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Super Rugby Wallaby Watch – Rnd 3

Super Rugby Wallaby Watch – Rnd 3

Week 3 of the Super Rugby competition had the Brumbies being blown away by the Hurricanes, the Rebels with a good win against the Highlanders and the Reds being outclassed by the Crusaders. Check out our team of the week!


1. Tetera Faulkner (Rebels)

The Rebels prop didn’t have the classiest game but made 4/4 tackles and was decent at scrum time.


2. Folau Fainga’a (Brumbies)

Even with the Brumbies being put on the sword, Fainga’a managed to have a decent game. 8/8 tackles, 10 runs for 13m and 100% win ratio at the lineout with 13/13 throws.


3. Sam Talakai (Rebels)

Another prop who had a tidy game with nothing too flashy. 6/7 tackles and contributed to a strong Rebels scrum.


4. Izack Rodda (Reds)

Tidy game from the Reds lock, 11/11 tackles and 8 run metres.

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5. Harry Hockings (Reds)

A whopping 19 tackles (19/21) and a few decent hits in those. Very solid defence effort from the young Red.


6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (Reds)

An okay performance from Lukham. 8/8 tackles. Gets the spot this week due to no one else standing out.


7. David Pocock (Brumbies)

Not the best David Pocock performance we have ever seen, which included a yellow card. Did make 15/17 tackles, 14 run metres and earned a few penalties at ruck time.


8. Isi Naisarani (Rebels) 

Another good showing from the big Fijian. 12/12 tackles, 11 runs for 31m.


9. Will Genia (Rebels)

Another commanding performance from the Wallaby number 9. Controlled the game with his kicking. A nice line break contributed to his 50 run metres.


10.  Quade Cooper  (Rebels)

Not as good as his previous game but his X-factor did give him two great try assists. 10/13 tackles which is a good week for Quade.


11. Marika Koroibete (Rebels)

Marika looked fearless with ball in hand with his 89 run metres which included 3 defenders beaten, 2 clean breaks and an offload. Also made 6/7 tackles.


12. Samu Kerevi (Reds)

Even though he shifted to 13 after his centre partner was injured, he was once again was the heart of the Queensland attack. 73 run metres, 3 defenders beaten, 2 clean breaks and 4 offloads. Solid in defence also with 10/11 tackles.


13. Tom English (Rebels)

A stellar week for the Melbourne 13. 49 run metres, 4 defenders beaten, 2 clean breaks and 2 meat pies to top it all off.


14. Sefa Naivalu (Reds)

Cutting in from his wing to shut down the over lap on a few different occasions probably saved the score line for the Reds this week. 8/8 tackles which included a few good shots. Chimed in with 20 run metres and a defender beaten.


15. Dane Haylett-Petty (Rebels)

Had a very good week all round. 8/8 tackles in defence which is good, but really shined with the ball in hand. 81 run metres with 5 defenders beaten, 2 clean breaks, 2 offloads and a try assist.

On the fringe of selection:

James Slipper – Relegated to the bench this week, he was only given 30 minutes on the park. Showed why he should be starting above Sio as the Brumbies scrum started to look dominant when he came on. 5/5 tackles also.

Billy Meakes – Another very good week from the Melbourne Centre. 12/12 tackles. Had 24 run metres and a try from a lucky bounce. Only misses out due to Kerevi being the heart of the Reds attack.

Luke Jones – Did lots of dirty work this week. 15/16 tackles in a very solid effort in defence. Had 11 run metres too. Only misses out due to 3 handling errors and a penalty conceded.


Brumbies Wingers – After a very good week last week, Peni and Muirhead looked lost in defence, often cutting off their wings and not trusting their inside man.  When they made the right call on defence they still missed 7 tackles collectively.

Jordan Petaia – After making his name known last week, Petaia came off injured 15 minutes into the game. Hopefully Jordan has a speedy recovery.

Irae Simone – After leaving the Waratahs looking for more gametime, Simone made some crucial mistakes putting the Brumbies even further on the backfoot. His kicking for touch was extremely average. Had an okay week outside of that. 11/14 tackles and 38 run metres.

  • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

    Other than poor touchfinders, was Simone so bad?

    I cannot work out Koroibete. He has so much speed and power, and the right attitude, but his decision making is just so poor.

    I’m concerned Maddocks’ good play will get him another go as a Wallaby winger, which I think should never be tried again.

    English once again showing that Cheika was a fool for not giving him a go last year.

  • wilful

    Feel a little hard done by for Billy Meakes, but didn’t see Kerevi play so can’t compare. Korobeite though, no thank you that was poor.

  • Mart

    Reds half back is chugging along well too

  • theduke

    Thanks Michael for this article – these selections are always contentious, so appreciate you going for it.

    Meakes v Kerevei is a tough one. I hadn’t rated Meakes previously but these first two games he’s shown skill, vision and toughness. But Samu is holding that side together almost.

    Thought Rangi at hooker for the Rebels was also brilliant. You could tell early on he was going to get some pilfers. He was on the ball lightning fast and has the right build to stay on his feet.

    Will be interesting to see how the form of these players impacts the Wallabies squad.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Mate thanks for this and for the most part I agree. The other one I don’t agree with is Koroibete. I think he is very over rated and a huge liability in any Wallaby team. Can’t pass, has to hurry in defence because he’s usually out of position and easily nullified in attack.

    I also think Meakes is on the rise and its. going to be interesting to see how things develop as the year goes on. I think some long standing Wallabies will be a bit worried

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      I think Meakes is being made to look better by Quade.

      Agree on Koroibete. He is very overrated. I think that Wessels should have offloaded him and kept Naivalu. That said, Koroibete saved the game for the Rebels at the end, so maybe I’m totally wrong in saying that.

  • Hoss

    Well well well, a player from the ‘Slime’ at Merewether. I have trodden on the appendages (accidentally of course) of many a slime in my playing day. Took a few wickets at Townsend as well. Shit of a place for cricket with that damn bike track, you think the pill is racing to the boundary, hits the slope and rolls back down, a certain 4 becomes a slowly taken 2. Always a good drink in the green room though.

    Welcome to GAGR Mr Mooney – shame about your selections – fuck me. You not related to Cheika are you ? That team wouldn’t beat Japan, let alone advance in Japan

    Damn lies & statistics. ‘Cant-get-right’ made 6 from 7 huh ? I don’t doubt he completed 6 from 7 attempted tackles – but its the 2-3 times he flashes out of the line and gets stranded grabbing thin air. Technically its not a missed tackle, just leaves a yawning gap that his inside defenders cant cover. Teams will target him you can count on it. My 3 yo can read Ulysses better than he can read D.

    • IIPA

      The one stat missed on Koreibete… was he turned the ball over 5 times.

      GAGR…. less “stats” and more observation of performance pls. I mean your loosehead completing 4 of 4 tackles is pretty bloody irrelevant. All that says to me is that his work rate was ordinary.

  • Brumby Runner

    Have to agree with other comments that too much emphasis is placed on stats.

    The selections I have problems with are:

    Koroibete – absolute open gate in defense, poorest ball handler in the game. Best “Gilbert” for some time but that just indicates he has a problem keeping his eye on the ball.

    Hockings – good tackling stats, and is developing that aspect well, and a good lineout operator. But that is only half of what a lock shoulddo. He is missing mostly the rest of the time. Too early for such honours. Philip had a particularly strong game again for the Rebels and was better than Jones. Should have been the second lock picked.

    Faulkner/Talakai – most important aspect for props is the scrum. The front row should be selected as a whole imo and that would lead to Slipper/Fainga’a/Ala’alatoa as the front row. Special mention to Smith/Mafi/Smith as well.

    Otherwise, Genia almost spoilt his efforts by taking the poor decision to tap on a long arm penalty. After that, he and the Rebels really struggled for composure. Nearly enough to omit him from the team.

    In whose world was Simone ordinary in his line kicking. He must make on average a good 15 – 20 metres more than any other line kicker in the Aussie teams. His defense stats are impresive, but even so, I wouldn’t have him over either of Meakes or Kerevi at 12, but please don’t peddle inaccuracies.

  • How the actual f could anyone think Koroibete played anywhere near even decent? Holy shit… I am dumbfounded.

  • joy

    Kerevi, the heart of the Red’s attack! Give it to Samu doesn’t seem very inovative to me.

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