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Review: Chiefs v Tahs

Review: Chiefs v Tahs

The Chiefs’ had one of those weeks. Good – home game, Bad – Have to fly back from Africa to get there, Good – Have their All Blacks back, Bad – didn’t get a full weeks training. How will it effect them? Probably not at all. The Waratahs flew to the Tron brisling with confidence fresh from their drought-breaking win over a Kiwi side (any Kiwi side!) with only the return of their Wallaby halfback Nick Phipps stopping an unchanged team running out.

The Match

The Waratahs started the game with two perfectly executed set piece moves resulting in tries to Cameron Clarke and Curtis Rona. 15 minutes in the Tahs were up 14-0. But then a few mistakes crept into the Waratahs game. Nick Phipps kicked out on the full gifting the Chiefs possession in the Tahs 22 and soon after they scored their first try. Then both Foley and Folau failed to find touch gifting the Chiefs the dreaded broken field possession. Then the Waratahs moved the ball from one side of the field to the other without committing one Chiefs player and then took the ball into contact but didn’t have the players to support the tackled player. Suddenly it was halftime and the Chiefs were leading 19 – 14.

The Chiefs stretched their lead at the beginning of the second half, but the Tahs came back and evened up the score. The Chiefs scored an unconverted try to Tony Pulu and the Waratahs kicked a penalty to stay in touch 29-27 with 12 minutes to go. The Waratahs have matched the Chiefs everywhere except kicking from hand with Phipps, Beale, Folau and Foley all gifting possession and territory to the Chiefs at critical times. With ten minutes to go Foley tried to bite off too much territory and the Chiefs went within metres of scoring under the post to put the game beyond the Tahs reach. With six minutes to go Hooper gave an openside flanker penalty to allow the Chiefs a five-point lead. Damian McKenzie stole the Waratahs bonus point after the hooter after some surprisingly feeble defence to make the final score a little more respectable.

This was a top-notch, entertaining game. Well worth a look at the replay if you missed it.


The Game Changer

I went on a little in the Match section about kicking from hand from the Waratahs. It may be a little rough to say that was the game changer but with two evenly matched sides it’s little things like that that make a difference.

The G&GR MOTM

A great performance from both sides and that makes it difficult to pick individuals out. My pick is Damian McKenzie steered them around beautifully. He’s our MOTM

Wallaby watch

I have to mention the wingers. Cameron Clarke put his hand up, but Taqele Naiyaravoro didn’t. The Chiefs used his size against him and made a lot of metres up his wing and Pulu had a field day. Besides that all the usual suspects put their hands up.


The Details

Crowd:

Score & Scorers

Chiefs: 39
Tries: Brodie Retallick, Nathan Harris, Damian McKenzie 2, Tony Pulu 2
Conversions: Damian McKenzie 2
Penalties: Damian McKenzie
Waratahs: 27
Tries: Cam Clarke, Curtis Rona, Kurtley Beale
Conversions: Bernard Foley 3
Penalties: Bernard Foley 2

Cards & citings

None

  • BigNickHartman

    Tale of the two Chiefs locks for me. Brodie Retallick – very fucking good. The other fella (Allardyce?) – kicked the ball away after a penalty, lay on top of the ball in a ruck 3m from the line, and very obviously put his hands in the ruck when he shouldn’t have. Was he talked to? No. Still, Tahs should have won that

    • Fatflanker

      Bloody hate Retallick – he just had to come back for this game.

    • Andy

      Retallick has to be the best forward going around, still…

      If there was 1 forward I could steal from any team in the world to play for the wabbs it would be him.

      • Huw Tindall

        Thank christ he is as ugly as a baboons arse otherwise it’d be unfair on the rest of us mere rugby mortals

      • Hoss

        Compare Retallicks performance and impact v Coleman. Coleman has played the year like a 122kg five eight and shirked the hard stuff. really disappointed in the big unit in season 2, compared to what he offered in his breakthrough year last year – Phillips is running rings around him.

  • Pedro

    Yeah the tahs can feel a little hard done by, but it was a great match for the impartial spectator. A credit to both teams.

  • Hoss

    Cracker of a game, hard to argue with the result.

    Tah’s suffer same old demons and most the Chiefs try’s were off Tahs errors. We still have no on-baller in the pack, our general field kicking is pure poo, our bench is average -having said that, the game was there for the taking and Folau must be the best player in world rugby at present – he is in sublime form and just a joy to watch.

    Jackson had a good gam, he has a good feel for a game. KB probably a bit stiff to have a forward pass ruled and cost us a try – but a good game by Jackson and great to watch.

    One question though – why did Hooper take the shots at goal, deep on attack, Chiefs tired we go for three ??

    • Fatflanker

      That Tah scrum’s killing them…mind you they’ve got route one ball to the back of the scum happening.

      • Hoss

        Yeah, but I reckon its Staniforth. The front row is matching most around.but there not enough coming from behind. Holloway cant be far off starting – surely.

        • Andy

          Staniforth really is a flog. He looks so heavy the way he runs but the pre game analysis says he’s only 112 or something. That’s light for a lock.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I agree Staniforth is way over rated

    • Andy

      Don’t think his decisions were wrong. The 3 points kept them close in the contest and they were getting down the fields pretty easily. Their problem was they handed points straight back to the Chiefs off the kickoff with either 1. Shite defence and/or 2. Terrible kicking.

      Thought the momentum changed midway through the first half off a kick off. Phipps box kicks out on the full. Chiefs eventually turn it over then Phipps kicks straight out and makes probably five metres in field position under virtually no pressure. Chiefs given 2 chances to score in the space of 3 minutes off 2 terrible kicks from Phipps and they take it the second time like good teams always do.

      I say it all the time. 8 years in top level professional rugby and still can’t box kick or basically kick in general play. Unforgivable.

      But that is a big example of why our rugby has gone down the toilet in the past decade. Players are peaking at 21-23 and not really developing any further.

      • Hoss

        Spot on mate and its that exact incident I refer to as our field kicking as being pure poo.

        I hear about the depth we have in forwards and outside backs, but god help us if Genia gets hurt and don’t get me started on our 10’s. I just finished watching the Reds game – another blown victory by Australian 9 & 10’s who are simply mentally incompetent. The quality of kicking out of hand, kicking on turnover possession, kicking direct to opposition – its inconceivable that players could get to Super XV’s and be so mentally fragile, nah bugger that, just so plain fucking stupid in the context of decision making !!

        I get the Kiwi sides are good, but how good is the question because we (Oz SR sides) continually feed them opportunity after opportunity after opportunity.

        Its not as if there scoring 80 metre blinders they are scoring off our bumbling, fumbling, fuck-ball our 9 &10’s conjure ad we seem at our mist vulnerable AFTER we score ? Our exit options are shit, our general kicking worse and our decision making – well FFS.

        The most annoying thing in all of this is our set piece play is perhaps best in comp – The Reds Scrum, the Tahs Lineout and link play are first rate – but leave it to the halves to undo it all.

        I call people like that ‘passion fingers’ – they fuck everything they touch.

        • Andy

          I hear ya. I hate when people use the word “potential”. Reason being is I hear it so much in Australia and it rarely ever gets fulfilled.

          For example, when you see kiwi halves with “potential” you never hear people saying, he’s got potential but he needs to improve his passing/kicking game/defence/goal kicking/box kicking. Nope, these fundamentals are all very sound and they basically just need experience at game management. Our halves though….. “great running game but needs to work on his kicking/tackling”. Fundamentals aren’t there from the start and they rarely improve over time.

          I look at Stewart for the Reds as an example. People have a lot of raps on this kid and from what I’ve seen he looks decent. But his kicking in general play and off the tee looks pretty average to me. Again, looks like he has potential but, certain fundamentals aren’t up to standard. Kerevi is another one. Yeah, top player but still cant defend.

        • Archie

          Re the question of ‘how good were they’ vs our mistakes… I felt the same about the Saders. Tahs scored a try from intercepting a sloppy pass and another from a Saders bungled ball near in goal. (Then another from a Folau offside… but that’s another discussion we can leave :)

        • Hoss

          All whilst the Saders played with an extra man…………

        • Brisneyland Local

          Pure gold!

        • Adrian

          Agree Hoss

          All Oz teams kick poorly.

          I’ve been watching for it over the past 2 weeks, and all of the following have failed to find touch on penalties, or kicked out on the full.

          Hodge
          Debz
          Foley
          Lance
          CLL
          Ruru
          Powell
          Phipps
          Lucas
          Sorevi

          The good thing is that Cheika doesn’t encourage box kicking (unlike SR coaches, and in theory we have a kicking coach at Wallabies

        • Hoss

          Alright mate – time to use that vast pool of knowledge – who is your first Test XXIII for the gold. You show me yours, ill show you mine ?

        • Adrian

          Back in 10

        • Adrian

          Minutes

        • Adrian

          Sio, Robertson
          Uelese, Latu, Fitzpatrick
          Kepu, Tuopo, Alaalatoa
          Coleman, Simmons
          Rodda, Douglas
          Timu, Tui
          Hooper, Scott-Young
          Pocock, Timani
          Genia, Phipps, Gordon
          Foley, Maddocks
          Hodge, Naiyaravoro
          Beale, Kerevi
          Rona, Kurandrani
          Korebette, Naivalu
          Folau, Banks

          I suspect Cheika may select BPA, Powell, DHP, and maybe Wells and Speight, but this is my team. I think there are about 20 certainties here.
          Uncertain areas are hooker, a few back row spots, outside centre and two of the back three.

          In any case, 10 of these guys will spend the week pretending to be Irish. The guys who will be on the bench will do this too for some of the time.

        • Hoss

          Heres my run-on XV and Pine riders

          Sio Ulese Kepu
          Coleman Simmons
          Hooper Pocock Timu

          Genia / Foley

          Maddocks, KB, Rona, Nayavoro

          Folau

          Thor, Latu, 6A’s, Rodda, Doulas, Wells, Hodge & Phipps.

        • Adrian

          Pretty good Hoss.
          Re game day, my variations to your team are:
          Rodda to start, Simmons to bench
          Tui to bench, Douglas and Wells not in 23
          Hodge to start, Maddocks not in 23
          Kerevi on bench
          Korebette to start, Naiyaravoro to bench.
          Mine is a 5:3 bench

          The more I see of Wells the more I like him. He could be in my squad by Wednesday arvo

        • Hoss

          Actually – one caveat to my 23 – I wouldn’t be surprised to see one Cam Clarke in the 23 for Nayavoro. Clarke has been great this year, good defender, speed to burn, can kick and a good guy to boot. The Chiefs showed the template to nullify the Fijian Tank – turn him round and round and round. A Maddocks, Folau, Clarke back 3 actually looks really sharp and give Dusty options either side of him for kicking, all good under the high ball, are good on the counter and the Tah’s backline is the best in Oz by some way (as a unit) – two tries off first phase ball v the Chiefs and with more variations to come off that would have Larkham firm in his trousers

        • Adrian

          Yes, Clark is a smokie.

          In fact, more cantidates for 6 back 3 positions than the 6 back row positions or the 3 hookers…. although 7 hookers have been touted by the media and Cheika, excluding TPN!

          I won’t do my 23 “officially” until Wednesday week, and I might change my mind on the 33 on this Wednesday afternoon.

        • Hoss

          Are you the Federal Member for Charlston ?? Very guarded there…………honourable member

        • Hoss

          Good calls mate – I am just pairing an older head in the locks with a newer guy. 6-2 for me as we need to match the Emerald Isle piggies for 80 and Hodge on the pine for his variety he can cover over Kerevi. A 5-3 bench would see Kerevi in for me. Wells has been the most consistent 8 in Oz ad again can play 6 & 8 (in Dempsey’s absence). Douglas back to 2015 form and is abrasive, busy and ads a bit of steel to the 8. Poey naturally the on-baller with Latu to offer same late on. Koribette, I would like to pick him, but with the Paddies 9&10 kickers I just think he gets found out – hard call this one – hard to leave him out, but if form is the sole criteria (over potential and with one week to get them ready I reckon form is the key – that and state combinations – hence my Tahs backline – mostly)) he doesn’t make the Hoss 23 (actually Coleman is lucky to make my 23 – very lucky)

        • Adrian

          Ireland in 6 nations didn’t kick that much except to exit own 22.

          I think having Korebette could in fact suck them into kicking, in the hope that in fact Folau, Foley dropping back or the other winger intercepted it.

          Interestingly, several sides have tried this v Naiyaravoro, and it has “worked” 2x, but failed about 7x.

          There are solutions to this strategy

        • Ed

          I know you are basing it on the Six Nations, but I think Joe Schmidt would have kicking to our corners as one of his plans. He has the best 9/10 kicking combo in world rugby and knows we typically prefer to run it out and struggle to get distance when we do kick from our 22.
          If Schmidt watched last night’s match, he would have noticed Folau was out of position a few times. I mean, what the hell happened with Pulu’s second try that the Tahs 8 was the person defending there. I could not see Folau in shot.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Mate it continues to amaze me that all of these senior players; Foley, Beale, Folau, Hooper…… in fact all of them, seem to be able to be certain picks and yet offer nothing now that they offered when they first made it. The lack of development is killing the results

        • Hoss

          Yep and that’s what I allude to in all my blogs today – lack of Rugby smarts.

    • Brumby Runner

      Hoss, I thought Holloway had his best game off the bench today in quite a while. Should be getting close to starting I’d think.

      • Hoss

        Yeah mate its taken 18 months, but hes back to the abrasive form of 2016 that had him a special for a Northern Tour in Gold – so too Douglas at the moment, he was terrific off the bench for the Reds. I know Coleman will be one lock (which I don’t agree with as I reckon he has been average in 2018, but reputation and potential will see hi picked) Rodda has been terrific and Douglas and Simmons on the pine

        • OnTheBurst

          Simmons on for an injection of powderpuff (total lack of) impact at the 60-something minute mark?

          No thanks

    • Ed

      Very true Hoss and Andy about our, Oz, field kicking.
      Cheika was asked about field kicking on Kick and Chase last year, with the focus on spot kicks, and his basic response was he was not a “kicking aficiando” and he wanted to play footy. Here is the national coach dismissing the importance of a very important skill in the game.
      Looking ahead to June, we will be up against the best kicking 9/10 combo in Murray and Sexton. They will pin us in our 22 if we kick crap and/or try to run it out constantly from there.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yep couldnt agree more. If Foley is kicking out of our 22, we are going to get things done to us that a King Cross hooker wouldnt do!

        • Andy

          Problem is, there isn’t an Australian 10 who can kick. You could argue Hodge can be he isn’t a 10. He can’t even pass ffs.

          Even LLF. Love the guy but average kicker and ball handling is poo.

          That’s our problem. Foley is still the best of the bunch.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Mate I was very disappointed in Hodge after reading here how many people see him as a 10. His passing both ways is shocking.

        • Andy

          He’s a 10 if we’ve hit rock bottom and there is nothing else available. Not far off tbh…

          It’s like butch James. He was 10 when the safs has no one else. Very able player who didn’t make mistakes but his in game kicking was average, his passing ok, fantastic defender with a great should charge but was lucky he played behind one of the best forward packs I’ve ever seen, had 2 all time great centres outside him, 1 of the best wingers to play the game and an outstanding fullback to take the playmaking and kicking pressure off him. Hodge doesn’t and won’t have any of those things to help him….

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Nope but I think even Cheika can see how bad he played. He’s a good winger but not good further in

        • Hoss

          Yep mate – he is below ordinary. Too listen to FOX sports made me cringe. He cant pass, crabs sideways stealing time and space, has no understanding of the role and luckily Meakes had a good game at 12 to take the spotlight off just how bad he was. I also know DHP was first run back from a spell, but he was pathetic in all facets and should get nowhere near a gold jersey in June on form. Not saying he wont get back to previous form, but June internationals is not the place to run players back into form.

        • Adrian

          I doubt he’s the back up 10.

          Hodge is really a good instinctive opportunist with a big boot.

          I understand Rebs placing him at 10, just so he will get the ball.

          It’s complicated, but I think that if Foley was injured during a game, and Beale was going ok at 12, Hodge (if on bench or field) would go to 10 and shovel the ball to Beale. If Foley was out for a couple of games, Beale would play 10. If Foley was out for the season, Mac Mason would be parachuted in and they’d keep the same style,….which afterall revolves around Beale at 12, ..not the 5/8

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Mate Beale’s not a 10’s arsehole either. Even at 12 he struggles with space and starts crabbing if he can’t see it. He’d be a disaster at 10. I actually think his best position is 15 as that’s where he gets the most space. You guys just need to stop bringing in failed Kiwi’s and develop your back up specialists

        • Adrian

          KRL
          I think we have discussed some of this before, and we’ll have to disagree (respectfully of course) about Beale at 12. I think he is one of the best ever!
          I don’t fancy Beale at 10, what I wrote in the previous post was about what I think would happen under a few different scenarios of Foley getting injured. If it was for a couple of games I’d use Stewart.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Yeah happy to disagree mate I guess we’ll see how he goes this year. I just think they need a specialist to cover 10. It’s such a critical position you can’t afford to have someone below par coming in. At the moment all things being equal I think you need either Jono Lance or Godwin on the bench

        • Adrian

          Tricky of course when everyone isn’t that good.

          Something to do with underdevelopment in Oz, typified by 3 imported 5/8 out of 5 teams in 2017, ..and one of 2 locals not just benched but banished. If one counts QC as a kiwi, it was 1 Australian 5/8 out of 5.

        • Brisneyland Local

          I have been watching club rugby up here. There is a 10 kicking very well (mind you not as well as Foley off thee tee). And is even defending too. But fuck me I am not opening that can of worms again.

        • Andy

          Nick Phipps looked ok at 10 in the Shute shield…. just sayin

        • Brisneyland Local

          Didnt see that match. Is it on youtube?

        • Hoss

          Yep and that’s depressing

      • Adrian

        Based on 6 Nations form, Ireland won’t kick as much as we suspect, or as much as they have done in the past.

        They are hold the ball officianados.

        We do need better kicking to get away from our line, but we also need Pocock, Latu, Coleman and Hooper to steal their ball….so to speak

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Mate with the players he’s got at 9, 10 & 15 maybe he’s right in saying this.watching the Reds game the difference in accuracy and length Sopoanga was getting was very pronounced

    • Brisneyland Local

      What worries me Hoss, as you and I have discussed many times before, is that kicking combination will be in the Wallaboes. Foley will be the ten, and Phipps will be in the mix. Kicking duties have to be given to Hodge and DHP if they are in the mix, or Beale after them. Tactical kicking costs teams games as it did last night for the Tahs. Yep Folau is looking to be coming into a sweet patch of fom when we need him too!

      • Hoss

        Afternoon Briz. Finished my chores and now time to contemplate the meaning of life and how shit Aussie halves are. We bombed 2 games yesterday. The Chiefs game was a close fought game as expected, but when you kick as badly as we did, both in distance and accuracy you are going to get burnt. Its like inviting a catholic priest to childcare – its gonna end badly. You cant give quality teams ‘A’ grade possession for free (failed touch finders, poor box kicks, kicks that gain 7 metres, kicks out on the full ad nauseam)

        The game v the Chiefs was on the line, the Tahs were in a winning position, but once again mental weakness / skill / option execution killed them, combined with an average bench (just what Foketi offers at all across the pitch is up for debate – he has hands like feet and his D – FFS)

        And my multi was sunk – which shits me even further as I had the other 3 right.

        Then if I wasn’t truly aggravated enough, up steps Jono Lance for the consummate performance from an incompetent 10 ! You must be kicking cats today, how did the reds lose that one with that mighty effort from their pigs ?? The reds starting 9 and 10 lost them the game, pure and simple and the replacement 9 was terrible and those fucking box kicks to no-mans-land -bugger me.

        All in all another frustrating night watching a small handful of players ruin the efforts of all.

        Agree with most of you observations, bar one. On form I simply cant have Hodge in the starting 15, he is just terrible this year and his play at 10 was dreadful. I see value in his ability to cover 11-15 from the bench, buthe doesn’t start in my XV

        • Adrian

          Agree Hoss re Hodge, but I’m guessing he will be a Test winger.

          I’d prefer Banks or Maddocks to hold “the winger who can kick” position, with Korebette likely on the other wing. Maybe,…and just maybe Hodge for bench. No DHP after watching again

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep Agree. He is my bench utility! He can cover anything which makes him valuable. But he doesnt deserve a start.

      • Adrian

        Agree, but trouble is that Hodge, just when you are thinking he is the right choice, goes and misses touch, or mis-kicks.
        I think likely scenario is similar to what started last year, with it being switched around a bit. If Phipps is on bench, it is unlikely he will kick much or at all because Cheika doesn’t generally have his half backs kicking (box kicks). This also includes Genia, who on a bad day can murder box kicks.

        Oddly enough, Foley and Beale are accurate kicking for Izzy, and Beale can do raking line kicks

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep that is what it is going to be. But really shouldnt be acceptable. But Aus rugby has boxed itself into a position where that aint going to change.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Mate, I worry about all this talk of Folau coming into a sweet spot. I don’t think he’s any better on attack than he has been in the past because he’s always been very very good. Yes he can take high balls very well and if the opposition kick to him he’ll be devastating. Yes if he gets the ball in space he is a very very good attacking player. HOWEVER, He still doesn’t inject himself into the play- seems to wait for someone else to inject him into play, he still doesn’t go in and help his team mates when they get caught in possession, he still gets out of position in defence all the friggen time, and he still can’t kick for shit. I think he gets away with this in Super rugby but at the next level good teams will always nullify him. What really gets me about it this though is why the hell in the last 5 or 6 years hasn’t he got any better?

        • Brisneyland Local

          Sorry my context was that he is coming into a sweet spot for himself. Other than that he is what he is. You are right, he doesnt inject himself. His kicks are average, and he still cant defend properly.

        • Adrian

          KRL and BL
          The thing with Folau is that whilst he might be a great jumper, a great runner, greatly religious, I doubt he’s greatly intelligent.

        • Brisneyland Local

          There are not many Top Grade sports people that are!

        • Seaweed

          Yes agree with all of that KRL. Folau is not a natural full back, DHP is a natural FB with a good boot. Put on the Folau right wing for cross kicks etc. It’s harder for him to be out of position there + easier to involve him in the play etc.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Mate I agree. He would be a much better winger. Trouble is Cheika has been on record saying he’s the best 15 in the world and he never backs down because he sees that as a weakness. Unfortunately when you’re like that and then make stupid statements that just aren’t true you put yourself in the position where you can’t back down.

    • OnTheBurst

      Izzy is sublime in the air and one of the best will ball in hand…

      But there’s no way he’s the best player in the world. He kicks like he’s only just realised the ball is oval shaped and he’s often badly positioned in defence.

      Let’s make bigger claims once he’s nailed those two.

  • Fatflanker

    Well-reffed game, I thought. Phipps did more than anyone in blue to throw it. The one time he didn’t put in a shithouse box kick to exit, he didn’t back up his pass, and was no where to be seen when the Chiefs picked up the ball from the back of the ruck for a gift try.

    We can’t play Naiyaravoro against Ireland – their accurate kickers will have him spinning like a top.

    Otherwise some very nice set plays from the Tahs – they are certainly looking dangerous on attack.

    • Hoss

      Cant argue with anything you say mate.

      I hate it when Tahs get early leads 29-0 = lose. 14 – 0 = lose. We gifted them plenty of points and field position and our field kicking – Jesus H !!

      • Parker

        I still can’t understand why a former AFL player can’t kick long from the fullback position.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Maaaaate

        • Hoss

          At 14-0 I was thinking “KRL will be sweating bullets about now’.

          Why does Rugby have t be 80 minutes – 20 minutes seems long enough !!

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Hahahaha yeah. To be fair I was starting to compose my letter but then the mistakes started and I thought “Sweet as!”

        • Hoss

          I had 3-4 lines penned ready too mate

          All my good work goes wasted.

    • Brumby Runner

      Phipps had a shocker, matched only by the very poor involvements from Rob Simmons. So many missed tackles and so very few effective tackles. One run with the ball that I saw for a loss of a metre in territory. Very poor in the scrum, the TH side going backwards on skates whenever the Chiefs put an effort in the scrum. Looked for the world that Kepu couldn’t hold his ground, but I suspect it has more to do with Simmons behind him.

      Rona will or should replace Kuridrani in 13 for the Wallabies. And Latu will be considered. Otherwise, Kepu, Hooper, Foley, Beale, Folau are certainties and Robertson even put in a pretty good shift today. Clarke could be a smokey despite his lack of experience at 15s. He has the skills, is more consistent than most and looks to have the versatility to cover most of the back line spots.

  • Adrian

    Cracker of a game.

    Plenty of talent queuing up for Australia from this game and the others.

    No one was dreadful in this super fast game. Phipps, Foley and others kicked poorly in general play, but they kept it moving at 100 mph

  • Archie

    Well done Chiefs!! Particularly traveling home from South Africa. They’re really well placed on the ladder considering their rediculous injury toll this season… Never seen anything like it. Actually scrap that – I have… Saders and Blues 2018 injury fate has been similar.

    It’s a shame that no matter what, the best playoff reward the Chiefs can hope for us to be playing AWAY for the quarter final… very likely against a team with LESS competition points than them!!. Sort it out it SANZAR!

  • Wallaby Dave

    From the Tahs and Reds game last night difference IMO is the kicking out of hand. Tactical kicking from NZ teams above and beyond that of Oz teams. NZ constantly put it out in the corners or found grass up the guts whilst Oz teams kicked aimlessly and found the opposition back three. Mick Byrne needs to do something about this as it is effecting the outcome of games with us providing rubbish at every given opportunity

    • Adrian

      Spot on Dave

  • Wallabrumby

    Hooper love him as a player, but I still don’t rate him at all as a captain. Game and ref management a real worry, he should have asked the Ref to at least send that Beale “forward pass” to the TMO. I think it was close enough to warrant that and should he have pushed for it harder. If the defencive team can get in a refs ear to check something on the TMO then so should the attacking.
    I get the feeling that he is so frantic in his own game he misses things like that and often misreads the momentum swings in the game as he is at just one pace.

    • Tah Tragic

      Agree on Hooper. The game that really showed it for me was the game against the Highlanders. The Landers go down to 13 players and the Tahs start running around like headless chickens trying to score off every phase. It is at that stage the captain has to give clear directions to his team. Instead they had to wait until half time to be told by Gibson on how to take advantage of the situation (Landers now back to 14).
      Hooper is great at leading by example but you also need a captain who can think strategically.

      • Wallabrumby

        Spot on, something that hurts the Wallabies as well. Be interesting if Cheika sticks with him or a year out from the WC gives Coleman, Genia or even Pocock (although unlikely because injury prone) a go

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Just another Rugby tragic. Shane "Sully" Sullivan has been in man love with the game since high school in the 70's. He inflicts his passion on family and anyone who will listen. He can't guarantee unbiased opinion but he can tell you the Reds are Awesome! To read non-rugby content head to http://www.onesully.com.au

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