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I suspect Peter Bell will be shortly announced as CEO, or at least interim CEO

Fremantle sacks Ross Lyon and CEO

Thank God Carlton has locked away Teague ….. would not want Lyon going there.

Fremantle sacks Ross Lyon and CEO

Interesting news but had to happen the team was playing like they were each dragging a ball and chain.

Wonder what happens now? Does Simon Goodwin suddenly get nervous? Which media outlet might take him on? Has Brett Ratten nailed down St Kilda?

Fremantle sacks Ross Lyon and CEO

Seeing that catch on multiple replays I wonder how embarrassed Root is now after claiming he caught it ……. at the time he probably genuinely think he did get it, but the replays show otherwise

Australia must drop David Warner

What about the other way round for Patterson (3) and Pucovski (6) ???

Australia must drop David Warner

Pretty much agree with this ….. a couple of changes I would make …. Warner and Bancroft out, replaced by Kawhaja and Harris, Labuschagne to No 3, Siddle dropped and replaced by Starc. Those changes might give us a start when batting and certainly gives us more venom and options when bowling.

Australia must drop David Warner

Another instance in the first half …. Hooper tackles, gets to his feet and takes the space by driving over the ball ….. should have been a clear turnover but not another Wallaby within cooee to take advantage of Hooper’s play …… just dumb and lazy

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

and that team’s back three defence will be virtually non-existent …. and Hodge will still over run the passes …. if he gets any.

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

Good morning Brett, great point and I agree entirely. Way, way too often we lament attacking ball being lost because we fail to secure the ball. Players lining up for the next phase and forgetting to ensure there will be a next phase.

Sigh …….

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

Hanigan ????

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

Agree Riccardo ….. instead of Speight I would have selected Cameron Clarke who is a good all round winger who will let no one down ….. and who does not over run ball carriers

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

Yeah Beale was so terrible he had the equal highest run metres and was not the worse defender, but he did drop two high balls.

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

Spiro Jack Maddocks has been sent away because he cannot defend and is actually not that quick. Cameron Clarke is a better winger all round than Maddocks.

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

The players need to shoulder most of the responsibility. We lost in the fundamentals not strategy. We got tactically smashed, it didn’t matter what the strategy was, it was never going to be successful. I don’t believe Cheika instructed the team to go into this game soft, inaccurate and slow at every breakdown, don’t back-up breaks and whatever else you do, be sloppy on catch and pass, a week after winning off the back of executing the fundamentals well.

This quote says it all. I don’t really blame the backs at all, except Hodge, he was atrocious …. misses way too many tackles and constantly over runs the ball.

I blame the forward pack entirely. The only two who can hold their chins up are Hooper and Naisarani. The remainder did not get off the team bus except for maybe Tupou.

As the opening paragraph says, you cannot blame Cheika for this shambles and I reckon his after game comments were liberally coated in embarrassment.

Eight talking points from Bledisloe 2

The ABs were only that close because the Wallabies bombed 3 try scoring chances in the first half ….. Kerevi I’m looking at you.

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

I will disagree and pick the Wallabies by 7 – 10. Yes the ABs have made some changes but I don’t see them making a material difference to their team. if the Wallabies front up similar to last week’s effort, and there is no reason they cannot, then the only difference I see will be the weather and ground conditions which will impact both teams equally. It remains to be seen what impact Jaco Peypers refereeing will have but a 50/50 rub of the green is likely.

I predict that the Wallabies will take every point on offer and come away with the win.

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

Ozinsa …. yeah I said that …. but I added that if he injures the calf again then it will be his last test ever. It has taken 6 months to get his calf right, if it goes again then Pocock will not go to the RWC.

Close call on Pocock return for Cheika

Rob M thats a good point you make about the restarts. It was not so long ago that securing the ball from a restart was a real iffy proposition for the Wallabies. Yeah, we do seem to have fixed that problem.

Did the Wallabies pick the All Blacks lock?

Ok One Eye so that means a 30 year old LHP is getting done over in the dark arts by a 25 year old THP. That doesn’t say much for Moody.

Point is though the same thing was happening to Moody in SR matches. Pressure comes on and he drops to his stomach.

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

There is one telling comment from BB ….. “given enough ball” …… and I reckon that depends on two things ….. the Wallaby pack fronting up like they did last week and Jaco Peyper’s rulings (what he does and does not see) and his interpretations of what he does and does not see.

Point 1 – will Moody get pinged for going down in the scrum like he wasn’t pinged last week.
Point 2 – the breakdown what is side entry and what is not

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

Piru I reckon Beale defends better at fullback than elsewhere. Less decisions to make, last line, gotta make the tackle. One tackle in particular I remember he took CFS front on about 4m out from the line and stopped him cold.

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

Nope, he might see Kerevi’s stud marks on his chest hahahaha

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

Beale can make them and has made them quite often.

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

Pocock will play against Samoa and Hooper will be rested for that game. If Pocock comes thru that ok then he will go to Japan but will start only against the lower tier nations in our pool.

Like it or not but Hooper is now the first choice 7 and captain. He will start every important match and play 80 minutes. Stop suggesting other stuff cos it ain’t gunna happen.

Something telling in Cheika’s words “final test in Australia” ….. if the calf flares again it will be his final test cos then he will not make the RWC squad.

Close call on Pocock return for Cheika

Graymatter tis not just Cheika, tis now a 3 man selection panel ….. so call it as it is 3 Man Madness …. but I disagree. Banks has been a bit soft and has not grabbed his chances but you want him to replace Beale, who had a good game, for a Bled decider ???? Mate, that is a touch of madness.

Michael Cheika sticks solid with winning Wallabies, confirms team for Bledisloe 2