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Ex Randwick player and rugby coach. Current Brumbies and Wallabies fan.

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@Lukas

Don’t agree with you on Enforcer Ned
No 6 requires much better breakdown, linking and mobility skilss than lock imo.

Although improved in 2020, Ned consistently proved to be a dud in those areas.

He’s also far too passive in defence and ball carrying to effectively compete with top 5 nations in world. He was one of the prime weaknesses in WB forwards packs that were so often intimidated and out muscled during the Chieka reign.

Ned is just not Test standard as a lock or 6 imo.
WBs need much better than him to make it back to top 5 in world imo and the good news is they now have them 👍

Coach’s Corner Issue 11: Is it time to bring the Europeans back home?

@Nick

Interesting analysis on locks.
I agree with you Arnold and Philip are the standouts.
LSL has dropped down the list on stats and I was never convinced of his Test quality at lock or no 6 either.

Skelton maybe a bench option but then how do you resolve the backrow inbalance of having a primary jumping no 6.

And don’t suggest LSL or Enforcer Ned H 😛
Having to resort to an ordinary no 6 just to get Skelton on field is not worth the compromise imo

Coach’s Corner Issue 11: Is it time to bring the Europeans back home?

@Riccardo

Yes I agree.
For Noah – defence, defence, defence is the big one he needs to improve.

He’s big enough not to be a road hump – his issues are technique and attitude in putting body on the line

O’Connor voted Super Rugby MVP

@Boosho

Yes agree – Noah’s defence needs a huge amount of work.
He’s pretty much a speed hump atm

O’Connor voted Super Rugby MVP

Well deserved JoC….
He’s also been the best captain and should be promoted to WB captain imo 👍

O’Connor voted Super Rugby MVP

@Jez

Yes agree with you again – good luck on your quest and Aussie Rugby as a whole needs you to be successful 👍

It is time for the Waratahs' Roger Davis to go

@Jez

Interesting review of recent Tah history.
Nothing you said surprised me.

Obviously Davis should have been replaced 5 years ago.
But lets say he resigns soon – what chance is there his replacement will be any better?
NSWRU admin chiefs all come from the same private school old boys club.

On a +ve side I’ve regained my like for the Tah playing and coaching squad 😂
I’ve actually felt sorry for them this season.

Even though they’re losing they are entertaining to watch and score some great tries when they get it right. They’re putting in 100% every game, are humble and are just a likeable group of young guys doing their best under adversity 👍

It is time for the Waratahs' Roger Davis to go

@Brett

yes agree with you.
Just hope Valetini stays injury free and nails down the WB no 6 position this year 👍

2021 has been the making of Brumbies back-rower Rob Valetini

@Geoff

Yes I agree with you about Pincus. Anderson, Ili but Rebels still had plenty of other experienced attacking players to have provided a much more effective attack than they showed. And yes, they tried some things but too often the execution and timing was poor.

It never improved over 4 years – indicates coaching issues to me.
Plus….. Koroibete – he was clearly under-valued and used poorly imo 👍

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

@Bluesfan

yeah I agree.

Genia was at end of his career at Rebels anyway and was a shadow of the player of 5 yrs previous. He had many straight out poor games for the Rebels imo.
Coleman was very inconsistent and often injured.

Rebels often choked under pressure and that horrible game against Chiefs you mention was a classic example. There were many other games similar – mostly at end of seasons when they needed wins.

But biggest problem was mostly a predictable, pedestrian attack and failure to score tries.
Best attacking weapon Koroibete was never used effectively either.
Wessels had same issues when coaching the Force imo

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

@Geoff

yeah good summary.

I agree mostly on what you say about Wessels but think you’ve been a little kind to him.

Even with the number of injuries Rebels had this year their attack still should have been a lot better imo. They were predictable, pedestrian and miserably failed to get Koroibete into their game. Same as last year and year before that. Wessels had same issues at the Force.

He’ll learn though and hopefully return with much improved attacking tactics and structures.

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

@Fox

Totally agree with you and ….. I was one of the very few Aussie members here who ID’ed the unfairness to NZ of the conference system that ran in SR for about 5 yrs.

Brumbies or Tahs made finals in all those years after accrueing less points than the 3rd or 4th placed NZ team. It was absurdly unfair and NZ had a right to complain about it.

Didn’t hear a squeak out of Reilly though then, or the other Aussie members here now whining about this years TT structure 👍

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

@PeterK

YES I UNDERSTAND THAT and never said otherwise.
All I’m saying is that the current structure is fair and reasonable to all teams given it’s 5 week time period for completion

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

@Somer

We’re actually in agreement.
The strongest team will be determined by whoever wins the TT Final – same as any comp with a finals round. I have no issues with the existing format 👍

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

@soapit

Yes I understand that – outcome is still the same imo 👍

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

@soapit

Ok let’s say you do that ……..

So in 2021 Reds/Brumbies accrued the most points.
And they did so having the advantage of playing 3 weak Aussie teams.

NZ has no weak teams so points are more evenly shared and bonus points harder to come by.

Outcome is same either way so let’s just be happy we’re playing a TT comp at all 👍

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

@soapit

yes agree with you on most but…………..
there’s simply not enough time for every team to play a full 10 week round.

In 5-6 weeks what other structure is better – Reilly doesn’t offer one.
And I don’t think there is one.

And ……. the less I see the Force and Rebels play the better.
They’re both extremely boring to watch and I’ve got no desire to watch more Aussie derbies with either of them involved atm 😂

If both Force and Rebels get new coaches playing a +ve entertaining style from 2022 hopefully that will change 👍

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

@soapit

Still no logic…..
The structure applies to this season and can be changed any time in future.

And the top 2 teams (through game results) will play in the final.
Reds and Brumbies are both a good chance of making TT final in 2021 imo.
If they can both beat NZ teams they’ll both make the final

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Cheika also said

1) Force were very unlucky to be behind on scoreboard at half time.

2) Continued to praise N White while conveniently forgetting that HE was responsible for Nick leaving Australia after he wouldn’t pick him in WB squads. When Nick finally returned in 2019 after 6 yrs in Europe MC still wouldn’t pick him in run-on teams even though he was by far best halfback in Aust.

How MC became an international coach is beyond me and it’s no surprise WBs slipped to no 7 in world with him running the show.

Michael Cheika unimpressed by call to red-card Force flanker for this hit

@Reilly

Your logic is flawed 😊

No evidence exists that Australia has the strongest team.
We’ve got 2 who are roughly equal and no-one knows which team is strongest until after the TT is finished. On evidence so far it’ll most likely be a NZ team.

Plus there’s no time to play another full round with 10 teams.
With current structure the 2 best teams will make the final and the best one will win.

This set-up is fairier than any of the previous structures SANZAR had in place for SR over previous 10 years imo.

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

@Nick
Yes I agree it’s not an apples/apples comparison but best we’ve got.
McReights 2021 stats are much better though.
Have you noticed Toyota Verblitz coach S Hanson has put Hooper on the bench past 2 games. Now most people will agree Steve is a pretty good judge but he’s picking another Japanese no 7 over Hooper…..

Coach’s Corner Issue 10: How loose can you be?

Ok
2 selection errors from Sampson imo.
Anstee on bench – error – he’s the best forward attacking weapon Force have.
Their other 3 backrowers are just grinders.
So again this is more -ve policy from Samson and he’s intent on being boring again ????
Jake Strachan at FB for a 2021 debut – expect Brumbies to dump high balls on him all night and they have Australia’s best kicker to do it (ie White).
If Brum’s do not engage in an arm wrestle with dogged Force they’ll win by 20 plus imo.
If they do it’ll be close…………

Super Rugby AU qualifying final teams: Brumbies bring back big guns as Force make selection surprise at the back

Yes agree Rhys
Classy exit and everyone knew he had to go.

Likely he’ll learn greatly from this failure and become a much better coach in future.
Attack is where he really needs to improve imo

Dave Wessels farewells Rebels fans after stepping down as coach

@Jez

So what’s the outcome with Enforcer Ned Hanigan.
Has he signed for Tahs in 2021 or not ??

Coach’s Corner Issue 10: How loose can you be?

@Jez
Surely there’s a place in Tahs run on place for Perese, Walton and Maddocks.
I agree that Maddocks is inconsistent but he’s still a lot better than Beale was in his last 2 years with Tahs. And he made WB run on teams.
Do Tahs have a better FB than Maddocks now – who ???

Coach’s Corner Issue 10: How loose can you be?