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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. Jimmy_Crouch Colin Windon (37)

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    Rory is worse.
  2. Slim 293 George Gregan (70)

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    He's not worse, it's just that his "low" body height appears high to us mortal dwarves...
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  3. John S Jim Clark (26)

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    I think it's evens at the moment. While we've got the wood on the Boyos, our form has been patchy at best, but then again we've been known to step up for the big games (second Bledisloe not withstanding).

    So, to get off my fence, Wallabies by not much.
  4. BDA Peter Johnson (47)

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    I'm not overly confident. I think if we turn up and play well for 80 minutes we'll win. The problem is that we have so rarely turned up and played well over the last few years. It's constant rocks and diamonds.even from first half to second half.

    Wales on the other hand are consistent. You know they'll turn up and make minimal mistakes. Who fuckin knows what we'll do.
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  5. Tomikin Paul McLean (56)

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    Narr fuck Wales, there's a good reason we beaten them 12 out of 13 times.. Cos we play better rugby :)
  6. Mr Pilfer Sydney Middleton (9)

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    Any chance of Faingaa coming in or has he suddenly completely dropped out of favour? I was thinking Cheika might have been planning a bit of rotation through the pool games and him and Thor will come in for this.

    I also think Petaia was a wasted selection ahead of say Banks. The hope must be to play him against both Georgia and Uruguay, he completely carves up and then has to be picked for finals.
  7. dru Simon Poidevin (60)

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    That’s right. Still a Welsh strategy of “well be OK if the Aussies don’t turn up” surely doesn’t work for the fans.
  8. KOB1987 Steve Williams (59)

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    The Hodge decision sucks. But at least it will provide some good entertainment on here tomorrow when AAC gets picked on the bench.
  9. tragic Trevor Allan (34)

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    Worried about the Welsh targeting KB under the high ball. With Hodge out would be tempted to put AAC or DHP at FB and move KB to the wing. Shame Petaia isn’t fit yet.
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  10. Derpus David Codey (61)

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    I don't really see an alternative unless you bring in TK?

    I wouldn't hate that. No plz AAC.

    To think we could have an actual winger like Pulu or Naivalu.
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  11. tragic Trevor Allan (34)

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    Another winger would be handy but we were short sighted enough not to bring one.
    AAC and DHP are both safer under the high ball than KB. I always thought AAC was a better FB than winger.
  12. KOB1987 Steve Williams (59)

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    Yeah I was being facetious, there will still be some good entertainment from it though do not fear. This is precisely why he is there, he was the journeyman selection to cover multiple positions in situations like this where a player is out of contention but can’t be replaced in the squad, and he can slot in with the least disruption. I doubt he will be in the starting side though.
  13. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    I imagine DHP will slot straight onto Hodge's wing and AAC will wear the 23 jersey.
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  14. Ignoto Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    My thoughts exactly. With Petatia being half cooked before the first kick, the second the Fijian match was over, we should have had Banks on the plane with Jordan going the other way. The 3 day no training timer would have meant Banks could have been training with the team when Hodges ban came out.
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  15. Silverado Arch Winning (36)

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    We did take a winger but he's injured. I question picking Petaia in a limited squad if he's not fit. He's a good player with lots of potential but there are other wingers at home that we can't use now
    Edit. Ignito got in first and made more sense:)
  16. KOB1987 Steve Williams (59)

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    They are obviously confident Petaia will be fit for the last two pool games otherwise he would have been bushed already. Even if he was fit I don't think they would debut him in this high stakes match, so AAC was going to get the gig anyway. If Petaia isn't going to be fit for next week I'm pretty sure they'll commence the necessary steps to have him replaced in the squad as soon as they know that.
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  17. tragic Trevor Allan (34)

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    I’m sure you’re right.
    But I’d still swap DHP and KB. DHP has been shown up in his defensive positioning on the wing. And the Welsh kickers will have a field day with KB at the back
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  18. KOB1987 Steve Williams (59)

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    Even if they don't change the numbers on their backs you'd think this will be part of the tactics. Many were calling to switch Hodge and DHP for this game for precisely this reason.
  19. fatprop Jason Little (69)

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    The obvious step is DHP to start, the Hodge hate is interesting - I thought he did a lot of good things

    It will be interesting to see who slips onto the bench and if they choose to pick another pig
  20. Tex Peter Johnson (47)

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    I reckon Wales are going to run it from everywhere tbh.

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