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Wallabies squad Melbourne test: Cheika changes four

Wallabies squad Melbourne test: Cheika changes four

Qantas Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika has made four changes to his starting side ahead of the second Test against England at AAMI Park in Melbourne (Saturday 18 June, 8.05pm AEST kick off).

Sekope Kepu and James Slipper join Captain Stephen Moore in a new-look front row while Sam Carter will pull on the gold jersey for the first time since Australia’s 47-10 win over the United States in Chicago last year.

Melbourne Rebels flanker Sean McMahon will start his first Test in Australia at his home ground after earning selection as Number 8 following the injury to David Pocock in the series opener.

“Based on last weekend’s performance, we decided that we wanted some new combinations for Saturday’s game,” Head Coach Michael Cheika said.

“Sean never takes a backwards step while James and Sekope add plenty of Test match experience.”

The backline is unchanged after it had a hand in all four of the Wallabies tries last Saturday at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The extended bench will be trimmed to eight later this week, which includes Western Force utility Luke Morahan, who could be in line for his first Test since his debut against Scotland in 2012.

“Obviously with his (Morahan’s) selection, we’re looking at a five-three split on the bench as opposed to the six forwards we had last weekend,” Cheika said.

Melbourne Rebels prop Toby Smith will also get the chance to run out at his home ground after being named on the bench while Wycliff Palu is set to return to the Wallabies fold after his Test career was considered all-but-over following a hamstring injury at the Rugby World Cup last year.

The squad also marks a return for Liam Gill who last featured for the Wallabies in their win over Ireland on the 2013 Spring Tour.

The second Test between the Qantas Wallabies and England will be screened LIVE in High Definition and ad-break free on FOX SPORTS 502 from 7.30pm AEST and LIVE on Ten from 7.30pm AEST for QLD, NSW and ACT viewers (on ONE in other Australian States and Territories). Fans can also LIVE stream the match on Foxtel Go (for FOX SPORTS subscribers) and on TenPlay.

Qantas Wallabies team to play England in the second Test at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Saturday, June 18, 8.05pm AEST

1. James Slipper – Reds (75 Tests)
2. Stephen Moore (c) – Brumbies (103 Tests)
3. Sekope Kepu  -Waratahs (64 Tests)
4. Rory Arnold – Brumbies (1 Test)
5. Sam Carter – Brumbies (12 Tests)
6. Scott Fardy – Brumbies (31 Tests)
7. Michael Hooper (vc) – Waratahs (52 Tests)
8. Sean McMahon – Rebels (7 Tests)
9. Nick Phipps – Waratahs (40 Tests)
10. Bernard Foley – Waratahs (28 Tests)
11. Rob Horne (vc)  – Waratahs (30 Tests)
12. Samu Kerevi – Reds (1 Test)
13. Tevita Kuridrani – Brumbies (32 Tests)
14. Dane Haylett-Petty – Western Force (1 Test)
15. Israel Folau – Waratahs (39 Tests)

Replacements (Three to be omitted) 

Tatafu Polota-Nau – Waratahs (62 Tests)
Toby Smith – Rebels (3 Tests)
Greg Holmes – Reds (25 Tests)
James Horwill – Harlequins (62 Tests)
Dean Mumm – Waratahs (45 Tests)
Wycliff Palu – Waratahs (57 Tests)
Ben McCalman – Force (47 Tests)
Liam Gill – Reds (15 Tests)
Nick Frisby – Reds (1 Test)
Christian Leali’ifano – Brumbies (17 Tests)
Luke Morahan – Force (1 Test)

  • Pedro

    3 of these to go:
    Palu, McCalman, Gill, Lealiifano, Morahan.

    Based on versatility and experience, I would imagine McCalman and Lealiifano to go into the team.

    • Christopher

      not Mumm in the pool as well?? Agreed Lilo will stay, if 5/3 split which i reckon is likely that means Morahan is good too, so 3 backrowers to go in my books.
      Gill – will be unlucky as always.
      Palu/McM/Mumm – no idea which one Chieka will pick. Mumm didn’t impress last week.Am thinking Benny Mac to get the nod… Palu the darkhorse.

      • Pedro

        I think Mumms ability to cover lock will make him a certainty even though I don’t think he played well last game, there’s no one else in that mould in the squad.

        • Christopher

          Horwill on the bench? If we lose a second second row put fardy at second row and bring Ben Mc on

        • Lopseychops

          What has happened to Mumm? I’m an Exeter Chiefs supporter and he was highly thought of and respected in the English PL. Past his prime for the international circuit?

    • Patrick

      Actually it will be Palu and Lilo in I think.

      • Pedro

        could be Palu, if he can play like he did against the Chiefs.

      • shepherd

        Palu has not proved himself in test or even super rugby for years? I can’t understand why he keeps getting selected.
        After Horwill’s effort last week it’ll be Palu, Mumm and McCalman to go. Gill brings breakdown expertise in absence of Pocock.

  • Tim

    Pretty happy with the starting squad. I hope Sean has a outstanding game!!! interesting bench Dean Mumm has failed to fire last game.Pretty rough on Sio would have liked to see him on the bench

  • ripper

    Would have thought Horwill would come into the starting XV with Carter to the Bench. Arnold needs a big game on Saturday, thought he was well below average last week.

    • PiratesRugby

      Carter has little impact at provincial level. He’ll get smashed by the English licks. I agree with blooding Arnold but he needs to be paired with an experienced international lock like Horwill.
      I think McMahon is a terrific player and will captain the Wallabies one day. He’s not an 8.
      What about Fardy to lock. Arnold can stay and has Fardy to play alongside, Timani to blindside and McCalman to 8? McMahon and Horwill on the bench.

      • Haz

        I think that Fardy to lock would weaken the scrum too much perhaps

  • Patrick

    Apart from the front-row, that looks like a pack that is being developed for the 4N not a pack to win this match.

    I am a big fan of McMahon and would have had him on the bench, but I think I would have started with Horwill over Arnold, possibly even Mumm over Carter, and with Palu over McMahon.

    Just to get a few caps in there!

    • McWarren


    • McWarren

      We don’t need caps, we need aggressive inform players who last longer than 20 minutes. McMahon fits that bill nicely.

      I’d like to see Fardy given a break and a young six given a go,timani or cottrell. Nothing against Fardy, I just don’t Mumm as a short or long term backup. For me what was evident in Saturday night was the size difference of Fardy and Mumm to the English 6. I know size ain’t everything but it helps and I like my 6,s to be intimidating characters.

      • mark conley

        Agree 100% on Fardy

    • SuckerForRed

      Agree with your first line. Was just thinking the same think. Has Cheika got his eyes firmly on the prize of the Bledisloe? He coped a pissling last year when he made changes for the Auckland test but maintained that he was looking to the RWC not the Bledisloe.

  • shepherd

    Happy with McMahon at 8 but does make you think that the breakdown will be a weak link the poms will surely target. For that reason Gill should get the nod for the bench. McCalman unlucky.

    Curious decisions at second row. Arnold certainly did not prove his test match ability last week – will throwing him in the mix with an almost equally inexperienced lock really challenge a strong English pack? Would of loved to see Skelton in the mix but can see that Cheik is trying to fix up the lineout. Seems ridiculous Palu got the pick above him though.

    It’s not an inspiring team – seriously a shadow of our world cup team. But last weeks loss boiled down to these things:

    1) Poms are coming off a successful 6 Nation campaign
    They’re cohesive, strategic and mental ascension over us comes from this particular squads recent experience. They played a northern style game in the south. Slow pace, weak tries, great kicking.
    2) Injuries
    Horne, Pocock, Simmons – three of our most experienced players cut from the field. With Moore coming off around the 50/60 minute mark the cap level diminished quick.
    The games balance was swayed by the yellow card.

    But I think we can win if Cheik can inspire some mongrel in the boys. Every time we attacked last week we looked dangerous. Our backline is looking sharp despite lots of injury. Joubert will surely be keyed onto pom scrum antics too. The key will be the ferocity at and around the breakdown. McMahon can bring it but can Carter and Arnold?

    • Pedro

      Arnold was playing his first ever test, I thought he played pretty well. Skelton doesn’t jump which makes him hard to select, plus his super form hasn’t been great.

      • Ned Schneebley

        Just what I was thinking Pedro, dropped after your first test could do long term (psychological) damage to Arnold, I’dve started Big Kev myself thought he looked good last game.

        • Parker

          I cannot fathom Carter being selected above Big Kev. Very disappointed by Carter’s selection at all. Hope he proves me very wrong.

        • Pclifto

          Agreed. Carter is due a massive game to repay the faith.

          I too liked the look of Arnold. Good hands and uses his frame well. Worth persisting with

        • Jack

          Thirded – Kev over Carter for me too, let’s hope he has a blinder. Wonder who’s calling the lineouts..??

    • Lopseychops

      Sounds as though EJ has gone with a 10-12 axis of Ford and Farrell. Expect more kick-chase to put your back three under pressure (except perhaps for Folau who I’ve a man-crush for) and plenty more kicks for territory and into the corners. The breakdown will be as crucial as ever but England will anticipate you boys flying out of the traps at Mach 10 and dishing out a bit more aggression this time around. It’ll be a tight score for sure, but I predict an Aus win.

    • Haz

      Not sure about point 2. I imagine that Kepu, Slipper, Polota-Nau, Mumm, and Big Kev brought a fair few caps on with them.

      • shepherd

        Guess your right – but still our lineout and breakdown specialists both effected and TPN doesn’t exactly bring precision to the lineout.

    • FreddietheCapitalist

      To be honest, I was expecting more of the same from Cheika/Wallabies. Why change the front row so much when all we’ve heard is England cheated their way to the yellow card and scrum victory? Dropping Sio completely doesn’t make sense to me, was he 3rd choice? Dropping the props sends a message other than they were hard done by from the ref. Don’t get why Moore came off so early, as you say, experience was needed and who better than the captain.

      Ford is set to be FH with Farrell 12 – don’t expect this to be a solely kicking contest, these boys mix it up quite a lot. Expect a faster paced game with the ball thrown about more without Burrell at 12.

      Agree your back line looked sharp – England should now be expecting that so will be interesting to see how the defence adjusts. We didn’t get our defensive line spacing right last week.

      I get what you’re saying about us coming off the back of the 6N’s but that was some time ago. The warm up match was minus half the first picks who were still playing in the league play-offs. I actually thought we were very slow to start last week even taking into account the first couple of tries that caught them cold – not unexpected, though. I’d be surprised if that happens again.

      New ref, new game and a SH ref to boot. If you’re guys (yes, I’m English) don’t win this time then Cheika has quite a bit to answer for.

      Either way, looking forward to it.

  • Simon

    Looks like Cheik has given up on trying to match the Poms at the breakdown and has gone for all out attack. I suppose the three omitted will be Gill, Palu and either Mumm or Morahan depending on whether he goes with 6/2 or 5/3. But it’s Cheika so no doubt there will be some more selection shenanigans.

    • Ned Schneebley

      still got the Hooper part of Pooper, he’s as good as open-side as any?

      • McWarren

        You mean he’s as good a winger as any. Why do you think we had so many isolated attackers last week, cause our flippin open side plays on the wing in attack, rather than running support lines. Mind you that’s not His fault, Cheika puts him there. Give me an out and out 7 everyday of the week.

        • FreddietheCapitalist


      • Simon

        Yeah he’s a great player but not a great on-baller. He doesn’t win a lot of turnovers and doesn’t really slow down ball at the ruck.

        McMahon is exactly the same type of player. Bloody scary combination when you’re trying to defend against them, but not much threat to Haskell, Itoje and Robshaw at the breakdown.

        I reckon Cheik figures that it doesn’t matter how many penalties they kick if we score 8 tries. :)

    • brumby runner

      I suspect Morahan is there to replace Horne if he (Horne) fails to make it back after the full-week’s concussion program is completed, which I understand from a previous post will only be after full contact training tomorrow.

  • Kane

    Are there any stats on Rob Horne’s injuries to game ratio because it seams like he gets injured ever 4th or 5th game.

  • Nutta

    Fantastic for Macca. I’m hoping Tony gets a jog to.

  • Mart

    Chieka has missed a trick here.
    He could’ve played the ultimate mind game and picked George Smith on the bench.
    Smith would’ve had to trot over from the english coaching warm up to the Wallabies warm up.
    Eddie would’ve blown a gasket

  • Adrian

    McMahon brutal, energetic, but small.

    Carter big, but not brutal, energetic

    I hope they go ok

    • Seb V

      Just need to put McMahon’s mind into Carters body and we have ourselves a winner

      • Keith Butler

        Not wrong Seb. My pick of the Rebels this season. A great pity he’s not 5 or 6 cams taller and 7-10 kg heavier. He’d be the Aussie 6 or 8 for years to come. Looking forward to this weekends test I reckon your guys might just shade it and set up a grand finale in Sydney.

  • Seb V

    Carter over Horwill and McMahon over Palu/McCalman/Gill – Looks like Cheika is sacrificing size and/or impact for mobility. Makes sense given the width we play at, but I still can’t help but think Horwill and McCalman would be better choices.

    • Train Without A Station

      Agree on both

  • john j

    It’s becoming pretty clear that Cheika is an average selector. It appears he forms an opinion of a player, and this opinion will stick regardless of form in most cases.

    I don’t understand the hype of McMahon. He is Like Hooper (Who I am not a fan of) but just not as good. He isn’t as fast, he cannot pilfer at all (compared to a little) and he’s weak at the ruck. I would be nervous having him as a test 7, let alone a test 8.

    Sam Carter is meh. Horwill offered a fair bit in the last test, just like he did in the RC last year before being left out of the WC squad. If Douglas was fit, I doubt we would see him in the squad, despite the fact he is still one of the best 2 or 3 Australian eligible locks. Horwill is more than capable of running a line out, and running it well. When Simmons was injured at the Reds, there line out was humming perfectly well.

    Mumm will make it onto the bench. He had a typical Mumm game last week. A couple of knock ons, and a penalty.

    A back 5 of Horwill, Arnold, Fardy, Gill, McCalman makes the most sense balance wise, but that will never happen. Heck I would settle for that with Hooper in for Gill even!

  • bruce bendall

    Looks like Michael Cheika is not taking the chance that it was not just the referee with the decisions against Scott Sio in first test

  • John J

    What? can’t question Cheika on this site now??

  • Grins

    Sio dropped is presumably because of the RWC game vs Scotland and last week – Cheika knows that Kaplan has an issue with the way he scrummages.

    • Lindommer

      And Scott doesn’t even play for the Tahs. Lucky Kaplan isn’t whistling this test, though.

      • Grins

        Apologies – wrong SA ref – Joubert. Same issue though…

  • Huw Tindall

    I think we can go OK without Pocock.

    England played smart breakdown rugby whilst we played all out insanity breakdown attack. England only piled in when we had an isolated runner. If we can improve our running support (I want a forward right up the bum of anyone doing a hit up) then we can defend against England at the breakdown. The Wallabies probably need to be smarter in attacking opposition ball to give away less penalties. Rather than go for a fetch just plow in straight through the middle to disrupt their ball as opposed to stealing it.

    Given the above I think Shaun crazy eyes McMahon can bring that aggression to the breakdown. I’m worried about other big boppers though. Without Douglas we don’t have an quality aggro lock in the squad and Fardy and Hooper play different roles. McMahon probably a bit small to just smash into things. Palu in his heyday is the obvious choice…but I think that’s past.

    Hurry up Saturday!!!

  • Henry Dissmissinya

    I’m happy kerevi is getting another go, thought he did a lot of damage, and if anything limited is opportunities by shovelling it on out of nervousness of his first test, this time around he knows what to expect and will choose when to back himself more, I’m expecting him to have a huge impact this game and I’m excited about it

    • Braveheart81

      I agree. Would have liked to see Kerevi try and break tackles more like he does in Super Rugby. Generally his decision making was good though and he made some good passes.

      It’s those situations where the option is him trying to beat his defender on the outside shoulder or pass it to Kuridrani to try and beat his guy in the same manner. That’s where I’d like to see Kerevi really have a crack at getting the bump and fend going.

      • Henry Dissmissinya

        absolutely mate

      • Train Without A Station

        I thought it worked him passing more.

        He fixes defenders. With him and Kuridrani to watch Folau ran riot at times.

        The first Hooper try was the perfect example of Kerevi’s value. He fixed his defender and Hooper’s and then was happy to pass off.

        Kuridrani really offered the grunt in the midfield and Folau was able to get on the outside if he only had one defender marking him.

        None of this happened with Giteau at 12 in 2015.

        • Seb V

          If Kerevi keeps improving his passing (I thought it was great last weekend) he’ll be the next Nonu.

        • Train Without A Station

          I thought it was great for a debut of a non-play maker. But imagine how good he can get if they put the time into him in a way similar to the NZRU with Nonu.

      • Simon

        Kerevi’s most effective line-breaking is done off the back of set-piece ball when the forwards are tied up and the backs are stretched. Unfortunately with the mess at the scrum and lineout he didn’t get much of a chance at that last week.

  • onlinesideline

    Liam Gill on in last 15 mins to save the day – steals a line out or does a crucial turnover.

    You heard it here first !

    • Seb V

      Or kicks the winning drop goal.

      • Callum

        Beat me to that one

  • Julian Manieson

    Got to say I feel a bit for Jed Holloway… reckon a quick, 6’4, 18 stone number 8 would fit the bill right about now
    He seems to have the worst luck with injuries
    Hoping McMahon and Carter have blinders though!

  • Haz

    Sio being dropped from the 23 tells us all we need to know about who was at fault out of him and Cole last weekend.

    Carter in the row bad news imo. Has even less mongrel and impact than Simmons and will need to do a Haskell and play his best ever game to equal Itoje or Kruis.

    • John Tynan

      Rather than “at fault” I would say who won the experience battle. Points went to the old dog over the new buck.

      • Gegonago

        Of course a sure fire way to give an inexperienced player experience is to drop him completely. Im sure dropping Sio every time someone with more experience than him is playing is practical over the long term

        • John Tynan

          Coaches only get measured on the “W” column, unfortunately. It’s a ruthless world, the old professional sport.

    • Mad Dutchman

      I think it tells us that Sio (and the ref) got played by the experienced Cole and that won’t be allowed to happen again.
      Sio has that over-extend tendency and Cole worked it to perfection.
      The funniest comment I heard all game was when Cole actually told the referee “I just want to scrummage” or similar. It looked like he wanted to do anything but… Never ‘taking the weight’ on engagement.

    • Mica

      +1 but on the second comment only :)
      1st comment is a long bow. Both players contributed to the scrum problems. The referee made a decision and it went against Sio this time. Another ref may have pinged Cole for not taking the set.
      More likely Sio got hooked so that he can work on how to deal with a prop who employs Cole’s tactics in future and to highlight these tactics if they reoccur with a new prop.

      • FreddietheCapitalist

        Don’t get why Sio was dropped from the 23, though. Sure, he lost out to Cole but that happens. Dropping him from the 23 looks like a public statement of blame by Cheika. To be clear, I don’t agree with Cheika on this one.

  • Damion

    This is a weaker Wallaby squad than the 1st test squad that was out-thought and out-played. 4 reasons
    1. Kepu is not playing at the same level as Holmes in the crucial anchor position of tight head prop.
    2. Sam Carter is neither a trusted lineout option nor a tough, physical tight forward.
    3. Sean McMahon is not big enough to compete as a test No. 8 and is no tail of the lineout option.
    4. Bernard Foley needs a ball-player outside him to carry the decision-making and execution loads. Samu Kerevi at No. 12 is not that player. He is a carbon copy of Kuridrani outside him.

    Eddie Jones will have England very ready for Saturday night. After initially thinking the Wallabies may squeeze out a narrow victory, this squad has forced me to change my mind. This will be Brisbane II. England will win the crucial battle up front which means the quality of the Wallaby possession will be poor. Phipps & Foley will struggle, Kerevi, Kuradrani and Folau will be contained, Horne and Haylett-Petty will be a non-event on attack and the Wallaby bench will add very little.

    • Seb V

      1. No. Kepu had limited training time with the squad which is the reason Holmes got the nod ahead of him.
      2. Yes. On current form. He was a solid option at one point and Cheika seems to like him for some reason. I would have gone with Horwill, I’m guessing Carter is fitter and more mobile than Horwill and that is what Cheika is after.
      3. Agreed. Big step down from Poey. McMahon is a just a lite-Hooper.
      4. A second playmaker would help, but the backline did well on attack last week. I hope it can step up in defence – their is no defensive organiser eg. Toomua, Lilo, Gits – they control the defensive line when in the team. Not sure Foley is the right man for that, but confidence in the attack after last weeks efforts.

      • Train Without A Station

        The backline did considerably better than last time we played England with a 2nd playmaker. We also missed less tackles.

        • Brendan Hume

          Losing Horne might have played a role there as well.

    • Mad Dutchman

      Point 1. Disagree – Kepu pretty similar in scrum ability and far better around the field.
      Point 2. Agree. Must just be to get the Brumbies LO familiarity going.
      Point 3. Could go either way. No 8 play not always related only to size. He is pound for pound an excellent defender and ball runner… Maybe more as a wide option though.
      Point 4. That was the same centre pairing as the first test so does not make us weaker. Things actually seemed more confused to me when CLL was on the field. Foley started to get the ball in his hands less. Was he expecting CLL to distribute more?

      • McWarren

        Point 1. I think Holmes is very unlucky. He through the pass that let Foley set up Folau and he threw in a little front rowers goose step as well. I think he is a better scrummager than Kepu.

    • FreddietheCapitalist

      Re point 4. England have picked Ford at 10 and Farrell at 12 for just that reason.

  • Sideshow

    Some of the negative comments here befuddle me. Last game we scored 4 tries to 2, so there’s nothing wrong with either our attack or defence. The back line did the job and clearly Kerevi at 12 did the job too. We lost on penalties, which was a combination of scrum, isolation, and not adjusting to the rule differences/interpretations.

    Kepu and Slipper are our best scrummagers, and kepu was only left out last week due to jet lag. I feel for Sio, but Cheika is right in completely removing the possibility of referee perception of him, and he will come back another year a tougher and smarter prop. And the new ref may or may not be keeping a closer eye on Dan Cole’s tricks this week.

    McMahon and Carter are mobile options which will help with the isolation, and I’m sure that would have been worked on in training too.

    And I can’t see our boys making as many mistakes this week with interpretations.

    Foley had a bad night with the boot, and that’s unlikely to be repeated. Nor would turning down an easy 3 points when only 13 points down and 30 mins left on the clock!

    Go boys!

    • FreddietheCapitalist

      Ahem, England scored 3 tries, not 2…

  • Brorannosaurus Rex

    The second row is looking weak sauce still. Arnold needs to play for more than 20 minutes this time and learn how to complete a decoy. Carter needs to play a lot tougher and run more effectively.

    Would’ve liked 40 minutes of Waratahs v Chiefs version of Palu to get a run and check Itoje. Pocock is worth dropping a classic 8 because he is a world class pilferer. McMahon offers the same game as Hooper, I don’t think McHooper is anywhere near as effective as Pooper.

    Kepu and Slipper are stronger ball-carriers, hopefully that will help with the lack of genuine ball carriers. Sio got a raw deal from Poite and now Cheika. I would have liked to see more faith in our scrum prevailing. But perception is reality and Sio didn’t adjust to Cole’s tricks. Maybe Slipper and Kepu’s experience will see them adjust to the games better.

    • brumby runner

      I wouldn’t say that Slipper is a stronger ball carrier than Sio. Much of a muchness perhaps. Kepu is probably the strongest with ball in hand but needs to be involved more than he usually is.

      • Brorannosaurus Rex

        Perhaps Slipper is a more frequent runner then. At the very least he considers himself one. He probably rated his passing game up until the RWC Wales game..

  • Duncher

    Is Sio injured?

    • RedSheep1989


    • bruce bendall

      Think he might have bruised knees and nose following his scrummaging efforts

      • Duncher

        Haha and a dislocated ego?

        • bruce bendall

          an aussie with no ego …… LOL

  • DK

    Pretty happy with that team. As most mentioned no one really played badly in the 1st test, it wasn’t as though the new guys couldn’t be given another run. Carter a bit of a interesting call but 1st year after (or 3yrs to go till) a world cup give the young lads plenty of test time against quality opposition and in a pressure environment. The debs all would have learnt a lot from the 1st test and hopefully can be more settled this time around. Good to see people hopefully putting their hand up and making Chiekas job alot harder come 3yrs time.

  • drrea81

    So the reserves have been named & HORWILL misses out. Really? WTF?
    Oh well… In Cheik we trust #strongerasone

  • FreddietheCapitalist

    If it’s on the scoreboard, it counts. The gift was delivered by the boot of George Ford. ;-)

  • Dd99

    Plus, don’t forgot one of their tries was a kick ahead from an error. They only really scored one proper try, whereas all of ours were skillful. Cheika obviously hadn’t watched Farrell kick Sarries to a premiership and European Cup this year. Kick kick kick. I live in the UK. God rugby is boring here.

  • bruce bendall

    If the penalties aren’t conceded they can’t be kicked and England may have scored more tries. If you don’t like penalties tell your team not to cheat,


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