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Wallabies 2019 Thread

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by Lindommer, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Jimmy_Crouch Syd Malcolm (24)

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    Take Rory Arnold on the classes too.

    When I was a young fella we were force to run into hit shields and do mauling under a racking system. If you ran high to you hit the timber. Not fun.
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  2. KOB1987 Tony Shaw (54)

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    If Poey is busted Hooper's the starting 7 without doubt. Worst case he's on the bench
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  3. TSR Chilla Wilson (44)

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    You mustn't come here often.
  4. TSR Chilla Wilson (44)

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    So, after 5 rounds, who are the smokies putting their hand up with a genuine shot at getting a gig. Realistically, there isn't going to be wholesale changes and it probably requires barnstorming form to get a gig in a World Cup year. For example, not sure Philip will get a crack when Coleman, Simmons, Rodda, Salakaia-Loto & Arnold are all available.

    Rangi may be a show with some of the other contenders not exactly nailing down their spot.

    McCaffrey may get a look in, but I tend to think there are too many others in front of him.

    I would have had Petaia in there as an almost certaInty for the squad, but with his injury he may not have enough time to get back.

    Meakes is probably the one banging on the door. Just not sure if Toomua's return might be a stumbling block.
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  5. dru Mark Loane (55)

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    Agree with Meakes and Rangi. Add Cooper. And I expect to see a return of Slipper. It will be interesting to see who get's teh back up to Genia - not clear I don't think.
  6. TSR Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Yeah - I didn't include Cooper, Slipper or Hunt. They are all easier to include as they have past squad experience. But I agree many would see them as fitting the description of a smokie.

    I expect both Cooper & Slipper to make it on current form and Hunt is in with a genuine shot too.
  7. KOB1987 Tony Shaw (54)

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    will be phipps and one of gordon or powell. probably the former
  8. dru Mark Loane (55)

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    Powell for me. Drop Phipps.
  9. Pfitzy John Eales (66)

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    If Powell can break himself of the habit of stepping back/sideways he'll push for a start. Genia's temper issues need addressing. But that is a handy pair of 9s.

    Phipps can't unpick himself if he hasn't played yet, but by fuck that Tahs pack is getting mullered so he's hardly going to get front-foot ball to deliver.

    Most of the Tahs have played themselves out of contention in any normal* universe. Hooper just turned it around on the weekend, but can't start ahead of Pocock no matter how many years he has left on his contract.

    * But this is the Cheikaverse, so who knows?
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  10. Pfitzy John Eales (66)

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    Oh also: Wales are going to fuck us. Hard.
  11. Up the Guts Ken Catchpole (46)

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    5 rounds of Super down, are the Wallabies' prospects looking better, worse, or about the same as last year?

    I'd say a bit better, mainly thanks to more backrow options and Quade in contention at 10. Although the patchy play of the Waratahs, Brumbies, and Reds remains a concern.
  12. Joe Blow Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Rebels pack were mullered as well by an inexperienced Lions 8.
    Naisarani, Jones and Rangi looked ok in patches but they were well and truly stiched up by a no name pack.
  13. Adam84 Darby Loudon (17)

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    Coleman’s form has fallen off a cliff, likewise with Timu, Rodda is looking like a lock at lock. Phillip and Jones both get through a lot of work, but we need a bit of mongrel and not just a workrate. Like all selections, it’s gojng to be about finding balance across the pack.

    4. Rodda
    5. Arnold
    6. Jones
    7. Pocock
    8. Naisarani
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  14. Derpus Peter Sullivan (51)

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    Based on the last few games that pack will be a penalty magnet.
  15. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    I'd say it's a combination of being too early to tell and worse/about the same as last year.

    The average play of three of our super sides is a concern. We have some players playing really well but a whole lot of key players who aren't.

    The form of a few fringe players such as Billy Meakes is hugely encouraging. There's not space for a lot of players to burst onto the scene in a World Cup year but there is space for a couple if they play well enough.

    It's still really early though. The form in the last 6 weeks of Super Rugby is going to be far more relevant than anything else.
  16. Derpus Peter Sullivan (51)

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    Meakes is timing his run fairly well. No standout 12 for the Wallabies last year. Beale was off form last year and appears to be out of touch this year as well.

    If things stay the same, and he can't make the squad now he never will.
  17. Brumby Runner Nick Farr-Jones (63)

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    In the coming shakeup of the Wallabies team/squad I'd have Pocock and Hooper as co-captains. Pocock would be the preferred starter at No 7, but Hooper would miss the bench. In case of injury/rest to Poey, Hooper comes into 7 and takes on the captaincy.
  18. Brumby Runner Nick Farr-Jones (63)

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    On form so far, I'd have Gordon as the backup to Genia. His sniping around the ruck area was about the only part of the Tahs' game on the weekend that looked to have the Brumbies' defense under pressure.
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  19. wamberal Steve Williams (59)

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    Agree about Gordon. He is a tough rooster, his kicking is reasonable and his workrate is high. He could start if anything happens to Genia. He would not set the world on fire, but he would not make too many mistakes, or miss too many tackles.
  20. Jimmy_Crouch Syd Malcolm (24)

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    I just don't agree that the other options in the backrow are better than playing both of them at this point in time.
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