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RWC 2019 1/4 Final England vs Australia

Discussion in 'Rugby Matches' started by Dismal Pillock, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. Strewthcobber Paul McLean (56)

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    Petaia has also never faced a defence as well organised and quick as this English one will be.

    It's a very courageous descision.
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  2. Strewthcobber Paul McLean (56)

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    1995
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  3. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Did we play a good game in 2007? Maybe the Fiji team we flogged in the pool match? Wales were pretty poor then.

    Petaia is a huge risk but also has lots of potential upside. If it happens then it is a gamble but at the same time, this is the player we've wanted to select at 13 all year but never got the chance through injury. If we lose it's Cheika's last game as coach so I don't blame him and the other selectors for not wanting to die wondering.

    If Beale passes fit then I don't see an issue with his selection. DHP has been solid without setting the world on fire. Beale has had his ups and downs but his best this year has been better than DHPs. We're playing under a roof so some of issues where you'd favour a selection of DHP are mitigated.
  4. Dctarget Peter Johnson (47)

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    Ignoring the inevitable spanking we get this weekend, I'm very excited about our future. Clearly, Petaia's promise isn't just hot air, Cheika knows best out of all us, and he's chosen him ahead of two pretty competent 13s. What a vote of confidence.
  5. Derpus Mark Ella (57)

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    In my opinion on current form Hooper would still walk into the 7 jersey in both teams, followed by the two England lads and poor old Poey coming in last.
  6. wamberal Simon Poidevin (60)

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    Smells of desperation. But that is appropriate, because we are desperate.
  7. Tex Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    Cheika has his faults but it looks like the main string to his bow is the ability to back his players and instill belief. Play the ace and see what happens. I can't see them carving us up, so if he starts to fall off tackles there are other options to slot in and shore up the midfield.

    Anyway, the dodgers are a iffy Vunipola ankle, Farrell card or Tuilagi hamstring away from being a fairly mediocre team bereft of game breakers or leaders.
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  8. Tomikin Mark Loane (55)

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    But last game he was awesome.. I think its turned a corner..
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  9. Up the Guts Peter Sullivan (51)

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    Seems like Cheika watches a lot of feel good, underdog rises up movies.

    Go well, JP.
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  10. Try-ranosaurus Rex Fred Wood (13)

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    QUACK QUACK QUACK
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  11. Sully John Eales (66)

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    There you go mate.
  12. Uh huh Chris McKivat (8)

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    Yeah it MAY be, but MacQueen tried out Larkham at 10 in the 1998 Tri-Nations, not in the knock-out phase of a World Cup!

    I think this is as calculated a decision as a man of Cheika's faculties is capable. He knows it's his last game if the Wallabies lose, and there is simply no chance they will beat this England team without a strong showing from the centres; in defence, attack, or both. So if it comes off, he's a genius; if it doesn't, well he was out anyway so c'est la vie.
  13. PhilClinton Ward Prentice (10)

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    We are sometimes quick to forget that JOC only just came back into Wallabies contention a month or so prior to the RWC.

    Based on his last outings in Australia there is no way he should have been selected. Cheika identified him from his play over in Europe and threw him back into the deep end. He hasn't lit the world on fire but I reckon he's been more than serviceable.

    If Cheika now thinks that Petaia is ready to take the 13 mantle then I trust that process as he made a good call with the JOC selection from out of nowhere, at least to the public eye.
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  14. Sully John Eales (66)

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    Petaia is up to it. JOC is on the bench in case.
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  15. Uh huh Chris McKivat (8)

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    I can't wait to see a bemused Garces blow the easiest obstruction penalty of his career when they attempt the 'flying V'.
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  16. wamberal Simon Poidevin (60)

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    It might be a red herring, I suppose. It would throw Eddie Eyebrows into a bit of a spin for sure.
  17. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    As a bit of a rugby laws boffin, it will be a great time to finally see a Cavalry Charge or Flying Wedge penalty called.
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  18. Finsbury Girl Jim Clark (26)

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    still better than any other 13 in Australia.
  19. fatprop David Wilson (68)

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    I have concerns about Beale being continually rag dolled on kick return against effective organised defenses as he gets held up, mauled and turned over or he just runs sideways

    DHP has the habit of getting through that first tackle and providing clean ball
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  20. Tex Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    I'm going to deal with the stress of Saturday evening by hiking to a remote alpine hut in freezing weather with some friends, lighting a stove and playing cards by candlelight while a late season squall dusts the bush with snow.

    If we win, I'll grease myself up and spend Sunday evening in a rugby lather reading every rugby blog and newspaper from England until my eyes glaze over.

    If we lose, cest la vie.

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