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Monday’s Rugby News sees the Wallabies victorious, International rugby results, another 7’s victory for our women and old fashioned derby.


 

THE (UNLUCK) OF THE IRISH

Kurtley Beale celebrates David Pococks try

Kurtley Beale celebrates David Pococks try

After much anticipation and hype for the first test of the Wallabies v Ireland series, we saw a gutsy Wallabies side win 18-9.

The Irish themselves had won 12 straight test matches in the lead up to the clash at Suncorp Stadium, no mean feat by the reigning 6 Nations champions.

The Wallabies came out with a clear game plan and although not everything came off, there were signs of an improving outfit, one which we could be proud of.

The aggressiveness in contact, eagerness to counter ruck when the opportunity arose, the aim to use Folau’s unique skillset and transfer the ball to space by using the width of the field were easy to see and it was the persistence that allowed the Wallabies to get on top late in the match.

The best part was the perseverance from the Australian side, with the Wallabies of the last couple of years probably folding when the Irish led 8-9 late in the second half due to a lack of fitness or the ability to close out matches.

The Daily Telegraph captured similar thoughts from the boss man Cheika who said:

“We were far from perfect but I’m really proud that our work ethic got us through because that atmosphere was electric. That big scrum against the feed was such a turning point,”

“It wasn’t perfect but I just like the character we showed and we know Ireland can go up a notch from this as well next week.”

Bring on the rest of the series!

BEST OF THE REST

Kolisi led RSA for the first time

Kolisi led RSA for the first time

The weekend saw a plethora of international rugby, which was great for all rugby lovers but bad for those who had anything else on except pizza, beer and footy.

We start with the All Blacks, who came away with a 52-11 victory over the fighting French in Auckland on Saturday.

The French looked dangerous in the opening half but couldn’t keep up with the Kiwi’s who pilled on 44 unanswered points in the second half.

The rest of the series will be closer though, with a poor decision by referee Luke Pearce sending lock Paul Gabrillagues to the bin for a high tackle which was nowhere near the neck or shoulders. With 14 men, the New Zealanders pilled on 3 tries and once you give them a sniff, they’re gone.

Next up we have the South Africans who made it a 3rd southern hemisphere victory after a stunning come from behind victory over the English, 42-39.

Siya Kolisi celebrated becoming South Africa’s first black Test captain by leading his country to a 21 point turn around in the first half, coming in at the break ahead 29-27.

Both teams looked extremely dangerous with ball in hand and I’d say there will be a lot of work done on the defensive ends of the spectrum for the 2nd test in Bloemfontein.

The last southern hemisphere fixture saw Argentina go down 23-10 against a new look Welsh side in San Juan.

The first of a two-test series, rugby.com.au reports that the Argentinians fielded 14 starters from the Jaguares outfit that won its last 6 consecutive games, but the team failed to fire any shots in attack with just a singular late try in the second half.

Wales on the other hand, are continuing to redefine their attacking playing style under Warren Gatland and showed the strong defence that they are known for.

If Wales persist with their style and Argentina get themselves out of 1st gear, the second test should be a free flowing, entertaining fixture.

Elsewhere around the world we saw Scotland overcome Canada 48 points to 10, the USA beat Russia 62-13 and the Michael Leitch led Japan victors over the Italians 34-17.

SEVENS HEAVEN

7's heaven once again

7’s heaven once again

In more positive news for Australian rugby, our champion women clinched their 2nd world series sevens title in three years in Paris over the weekend.

The Australian women staged an unbeaten campaign in a tough pool to make the final against New Zealand this Monday morning but went down fighting 33 points to 7.

On their way to the final they beat Fiji, Russia and Canada to top their pool, and then had the challenge of playing Fiji a second time in the quarter-finals and a nail-biting semi-final  finish against France 21-17.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Emma Tonegato, Emilee Cherry and Charlotte Caslick starred in the tournament and with a four-point series lead over arch rivals the Black Ferns, it was enough to seal an overall world series win.

Injured co-captain Sharni Williams said she was proud of the side after a “rollercoaster” season that included a coaching change, Commonwealth Games disappointment and a mixed of results on the world series trail.

It’s funny though, Sharni’s ‘mixed bag’ of results is two series wins, a second place in Canada and a 3rd in Japan. Sounds like a mixed bag I’d like to take!

They played the last two tournaments without three of their biggest stars, with Williams, Alicia Quirk and Ellia Green all injured.

New Australian coach John Manenti appointment was only confirmed last week, and Williams said clarifying that helped the team fire in a series of close encounters.

“We were so excited and so happy it was Johnny. It was a bit of a relief for the girls as well, and that’s why they’ve come out and played the way they did,” she said. “It was ‘we know who our coach is, it’s time to play our footy again’.”

The squad is gearing up for the World Cup next month, and it’s hoped that the trio of Williams, Quirk and Green will all be available.

Well done ladies.

THE REBELS STRIKE BACK (RETURN OF THE FORCE)

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While all the noise surrounded the Wallabies on Saturday night, a crowd of 13,907 turned up to watch the Force against their Australian counterparts the Melbourne Rebels in World Series Rugby.

Despite a spirited challenge from the Force, the Rebels came away victors 28-12.

The games was pushed as a grudge match and lived up to the expectations on the field, with tempers flaring between both sides on more than one occasion.

SBS reported Dave Wessels comments on the games aggressiveness, saying “I could have put my money on Tess being the first to get stuck in,” said with a laugh after the match.

“It’s a contact sport. That’s the point of the game. There would be something wrong with us if we didn’t have a bit of feeling in it both ways.”

The Rebels outfit was basically their full-strength line-up minus their test stars and gave players like Tayler Adams and Henry Hutchinson the opportunity to start they have been waiting all season for. Adams himself scored 13 of the 28 points and looked like a season professional at flyhalf, something the Rebels could use in the second half of the Super season.

Force coach Tim Sampson represented his players well and expressed his belief that they have the quality, but just didn’t execute at the level required on the night.

“I think it was evident tonight that we’ve got a pretty resilient bunch of players there that are more than capable of playing a high standard of rugby,” Sampson said.

The Force have no time to sit back with their next World Series Rugby match on Friday June 22, kicking off at 6:30pm local, 8:30pm AEST.

 

 

  • Brisneyland Local

    Well GAGR’s, Now that we have a victory under our belt, and the sun is shining a little more, I decided to approach todays post, with a degree of Adrian like optimism! BL’s points:
    – Is there any news on possible injuries tio the Wallabies squad?
    – What changes do we make to the squad for next week?
    – What ammendments to the game plan?
    – How do we address the issue of balance in the squad?
    – How do we make sure the Aus Captian goes and gets a haircut so that he stops looking like a ‘sk8r boy’. (Hope the GAGR’s appreciate my dope, 911, giggy with it use of young people’s vernacular!)

    • Mart

      Arnold back into starting team Rodda to bench. Simmons…out…done

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yep! Agree.
        Am thinking Tupo to start. your thoughts?

        • Nutta

          Nope. One swallow a marriage doth not make. He’s a kid. Let him develop. Let’s not over-expose and ruin. He may look like a condom full of walnuts but underneath that is a lad.

          Besides, Kepu is a dead-set world class TH so why the rush to move him on for the shiny new thing?

          One of our biggest problems over the years (…rant building here…) has been taking schoolboy child heros and both over-exposing and under-developing them. I give you the Hot-Tub Trio as our latest examples.

          Let the kid learn. Let the kid recognise it for the gift it is. Let his body adapt and grow. See him closer to a man before opening the floodgates.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Fair enough! I just want to see the beheamoth get some more game time. 20 mins didnt feel like enough.

        • Happyman

          Agree with Nutta I am from the school where the most important player in your team is the starting TH and next most important is his reserve. Our scrum was solid to dominant all game and we have all seen what it looks like when it was a shit show.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Yeah I’d give him at least 30

        • Brisneyland Local

          THat sounds about fair.

        • Who?

          I thought he was in around the 53 minute mark..?

        • onlinesideline

          and Geezus he is a beheamouth

        • Brisneyland Local

          Not really tall, but by god he is a monster.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          with you 100% mate. He’s good and he’s definitely the future but lets bring him on slow enough to not overwhelm him

        • Ed

          Agree with this thread. Let Tupou gain the experience instead of throwing him in the deep end now. He can experience against the Irish pack before he plays the best pack in the world in the RC. I bet the NZ LH props who have played against him will give info to the ABs setup as the Reds don’t play the Crusaders this year.

        • onlinesideline

          so true

        • Who?

          Conversely, instead of talking about the kid…
          Kepu’s got a lot of Tests, he hasn’t done a lot wrong (if anything), he hasn’t earned being dropped.
          Not saying that Tupou wasn’t awesome, but when picking between three very good options (two of them truly exceptional), there’s no need to rush change.

        • Wallabrumby

          Well said Nutta

        • Nutta

          Actually I’m going to take this further. B’land Local this is no attack on you but it’s a subject that has been on my mind a bit especially since the downsizing of the NRC to 2 NSW sides only.

          I am tired of seeing schoolboy talent over-exposed and wasted. All too often we have taken good young kids and not taught them respect for the jersey or protected their emotional or physical development. We exposed them to cash, physical load and emotional pressure they simply couldn’t handle and as such we waste them.

          The glaring example were the 3 Amigo’s who were too busy Twitting prior to tests, missing photoshoots with sponsors, snacking burgers at 4am the morning of tests, getting way out of line on planes, indulging in powders (have a Bex and a good night out…) and/or doing B&E’s to realise what was good for them. Can you believe we put a whole Lions series in their hands? How did that work out?

          Look at James Slipper early days. A schoolboy hero dished up to Martin Castrogiovanni in his first test? His first fkn test? And folk wonder why he’s a walking bag of busted joints now?

          Look at Ned Hannigan and Tom Staniforth now! Getting used as crowbars when the lads still have bum-fluff on their faces FFS. How’s the physical form of those 2 lads now? Jaysus where are their managers citing willful destruction of asset (but that’s a different matter)?

          One of the great advantages of NPC and Currie Cup is that they let a player mature both physically and emotionally. They get a chance to learn to be professional men and further more it keeps good men here playing rugby. Remember 2mths ago I think it was Otago who were down to their 3rd or 4th fly-half and they rolled out some fella who had been playing NPC since 2004 FFS. And he shone!

          Whereas in this country the only alternative was to be good enough to make the Wobbly squad straight ex Schoolies week or be lost to fkn Toyota Cup (or whatever it is now) or go to the frozen North and join the Black Watch (the 1000 odd players plying trade in EU/UK/IR).

          And now, FINALLY, we have an NRC. It’s just starting to bring through and unearth some real talent. It can be used to mature players, unearth late developers, lift the general standards and bugger me actually provide a legit pathway for those not identified for glory since fkn 13yrs old and what does our beloved administration let happen to it? Shrinking to glory…

          I’ve said before, there should be 3 NRC teams in Sydney. North, South and West. They should be tied to specific Clubs (no poaching). West should be exclusively Pirates and Parra and fkn SOMETHING for Penrith (or at least the +2m people out there). Give them a pathway. Then link the NRC’s to Uni’s to keep them there.

          This is all been said before. This has all been written before. I find this so maddeningly frustrating. It would be so bloody easy to get this right. Or am I the only person who sees it like this – am I the idiot in the room?

        • Mitch Leach

          Well.
          Phucking.
          Said.

        • Mart

          Leave as is. Good off bench

        • Brisneyland Local

          Okey dokey!

      • Ads

        Hey Mart, I’d think about starting Latu and leaving Simmo on the bench to try fix the line out which was the only real problem.

        • Who?

          Latu’s throwing in the warm up was nowhere near as accurate as BPA’s. The first few Wallaby lineouts were poorly called in comparison to those later in the match – it took Coleman a few attempts to figure out where the defence was an find space for his jumpers. The first lineout, the Irish were barely a metre in front of the Wallaby jumper – no surprise they stole it!

        • Ads

          yep some if it was timing for sure

        • Mart

          Simmons is lucky to have a professional rugby contract

        • Ads

          hey Mart, I think if you look at the Tah’s this year, they have a good functioning lineout with a relatively small back row (Hooper, wells, etc). It’s success is (imo) due to Simmons and Cron – both of whom are doing really well. If the game plan is “bash em” I agree he might not be the guy, but if the whole thing is turning to shit and you want someone to come on and fix the lineout & support the scrum, you could do a lot worse. This is why I had first suggested Latu in run on. You keep the “bash em” and maybe get the lineout a little better. Which was the only real issue we had in game 1.

        • Mart

          your right he has been decent at Tahs. I think he’s done at wallaby level, need to cultivate those smarts with others

        • lu99ke

          Agree.. Simmons has been good at the Tahs this year… never have been a fan… but… credit where credit is due…and he is the best line-out jumper in the country….

          Except for Hooper… did anyone see how high he got at No. 2 once on Saturday?? Amazing! lol

        • Who?

          Back to U13’s tactics – big kids who are too heavy to lift throw the little bloke up the sky because he’s so light.

    • Steve

      What about Samu on for Timu.
      I’m not knocking Timu, he played a good game, but I wonder if Samu offers more, and if Timu would be a better impact player off the bench?

      • Brumby Runner

        Samu certainly put his hand up and showed that his form with the Cru was very good. I wouldn’t mind seeing a swap with Timu, but I have a high regard for Timu as well.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Samu was certainly straight into it.

      • HK Red

        I like Timu, but there certainly seemed to be much more dynamism about Samu. Happy to have Samu coming off the bench for this series though, give him 25-30 mins in the second half to run amok.

    • Adrian

      I’d leave them as is, as a reward and good for morale.

      Possibly, and only possibility, Latu over BPA, but BPA will improve throwing with practice during the week. Arnold in for Simmons on the bench is another possibility.

      I’d wait until 3rd test to change things, and then just a bit assuming we go ok in Melbourne.

      Irish are slight favourites still in bookmaker eyes

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yep I think that is about right.

      • Fatflanker

        Yeah, in spite of a great WB performance, Ireland are worthy holders of No 2 and Schmidt is too good a coach not to come back with some telling blows – bookies probably have it right.

        • Adrian

          Yes, I agree Fatflanker

          I’ll finalise my own tip Saturday afternoon, and I don’t bet anyway.

          I hope we didn’t have any injuries because we are thin in alm every position.

          I just noticed though that bookies now have Australia firming to slight favourites (+1.5 to Ireland)

          I still think Ireland are slightly ahead though!

    • Fatflanker

      Leave starters as is, if possible. That experienced Irish front row will no doubt be delving deep into the dark-arts-data-base so the experienced Kepu to start again with Thor on at 50-60 for hammer-time!

      Does Cheika give Arnold some game time at the expense of Rodda or Simmons?…I’d say not this time, maybe game 3.
      Clearance kicks made by anyone but Foley PLEASE!

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yep #Anyone but Foley!

  • Happyman

    Hi GAGR’s
    My thoughts on a great weekend’s rugby.
    -Australia played well in a compelling match. We were strong at set piece and put the Irish under plenty of pressure.
    -It was refreshing to see the Australians play in a slightly different way to get a win.
    – The Irish will be better next week and I expect this to be the best series of all of the tours going on at the moment.
    -The AB game was the usual thing. Moved away in the second half due to some brilliant play by the players and some poor officiating. I really admire the way they put the foot down when the opposition are weakened and although the result probably would not have changed the yellow and non yellow/ red was a determining factor.
    -A mate of mine said watching the Kiwis play is a bit like eating sausage. Everyone likes it but no one likes to see how it is made.
    -The SA game was fantastic but I expect the Bokke to pull away and open can of whip ass on the English.
    Always interested to see everyone else thoughts.

    • Brisneyland Local

      About the same. I think the Irish will be well tougher this week.
      The AB’s got the rub of the ref’s whistle, but even still with that, they know how to put a team to the sword better than any other.
      Just watched the Bok’s England this morning whilst cycling. Great game.

      • Nutta

        How did the surrounding traffic handle you in lycra with a 40′ Plasma on a selfie stick?

        • Brisneyland Local

          Pure gold. I have been living north of the border too long. Too cold to be riding at 0500.
          Was riding with the bike on the wind trainer in the garage, with the tv on the wall. Also dont get in trouble from Mrs BL, for sitting around watching rugby all weekend. I watch it when she is asleep.

        • Parker

          So you’re a closet MAMIL, eh? (Middle Aged Man in Lycra)

        • Brisneyland Local

          Only in the winter. I am an out and proud MAMIL in the warmer months! I so dont do the cold.
          Mind you I also wear the leathers when I ride the motorised version so am a motormised MAMIL then!

        • Ed

          Cold – BS. It was 11.3 deg at 0600 at Brisbane Airport, that is balmy for this MAMIL at that time of the morning in Canberra.
          Sessions on the trainer are very efficient though BL.

        • Brisneyland Local

          As I sadi mate, been living north of the border for far too long. I used to ride everywhere when I lived in canberra! But alas, I knew what was good for me and got the hell out of that crap hole that is the Scientific experiment that went wrong called Canberra!

        • Nutta

          Dude, there’s nothing left in any closet when those of us north of 40 don lycra.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          was thinking the same thing.

        • Fatflanker

          Hah. Is that a selfie stick or are you just enjoying the game?!

        • Nutta

          Hopefully mine is a bit more robust then a selfie stick.

    • onlinesideline

      The Saffas v Poms is looking like a tasty series too if you are a Saffa. A good Boks side is great for rugby too and they deserve a well coached side.

  • onlinesideline

    Full match reply – watching this game again now – the Irish are a very good team
    We better watch it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCtkYbyb_Zc

  • onlinesideline

    Beales high balls and chip kicks and kicks over the defense to the corner brings what Foley lacks and what we dont get with Quades absence. I like it. Maybe Cheika letting the boys play how they want , according to new strategy of his, is Beale doing what he really wants. Huge talent.

    Why was Caleb Timu packing down on side of scrum. Again, we find a genuine 8 with back of scrum skills and again we do weird stuff, Why ?

    • Who?

      In spite of the knocks on over doing the cross field kicks, that was the most positive kicking performance by the Wallabies for years. Exits were more secure than they’ve been in Cheika’s entire tenure, and kicking was also used as an attacking tool. Given my comments last week, you can tell I wasn’t anticipating it. But man I’m pleased to see it!!!

    • Twoilms

      They just need to do a few less of them, a little more accurately. I think we were pretty one dimensional. If we reinstate a bit of a running game, whilst still having that kicking game available we will start to look like a very well rounded attacking side.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Ned, Just watched the full wallabies match and it was really good. Was in a pub with no sound on Sat and we got moved on before the game finished. The only good thing was not having to listen to the commentators lol. You know Foley’s first kick for touch was probably the best kick I’ve seen him make and I was hoping he’d keep on but then he was back to normal. Really painful! The Ireland team looked really out of sorts, I think they’ll step up a few notches next week but as long as The Wallabies learn from the mistakes they made then they should step up as well. Looking to be a great series.
    Argentina were very poor and it looks like they may have internal issues with the Jaguar/Non Jaguar players. Wales played well but anyone would have beaten the Pumas with that display. Boks are looking dangerous after that great come back. England really are a one trick pony at the moment and if you put on the pressure they really fold. Not a lot of mental toughness there. I’m actually getting excited about the RC now and if the teams all kick on from here I think that competition will be an awesome one.
    Well done on the girls and their 7’s series win. This was well deserved and although they faded a bit to towards the end of the series the work they put in at the beginning really paid off. Great to see.

    • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

      I haven’t been following The Roses all that closely, so wonder what happened under Eddies watch? At one stage they seemed destined to become something very special, and I thought might knock NZ of their perch.

      • Twoilms

        Classic EJ team trajectory.

        • lu99ke

          Yup… come in as a whirlwind… demand exceedingly hard work and get an immediate lift through discipline, structure and fitness….then… slowly… the players end up over-worked and under-prepared… they are so ground down into their structures that they are flogged out and unable to adapt to anything different… and once they are worked out ( which they were in the 6 nations this year ) they fall very quickly….

          The worst thing for them is ( good for us! ) is that the high lasted so long that now the crash has come, it is only 12 months to the world cup… and it may be too late to start again… Eddy will likely hold his job, but I don’t see England being the threat at the WC that they should be!

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        No chance buddy

  • Georgia Satellite

    Good write-up, Ned. A little surprised the Pacific Nations Cup wasn’t mentioned. Georgia (well, they can’t get into the 6 Nations, so what the heck?) beat Tonga in Suva 16-15, while the hosts beat Manu Samoa 24-22. Looks like a good, close tournament, with Round 2 next weekend. https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/104589557/fiji-georgia-post-narrow-wins-in-pacific-nations-cup-rugby

  • Who?

    No comments anywhere on the ABs (Cane and particularly Ofa Tu’ungafasi) getting off for literally breaking a frog’s face? Remy Grosso has two facial fractures after Cane’s over the shoulder ‘seatbelt’ tackle which ended with Tu’ungafasi shoulder charging him in the head. It was a penalty, it should’ve been a Red and weeks off for Tu’ungafasi. Very poor reffing (especially given the YC tackle on Crotty wasn’t near as bad), and even worse citing (by three Aussies, apparently).

    • Nutta

      Seriously no citing? Or are you asking if there has been a citing?

      • Greg

        I haven’t found anything on a citing yet.

        As I understand it, a citing is only possible if the offence met the red card threshold.

        I don’t think the incidents were malicious but the shoulder to the head seems to me to be arguably worthy of a red card. I thought a hit a the head was a hit to the head regardless of intent or action by other parties that might have contributed to the impact.

      • Who?

        I read an article saying that, as there’s no citing at this point, it’s very unlikely that there will be a citing.
        Which is a farce. I’m not saying he was aiming at the head, but given the standards we’ve seen in Super Rugby over the past two seasons, there’s no way that’s not at least a month off.

      • Nutta

        Fk me. That’ll do me. I’m now wearing a tin-foil hat.

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