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Bledisloe Four: Erasing the Mental Scars

Bledisloe Four: Erasing the Mental Scars

With last week’s capitulation still ringing in our ears and sullying our minds, the Wallabies return to Fortress Suncorp for the fourth Bledisloe and second game of the Tri-Nations campaign. With the changes having been made by Dave Rennie and Ian Foster in both teams, will we see a different result to last week?

Tom Wright scores early. Photo courtesy Stephen Tremain

Tom Wright scores early. Photo courtesy Stephen Tremain

THE MATCH

James Slipper led the Wallabies onto the park in his 100th Test to a large roar from his former home town crowd, and after the anthems and the Haka we are away.

An early penalty to the Wallabies after showing some real intent with the advantage, led to an attacking lineout which immediately paid dividends. The win saw the ball out to Reece Hodge who chipped across field and after a neat pass out of the back of the hand Tom Wright went over with his first touch in Test rugby. 5-0 through three minutes after the missed conversion.

As always, the All Blacks were nearly sure to hit back and in the eighth minute they did just that. Sustained pressure and movement across the field caused compression and after nearly scoring on the right, the try came on the left to Rieko Ioane from a deflection by Wright of a Laumape pass. Not many team could defend 29 phases and this was no exception. 5 all after the missed conversion.

Despite not having much possession through the first fifteen minutes the Wallabies were looking to attack from all places and trying to use the ball to pressure New Zealand. Another neat set piece from a lineout sent Koroibete through a hole and Sevu Reece conceded the panicked penalty, which Reece Hodge made no mistake. 8-5 Australia after 20 minutes.

After 22 minutes Tom Wright’s fifth touch changed the tone of the game. A bustling run led to a ferocious hit by Ofa Tuungafaasi which caught him high. Referee Nic “Rasp” Berry eventually opted for the Red card and the All Blacks are down to 14.

Despite the man advantage, Australia couldn’t capitalise, and a Jordie Barrett penalty levelled the scores with eight minutes until halftime. Soon after Australia very kindly evened the numbers with Lachie Swinton making a terrible no arms tackle on Sam Whitelock. The inevitable red meant it would be 46 minutes with 14 a side.

Australia continued it’s march towards rugby league numbers when Marika Koroibete fell victim to being the fifth Australian penalised in succession, allegedly for failing to remain on feet. At the same time  James Slipper came off with what looked like a severe arm/shoulder injury, leading to a debut for Angus Bell. A misfired All Blacks lineout close to the line took us to half time with the scores locked up at 8 all.

The second half started with Australia looking to soak time up with Koroibete still off the field. With little possession they still managed to take the lead with five phases leading to a penalty which Hodge knocked over for an 11-8 lead just as Koroibete returned.

Immediately there was a response, with a Reece break down the right  ended by Koriobete right near the line, but from the ensuing lineout, a driving maul was perfectly executed and Codie Taylor scored. The conversion was good and it was 15-11 to New Zealand after 52.

Taniela Tupou replaced Allan Alaalatoa and immediately monstered the scrum, drawing a penalty even with Australia packing one less. Hodge put the kick over and it is 15-14 into the last quarter.

With 13 minutes to go the Wallabies had the chance to nail the win. Scott Barrett was pinged for a blatant professional foul and earnt a yellow for his trouble after 67 minutes. Another uncharacteristic All Black penalty right in front gave Hodge another easy three and it is 17-15 with eleven minutes to go.

The Wallabies took full advantage this time with some concerted possession and attack, continuing to pressure the line, and eventually it told with Taniela Tupou burrowing over from close range. The conversion was good and it was 24-15 with four minutes to go.

The last few minutes were nail biting and with 90 seconds left Tupou Vaa’i went over and Barrett converted. 24-22 with less than a minute left.  The game was sealed with 25 seconds left with two big tackles from Marika Koroibete, the second causing a knock on by Jordie Barrett. The scrum was won and the game was sealed.

It wasn’t the prettiest game but the sheer fight from the team to fight back mentally from last weeks humiliation can’t be overlooked. Well done Wallabies.

Swinton's red threatened to ruin the game. Photo courtesy Stephen Tremain

Swinton’s red threatened to ruin the game. Photo courtesy Stephen Tremain

MATCH TURNING POINT

One would have thought there would be some hope for the Wallabies but they failed to make inroads in the time they had the advantage. Then after Swinton’s red they lost the plot with a string of penalties prior to half time.

The second half was more measured but you always had the sense that New Zealand had enough in reserve to see it out, but uncharacteristic ill discipline told eventually. Six straight penalties and a silly yellow sealed their fate.

GAGR MOTM

Marika Koroibete was his usual feast or famine self, making a few errors and being harshly yellow carded but his good outweighed the bad tonight. His effort in chasing, running until the last minute, earning penalties and causing a knock on to end the game.

STATS

Australia

Tries: Wright, Tupou

Conv: Hodge

Penalties: Hodge 4

Discipline: Swinton (RED), Koroibete (Yellow, 40th)

NEW ZEALAND

Tries: Rieko Ioane, Taylor, Vaa’i

Conv: Jordie Barrett 2

Penalties: Jordie Barrett

Discipline: Tuungafaasi (RED), Scott Barrett (Yellow, 67th)

Crowd- 36,626

  • Frosty morning

    I’ve just knocked off half a bottle of single malt. You fuckin’ beauty!!!!!

    • Yowie

      Which whisky in particular?

      • Greg

        I was given a bottle of Sullivan’s Cove when I submitted my thesis. A few too many zeros…. but absolutely great. Give it a try when you are feeling extravagant.

        • Yowie

          I think I’ve had a bottle of that in the past. Good stuff. Tasmanians make some good scotch.

        • Reds Revival

          They make some good beer too! I think inebriation is a good thing if you live in Tasmania.

        • laurence king

          I’ll drink to that

        • Yowie

          I’ve got some kiwi beer in the fridge (a Monteith’s IPA) but didn’t touch any tonight in favour of Aussie beers. I think that made the difference.

          (Apologies for last week, I just wasn’t thinking straight cracking a Kiwi beer during the game)

        • Reds Revival

          So you’re to blame for the score blow out last week Yowie. What were you thinking???

        • Yowie

          I thought cracking a second one would cancel it out!

        • Reds Revival

          Only if you cracked two VB’s – rank amateur!

        • Hoss

          Helps blur the line between ‘cousin’ and ‘concubine’

        • Reds Revival

          I think that only applies to the Hunter Valley…

        • Hoss

          ‘Cousin’ is only a word.

        • Reds Revival

          It’s a relative word…

        • Greg

          Have you met my cousin Princess Mary?

        • onlinesideline

          Tassie is bloody awesome. I remember pulling out a machine from the Wesley Vale paper mill years ago, up on the hill where the mill was. At the end of the day I drove out of the mill and as I was driving back to town I wound the window down and looked at the sun shining right across the whole bay, talking 100 km across. I started to think, why the hell am I depriving myself of this kind of beauty and peace by living in a pretentious city where lets be honest, its just one big pointless pose.

          Any truly decent memories I have ever had in life have always be associated with flashes of nature in the past.

        • Frosty morning

          Sullivan’s Cove is lovely. As is Lark. And there’s a whisky from near Canberra called Riverbourne that is very special.

      • Frosty morning

        It was an Old Pulteney. Very smooth.

  • Straith

    I know we won and all but the wallabies played so bad.
    I said this on the Friday news post here and I saw it again tonight.

    David Rennie is trying to make the wallabies play smart and FAST rugby like the new zealand teams. (this is a good thing by the way)
    Perfect fast running rugby is all about recycling the ball as fast as possible so the defence struggles to get set. Eventually, holes or overlaps will open up in the defence and tries can be scored.
    The first rule of this rugby is that you must execute and recycle every phase simply, cleanly and methodically. You can only play as Fast as you can do these three things perfectly.

    Australia did none of these tonight.

    If you can’t recycle the ball at the ruck cleanly, you’ll lose speed.
    You need your forwards ready to support the next ball runner
    If your 9 takes an extra second to pass the ball you lose speed.
    Nic white does a good job of this but Tate mcdermott is our fasted 9 and aaron cruden is the fastest in the world
    If you drop the ball backwards you’ll lose momentum
    You need to catch the fucking ball and stop forcing offloads no one is ready for. Stop rushing and looking ahead before you’ve even caught the ball.
    If you make a break your strategy is working, you must recycle and attack again. do NOT force an offload or get isolated and turned over or youll lose possession.
    You can only offload if its safe and certain to do so.
    You must have a 10 that is constantly organising the forwards and directing them for the next phase and a 10 that has a plan to manipulate the defence.
    Quade Cooper and Toomua are the only 10s in australia that play eyes up rugby and lead the team like a battle field commander. Hodge, Foley and JOC only ever catch and pass.

    All these points are simple and safe and smart. These points are what every player in new zealand has engrained into them. Rugby IQ. Nothing to do with physcality.
    Australia are trying run before they can walk, trying to force offloads and making errors on attack, you can get fancy with it once you’ve earned the right.
    Just imagine the wallabies playing a game with less than 3 turnovers instead of 10 in the first half.

    • Reds Revival

      Unless you/re a kiwi, that is the most negative post I have seen after a Wallabies win! They played out of their skins and beat a team who is significantly better than them on paper. This should be celebrated wildly (as I am doing in my house!).
      GO THE WALLABIES!!!!

      • Bobas

        Certanly a kiwi, after a couple of bathroom trysts all the Aarons are the fastest in the world

    • Huw Tindall

      Harsh judge mate!

      • Parker

        Agreed it’s a tough review and a mood killer. But it’s necessary lest we
        get blind jubilant and overlook the skill deficiencies and hubris
        Straith lists, until next time when they bite us in the arse, we lose
        convincingly and the lamentations and rage returns to this site.

        • Huw Tindall

          That’s true. Don’t want everyone getting ahead of themselves like after Bled 1 in Wellington! Great result but far from perfect. Enjoy it and go again in 2 weeks against the Pumas.

    • Adrian

      No one’s perfect!

    • Who?

      Aaron Cruden’s a flyhalf, not a scrumhalf…

      I’m happy to say our backs didn’t win that tonight. Our backs lost the game last week with the defensive system, but our forwards won tonight with their hard graft, and the overall defensive effort (full team) was exceptional.

      • Straith

        Sorry i meant Aaron smith, thanks for that.

        • Who?

          Aaron Smith’s definitely quick, but you’ve got to secure your ball and have your next forward runners ready. Scrumhalves don’t always stand looking at the ball without reason. I think our scrumhalves – for years now – have often been blamed for not playing the ball quickly enough when the real issues are around security of the breakdown and readiness of the next pod of forward runners.

          I completely agree about not forcing the pass. Over the past few years, I’ve railed against the constant flat support lines run by our runners with no one trailing the ball carrier, which have forced our ball carriers into wild offloads. If your ball runner has his support flat, he doesn’t have a choice but to throw a speculator, because otherwise he gets turned over at the tackle. Because the flat runner can’t drive over and clean out.

          I’m very hopeful that Rennie will be able to educate our team on these points. Because his Chiefs teams, even when he’d had to drag someone in from the Hamilton 4th XV, always seemed to know exactly what their roles were.
          Also worth noting (from someone who’s known on here as a long term Cooper fan) that he had quality at 10 in that team, with Aaron Cruden, who was more of a general organising his troops than a freakishly talented all round footballer (i.e. Beaudy).

    • idiot savant

      Mate, I dont know if you’ve ever played rugby but its a hard and demanding game. Its not easy for 110 kilo forwards to accurate clean out at speed every ruck for 80 minutes. Our clean outs were as good as they have ever been last night and will get better. But that performance would have secured the ball to win against any international side.

      • Straith

        Yes, im not an idiot. I think don’t think it is realistic to expect any team to never lose a ball at a ruck over 80 minutes, especially against the all blacks. I think less than 5 is acceptable and the wallabies have been decent at the ruck this year. But its more about people getting isolated and then not buying time for their team mates to arrive.

  • Straith

    Like this comment to support my Petition to make rugby a 14 man sport from now on.

  • Greg

    Ben,
    Thanks for the quick report.

    No analysis from me…. just satisfaction!

  • Custardtaht

    Well, I couldn’t find any humble pie, so I substituted in Cheesecake. Didn’t think a Wallaby team with Hodge at 10 would win, but there we go.

    1.Marika was a beast!
    2.The Red cards were bullshit
    3. Swinton should be the 6 going forward
    4. Simmons and Phillps made a good duo
    5. Tupou is a weapon
    6. Hannigan can fuck off, stripped clean by a 10, have you no shame
    7. I shall not stray from the path of OzMoses.

    • Patrick

      And admit it, Hodge was pretty good.

      • Reds Revival

        I will happily admit that! His chip in the second minute was pure brilliance, and exactly what we needed against the AB’s.

      • Custardtaht

        Yep, he went better than expected and his goal kicking was a difference maker. Not ready to anoint him as king maker, but possibly worth having further assessment.

      • onlinesideline

        Have been a massive fan of Reece for years. We just do better when he is on the park. IMO we should keep him there at 10 long term. It will be a good reason to always have him in the team. His boot is so so valuable. Great hands, smart player. Tackles hard, not afraid, no dropping back to 15. He has potential to do a Larkham and make permanent change from 15 to 10 and be top shelf international 10.

        Better than JOC. Although in saying that I am massive fan of JOC. We do better with him on park as well. I would love to see Hodge 10, JOC 12, Jordy 13, Rika 14, 11, Gunu / Wright and give Pastrami time on bench but there in the mix.

      • onlinesideline

        mate are you still in France – covid is horrifying there. Take care mate geezuz ? – go hide in the mountains

        • Patrick

          It is pretty out of control but I am not that worried (famous last words ofc!). My wife had it and got over it ok, I didn’t get it so I think I’m relatively immune. Also I do not see that many people: we basically cannot have a party or go to a restuarant or pub since they are all closed and I work from home most days.

          Just cannot wait to get back to going out for lunch!

    • Tim

      Marika is good but alot of the time the all blacks go down his wing as he isn’t there defending. Swinton was great but almost cost us the game he should have toned it down. Simmons multiple times should have gone for a steal but stepped back and allowed for the all blacks to have quick ball.
      Tupou sweet jesus love him

      • Custardtaht

        Marikas runs were busters and his defence sealed the game. Yep, he is caught out a bit, but this is coachable.

        That ill discipline can be worked on, much like Toupo, and like Tupou the Wallabies need the aggression that Swinton brings. He will get the balance right.

        The set piece including the lineout look better with Simmons on. Yep he has flaws, but things function better with him on at the moment.

        • Mike D

          Wonder if Marika wouldn’t be better suited to 13. Could they try that in Super? That way keep a lot of the good things about Marika and make way for a winger with better catch and kick return, who stays wide in defence. Use MK as a battering ram style centre, but need a smart winger ready to come off his shoulder when the space is made – Wright springs to mind.

        • Custardtaht

          Watching Marika reminded me of Digby Ioane. A move to 13 could indeed work.

        • Yowie

          Well spotted – always looking for work & usually makes an impact.

        • Patrick

          Korobiete really put the ABs under pressure and that is the key. We should be evaluating all players on that basis: can/do they put the ABs under pressure?

          Swinton, Tupou, Paisami, Philips, even Hodge all stood out for this.

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      Problem with Swinton at 6 is that there is no one in that forward pack pressuring the breakdown, and I think that is something we really lacked yesterday. You could potentially get it if you start Uelese, but he has had his struggles with the line out.

      Hanigan played pretty well. That was a rubbish error by him but no worse than Swinton’s.

      • Custardtaht

        Hannigan is a poodle, Swinton is a Rotweiller. You can teach a Rotweiller to do tricks, but you can’t teach a poodle to be tough. The Wallabies need a Rotweiller, there are 7 other forwards who can do breakdown work.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          In theory yeah, but none of the others are strong there. If we are avoiding picking a ruck monkey at 7 or 8, we need it at 2 or 6.

          The Wallabies beat the All Blacks yesterday without the ‘Rottweiler’ on the field. The Rottweiler could easily have cost us a match we should have won comfortably.

      • Who?

        We’ve seen the ABs stripping the ball in the tackle a lot this series. I suspect it’s been a focus for them.
        And fair point on the turnover – losing possession in their 5m zone is far less punishing to a team than being forced to play a man down for 47 minutes.

  • Yowie

    You ripper Tupou!

    • Bobas

      TaNielaTupou –
      See him ride out of the sunset on your colour TV screen

  • Straith

    Man the ideology behind the refereeing in union needs a complete revamp. They need to look at offences on a benefit gained/lost merit instead of whether a rule was broken or not. In the first minute of the game The wallabies lost the ball at a ruck down the wing. But since Jordan Petaia sealed it off, then rolled away, we were penalized anyway even though the all blacks had the possession at the back of the ruck. Like we’ve already lost the ball and all blacks have benefited, why do we then need to be punished 30m of field possession after we just lost the ball? Another example is when a player goes for a pilfer and eventually comes away with the ball after a few seconds. Yet the referee sees the player didn’t instantly release and then penalizes the team for not releasing.. why not just let play go on as the turn over was successful? Sometimes the players do release the ball but the pilferer is just holding it against the guys chest, yet 10/10 times the ref sees that as a penalty. The referees in union are literally just looking for an excuse to blow the whistle these days (looking at you Adam Gardener).
    However, professional fouls should be instant yellow cards in my opinion. I was so happy to see Scotty Barrett sent off for that, if only that could have happened to Mccaw for the last 15 years every time he held onto a player at a scrum or interfered on the ground lol.
    The NRL (forgive me my friends) has been allowing the game to ‘play on’ in recent years and blow the whistle sparingly. High tackles are only penalized when dangerous, lifting is 10x more dangerous than a wayward arm around a neck or shoulder. It is much more new age and pleasant to watch in that regard.

    • Huw Tindall

      That was a great bit of Cheese to The Worst Barrett. Cynical penalties should be treated much more severely than accidental/edge case penalties.

      • sugarwookie

        “The Worst Barrett” hahahahahahaha

        He’s the Dean Waugh of the Barrett’s. XD

        • Parker

          Does AB stand for All Barretts?

        • Brisneyland Local

          Lucky because those three are in amongst 8 siblings. We are bloody lucky there are not more of them.

        • Who?

          Kane played Super Rugby, didn’t he? So that means Scott’s not the worst.
          But he might well be the grubbiest…..

        • Brisneyland Local

          Too much talent in one family I say!

        • sugarwookie

          100%!! :-D

        • donktec

          i was thinking the Trevor Chappel of Barretts! Oh dear, definitely getting old…

        • sugarwookie

          Hahahaha you’ve only got a few years on me to think that ;)

    • idiot savant

      Agree on the ideology needing revamp. Particularly in these times when we are broke and the public has turned off the game. Do the officials, payers and coaches think people buy tickets to watch players milk penalties? Clearly the ABs think so. Their latest bastardisation of the game is to hold the line out jumper in the air for as long as they can to win a penalty for early engagement. Im sure people paid hundreds of bucks for their ticket to see that. What a lot of horseshit. They should be penalised for negative cynical play. Get on with it.

      • Who?

        Not only to hold the jumper in the air, but to hold them up there AND ADVANCE INTO THE DEFENDING LINEOUT!!! The last lineout before Phillip won the turnover just before the half, they lifted their jumper and walked into the Wallaby side, who were then penalized for initiating contact when they hadn’t taken a step forward. Crazy stuff.

  • Bobas

    No other wallaby coach could beat the kiwis without their two first choice 10s.
    Rennie found a way. Brilliant

    • Huw Tindall

      Good call this! Especially after the domolition last week. Rennie getting the team mentally back up off the ground and making tactical changes to the line up and game plan then executing it is outstanding. Assume the other coaches had input as well given the immense experience of Wisemantel and Taylor. Good start to the new coaching groups tenure.

      • Adrian

        I liked what looked like a more conventional defence system with no hiding

        • Bobas

          Grey would have had Banks go to 13 and Paisami 10, Hodge 12 and Petaia would have gone to tight head prop, just to protect Allan Alalatoua

        • Adrian

          Exactly, but then he would have fine tuned it by using a mathematical formula for everyone.
          A-±2=D for backs:
          (excluding backs where where the sum of the digits on their back =4, because 4 is the number I wore when I broke my collar bone 4 times…hmmm)
          A±1=D for forwards
          (excluding outcomes where 6 is removed from the equation)

        • Bobas

          Hmm, looks OK, but what if they were allowed to kick the ball back to you at anytime?

        • Adrian

          πr²+Ω

        • Bobas

          A cross section of tanielas calf plus the action potential that fires them

        • Adrian

          Exactly.
          You must have done this before!

        • Bobas

          Its simple when it comes down to it. So simple you could do your own performance reviews.

        • Adrian

          Or, 87867 on alphanumeric keyboard

        • Bobas

          They predate me, I know what one of those holed telephones is and the printers where you have to tear the holes off from the sides, that’s about it.

        • Adrian

          Each letter also has from 1 to 4 numbers.
          If you tap the key quickly you get the number.
          In this example the letters are TRUMP

        • Bobas

          Ah. I thought it might be that but didn’t find a vowel on the second letter so gave up.
          I had a Nokia 8250, yr 8 2002. I dont know what we called it. Speed typing or something

        • Adrian

          Ha ha.
          I could text and drive without looking (much) on the tiny little spring loaded keys and be 99% right

        • Bobas

          99% right without auto-correct, now that is showing your age

        • Adrian

          The hint is wearing #4 jumper and being a back.
          In Australia we used to wear League jumpers until the late 60s. Exactly the same from fullback to #8, then opensider was 9, other breakaway 10, 2nd rowers 11&12, front row 13,14,15.
          I occasionally wore 9.
          I also played League, mostly wearing 3,4 or 7

        • Huw Tindall

          It was a super conservative backline selection wasn’t it. All runners and defenders. In fact beyond White none of the backline could be described as having anything more than a reasonable distribution game. Not Kerevi bad but all pretty average. Still, it worked with the tactics employed so hats off to them.

      • laurence king

        And the scrumming of Thor seems to have improved the last two games as well, seems straighter so kudos there as well

        • Reds Revival

          The new scrum coach is obviously earning his keep.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I think Tupou is the best bench player in the world. Hope he stays in this role, even if there are strong arguments for him to start over Alaalatoa.

        • Patrick

          I would like to have him starting frankly. With a bit more work he’ll wear out both opposition loosies before he gets subbed off.

        • Huw Tindall

          This new saffa bloke as scrum coach looks the goods. On the social media channels there was pics of the front row and coach demolishing an eski of beers in the change room after to celebrate Slips 100. He’s OK in my book.

  • Reds Revival

    While I agree with Koroibete as MOTM, I thought that Paisami had an absolute cracker. For a guy playing out of position, he hit hard, and ran even harder. He was immense!
    Credit to Mad Dog. He was brilliant in defence before his RC, and deserves to be in the team again. He is the sort of 6 that we desperately need (but without the red cards).

    • Huw Tindall

      Most balanced back row we’ve had in a while. A hit man, a runner, and a motor. Swinton good lineout option too so more than a one trick pony.

      • Hoss

        Both reds whilst technically correct were very harsh. Would love to have seen 55 or so minutes of Mad Dog and Dirty Harry bashing everything in nearly all black.

        • Bobas

          Swinton did the same hit on Naisarani in super au and was wrongfully not carded.

        • Huw Tindall

          That was shameful

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep! Yet me still let him play. BTW it was his third DUI infringement!

        • Hoss

          I may have a faint, subliminal underlying bias towards the Tah’s and even I cringed when I saw that hit on Isi and no follow-up disciplinary action at all.

        • Bobas

          The most annoying part is he missed the instant speeding fine, the suspension that would change his behaviour, Hodge got it in the ’19 world cup. Rory Arnold got it in the curry cup before he was a big name.
          Latu seems to have gotten it from the actual police.
          Swinton will get sorted and be better for it.

        • Adrian

          Ha ha re Latu. His was for sleeping behind the wheel.

        • Yowie

          I may have a faint, subliminal underlying bias towards the Tah’s…

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6bf68bd774ee5e1e64fee51e2298ed64a540062cac283e101a8059540c6727bf.gif

        • Hoss

          Yep, surprised me too, real moment of self awakening.

        • Huw Tindall

          100%. Technically correct but no mallice or even massive negligence like a coathanger. Going for big shots leading with a shoulder and attempting to wrap (just as you should) but just a bit high on initial contact. Tough but consistent with the rules. Did rob us off some big hits but also opened up the game for some helter skelter stuff!

        • onlinesideline

          yeah but incredible how we can have a competing code to union (but essentially identical) have such a different view as to what is acceptable and what isnt re tacke. Doesnt League provide all the evidence Union needs that their present fears are unfounded.

        • Mike D

          I think League provides the evidence that the tackle concerns are absolutely well founded. Article in link below talks about long term issues of concussion.
          https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/rugby-league-rocked-by-first-proof-of-former-players-with-cte-20190626-p521ng.html

        • Hoss

          Hello Hungarian Harry. One might make an argument that repeated and sustained head contacts to those in loig may actually improve their congnutive ability. Science is still out.

        • onlinesideline

          Exactly -they said gunja leads to hard drugs. Now its legal in the land of the free. Science changes.

        • Who?

          Or, if you go to Oregon… It’s ALL legal.

        • Who?

          Roy Masters was on ABC Offsiders this morning talking about how those RC’s were completely justified and would’ve been similarly penalized (though placed on report) in League.

          It seems the only people who think those tackles would be viewed differently in League are old school Rugby people. :-

        • onlinesideline

          in all seriousness, yeah they were a bit high and iif we dont police it, they will quickly be nose high, not chin high. But RC ? yellow card is enough in those instances. Its the old argument – father pays 200-300 bucks or whatever for family to attend etc etc…

        • Who?

          Having been the father who’s paid $$$ for a family to attend (I paid for a seat for my 1 year old to go to the Lions in Brisbane in 2013), I’m more than conscious of it all. But I’m also conscious that if we don’t get on this, it could be my kids who end up with CTE.

          It was a YC in 2017, 2018. It went to a RC in 2019. Players adjust.

          And it’s not like hitting the chin is better for concussions than for hitting people in the nose.

        • Patrick

          Poor call, probably World Rugby’s best decision of the past 10 years apart from giving the RWC to Japan was getting serious about head injury. Our code might not have survived the next 10 years if they hadn’t acted when they did.

    • Geoffro

      +1 Paisami,he has well and truly earned his place in this team

    • Ev

      Agree, Paisami’s distribution at 12 was far better than I expected, along with his strong running and D I think he could be a long term option there (after Toomua)

    • Brisneyland Local

      Agree, but we cant afford a card from him (red or yellow) every game. And that seems to be the kind of player he is !

  • Hoss

    Feels like a month of Sunday’s since I’ve been on here.

    Never in doubt for mine.

  • Huw Tindall

    Well well well haven’t I been saying Hodge is a test 10 for a while now? Of course not. I’ll happily eat my hat of his selection. Did exactly what he needed to do. Straight running. Simple passes. Excellent front on D. And of course his trusty massive boot. If we don’t have the skills and cohesion to play Rennie’s ultimate end game style of rugby then keep it simple. Hodge has copped a lot of sh!t over the years for being a mr fix it type but honestly I think we’re lucky to have him. First and foremost he seems to be a great footballer. Skills and a rugby IQ. He also managed the D well being very vocal and directing traffic. Kind of like Toomua did.

    Reds were Reds under the current rules and fine. Still think we need an orange card or able to bring on a replacement after 20 mins or whatever. As it was it evened out the game and this is not a time to reopen the cards debate.

    Swinton is gold. I almost don’t care about the red. He made more dominat tackles in his 34 minutes than the whole Wallabies did last week in Sydney. He made the kiwis look up and his team mates fed off it. Swinton, Wilson, Hooper was a great combo and probably our most balence back row in a while. A hit man, and runner, and a motor. Actually think Hooper played his best so far this year. Great metres and involvements. He looks even better when he isn’t carrying the team on his shoulders in terms of effort.

    Love the front row depth we’ve got now. Hookers aren’t the best but good enough to be competitive. Hopefully Slipper’s arm isn’t too bad.

    Paisami surprised me at 12. Missed a few shots but played a much better balanced game on D and his trucking up to settle the attack is what we needed. Petaia looks a genuine freak and will only get better. Hopefully his knee is OK.

    Banks solid at the back and his big boot. Lets stick with him. DHP doesn’t add enough anymore in comparison I don’t think.

    Tom Wright looks like he has a better step than Daugunu which is saying something. Smart footballer too and has a good boot which I think is critical in a balacned back 3.

    Koroibete is of course a freak. His efforts put everyone to shame. If I did anything in life with half as much effort as he did I’d be happy.

    Nic White deserves a mention too. Was out pesting TJ which is saying something. Worked super hard with a lot of play making off him rather than Hodge (as per the plan). His box kicks were on point too and the chase was excellent. Contestable kicks and the ABs knock it on 50% of the time just like everyone else. So glad he’s back in Aus and can make a real run at RWC2023.

    Overall just really happy they came out with attitude and a simple game plan that they executed well enough. Took opportunities for the 3 and made the ABs pay in the second half when they had to. Sure it was a dead rubber and the ABs made plenty of changes but it was still a bloody good effort. We don’t often get to enjoy these moments so lets drink it in.

    Looking back before Bled 1 if you’d said 2 losses, a draw and a win I’d have taken it and said Rennie has outdone himself at the start of his tenure. As it is I think he sneaks a pass mark. If it wasn’t for the schemozzle in Sydney last week, even if we still lost, then it’d have been a good result for a young side and new coach.

    • Steve

      I like this Huw.

      Hodge was much better than I gave him credit for, although Lolesio actually very good in his 20 minutes as well.

      Good point re: Banks, he actually started skipping some tackles and actually did a lot of good ball playing, maybe it was a matter of remit from the coach or just confidence but he needs to stay.

      Koroibete was great and Wright is a definite keeper.

      I still wouldn’t be playing Paisami and Petaia together (I’d prefer a genuine 12 and have one of them at 13) but overall much improved from last week (not hard).

      Re: Swinton, I gather you’d be a lot less forgiving if the ABs weren’t already down to 14 and it cost us the game. But he was undoubtedly good in his time.

      • Huw Tindall

        Fair point about Paisami and I agree. Would rather have a legit 12 like Toomua or Stewart but given the injuries in the team, the squad depth at 12, and the need to front up in D after last week Paisami was a good selection I think. Would Simone have done the job tonight? Don’t know. He certainly wouldn’t have made the hits or as many post contact metres as Paisami and that’s what we needed tonight I reckon. Long term if we have more stability at 10 and 13 I’d hope we have a regular 12 in the position.

        For sure on Swinton. I’d be ropeable if we lost because we were down to 14 men. Hopefully I’d be able to see through the red mist though and see what positives he did bring and how they were a clear differentiator for the team.

        • Geoffro

          Swinton was intimidating and pulled down a few lineouts.Switch him to lock , would love a Bakkies/Jackpot type hardnut , especially when we front the Poms and Saffers

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I thought Paisami was very good. Thought he was better at 12 (playing an unfamiliar position and without a natural 10, against the All Blacks no less) than Stewart has been in any match he has played.

        • Huw Tindall

          Harsh judge on Stewart but Paisami did very well for someone out of position. Long term if they want Paisami as a 12 then I want to see him play there in Super. Comes back to the whole playing people out of position stuff that we saw in the Chekia days. As a rule I’d sayy great footballers in unfamilar positions aren’t as effective as good footballers in their go to position IMO.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Yeah agreed.

          Regarding Stewart, I just don’t really rate him. He’s got an okay pass and his defence is good but has none of the running that a 12 needs. Not his fault as I think he has maximised his potential, but I just don’t think he’s that good.

        • idiot savant

          The red card to Ofa saved Swinton no doubt. But Swintons red card was also a gift to Swinton. He now knows the risk profile and will no doubt work on technique. From what Rennie has said there is no chance he wont be encouraged to keep pounding the opposition.

      • Geoffro

        Lolesio looked like he”s got over his nerves,Wright had none and looked confident (a try on your first touch of test footy would help). Eating my words re:Hodge now but Hanigan is still crap.Everyone else gets better than a pass mark from me though the breakdown is a worry

        • Steve

          I’ll admit I have a bit of a crush on Tom Wright.

          As a sprinter I love seeing a very balanced runner – it makes them hard to bring down and great at changing direction.

          Henry Speight had it in his prime but maybe not the robustness for test footy, but Wright really looks the goods as an athlete.

        • sugarwookie

          He was bloody sensational for the Brums this year – you could see there was “something” about him when he first arrived. Quality player, so stoked to see him get a gold jersey! <3

        • lu99ke

          Yeah he was. My little ” I called that” moment – said to my brother after the first 3 rounds before COVID struck ” Tom Wright will be a wallaby winger this year” ….

          We was outstanding… and makes our back three so much more balanced than having Korobiete and Daugunu

        • sugarwookie

          Nailed it mate. Let’s hope he continues to improve and make it his own spot!

        • Geoffro

          I have said it before but he reminds me a bit of Roff.Very balanced as you say,good positional awareness with a cool head.Robust ? That shoulder to the chin would’ve been lights out for a few players so Id say yeah

        • Who?

          When Savea ran around Hooper, Hanigan made a blinder of a blindside tackle around his legs. He’s not a first choice in my books, but he’s shown definite improvement from two years ago.

        • Geoffro

          I’d have him as a backup lock while we’re short,thats about it.He just doesn’t have the mongrel I want from a backrower

        • laurence king

          Savea was walking very gingerly after that tackle. It was a cracker.

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        • laurence king

          You are not alone on the humble pie eating in regard to Hodge. He did well.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I agree he did well but he still looked like a centre playing flyhalf to me. The attack never really had that much structure but he kicked well, ran hard and was very strong in defence. Think JOC will take the 10 jersey straight back when he’s better. Question is what happens to Hodge (a) if Petaia is uninjured and (b) if Petaia is injured?

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Thought Banks’ offload and flick pass to Wright for that try was sensational. Actually, the entire run of play was sensational. Perfect chip kick from Hodge.

        • onlinesideline

          happy for Banks he had opportunity to shine.

      • Big Ted

        I know he’s raw but with the opportunity to play a Paisami/Petaia 12/13 combo at the reds for the next decade I’d be happy for Rennie to persist with him at 12. He actually looks like he understands when to pass/kick/run but just needs a bit of polish on his execution in all 3 facets.

        • Who?

          Paisami doesn’t play 12 at the Reds – that’s Hamish Stewart’s jersey. When they’ve been on field together (which hasn’t been often), it’s more likely that you’d see them at 13 and 14…

        • Big Ted

          I know he hasn’t played 12 at the reds. I’m suggesting that possibly moving Hamish elsewhere to accomodate what may be the incumbent wallaby centre pairing for the next 2 or 3 world cups may be prudent

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        Not sure about Wright staying Steve, I think it will be a hard fought contest between him and Daugunu. Wright has a lot more strings to his bow in terms of skills but makes some significant defensive errors in terms of reads and isn’t as good as Daugunu at the breakdown.

        At the moment it is certainly advantage Wright though, but he will have to keep developing to keep the jersey

    • Adrian

      I think I agree with everything you said Huw. Well summarised!

    • Still not sure I agree about Hodge.

      Buried in screed, a lot of which I agree with, is that they ran so much off-nine. While I still say I don’t know what “the Australian way” is, the four, or five, franchises playing in very different styles, having the 9 make the calls is definitely rather French. But it left Hodge making far fewer decisions than you’d expect of someone in the 10 shirt. He’s basically been told “pass it” or “kick it” already, and while like any back he can change his mind, he’s not getting the ball and making the reads.

      Going forwards, I doubt Lolesio, JOC and the like will like that… although I think it might be something to look at.

      And yes – good kicking from the base and a good kick chase at long last. Finally it delivered and it made the AB look ordinary at the back.

      • Huw Tindall

        For sure Nic White was doing more of the playmaking in the game so was easier on Hodge. Playmaking off 9 is OK though. Nick Bishop on The Roar last year before RWC wrote a great piece about how playing off 9 was becoming a much more common thing and showed examples of England and Saffas doing it all the time along with relevant stats. In Hodge’s defence I’m not sure what more we could asked of him in the game. The guy played the role he was given extremely well so hats off.

        In saying that I agree with you on the “proper” 10s who seem to be in the frame longer term wouldn’t want to be driven around by the 9! If we’ve got a 10 who can control a game great, if not then a conservative game plan 10 isn’t too bad a back up. Think about RWC again with Steyn and Farrell – definitely less creative 10s playing a conservative game and it worked out OK for them.

        Speaking of 10s did you catch any of Harrison and Edmed in the trial against the Pumas? Think the replay is still available online. Both had good games and I was extra surprised how well Edmed stepped up from Shute. Didn’t look out of place and I think we could see him in a Super squad before too long.

        • I absolutely agree playing off-nine isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I just think it will take some adjustment.

          It’s interesting that the sides you list don’t really play what you’d characterise as exciting rugby – lots of crash ball and big runners – although the Boks certainly add some truly incisive wingers. Only the French seem to manage a more traditional-looking back line and play off-nine.

          That doesn’t make it ineffective of course, but not necessarily fun to watch.

          I’ve seen highlights of the trial match, even in lockdown work is fairly crazy. I was impressed by what I saw of Edmed though, and would agree, I think we could see him in a SR squad next year.

          I had an unexpectedly quiet Friday morning and caught a little bit of the Mitre 10 cup match between Otago and Southland. I don’t know how the rest of the season has gone for this guy, but there was one outrageous pass that really caught my eye from a player having a solid 20 minutes. Forget the backdoor offload, this guy had the ball in his right hand, reached out and passed behind his back to the left about 10 metres, one handed, right into the path of his on-rushing team mate. Outrageous skills. Outrageous confidence to even try it. I can see him in a SR jersey too…

        • Huw Tindall

          Sounds like stuff you do for fun at training coming out to the paddock!

        • idiot savant

          Edmed has signed a 2 year deal with the Tahs.

        • Huw Tindall

          Oh nice! Wasn’t aware of that. Give Harrison some competition and back up if he goes down with injury or just needs a break.

        • Who?

          I think Australian Rugby traditionally plays off both 9 and 10. It’s about variety, taking advantage of any weakness that can be found.
          We’ve had some pretty good 10’s. Let’s not rehash the last decade, but Larkham, Lynagh, Ella…
          But our pedigree at 9 is incredible. Genia, Gregan, Farr Jones, Hipwell, Catchpole, Connor. With very little gap between them, and no lack of quality pushing them for starting spots. That’s all the way back to the late 50’s! Connor was the best 9 in the world, moved to NZ and won AB caps. But the bloke who replaced him was considered even better.

          We’ve been at our very best, though, when we’ve had dynamic partnerships at 9 and 10. Gregan and Larkham. Farr Jones and Lynagh. Farr Jones and Ella. We could’ve seen that with Genia and Cooper, who were magical when they played together. The question going forward is, what’s the next partnership? I think White’s been excellent this series. I’m happy with him for the foreseeable future. And I’m excited by how McDermott’s gone the last two games. White and McDermott balance each other absolutely perfectly – drive, competitiveness and control for the first 60, then acceleration and instinct for the last 20. Who sits outside them? Will JOC survive long there, or will he move out? JOC and Toomua will both be 33 in 2023. Will it be Lolesio? Harrison?

      • Patrick

        I think like most here that JOC and in a few years’ Lolesio are the go-to 10s. But Hodge certainly proved a more than able replacement and a valuable card to have in your deck.

        Ironically whilst the French have perhaps the world’s best 9 atm they also have a very good playmaker at 10 now and play less off 9 than before.

    • idiot savant

      Great post Huw. Rennie has reminded us that rugby is a team game. You dont need an all singing all dancing triple threat flyhallf to win rugby games if everyone performs their role. The forwards were outstanding and delivered go forward, held the ball for periods of time, and won the physical battle. The backs tackled brilliantly and all played their role, securing ruck ball, limiting turnovers, and using their pace.

      You are right about White, his kicking, tackling and general play was outstanding. I have advocated for Swinton from the get go and gee I enjoyed the first 35 minutes where he and Willson provided the best offensive back row tackling I have seen since Kefu and Cockbain. Im excited by their future together. I reckon Swinton needs to don red headgear as well because opponents seeing that coming at them are going to drop some pills.

  • Who?

    First off, gotta talk the ref. Berry did very well in the first 20 and the last 20. After the (correct) RC to Tu’ungafase, he was rattled. I’ve no idea how Sam Cane can be 3m behind the scrum ready to catch a pass from the #8 to the halfback. There were some terrible decisions – not least the card to Koroibete.

    Sure – Koroibete took out the halfback. But the first infringement was Laumape sealing off the ball. It was a very, very clear piece of foul play – Reece (?) was getting monstered by the Wallabies, Marika and two buddies were marching over him and so the tackled AB pushed the ball back, right as Laumape dove over it (sealing off). Laumape, with an elbow and a shoulder on the ground, and then pushed the ball back (hands in the ruck, hands off his feet) to TJ, who was then taken out by Koroibete.
    First infringement is Laumape, so Koroibete’s infringement is immaterial.

    Then, after the break, Reece makes a great break down the far side before throwing a loose pass. The ball is ruled out off Phillips – by Gus Gardiner. But Phillips missed it! It actually went out off Jordie Barrett’s knee, after hitting Nic White’s backside. From the resulting lineout the ABs drove across for a try.

    Through that period, it felt like Berry had lost control. He was relying a lot on his AR’s and touchies to pull up obvious forward passes. By around 60 minutes, it seemed he’d started to calm down again, and he did well in the last 20. No small achievement to turn it around, but that middle period wasn’t great to watch.

    I’m still not sold on Hodge at 10, but I’d be ok with him at 12. Try Lolesio at 10 with Hodge at 12..? Lolesio looked WAY more comfortable out there tonight. I was quite happy with Paisami, Wright, Banks, Tate. Koroibete, whilst he’s MOTM here, I don’t think it was a stand out performance from him. Apart from a couple of duds recently in the cold and wet, that’s been the level he’s held for a while now. Which isn’t to say it was a bad performance, but rather to say we’ve kind of come to expect exceptional effort and the odd blinding hit. And it’s welcome. I’m going cold on Petaia – he can do anything, but he ends up overcooking it far too regularly.

    Very impressed with our pack. So much vim, vigour and venom!!! Stoked that Tupou scored his try – he earned it, given he personally made most of the metres for the try. Stoked to see the pack put on a show for Du Plessis. Great to see a strong lineout – though I’ve no idea why we don’t contest a bit more often on our tryline.

    They might’ve played something of a ‘B’ team, but we had a ‘B’ team out there, too, and it wasn’t like the ABs weren’t trying. It was fiery, and well earned.
    And great to see – after they’d had a bit of a dust up on the field – Cane hand Slipper a bottle of red for his hundredth cap.

    • Huw Tindall

      Wallabies B team > ABs B team?

      • Geoffro

        Cant agree , that was a pretty good AB team (on paper) and we proved that we got a few A listers

      • Who?

        I’ve seen Kiwis claiming it was a B team, but really, I don’t care. They were just two teams that were out there, the best we had available at the time, and the team the Kiwis chose to put out there. You can only play the people who show up.

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      Can’t agree with the referee assessment. The Cane miss was bizarre but otherwise he managed to let the game flow while picking up most errors, and I really liked how he used the TMO.

      Agree with you on Hodge. I wonder whether he is dropped to the bench when JOC is back or potentially whether he pushes Paisami to the bench? If Petaia is injured then 12. Hodge, 13. Paisami makes sense if JOC is back.

      • Who?

        Do you deny the errors I pointed out? Cane, inconsistency with Hooper’s cleanout penalty (especially when Whitelock was granted a turnover penalty when he’d walked around the side of the ruck), the disaster that was the YC to Koroibete, and the poor call split between himself and Gardiner on the ball in touch directly leading to the ABs’ second try?

        I thought he used the TMO well in a few places, but those forward passes in the first 5 minutes after halftime shouldn’t have needed the TMO or AR to pick them up. They went forward at 45º. If he were confident – if they were thrown in the first 20 minutes – he’d picked them up.

        I’m currently not sold on Petaia at 13. I’d have him on the wing. But, after last night, he might’ve fallen behind Wright, and he may even be behind Daugunu for the bench…… In my mind. He’s not covering the basics well enough. He’s always trying to do too much. His tackling was good, but he made some pretty schoolboy errors at the breakdown last night – one leading to a penalty, the other earning a lucky penalty. On performance, Paisami’s the better fit for the team right now. And he doesn’t seem to break down every second or third game, too…

    • idiot savant

      That was the best refereeing display of the 4 games so far. Berry made it clear he wasn’t going to allow the usual AB ruck infringements – sealing off, playing the ball while off your feet – and isn’t it amazing how the game levelled up? Of course Foster whinged on the presser about the game lacking ‘flow’. Typical AB attempt to pressure referees and not own up the fact that they are proud to infringe until told not too. In this game they didnt stop when the line was shown to them by the ref.

      • Who?

        Berry set a standard in the first 20 which was clearly the best we’ve seen all series. I did say he started very well.
        But can you deny my points about the middle 40..? Really?
        And if you don’t deny my points about the middle 40, but agree that he reffed the last 20, it shows composure that a lot of refs don’t have. When a ref loses his flow and control, generally things go straight to hell, irredeemably so. That wasn’t the case for Berry.

        And seriously, could you have more pressure? Home town ref, former Reds halfback, reffing the Wallabies against the ABs in a Bledisloe at Suncorp? He started and finished well, but that doesn’t mean we gloss over the middle, where he made clear errors, which pretty well all went against the home team.

  • GeorgiaSatellite

    Sadly, missed it. All I can say is, if someone had told me before this series that we’d win one and draw one, I’d have been quite satisfied. Last week’s drubbing notwithstanding, there’s a lot to like if we can play more than one game plan. It’ll be interesting how we3 fare against the Argies. Go Wallabies!!!

  • dsb

    Marika Koroibete for Prime Minister

  • Yowie

    What a momentous 24 hours for the free world.

    A bunch of cynical law breakers with family members appointed to key positions (and with a dumb-arse but determined supporter base) are defeated.

    Also, Biden wins an election.

    • Huw Tindall

      hat tip

    • Geoffro

      Is that you Snoop

      • Yowie

        Haha – had to google search to find that. It’s an old joke formula.

    • Hoss

      Gold mate. Gold.

  • Hutch

    Well done wallabies! I predicted Paisami would have a shocker, Wright would shine and Swinton would be carded. I was happy Hunter proved me wrong. He had his best game all year and showed skills I didn’t think he had. Wright has been a gun for the Brumbies for two years so no surprises there. But I’m disappointed with Swinton. He played exactly as expected; big, uncontrolled hits that ultimately led to a card and likely a long suspension. If the All Blacks weren’t a man down he would have lost us the game.

  • Richard Patterson

    Congratulations to the Wallabies and all their fans. Well deserved and an important turnaround. You taught a young All Blacks side the importance of concentration and cool heads when the pressure is most intense.

    They don’t call them “tests” for nothing. Some players last night passed. Some failed. Only time will tell the learnings. Enjoy the celebrations.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Mate thanks for the graciousness. To quote Hoss, One swallow does not a summer make. But it certainly makes a great first date ;-)

      • Richard Patterson

        But to the victor goes the spoils mate. In Dave Rennie you have a very smart Commander in Chief. Enjoy the journey.

    • Hoss

      To quote Mrs Hoss, ‘G’day Dick, where you been?’

      • Brisneyland Local

        Pure gold

      • Richard Patterson

        I can’t keep up with all you guys here Hoss. Missed all you.

        • Hoss

          You’re always welcome here mate, our site is a veritable mixing pot of miscreants

    • Mica

      Not sure that it was a particularly young AB side especially in the starting 15. A couple of debutants, but Ioane is a pretty experienced player and the others were off the bench.

  • A Dingo Stole My Rugby

    Two points from me:

    1. Am I the only one who was not the least bit surprised that Swinton saw red for a no-arms shoulder charge? The bloke has form, and needs to be coached to change his technique. He was lucky to make the team, and he let everyone down.

    2. The retired players whingeing about the two red cards and calling for law changes to make them subject to lesser sanction sh!t me to tears. World rugby has a specific responsibility to protect players’ health, and in particular head injuries, given the litigious potential as we’ve seen elsewhere.

    Here’s a thought, Kearns et al – how about the coaches and players take some responsibility for what happens, and instead of changing the laws, let’s change the players’ behaviour?

    We pretty much eradicated spear tackles and coathanger tackles through maintaining strong sanctions complemented by coaching, why not with these dangerous shoulder charges to the head?

    • RugbyReg

      what’s Swinton’s form?

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        He has played right on the edge a fair bit this year. I think he has been lucky not to see a few more cards. Wasn’t there something with Naisarani?

    • Hutch

      I switched from free to air to Kayo at half time. But the Fox commentators’ whinging about the cards made me switch back. I couldn’t take another “that’s fine in league!”. Personally, I don’t give a toss what happens in League. Both tackles were dangerous, lazy, and clear cards.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Well good morning GAGR’s. Sorry for my late rant, but alas I had to watch the tv version of the game as I was in attendance at the hallowed Suncorp last night. So want to get the tv view to see if my initial thoughts were accurate. For you usual GAGR’s there is going to be a bit of Long Run up, and a bit of over the top jubilation. So ride the wave brothers and sisters! Here we go:

    – Firstly let me say it was great to be back at Suncorp with such a massive crowd. 37k is big these days, and certainly big for Aussie rugby, considering how much we sucked ass over the last 5 years. I must say it almost felt quite odd to be out and about in that many people, in this new covid era. But boy was it a joyous crowd.
    – Secondly I don’t know if it showed as much on TV as it did in person, but when we were walking down from the Paddo tavern to the ground, and then around Suncorp to gate B, we were severely out numbered by Kiwi’s. At least 2 to one! Whilst the Kiwi’s are generally a jovial bunch of chaps and chappette’s, I actually felt like I was in Christchurch rather than my beloved Brissy.
    – Whilst there are many positives, there were a lot of negatives too. I will not totally ‘rose colour glasses’ this review, but I must admit after reading Straith’s review I feel he has quite a few good points that cant be discarded.
    – Overall our first half was not a good half. That try in the first few minutes was sublime, but after that we lost our way. Again, slipping off tackles, pushed passes, letting ourselves get isolated, and coughing up the pill. The only thing that saved us was the Nearlies were having a bit of a shocker too.
    – The second half was a lot better, and our pressure actually caused the Kiwi’s to push their passes and run very flat causing 2 forward passes. A marked improvement.
    – Hodge as 10, I was certainly not sold on it, but over all was impressed with him. His kicking is brilliant, and I don’t understand why that guy isn’t taking every kick for touch, when he has a cannon for a foot.
    – Swinton, love his aggression and tackling, but we cant afford a guy who is going to get us a card every second match.
    – Tupou was farking brilliant. Nick white was great in defence and great kicking. Tate bought on some pace in the last 20. Marika Koroboite is a star. He gives 100%.
    – The Red’s were reds every day of the week and twice on Sundays according to the rules. It is what it is, no point bitching about it. Koroboite was unlucky to cop the team yellow for his infringement, but it was going to come who ever infringed.
    – SB’s yellow was cynical and deserved more. Cynicals should be afforded not only 10 in the bin, but an automatic penalty straight in front of the posts.
    Over all a mix of good and bad, but fuck me it was great to be there when we won. The crowd was utterly deafening and it was a great spectacle.
    Over to you GAGR’s!

    • Huw Tindall

      Lucky bugger getting to be at the ground for a win! Last time I saw the Wobs in person we against the Argies in the Semi at RWC 2015 (where we carved them!).

      With you on all the points you call out and don’t want to get ahead of ourselves again like we did after Bled 1. In saying that though the fact we got up for a win after such a shellacking the week before and with a significantly different line up and game plan says something about the squad and coaches. Hats off for the turnaround. I don’t quite know what was the difference between this game and Sydney other than some personnel changes. Maybe it was just that. Lolesio and Simone just were over awed or something in Sydney? Was it Swinton bringing the hurt and making the ABs look up? Nic White looked as good as he did in Bled 1 after 2 so so games. Looking forward to the Rugby Ruckus and Nick Bishop take on the match to really get into what went right/wrong.

      The amount of black in the stands was a bit of a worry but can you blame the fans after recent times? The fans are there and will come back with more good performances. Hopefully the guys maintain the rage against the Argies in their final two matches and build some confidence and combos before a well deserved off season.

      • Brisneyland Local

        YEp will be interested to see what Morgan and Ben have to say. I hope the report card guys and the the GAGR do a podcast about it as well.
        I have a lot of flying scheduled this week, so havning lots of podcasts would be good. Because on board the planes the have not activated the Qanatas Inflight entertainment app again.

    • Who?

      I picked the Kiwi crowd by the boos for Swinton whilst they were reviewing the Red. It was so much louder than anything else we heard all game.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Spot on!

      • Mica

        Booing is their national rugby language. A bit sad really. You’d think with winning as much as they do they’d cheer a bit of competition.

  • Alister Smith

    I was wro…., wro…., wro….ah bugger it I was wrong but it was good to be proved such

  • Greg

    White does do his best to get a smack in the chops.

    It amazes me that he is not more successful!

    For example see -> Please hit me!

    • Geoffro

      So,..just your usual no.9 then.

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