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Tuesdays Rugby News sees Koroibete being effective and ready to face his countrymen, Latham wants the Reds job, and the weather having an impact on the World Cup.


 

 

THE EFFECTIVE KOROIBETE

Marika Koroibete

Marika Koroibete has been one of the stand outs for the Wallabies this season, after taking his game to a new level as the Fijian born winger began to look at new ways to be “effective.”

Michael Cheika has attributed the success to Koroibete having a better understanding of the XVs game, but wasn’t sure why the improvement was so drastic.

It was a desire to be more effective, combined with two rugby mentors down at the Melbourne Rebels.

“For me I just have a look at my game and think about out what I need to work on, and what I have been doing well, just keep doing it,” Koroibete said.

“It’s probably one of the things I haven’t done in the last couple of years since switching to rugby. Sometimes I just was going around for the sake of it. Now I am just being effective.

“It started at the Rebels this year. I spoke to Quade Cooper and Willy Genia, they have been helping me a lot with that.

“They give me some tips with that and I tried to bring it on later in the Super Rugby (season), and I know it works. Then coming to the Wallabies, and the way we start off the game we play this year, it’s blending so well.

“I am just going there looking for opportunity and trying to get as many touches as I can.”

It was his conversation with Cheika that put the idea of effectiveness into Koroibete’s mind.

“He likes my work ethic but sometimes I work and not effectively. He told me to don’t waste my energy just working around and not getting the ball and being effective,” he said.

“That’s something I worked on. Trying to work effectively … and getting as much touches as I can.”

He has tried to get his hands on the ball as often as possible this season, with his desire to go hunting seen him shock opponents with his pick and go game.

H scored an impressive try in Perth after he picked and drove as part of a forwards rumble, and set out the Nic White try that saw Samu Kerevi create a new highlight reel.

When he was asked about how his forwards felt about him scoring with a pick and drive, Koroibete just had to laugh.

“I have been stealing some of their tries. They tell me to go back on the wing.”

TYPHOON DELAYS WALLABIES WORLD CUP TAKE OFF

typhoon

After a win against Samoa on Saturday night, the Wallabies were expecting to fly out to Japan on Sunday and get a start on the final stages of preparation for the World Cup.

The weather had other plans.

The arrival of Typhoon Faxai has caused delays for planes and trains (an automobiles) and is expected to dump up to 300 millimetres of rain in 24 hours and carry “historic” winds of up to 216 kilometres per hour.

The team flew out yesterday (Monday) with Wallabies officials saying the delay was not a huge distribution to the teams preparation given the players had a day off.

Fortunately, many of the players have made the trip to Japan this year through Super Rugby, and the time difference is minimal for Australians.

It is likely though that the typhoon will impact inbound teams, given the number of cancelled flights and train trips, but could also affect the tournament.

World Cup organisers will have their fingers cross that the weather does not impact the tournament, with the set up allowing for the weather to impact the pool games.

If a pool match is washed out then the game will be called a drawer, which could have serious repercussions for the final pool results.

In the event  of a final being washed out though, it would be rescheduled. 

Two of the Wallabies four pool matches are played under the closed roof, Fiji and Uruguay, but the crucial match against Wales will be exposed to the elements, and their final pool match against Georgia is the same.

VILLAGE BOY WANTS TO CHANNEL HIS IDOL

Marika Koroibete 

Having played for Fiji against Australia in the Rugby League World Cup (with a haircut to rival JOC), it will be a different experience for Marika Koroibete when he plays against Fiji in the Rugby World Cup in less than two weeks.

Playing in this tournament was a goal for Koroibete ever since he joined Rugby from League back in 2016, and he is hoping that he can channel his idol Rupeni Caucaunibuca and emulate his performance from the 2003 World Cup.

“He was a village boy, I always looked up to him, he was one of the great finishers, his speed, agility and his ability to step at full speed is just unreal. He was so quick as well,” Koroibete said.

Caucaunibuca scored two tries against Scotland in their pool game in Sydney in a narrow loss 22-20, something that young Marika never forgot.

“One thing is I love playing in the big game. I went with Fiji to the Rugby League World Cup and that’s not as big as the Rugby World Cup,”  Koroibete said.

“It was something when I switched to rugby that I wanted to go to. I just set my targets to get my name picked for the Rugby World Cup and it’s something I am looking forward to. The boys have said it’s an unreal occasion and it’s a very good occasion to show the world who you are and compete with the best wingers in the world.”

Of course it will feel strange for Koroibete as his once national teammate Semi Radradra will now be running against him, when Australia face off against Fiji.

“It’s always strange [to play against Fiji], but for me Australia gave me an opportunity, I love this country and the way they’ve given me an opportunity to provide for my family and [if I play against] Fiji I’ll do my best to help my team to win if I play,” Koroibete said.

When asked about how to stop Radradra and the Flying Fijians, Koroibete had this to say.

“He is the sort of player he is hard to stop. Just get in front of them before they get the ball,” Koroibete said.

“Don’t give them five metres. Those sort of players. Just get in front of them. Don’t give them space to come.”

 

 NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR LATHAM

Chris Latham

For Wallaby and Queensland great Chris Latham, there would be no greater coaching opportunity than to return to Ballymore as the coach of the Queensland Reds.

Latham is currently getting ready for the World Cup as Samoa’s attack, but beyond this year he doesn’t have a role.

Current Queensland coach Brad Thorn and his team are all contracted through 2020, meaning Latham’s next move will likely be an overseas one. Unless he wants to go south to the Waratahs. But no one seems to really want that job either.

Queensland is where Latham’s heart lies and where he would like to end up.

“As a coach, you’ve got to be open to all areas, so again my heart obviously lies in Australia and especially at Queensland,” he said.

“Nothing would make me prouder than to be able to be coaching here in Australia and particularly in Queensland but there’s got to be opportunities there for that to occur and at the moment, it doesn’t seem like those opportunities are there so you’ve just got to keep moving around and getting that experience.”

44 year old Latham has coached in Australia and Japan, along with running coaching clinics and academies since he retired from rugby in 2012.

 

  • Bobas
    • Yowie

      Gold. Chief Wiggum saying “Stop saying “effective” in there” would have also been acceptable.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Hahahahaha – slow day mate

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Dylan,

    wow! Two articles on the one player, you’re going for it mate. I must admit it’s good to see Koroibete improve, however I still feel his defence and positioning is weak and I’m not so sure he’ll be as affective against some of the top teams. I find it hard to fathom that he’s the only actual wing in the squad and if he sustains an injury then the Wallabies could be in a world of hurt. It must be a great feeling to go against Fiji and I’m sure it’ll bring out his best.

    I haven’t seen a lot of Latham’s coaching ability and I would like to see him prove himself in Australia at either NRC or as an assistant coach before seeing him go straight to the head coach of a SR team. I don’t think attack coach of Samoa is enough for him to straight to the top.

    • Who?

      What’s handy is that Quade and Will spent the time with him… Otherwise, it has to be asked if he’d be the player he’s become. Or if he’d still be the headless chook he was last year. Cheika’s description was apt – but what did Cheika do to change it?

      • Geoffro

        I dunno,but Cheik kept him on when I would have dropped him so he kept some faith.

        • Who?

          I would’ve dropped him too. NO question he’s earned his place this year, and while he’s shown Cheika’s not a bad talent spotter, it’s not to Cheika’s credit that he’s finally delivering on his potential.
          And even that’s not to say he’s the finished product…

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        I’d argue that he’s always been a good attacking player and nothing needed to change that much but I’d also argue that he’s about as useless in defence now as he ever was and I think this will prove more costly than any gains will provide against the big boys. He’s fine against teams like Samoa but I think he’ll be shown up later

        • Who?

          He’s always been a good ball runner, but this year he’s started passing. And it’s made him much more threatening. He had a try assist on Saturday. He’s probably got as many as Foley had for the year (not having a dig at Foley – try assist is throwing the last pass, and I can think of quite a few at the Rebels), that’s something no one could’ve imagined 12 months ago. In fact, his passing game is now arguably significantly better than AAC’s!
          .
          That doesn’t mean his defensive positioning is perfect, but it’s worth the question – with Marika’s clear improvement, what stake did Cheika have in it? Given he continually selected him in Gold when Marika needed to show improvement (and didn’t)?

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Considering that so many players like Foley, Folau, Phipps and others have never improved under Cheika I find it hard to give him any credit for one player who has.

        • joy

          It’s that other gifted player that you campaigned against all year that put him on the right path.

        • Geoffro

          Kafe and co’s gushing over his new found ability to carry the ball in two hands ! :);)

        • It’s hard to be 100% sure. Your mob have a history of carrying a good attacking winger who defends poorly. OK, they usually do that outside a centre who defends like a superstar and with an 2 and an 8 who like running in the 5 metre channel and a 15 who shades over to that side and so on – they have defensive structures in place to cope with that.

          I don’t trust the Wallabies’ defensive structures so perhaps Koroibete will be more of a weakness but there are quite a few sides with wingers that don’t defend all that well.

          And, to be honest, with the current picks from Cheika, I’d be attacking down Hodge’s wing, Chip over him, make him turn and try to accelerate after someone who has genuine pace… or bombing Beale. Lots of easier routes to attack than risking that big brute actually making a tackle!

        • joy

          He’s worried his wingers will be struck down by a mad dog streak of lightning. That’s the X factor that Koriobete possesses.

        • Max Graham

          He did smoke the ABs a month ago – some really smart work too! I’d say he’s one of Australia’s best players and comparable to the best wingers anywhere.

        • joy

          Bollocks.
          In the last 5 tests Koriobete tackled at 72%. Ioane and Reece combined managed 68%.
          Against Argentina, Australia 2 and Tonga Reece 77%. Against Argentina, NZ2 and Samoa Koriobete 78%.
          If you think Koriobete is a shit defender don’t you think you’d be better served going on a Kiwi website and campaign for the removal of Ioane and Reece?

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Love your hate it’s the passion that has kept rugby going here for so long. The percentages don’t matter to me and they are irrelevant to my comment. They don’t give any idea of the ones he didn’t make because he was out of position and that’s my point, not that when he is in a position to tackle he only gets 3/4 of them. I agree that he is improving, and that in itself is great to see when so many of his team mates for some reason don’t seem to want to, but he still hasn’t got the instinctive knowledge to be in the right position at the right time and gets caught out. I think that will be exploited by some of the better teams.

    • I’d like to see him actually work at his coaching. I had to look it up, and I’d wish him all the best, but stepping in at the top is not the way to learn how to coach.

  • Geoffro

    Latho was born in NSW and got his start with the Tahs,bloody turncoat :)

    • Yowie

      Any good player with any connection with Queensland in their life or career becomes a Queenslander, like proud Queenslander George Smith who was really “doing it for Queensland” in all of his pre-Reds achievements.

      • Geoffro

        The parochialism of the banana benders gets on my goat also and I continue fighting the good fight from my NSW fortress just over the border in the Tweed

        • Yowie

          I think we need to build a wall* and Make Queensland Great Again Keep Queensland Great

          [*Obviously there will be a door in it through which talented individuals with sound intentions may pass in a Northerly direction only]

        • Who?

          What about those who wish to leave..? Those from Rocky north, who wish to be their own state?

        • Geoffro

          North of Rocky?They couldnt bear leaving without taking the Bundy Rumm distillery. (Maybe Bundaberg could become an autonomous region associated to the great state of Troppo )

        • Yowie

          South Queensland would treat Bundaberg like a kind of Taiwan. Eg running “distillery-invasion-themed” military exercises and insisting on a “One Queensland” policy in diplomatic circles.

        • Geoffro

          Whist being resisted by the Troppo poitical regime consisting of unemployed coalminers and dodgy tour operators

        • AllyOz

          Plenty of sugar mills north of Bundy that could make their own rum.

        • Geoffro

          All jokes aside,love N Qld and lived Townsville a few years,just too…..bloody……hot

        • AllyOz

          yes I couldn’t handle the humidity myself. There used to be a rum that CSR distilleries brewed (distilled?) called Inner Circle. You can still but it but it is now made in Fiji. The old Inner Circle, if I remember correctly, could only be bought by mill workers and sugar growers and locals through the mills themselves. There is a distillery at Sarina already but they make pure alcohol for industrial or fuel purposes.

        • Geoffro

          Remember the old inner circle rum and had its roots at the CSR distiery inPyrmont , eminently more drinkable than Bundy

        • Yowie

          …eminently more drinkable than Bundy

          That’s like saying that someone is “taller than a dwarf”

        • Geoffro

          So true that.Cant understand how its so popular-Captain Morgan all the way if I had to choose a dark mainstream rum

        • Greg

          or has bigger RMs than Hoss?

        • Brisneyland Local

          That is pure gold.

        • AllyOz

          No they still make it in Australia sorry – at Beenleigh

          https://www.nicks.com.au/inner-circle-black-dot-33-over-proof-rum-75-9-abv-700ml

        • Who?

          http://www.bootbrisbane.com/
          I know they’re building their own distilleries up there (I was involved with one a year or so ago), so maybe they don’t need it..? And maybe they’ll use their strength in cane as a tool for forcing submission from the southerners, who are just as fond of that dark liquid.
          I don’t blame them – it’s hard enough outside the SE Corner to get any sort of attention from the government. It’s not healthy when you can have a state run from (effectively) one town, which then ignores anything remotely regional, let alone truly remote (not a criticism of a party, just a criticism of regional biases). Before the last redistribution, my region’s electorates were all well over the +/- 10% tolerance on population for electorate sizes (i.e. we were well over 330% of a seat’s population for 3 seats), whilst Brisbane had 4 seats that were under the tolerance (i.e. well below 360% of a seat’s population for 4 seats). With minor redrawing of electoral boundaries, a more equitable distribution and therefore representation could’ve been achieved, but in spite of the 2017 redistribution, we saw no improvements. And that’s their near neighbours. Can’t imagine life’s any better for people who live 1500km further away…

        • Geoffro

          Trust me,having lived in Townsville a while in the early nineties there is no love lost towards the southern capital

        • John Tynan

          Rocky is still central Qld. NQ doesn’t start til Mackay.

        • Yowie

          Some sort of Iron Curtain situation could apply to everyone from Rockhampton upwards.

          Townsville would be an internally-divided Berlin so that South Queenslanders can keep a stake in the Cowboys

        • Geoffro

          the “Sugarcane curtain”

        • Who?

          The Cowboys – who cares? They don’t have enough players on the field to be worth watching. ;-)
          NQEXIT!

        • Brisneyland Local

          The ones from Noosa north are the ones that we are worried about!

        • Hoss

          And besides, any more than one strain of DNA up there will also thoroughly confuse the cops. The plus side is it could lead to new industries, like dentistry, for example.

        • Yowie

          You can’t play a banjo real good without 11 fingers.

        • Geoffro

          Try uttering same around a N Qld pub and you could have good use for a dentist :) :)

        • Hoss

          By the time they figured it out………

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCs-OkicOWw

        • Geoffro

          When you opened your mouth they’d realise you were a mexican and clock you on suspicion anyway

        • Hoss

          Gold.

        • Brisneyland Local

          That is only because it took Queensland ages to get flouride. One of my best mates is a dentist, he reckons the moment an over 30’s patient sits in his chair he can tell they are Queenslanders due to the lack of enamel on their teeth.

        • Yowie

          Thank fark for that. I thought it was caused by drinking moonshine.

        • Geoffro

          Could be and passing out before remembering to brush your pegs.

        • Jcr

          Na , lived in the bush in the NT and the Kimberley, it’s Coca-Cola.

        • Geoffro

          Sort of understand the fluoride theory but its been in toothpaste for yonks.Maybe they never discovered colgate north of the border till the eighties

        • Brisneyland Local

          YEs but cleaning your teeth twice a day vs having flouride with all the water that you drink makes a huge difference apparently.

        • Mica

          Dentistry. That’s rich coming from the Hunter. I guess all that’s required is a glass of water next to the bed. :)

        • Hoss

          Touché.

      • Geoffro

        Good ol George,a Wallabies,Brumbies,um Toulon,Suntory,Stade Francais,erm Lyon,Wasps,Bristol.aaah Marlins, oh , and yeah Qld Reds legend

        • Yowie

          Don’t worry about his pre-career warm-up gigs.

  • Hoss

    Good afternoon all,

    In a real fillip to my confidence, i have just been informed by the IRB that due to my unbeaten run last week i am currently the #1 Ranked Rugby Side in the World, so that’s nice.

    • Geoffro

      laughable eh.Id call the rating system a bit oirish, to be sure

      • Who?

        Yeah, no racism there… :-P
        Let’s be fair, at least Ireland have beaten NZ in the past 66 years. In fact, they’ve beaten them 66% of the time this RWC cycle. And they beat the previous #1 (Wales), two weeks consecutively.

        • Geoffro

          Dammit,I hate being shot down by rationalism.Dont reckon they be close to no 1 by end of October though

        • Who?

          Really hope you’re wrong. :-)
          I trust St Joe far more than Cheik.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Makes about as much sense as their ratings mate

      • Hoss

        you can address me as ‘Noble Leader’ now thank you.

        • Yowie

          FFS, 3 hours in the top spot and the NZ-style arrogance runs like a river.

        • Hoss

          Sorry, what was that, I was just having a bust made.

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