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Wallabies win their first of the season

Wallabies win their first of the season

Storms throughout the Brisbane day ensured uncertainty around crowd size but also what we could expect come game time. Clear skies by kick off, and the fantastic Suncorp Surface was good to go for another intense Nelson Mandela Challenge was sure to take place.

Scoring Plays:

Eben Etzbeth gets away his pass

Eben Etzbeth gets away his pass

3rd minute – Aussies snagged an early turn over and looked to attack by spreading wide, but a loose carry saw the Boks regain possession and spread it wide where Etzebeth sent Habana away for a run before Genia took down Mohoje in a cracker. Eventually the Boks were able to continue to take the ball forward before Whiteley powered over for his team’s first try.

12th - Australia awarded a scrum penalty via an Etzebeth loose arm and Foley is successful with the shot.

18th – Folau outjumps Habana for a misplaced Bok bomb and off loaded to Cooper who set Kerevi away down the sideline. Samu passed back to Quade who set up a quick phase ball and the ball was spread wide to Foley who’s pass to countless Wallaby support runners was intercepted by Adriaan Strauss who set the play down field for Johan Goosen to follow through a well-placed kick to score under the posts.

Juan de Jongh looks to put Bryan Habana away

Juan de Jongh looks to put Bryan Habana away

27th – The Aussies shunned a number of penalty shot options following repeated infringements by the Boks. A quick throw in to Douglas at the front saw Hodge power his way close to the line before Genia went back to the sideline where Adam Coleman was waiting for the pass to score his first test try.

35th - Folau took another kick and off-loaded to Quade who flicked it magically to Kerevi who charged down the field, perhaps ignoring support on the outside. The Boks were penalised from the next play and Foley kicked the penalty.

Half time = 14-13 to South Africa
Stephen Moore gets up close and personal

Stephen Moore gets up close and personal

42nd – Foley kicks a penalty following a lovely inside pass from Quade to Kerevi was stopped by the Boks and Etzebeth was yellow carded for yet another Bok penalty in the 22m.

62nd– After countless Wallaby charges in close around the ruck, and some solid Bok defence, Foley took the first receiver’s position and straightened the attack well to dummy over and score after 18 phases of attack.

64th– Morne Steyne kicked a penalty goal following a Wallaby infringement at the ruck.

Quade Cooper was elusive on his return to Suncorp

Quade Cooper was elusive on his return to Suncorp

Random Observations:

  • A propensity for Wallaby players to put the ball on the boot while attacking. Perhaps a tactic to take advantage of the greasy surface.
  • Wallabies working well off the line in defence with Hodge in particular tackling around 10/12 working well.
  • Boks doing very well at the breakdown either turning it over or slowing it down at the maul.
  • Hodge kicking for touch was a revelation. We actually made significant metres!
  • Genia showing his class across the park. Let alone the try saving tackle, but fantastic clearing kicks, clever attacking options and excellent pressure around the ruck, maul and scrum.
  • The second half really started to loosen up with both teams looking to challenge the other team with some creative play.
  • Michael Hooper was back to aggressive best at the ruck and at the tackle which makes you consider that his form in the last couple of tests was more because the All Blacks were able to nullify him completely.
  • Foley’s five from five with the boot was very decisive
  • The Boks started with great speed and put the pressure on the Wallabies early but couldn’t maintain it throughout the game.
  • The Wallabies have now won 2 from 8 tests under Nigel Owens.

The Wrap

The game was one well below the standard we would expect in an All Black encounter but Australia should be proud of their first win since the RWC Semi-Final last year. Quade at 10, and particularly in combination with Genia, has definitely seen greater intent in the team’s attack, but finishing remains a concern as you get the feeling that there were points left on the field

Australia retain the Nelson Mandela Plate and will take on the Pumas in Perth next week, whilst the Boks head to Christchurch to face New Zealand.

Faf de Klerk clears the ball

Faf de Klerk clears the ball


 

The Game Changer

It was the Wallaby’s composed play in the 2nd half that culminated with the try to Bernard Foley with just a quarter of the game to go that seemed the moment that slowed the Boks and solidified the Wallabies.

The G&GR MOTM

Some solid performances by both teams but Will Genia was the man who made the most impact on his team’s performance with a classy and composed performance across the park. .

Player watch

Rookies Reece Hodge and Adam Coleman were both extremely impressive with their positive impacts across the game and big match plays. Michael Hooper was edging closer to his best and was named the official player of the match. Bok fullback Johan Goosen was the best for the visitors.

The Details

Crowd: 30,327

Score & Scorers

Australia 23: 
Tries: Adam Coleman, Bernard Foley
Conversions: Bernard Foley 2
Penalties: Bernard Foley 3
South Africa 17: 
Tries: Warren Whiteley, Johan Goosen
Conversions: Elton Jantjies 2
Penalties: Morne Steyne

Cards & citings

41st minute – Eben Etzebeth

  • Moose

    Yay!

    • Pedro

      Says it all really.

  • Tim

    We did everything to loose that game, but hey we came away with a win! Yewwwwww!!!

  • Dud Roodt

    What a fucking relief.
    A few thoughts;
    – Moore still needs to make way for TPN. At one point it looked like Moore was running around on a freshly polished timber floor with socks on
    – props are good, incl reserves
    – liking the second row more and more
    – Mumm played well. Credit where it’s due. But he’s a stop gap at best.
    – Pooper played well, still want to see it given a rest
    – Timani still needs a run
    – Genia is the best of the wallabies
    – Cooper looks good but had a few freak outs (as per)
    – foley still needs a rest but also played well
    – kerevi = brilliant
    – hodge = fucking great tackler
    – DHP is a long term wallaby and confirms it every game
    – Folau is Folau

    I can finally enjoy a Saturday nights sleep.
    Never doubted them…

    • Pedro

      I can’t believe you choose that Sacha Baron Cohen character…

      • Dud Roodt

        Ha total lapse in judgement from me.
        I’ll hit the showers

    • Who?

      Where were the Cooper freak outs? And ‘played well’ isn’t a game where you throw two intercepts. Moore’s rightly copped a fair bit for a lack of intensity lately, but did anyone notice Douglas wandering around out there in the lead up to the first try? First five minutes, should be fresh, but he just wasn’t in it. Which meant Genia was the one having to tackle Warren Whitely.

      • Dud Roodt

        Well the occasional panic when the pocket collapses around him. The absolute fear of taking the ball into contact without doing something weird. But all in all I’m happy with the way he played.
        Foley threw two intercepts, but I thought he did quite a few good things. Mixed game would probably have been more appropriate, but I’m not willing to throw him under the bus for those intercepts and will give credit where it’s due. Still don’t think he should be playing 12.
        Yeah the issue with Moore for me is never effort, no one can deny his commitment – it’s just that for me, his commitment and effort is ineffectual.
        To be honest I missed the first 20 of the game, but you’re right, Douglas can be a pedestrian sometimes. Still think that 2 row is our best in a while

        • Willem Labuschagne

          I had been wondering why Moore is copping so much criticism because as far as I could see the poor bigger was giving it everything and, as far as lineouts go, it’s seldom as simple as merely being the fault of the hooker. But after reading your comment, I had a look and you have a good point. There is a difference between flinging yourself into everything and being effective.

      • Big Ted

        Yep, saw that one. Thought Douglas was a chance for an early shower after that effort – or lack of

      • Spank

        Very good point, Douglas was in cyber-space somewhere when that first try was scored. Overall though I think our locks were good especially Coleman. Arnold, Coleman and Douglas are each better value than Simmons and Skelton.

        • Who?

          I’m happy with Arnold and Coleman, I can’t see any value in Douglas… His workrate is half Coleman and Simmons (who are, this year, about equal). And he’s a dud in the lineout. He’s taking one lineout per match. That’s Skelton-useful.

    • Hoss

      Bit harsh on QC Dud – I saw him aim up and take some hits when there were no attacking options around him – 3 years ago it would be behind-the-back flick pass and we would be in deep doo-doo.

      • ozrugbynut

        yeh i agree, although there was at least one occasion i screamed at him to take the hit. He just needs to keep working on this. I think his judgement is really improving and his performances recently have suggested a much better-balanced player.

    • Chong Ly

      Genia kicked the ball away several times in the dying minutes to give Boks repeated opportunities to attack and win the game. This is silly decision making at best

      • CoachOfTheYear

        You mean while Hooper was captain? Clearly been working on game management.

        • Nick

          Genia kicks while Hooper is captain = Hooper’s fault

          Genia kicks while (insert other player) is captain = Genia’s fault

    • kp

      DHP took the high ball well but was otherwise absent in attack.

  • Pedro

    Great write up reg. I thought the wallabies were the better team and won despite a bit of bad luck.

    Totally agree with genia as motm, his kicking alone was priceless.

    The forward work in the lead up to Foley’s try was also very impressive.

    Such a queer feeling, victory at last.

    • Spank

      Agree with all the comments above. Genia WAS the General. He and QC make a great combo. Certainly we left a few tries on the park and Kerevi was desperately unlucky! For once though I think Nigel Owens had a good game and treated both sides fairly. Big relief for everyone and great that 30,000 turned up given the rain in Brisbane over the last 24 hours. Was absolutely bucketing down till only a hour or two before the kick-off where we are.

      • Huw Tindall

        Overall Owens was good but two absolute shockers he missed. Habana tackle and no release of the player. Aus pinged for holding on. Owens comes in and says Habana wasn’t the tackler. There was nobody in cooee of him.

        Also Eztbeth essentially dive bombing Allatoa at a ruck when he was rolling away. Just completely left his feet and almost did a WWE style elbow drop.

        All things considered though I think Owens did a good job. I don’t think either side would feel ‘robbed’ which is probably as good a measure as anything.

        • Gee

          Yeah Owens does have a habit of missing a but. For example Pocock’s headstomp on McCaw last year.

        • Flog Kiwi

          give it a rest you pumpkin

        • Tim

          Lmao. Glass houses much? Every 3rd article in Aussie rugby websites is a whinging piece on some apparent transgression from the ABs that went unpunished. Of course it’s going to seem one sided if you never acknowledge what your own team gets away with.

        • Flog Kiwi

          Indeed much the same as if you never acknowledge the national chip on the shoulder and thin skin that all New Zealanders inherit as a birth right then you are going to continue to wander through this life going from other countries rugby forum to forum with a big flog sign on your head that the rest of us see a mile off. Kia Ora madam

        • Nick

          Yes New Zealand rugby websites. The bastion of all that is good, true and holy.

        • first time long time

          Can we still give Poey 10 weeks for ruffling Sir Richies 80’s flat top.
          If it hadn’t been Richie you wouldn’t have even seen it.
          You win this weeks Sidchrome super tool award… keep it up

        • Spank

          Speaking of Pocock, I thought he was outplayed last night by Hooper who has finally hit form. In defence of Pocock he never gets a chance to play in his true position. I agree with those who say it is time to ditch the Pooper with one or the other at 7 and a true number 8. Anyone remember Toutai Kefu or the great Mark Loane.

        • RedsFanDan

          Don’t forget the little forearm drop that started the scuffle between Etzebeth and Alaalatoa beforehand. He probably won’t get cited for either incident.

      • Old_Laurentian

        Owens had a good game, as I think he usually does.
        – Go back now!

      • Chinese Dave

        Kerevi wasn’t unlucky, he held the ball in the wrong hand, he should have known better.

  • Kiwi Tim

    Congratulations Wallabies. Nicely done. Enjoy :)

  • Julesie Bolwell

    Very happy with that! Go wobblies :)

  • Brisneyland Local

    Good write up RR.
    Well done the Wallabies, and a gutsy effort from the Saffa’s!
    Genia was decisive, he looked great and finally our box kick that used to make me poo my pants every time we attempted it worked pretty well.
    Still a lot of basic errors creeping in.
    Cooper adds real spark to the attack at 10, and his passing is sublime.
    Foley’s kicking off the tee was great, but his kicks in general play were still below par, and his two passes to the opposition. WTF?
    Line out looked better and scrum was coming ok.
    We have to consistently bed this in. However I am convinced that had this been against NZ, we still would have got pantsed!

  • yogifj

    So a win…. woohoo but lets not get too carried away….
    A good performance all around (gonna get a second viewing to get my bearings).
    Firstly it was Foley’s boot that won us this match!!. 2 meat pies and both converted. The penalties won it. However, with 2 intercepts thrown (One lead to try), Defensive Issues (which I believe lead to first try to saffas), etc Foley should be given a ‘rest’.
    Cooper looked good as the game went on, some scares but he still seems to ‘click’ with genia.
    Genia was great except for some wayward passes, but awesome try saving tackles…
    Pocock and Hooper were good, heck even Mumm was good (can’t believe I wrote this)
    Props worked hard, Kerevi runs were great (hold the ball on the opposite hand to your opposition son… basics) seems to work with Cooper. The substitutes works hard and did well; I think Arnold carries well, took a couple saffas to get him dowm. Hodge and DPH did their work and Folau was perfect on the high balls….
    We won a match that we looked like we were trying hard to lose!!!

    • Pedro

      Both of the intercepts could have conceivably led to tries for Australia, the try scored by south Africa off the first is a fourteen point turn around.

  • Huw Tindall

    I’ll take that. Not the greatest but showed enough and defensively we didn’t leak too many easy points. Good discipline in our 22.

    Few thoughts:
    – Reserve front row scrummaged better…wouldn’t be surprised this time next year to see Kepu in retirement. Pity TPN is going to the UK. Moore probably most pleased with that!
    – Reece Hodge’s boot. Enough said.
    – Folau and DHP under the high ball were impeccable. Good to see DHP up his game again this week. Still worry about playing him out of position. If we had a gun winger he’d be the first to go. Folau has a mortgage at 15 and Cheik doesn’t seem like he will move him to 13.
    – Jury is out on Cooper/Foley10/12. Cooper hasn’t lit it up at 10. Foley 100% kicking tonight and got a meat pie himself. I’d just like to stick with a combination for a while now. Without Toomua et al 12 is going to be a real conundrum for the Wallabies next year unless we bring Beale back from the UK (which we should do)
    – Kerevi has a lot to learn at 13.
    – Mumm. Give the the guy some credit.
    – Coleman looks the goods. Hope he turns into an Etzbeth or Retallick level player.
    – Still not convinced with Pooper. Didn’t think I’d say it but Pocock seems a bit off the pace and needs to widen his skillset. His floater pass into touch was terrible. Hooper is playing an all around better game IMO. With Pocock on leave next year will be interesting to see who steps up into 8. Wide open.

    • jamie

      Cooper has been great, foley not so.

      • JJJ

        I suspect Pocock had orders to back off a bit in attacking the ball. He’s been pinged for it a few times lately and this match was too important to leave it to the ref to get it right.

    • Old_Laurentian

      Broadly agree but I think Quade did light up.

    • Who?

      Cooper hasn’t lit it up at 10? How many times did he release Kerevi?! And he put Foley in a nice little hole, too (shame that Faf de Klerk got the turnover off it – Foley’s support was too slow). And he didn’t throw two passes to an opposing stationary hooker, who converted one of them to 7 points. If Quade had, everyone would be screaming for his head…

      • A Fan

        Agree those two great bits of play on kick returns from Quade . You have to love the potential that a Kerevi Cooper combo could bring, particularly after a season of Super Rugby together. Sky is the limits. Baby steps for now

        • Spank

          ABSOLUTELY!! Looking forward to REDS 2017 already. Not sure though if Moore will make the run-on Reds 15. Present Reds hooker offers more than Moore!

        • A Fan

          Lets hope he can mentor Ready a bit, although he is past it physically he has to have some excellent knowledge to pass down after a decade at the top level. Moore to start the season and taper off week to week with Ready to start the back end of the season. It is evident that the Reds, Waratahs and Brumbies all need to be strong for Australian Rugby to be in a healthy place

      • Huw Tindall

        I wasn’t having a go a QC, far from it. Probably just got high expectations given we know what he is capable of. Either way Foley isn’t getting my the 10 back any time soon.

        • RobC

          Its these lofty expectations that creates arguments.

        • first time long time

          QC was good but like you say, and I agree, it was probably average for QC, which was streaks ahead of what Foley has and can produce.
          I have complained many times over the years that QC and Genia get rated against their best games rather than the other players e.g.
          QC v Foley….. Quade was awesome
          QC v best QC…. he was average
          It was great to see forward thrust in attack last night with attackers something the defence.
          Minimal 2nd wave backlines 20m bend the ad line was nice too.

        • first time long time

          something = committing

      • Spank

        Much prefer Cooper at 10 than any other options at present. The exception may be Beale if he were available BUT he is sensational at 12 or 15. Some of the passes thrown by Cooper last night were brilliant and ‘only Cooper’ can do. As you say if Cooper had thrown the Foley passes all would be screaming for his head.

    • teach

      It was one of Cooper’s best games at 10 for a lonnnnnng time.

      • Who?

        Let’s be fair, he hasn’t had many games at 10 – not for the Wallabies, the Reds, not even for Toulon – for a long time. Hard to judge a bloke’s recent form when he hasn’t actually played that much rugby.

    • Parker

      Kerevi 12, Folau 13, DHP15. Solved

      • Who?

        If Kerevi has defensive issues at 13, then how’s Folau supposed to fix them..? He didn’t even defend 13 the last two games he played there – he still stayed back for the high ball.

    • Willem Labuschagne

      If we had a gun winger … Mate we could have. His name is Folau. Just swap him and DHP around. Can’t you just see Folau doing what Lomu and Savea have done for the ABs?

    • Seb V

      Thought Pocock did really well linking with the backs, passed well and was always there in support. Also his pick-up and go at the back of the scrum caught everyone off guard, shame about the final pass though, Hooper had the stronger game but I Pocock was fairly dynamic.

  • Old_Laurentian

    Great stuff, Will and Quade were a treat. But never again do I want to see a Wallaby heading for the line on the touchline with the ball in the wrong hand! How basic can you get? Drew Mitchell would have walked that in.

    Much better effort but still below the urgency the Argies showed against that AB’s in the first half of their game. It will need more work to stay off the bottom, but there are signs of hope.

  • jamie

    Anyone else glad we won but not happy with it? I can’t be the only one

    Foley was shit. Scored a try any decent back should’ve (woeful defence) and threw 2 intercepts that lead to scores.

    • Pedro

      Yeah that try was all the forwards work. Foley kicked well, otherwise decent with a sprinkling of howlers.

      • CoachOfTheYear

        I think Foley had a lot of his kicking duties taken off him. Hodge kicked for touch. Quade kicked in play. Foley did restarts and penalties/conversions. He knows his range so he didn’t go beyond about 35m. He was very accurate and the first conversion was virtually from the sideline. But if he’s only doing some of the kicking, some of the playmaking and is a liability in defence, why is he starting?? And he threw two interceptions but he’s not Quade so it’s okay.

    • Nick Gregory

      I thought the same thing. Only Silver lining was that the Boks actually played reasonably well, we played averagely and still won

    • Brisneyland Local

      Yep! I hear you!
      I thought the last 8 minutes were going to be another case of the Wallabies snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory! Holy crap there is four minutes to go and you are kicking the ball away! The opposition cant score if they don’t have possession! So don’t farking give it to them!
      And yes Foley was shit, and the Waratahs fan club on the television commentary were doing the big Foley sell after the game!

      • Spank

        We may be being a bit tough on Foley. Still his best game for a while I thought and on song with his goal kicks. That said I would like to see us have a strong inside centre and Hodge may be that man. I thought he had an excellent game as did pretty much everyone. Scrum team 2 was slightly weaker than scrum team 1 though and it looked to be Slipper who was struggling BUT I may be wrong. Falou and Haylett-Petty were excellent under the high ball. Genia and Cooper excellent!

        • Who?

          I think the replacement scrum got a bit of a rough call from Owens. The Boks’ bench THP was horrible, packing so low his knees were hitting the deck before anyone else. But he got away with it. When the scrum stayed up (when Owens was on his side), we were actually very dominant.

      • Willem Labuschagne

        Hmmm, I think Foley was a bit unlucky as far as intercepts go, but tried hard and showed the odd glimpse of the running ability that made him dangerous in the Wprld Cup.

        What makes me question Foley’s continued presence as a starter is not that he was altogether bad — it’s that Hodge looks like a natural, into everything and tackling as if there’s a lambchop as reward for every tackle. How long can it be before we see Hodge take the 12 spot that’s going to be his personal property until the next RWC?

        • ozrugbynut

          how can he be unlucky with his intercepts? If you dont think you can throw the pass, you dont throw the pass. His instinct, awareness and judgement was lacking last night, nothing to do with luck. They were clear signs of a player not in form. Foley had a reasonable running game last night, and he did show his trademark commitment to get to the line. Just saying though, if your vision is to have two playmakers in the side, you need two playmakers in form.

        • jamie

          I found it odd that foley was pushing the pass because to me, foley has always been a fullback in a 10 jersey. He’s always been a runner over a passer. Even in the England game last year, his highlights were all his running game, not his game management or passing.

        • Joy

          Foley doesn’t have a boot and is no fullback. Maybe in 7s.

        • jamie

          Before Cheika started coaching him he was… And it is how he plays. Pops up on the end of a play, or outta nowhere. Rarely controls a game.

        • Joy

          Foley lacks vision. He didn’t know Straus was there. This cannot be coached.

        • Brisneyland Local

          WL,
          I think one of the intercepts was unlucky, it was a risky pass, but fortune favours the brave. However the other pass why just really bad.
          It is like the hospital pass that he threw to Quade who then got pummelled, and had three players on him, and he got pinged for not releasing. That was just poor read of the play. My question is other than place kicking why are we giving him the ball to kick. I would be handing Quade or Hodge the ball to kick off. Put it well deep, and have them start the game off in their 22.

        • Who?

          I think neither intercept was unlucky. Strauss was stationary both times – unlucky is when you get blindsided, not when you hit a stationary target!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Unlucky was probably the wrong word.
          As they said in that great show on the ABC:
          “courageous pass Mr Inside Centre!”

        • jamie

          Hodge kicking for the corner was something to behold. Amazing metres gained.

    • reggie

      True, but their were times when it was clearly beneficial having two play makers on the field. Foley playing at first receiver then quade controlling play when it went wide

      • jamie

        Oh no doubt about the second playmaker. I just think Hodge could be our man. At 97kg, he’s a good distributor and a big running threat through the 10-12 channel.

        In fact, he’s everything we want in a 12… Big, strong, fast, big boot, hits rucks hard, good passing, good vision, good defence. I hope the wing position is temporary for him.

        • Tip

          Hopefully he follows in Pat McCabes footsteps

      • Who?

        Did you watch much of the Reds in 2011? When Quade wanted to play wide back then, he’d push Ant Fainga’a into first receiver with the clear instruction that he was to get the ball straight out to Quade. Kerevi could play that role, quite easily. Threw a very nice pass from scrumhalf before Foley’s first intercept. And both Hodge and Godwin are absolute naturals in that role.
        Your 12 doesn’t have to be a playmaker to allow your 10 to run wider on occasion – they just need to be able to catch and pass. Which is what every 12 should be able to do.

        • jamie

          Completely agree. You do need a second kicker somewhere, and for us that’s usually 12.

          It seems to me that in Australia we assume a ‘playmaker’ is always a good in play kicker?

          The only thing I disagree with what you said is the last sentence: it should be ‘which is what every player should be able to do.’ ;-)

    • Hoss

      Glad it’s not just me that feels like that – kinda like sleeping with your mates misses – you get a result, but next morning your a bit numb.
      For me as well compounded by the fact I watched the AB’s v Pumas game first and to be blunt – even if we play at 100% of our ability and the AB’s play at 70% we are, man for man – simply just not good enough and wont be for some time – Clyde Rathbone was spot on
      Don’t get me wrong – I will take the win, but what stood out for me was turnover ball. The Dark Lords get fractured fruit and they crank up the speed and the urgency and are all over it like flies on shit.
      We get the ball in same and treat it like a same -sex marriage plebiscite and kick it away and hope it won’t come back – I mean Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ???
      With 90 seconds to go last nite we kicked the ball BACK to South Africa and invited defeat FFS !!
      I will follow the gold through thick and thin, but I have had a sobering epiphany – we will only ever be playing for silver or bronze for years to come, we just aint good enough.

      • Willem Labuschagne

        I think the individual players are good enough. But surely every team will have a plan for key situations? What to do if you get a penalty 5 meters from the opposition goal line when (a) you are near the sideline or (b) towards the middle or (c) are 6 points behind with less than 10 minutes to go, etc. And there has to be a prepared plan for how to play out the final 10 minutes of a tight game when you hold a slender lead, surely?

        Did we see such a plan?

        • Hoss

          WL – good to hear from you. Glad to debate further, but I cant agree. Lets look at Gold v Dark Lords player by player (for the sake of exercise ‘-‘ means our player lesser than AB, + = better, =, well der !!
          1. Kepu v Franks –
          2. Moore v Coles –
          3. Sio v Moody –
          4. Douglas v Whitelock –
          5. Coleman v Retallick –
          6. Mumm / Fardy v Kaino –
          7. Hooper v Cane =
          8. Pocock v Read – (I am talking as a genuine #8) –
          9. Genia v Smith –
          10. Cooper v Barrett –
          11. Savea v Hodge =
          12. Foley v Crotty –
          13. Kerevi v Fekitoa –
          14. DHP v Dagg –
          15. Foalu v Smith –
          I base the above on CURRENT 2016 form (not 2015 form or potential – just plain old ‘how have they gone this year’ analysis) of our starting 15, and IMO 13 are lesser than their AB counterparts, some only just, some because of a dip in form and some will NEVER be to the AB level, 2 are equal to their AB counter part, For the sake of the exercise lets call the benches even – just how do we beat them then ?
          Happy to discuss the variable – such as selection & game plan, positional changes etc and love to hear fellow long suffering Wallabies fans thoughts as well, but I just don’t see how we will beat the AB’s CONSISTENTLY over the next 2-3 years.

        • SuckerForRed

          Where I disagree:
          1. Kepu v Franks =
          3. Sio v Moody =
          7. Hooper v Cane –
          11. Savea v Hodge –

          I guess the over all look is the same. One of the big advantages for the ABs is that when they go to the bench they are running on a player of equal (or arguably better) talent. That screws the Wallabies because sometimes the drop between our starters and “finishers” is very very marked.
          A couple of things I have come to terms with regarding the ABs over the last week:
          1) Beauden Barrett has the potiential to be, IMO WILL be better than Dan Carter. (Scary thought.)
          2) They are doing something right and perhaps we need to take a look across the ditch and see if we can learn some lessons. This is not going to happen though because of the politics in the ARU. In NZ everyone involved seems to be pulling in the same direction. Not so much in Aust.
          3) As a friend pointed out – “We might not be beating the AB’s, but neither is anyone else.” Yes I know that is a bit defeatist, but……… imagine if the Pumas beat them on Saturday night. How would you feel then?

    • Chinese Dave

      Wow, “Scored a try any decent back should’ve” has to be one of the lamest and most churlish responses to A Player I Don’t Like Scored A Try ever in the history of commentary.

      For the record, I don’t think Foley had a good game overall and I would prefer any actual centre from any of our SR or NRC teams play in his position, but give the man credit for scoring a try for fuck’s sake.

      • jamie

        I’m just saying man, that try was on for all money and it was an easy try. Forward’s had dominance at that point and the defence was stretched thin. Foley did the right thing, he targeted the inside shoulder, but it wasn’t necessarily individual brilliance, just weak defence. Only back who wouldn’t have scored that last night is DHP. He’s just not a strong enough runner for me. I like him at fullback though.

        • Nick

          You say that but how often do we bottle these “sure-thing” try scoring situations?

  • mikado

    Good write up!

    I thought Cooper did well, and the lineout went better than expected. Foley a mixed game. Not a *great* performance from the WBs but a lot to be positive about.

    Genia was very gentlemanly to keep returning the ball to the Boks in the last few minutes.

  • Old_Laurentian

    We just need that Digby Iaone ‘new man’ to run off Quade. Who will it be?

    • Gottsy

      Hodge. He needs to be closer to the action. Like at 12, instead of foley (I thought foley was better tonight though tbf)

      • Boris

        I think naivalu would look pretty good running off quade, maybe Speight as well

      • Seb V

        Hodge should def be 12 over Foley

    • Brisneyland Local

      I loved the days when Digby used to hunt outside QC. I remember a great interview with Digby and Willy G. They were asked how they knew what Quade was going to do, they just burst out laughing. They stated Quade doesn’t know what Quade is going to do, you just run and give him options, and he will know the best one instinctively.

      • Bay35Pablo

        So just like Campo. Fits.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Pretty much so. But that round the back pass by QC that Kerevi picked up was sweet!!!!!!!!!!

    • Seb V

      Speight!!!

  • Pedro

    Great photos HJ.

  • Gottsy

    A win is a win, but my biggest worry is that this win is going to somewhat vindicate cheika’s shithouse selection policy and game plan.
    We got very lucky.

    • onlinesideline

      was this weeks selection THAT shitty ?

      I think Coleman, Hodge and Kerevi are long term Wallabies. I love QC and Genia getting back at starting combo. OK Kerevi may a 12 but he was good tonight except for that try he stuffed up.
      If Cheika selected Lopeti for Mumm and he had a good game is Cheika THAT far off ?

      • Gottsy

        For me, it’s a culmination of the entire 2016 season. Playing blokes into form is ok at club level, not at international level. Playing out of position also hurts us. Its too hard to build a sustainable game plan around guys that have specific attributes (pocock at 8, foley at 12, DHP on the wing). The all blacks could rotate any number of players through their starting 15 and still get the result because they play as one. One of the reasons that hooper is always picked is because of his pace and tenacity, but every time he shoots out of the line and goes chasing the ball around the field like a dog at the beach, the rest of the defensive line is compromised. Every time you see one of our forwards overshoot a clean out or go rolling over the ruck it slows our own ball down, and it’s already too slow because we don’t know how to offload or be in a position to receive an offload. Until we play blokes in position and work clinically as a team we will continue to be off the pace. (In my opinion)

        Genia and QC are definitely good together. Not sure that foley and Cooper drifting in and out of first receiver is the best way to go at the moment though, I feel like we need a bit more consistency in who the playmaker is.
        Mumm steadied the line outs when he came on in the second bledisloe game, which was good, but once again is just a band-aid fix.

        Agree on hodge though, he’s a star! And Kerevi is looking better and better all the time.

        • onlinesideline

          yeah cant disagree with you really. But if Toomua was fit he would be our 12 probably. Speaking of him where the bloody hell is he – concussion still ?

        • Willem Labuschagne

          Agree with most of your comments, but Kerevi is a mixed bag. Great on attack running with ball in hand, but laboured in his decision-making. On attack he doesn’t yet have an instinct for when and to whom to distribute. On defence he is confused about his role. I reckon Kuridrani is distinctly safer on defence and has been made a bit of a scapegoat for two dropped passes.

        • Who?

          Problem is that Kerevi’s really a 12. He hasn’t played that much time at 13, really, so his defence there isn’t at Test standard. I agree that TK was (wrongly) scapegoated for two dropped passes – you don’t drop a guy who makes 17 out of 17 tackles in a game where the team missed over 30. You fix the defence, then those dropped passes are a little less critical. So I’d have Kerevi at 12, Kuridrani at 13… Folau at 14.

        • CoachOfTheYear

          I don’t see how Mumm gets credit for steadying the line out when they usually went downhill whenever he came on. Moore’s throwing was definitely better, probably faultless, this week. The squad probably worked on the line out as a whole in the last fortnight. They seemed to work out the Boks.

    • Dud Roodt

      I have to agree with onlinesideline.
      Yes there are some fucking confusing selections, but there are some good ones too.
      Also our game plan in this game seemed OK.
      Our game plan against the ABs could have been anything and we would have been flogged

      • Gottsy

        Yeah absolutely, there were some good selections, I didn’t mean to sound all doom and gloom. The game plan still seemed a little bit improvised, which is fine if you’re playing South Africa at less than 100%, not so much if you’re playing well drilled teams like England or NZ. What i meant is that I hope that the win doesn’t gloss over the rot we seem to have been plagued with since the end of the World Cup.
        Side note, always good to be able to take money off my filthy Saffa mates haha

        • Dud Roodt

          Yeah I agree re game plan. I guess for me the intent was much better. A little less reactionary.
          But yeah, ABs would have thrashed us still.
          ha that is always good.

        • Spank

          If anyone watched those six short videos on Wallabies wins over the Boks back in the good old days with players like Farr-Jones, Eales, Horan, Little, Lathan and coy. just sensational. Backing up and creating havoc – a la the ABs. Long way yet to go to hit that level but here’s hoping.

        • Willem Labuschagne

          In Eales and Farr-Jones you’ve mentioned two of the best captains — leaders — ever, regardless of nation. How much difference did that make to the team’s focus and positive energy, I have to wonder. Certainly there was a definite feeling between 2005 and 2015 that the ABs struggled when McCaw was absent. It’s why he stuck it out with a crumbling foot in 2011. Nathan Sharp was another inspirational captain. So where will the next one come from?

  • Sambo

    Anyone else finding DHP continuously disappointing? Apart from 1 catch I again failed to see anything noteworthy. How many more chances will he be given?

    • Nick Gregory

      I thought tonight was by far his best game. Ran strongly, seemed to tackle well, and outperformed Drew Mitchell by 300%

      • Sambo

        Drew Mitchell played like 5min mate. Best thing about DHP’s game should be his boot, which has been poor. Sub par decision making and no dominance in the collision.

        • A Fan

          The fact he is being played out of position hurts his overall impact. Would be great to see him given the reigns at fullback but doesn’t seem like Folau is moving out of the 15 jersey anytime soon. Mitchell should start if fit as a stop gap for Naivalu when eligible. Drop Foley. Hodge to 12.

        • brumby runner

          I believe Naivalu will be eligible come next weekend’s game. Would be very green but doubtless better than the unfit, out of form Mitchell.

        • First time long time

          I think it is the day after the game that he is eligible and I don’t think they like to bend the rules on that one

        • A Fan

          I wonder if a debut against South Africa in South Africa is what is best for Sefa, sucks that he has missed out on all of these home tests. HE is going to light it up. Always darkest before the dawn. Lets go ……..

          9. Genia
          10 Cooper
          11. Folau
          12. Hodge
          13. Kerevi
          14. Naivalu
          15 DHP

          21. Frisby
          22. Foley
          23. Beale (when fit)

        • Willem Labuschagne

          Yes! I like your idea of Folau at 11. The only doubt is Kerevi at 13. His decision-making is laboured and he seems very raw. Maybe Kuridrani at 13 for this season while Kerevi comes to grips with the complexities of distributing and defending at 13, since at present he seems uncertain of either.

    • RobC

      best wing stats on both sides.

    • Schindler’s Fist

      Spot on. For some reason everyone thinks it’s fine to keep selecting a 28 year old who had an ok debut but hasn’t done anything in the 5 ensuing games. And in fact has been genuinely poor in several of them.

      I think it’s slightly harsh that he’s being judged out of position as a winger, but if he was THAT good it would only have a very marginal reduction in his impact (playing on the wing doesn’t affect Milner Skudder and Dagg for instance).

      He’s not fast or evasive enough, isn’t strong enough under the high ball and has very suspect defence.

      No more to see here, move along.

  • Gegonago

    Nick Mallet post-match described the game as ” a good little competition between 2 B-division sides”

    xD

    • Willem Labuschagne

      Pretty unfair. Presumably Mallett’s first division has only a single team in it.

  • Henry Dissmissinya

    Yay! A Win ladies and gents!
    1. Foley needs a rest, kudos for the kicking but he needs a rest. Those two intercepts alone say enough.
    2. Kerevi is finding his feet outside Quade who is giving him great options.
    3. Hodge, maybe 12 or maybe wing. I dunno but for the love of God keep him on the field.
    4. How good was that charge up between etzebeth and AaaAAa!
    5. Credit where it is due, squeaks game lifted this time around and I’m happy for him. Still more room for improvement though.
    6. One of the poops has to go, not sure who but someone, lopeti Timani is a raging bull, let’s get him in the china shop see what he can do.
    7. Did anyone feel we seriously tried to lose that last 5 minutes, just. Kept. Giving it. To them. Stop!

    Great to see the boys get a win, their game and cohesion lifted. In saying that. Anyone who watched the first half of the Pumas/darkness game knows how far the Springboks/wallabies game was off the pace and it is frightening. In saying that up the wallabies!

    • AlanDownunder

      “Anyone who watched the first half of the Pumas/darkness game knows how far the Springboks/wallabies game was off the pace and it is frightening.” Amen.

      Whatever happened to wit, desire and never second-guessing? Has it been coached out of the Australian game? It’s like Aus and Arg have swopped personalities.

  • chisel68

    A win is a win. It wasn’t anything to be boastful about but it was a win. I’ve been aFoley supporter for a while but I think he needs a rest. Cooper played well enough, though they have to get runners (running straight!) off him – Kerevi/Folau. There wasn’t any sort of intensity overall however, both teams seemed to be going through the motions really.

    But I do think that we have to start picking players in the positions they normally play. We say we haven’t got depth but we have 2 fullbacks (Izzy & DHP), at least 4 12’s (3 injured & Hodge) 2 x 10s, 2 x 13s (3 if you count Izzy) and plenty of wingers (AAC, Mitchell, Speight, Horne, Naiayrovo, Tomane).

    Poey isn’t cutting it there so we need to play him or Hoops at 7 with the other on the bench. Mumm did ok at 6 with Fardy in reserve. Locks we have a few to choose from (Arnold, Douglas, Simmons, Coleman, Carter) and the same with props (Sio, Allalatoa, Slipper, Kepu and in time the Tongan Thor). Hooker is a concern, I wish they’d give Chibba Hanson a run and rest Moore. Where we really lack depth is at 8. What I saw (briefly) of McMahon at 8 I liked, but our lack of a genuine 8 is an issue. Its really only Timani although thought Hollaway showed promise for the Tahs.

    15 DHP
    14 Mitchell
    13 Folau
    12 Kerevi (prefer Beale/Toomua)
    11 Hodge (only due to injury to other wingers)
    10 Cooper (he’s a different player now. Last 2 games he showed that. Tho I prefer Foley, he’s out of form
    9 Genia
    8 McMahon due to a lack of ready genuine 8
    7 Poey
    6 Mumm
    5 Coleman
    4 Douglas
    3 Allalatoa
    2 TPN
    1 Sio

    • jamie

      I’d be happy to see your team run out next week (and is probably closer to what will than mine) But I think a Hodge-Kerevi Centre pairing – and keeping Folau and DHP in the backfield is more beneficial to our defence.

      15 DHP
      Speight
      Kerevi
      Hodge
      Folau
      Cooper
      Genia

      8 Timani
      Poey
      Mumm
      Coleman
      Douglas
      Allalatoa
      TPN
      Slipper (Scrum was much better with these 3 on)

      16 Hansen
      17 Sio
      18 Kepu
      19 Fardy
      20 McMahon
      21 Hooper
      22 Phipps
      23 Foley

      • Rob Malcolm

        Good team. Sio for Slipper, for mine, but I love the firepower on the bench to finish.

  • RobC

    Thanks Reg. Well that was poor from the Boks, esp their attack. No shape, no threat.

    Good work WBs. First time in a while that Aussie locks were better than their opponents esp in BD.

  • Powerflame

    How good is it finally having a kicker who can get us some metres when taking a penalty kick for touch. Keep Hodge.

  • sambo6

    Foley’s show and go for a try does not paper over 2 intercept passes. Wher at least one intercept was a try, and another was a good shot.

    Also, I made an effort to follow Kane Douglas for a while, as I was curious. If the guy spent as much time hitting rucks, as he does raising both arms above his head, looking indignant at the referee, we would be sweet.

    • Willem Labuschagne

      Yes, what’s with this semaphoring the ref when there’s a tussle for the ball going on 2 meters away? Douglas was disappointing.

  • SuckerForRed

    Was the ground seriously over half full? From where I was sitting the was plenty of spare seats so unless they were all in the 3rd tier in the western stand……..

    Other than that, phew! I would have picked Hodge as MOTM but Will had a goos game too.

    • Who?

      Bray said when they ran on that there was over 30k there…
      At least it wasn’t the Channel 10 MOTM – they gave it to Hooper. He wasn’t bad, but I didn’t think he was exceptional.

  • Nutta

    Echoing many sentiments already expressed but nonetheless:

    Congratulations Wobblies. Finally.

    Congratulations Etzbeth. 50 tests as a Lock in that culture for a guy so young is a huge achievement. That said, surely the elbow drop on Alanallallallatoa will get some attention

    QC & Ginea combined well. Credit where due. Likewise Hoopers involvement was great. How Foley managed to find the widest and slowest unit on the paddock to throw interceptions to – TWICE – is poetry

    Great to see Kerevi running and Hodge bring some real physical impact

    I thought Squeak had a great game. I would be interested in knowing how many Blitz-Grasser tackles he made

    That terrible L-R pass from Poet off the scrum was lucky not to cost us the game. Against the AIBs it would have.

    A win! A win! My kingdom for a win!

  • SD

    A win is a win but I’m not sure we played any better than we did against the All Blacks or England. South Africa were awful, probably the worst I have seen them play. They are in a worse place than we are.

    Copper played well but does tend to freeze when the defence rushes at him. Foley was a mixed bag. Genia was his typical slow, lateral self, throwing passes to people standing still. His lateral running seems to have turned into backwards running now, hence a couple of forward passes. Hodge’s boot was useful and he tackled well but he didn’t show anything in attack.

    We just don’t seem to have talent, brains or passion in the backs. Gordon Bray said at one point that someone thinks Kerevi could be the next Nonu. Yeah, nah. He wouldn’t make most top test teams at the moment with his limited ball skills. Our standards and expectations have dropped dramatically.

    Our forwards still seem to be slow and static. Support play was nearly non existent. The line out was a complete mess again. Hooper was everywhere, Coleman and Arnold showed some potential, and the front rowers all looked OK in the scrum. But it’s hard to know for sure because the opposition was so bad.

    There were so many basic errors. No idea how to support. Genia over running Cooper in the lead up to the Boks’ second try was just schoolboy stuff. Do these guys not understand supporting in depth? We still don’t have any structure in defence or attack. I think the backline ran one set move that looked OK. Off phase ball we showed nothing.

    I worry that this will be treated as “everything is back on track” and nothing will change. Then the ABs will murder us in the next game again. I can’t help but think we need to clean out this team and bring in a bunch of young, skilful guys to develop.

    • John Tynan

      I think you saw what you wanted to see.

      • SD

        Ok then fine, it was a great performance and everything is on track.

        • John Tynan

          Good, you’re back in line.
          But seriously, Genia was excellent, even shaking off the Gregan 2 step before passing. Not sure where you got slow, lateral, etc. Cooper was hardly hesitant, and I’m not sure the last time I saw a Wallaby 5/8 getting multiple touches in a backline move (“no idea how to support…”?). Kerevi made the most run metres of either team in the game and busted tackles. Lineout wasn’t really a mess, but not ideal. Forwards xould do better but we got rid of the passive defensive line and made hits – Sth Africa failed to make the gain line on more than half of their opportunities.
          On your last point, Hodge is the 7th debutant this year, so who else is there to bring in?
          So yeah, we’ve got some room to improve, but I still maintain you saw what you wanted to see, which IMO wasn’t actually there for large patches of the game.

        • Tomthusiasm

          Genia is good, but i feel like he plays the blame game with his teammates. Is that a fair assessment? When things don’t go well he gets a bit of a sooky face and berates the backs. I’m not sure if it’s very constructive.

        • John Tynan

          Halfback = sooky face. It’s part of how they’re made.

    • jamie

      You realise Nonu had no ball skills when he debuted for the darkness?

      • SD

        Yeah but he was always dynamic with ball in hand. Kerevi isnt.

  • HJ Nelson
    • Brisneyland Local

      Mate, I had a look at your photos and they are spectacular!
      Am really impressed!

    • Blinky Bill of Bellingen

      Great pics. I believe you have managed to capture Foley’s intercepted pass, also Kerevi carrying ball with wrong arm and costing a much needed try.

    • Greg

      Outstanding!!

      What sort of equipment are you using?

      • HJ Nelson

        Nikon d7200 + Tamron 70-200 f/2.8

  • Robson

    It was a relief to see the Wallabies finally get home, but they made hard workd of it at times; despite some flashes of slick play that looked good, but didn’t produce much in the way of direct results. Still is was good to see them trying something a bit different. However, there were long periods of the game where my eyelids were wanting to close. The best rugby of the night was the first 40 of the Puma v AB test. It was a good contest. The 120 minutes that followed was pedestrian viewing in my opinion.

  • ozrugbynut

    happy with the win, sure, but still plenty of areas to work on.
    – I still felt line speed in defence needs a lot of work. Boks still had easy metres on attack in my view. ABs were outstanding in this regard during the Bled games.
    – Hooper ineffective at the breakdown. Sure, he frustrates and pressures and is often the first guy there chasing up after restarts or kicks, but I dont believe he really slows the ball down, nor does he genuinely pilfer the ball. He picked up 1 pilfer as a result of the player getting isolated moreso than Hoops’ exercising skill and strength. For mine, considering he is also the captain when Moore comes on, I would play him in a finisher role. Get McMahon on to give it 1000% in the first 50mins. Break down was probably the most dissappointing aspect of play last night. Somethings gotta give..
    – Exits and restarts were good
    – Coleman and Arnold – not too shabby. Feeling reasonably confident about these chaps.
    – Pocock looked ineffective at 8. The sooner we give Timani a shot the sooner we can put his performances there in perspective.

    • Nick

      No props for Hooper being the first one there which essentially made the player isolated? His quickness to the breakdown I thought was more a contributing factor to the turnover than luck.

  • Henry Dissmissinya

    you know…call me crazy…. But i just don’t see what all the fuss is about with McMahon…yea he does some good leg pumping but apart from that..what exactly? (raises shield)

    • Willem Labuschagne

      Well, McMahon has the respect of the ABs, which must tell one something. Remember what Jerome Kaino said about him? So good he’s a freak?

    • jamie

      He does what any good rugby player should do but rarely does anyone. Runs hard, makes metres and doesn’t let the opposition make metres after contact.

    • Seb V

      he plays with gutts, but yeah I hear you he still has a looooooong way to go. People just love his attitude so they are blinded by his actual effectiveness on the field (at test level – he kills it as super xv level).

      • Henry Dissmissinya

        yea thats my thoughts pretty much

  • Keith Butler

    Not the greatest game I’ve seen but a win is a win. Thought Foleyy took his point well but two intercepts – not good. Pleased to see Hodge put in a good performance kicking from hand excellent. Having been bored to death by the constant whinging of the Foxtel commentators, yes you Kearns and Kafer, thought I’d give Channel 10 a go. Bad move reached it’s nadir when the commentator started going on about the Bishop of Brisbane lighting candles for the team. It’s the mute button next week.

  • WBGL

    A win’s a win. Wallabies continue to demonstrate poor skills, particularly at times when under pressure. Hodge and Coleman both played well for rookies, highlights the value of blooding some new players, they both brought passion, work rate and enthusiasm. Sorry but Kerivie butchered a try because he failed to carry the ball in the correct arm, he had a enough time to catch a bus and change the ball to the best arm, basic, basic mistake. And his positional play on defence was also poor at times, he has potential but needs to improve some of his basic skills. The last 5 minutes of the game, why oh why did the Wallabies kick the ball away, absolute stupidity, some of them should be dropped on that alone. Watching the ABs play the Pumas, the gulf between the ABs and the rest is significant. The wallabies throughout the game, you never felt they were in control and could put the Boks to the sword . Let’s hope this starts a road to recovery for the Wallabies

    • Nick

      Re: the kicking the ball away. I’m of the opinion they thought South Africa weren’t much chop in attack (from outside the 22) at that stage and better to get the ball out of our territory whenever possible.

  • RedAnt

    Well for me, the biggest improvement was our defence, and that meant we were always in with a shot. It was much, much better – which it needed to be! There are still plenty of other things to work on and still some puzzling selections etc. but at least it looks like we’ve got something to build on at last.

    • jamie

      Fox Sports had 0 Missed tackles for both teams in the first half if I recall correctly. That’s unheard of! Incredible by both sides.

    • Who?

      It’s easy to defend against a team that didn’t really threaten. 10 had a completion rate of 91% for the Boks, and 85% for the Wallabies at the end of the game.

      • RedAnt

        Yeah, it makes it a bit harder to judge, but line speed, decision making and commitment in defence all seemed better. They fell off something like 30 tackles in one test against the ABs.

  • Reggie

    Much more pleasant reading positive commentary but in the spirit of ranting I do wish fox sports would do something about kearns. A nice bloke, but since he’s unable to make an intelligent contribution he’s taken on the role of the joker and the shock jock. Eales appeared embarrassed by some of his comments and rightly picked him up at one point. He’s acting as a representative of Aussie rugby supporters and doing a poor job of it. On a different note great to see a genuine contest at the scrum rather then continual collapsing. Its a mystery to me but surely the collapsing against England then nz must have been a tactic to play on the perception of aus being poor scrummagers… SA however wanted a contest? Always welcome peoples insights on the scrum…

  • Greg

    I haven’t seen a discussion on this point… so let me start one….

    I thought that the disallowed try in the corner should have been awarded. yes… the ball was in the wrong hand but I thought that

    1. the ball *was* grounded and
    2. the leg *might* have touched the touch in goal line before the ball was grounded.

    In this situation you should go with what you *are* certain of. If there is any uncertainty the attacking team should get the benefit.

    If it was a try to the opposition that was not awarded I would be saying we had had a lucky let off.

    thoughts?

    • Nick

      Didn’t they agree that it was simultaneous grounding of the ball and going out? I reckon I would have been annoyed if it was South Africa and they awarded the try so I’m not too fussed about it. Maybe if we lost I’d be feeling differently though.

  • adastra32

    Don’t think the Argentinians are going to be unduly concerned about the Aus. team on this performance.

  • Niggle

    A wins a win it’s a platform for improvement a least we know what does work.The wallabies can’t expect to just turn it totally around in a week,the win although not pretty is a positive,facing Los Pumas next week with a win in the bank is a good thing the wallaby defence is more confident and Falau inserted himself more so bring it on Pumas.

  • Andy

    Talk about the Tahs fan club. More like the Tahs hate club: sure Foley wasn’t great but he wasn’t that bad either.

    And he isn’t the perfect 10. No Tah fan would say he is but there hasn’t been much competition in that position. If Cooper can keep his head and form, sure, he’s easily the better option. And I do think Foley has a future as a 2nd 5/8. If it encourages his running game then it will be a good move because at the end of the day that is his strength

  • first time long time

    I wonder if Pocock being played out of position is also getting played out of form?
    Through my rum stained eyes that was one of his poorer games of recent times.
    His timing at breakdown seems off and the less said about his attempted offload and grubber kick the better.

    Foley’s good touches were better this week but the bad was still bad.

    I keep hearing that when Hooper is playing out wide it is Cheika’s plan but when he plays tighter and runs tighter, although not great at the breakdown, he is much more effective like last night. Pretty sure he doubled his turnovers for this season.

    Thought Genia, QC and Kerevi looked good if not still a little raw together.
    Izzy seemed a bit MIA last night. Unusually quiet unless they kicked it to him. He and DHP need to swap to see how that effects his impact on the game.

    Great to get the win and I am more confident of getting to the magic 20% win record for this domestic season but unfortunately I think we will struggle to do better.

  • Spank

    Agree. On form if one has to choose between Hooper, McMahon and Pocock then he would be #3. However he never gets a chance to play in his specialist position unfortunately!

  • Nick

    He wasn’t bad though and he’s due an average sort of game one of these days. Maybe it was Saturday night.

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