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Podcast 256 – A Force to be Reckoned With…

Podcast 256 – A Force to be Reckoned With…

Don’t worry folks! The Bye week is over and the lads are back at it for another week of the GAGR Rugby Show. This week Rugby Reg and Hugh were joined by longtime guest, Jamie Miller, to talk about all of the latest topics in Super Rugby and the Wallabies.

1. Was the Western Force win the best performance by an Australian team this year?
2. Can the Queensland Reds still win the conference?
3. What do we want from the coaching summit?
4. What are the talking points from the World Cup Draw?
5. Who will play at Outside Centre for the Wallabies in 2017?

  • Rebels3

    I’m a big fan of Kurindrani but over Kerevi????

  • Jason

    I think Kerevi is the much better attacking player particularly at test level, I do agree he isn’t quite as good in defence. But one way you can ameliorate that weakness is have Kerevi defence at 10; particularly given nether Quade nor Foley can defend at 10.

  • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

    The Force have not yet played to their potential and there is still a lot more to the Force than was on display in Argentina. The last 20 minutes however was very good, just play like that for 80 minutes against the Highlanders and it could be the best performance by an Australia rugby team this year. The Force could have won more games this year if they can avoid giving away yellow cards. Trust your defence.

  • Nicholas

    This has been the problem for all of the Australian team. Reds have played well in the first halve, further they played well against the hurricanes and the saders for 50 or so mins then get their ass presented. The Tahs have had great second halve performances but the first halve is shocking. Force have been similar were for patches their good, but lack the ability to play for 80mins. Brumbies probability play the best for the longest, hence they are on top

    The point that Jamie made where we, Australia, look at running/attacking rugby as the only way forward is wrong is 100% correct. You hear in sports a lot how the better defending team wins the premiership. I would like for Australian teams to get some defensive coaches from Europe and build a solid platform first, then look at the attacking structure.

  • Tim

    1) Yes, the force played well and even had a few tries taken off them! Its like nobody watched the force because only 1 or 2 will make the wallaby squad. I hope the following players get put into the squad Adam Coleman, Richard Hardwick, Ross Haylett-Petty, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Bill Meakes, Dane Haylett-Petty and Jono Lance ( but he is alot better then cooper)
    2) Reds are a good team on paper they should be miles in front. Cooper and the forward pack are hit and miss.
    3) Currently i hope someone showed Stephen Larkham where the try-line is. Its really disappointing that the brumbies attack is soo shit.
    4) I’m happy that NZ finally got a hard pool. In saying that wales will most likely beat us
    5) Would love to see SAMU as his starting to play smart, trying to hit gaps instead of just doing crash balls . Tevita Kuridrani is awesome aswell

    • Huw Tindall

      re 5) I still can’t go past TK’s defensive presence. They guys highlighted the defensive woes of the Wallabies and a lot of Australian teams as the real underlying problem. There was some analysis by Nick Bishop over on The Roar I think where the suggestion was defense was the main issue. We are scoring just as many tries as ever but our defense has been shot to pieces. Hark back to 99 RWC where we conceded 1 try the whole season. Also when the Tahs won in 2014 I believe they had the best defensive record in the comp as well. Given all this I’m starting with TK in test match rugby. Yes he isn’t as much of an attacking threat as Kerevi but he is still quite handy on attack and has a knack of getting over the line at important moments for the Wallabies. Samu still has some work in this area. Definitely the heir apparent though!


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