Most of the Aussies played well - Perese and Bell in particular, Ikitau found lots of space.
Donaldson was terrible tho, 3 dreadful chip kicks and generally looked lost, but he was only on for 10 minutes or so.
Etzebeth jumped into the tackle at least three times that game - earning a penalty for one of the times that lead to a try for the Boks. How come Poite wasn't pulling him up on it?
Reminded me of this:
Sad to see the last of Higgers in a Reds journey at Suncorp. I remember him coming on for the first time in a 22(?) jersey in the redemption game against the Bulls in 2008 and being instantly impressed. He's the last of the Reds glory 2011 generation, and it's a damn shame it never worked out...
I like Te'o - he was always solid for the Maroons and was one of the Rabbitohs' best in the 2014 GF.
Did anything ever come of Farrell's tackle in terms of the match review? I see Angus Gardner has admitted on a Will Greenwood podcast his tackle against the Boks should have been a penalty...
With Izzy out I thought Banks would have been a decent shout as a backup 15 to tour. We've got so many wing options, would have like to have seen him ahead of Rona or Speight.
Also - if Foley goes down injured in the Japan game, does Cheika rely on Beale or Hodge to get us through Wales...
Barbarians to take on the Wallabies
1 Pekahou Cowan (Force & Australia)
2 Andrew Ready (Reds)
3 Taniela Tupou (Reds)
4 Luke Jones (Bordeaux Begles & Australia)
5 Sam Carter (Brumbies & Australia)
6 Isi Naisarani (Force)
7 Matt Hodgson (Force & Australia, vice-captain)
8 Wycliff Palu...
Soo... Back to the game this weekend.
Anyone envision any changes to the XV? Was TPN really that much better last weekend than Moore has been? Thought Squeak looked good (bar the missed cleanout) when he came on. Still has got great hands/can offload.
Also says a lot about the lack of discipline under Deans. Remember Eddie dropping Flatley for not rocking up to training before the England game in 2003?
(Then again it was probably Eddie trying to give himself more excuses for when the Poms beat us by playing Grey at 10)
Regardless, JO'C is...