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Law reform: Why the mark and maul rules are outdated

The ball is kicked high, the chases are making a great effort and could gain an advantage with numbers inside the opposition 22, oh no, the defending player, sliding along the ground, takes and catch and calls “mark”. It is the game’s most ridiculous and outdated ‘get of jail free’ card.

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Does Australian rugby need to harden up?

Don’t worry, I can see the poisoned arrows coming my way already… but not so long ago, in the halftime interview during the Rebels game, new Waratahs, coach Daryl Gibson, when asked about his team’s performance, famously proclaimed “Some of that stuff out there was rubbish.”

Depends on the type spider as to which ‘web’ is being spun – a Sydney Funnel Web or a Brazilian Wandering Spider and the reader is in very serious trouble :silly: and is unlikely to get passed the first two paragraphs of spin before the vital organ collapse! Perhaps mercifully some might say !!!! :stoked:

How will the Wallabies unravel Warren Gatland’s Welsh web?

I think Bridge will stay in the side based on form alone…No they didn’t but and this is big but – no Savea – no Cane – Aron Smith did not start and came on late and they missed his speed of pass – Out-of-form Reiko one one wing and Out-of-form Ben Smith on the other and they looked it….two players on the bench Fifita and Papalli who were subsequently dropped…Owen Smith got dropped as one of the factors was his lack of ball carrying pace and off-loading – enter Big Lau and what a game he had against Australia – Bridge was on the bench but came on late in second half – no explosive gas of Sevu Reece and what a revaluation he is becoming – Moúnga and Barrett both saying after the game that that 10-15 play-maker axis was still a work in progress but before the Eden Park game Barrett said yeah we have ironed out the kinks now and actually blamed himself….So yeah but as I have said to you before…the AB’s have done a lot of experimenting in recent times and that was not their best side any more than the one against Argentina was. The Boks, bar one player, were at near full strength and yet they were behind on the scoreboard for most of the game. I am predicting an AB’s win by 12 + this weekend and I stand by that.
The real AB’s were at Eden Park and against Samoa. It has also just been revealed by Aron Smith that against Australia in Perth that the box kick was to be pretty much put away as they wanted the AB’s to be put under pressure and to lessor extent in the Boks game as well – look what happened when he used it at Eden Park by god – it was deadly as was having him start. They were also told to not use any moves they were keeping in reserve so as I have said Nick read what you will into the AB’s games but 62 players over two years is unheard of for the AB’s but Hansen warned the NZ public of possible losses before the WC two year ago. This does not mean they will win it of course – not at all – but as I have said – tread carefully when judging the AB’s in the RC. Feel free to gloat if I am wrong about the 12+ – you make a call you cop it sweet – I am fine with that – but will you acknowledge that maybe I was right on few things if they do? After all, yourself and few other in here have claimed the SA are probably the best side in world – and maybe they are – we shall see. But Erasmas and his coaches already sending very clear messages to Referees before the game means he doesn’t think so even saying despite the ranking that for him the AB’s are still the world’s best side. Gamesmanship sure- a little nervous – hell yes.

How will the Wallabies unravel Warren Gatland’s Welsh web?

Dam right Nick and they beat France – who are still no slouches even if not England or Wales etc but Fiji can play and they play a much more structured game now with a strong pack with probably the best coaching team they have ever had. They won’t be pushovers and lookout if the game opens up and becomes unstructured because they eat that for breakfast. I think Wales will be a harder game for them because Australia are probably still a little less structured in the overall style of play and that might just open up some of the attacking strengths that we all know the Fijians have. Australia clear favorites but…..they better be on their game in round one and not be scratchy because Fiji would have put an enormous amount of time tactically into this one game make no mistake – rightly or wrongly, banking on Wales to beat Australia – so they will come very well prepared indeed I suspect.

How will the Wallabies unravel Warren Gatland’s Welsh web?

I think having someone like Ardie Savia in the side a second play maker with the pace and gifts of Moúnga on top of Barretts pace at the back coming into the line will make it far more potent and they now have gas to burn on the flanks plus Ioane as well who won’t stay out of form for long if he is still out of form – AB’s say the issue with Tuipolotu and Ioane was a few extra ponds where it should not be! Big-T lost his before he started against the Wallabies and I think it is fair to say that he looked like different player around the ground and the speed of his reaction time in key moments. He will start against the Boks they are saying with Scott Barrett on the bench. They have done a few videos now on all the sides in the cup – well all the top sides – all very interesting.

How will the Wallabies unravel Warren Gatland’s Welsh web?

Hi Nick – with greatest respect to you – and be sure I certainly acknowledge you expertise in the game – I disagree a bit on this one. Here is a link by two guys who are gaining a lot of respect with their analyses that even AB players and Foster have mentioned them. They do analyses for a number of rugby outlets now including Stuff.co which is NZ second biggest online newspaper after the Herald. This is also an excellent analyses of how the AB’s might or will counter it at the WC.https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/rugby-world-cup/rwc-2019-japan/115771134/rugby-world-cup-how-the-all-blacks-plan-to-unlock-pesky-rushing-defences-in-japan

How will the Wallabies unravel Warren Gatland’s Welsh web?

They have already hinted that they will put on a full strength side minus Retalick and maybe SBW.

The Wrap: The seven factors that will decide the World Cup

“‘Mate, in case you’ve missed something, we’ve struggled to unearth one for a few years now.”‘
I have missed nothing and that is why I said the second one is someone who might do the job on one side – like O’Conner or Beale maybe who has some skills and pace….the other side clearly is the play-maker at 10 and sure he may not be a Barrett, Sexton or Farrell but the designated play-maker nonetheless.

How will the Wallabies unravel Warren Gatland’s Welsh web?

I think the loss Anscombe has hurt Wales predatory pounce in attack and the English were standing dam deep in these clips. flatter D’s may trouble them and especially if side can set up from middle and not get sucked into being pushed wide where the rush D (often offside out wide beyond the peripheral vision of most refs) is less effective as the defense rush D works best when the attacking side is pushed to the flanks. It is less effective against the better attacking sides when the rucks are kept near the middle as the wall is broken in the D by the ruck itself. If the attacking side gaining ground up the middle can force the D side to commit even one or two more players to ruck to stop this momentum then holes can open up either side and on the flanks. This is where having two highly gifted play-makers like Barret/ Moúnga can really hurt sides in the D and we saw a glimpse of how deadly this can be at Eden Park so if I was Australia – if it does’t hurt other aspects of their game too much – I would begin by having two play-makers or at least a second player who can do a similar job. Secondly, I would have big strong ball carriers – you only need two if they are big enough and good enough taking the ball up the middle – with one other close enough to join the ruck and not necessarily playing as a ‘3’ . Lastly, you need a 9 who is lightning quick at delivering the ball. At couple of those rucks in the clips, the English delivery was not that crash IMO. They don’t have an Aron Smith or Faf de Klerk in this regard ( but neither does Australia really in that area of the game) And Australia must play the game at pace. Having Pocock back in the side – though he hasn’t been as effective as he has in the past – will make a difference and where they have him in the D matters as opposition sides fear his ability over the ball and this may open up holes from quick turnover if they are good enough. Australia’s lack of serious gas on the flanks is a worry however. Sides like England and NZ and SA have this spades and there in lies an edge. And no one has a 15 with that ridiculous gas of B.Barret and IMO one of these three will lift the cup.

How will the Wallabies unravel Warren Gatland’s Welsh web?

“‘To throw in a current analogy, I bet David Warner would tell anyone how he’s been creaming them in the nets.”

Exactly Geoff – perfect analogy

The Wrap: The seven factors that will decide the World Cup

I read the global media all the time and have done for a long time now as it goes with some of the work i do- not just sport – but there are a few – not all- journos there that always can’t wait to stick to the AB’s – like I said not all but more so there than anywhere else based upon my work and reading

The Wrap: The seven factors that will decide the World Cup

Yeah fair point Geoff but it was a referee too afraid to make the right call when he needed and didn’t..perhaps not biased towards one team but a decision prejudiced by his bias to help him avoid a UK media backlash. The silly thing is there was never any doubt about the decision until it went on and on and on which only served to heighten the tension.

The Wrap: The seven factors that will decide the World Cup

Sorry it wasn’t a French ref from the sideline but SA.

The Wrap: The seven factors that will decide the World Cup

The problem Cheika is now facing is the long term consequences of a ( for too long) musical chairs defense and revolving combinations and selections in jkey positions at lock- 6- 10-11-13 and even 9. Now he has some talent in his ranks but combinations who go into a WC barely out of their combination nappies and then Folau meant more changes and experimenting that were not in the pre WC equation. Will it cost them? We shall see I guess.

The Wrap: The seven factors that will decide the World Cup

Yes and all those points make it one hell of an intriguing encounter. And you can bet the UK media will be ready with some spiteful pens if the AB’s lose – and maybe more so if they win well – only in back-handed way. “The All Blacks send message to the rest of the WC but the cracks were there for England to expose in a semi should they meet there”‘…etc blah blah…Unless it is a 15+ plus point to the AB’s and then they will begrudgingly crown them hot favorites while quietly fuming. I have a hunch the AB’s might show us a promise of things to come. Just a feeling. I was one week early the last time I made that prediction! But still right in the end. And Australia going under the Radar might work for them except they do not have a genuine world class 10 and that is a worry.

The Wrap: The seven factors that will decide the World Cup

Yes but seriously Geoff if ref cannot handle the pressure of making the right call get the hell off the park. If nothing else it was gutless. And explain to me why the sideline ref got involved to effectively downgrade the penalty? I mean they talked for a bloody long time and to this day no one knows what the really said to each other but you can bet the word “backlash”was in there somewhere IMO. They became cowards quite frankly Geoff and to the clear advantage to a side full of players and fans they ref every season – I don’t say this often but the AB’s were quite deliberately robbed of a chance to win the series by gutless refereeing.

The Wrap: The seven factors that will decide the World Cup

That decision in the Lions final match Geoff was highly suspect and every replay showed it was very clear accidental off-side – and under the rules of the game that is a penalty. Warburton pleads with the refs- and another French ref comes in from the sideline for goodness sake and suddenly the decision is downgraded to a scrum. It was one of the biggest piles of crap in a while and people have aright to be suspicious of what the hell went on then as the kick was very kickable and the Lions would have lost the series had it gone over. Every replay has been analysed and no one can give an explanation as to why the decision was all of a sudden downgraded. To this day neither ref has given a satisfactory explanation which only arouses more suspicion Geoff and rightly so.

The Wrap: The seven factors that will decide the World Cup

The irony Geoff of whoever loses between the AB’s and SA – their draw actually gets potentially easier as a date with England in semi’s is not there – who know the loser of that game could be the greatest beneficiary and so they will go all out to win but not give much of toss if they lose IMO – all they lose is bragging rights but I am predicting the AB’s by 12+. If SA field a weaker side than expected then we know their thinking already – stop injuries to key players and get an easier draw – NZ have already announced they are fielding a full strength side and momentum counts so maybe the Boks will to – we shall see.

The Wrap: The seven factors that will decide the World Cup

opps and made the final in 2015 i should say 😉

"In Rod we trust": The masterminds behind Australia's 1999 Rugby World Cup triumph

Bottom line people if Hansen takes this years WC – argument is well and truly over – period.

"In Rod we trust": The masterminds behind Australia's 1999 Rugby World Cup triumph

That is false argument – didn’t see the Boks look weak in 2015 WC semi final did you? They were also one of the favourites in 2011. And gee the Wallaby side was so weak they won the 2011 and 2015 RC and the semi’s of the WC and the final in 2015. Furthermore, England, Ireland and recently Wales and even Scotland have vastly improved during Hansens tenure and yet when they toured NZ they were beaten 3-nil both of them. England Ireland and Wales are very much better sides than when McQueen coached the Wallabies so it is a non-argument. We can all play the weaker opposition game. The AB’s were not the greatest AB side ever assembled during McQueens era either so we can all make that argument.

"In Rod we trust": The masterminds behind Australia's 1999 Rugby World Cup triumph

Oh for goodness sake, every international coach has to start somewhere. Hansen was up against a pretty inverted Welsh rugby culture as well that was clicky and protective of some of the things it had in place that he wanted changed. Was he as good a coach back then as his is now – of course not – and that was a bloody long time ago. He was not hopeless in 2007 – so we measuring everything against “forward pass”loss to the French at WC are we? . There record coming into that WC was pretty dam good but hey lets judge them on that one game and event huh….McCaw also made a couple of crucial poor decisions as Captain in that game but went on to lift the trophy twice and become one of the most inspirational captains the game has ever seen. Smart coaches and players learn and learn well from their mistakes – Henry, Hansen and McCaw did exactly that and in spades.

"In Rod we trust": The masterminds behind Australia's 1999 Rugby World Cup triumph

He was not replaced because he was hopeless at all so get your facts right – He was forwards coach at the time and there was move globally to have specialist lineout coaches at that time and the AB’s followed suit with Hansen being part of that process as well…so that is garbage. As the Boks get better the AB’s start losing? From memory the drew this year and the AB’s were winning for most of the game and not withe their no one side which we saw at Eden Park the following week. Last season the Boks won in NZ for the first time in a while and the AB also won away so your point is what exactly? How many times did McQueen face the Boks at altitude in SA?

"In Rod we trust": The masterminds behind Australia's 1999 Rugby World Cup triumph

True but he has never won a WC as head coach

"In Rod we trust": The masterminds behind Australia's 1999 Rugby World Cup triumph

Oh please OJ spare me – Hansen has been involved in two WC victories – one as assistant coach – the other as head coach and if they make the final this time and win then he will be the first coach ever two be involved in all three 3-peat victories and the first head coach to win back-to-back world titles in the games history. He has coached a side that held the no1 world ranking longer than any other coach…even when he was head coach …and he has coached a side that has the greatest home and away record of any other side in the professional era and under Hansen they have 90% ‘winning record – every other coach in the games history over that length of time as head coach pails in comparison. He is the only coach to take a side to back-to-back world cups and he is still head coach this year for the WC ..and the AB’s have never lost the Bledisloe Cup under his 8 year head coaching regime. Rod McQueen, who coached the Wallabies from 1997-2001 had the best record of recent times against the All Blacks. In seven tests, he compiled five wins and two losses but that is 7 tests in 5 years – Today he would play the AB’s in the same time period 15 times and in WC year maybe 16 if they met there. Hansen’s record today is better than McQueens. I admire Rod McQueen but best coach the world has ever seen – sorry no. Best coach Australia has had in recent times yeah and one of the best in the in games history? Sure. But each to his own I guess.

"In Rod we trust": The masterminds behind Australia's 1999 Rugby World Cup triumph

oops McQueen not MacQueen ….sorry Rod

"In Rod we trust": The masterminds behind Australia's 1999 Rugby World Cup triumph