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Law reform: Why the mark and maul rules are outdated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 It is the game’s most ridiculous and outdated ‘get of jail free’ card.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.”

Agreed Andrew but Ioane was not playing either – but yes the Argies are a real threat out wide very classy and quick back three – they will trouble Australia for sure next week.

A bloody marvellous win by the Wallabies

For second, third and fourth – I agree

A bloody marvellous win by the Wallabies

Reiko Ioane – most definitely!

A bloody marvellous win by the Wallabies

Hi Fionn, Hansen and co don’t think he is lock – except as backup – but he has been playing there for the Canes and they believed his skill set was wasted there and his form dropped a bit. They told him to go back to provincial and got the coach to play him at 6 – he has been outstanding so far – rest assured he will return to the AB’s. He used to play on the wing and you can see why with that pace he has once he winds up. He will be on the Northern tour for sure one feels – sooner if there is an injury to Frizel or Squire

A bloody marvellous win by the Wallabies

Agreed – his defense is rubbish at times and his positional play can be poor and he doesn’t go looking for the ball like world class winger world and should.

A bloody marvellous win by the Wallabies

An ugly win perhaps, and sloppy in many places, but much needed win for the Wallabies. Well done lads. Cheika will be a relieved man. Rodda has gone up a level in this test IMO. Hodge has lifted his game as well and I wonder how he would go at fullback with Folau on one wing and Kuridrani in the centre? he does after all, have a great defensive boot on him at the back, just needs a little more accuracy from time to time.

Apart from when he takes on the line running straight, I don’t think Beale is the answer at 10 – not yet anyway and Cheika will need to start him more if wants him to take on that role full time or even more often. There was still some typical rubbish tactical kicking from the Wallabies and somethings just got to improve there.

But I am asking myself after the Pumas performance against the Boks and the AB’s – despite the blowout in the end – are they a real threat for the no2 spot in the Rugby Championship this year?

IMO they have a better back three that than Wallabies or the Boks and a better flyhalf in Sanchez who has been in superb form this season and a very physical mobile pack. Their scrum got muscled by the AB’s however, but it will be better for the hurting no doubt. But Wallabies I think may have an edge there. But the Pum’as look to have a good lineout.

I think the Puma’s could be the real danger side for Wallabies – home and away this year- AB’s exempted of course. But the Puma’s look better with every game. Very dangerous back three lead by one of the form fly halves this year, anywhere. He outplayed Mo’unga in the first half and big time. Mo’unga lifted in the second to be just on level terms in the second.

Looking forward to the Wallabies Pumas clashes more than SA at home actually.

A bloody marvellous win by the Wallabies

“Michael Cheika has said that Foley is not doing anything wrong but he must also know that his fly half has not been delivering for quite a while and a change was needed.”

You understand Oliver that this is an oxymoron from Cheika right?

Aslo Folau is ruled out – his ankle has flared up in training which means a back line reshuffle

No outstanding goal kicker in the Wallabies – Boks have the edge here by some distance – and Beale will put under all sorts of pressure.

Boks must now go in as favourites IMO- they did after all beat the English in three test series at home

Wallabies vs Springboks Rugby Championship preview and prediction

No wrong Drongo and you always makes the same old predicable dribble to attack those on this site you have decided you don’t like – Thorn will bring people back if the improvement continues there and I did not say in one season but bringing back fans in general is an issue for Super Rugby period at present and not just in Australia

Furthermore

“Fox, you always predict that the ABs will destroy every aspect of Wallaby play.”

That statement is utter rubbish and barely worth a response and tough luck Drongo if you can’t handle me knowing something based on my knowledge of the game but am sure Nick will be pleased to know he has you as his Australian cheerleader and public defender!

But I think he can handle himself just quietly and sometimes we get things wrong and sometimes right no matter who we are except perhaps you when comes to attacking those you don’t like because you are blinded by your dislike for them- honestly as I have said before ,I feel sorry for you Drongo with all that anger and bitterness you have built up for whatever reason and it would seem to be heavily directed at Kiwis you have decided you don’t like. Says more about you than it does about me mate

Enjoy the next test – if you can

Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

“The teams that successfully play two opensides do it without sacrificing ball carrying and the lineout.”

Playing Hooper and Pocock reminds me of when Eddie picked Waugh and Smith with Lyons at 8. Wasn’t sustainable and at least Eddie had the sense to stop it.

Two great points Bakkies and the second makes for an interesting analysis by comparison as they are all different 7’s

Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

“The backs definitely lacked the pace of the AB.”

I think this is an issues on the flanks with DHP and at 10 and that acceleration of the marlk but I think the Wallaby backs lack the ability to change their plans on the fly and this is their biggest issue

Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

Cheers RobC thanks

Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

Not sure bluffboy but I think the Irish series gave them more clues

Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

I think Higginbotham is just not seen as the future and has had consistency issues in the past but he is an option

Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

Good one Kane – yeah these two guys are the best on You Tube on freelance rugby blogs

Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

I was not targeting Hooper as the only one Stubs on a team basis and i want to be clear that I think he is wonderful player with a fantastic engine and always give everything he has to the team.

However, if he gets found out on occasion – not all the time – it is that he does not have physical presence in the tight in contact area – he certainly has the accuracy and speed no question – but he is not a “hurting” hitter and at times sometimes struggles to remove the man over the ball.

The issue is not his fault per se – he gives everything – he just does not have the big upper body powe ofs some of his opposites – he is the best cover defender in Wallaby pack and there in lies the huge dilemma for Cheika Stubs – there are plenty of gains for them playing in tandem but costs as well – Hooper with his hitting power in the contact ( at times) and Pocock’s as a consistent genuine ball carrier. He occasionally makes a break but he is no Kerin Read or Vinopola in that area of the game.

But the lineout woes against the AB’s cannot go on as they are – that is for sure

Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

Yep agreed Taylorman- spot on

Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

Interesting point about Tui Rhys but to be fair to him he was good in the D in the first half but he looked underdone in the fitness department – Ben Smith got better of him as well but then he does that to a lot of players to be fair with the speed of the shimmy step he has,

I do think the Wallabies miss a big and skillful with the off load ball carrying no8 no question but Pocock is a mountain in the D and that is the problem for Cheika.

Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

Cheers KCOL – yes the idea of putting Hooper in back has been suggested a few time but I don;t think it will happen as he would be their as a defensive measure first and foremost and I think that is not really an option for Cheika when he does that job and more from no7.

I completely agree the Wallaby pack is unbalanced however, and IMO in the back row despite the class of Pocock and Pooper

Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

Hi Ed yes agreed – I read that article it is very good and accurate – the question is the Wallabies have little other lineout options of test experience in that department with the combos they are playing like Popper making the AB’s job even easier and as I said the AB’s would work out the Wallaby lineout this year despite the good stats last year against the AB’s but some just couldn’t see it with Moore (and the other things I mentioned) no longer the thrower. IMO it was accident waiting to happen

Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

NOTE error above “People with nous like Nick Bishop insinuated that I was basing my analysis on last year’s statistics.”

Nick argued my analysis was flawed based on.last years Wallaby lineout statistics against the AB’s – not sure how that happened in the translation but anyway

Do lineout woes go hand in hand with Pooper against All Blacks?

Well for my final post Nick to you I will leave you with this – I actually know a lot about the game and teams in Australia and even other sides – though not as much – I have lived here for over 29 years – been to many a test match read endless,and I mean endless, articles and some books by former global rugby identities – live in Brisbane and go to Reds games often as Suncorp is just down the road.

I have mates who are everything Australian rugby and we have lengthy discussion on many a topic as we all (except one) work on academic papers in our spare time and that’s our outlet for shooting the crap – two of us – one is me believe it or not – are university scholars and I was the only recipient of a research scholarship in my first post grad year at my university. I write short stories, poetry when i have the time, and currently I am working on a novel series and just submitted a screenplay – and I was silly enough to become a tutor – so I am a busy chappy

Rugby is my easy chair and passion beyond that but as they say it is just a game.but embedded deep in the kiwi psyche – I am the only one of us that is dumb enough to write rugby blogs and the odd article it needs to be said which they rib me about from time to time. Not that you need to know all this crap but there you go

I will however, continue as always to enjoy your insightful and well written articles on the game.

Have Australia found the formula to beating New Zealand?

No he may not make it as first choice – another heavy injury to his calves would see him on the bench or out of the game but time will tell – he won’t be on the European Tour or if so, won’t always start i don’t think

Have Australia found the formula to beating New Zealand?

Not if he leads the hound to a wolf 🙂 and the metaphor is naturally metaphoric not literal !

Have Australia found the formula to beating New Zealand?

I am happy to withdraw altogether Nick – seriously – no problem my end.

Have Australia found the formula to beating New Zealand?

“so a lot can change in twelve months once you get that train running down the track ?”

A great truism for sure Nick!

Have Australia found the formula to beating New Zealand?