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Waratahs 2020

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by RugbyReg, May 9, 2019.

  1. molman John Solomon (38)

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    I don't agree that it's an either or. Just look at Cody Taylor on Saturday for the Crusaders. Pretty decent scrummager and exceptional around the field. I think the days of a quality prop being either or are long gone.
  2. Up the Guts Paul McLean (56)

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    Even if we do come last or near the bottom I just hope we keep up the aggression. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing Swinton sit some Brumbies on their arses.
  3. fatprop David Wilson (68)

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    Pretty hard to equate kiwis with the aus lived experience as a prop, they get bullshit scrums for years and play in teams that promote around the field play over heavy lifting.

    So we see units like Bell that do wonderful things around the field and they get promoted before they are completely formed props

    They then either fail or learn, during that learning phase they struggle

    same thing happens to backs, we see some young gun who can run like the wind, but can't tackle.

    the best learn and it balances out, too often in Aus rugby we have learned to live with flawed units
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  4. Getwithme Cyril Towers (30)

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    yeah agreed. Was speaking with former Red and Wallaby Sean Hardman the other day and he basically mirrored what you said.

    Used to two seasons of colts, a year in grades before you were in any squads which allowed the forwards in particular to develop their games and set piece work. Having said that, the changing nature of professionalism has meant this has to be the case.
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  5. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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    Two glaring things.

    1) The Tahs were REGULARLY off-side
    2) The Reds defensive alignment, particularly around the ruck, was terrible. Tahs missed a few chances there.
  6. Number 7 Fred Wood (13)

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    Anyone seen any announcement of the venue for Tahs vs Reds on Aug 8th?
  7. KOB1987 Steve Williams (59)

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    They only announced the venues for the first 2 home games. I think they want to select the best stadiums for the next 2 based on the Covid guidance a little closer to the time.
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  8. molman John Solomon (38)

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    Fair observation. There is a degree of boys vs. men at times. The Mitre 10 does seem to be a better training ground in recent years than either the Shute Shield or Hospital Cup. That said I'm still not convinced that Bell's all round play need regress for the sake of his scrummaging to improve. Maybe we put a pin in this and see at the end of the comp how he's tracking. I do hope for the sake of the Tah's you are wrong :)
  9. molman John Solomon (38)

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    1) I thought Berry was a little lenient on a number of elements around the ruck. Looked like a bit of a flop fest at times with a bit of a wide gate. The offside is frustrating as that was meant to be part of the crackdown to get some of the space back for the attacking team. I suspected they were pushing it on occasion and could be been pinged more than they were. I wish the ref's would go harder on last feet, offside isn't where you decide to make the line.

    2) What are your observations of how the Reds seem to have been coached? There just seems to be elements of their game that really seem to lack attention to detail. I keep feeling like a team with so much capacity. You get to see it at times but rarely the whole performance. When it's all clicking, they can just look so good. They're not even my team and I get frustrated with them.
  10. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    BH,
    BH, Angus Bell is really a most promising player with a scrummaging weakness. He was often well beaten up in the scrums at U20s, and it is asking a hell of a lot for him to front up at SuperAu level. He has pace and guile in open play, and is not at all on the short side. Could he one day play at No 8 do you think?

    Maddocks was excellent and played just as I have been predicting all along once he got into the 15 spot. Tahs will benefit immensely as he gets more game time in that spot. I hope you are proven right about Harrison, but he seems to be a lot like Bernard Foley to me. Has a very strong running game but not so good in getting the backline attack firing. Can be nothing but good for the game in this country if both he and Lolesio prove to be the real deal.

    I reckon the Tahs will need to improve to get the better of the Rebels this week, but otoh I don't expect them to have a horrible season. Looking forward to seeing continual improvement in the likes of Swinton, Harris, Tafa, McDonald and Harrison. You already have the goods in HJH and Tom Robinson. Think there are some problems out wide but young Ramm looks promising too. Just think Mark Nawaqanitawase isn't yet quite ready for this level.
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  11. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    One of Swinton or Valetini is likely to finish up with a very sore arse.
  12. Bobby Sands Banned

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    I really like Bell the player, but don't rate Bell the coach.

    Might be something to consider down the line not sure.

    But Swinton could be oustanding if he sands back the rough edges, Ramm looks great, and I thought Newsome looked really good. Ran a beautiful cutback line on a counter-attack, and showed great footwork. Think he looks a pretty educated player to me, keep him at 13.
  13. Blackadder John Solomon (38)

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    Wow we already gave the win to the Force? :p
  14. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    Not sure what you mean 'adder. Some sort of cunning plan, or what?

    I never mentioned the Force at all, so hopefully you are not implying I have ceded victory to them? I will keep my powder dry on the Force until I've seen them play a couple of games.
  15. KOB1987 Steve Williams (59)

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    The Tahs are playing the Force this week not the Rebels
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  16. Blackadder John Solomon (38)

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    ;)
  17. Blackadder John Solomon (38)

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    Because the Tahs play the Force this week not the Rebels
  18. molman John Solomon (38)

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    What do you think of Newsome's defensive work? He seems to have improved from when he was first moved from the wing earlier this year (Rebels game I think?). I was unconvinced in those early games, but his positional play / tackling seems to be getting better.
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  19. pnut Sydney Middleton (9)

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    The coach ? Why
  20. Bobby Sands Banned

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    To be fair, I was looking more closely our our attack - but to me he just looks like a 13, that was previously forced to play as a winger. Keep him in the out channel and I think you have a good one.

    On that note, I have never noticed anything outstanding about Joey Walton's game at any level - but I am sure it's there as he is highly rated. I can't seem to work it out though.
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