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Super Rugby Wallaby Watch – Rnd 13

Super Rugby Wallaby Watch – Rnd 13

How close is this Australian Conference this year?  Surely the added competition within the conference can only mean a better Wallaby team as a result?  Let’s hope so. In the meantime, check out our top performers this week.


1. Scott Sio (Brumbies)

Was part of a dominate scrum and made all his tackles (7/7).


2. Folau Fainga’a (Brumbies)

Lineout throwing was again good this week. Laid the platform for his backs with the maul and threw a great offload which ended in a long range try.


3. Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies)

Was an intergeral part in the Brumbies dominating scrum. Made no mistakes to dampen his performance.


4. Sam Carter  (Brumbies)

Once again stepping up for the injured Arnold, Carter was the pillar in the lineout for the Brumbies. He made 12/12 tackles and even bent the line with a few of his runs.


5. Matt Philip (Rebels)

Kept up his good form. 10/12 tackles and 10 runs for 21m. Only just scraped in due to giving away 3 penalties.


6. Angus Scott-Young (Reds)

A bit of a unsung hero for the Reds.  Made 17 tackles this week and didn’t miss a single one.


7. Michael Hooper (Waratahs)

Normally he makes a difference in the defence for the Waratahs – This week it was mostly in attack. 69m run, 5 defenders beaten, 3 clean breaks and a try to top it all off.


8. Peter Samu (Brumbies) 

Made a huge effort in attack, giving the Brumbies lots of opportunities. He made 62m from his 8 runs, 12/13 tackles and a meat pie.


9. Joe Powell (Brumbies)

A tiresome worker for the Brumbies, it didn’t matter that they were up by 30 points, he still tried his hardest to charge down every kick, cut down every attack and gave great service to his backs. He earnt himself a try with some beautiful support running.


10.  Christian Lealiifano  (Brumbies)

He completed his role, and did it well. Nothing too flashy but gave the Brumbies a decent exit and distributed the ball whenever he needed too.


11. Cameron Clark (Waratahs)

Mr consistent for the Waratahs. Another solid week bringing him 57 run metres, 3 clean breaks, a defender beaten, 2 offlods and a try assist.


12. Karmichael Hunt (Waratahs)

I wouldn’t say alot of 12’s put their hand up this week. Meakes was probably just behind Hunt. Hunt continued to show he can be more of a playmaker with his grubber kicks and still runs and tackles hard.


13. Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies)

Back to his best this week. Consistently bust the line and setting up tries all over the field with 3 try assists. He also ran for 78m.


14. Henry Speight (Brumbies)

Speight clocked up 120 run metres with 3 defenders beaten, 4 clean breaks and scored 2 tries.


15. Dane Haylett-Petty (Rebels)

Reminding everyone why he is the favourite to wear the 15 jersey, Haylett-Petty made 13 runs for 128m with 7 defenders beaten, 3 clean breaks and topped it all off by crossing the line.

On the fringe of selection:

Taniela Tupou – Probably one of the first weeks Tupou looked like a Wallaby. He dominated the scrum for majority of the game (bar the scrum where he got run over). He ran hard and tried to put a few shots on in defence. Missed out due to giving away 3 penalties – especially the one at scrum time.

Nick Phipps – Quite an impressive performance from the Waratahs halfback. Picking the right player on two occasions from the ruck gave him two try assists and he scored one of his own.

Izack Rodda – Week in, week out we talk about how he is a workhorse and this week he did as we expect. 12/12 tackles and a menace at lineout time.

Reece Hodge – Shuffled around a bit due to Coopers injury, Hodge was great running for 76m.


Chris Feauai-Sautia – Really struggled to get himself into the game. Only ran 3 times for 5m.

Sefa Naivalu – Another that struggled to inject himself into the game. Also sat at a 44% (4/9) tackle completion.

  • Nutta

    Morning. Good team. My only clear disagreement would be Banks over Sauce at the back and my only quibble is I’m not sure how we differentiate between Sio and Slipper at the moment, but they are clearly in-front of all other runners for the 1 jersey at least. Thanks for the effort.

    • Steve

      Good news is that we don’t really need to tell between them Nutta – just let one start and the other on the bench. Then reverse it next time round.

      • Huw Tindall

        Indeed LHP is the trickier one. 7As (form) vs Kepu (experience) vs Tupou (x-factor). Personally I’d go 7As and Kepu in a RWC year. Tupou has a bright future but it’s just that, a future, not a present.

        • Gallagher

          Don’t you mean THP Huw? I agree though!

        • Huw Tindall

          I get them mixed up. Rugby dyslexia.

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      I agree, good list, Banks being my only disagreement.

      I think Slipper is more dynamic in the loose, while scrummaging arguably as well as Scott, so I would pick him.

      Simone had his best game ever, but agree he probably didn’t make team is the work despite.

      • Nutta

        Simone is a strange one for me. So much clear ability and a good chunk of size to go with it. He should be a cracking 12. But consistent performance just seems to allude him.

        • Anonymous bloke

          Yeah, sometimes seems to make stupid mistakes. I’m still burned by the kick for touch into the goal area against the Canes.

        • Nutta

          Isn’t it funny how things get remembered? I can still recall the temper tantrum from David Knox in about ’95 vs All Blacks when he did exactly the same thing.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          He looks like he plays in slow motion sometimes. But his pass to Speight was great.

        • Brumby Runner

          He’s got very good hands, and is a better touch finder than Banks in my opinion.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Yeah he’s developing, but currently not threatening enough when he runs.

        • Huw Tindall

          Simone was doing the kicks early in the season. Must have a boot on him but was spraying them early. Consistency over an extra few metres on each kick. Still, one for the future and an NRC talent from the first season. #pathways

        • Brumby Runner

          Still very young. What? 22 or 23? Still just learning the ropes and has the disadvantage of having come out of the Waratahs setup. I think we have seen an increase in his confidence in the last game or two, so hopefully he is growing into the spot and the team.

          The other main contender for the 12 spot is also very young – Tom Wright. Between them, I think they offer quite a bit for the future.

  • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

    Definitely Hodge’s best ever game at 13, and I think it may be his spot longterm.

    Guy who is quick enough to be an outside back who runs good lines, has strength through contact, can kick and distribute well and who is an excellent defender.

    Good on him. He’s just unlucky that the K-Train, who is about as subtle as a freight train, stormed back into form. Paul Cully described TK as king of the gainline and he definitely proved that this week. Also a world class defensive 13.

    • theduke

      Agree on hodge. He’s been looking great. Knows how to time a run into a gap. And with his kicking, he needs to be on the plane.

      • GO THE Q REDS

        Agreed, aslong as people stop putting him on the wing. His talents are wasted out there and he is not fast enough for a winger….

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          He’s okay in the wing/fullback role but agree it isn’t his best position.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Main thing is I think there are better specialist “wingers” like Speight, Maddocks and Sefa! No doubt t he’s good enough to squeeze him into 13 or 15 if needed tho!

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Speight and Sefa better runners no question, but Hodge is better under the high ball, a better defender and kicker. Maddocks I am highly sceptical about as a winger!

        • Who?

          Though I’m pretty confident you’re less sceptical about Maddocks than Koroibete……….

  • Zippo

    How do you measure/assess hooper’s tackle completion rate at 73%?

    Then throw into the mix, the times he’s hanging onto 1 leg of an opponent who makes the advantage line and more, offloads, sets the opposition on front foot ball and leads to a try?
    The hanging onto 1 leg is then recorded as a successful tackle completion FFS?
    Then there’s the handling errors!!

    Scores a try and we never hear the end of it!

    Reeks of the Emperor’s New Clothes for mine

    • John Tynan

      So not a fan?

    • Brumby Runner

      Hooper is an excellent rugby player; just don’t know what position he plays. As for a No 7, I think Liam Wright is fast approaching him and on the verge of overtaking.

      Whether it is the amount of playing time, or niggling injury, or simply the passage of time, Hooper is not now the outstanding player he was a couple of years ago.

      • Who?

        It’s also the role he’s being asked to play. He’s playing tighter for the Tahs this year. I think he’s doing well. But if you’re constantly doing the tight work, then you’re not able to do as much of the flashy work. Back in 2010, Benn Alexander topped the tryscoring charts for the Brumbies. Then barely ran the ball for the Wallabies. Everyone asked why, and only Al Baxter had a decent answer. He pointed out that Alexander was playing LHP for the Brums, and THP for the Wallabies. And that THP generally takes WAY more out of your legs than playing LHP, that after scrummaging at THP your legs are jelly. So you hit rucks, but you’re not likely to be making breaks in the tram tracks.
        I think that, with his higher tight-work load, plus injury last year, Hooper’s actually doing really well, but is less spectacular. He’ll be better in the Wallabies – especially if he’s got bigger players around him than the relatively small loose forwards at the Tahs. But he’s got what, 5 more years on his contract after this one…….? That’s scary.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Hopefully there are some smart injury or even selection/performance clauses in that contract of his!

        • Who?

          Sorry to drag the Folau saga even further onto this website, but….
          RUPA pointed out in response to the Folau saga that, under their EBA, no additional clauses can be added to a contract unless they are in favour of the player.
          Selection or Performance Clauses clearly wouldn’t be in favour of the player, so, clearly, RA wouldn’t be permitted to add such clauses. Not that they’d ever think of such a thing…

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Yep but I meant the other way Who. A clause that does benefit him. Its such a long Contract it’s possible to see him not being fully fit or even being able to play at that break neck speed of his!

        • Who?

          I don’t think anyone else would see that sort of a clause as being in his benefit. He can retire at any time without any penalty… So why would he need such a clause?

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Possibly so he gets paid more during a long term injury so he hangs around. Some players may retire or step back maybe really taking their time to come back…… Don’t really know but I’m possative there are good lawyers out there who know how to make sure their players get better treatment, clauses, money… whatever it may be seeing how much they clearly wanted him ling term!

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        Are you watching Gill in France? Honest question, I haven’t seen anything of him since he left. Nor of McMahon either.


    Teams pretty solid but Really surprised Scott Staniforth is not in the team this week. He was certainly amount the best locks in the whole comp this weekend! Scored a try, made some runs, was involved in some passing plays and made like 20 tackles with I think 1 missed! For mine, Sio, Pete Samu, Staniforth and Speight were comp standouts this week!

    • John Tynan

      Psst – Tom Staniforth. Scott may not be as quick as he used to be….but, hey, Cheika, who knows!

      • GO THE Q REDS

        Lol oops

  • Huw Tindall

    Where’s the dude who does the cumulative roll up in the comments section? I need my fix.


      Good point. Let’s gets some facts up in here! Gallagar I think it is…

    • Gallagher

      Its up sorry!

      • Huw Tindall

        Love your work

  • Gallagher

    Updated combined scores after thirteen rounds;
    (Picked on incumbency if a draw, numbers mean additional selections, stars mean fringe selections, Capitals is run on squad with 5/3 split, Brackets doesn’t make match day squad, Up arrow recently IN squad, + symbol means injured or contract ripped up)

    1 SLIPPER 3**, Sio 3 (Johnson-Holmes 1*, Faulkner, JP Smith, Hoopert)
    2 FAINGAA 6*, Fitzpatrick 2 (Rangi 1**, Mafi)
    3 ALAALATOA 7*, Kepu 2 (Talakai, L-Makin)
    4 ARNOLD 4 (Holloway 1, Swain, Staniforth)
    5 RODDA 3* (Phillip 3, Carter 2*, Simmons 1, Coleman**, Hockings)
    6 SALAKIAIA-LOTO 3*, Jones 2*** (Hanigan 1*, Scott-Young 1, +Valentini 1*, Dempsey**, Brown, Swinton)
    7 HOOPER 5*, LWright 4 (Pocock, Hardwick)
    8 NAISARANI 3** (Samu 2**, McCaffrey 1*, Timu, Cottrell*, Wells)
    9 POWELL 5*, Genia 3* (McDermott 1, Sorovi, Gordon)
    10 COOPER 4*, Lealiifano 3 (Foley 1, Hegarty 1)
    11 NAIVALU 4 (Korobete, Peni, Newsome*, Pulu)
    12 KEREVI 8 (Hunt 3, Meakes 2**, TWright)
    13 KURIDRANI 3*, F-Sautia 2** (Ashley-Cooper, English**, Ikitau, +Petaia)
    14 RONA 4 (Clark 3, Speight, Muirhead, Hardy, Campbell)
    15 BANKS 3* (+Folau 2**, Maddocks 1*, Haylett-Petty 1, Hodge**, Beale, Stewart*, Lucas)

    Talking Points;
    – Alaalatoa is now the second player that can’t be caught/beaten, at Tight Head Prop, and is our second UNTOUCHABLE WALLABY!
    – Possible upcoming UNTOUCHABLE Wallabies – Faingaa
    – No changes to Starters or Bench, first time this has occurred since the beginning of the season!
    – No backup to 8 if Naisarani is injured (unless Pocock starts at 7 of course CHEIKA!)
    – The 9 and 10 have become a real battle between the Rebels and Brumbies combos! Can we lock in UNTOUCHABLE COMBINATIONS?
    – First appearance for Speight all year and it was a good one!
    – Injuries/absences are starting to be a worry if some don’t return now with Valentini, Petaia and Folau being unavailable, possibly Pocock and Arnold as well!
    – Phillip putting real pressure on Rodda!
    – Welcome back Toomua!

    WALLABY Untouchables!;
    Jones, LWright
    G&GR Fringe worthy selections;
    Tupou*, Higginbotham*, Cusack*, Phipps, Simone

    G&GR Disappointments;
    Johnson-Holmes 2, Kepu 2, Talakai 1, Tupou, Ainsley, Faulkner, L-Makin, Salakiaia-Loto, Hockings, Holloway, Ruru 1, Foley 1, Beale 1, Meakes 1, Korobete 1, Cooper, Mason, Hunt, English, F-Sautia, Simone, Peni, Muirhead, STupou, Naivalu, Maddocks, Folau
    Still no selections?;
    Tupou, Paenga-Amosa, Phipps

    • Huw Tindall

      14 is interesting. Rona is taking it on points but I’d be surprised if he’s in the 31 even as he is odd overseas next year. Cam Clarke also seems to be an outsider despite his reliable if not flashy form. Think we’ll see two 15s. DHP and Hodge if I was to guess.

      11 similarly interesting. No outstanding candidates. Maybe 3 15s!


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