On Saturday night the Queenland wingers ran past Kurtley Beale like he was standing still. Israel Folau was on the wing and looked, as he always does, like a hare caught in the headlights. Neither of them are the World Cup winners the wallabies need. Folau , for a man being paid three times what he’s worth, needs a gilt edged invitation to run through a gap. Beale was at his best two world cups ago, and it wasn’t good enough then.
The rest of the Waratahs need to spend less time at the barbers and more time catching the pigskin. I know it may be useful to have a move that creates a bit of deception but if the ball isn’t gift wrapped a decent player should catch it with two fingers…..as if its a monthly pay cheque dropped from the windows of head office!
Finally, even though I admire the guy, Michael Hooper is too small for a modern flanker. His only use in the line out is as a footstool, and as for rucks and mauls he hits them about as hard Alan Jones hits a punching bag.
We will not win the World Cup with these players. They have been around longer than the Kardashians’ instagram accounts, and now they are getting into similar shape. For the sake of Japan, let’s not commit hari kari and try to
send a bunch of boys who can make a few waves…and not just in the hair department.
Where will the Wallaby selectors play Folau and Beale?