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Wallabies beat Springboks in cliffhanger

Wallabies beat Springboks in cliffhanger

Whilst we Wallaby fans have spent two weeks wringing our collective hands and furrowing our collective brows at our team’s most recent performance, a 50 point thrashing at the hands of the All Blacks, Springbok fans haven’t necessarily been jumping for glee over their own team’s performances. Two tight wins over the Pumas was below the standard set by the proud South African fans. But wins are wins and Australia entered this test desperate for them. Ewen McKenzie has yet to experience victory over the Boks in Rugby Championship Rugby and Perth would prove to be another hoodoo broken for Link as the Wallabies fought hard to win 24-23.

The Match

The intent of the Wallabies was evident from the kick off where a short kick was reclaimed by a flying Israel Folau. The pressure was maintained through a Matt Toomua grubber and. from the resultant 5m line-out, the Aussies were able to maintain possession with Folau soon to score in only the 2nd minute of the game.

Whilst the Wallabies maintained their game plan of getting the ball wide and recycling quickly, the South Africans relied more on a ball-in-air game. Both Morne Steyn and Ruan Pienaar more often than not opted to put the ball on their boot and kick it high.

When South Africa did hold on to the ball, and they didn’t do it much, they scored through 7s guru Cornall Hendricks as they took advantage of some overly aggressive Australian defence.

After their 13th minute try, it was only penalty goals for the rest of the first half as Foley and Steyn battled (bootled?) to give their team the ascendancy. A 14-11 half time ascendancy to the visitors seemed more a result of some (all too common) ill-disciplined Wallaby play rather than any real attacking intent. The Wallabies played with tremendous intent and inventiveness for the first half, but that final finishing finesse failed them too often.

In the second half South Africa began to play with the ball a little more, whilst the Wallabies lost their way. Mistakes and penalties cost them repeatedly as Steyn kicked three penalties back to back (to back) to take the score to 23-14 with just over ten minutes to go.

The injection of some fresh legs for the Wallabies seemed serve as a trigger to how they played in the first half and the intensity rose. Bok centurion Bryan Habana was sin binned for a high tackle on Adam Ashley Cooper and all eyes were on whether Australia could take advantage of the extra man, as they weren’t previously in Auckland. It looked like they had when Pek Cowan, on for James Slipper, powered for what seemed the crucial try. However it was disallowed with Rob Simmons having taken out a defender past the ruck.  A Foley penalty in the 70th minute ensure the gap was less than a converted try and the Aussies continued to ramp up their game.

As the pressure mounted, and Australia continued to attack the Springbok line, it looked as though South Africa had saved the day through a crucial Bismarck du Plessis turnover which saw Australia penalised. However the kick for touch would not find it, and Australia was able to counter attack and after a string of delightful off loads Rob Horne received the ball from a dominant Tevita Kuridrani. Horne was able to finish strongly for the try that would bring the deficit back to just one point.

Then up would step one Bernard Foley.  Fresh from his Super Rugby heroics, Foley was able to thread the conversion through the posts to take the lead with only a minute to go on the clock. The Wallabies would hold on to the ball and claim their first win of the 2014 Rugby Championship.


The Game Changer

Hate to say it for someone who has had such a remarkable career, but the Habana yellow sullied his 100th test. The decision may have been debatable, but this moment gave Australia the kick on it needed to continue its attacking focus that would see them through to a last minute victory.


The G&GR MOTM

Duane Vermeulen was monstrous for the Boks and probably would have had the award if the Boks held on to win. For Australia Sam Carter was industrious in his 60 minutes, and James Hanson impressive in his run on debut, however it was the returning Tevita Kuridrani who made the biggest positive impact on this game. Kuridrani made ground every touch of the ball and was instrumental in the match winning try.


Wallaby watch

Foley and Phipps, also back into the starting side replacing Kurtley Beale and Nick White, both were critical to the higher paced game plan. Foley stood flat and kept the backline moving, whilst Phipps clearance was crisp and quick. However both made crucial errors at critical times. An improvement on recent combinations, but still note the dominant display we need from our Wallaby halves.


The Details

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Score & Scorers

Australia 24: 
Tries: Folau (2nd minute), Horne (78th)
Conversions: Foley (79th)
Penalties: Foley (17th, 28th, 42nd, 70th)
South Africa 23: 
Tries: Hendricks (13th minute)
Conversions:
Penalties: Steyn (7th, 19th, 25th, 45th, 49th, 63rd)

Cards & citings

Bryan Habana (66th minute – high tackle)

 

  • Jenkss

    Wow…. glad we got the win but that took some doing.

    Looked MUCH better with Foley and Phipps combination compared to White and Beale.

    Simmons needs to STOP giving away STUPID penalties that nearly cost his team games, it’s gotten a bit beyond the joke now.

    More to come when I can think more and provide a better response.

    • Queenslander

      Amen brother, if Simmons isn’t the dumbest footballer in Aust he is in the grand final. Hey Rob can’t attack the opposition line out jumper in the air knucklehead.

      • Bobas

        He got penalised twice for cuddling… the one you mentioned on Matfeild and the one that cost us a try on their other lock.

      • Jenkss

        That was stupid, but then the penalty to deny the try was even worse.

        How could you possibly think you’d get away with something like that.

      • sph45

        Most of our ill discipline comes from the locks and number 6. I think they are trying to compensate for their lack of dominance. There’s been so much focus on our front row abilities, and our backs, but the second row is a mess I think. We have no one of the likes of Brodie Retallick, no Eben Etzebeth. No starch. And lots of penalties.

        • bad ass

          To be fair I thought Simmons was just trying to clean someone out of the ruck when he ended up obstructing a defender on the line.

        • John Tynan

          yeah, they get coached to do that, and take the chances with the ref. but some of the others….
          I usually stick up for Simmons in the stupid penalties sledges, but not this week…

        • the pirate

          Yep and in all honesty it would be worth the risk on halfway with a bit of a lead but on the tryline when we are a converted try behind and one man up in the last moments of the game. Well that is almost criminally stupid . Poor old Pek Cowan

      • Garry

        You have to feel happy for Link to finally get over the Boks, but there were basic unforced mistakes (short restarts, inaccurate kicks, silly penalties) that would make a fifth grade coach scratch his head? At times like these, I do wonder whether some of our players are of international quality (or even first XV)?

        Were there times during the match that you to cringed with embarrassment?

        • Queenslander

          I despair as this is all these guys do, full time highly paid professionals who still seem to struggle with the laws of the game. I think each and every player and official in the team should have to go through level 1 or 2 ref course each year. Yes they are complex but they have plenty of time on their hands to learn them they are not bush footy players

        • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

          Qld – You took the words right out of my mouth. So often last night I commented to the dogs (who were enjoying my ‘Bundy’ night with me), that it’s a pity our blokes don’t don’t this for a job.

          I seems to me that our basic skills aren’t noticeably different to when Rugby was amateur. I think we’re fitter but are we actually more skillful?

          Why can’t Izzy do better as a 15 with his clearing kicks? He’s an ex AFL player and I was hoping to see something from him in that department. Taking the ball 2 m from the sideline & stepping towards the sideline before booting it, seems illogical.

          I’ll take the win. But I’m still scratching my head how it happened.

        • John Tynan

          Those things you describe earn the “coach killer” tag – Link isn’t to blame for our elite players fundamemtal skills under pressure.

        • Samantha

          Shit yes, at both of Folau’s 4m kicks.

    • Kate Elizabeth

      He was on form in 2011, but not really since then. How he keeps his spot boggles my mind. Would rather have Horwill get a 5 rating and show some leadership than Simmons with a 5 rating and a penalty count that reads like a lottery number.

      • Jenkss

        I won’t disagree with you there.

      • Alan Grouse

        I reckon its because he is our no.1 lineout caller now that Mowen has exited. If that indeed is the case we need to train up our other blokes as he contributes little after that

        • Jenkss

          I hear and understand that. But at what point is his worth in that regard lost by the number of points he gives away. Both directly through penalties and indirectly through costing the Wallabies scoring opportunities.

          He really needs to sort that out, he was going well for a while there. But he seems to have reverted to his penalty giving ways.

        • Nipper

          Agreed. But, they’ve had 2+ years to train up another lineout caller/specialist. Where are they?

        • Garry

          Frustrating was the lack of an attempt of attack on their throw on many occasions. It seemed nothing was organised. And then to rub salt into it, we went up when we were defending on our own tryline. Reeks of no idea. If calling the lineout is Simmons’ strengths, then what of his weaknesses?

        • wallabyolly

          Where has the aggression and drive gone in these player’s? They seem ,especially the forwards that they can’t be bothered,not a good. sign that there’s a world cup next year, this was the season to put a marker down that they mean business, it also looks like it could be an uncomfortable spring tour!!we all know what that can be like,crucial games ahead to be won.This wouldn’t be happening in John Eales/Rod Mcqueens days!!!

        • Kate Elizabeth

          Agree – that isn’t making him invaluable, it is just demonstrating a deficiency. 1+1 do not 3 make.

    • Nothing if not critical

      You should probably check the stats before jumping on the simmons-bashing band-wagon. he makes more runs than most of the pack, makes more tackles (including dominant ones), is a great scavenger on the loose ball, and on top of that he runs the line out. Oh and he also made a handy off-load to Carter. I’m guessing Link looks at the stats, which would account for why he’s there.

      • Hugh Cavill

        You make him sound like Brodie Retallick there. He does have decent enough stats, but where is the effectiveness? Where are the barnstorming carries which drag two or three defenders over the gain line? Where are the brutal, crunching tackles?

        At his best he is capable of this, but we haven’t seen his best for some time. Last night he gave away 4 penalties, and the lineout was a shambles. I struggle to see what he brings that Skelton or Horwill cannot.

        • Bill

          Well , we saw him crunch someone in our last outing vs the ABs , something more than Palu did. Last night was pretty much the the first time I’ve ever seen him give up the line out. Matlock will also pretty much go down as the greatest lock of all, I suppose you’d expect Douglas or Skelton to do better. He deserves criticism for last night, he doesn’t deserve unreasoned criticism, Skelton and Carter did not exactly distinguish themselves last time out. Carter had an opportunity to redeem himself this game, he did. I’m not saying give Simmons the same opportunity, but if you’re writing him off, more fool you, and we’re all the poorer. Having said that Simmons needs to show some faith in his own capacities, it really bugs me when I see a good player second guess himself and to some extent his team.

        • Tahs_Man_Fan

          I’d Simmons is probably on his 30th chance by now to prove himself. He’s not test standard – time to go. At least carter has the excuse of being fresh. An old head like Simmons has no reasonable excuse to give away as many penalties as he does, especially when he doesn’t make up for it around the park

        • Bill

          You are kidding aren’t you.. I think if he’s on his his 30th chance in test rugby that’s pretty much the definition of at least test standard.

        • wallabyolly

          It got to be will skelton starting,and horwil,forget Simmons,he’s a liability, why does he keep getting all these chances,especially when he commits ridiculous school boy errors,I don’t know what McKenzie is doing I’m amazed he keeps getting all these chances!!what happened to Luke jones?? Also huggers must start,instead of Cliffy,Cliffy’s far too lazy,he’s wasnt this lazy when the Tahs won the title!!

        • Hawko

          You’re right, Cliffy’s far too lazy! Four more tackles than anyone else, no misses at all. Let’s replace him with Carter, Simmons, Fardy or someone else who make single digit contributions week-in, week-out.

        • Big Unit

          How can Skelton even be considered a test starter when he barely saw a start at Super level?
          He. Is. Not. Test. Standard.
          The odd run against second rate defenders, does not a test lock make.
          A dead rubber vs the French is no indicator of ability against top 5 teams.

        • Nothing if not critical

          If only he was in the Retallick mould! Totally agree with you that Simmons’ game needs to improve – he needs to be both more effective with his carries, and give away fewer penalties.

          He gave away a lot of penalties but the line-out being a shambles is not really all down to him. They won 7 and lost 3 against the best lineout reader in the game (Matfield), with a 4th string hooker in his run-on debut doing the throwing, and one of the lost throws was amid the confusion of Slipper being out in back-play. So what I’m saying is that there were circumstances beyond his control.

          What he brings that Horwill doesn’t – he lasts the entire game. Other than that, they have different skills (Horwill being more in the barnstorming, clean-out king mould).

          And Skelton has had a couple of games at test level and been very uneven – so hardly think there’s much to compare at this point. But I wouldn’t mind betting that Skelton will eventually be Simmons’ long term partner in the second row. They would compliment each other very well.

        • John Tynan

          He can be lifted in a lineout for a start, when comparing to Big Will anyway. Horwill starting, Skelton bench works for me.
          But I’ve not been impressed with Carter either.

    • moaning expat

      After years of wanting to kill Simmons I thought he’d finnaly turned a corner in the last 12 months and all those years of him breaking my heart would be worth it and we’d have 5 years of a great forward.

      Alas. He’s back to his worst again.

      I think we’d be better off dropping him for someone- anyone. Until he pulls his head in. I don’t get it he’s got plenty of experience now to stop doing stupid things forgivable of a rookie

  • Josh

    A real pleasure to see the Wallabies back themselves and get the win. I thought it was all over when du Plessis got the penalty but the counter attack was marvelous.
    That was one of, if not the best, games Kuridrani has played in gold.
    Beale was instrumental when he came on, I wonder if Link will try to fit him in to the starting lineup come the Pumas on the Gold Coast

    • yogifj

      I thought Tevita has played previously with a better straight running game… dats IMO… I think he has played better ones.. and no disregard for AAC.. but for Centre.. Tevita is a better player… AAC still has a quality only he can deliver…

    • Stin

      What did Beale do?

      • Moose

        Great inside ball to Folau to set up Horne’s try?
        Put Kuridrani into space for a great run at ~75min that put Wobs inside Bok 22? Didn’t work out for us that time, unfortunately… but for me, showed Beale’s worth as an impact sub.

      • Bill

        He didn’t fuck us for the first 70 minutes is the cheap answer. To be fair after some of the shit edge defence we saw last game I would have started Beale on the wing seeing as we had been crap anyway and could do with being a bit more dangerous ball in hand.

        • Stin

          Sure – I don’t disagree with that. Just get the feeling Josh had something more than that in mind….

        • dead drunk

          agree 100% horne a centre not a winger
          If we going to lose lineout why have simmons prefer horwill he is a fighter tons of get up and go, not a great year but

      • meh

        Came onto the park when the opposition were down to 14 men. Ran sideways a bit and passed to one of his Tahs team mates. No point calling them Wallabies, the F*ing commentators referred to them as the Tahs backline for most of the night.

  • dave

    Horwill back in for one of the locks, Simmons extremely hot and cold and Carter ‘industrious’ but not effective. Higgers in for Fardy. Kuridrani very good.

    • Marcus Pontmercy

      I thought Higgers was superb when he came on. Wish he would be on longer

    • AJ

      I thought fardy had a strong game. Higgers should be in for cliffy pillow.

      • Hugh Cavill

        But then you look at the stats… Palu had 13 tackles at 100% in 60 minutes (game high) and Fardy played the full 80 and only made 4 at 80%.

      • Patrick

        No Fardy was anonymous and along with the locks very ineffective. All three just seemed to miss too often in cleanouts, we can’t afford to keep doing this.

  • Alan Grouse

    Honestly we were lucky to escape with a win. We played some stupid rugby littered with rubbish kicks. It was only when Habana was unfairly sent did we score. We should have comfortably put away the Boks who looked average at best but instead we laboured in getting over them. The mistakes and some of the passing was atrocious, they killed u. Phipps needs to calm the head and work on his accuracy.

    Tevita for me was the MOTM. Outstanding running. Would just like to see more players backing up and running alongside him more often. Izzy was lethal as per usual. If fit, they should hand Speight a jersey against the pumas.

    Simmons should be dropped and finished with. Dean Mumm-esque in effectiveness but with ALOT more stupid penalties. If i was Pek i would be fuming that he cost me a try.

    Beale has shown yet again that he is our super sub. That should be his role from here on out as his pace and energy lifted us and punished them.

    • Bobas

      it was 15v15 when we scored the winning try. We only got a penalty when Habana was off.

      • Alan Grouse

        Just rewound the planner, Habana was still in the bin when Horne dived over

        • Bobas

          I thought he went off at 65, still off at 77, surprising, but I believe you.

          Wow that missed touch really was Donald like.

        • Alan Grouse

          Our mate Morne wont be crucified for it though!

        • Bobas

          comon, a kiwi tele movie is a fate worse than crucifixion.

        • Alan Grouse

          Brilliant!

        • Bobas
        • Stubbsy

          Devilliers is questioning why he was off longer than 10 minutes.

        • wilful

          Well then more fool him for staying off for too long!

    • bad ass

      Phipps get some quick ball out. That half back aim always sends out some spray. I’m sure he could be more accurate but it will cost speed. Then he would give us little advantage.

      • Alan Grouse

        Yeah i applaud him for the speed in which he gets the ball away but his accuracy is still an issue. Lost count of the amount times the first receiver had to nearly jump to catch the pill from him. He has improved though so hopefully this part of his games develops further.

  • wilful

    Geez we got lucky there towards the end. Habana’s tackle wasn’t high. Folau is great, but he’s not much of a kick. Not quite sure I agree Beale did anything much when he came on. Higgers and Horwill were good subs.

    • wilful

      Yeah and Simmons, looking forward to down voting him!

      • dead drunk

        has this look on his face as though why me? seems a show pony

    • Stubbsy

      I agree with you about Beale, him coming on coincided with SA having 14 men. Don’t know that he can be given all the credit for the lift in the wallabies … They were at an advantage.

  • Bobas

    The game changer for me was Morne missing touch a la Donald in Honkers.

  • Moose

    Kuridrani was awesome. Folau also, except for some suspect kicks out of the 22. His offload for Horne’s try was ridiculous. Foley and Phipps looked solid despite a few hiccups.
    Boks had some unlucky calls. Habana’s high tackle looked bad at full speed, but not so bad on the front-on replay, maybe unlucky to be carded I thought? The ‘high’ tackle on Slipper just plain wasn’t, and was a gift three points to the Wobblies.

    • yogifj

      I think Tevita passed to Horne!!

      • Moose

        Should have said his offload in the leadup to Horne’s try…

        • Moose

          And it was ridiculous.

        • The Rant

          had to go back and watch it – insane ball! The whole try movement was pretty special!

    • Pivo

      100% agree that both habana’s and vermuelen’s tackle were over reactions. To be fair vermuelen didn’t roll away and that’s what I initially thought the penalty was for which would have been fair. The touch judge actually tried to save the referee from giving habana that ludicrous card but even after the replay he gave it. I feel that if even after the benefit of a replay the referee makes that poor call he should be sanctioned for making an obvious mistake. Same for that idiotic ‘knock-on’ call against Argentina’s try.

      • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

        Yep. It makes me wonder what the Ref saw that we all didn’t see. To me the replay (which he studied like the rest of us) showed at most a penalty and yet he still went the card?

        TBH if Habana was on the field would we have scored? I doubt it. He was playing a like a man possessed all night.

  • Tim

    Sounds a pretty fair summation of the game. Well done Reg.

  • The Rant

    The quick ball and intent from the first 10 minutes got killed by the boks just hoisting and hoisting and hoisting again. We completely lost the territory game tonight and the only reason we won is that we were trying to win. Boks can only blame themselves for not being more daring and going for the throat.
    Kurindrani was definitely the MOTM. Should have been on the park 3 weeks ago as should Foley have been. Same old story that we need a handful of games to get selections right an we are still not their in the forwards.
    At the end of the day the boks had no imagination and i reckon that cost them the win.
    Still.
    It’s a good day

  • Richard

    The Wallabies deserve congratulations for having the tenacity to win a game they arguably should not have. However, the real congratulations belongs to the Springboks who after seemingly bouncing along the bottom of the “Rugby Dumbness Indicator” for 5-6 years now, actually managed to make a new low tonight. Their dumb old players, coupled with their dumb emotional coach and their dumb Super15 teams leaves South African rugby in a frightful mess. Too much brawn, too little brain. It beats them every year.

    • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

      I guess if I were a Bok supporter I would see it differently but frankly I thought it was the Wallabies who were beyond dumb on many occasions tonight. Luckily for us they failed to clear that final kick. Then, as if by magic, we started playing like we should have from the kick-off. The passes were sticking, we were moving forwards & gaps were created. Nice for Horney to score that one.

      I honestly thought both teams looked far better with ball in hand. I can understand the Boks kicking it as they’re actually quite good at it (usually). Why we get this brain explosion and try to out kick the Boks is a bit of a mystery. IMHO we need to play to our strengths & save the kicking for emergencies.

      • dead drunk

        strange game, seemed to get lost a lot both teams
        not sure I understood our tatics seemed to change a lot.
        Hey Bill u in nice part of the world, I am living in Asia, hope to be up ur way in a few months, when I retire back home
        buy u a beer

        • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

          You’re on!

    • Alan

      @Dick. What a lowbrow comment. Being at the ground the Boks looked the better team and had a couple of terrible calls made against them. Sure, some mistakes let them down in the end, but the Wallabies performance was far from perfect. Looking forward to hearing your classy thoughts after Cape Town.

      • Richard

        What does it tell you about a side that butcher’s a 9 point lead with 10 minutes to go. The same side that had a forward pack that had control of the match with experienced test players at 9 & 10 (and a captain at 12). The same side whose only attacking tactic in the last 15-20 minutes was the crash ball one off the Rick — and they still managed to turn over possession numerous times.

        The most damning stat. though has to be simply this. This was the the No. 2 ranked test side playing a very average Wallaby side that had had 51 points put on them in their last start — all in the comforts of passive Perth WA. Clever sides win games like that. Dumb sides find ways to lose them. This is a Springbok team way down on skill and rugby întelligence. It was highlighted versus Argentina, confirmed tonight.

        • Jamie

          The Springboks will get up for the game next weekend against traditional rivals the All Blacks, they always do. However, they’ll want to be vey careful. The AB’s will be smelling a wounded enemy here. Catch them on a dry track and the AB’s could completely humiliate this poor Springbok team.

        • Bill

          Wounded enemy? If you believe the media, we just beat a team, by one point, that were resting 6 out of 15. If that’s true, they are targeting the AB’s. I wouldn’t be so sure. Mind you, from my point of view the AB’s are a better team.

        • Patrick

          Not just from your point of view… ??

    • Bill

      Geez and I thought Meyer was one of the more adventurous of bok coaches, gotta check my reality I guess.

  • Macca

    If Foley had been playing at Eden Park we would have beaten the All Blacks.

    • Alan Grouse

      While i believe having Foley start would have really helped, we still have many problems aside from who plays 10 for us. I don’t think our skills, lineout, scrum or all round general play is up to the level of the ABs. We still make too many errors and have too many players (forwards especially) who go MIA.

    • yogifj

      lets not get a head of ourselves… while I do love foley’s game, do you really think that!!!

      • Stin

        Joke dudes! He’s joking!!! sheesh

    • Badabing59

      Say what now?

    • notrichiemccaw

      Yes and Hooper isn’t brining enough the the 7 jersey….

    • Bill

      Oh cmon….and Hooper is a complete 7 that is always perfect, never misses a tackle, runs poorly, never jogs in cover defence, never meerkats on the scrum, never concedes needles deliberate offside fouls even when the defence has realigned, and would never be better suited as a blindside winger.

  • yogifj

    2 centres on wings… AAC’s bombs one… Horne scores a beaut (as much I hate the fact we STILL playing players out of position, Horne redeems- will never say anything about him!! :-) )…
    what I saw was simmons -9points (you be the judge…. ), horwil came in -3points (otherwise good), thought fardy was -3pts (but a nuisance.. which I like, he delivered the nitty gritty bits)… carter was good…., scotty H (he has delivered), though I love ACC in centre but Tevita’s no risk (sorta) straight running, was beyond a doubt wallaby MTM…. thought white could have subbed phibbs in last 10-15mins (phibb’s has walked into no.9 wallaby spot regardless of your or my freaken opinion)

    • Bobas

      Patrick Phibbs, Nick Phipps.

    • Harsh to sat AAC bombed that. Given the conditions and the run he made to get there, it was not a “guaranteed” try by any means.

      • Chunderstruck

        Definitely can’t blame AAC, the tackler’s arm knocked the ball out as he went to place it

  • HahahahA

    The specific provisions of Law 10.4(e) in relation to High Tackles are as follows:

    A player must not tackle (or try to tackle) an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. A tackle around the opponent’s neck or head is dangerous play.

    Dangerous tackle = dangerous card = yellow card

    It’s like none of you actually know the irb rules, not just your local team’s rules

    • HahahahA

      Meant to say
      *= dangerous play
      *just your

    • Becky

      The rule needs to be applied consistently. It wasn’t.

    • Bill

      Pretty hard to tackle a guy under the shoulders when he’s driving with his shoulders under your’s, in Habana’s position on the field it was an ok penalty but I’d question the necessity for the yellow. Personally I think that wasn’t a high tackle, just a function of relative body positions. Aus had a couple against them earlier. It’ very easy to be malicious and hit people on the jaw in those circumstances, Habana didn’t make that choice

      • Michael

        Habana didn’t mean to tackle him high that is fair enough, and I think any right minded rugby fan has to acknowledge how good a player Habana is. The other argument though is that given the inside line that AAC ran, if Habana’s arm hits him any lower (as in not around the nec) then he probably doesn’t stop him.

        • Bill

          Fair point, but I can remember looking at a ref in dumb amazement myself after being penalised for that thinking what was I supposed to do? Wave him through just because he’s shorter, fuck that, that guy was around my waist when I made contact, and I made safe contact. Habana? A bit higher for AAC but it’s still a bit rough, it looked bad but it wasn’t a malice sort of tackle. Good for us though.

        • Michael

          Mate, I guess I made both arguments for and against the yellow card. The slow motion replay didn’t look too bad at all.

        • Bill

          fair point up to apoint, excuse the repetition, but in those situations the only other way you make a front on tackle is to scythe them ala Saia. I’m not a fan of that because your shoulder girdle is compromised hitting down, it’s a lot healthier to hit up.

      • Patrick

        He could have had red if it had been malicious!

    • Queenslander

      They are called Laws

    • Po

      Looked more around the shoulder, downward motion. I think it was a very dubious yellow.

  • Rugby Tragic

    Only a wallabies fan could possibly be satisfied by that game, where the Wallabies continued to make mind-numbing errors to squash all potential they had. They looked so brilliant with ball in hand, yet they refused to run it cohesively for 20 minutes either side of oranges. They had a 20 point breeze in their favour in the 2nd half, and yet they refused to kick it long, presumably because they got spooked after Toomua got his angle wrong early on. Folau, who must have been a very shit AFL player with the punt he has, thought he could get some distance out of kicks 1m from the sideline, instead of running like we pay him to do. Rob Simmons probably conceded 5000 unforgiveable penalties with no potential gain from them, typically at crucial moments in the game. And despite looking far superior the team in attack, we left it until the absolute last moment to snatch a game we should have won by 20.
    With that said, I am a Wallabies Fan. How bloody good a finish! If only we could play like we did in the last 10 for the whole 80 and Bill Pulver will be eating his weet-bix out of the Webb Ellis trophy by next Christmas.

    • Jenkss

      Play like in the last 10 and the first 2.

      That’s what we need…. forget the middle 68 minutes, that was just bad bad bad

  • Gottsy

    Not a great display, but a win is a win. Still a lot of work to do, but if we keep making these basic errors we’re in for a fair bit of pain. Some positives though, thought we looked the goods when we emptied the bench. Would like to see horwill and carter start, higgers replace fardy and maybe mccalman for Palu- would also like to see Beale start at 12. After watching the pumas vs nz before hand, it’s going to be a tough game on the Gold Coast!

  • Guest

    I’m not sponsored by any media outlet so I can be completely honest. The Wallabies
    are shit. Not just not bad, not competitive, just fucking shit. Why should we
    celebrate the fact that they are amongst the top 5..? Want to know why your
    average punter isn’t happy with 3 wins a draw and a loss?? Want to know why the
    way we win is a concern? Because we should be fucking dominating..!!! With the
    size of our player pool and the size of our budget we should be way better than
    New Zealand, yet the last 12 years tells you we’re not, and that’s the only
    stat that matters to an Aussie rugby punter. Fuck the Wallabies, fuck them for
    another year.

    • RugbyStu

      We get it mate

    • Tao Te Ching

      So much stupid it takes three times to say.

  • boby

    Carter was terrible are you serious industrious did you watch the game. The only person worse than him was Simmons.

    • yogifj

      so you name carter after simmons… who IMHO was negative 9 pts tonight…. really!!

      • Stin

        Simmons was the shittest player on the pitch. Mann-Rea did less to harm our chances.

        • boby

          I agree simmons was the worst player on the field. But for Carter to be written up individually is joke. Horwill had more of an impact than Carter in 20mins. Why is guy written up like he is our next great. Did anyone watch Brody Retalick thats how a lock is meant to play.

        • yogifj

          lets not forget horwill’s first tackle was -3pts… so compare this to Carter n Horwil also with Retalick. how many penalties did carter give (i’m not a carter fanboy)….

        • Bill

          And Retailick looked pretty ordinary his first few games, Carter is a young player test matchwise you have to expect inconsistency. From memory the kiwis were writing Retallick up before he arrived as well.

    • tahtragic

      They have both been terrible for the last 2 games – completely soft against the AB’s and then last night’s lack of discipline by Simmons and presence by both.
      When are we going to start picking players who can win games based on form rather than last year’s run in the Wallabies or hoping they might be what we need in a distant RWC.
      Who cares if Kane Douglas is going overseas – he would have smashed straight up the middle to get us over the gain line and given the backs some forward momentum.
      McKenzie needs to stop with the rationalisation and recognise he has not got the best cattle available on the paddock.

  • Guest

    I’m not sponsored by any media outlet so I can be completely honest. The Wallabies

    are shit. Not just not bad, not competitive, just fucking shit. Why should we

    celebrate the fact that they are amongst the top 5..? Want to know why your

    average punter isn’t happy with 3 wins a draw and a loss?? Want to know why the

    way we win is a concern? Because we should be fucking dominating..!!! With the

    size of our player pool and the size of our budget we should be way better than

    New Zealand, yet the last 12 years tells us we’re not, and that’s the only

    stat that matters to an Aussie rugby punter. Fuck the Wallabies, fuck them for

    another year.

    • Rugby Tragic

      Mate, take a chill pill.

    • yogifj

      what player pool you talking about… (where did you get your stats from!)

      • Ned

        Exactly. Last time I looked our player pool was about 30% the size of NZ’s, 15% the size of SA’s and closer to 10% the size of England’s. I think it is roughly the same as Argentina’s, if not slightly smaller.

        Don’t be confused by population (ours is the second smallest of that bunch anyway), on that logic China should be the best. Get upset with us being stupid and dedicating too much talent to go awful sports no one else plays like League and GayFL. Rugby is a distant 4th most popular sport in a country with a very small population, so I think we do damn well.

        • Ned

          *God awful sports

    • Burf

      Constructive, thanks. Hang in there, I’m sure that media outlet sponsor will knock on your door sooner or later.

    • Stin

      Size of player pool? Is very low by global standards. An ARU are not in a great financier situation last i checked.

    • RugbyStu

      Bloody peanut, to much rum

  • Guest

    I’m not sponsored by any media outlet so I can be completely honest. The Wallabies
    are shit. Not just not bad, not “competitive”, just fucking shit. Why should we
    celebrate the fact that they are amongst the top 5..?? Want to know why your
    average punter isn’t happy with 3 wins a draw and a loss..?? Want to know why the
    way we win is a concern..?? Because we should be fucking dominating..!!! With the
    size of our player pool and the size of our budget we should be way better than
    New Zealand, yet the last 12 years tells you we’re not, and that’s the only
    stat that matters to an Aussie rugby punter. Fuck them, they’re not completely useless, but unless they can be relied upon to win a RWC, they might as well be.

    • Moose

      You’re an idiot.

    • Aron

      I Recall in 1991 Australia had 100,000 registered players, New Zealand 260,000. Don’t think the ratio has changed much since then

  • Bill

    Great heart by the wallabies, a much better effort than last time out, but it was a lot harder than it needed to be. I guess I’m what’s characterised as a Rob Simmons fanboy, I don’t apologise for it, he has fantastic physical capacity for a big guy, is great at his core skills and has great hunger for the contest, but geezus did he play dumb tonight. So many dumb decisions, that was easily the worst game I’ve ever seen from him and with his experience he shouldn’t be making dumb decisions. A couple of years ago he got dropped by Ewen from the reds and responded really well, well, for me he is still our best 2nd rower, but sometimes you have to give them a kick up the bum and demand some accountability. Carter responded well this game from last. Have to say though, I think first penalty after halftime very poor lifting by the aussies, gave Simmo no chance, but as leader of the lineout that’s something he’s responsible for as well.

  • muppet

    For Horne’s try Foley looped round to handle twice a-la Mark Ella. Break out the Kleenex Bob!

    • Bill

      I’ll pay that. Here’s a towell, don’t return it,

  • galumay

    Almost wish we didnt win that game, will probably lead to a false sense of confidence. Realistically the win was almost entirely the result of the incorrect yellow carding of Habana, once again our senseless gifting of soft penalties by the usual suspects cost us, Fardy, Carter, Simmons, Horwill – that shit really infuriates me. Kicking was appalling, with folou the worst. Beale seemed to add some when he came on, although the Habana carding makes it hard to assess. The Saffers will be wondering how that one got away from them,

    • Moose

      Agree re the kicking in general play. Several poor kicks for touch, few or no contestable kicks for territory.
      Simmons is a liability for penalties given away.

      • Michael

        Agree completely about the kicking, very few decent kicks, and plenty of terrible ones from teh Wallabies. plenty of bad decisions in terms of when to kick as well.

    • RugbyStu

      Horwill little wrong he cost like one penalty and played well

      • Jenkss

        1 penalty when he first came on and I was instantly worried, he seemed to pick up and play quite well after that though.

    • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

      galumay – I think you can rest easy that Wallaby fans won’t be getting overly confident based on what they saw tonight.

      I could not get over how dumb some of our play was and how many stupid penalties we gifted the Boks. I’m wondering if the Wallabies will be regarded as the smart footy team ever again. At the moment we seem like pre-schoolers.

    • Nothing if not critical

      Foley, who otherwise played really well, also had a terrible kicking game in general play – both for position and trying to get behind the line of defense to regather. Also kicked a restart out on the full and one didn’t go 10.

  • swagfaggyP

    how fucken blind was the ref on Le Roux’s knock on? Nearly cost us too

    • Po

      That wasn’t the worst call of the night. Thankfully those went against the Boks right.

  • John C Maxwell

    This side would be would be remarkably better if we adopted the Jake White model of carrying a skipper. I used to be 100% against it, but the last three tests have shown we lack general leadership as well as an official leadership.

    Far too many guys who are playing at their ceiling, but the good news long term is how many are to come back.

    • Rebecca

      can you explain what you mean about White carrying a skipper? Dumb blonde here!
      Agree we lacked leadership. Plus Hoopers decision making is crap. Quick tap in our own half for a full arm penalty? What the hell was he thinking?

  • Bill

    How has Kuridrani not started every game, I’d go far as to say he is our most important back, more so than Folau. Izzy’s a better player but without K to stretch the field Izzy can be isolated.

    • Jenkss

      His straight running was great tonight. Seems like Folau gets isolated and left feeling like he needs to all the forward running sometimes. Having Kuridrani there seems to help.

      SOOOOOOO much better with quick ball from Phipps and Foley though

      • Bill

        If AAC had been at 13 though, a lot of times that quick ball would have been severely compromised, AAC has great body control but he would have been smashed in a number of the situations that Kuri was put into.

  • notrichiemccaw

    If AAC wasn’t the man we know and love he would be dropped in a heartbeat has been absent for 3 consecutive tests, just sayin

    • yogifj

      and simmons?? whats your thoughts about him??

      • notrichiemccaw

        Forwards is a different bag of frogs and more important (obviously) big changes need to be made in 4-8 imho, Simmons was lacklustre but big Ewen has obviously committed to him as a line-out marshall needs to work on his fkn discipline but the reality is we don’t have locks that are obvious replacements, as for Palu and Fardy should be benched/dropped for Higger/McCalman

        • yogifj

          ok..ok… seriously… are you talking about Ewen or it’s your own opinion… what makes forwards more special than backs… but seriously!!!

        • Brumby runner

          Past time for Rob to give way to big Kev. A lineout general who doesn’t take one win off opposition throw and loses at least two on own throw doesn’t warrant continued selection, let alone for all the other brain explosion moments he has.

          Agree Higgers should come in for Palu, but really I can’t see what others see in Ben McCalman at test level. Good work rate, but is very ineffective in his hit ups and not as much a menace at the breakdown as Fardy. Doesn’t have the ability to make the big defensive hits that Cliff does. All in all, would be another step backwards.

    • Nothing if not critical

      blasphemy! i dared to mention something similar several weeks ago and was shouted down by the faithful.

  • Bill

    Better from Hooper and Palu tonight. Hooper had one of hist best games, still some errors but he was good value, Palu, though, better but he ought to be replaced by Higgers. The lift across the board in performance by the team allowed Hooper to almost shine, Palu though, Higgers is just a better option.

  • Bill

    Clancy, well best game I’ve seen from him, not hard that, maybe pedantic but reasonable. That first try the tmo must have tempted to say “not ENOUGH obstruction” what a rich irony that would have been. Interesting that he was quite quick to rule holding on in the tackle.

  • Pclifto

    Simmons is a dead set oxygen thief. Does nothing but give away penalties. Who cares if he runs the lineout, we can no longer afford to carry an out-and-out passenger.

    Thought Fardy and Carter were anonymous at best, Palu not much better.

    I’d have Horwill, Skelton, Higgers and Hodgo to start. I’d drop Simmons altogether with Carter, Palu and Fardy on the bench as a wake up call

    • Bill

      Maybe he will get dropped it was a very poor performance, just like Hooper last time out. But I’d disagree that he does nothing, just like I’d disagree if someone said Hooper was complete shit, difference is when all of the candidates are on form Hooper isn’t our best 7, Simmons is our best lock, not on this performance though. Let it run to next season Though they’ll either all be better for it, we’ll see whether Pocock is back or retired, Maybe Jones or Carter step it up. At the moment though, I think Simmo will be there. Hooper has improved a shitload but really has got a lot to keep working on as well, Simmons just needs to play within himself, he already has the physical and skill abilities, which makes this performance all the more disappointing.

    • Nothing if not critical

      You should probably check the stats jumping on the simmons band-wagon. he runs more than most of the pack, makes more dominant tackles, is a great scavenger on the loose ball, and on top of that he runs the line out. I’m guessing Link looks at the stats, which would account for why he’s there.

      • Nipper68

        What stats are you looking at? How many of those runs got over the advantage line? Don’t recall many, if any. Don’t recall many dominant tackles. And great scavenger on the loose ball? How many turnovers/penalties did he force? What I do recall is the penalties he got pinged for, the try he blew with a penalty and all the other idiotic niggle he contributed. Drop him – he’s a liability, and he nearly cost them the game.

  • Moose

    What’s going on with the scrum? Looked like we dominated a couple, got destroyed in others. Scrums are a mystery to me, any enlightenment appreciated… where’s Nutta when you need him?
    I’m a bit worried about what the Argies will do to our scrum next week…

  • sph45

    We’ve got a problem with our second row and blindside flanker.

    They’re not dominant, and they give away many unnecessary penalties.

  • Moose

    Wallabies were ordinary at best. Simmons has to go, soft and stupid. Man up Link and cull the under performers. Carter and Fardy were invisible. Wallabies didn’t deserve the win and will be smashed on return to SA, just like the All Blacks in the second game. Sadly this second rate effort is becoming the norm in Wallabies rugby.

  • Nipper

    Simmons is a mindless penalty machine. Surely, there is another lock in the whole of Australia who can call a lineout? Really, that’s the sole reason he’s on the field. He’s a liability.

  • Tahs_Man_Fan

    Some observations:

    – Simmons is too much of a liability. I counted 6 penalties he was involved in. Train up a new line out general, as I counted 4 turnovers off lineouts as well. Bring back horwill

    – carter is not having the impact. Give Skelton or Luke jones a go. And Fardy is rubbish. Higgers in for him. Palu only just keeps his spot

    – toomua offers little in attacking options except a crash ball. I think it should be Beale at 12, or at least Beale for the last 20 every game to open up the opposition

    – scrum wasn’t too bad, but kepu is average. We need sio back ASAP

    – Phipps and foley need to stay right where they are

    • Bill

      Toomua only made that first try, fair enough he screwed our edge defence on their try but thats his role in some respects, the grubber which was almost a try to AAC, great option. To say he brings nothing isn’t real accurate, as it stands Toomua is our best 12. Next year, Bieber might be, Beale might be, Godwin might be…even Quade might be .

      • Michael

        I agree that Toomua was good tonight, Kuridrani was massive, so as a centre pairing they go well. I thought that if you take the 2 restart errors out, Foley had a reasonable game as well.

        • Bill

          Foley and Phipps were good. Although it’s on the back of one game, at test level, it seemed like Phipps was pretty consistent in his execution. Sets up a ding dong battle for the EOYT and next year between them and Cooper/Genia.

        • Michael

          agree, the half combination much better this week than the previous two games. It will be a nice problem to have if we have phipps and genia, and foley and cooper all fit a the same time.

      • Tahs_Man_Fan

        Ok point taken. On watching the replay he wasn’t so bad. But I just wish he had the ability to switch into first five and mix it up the way Beale does with foley. If only we could combine beales flair with Toomua’s rock-solid defence.

        • Bill

          We could if Quade would choose to attack the tackle the way he does half gaps. Who knows, with Kuridrani at 13 we don’t need a Jamie Roberts at 12, I’m pretty happy with Toomua at 12. Ithink that’s his position.

    • RubberLegs

      Players who do nothing don’t give away penalties. Simmons is tough and always involved in the action. He is the best lock we’ve had since Eales.

      • Nipper68

        That’s a joke, right Rubber?

    • Galty

      Well put

  • Michael

    First off, great for the Wallabies to get a win.

    There seemed to be a lot of times in the Wallabies got some momentum with a couple of running plays out of their 22, sometimes closer to half way, just to throw it back 15 metres for one of the backs to kick it aimlessly back to the springboks. And to make it worse, we chose to run when we were in a worse position, only to concede a penalty and 3 points. It seems as though the Wallabies like the Waratahs in 2013 and the reds in 2010, are still bedding down the style of play, or at least the game tactics. Let’s hope the results for 2015 are like the results follow the pattern of the reds and waratahs.

    Foley made 3 basic errors, but looked a better option than KB. KB and Rob Horne look like a pretty handy bench combo once we have some genuine wingers available.

    Forwards were generally more competitive than 2 weeks ago. Agree with plenty of other posts about the type of penalties given away by 4, 5, and 6.

  • Justtacklehim

    Phipps service might be quick but it’s awful.
    Kurindrani easily the best wallaby tonight
    Hooper is a bad captain and is not a presence at the breakdown
    If Simmons isn’t in the line out, who is?
    Izzy was less than impressive at fullback. Maybe afl kicking skills have gone
    Springboks should’ve won

    • justtackhim

      Oh…and I can’t believe how selfish so many wallabies were when they were 5 metres out. Butchers!!!

      • Justtacklehim

        For example, 74:30 – approx 2 on 5 overlap and foley goes himself

        • Michael

          I would need to look at the replay, I think the boks outside defence rushed up, of there were some lazy bok runners in the way, stopping the pass getting through. But agree, not the only case of white line fever.

        • Pivo

          Quade would have got the pass out to one of them. Foley as an international 5/8th should have.

        • deLicious

          Quade would have thrown a great pass that resulted in a try but it would have been for the boks if he tried it there. Anything long was an intercept waiting to happen – through the hands or nothing.

    • No, Phipps wasn’t. 96.8% of his passes were right in front of the player, or a couple that were a little high and had no obvious impact on the play. 3.2 % were bad and did impact.

  • Aussie fan in Edinburgh

    I am struggling with Link’s game plan. I would rather see Cheika and Larkham coaching them.

  • Aron

    Much better pressure and muscle at the breakdown compared to last week. Glad to see someone kick over a rushing defence for a change. Hope tactic gets employed more often in the future.
    Think this is the backline we should be working with from now on IMO. Perhaps substitute Phipps for Genia. Speight replacing AAC.

  • Philip Vilsoni

    can someone teach Folau how to kick, its a mystery that a giant of a man can only get the ball 20m out.

    • Berrick Barnes

      Send the guy to an AFL camp for a whole. Oh hang on a minute….

      • deLicious

        The trouble is in AFL the horizontal trajectory doesn’t matter – so that when he kicks for touch even though the ball goes 40m+ it goes in a straight line so breaks the plane of touch after 5m. Rather than staying in the field of play before curving out into touch at a more respectable distance.

        • Stanny

          He has had 2 years in rugby to practice that and add it to his kicking. Also imagine in AFL he were taking a kick for goal from near the boundary. He would have to be able to curve the ball and keep it in long enough for it to reach the goal rather than a behind or out on the full. Folau should have that skill.
          And 20m is VERY generous. Neither time the ball left the 22.

        • the pirate

          Yeah they weren’t very good were they. I personally think the problem is not that he cant kick but that he has had very little experience of kicking live under pressure during big games. He also seems unsure of when to kick, as much as how to execute the skill and I think this can be put down to a lack of live game experience of doing this as well. This is not the kind of experience he is ever going to gain at the Michael Cheika coached Waratahs, thank fuck.
          Obviously test match rugby is different to super rugby and a good kicking game is more desirable in a 15 but he brings so much else to the position and he brings it in bucketloads , that I am inclined to forgive him this failing. Personally I would rather see him back himself and run it 9 times out of 10 and accept the downside of this when it inevitably occurs.
          The jab is the most important punch in boxing so the textbooks say but Mike Tyson was rubbish at it and no one really wanted to see him do it anyway

    • Bill

      He’s usually ok, last night was a bit of an aberration.

  • Philip Vilsoni

    for the next game i would drop Simmons and Carter & start Horwill and Skelton, drop Fardy to the bench and start Matt Hodgson (6), drop Cliff Pillow from the 23Squad and start Higginbotham.

    1-James Slipper.
    2-depending on injuries.
    3-Sekope Kepu.
    4-Will Skelton.
    5-James Horwill.
    6-Matt Hodgson.
    7-Michael Hooper.
    8-Scott Higginbotham.

    16-depending on injuries.
    17-Ben Robinson.
    18-Ben Alexander.
    19-Sam Carter.
    20-Scott Fardy.

  • Nothing if not critical

    A win is a win, especially over the IRB ranked #2 team. But the Wallabies should have won that handsomely, however, poor handling, poor restarts, and kicking in general play again let us down.

    Foley played really well as 5/8 but made some critical mistakes – a miskick on the restart, kicking out on the full on another, dropping a sitter under no pressure. all these mistakes put the wallabies needlessly under pressure. HIs positional kicking is also very ordinary. He needs to lift his game.

    The forwards are playing really well with the exception of Palu. Higgers played less than 20 minutes but more than doubled Palu’s carries and run meters. He’s a passenger.

    Simmons, for all the commentary here about how bad he is, had a strong game except for a couple of penalties that lead to points (not all his penalties led to 3 pointers). He made dominant tackles, cleaned up spilt ball on several occasions in loose play, made a good run and neat offload. He needs to work on his discipline though, but generally outplayed both Carter and Fardy.

    Folau was great but needs to work on his clearing kicks, Horn did OK for someone out of his depth, Phipps was pretty solid but shouldn’t be allowed to take quick taps – ever! Toomua was very good despite a couple of brainsnaps in the kicking dept – kicking too long and kicking out on the full. set up one try and set up what should have been a second. good performance.

    Kurindrani, like Folau, had a great game – always over the adv line and always a threat with ball in hand. Something that AAC has not managed to be or do in this series.

    AAC was anonymous and blew a certain try. Instead of just focusing on catching the ball he was planning his posey swan dive before he even caught the ball. He won’t be in the starting team by the end of the year if we have speight and tomane back. If his best position is inside centre, Kruindrani is much better and so AAC should be riding the pine come the spring tour.

  • bad ass

    I think that went the way we expected the matches against New Zealand might have gone had the forwards psyched up with Horwill and Kurtly injected off the bench, kuridrani at centre and the half – fly half combination we all thought should start.

  • Pedro

    I thought it was a positive display of rugby by the wallabies. They made some errors and were particularly poor in the twenty minutes after half time. But apart from that they looked the better team, generally looking to run the ball and test the defense.

    The bok’s line out was particularly impressive but it evened out after 60 min. The biggest turning point for me was when ahead by six they opted for the goal rather than kick for the corner, Australia were on the ropes and a try would have sealed it.

    To all the people who are saying how dumb the wallabies played, at least we didn’t fail to find touch with minutes to go from a penalty in our own 22. That kick would have to go alongside Donald’s effort in HK.

  • Robert Lowell

    Palu shows again he’s not test level. None of our forwards except Slipper and Hooper break over the advantage line in crash ball!! Anyone thought of Skelton at 8? could solve lineout issues. Horwill and Jones in the locks too with Carter on the bench. I agree with everyone that Simmons is probably our weakest link at the moment (funny considering we’re on our 4th string hooker)
    Kurindrani was FANTASTIC, great tackle busting lines that straighten the attack.
    This backline chemistry works and we should stick with it,

  • spikhaza

    Nah everyone shut up with your whinging a wins a fucking win drink beer and be happy for the horndog and his left foot step

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