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RWC Pool D - Wallabies vs Wales - Sunday 29 September 2019 @ 5.45pm

Discussion in 'Rugby Matches' started by Braveheart81, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. molman Dick Tooth (41)

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    While I get that he is an emotive individual and that is just his style often I think he fails to manage this aspect of his role as best as he could. It wouldn't have been hard to clearly congratulate Wales and acknowledge some of their tactical nous whilst still clearly raising concerns about some of the decision making. I worry that genuine concerns get too muddled with Cheika as an individual and that we just don't have the respect for these genuine issues to carry the weight they should.
  2. KOB1987 Steve Williams (59)

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    No, Foley played v Samoa.
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  3. Rugby Head Sydney Middleton (9)

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    Where was Tongan Thor/ Folau Faingaa, have they fallen out of favour or are they injured?
  4. Bobas Darby Loudon (17)

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    They can't be risked as they're back-up strike wingers in this squad.
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  5. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Crikey when the team has lost you Barbs we're in trouble!

    In all seriousness though, that is a shattering loss, because it's hard to see a pathway to winning the Cup from here. Too many massive games in a row against seriously good teams.
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  6. Derpus David Codey (61)

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    All the quarter final exit predictions look about right at the moment.
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  7. Derpus David Codey (61)

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    I doubt even Dave Rennie can make our 10 stocks any better.

    Hopefully something comes of the Lolesio or one of these other youngsters.
  8. formerflanker Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Doesn't matter who we meet in the 1/4s, semis or final.
    We have to beat the best to win the Cup.
    It still can be done.
    (quoting from an old coach of mine, an incurable optimist)
  9. Strewthcobber Mark Ella (57)

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    I'm going to be pinning my hopes on England being ravaged by fatigue, injury and suspension after playing must win games against France and Argentina in successive weeks
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  10. Tex Peter Johnson (47)

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    Remember, we boned the bastards at Twickenham in 2015 in a fixture we were destined to lose. Foley played a blinder, the old men Giteau and AAC excelled and we crushed the rugby dreams of the old enemy.

    Bring them on.
  11. griffins Chris McKivat (8)

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    In the context of the game the selection of Cheika's boy Kepu over TT on the bench actually had a bigger impact. Yes Foley stunk the house down (what else was anyone expecting based on his recent form - South Africa, Samoa, most of super rugby?) but our loss of momentum in the 2nd half coincided with Kepu entering the game.

    Our scrum had been totally dominant until Kepu, then he came on and we stopped going forward and conceded a bent arm (for pre-engage, Uelese was on as well by then) at a crucial point which allowed Wales to chew precious clock. He also conceded a trademark dumb penalty which let Wales into our territory and I think led indirectly to them re-establishing a 4 point lead. We did get a scrum penalty when he was on but the consensus was very much that we were lucky and if anything it looked like Kepu got stuffed.

    A fresh TT's ball carrying would also have been pretty handy at a time when we needed points.
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  12. Strewthcobber Mark Ella (57)

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    What about the scrum penalty we earned that Toomua kicked for three points and the other one we earned that the Welsh acrobat kept in play which would have been a lineout on their 22 while Kepu was on the field?
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  13. Seb V Tony Shaw (54)

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    I disagree. Maybe our attack would still be pretty ordinary with Toomua starting but the amount of errors forced from pressure would be reduced.. can't blame the rush defence for all of Foley's poor passes, poor kick, and missed tackles. Toomua would at least pass better and tackle better.
  14. Seb V Tony Shaw (54)

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    If we beat England, and then NZ, then SA in the Final.. now that would be an accomplishment despite the loss to Wales.
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  15. Seb V Tony Shaw (54)

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    Yeah and we haven't beaten them since then. Remember when they played us at home and beat us 3-0.
  16. Bobby Sands Banned

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    I would like to see Faingaa start and TT reserve TH prop. Very bizarre. Latu can be the sub.
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  17. barbarian Nick Farr-Jones (63)

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    The last place we need change is in the forward pack, unless you're thinking of bringing LSL in for Pocock. I thought they were outstanding.
  18. Seb V Tony Shaw (54)

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    Could do worth giving Dempsey a shot tho, he looked sold in his last outing.
  19. Up the Guts Mark Ella (57)

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    I’m not so sure there won’t be one upset in the remaining pool fixtures between Arg and England, England and France, and Wales and Fiji. If there is no upset it’d be a hell of a feat to make the final.
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  20. molman Dick Tooth (41)

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    After Fiji's loss to Uruguay I just don't see it (them beating Wales). Likewise I'm not sure that Argentina have it in them - England look too good to me. France if they play like they did in that first half of the Argentina game maybe. They are an odd team with some real brilliance at times but again I'm unsure of a 80mins performance from them. At the very least I'm hoping England come out of it very battered and bruised.

    No matter what, I now have a number of teams I will be cheering on over the next couple of weeks.

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