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The job of a coach

With the 2018 international season now done, and the pain of watching the Wallabies ruin rugby behind us yet again, it’s time to reflect on where the Wallabies are at and the success of the coaching staff.

I can’t see the Lions winning a final in Melbourne.
Lions have more finals experience than most people realise, including the “expert” commentators.

Those two sentences go brilliantly together,

2019 AFL Power Rankings: Round 22

The return of Bancroft and Warner has become a liability for our top order.

Add to that, that Khawaja has always (in my opinion) been better suited to opening, and you’ve got a mismatched top 3 that will never work.

I’d drop both Warner and Bancroft, open with Khawaja and Harris, and put Lauschagne in at 3.

If Smudge does miss the next test, I’d genuinely consider batting Warner at 5, as I think he’s ill suited to opening anywhere that he doesn’t have a hometown crowd behind him.

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Well, we didn’t give the ABs enough ball to test him on that….Eden Park could be a very different story though.

Wallabies well poised to double down on All Blacks

Agreed. I took a screen grab from the TV because it was so out!

Cracking work on the phase play though. Best WB game I’ve seen in years.

Wallabies well poised to double down on All Blacks

Also, ABs were in touch on the 7th phase of their 20 phase 3rd try.

Wallabies well poised to double down on All Blacks

KB Missed tackles, was completely absent for an ABs try from the restart, dropped the ball and forced passes.

Yes he did great things as well, but he wasn’t a messiah then, and isn’t now.

Wallabies well poised to double down on All Blacks

I was reading an article on this the other day, and I think Broad averages 3 runs better without Anderson.

Australia must shed overseas yips to win the Ashes

First scrum of the game (from memory) they held the WBs scrum for a few seconds, then got pulverised. After that, they kept hinging for resets and getting away with it.

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Bang on riddler.

I was reading an article that says the players are on average 12.5kg heavier with lower body fat, so closer to 15kg extra muscle.

Add to that the number of rucks is up 30% since the amateur era, and you’ve got bigger, stronger, and faster guys, smashing each other harder and more often.

If you don’t know how to wrap your arms, you shouldn’t be playing elite rugby.

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Evidence?

Barrett handed three-week ban by SANZAAR

And Lions 3 (soon to be 4) thanks Peter.

Are Essendon actually in a funk, or did we all just fall for the hype?

Patrons at the world cup will be frustrated if the referees don’t follow the laws as written.

They may also be frustrated at members of their team who make no attempt to use their arms, and make forceful contact with the head and neck of the opposition, which forces the referee to send them off.

Barrett handed three-week ban by SANZAAR

Agreed.
More important for mine was that the ABs started off by contesting the ruck hard, but thr Wallabies made a decision to put an extra man in to precent disruption and did it quickly and with aggression.

Tactical change on the field executed well bodes better things to come.

What we know after the Wallabies' stunning Bledisloe 1 win

Good yes, awesome no.
Missed tackles, forced passes he shouldn’t have, and completely absent at FB for a try off the kick off.
He did good AND bad things.

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 1: The results

I thought exactly the same thing.

I don’t normally enjoy the welcome to country as I find them (often) self-indulgent or flat. That one was excellent.

The Wrap: Resurgent Wallabies place one hand on the Bledisloe Cup

Really? How many games has Pocock misseed in the last 2-3 years due to injury? Love the bloke, but his body says he’s pretty much done-for, and we sure as hell can’t build a team around him.

I’ve never been Hooper’s biggest fan. I’ve always thought that Gill was a better 7 than him, and Pocock was better than them both, but he played well on the weekend and he’s our starting 7 for the next few years.

I find it hard to believe that Pocock will play on after the WC, and agree with bringing him on with 20 to go.

Wallaby gold and 'dumb' All Blacks in a Test for the ages

Man, I think Pocock has to retire after the WC with injuries. Hopefully LG will come back and play that second 7 spot. He’s just class

Having said that, Liam Wright looks a hell of a prospect.

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1

Very true, and yet we didn’t kick much last night with the strongest kicking side we’ve had in 10 years.

Also, you forgot Tupou!

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1

Agree

And it’s not like bringing on Pocock costs you leadership.

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1

Yeah, that pass White stopped for was totally fine. I sent my rugby chat group a message saying he should have been hooked for that, otherwise he was excellent.

TBH – I thought the ref had a pretty decent game, largely by letting the teams play. The red card was obvious and just in front of the ref, and he really had no choice there.

It was good to see the ABs actually get pinged for that kind of thing, as they rarely do.

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1

I thought they did attack the ruck hard until the WBs started putting an extra man in. At about the 10-15 minute mark, the WBs clearly adjusted to the AB pressure there.
First time in a long time they’ve made a solid tactical adjustment on the pitch.

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1

Phanton, for a side that’s only received 4 red cards in their history, you might want to check your refereeing whinge at the door.

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1

If you’re talking about your 3rd try in the 54th minute, you guys were clearly in touch on the 7th phase. Hard to believe it was missed.
I had to rewind the TV and take a snapshot to be sure I wasn’t going insane.

But yes, the 20 phases you kept the ball and made the Ad Line were impressive and certainly out the WBs on the back foot.

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1

Agreed KCOL. At about 50-60 mins we lifted off the defensive effort and the hold-the-ball discipline that had laid the platform.

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1

Mate LSL had his best WBs gsme tonight. Was excellent at the breakdown and in defence.

Definitely improving as a 6. Looks to be a step faster than this time last year, too.

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1