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I cannot let you get away with “Simmons, Hanigan had little impact”. Everyone sees things differently but if you check the stats you will find that Hooper, Simmons and Hanigan were the three most productive forwards for the Tahs.
People who had little impact were Hunt, Kepu, Mason and Beale.
Phipps was ok, got to the rucks quickly and gave good service, not his fault others stuffed it up. Folau was ok in first half but faded out in the second where the ball did not get to him cos it was dropped or it was kicked away.
Newsome and Clarke did ok with few opportunities. Wells was hardly seen at 8.
The Tahs problem was they lacked enthusiasm, like it was a “go thru the motions and we will win game”. There was no line speed in defence, thus no pressure on the Sunwolves attack. They continually kicked the ball away even though there was no consistent chase, except for Newsome and Clarke.

Waratahs make no excuses for shock loss

MitchO thaqt looks good but a slight change …. Genia, Cooper, Maddocks, Hunt, Kerevi, Folau, Banks …. with Gordon, Beale and English on the bench.

Not just another game as Quade aims to flip Brad the bird

I don’t have any problems with the rankings, Crusaders were down four dominant players and had the week from hell. The Brumbies are stumbling badly and I see only down from here. Joe Powell seems to have caught the Phipps disease from a couple of years ago ….. slow harbour bridge passes which seem to be disrupting the running and timing of the backs. The Reds are turning the corner nicely but what is up with Tupou? He needs to go back to scrum school (all loose heads are giving him a bath) and his play in the open is down in both carries and tackles. Be careful Taniela or you might miss the plane to Japan.

Super Rugby Power Rankings 2019: Round 6

I noticed that Kerevi spent much of his time basically playing 13 even though he wore 12

Eight talking points from Super Rugby Round 6

Hahahaha thats better now you have the correct mix starting and on the bench

The Wallabies team that can bring home the World Cup

Crash did you note that I said the first named in each position starts? Also my earlier comment about Hooper was having him in the squad not the starting team.

The Wallabies team that can bring home the World Cup

Since when did Slipper become a tight head prop?

The Wallabies team that can bring home the World Cup

My two cents worth …..
Kepu I reckon is not up to the RWC anymore. Pooper is still useful if used correctly as Wales have shown, and who covers Hoopers 25+ tackles per game? I am not convinced of Naisarani especially in the lineout. Kurindrani is still not nailing down the 13 and we have yet to see Toomua play this year. Likewise, what is the bromance with Hodge? He has shown very little so far. Therefore my team/squad is …..
LHP – Sio and Slipper
Hooker – Faiinga and TPN
THP – AAA and Tupou
Locks – Rodda, Arnold, Coleman and Jones
BSF – Hanigan, McCaffery
OSF – Pocock and Hooper
8 – Holloway and Naisarani
9 – Genia and Gordon
10 – Cooper, Foley
11 – Maddocks, Morahan (if possible)
12 – Toomua and Hunt
13 – Kerevi and English
14 – Folau, Newsome
15 – Banks, Beale, DHP

That’s 31 players, if we remove one back (Morahan) then I would include Harry Johnson-Holmes as an extra prop. Hanigan I include because his form has improved, he goes for 80 minutes and he is a genuine lineout target. Korobeite I have left out because he makes too many defensive lapses. Toomua or Hunt starts, I don’t care which. English is in because his defence is good, he runs great lines and his passing game is spot on.
In my selections the first named players starts. Select your bench for the opposition and likely conditions.

The Wallabies team that can bring home the World Cup

If true then this decision annoys me for 3 reasons:
1. If the Sunwolves are not financially viable then fair enough but just recently I have read that they provide a financial injection into SANZAAR. So which is true?
2. The SARU stated the problem of travel for them to Tokyo. Well what about the travel problem for Oz and NZ to South Africa and Buenos Aries? Six of one and half a dozen of the other.
3. Lastly the Sunwolves play an exuberant and attractive brand of rugby which is good to watch. Sure they make errors and can get flogged but they are fun to watch.

Sunwolves reportedly axed from Super Rugby

The Tahs ….. are they enjoying their rugby? It sure does not look like it. The majority of them are giving the impression that each game is a job of work needing to be done rather than a hard but fun game of rugger.
I reckon Gibson needs to get genuine smiles back on the faces then watch the confidence soar and the results flow.

Hard work and discipline has to be the new Australian way

I have a comment to make about the comparison of defence between QC and Foley because Fionn your comparison does not tell the whole story.
I will start by saying that in my opinion QC has improved his defence marginally this year.
Fionn by your stats QC has made half as many tackle attempts as Foley. That tells me that Foley is defending in the front line far more often than QC.
Both have missed about the same percentage of tackles but again that does not tell the whole story. Foley mainly goes low tackling big forwards or 12s coming thru his channel, when he misses it is usually because they are pulling the legs thru Foley’s tackles but at least he slows them to allow time for second tacklers. QC on the other hand has a tendency to try and go high with his tackle attempts and mainly gets brushed off ….. we have all seen the QC turnstile with a limp arm hanging out. When have you ever seen Foley do that?
The defensive difference between the two is that Foley more often than not puts his body on the line.

It is time to give Quade Cooper a fair go

Nope, way off mark. Finch retains his place and captaincy but drops down the order. Carey drops out and Handscombe takes the gloves. We bat deep and bowl deep. No spot for Tim Paine.

If Finch fails again, Paine should take back the ODI captaincy

Jeznez I will not be turning off tonight. I am expecting Harry Johnson-Holmes to have a real good game tonight and I expect Hanigan to continue his good form. Dempsey has been disappointing though. He needs to step up.
A possibility if Dempsey does not improve is the young lock (forgotten his name) starting and Holloway going back to 8 or Wells coming in. Personally I want to see Holloway back at 8.

Calm down over Quade

I am looking forward to this game. Plenty of intriguing match ups …. Gordon v Powell, Hanigan v Valentini, Holloway/Simmons v Arnold, Dempsey v McCaffery, Foley v CLL, Folau v Banks, TPN v Faiinga, Newsome v Speight …. just hope the ref don’t spoil it.
As for Pocock the calf injury could be a blessing allowing more rest for his neck. I am not expecting Pocock to be fit for the RWC. I am expecting someone to twist his neck in a ruck or maul to take him out. I also reckon this will be his final Super Rugby season.
I like what I have seen from Harry Johnson-Holmes so far. This bloke is still young and is going to get better yet. His scrumming is ok and his work rate is real good.

Brumbies rule out stars for Super derby

Yes Fionn QC did make a couple of really good tackles and credit to him for them but we have all also seen from QC some absolutely abysmal tackle attempts where he is basically a turnstile with a limp arm. My own opinion is that QC has slightly improved his defence this year and anyone who has covered my previous comments on QC have seen that I have been pretty critical of him. But fair is fair, his defence has shown some improvement and is attacking plays have been diamonds so far with no lumps of coal, but what is most noticeable is that his game management has been damn good, better than his rivals. He is definitely benefitting from Genia’s good play inside him but QC is well in front of his rivals at this stage.

Calm down over Quade

Agreed ….. much seems to go unpunished

Super Rugby Round 5 teams: Five changes for Reds as Reece Hodge returns to the Rebels' starting line-up

Agree …. Paia’aua must have stuffed up big time in Thorn’s eyes

Australia's Super Rugby culture conundrum

TWAS that is utter balderdash ….. EVERY time comment is made on the Reds Kerevi’s name comes up as THE 12, until Petaiia was injured.

Australia's Super Rugby culture conundrum

Go thru the Crusaders list, a goodly percentage are not from Canterbury, but are from other provinces and who went where they thought would be best.

Australia's Super Rugby culture conundrum

G’day Brett …. yeah especially trying to pick a possible RWC squad right now …. correct me if I’m wrong but the tour squad is 30 strong?

Super Rugby Round 5: Perfection lives here

Fair enough PK, I wasn’t aware of that. What I posted I heard said on a 6N Wrap on Bein Sports.

Super Rugby Round 5: Perfection lives here

Well my call is Wales by 3 …. because they will want it more.
However did you know that if both Wales and England win, and England get a bonus point and Wales do not, then both countries will share the 6N Cup? I think that sucks. Wales will have got the grand slam and will have beaten England so Wales should be awarded the cup, but apparently England will share it due to bonus points. Dumb decision.

Super Rugby Round 5: Perfection lives here

Northern Southerners v Southern Southerens ?? I assume that you mean Landers v Saders, in which case you mixed up the home team 🙂

Super Rugby Round 5: Perfection lives here

I made a suggestion a month or so ago that I don’t reckon he will be fit for the RWC. I reckon he will get his neck injured again. Am getting the feeling he is getting close to the end of his career.

Super Rugby Round 5 teams: Five changes for Reds as Reece Hodge returns to the Rebels' starting line-up

I have watched Skelton a few times since Nick’s article about him. Yes, he maybe leaner but he is no quicker (still the last back on side) and his work rate has not improved. Additionally he still hits rucks too high, he has not learned to lower his body height. I don’t reckon we want/need him back.

Super Rugby Round 5 teams: Five changes for Reds as Reece Hodge returns to the Rebels' starting line-up