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Tuesday’s Rugby News

Tuesday’s Rugby News

Tuesday’s Rugby News has Samoan scrum reflections, Shaun Berne being an attack coach n stuff, Japanese people going nuts for Wales, and Cheika the graceful.

Taniela Tupou 

Samoa Scrum

Taniela Tupou has opined that getting beaten badly in the scrum by a Tier 2 nation was a wake-up call.

“What happened in the first scrum, Jordan and Slipper were on at the time and I came on and it was just hard because I came on and we make a mistake and it happens in the game,” Tupou told rugby.com.au.

“We fixed it in the last few scrums but again it’s a work-on for us going forward against Fiji.

“Glad we had those scrums against Samoa so we can have a look at it and fix it for the World Cup.”

Tupou, who was blessed as child from a young age, revealed his excitement at the chance to play in a Rugby World Cup with his adopted team.

“I remember playing for Tonga U14s a few years ago and our coach was saying the plan is for everyone to play in the World Cup in 2019 for Tonga and here I am obviously playing for Australia,” he said.

“It’s something I’ve been dreaming of, playing at the World Cup and I didn’t think I would be able to play for Australia but now I’m here and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to represent Australia, my family and myself.

“It hasn’t been easy, but I’m happy I’m here and I just want to work hard and hopefully get an opportunity to play.”

Shaun Berne

Bernie Has deBeered Berne

Wallabies attack coach Shaun Berne has told reporters that he’s not here to reinvent rugby, and in fact he’s still using some of Bernie’s old plays.

“There had been a couple of lean years there but Stephen Larkham is a good coach and so some of the stuff I had to come in and tweak [but] I am still using some of his plays,” Berne told SMH.

“That’s not to say we haven’t brought in new plays, that’s to say there hasn’t been a great deal for me to do especially with the quality that is in the room. They bring different talents and different things we can make use of.

“Not giving too much away tactically but you’re not going to reinvent rugby. You’re not asking a guy to come into an environment like this and reinvent rugby. You’re asking him to look at what he sees and make some small adjustments.”

So far this year, the Wallabies have scored 15 tries in 5 games. That compares to 19.2 points per game in the 13 games in 2018.

“Am I happy with how we’ve gone?,” Berne said, talking to himself.

“I’m happy with where we’re at right now in terms of leading up into Fiji. You’re never completely happy. We’ve scored some nice tries in those games I’ve been involved in but we’ve probably left some tries out on the field as well.”

Moshi Moshi Wales

In levels of obsession rarely seen outside of Melbourne, 15,000 Japanese locals have turned out to watch Wales – even learning and singing their national anthem.

The Welsh, based in Kitakyushu, were blessed as they trained on a Japanese national holiday, Respect for the Aged Day.

Michael Cheika

Cheika The Graceful

Paul Cully of the SMH thinks that Cheika’s firebrand and myopic stereotype is slowly evolving.

“There has been a different side to Cheika this year: more rounded, balanced, with a real appreciation of the big picture,” Cully writes.

“There’s a theory about Michael Cheika that goes something like this: he’s a ‘championship’ coach who can get a lot from teams for short periods of time but not the longer-term.

“As a consequence, there wouldn’t be much shock among rugby folk if Cheika inspired the Wallabies to go well at this Rugby World Cup: in some ways, it would confirm the stereotype after some really lean years following the previous Rugby World Cup.”

“Perhaps it’s because he sees the finishing line in sight, or perhaps someone has got in his ear, but Cheika’s calm reaction to the loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park and his role in unifying the squad in the wake of the Israel Folau storm is showing him in the best light.

“Yes, there are still moments of fire in the coaching box, but there have been more smiles this year from Cheika this year. The stereotype is being challenged, and that must be deeply concerning for opposition coaches.”

Without getting slammed for plagiarism, you can check out the 4 other parts of Cully’s weekly 5-things column here.

  • Bobas

    “Who wants to outnumber Wales, make a lot of noise and surround them so they can’t escape? Wear red!”

    I think that stadium is called ‘the cove’.

    • Dud Roodt

      The Cove was such a great romcom

      • Bobas

        My dolphin never recovered from the beating

        • Dud Roodt

          I’m not sure what “my dolphin” is a euphemism for, but my dolphin made it through the whole film without being beaten…

        • Nutta

          Leave my dolphin out of it. 6yrs in a Christian Bros boarding school was enough for it.

  • Dud Roodt

    Between Tupou and Wales, a lot of people being blessed today – has Izzy taken the reigns of Tuesday’s Rugby News?

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Hahahaha gold

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Nick,

    So Larkham was sacked because his philosophy was incompatible with Cheika’s and the reason things were falling apart was because the attack processes put in were wrong. Now we hear they are good but only need “tweaking”. Sounds more and more like Larkham has been a scapegoat for the NSW backed people in the setup. Talk about a lack of integrity and accountability. No wonder this seems to be missing from a large part of the playing group when it resides at the very top.
    Lot of work to do their Tupou, good to see you’ve acknowledged it but we’ve heard this for 5 years now. I’ll be a shit load more impressed if I see some actual difference on the field rather than the talk.
    “Cheika the Graceful” Love it. Personally I just can’t wait until he’s “Cheika the Ex-coach”

    • Brumby Runner

      Certainly, a change from four years of Cheika the Disgraceful.

    • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

      Integrity + Accountability Rugby Australian

    • laurence king

      And the exit of the the Board with him

  • Nutta

    Morning All.

    TannyT, keep learning those lessons Big Fella. That’s what life is all about.

    The locals singing the Welsh anthem – the clips is brilliant. It brought a tear of joy to my eye. But it’s a good anthem to sing. Even I bloody well sing it and I’m about as Welsh as Shanghai Sam. Now get ,15000 Japanese locals to show up and sing AdvAustFair and THEN I’ll be really impressed.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Heard it at the old Cardiff Arms Park once. Outstanding and brought shivers up my back

      • Keith Butler

        Me too. The Arms Park a place with real atmosphere. It was in the 70s a period when the Welsh ruled the roost. Needless to say the SDs lost but it was great craic. Many pints of Brains SA aka Skull Attack consumed on that day.

        • Greg

          I always found it a bit challenging asking a “pint of brains please”

        • Keith Butler

          Judging by some of the blokes I played with and against, they could have done with some. Forwards mind you.

    • juswal

      Japanese society and people are a treat awaiting visitors. Tired and jaded? Feeling disrespected or ignored? Come to a place where everyone you encounter will treat you as truly special. They want to make you feel good, they will show honour and respect. While allowing you space and privacy and overlooking your gaucheness.

      Soon you will start showing everyone the same small courtesies. You will acquire a measure of calm grace and modest confidence. You will be a better human by turning just a bit Japanese.

      So buy a cold can of beer from a vending machine, sit in a hot rocky pool with snow falling around you, and contemplate the mysteries of essence and simplicity.

      • Keith Butler

        A very nice thought but then you have to return home and it is but a distant memory.

  • GeorgiaSatellite

    Interesting write-up here. He says the Wallies were ranked 6th going into the last tournament, but I thought they were up around 3 or 4, and couldn’t understand why the Atom Bombs at my local in Tbilisi were so chirpy that we would lose to both them and Wales (which is why I enjoyed the pool result much more than the rest of the tournament). Anyway… https://www.theguardian.com/sport/ng-interactive/2019/sep/17/rugby-world-cup-2019-australia-team-guide

  • Alister Smith

    “Cheika’s calm reaction to the 36-0 lost at Eden Park” … calm or also referred to as shell shock


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