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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. VassMan Larry Dwyer (12)

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    I'm definitely with you on Jordan Petaia being selected in the squad, really hoping he carves up in next two pool games and takes the starting spot in knockouts. But my personal preference would have been for Speight, Naivalu or Maddocks on the wing over Hodge, DHP or AAC.
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  2. Sully John Eales (66)

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    Hard to justify Hooper and Pocock starting again though.
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  3. Sully John Eales (66)

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    I hope Jordan is half as good as the pedestal he's been put on. Talk about expectations.
  4. barbarian Nick Farr-Jones (63)

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    Really? Both are world class players, and I reckon the Welsh would much rather face LSL than Pocock.
  5. Sully John Eales (66)

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    Hooper was great first game but the pairing didn't really work.
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  6. Dan54 Steve Williams (59)

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    I would probably pick Foley ahead of CLL, I think quite often CLL is good, but I really believe Foley is CAPABLE of playing better at 10, he doen't always but the old risk and reward may come into play.
    Have to agree with Barba on the back 3 , so not really too many surprises. It will depend a lot on the tighties a lot I think because the Taffs aren't too bad in that department.
  7. barbarian Nick Farr-Jones (63)

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    I'm not sure I agree with that. I thought it worked fine. We dominated the tight spaces around the field, and any dominance Fiji gained during the first 20-30 had very little to do with our backrow.

    When Fiji began to tire, LSL came on and played really well. I thought the tactics worked as well as they could have.
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  8. fatprop Jason Little (69)

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    As it always does
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  9. Adam84 Peter Johnson (47)

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    Really? Wallabies really struggled at the breakdown against Fiji, a team not renowned for their breakdown work and in an area Wallabies should have excelled with given two open side flankers in the lineup
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  10. Spruce Moose Fred Wood (13)

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    Not sure who is the ref for this one, but think Pocock was unfairly targeted by BOK in the last one, who also had no interest in keeping the break down under control (as evident by Hooper just saying f*ck it in the 2nd half and coming in at a 90 degree angle). Both those guys will run hard into contact with the ball and tackle every welshman coming their way for 80 minutes. So happy to sacrifice a 4th Jumper in the line out for that.
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  11. Derpus David Codey (61)

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    Fijians got away with all sorts of nonsense at fuck time. Wouldn't be too concerned.
  12. dru Simon Poidevin (60)

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    I just read JOC cap 50 this weekend. Redemption James and sincere congrats.

    Go well. No, go OUTSTANDING.
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  13. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Freudian slip? :)
  14. dru Simon Poidevin (60)

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    Not just that, though. Agin Wales we could really use LSL in the line out.
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  15. Rugbynutter39 Paul McLean (56)

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    AAC has been a steady performer and I am personally bit sick of all the grandpa comments as I doubt there would be much difference speed wise between DHP, Hodge and AAC. He is 35 not 40. And AAC is actually has a very good test record as a reliable performer and solid defender. Ok accept that a Pulu or Speight as specialist winger selected for the squad may have been a better selection, but squad selected long time ago and for me with Hodge out much prefer to see him on the wing then DHP who was pretty aweful in his last outing on the wing.
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  16. dru Simon Poidevin (60)

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    I’m happy with AAC. More than that, chuffed at his opportunity. Show them what experience means, bloke.

    Wallabies by 12.
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  17. Up the Guts Mark Ella (57)

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    Yep, I'm far more concerned about the lineout than I am about lineball decisions about whether to pick a battered Lilo vs a rested Foley or whether or not Kurindrani would be a better substitute winger than AAC.
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  18. dru Simon Poidevin (60)

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    I’d add the starting hooker to this convo, but let’s presume training has him ace-ing his throws (and his work around the field is fab).
  19. Adam84 Peter Johnson (47)

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    This.

    Isi Naisarani is a poor lineout option, meaning wallabies are going in with only 2 primary jumpers. absolutely ridiculous, it’s offensive Cheika thinks that it’s a suitable option. Didn’t work last week against a team without a lineout, won’t work this week against a team with a lineout.
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  20. dru Simon Poidevin (60)

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    Just yep.

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