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Super Rugby Au Final - Brumbies v Reds

Discussion in 'Rugby Matches' started by dru, Sep 15, 2020.

  1. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    A few will disagree but Lolesio finished on top of JOC. Other Brumbies to win their one-on-one contests included Ala'alatoa, Fainga'a, Neville, Powell, Simone, Kuridrani, Wright, Muirhead and Banks. In fact the whole backline played better than their opponents.

    Neville had another blinder. In all the tough stuff and won two or three Lineouts against the throw. Joe Powell better than Nic White and Tate McDermott. Simone best back on the field just in front of Tom Wright.

    If Petaia's injury proves to be severe, TK is waiting in the wings to take the spot in the squad and probably the starting 13 position on tonight's form.
  2. Up the Guts Paul McLean (56)

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    JOC often plays at fullback in general play to field kicks as Lolesio was (and I know JOC defends in the front line and is a good defender off setpiece)
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  3. Up the Guts Paul McLean (56)

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    If LSL is out for a few weeks Neville too may come straight into the 23
  4. Uh huh Bill Watson (15)

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    He allowed play to continue for far too long when Salakaia-Loto was knocked out.
  5. Slim 293 George Gregan (70)

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    I thought the Brumbies took Powell off way too early..... he was managing the game far better than White.
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  6. dru Simon Poidevin (60)

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    Yes there is positioning for a kick return, then there is defending in the channel.
  7. Slim 293 George Gregan (70)

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  8. sunnyboys Ted Thorn (20)

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    A lot of hype during the week about the Reds. They were never that team. Tonight showed a player group that has very poor temperament - ill-discipline has been a hallmark of the team for the last 3 years. And it lost them the game tonight.

    You wouldn’t want to be sending any of them out in a Wallabies jersey.

    Thorn has improved them by 1 win this season compared the previous two.

    We need to be careful of the hype. That stats don’t back it up.
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  9. formerflanker Chilla Wilson (44)

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    It seemed that the Brumbies game plan changed immediately White came on. They went from up tempo quick recycling to long pauses with the ball sitting at the back of the ruck followed by a White box kick.
    My only question is did that call come from the coach or was is a White decision.
    I thought that gave the Reds an opportunity to win.
  10. Up the Guts Paul McLean (56)

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    I didn't notice Lolesio not defending in the channel, I did notice him fielding a lot of high balls in general play.

    JOC is an excellent defender, I haven't noticed anything from Lolesio to suggest he is poor. I still have JOC as starting Wallabies 10 but Noah was all class tonight and a deserving MOTM.
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  11. molman Alan Cameron (40)

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    He managed the game well. I thought his start was as much about his partnership with Lolesio that had formed earlier in the year.
  12. molman Alan Cameron (40)

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    I think the issue is that people on one hand want the refs calling every transgression and then on the other hand balk when they call everything with complaints that they are making it about them. It's a kind of damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. The reality is that the breakdowns could have been a lot better, some of the scrum calls I thought a little weak/odd but in the scheme of things it kept the game flowing. You could see the areas they had finally decided to go a little harder at like the pilfer attempts.

    At the end of the day, Gardner's performance wasn't the aspect that decided the result.
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  13. Slim 293 George Gregan (70)

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    Gardner really grates me sometimes, but I've got to say I didn't notice him tonight.....

    He didn't make any howlers, or miss some giant transgression, and there were no controversial game defining decisions....

    He was fine... but there were certainly a lot of posts about him?
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  14. mst Ken Catchpole (46)

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    Totally agree. Sadly White's signing may have pushed him out the door. Backwards step IMHO.
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  15. Uh huh Bill Watson (15)

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    Hard to argue that Noah didn't deserve the accolade after coming back into such a crucial position after a long lay-off, particularly in his rookie year. I don't think he was even the Brumbies' best back though to be honest; Simone was an absolute package.

    I thought the player of the match was clearly Caderyn Neville.
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  16. Uh huh Bill Watson (15)

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    I've always been a fan of White, but didn't want him back at the expense of either of the local lads. Would much rather he'd gone to the Rebels.
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  17. Up the Guts Paul McLean (56)

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    Yeah, fair call on Neville, he was terrific around the park and dominant in the air.
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  18. molman Alan Cameron (40)

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    This has been a real breakout year for Simone. He showed promise at Norths, never really got there at the Tahs but he's really blossomed down at the Brumbies. It's been great to see all the facets of his game continue to evolve.
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  19. RebelYell Ron Walden (29)

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    Neville's omission from the Wallaby 44 is perplexing, especially in a position where we have such little depth.
  20. Uh huh Bill Watson (15)

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    He's had a fantastic season but a tough night tonight. He scrummaged very well (not something I thought I'd be saying about him two years ago), but was shrugged off by two backs for two tries, and wouldn't have been pleased about being cut down on an attacking run by Nic White.

    I'd be perfectly happy to see him start at 3 for the Wallabies.
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