time down. 2) Keep attacking in close and brutal. 3) Kick for territory and back the lineout/maul/try

Coach’s Corner Issue 27: Who is really the number one team in the world?

Sharing time with Quake Cooper and cover for 12 & 13

Coach’s Corner Issue 27: Who is really the number one team in the world?

Spew_81 a good comment in its own right. 👍

Coach’s Corner Issue 27: Who is really the number one team in the world?

Soft Let Down! Ouch….

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

TH,
Try “fittest guy in the squad, left out!”
Dave Rennie goes for line-out strength over aggression at the breakdown.

Geek needs a new job! Headline writer for Roar Rugby! 😂

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

PK, Is McMahon really just a 7 and we are just searching for a position to put him in? (Rugby Australia’s greatest pastime!) Perhaps just have him as a great finisher / Hooper cover.

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

PK, what is so fantastic about your post is…. The depth and choice DR is starting to get. How good is that….. BTW McMahon had a “negative” placed against him in the Deans and Cheika era over his size (Kgs). In close with the Bargies, Hooper and McMahon could be seen as a little light on in the big cattle with the ball in hand department irrespective of the “fight in the dog” argument.

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

PK, Truly insightful! It’s been a long time since the Wallabies were known for their technical/tactical play. I do feel for Hodge, he has been the fix-it man at a cost to his own career. I would like him to have a second go at FB to see if he can own it for a bit. I just love the long boot. It really hammered the SA positional play. But, in saying that selection also needs to be ruthless in who earns the right to wear the gold jersey. BTW have you enjoyed the lack of QLD V NSW selection bias chatter. For me, it’s just beautiful silence. 😊

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

Piru,
I think the Bokks needs less change and better focus. The box kick will just hurt them as we did them last weekend. But the Kiwis have a defensive weakness close to the ruck. Big Saffies running channel 1 will cause a bunch of problems for the Blacks. I think their best chance is to grid it out in close and make the Ab’s play their game. Because if they don’t the Saffies could go for a 50 pointer against.

NZ reaction: All Blacks take 'physically fearless but mentally fragile' Boks No.1 ranking. Is their dignity next?

The Bok’s very existence as a unit is now clearly on the line. They are wounded and angry with themselves. The more times they watch the replay of Saturday’s game the more determined they will be. On the other hand, our across-the-ditch mates, who are possibly the better all-round team have clear deficiencies. If you had the gig for Saffies, what are the key pillars on your game plan to bring down the AB’s.

Get your questions in for Issue 27 of Coach's Corner

Tony, So an improving Wallaby side, just dakked the Bokkies! To me, it’s a bit like nicking a game off the ABs! You do so at your peril. The Bok’s very existence as a unit is now clearly on the line. They are wounded and angry with themselves. The more times they watch the replay of Saturday’s game the more determined they will be. On the other hand, our across-the-ditch mates, who are possibly the better all-round team have clear deficiencies in the 10-20 defensive ruck space. FDK will be let loose to exploit that with some very big wildebeest targeting the D pillars with a very unsophisticated approach of getting around their man! (straight over the top) The Bok Scrum needs Marx in the run-on side, scrum, lineout, and the old ruthlessness will find its home. If the Bokkies hold onto the ball and kick for territory they will force the AB’s to clear to touch when trapped in their own 22. They have a good show of attacking at lineout time. NZ has a dangerous level of confidence and these guys will be up for redemption. Personally, I am loving the prospect of this game.

NZ reaction: All Blacks take 'physically fearless but mentally fragile' Boks No.1 ranking. Is their dignity next?

PK coached more than one game where the stats guy burst my balloon! Wallabies key performances where based around 1) maul defence diffused tries that would have seen the Boks win “IF” they had scored. 2) Wallaby passing accuracy and speed was a big step up, which made them very hard to stop in attack. 3) Locks, Our guys were the serial pests at the brake downs in both attack and defence. 4) If you follow my logic the team that loses the Penalty Count win the game. Exactly why? (thats another story)

But what I did notice, we looked and played more like the AB’s than we have for a long time. Given DR is as good as I believe, the WB’s are going to worry AB’s far more than the rest of the world as we get back on our feet at world ranking of 2/3 going into the RWC. All I hope is that RA can bring in the last of the outliers home to be in our RWC squad. Skelton in particular excites me. McMahon will be good to see in the next week or two against the Argies. That will bring Swinton and other losies into hard focus on the way they play. The same way Quade and Samu have the backline. Hunter may not get a game again until the Spring tour mid-week games. Noah may not get another game this RC especially when JOC comes up to speed.

What becomes of the broken Bokke on the tour from hell?

Paddy, Never met and Irishmen that didn’t like to stir the pot! 🤢 😱 😂

What becomes of the broken Bokke on the tour from hell?

This man has been on a great journey. He is quickly being distinguished by his actions, grace, and careful thoughts. I pray that he is now paying forward on the field, in the sheds, and in life. I have had the privilege of meeting SBW in and around rugby where he generously gave time to me as one human to another (superstar to hack match official). My view of him changed, as is with QC. I feel better for the meeting with SBW and I am nothing but pleased for QC. Rugby can be quite unsettling for the young and talented as they come to grips with who they are in the bright light of fame. JOC has been another to see how he has become the man we all wished for as well.

Citizen Quade: 'To not know if I could come home was a daunting feeling,' says 'grateful' star

OO, you may be underplaying the Argies, I thought their D really unhinged the AB’s for most of the game. To the AB’s credit, they won out with a less than perfect performance. The return bout will be a great challenge as it goes up another level. Ab’s D needs more work close in at the ruck and channel 1 & 2 defense during a multi-phase challenge, they need to lift in this phase of the game. But I expect their crew is good for it. The Argies will pivot in another direction in their game plan to the first game and the AB’s will do what they do best and adapt. 2-0 to the AB’s. Just a perfect warm-up for the Bokkies!

WILL GENIA: Dave and Quade show folly of our obsession with shiny new things

T24M, Nah Mate we don’t hate the Bokkie! When competitive teams come together there is a challenge a good old contest. We call it test match footy. Your crowd is ruthless, tough, and unforgiving at the game. That is why you are the number one team. Pinching a game off you for us as a lesser-performing country is a sweet prize. I liken it to the affection we have for the sheep lovers on the other side of the ditch. Competitive Yes, win a game off them? Always on the cards, Beat them in a series? We wish. Boks and All Blacks we give it to you guys and we getting back usually in extra portions. It’s an Australian idiosyncrasy that makes us who we are. But if things ever get tough, we are right there with you like the Kiwi’s got you’re back as you would ours. However, we all have one thing in common is that England should never ever ever win a match against any of us ever! On a side note the SA TV coverage of the LIONS series in pre-match, in particular, was horrible and took all my effort and discipline to watch. There is some room for improvement there!

Why I don't understand the Springboks hate

Will, I love the inside view of the game. Being a guy with the best seat in the house! You really notice the value of game management. Ref’s always read the play and see what is about to happen, it’s part of the craft to always be where it will happen. I have been banging on about sending our potentials into big matches way too early just praying they will swim rather than sink under the step-up pressure. JOC and QC definitely deserve run on spots 10 & 15. It is now up to to the new Wallabies to take what will rightfully be theirs “when ready to do so!” Not a moment sooner. The Wallabies have been missing older heads to help the spine of the team and take the desperate play options out of the game so they can succeed. Small wins at the fringes make such a difference. Please keep writing I love the player angles in this forum.

WILL GENIA: Dave and Quade show folly of our obsession with shiny new things

Bobby, I hear you. Have put together a business plan to import New Zealand drinking water and call it “Rugby tonic”. Do you think it’s a chance?

How I'd change Australian rugby if I were boss for a day

Biltong, You are consistent with all my Saffie mates about Keo. To be honest, he sounds more like an “Alan Jones” type personality! We all have one, it is what makes our sport great. But what I do have, is a keen interest in a test match where two teams are so different, yet could be quite competitive. By cold hard numbers, 1 v 7 should say it all. I expect it will go that way, but this Wallaby team is fit, they start poorly and finish better, which makes them come back kids. If the Boks get complacent for one minute they could have a Cherry Blossom nightmare on their hands.

Quade Cooper versus the Boks: What could possibly go wrong?

Monsta, self-interest is by all in Rugby, especially in Sydney Club land. That is something that needs to be developed within guidelines for the good of the game. Penrith is a good case in point. A failed club for many reasons. Hunter has been brought in as a substitute. But what happens to the game in that area?

How I'd change Australian rugby if I were boss for a day

I’ll leave the detail to the lawyers! But NRL have agreements in place all their aim is to pay the kid to stay in their system.

How I'd change Australian rugby if I were boss for a day

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