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

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@Brett
yes all fair comment 🙂

The age-old problem at the heart of another lacklustre Wallabies performance

Yeah Spiro,
Many of us here on The Roar have been saying same for the past 2 years 🙂
They also need a Plan B for games played in poor conditions.

But it’s obvious Cheika is not capable of producing either so we’ll have to wait until 2020 for a new coach and playing squad.

And silly question about Cheika learning anything from the Eden Pk game.
He’s not learnt, or changed, anything the past 4 yrs so why would another heavy loss change anything now?

Cheika's Wallabies need a revised Plan A for RWC glory

Exactly right Sandbox 🙂
We’re stuck with Kurtley Phipps Beale until Cheika goes.
And watch all the other nations target him as the weak error prone FB.

B Barrett made the tongue in cheek comment a few weeks ago that KPB was the game changer in the WBs. It was a funny and cheeky comment cos he then targeted KPB with kicks and pressure ending in multiple game changing errors. That alone won the game for ABs.

Eight talking points from Bledisloe 2

@Carlin
I don’t think CLLs missed goals were critical to the outcome.
We had 1 player gifting 14 points to the ABs.

So if CLL had kicked both goals it still would have finished Beale / ABs 14 – WBs 6

Eight talking points from Bledisloe 2

@Tim0
Yeah Banks, Hodge, O’Connor, DHP even Toomua are all better fullbacks than Beale imo.

The Beale disaster is nothing new and was totally predictable considering his rubbish inconsistent form the past 2-3 years.

In between all the game gifting errors he scores a try once in a blue moon and all the Waratah fan boys go on about he’s X factor and a big attacking weapon. They forget about all the errors and tries he gifts to the opposition and don’t understand that a fullbacks primary role is to be a safe and reliable last line of defense.

Taking high balls, making covering tackles, fielding open play kicks and returning with interest are all more important core roles for a FB than scoring a try once every 3 months. Good positional play is central to all for this.

And Kurtley Phipps Beale consistently fails on all of those essential skills.

KBs display in Auckland was THE worst I’ve ever seen from a WB fullback and we got exactly what we deserve by selecting him.

Eight talking points from Bledisloe 2

@Oliver
Yes I agree with your 8 points but think you’ve been too kind on Kurtley Phipps Beale and too hard on Hodge.

The Mo’unga try was 100% Beale’s fault imo.
He threw a bad pass that went behind Hodge at ankle height and it was borderline forward anyway. Maybe Hodge over ran him but the pass was never on to begin with.

The Reece try was 100% Beale again.
He was 50m out of position on the left wing when he should have been at fullback.
So Reece had a clear run to the line.
Beale 14 – WBs 0 …. so we can put the loss down soley to Kurtley Phipps Beale imo.

Then all other points you make are true also so good work 🙂

Eight talking points from Bledisloe 2

@PeterK
yes and there were only about 5 good WB players in that performance against the Boks. And Banks was one of them imo – at least he was safe and made no errors.

He was plenty good enough to deserve another run at fullback.
But by Auckland he wasn’t even in the 23.
Instead we got Kurtley Phipps Beale who beat the WBs all by himself 🙂

VOTE: Wallabies DIY player ratings from Bledisloe 2

@Offside
Obviously you’re another Waratah and KB fan boy ignoring the facts.
Hodge and O’Conner are both faster than Beale.
Banks in SA was better than Beale in Perth imo.

O’Connor unreliable hahaha.
It’s Kurtley Phipps Beale who’s the error prone liability.
He lost the Eden Pk game all by himself with 2 gifted tries, 3 dropped high balls, 2 forward passes and a few missed tackles. KB 14 – WBs 0.

And it’s not the 1st time either – he’s been an error prone dud for 3 yrs now.
And that’s the worst kind of fullback you can have in any team.

VOTE: Wallabies DIY player ratings from Bledisloe 2

@Offside
Totally irrelevant.
Aust has 3 better fullbacks available to play – Banks, Hodge, O’Connor – even Toomua.

Banks got 1 chance in a well beaten team against SA.
He was the form FB all of 2019.
He was one of the WBs best players against SA.
Then dropped for dud Kurtley Phipps Beale 🙂

VOTE: Wallabies DIY player ratings from Bledisloe 2

@Christo
Maybe he’s the best of an ordinary bunch.
All Aust batsman have glaring technical flaws now.
I blame the popularity of T20 and white ball cricket for it.

And it’s not gonna change while T20 cricket continues to be promoted at the expense of Test cricket.

Warner and Bancroft are floundering

@Ronan
While we never expected much from Bancroft, Warner is consistently talked up as a great Test opener by Aussie fans. But the reality is he’s only good at Test level on Australia’s flat wickets with a Kookaburra ball with zero swing and seam movement.

What we’re again seeing from Warner in England now is exactly what I expected of him pre or post ban. Warner is primarily an eye player with good reflexes and he’s well past 30 now.
Reflexes and eye are the 1st 2 things to decline with increasing age.

Warner and Bancroft are floundering

you’re worse than an excuse boy Riddler – you’re also wrong 🙂

Sensational kick on the run completely burns the Wallabies

@Riddler
stop being excuse boy for Kurtley Phipps Beale – you sound like David Lord.

Beale was picked at FB and it’s his job to be a FB.
For the Reece try he was on the left wing close to Hodge and no one was at FB at all.
So Reece had a clear run to the line.

I played as a FB for Randwick.
Beale is out of position most of the time.
He’s a rubbish FB and always has been.

Sensational kick on the run completely burns the Wallabies

you need glasses 🙂
Beale should not have thrown the pass at all.
It was borderline forward as it was.

It would have been a miracle pick up from Hodge cos it went behind him at ankle height.

ABs won this game due to Beale alone – Beale / ABs 14 – WBs 0.

Sensational kick on the run completely burns the Wallabies

@Riddler – it was a crap pass from Beale way behind Hodge.
100% Beale’s fault.

As was his 3 dropped high balls, missed tackles and forward passes 🙂

Sensational kick on the run completely burns the Wallabies

Can we re-name Beale Kurtley Phipps cos he alone gifted 14 points to ABs in THE worst performance I’ve ever seen from a WB fullback. Add on 3 dropped high balls, missed tackles, forward passes. Beale is not a Test standard fullback – not even as a sub.

Monstering of the WB scrum with 8 against 7 was another low point as was again selecting a non breakdown expert backrow against the ABs (or anyone).

Then best player by far White was pulled after 50 mins and Genia did nothing much as usual.
I disagree with Oliver on this.

Bledi hell! Wallabies walloped by brilliant All Blacks

And this try to ABs was 100% Beale’s fault as he was 50m out of position on the left wing when a fullback is supposed to be at fullback i.e. the last line of defence covering against kicks and breakaway backs. Reece had a clear run to the line going exactly where Beale was supposed to be.

Then Beale threw the bad pass that gifted the Mo’unga picked up and score in the 1st half.
Beale/ABs 14 – WBs 0

Sensational kick on the run completely burns the Wallabies

@Harry
I gave Beale 6 points in Bled 1.
He scored a good try at end against an exhausted 14 man ABs.
Beale made other good run and then nothing more of note.

Then in Bled he alone gifted ABs this win with 14 points, 3 dropped high balls and missed tackles. That gives him an average performance score of 1+6 = 3.5 points over 2 Tests.

It amazes me how people talk up this guy.
We should re-name KB Kurtly Phipps 🙂

Meanwhile Banks was given I chance and scored a 6 in a well beaten team against SA.

VOTE: Wallabies DIY player ratings from Bledisloe 2

Normal business re-established by ABs thanks to some very poor performances by WB players.

BEALE OMG – He played THE worst fullback game of any Wallaby player I’ve ever seen.

He gifted 2 tries, dropped 3 high balls, threw forward passes and missed critical tackles.
By far the worst player on field and …. was typical of how he’s played the past 2 years.

Don’t wanna hear anybody talk up Beale again – he’s a disaster as a Test fullback imo and should never have been picked in the WB squad.

WBs lost the breakdown due to Cheika picking 3 non breakdown exponents in the WB backrow.
LSL is a good lock and an ordinary no 6.
Hooper and Naisarani are not breakdown experts.

Then WBs were smashed in scrum when they had 8 against 7 – game over.

Best player again was N White but Cheika pulled him after 50 minutes.
Arnold was greatly missed.
CLL did well behind a beaten pack.

Bledi hell! Wallabies walloped by brilliant All Blacks

I gave Beale 1 and would have given 0 if allowed.
He played THE worst fullback game of any Wallaby player I’ve ever seen.

He gifted 2 tries, dropped 3 high balls, threw forward passes and missed critical tackles.
By far the worst player on field and …. was typical of how he’s played the past 2 years.

Don’t wanna hear anybody talk up Beale again – he’s a disaster as a Test fullback imo and should never have been picked in the WB squad.

VOTE: Wallabies DIY player ratings from Bledisloe 2

Yes good to see the 2 new selectors have finally put an end to the Cheika madness of past 4 yrs and gone for consistency. And now they have a real chance of winning back the Bledisloe Cup.

I recall we were in similar situation a few yrs ago having won the first Test and then Cheika threw our chance down the toilet by picking an “experimental” squad for the deciding Test.
And of course – they got their A#$es kicked.

Michael Cheika sticks solid with winning Wallabies, confirms team for Bledisloe 2

Love your author name Tipsy and …… an excellent detailed article.
Hope we see more from you Sir McStagger 🙂

Bledisloe blowout overshadowed Wallabies' subtle improvements

yes good article Brett – I totally agree 🙂

What we know after the Wallabies' stunning Bledisloe 1 win

@Nic – fine article again and I totally agree.

Both England and Aust in their rare wins against ABs both benefitted from meeting ABs on an off night. We’ll learn much more about the WBs and ABs this week.

As for N White – as a Brumbies fan I was always a supporter of him and never viewed him as a 1 dimensional kicking halfback. I think those perceptions of him were unfair and he was in a Jake Ball coached team where kicking was the game plan. It was unfair to blame him when he was just following coaching instructions. J Mogg suffered the same fate and both moved to the UK after being rejected by Cheika.

And I agree he’s improved in the UK, as we should expect, and is now much better than Genia imo.

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

@Graymatter
I agree mostly but consider that imo…….

a) White was man of the match and his 2 games this yr have been much better than anything seen from Genia the past 3 yrs.

b) Latu – ha – people seem to be hugely impressed when all he did was not give away the usual penalties, throw ok to lineouts and not get sent off again. Not being a liability again is nothing to be proud of imo.

c) It was the combo of all the new players that made the biggest difference. Here I include Arnold, CCL, Slipper, Naisarani, White, JOC, Kerevi at 12.

d) Gone are the Waratah duds and the existing players are now being selected in their correct positions, except for LSL.

e) Further improvements can be made by selecting Pocock, McCaffrey, Speight, Banks, Wright and ditching a few more Waratahs 🙂

The selectors were the unsung heroes of Australia's victory