Another very poor exhibition skills-wise from the Aus U20s. Can certainly see why our senior players are all short on skills development if this is the standard coming out of the high performance pathways.
One area that did impress was the two locks. Swinton will probably play on the side at some stage, but together he and Swain were so much better than the locks in the first game.
The backline combinations are just rubbish atm.
Can't see Aus getting within 50 points of NZ on Saturday, and that's a legitimate 50 points not a Paarlbark estimate.
We can all now see the pattern, as it's become so pervasive, so obvious.
How many points do our Super teams leak when they have have the athletic prowess to equal the equivalent Kiwis, but they can't pass the ball or tackle properly. And then there are the poorly executed grubbers and kicks from hand. The list runs long.
We can do all the game write-up re Australia's elite rugby teams, but in 2017 they all more or less say the same thing.
Poor rugby skills are killing the professional game in Australia. Australian fans will not pay serious $ to watch our teams not only never beating the ABs but rarely if ever being able to beat any Kiwi team and losing badly, it's no mystery why the crowds and viewerships are falling.
When we see it all in our U20s, the understand the genesis do we not?
Massive ARU investment in propping up a grossly failed, ego-driven Super 'national footprint' project - and we have fuck all to show for it as the vast sums from media deals have largely been deployed in raw commercial losses now vaporised, not skills and coaching and training facilities investments.
Quality of product and its derivate, competitive excellence, matters to the accretion of sustainable success in any enterprise.. What a genius observation.
Australian rugby's quality of product has fallen off a cliff.
Barely any investment here over the last decade in the quality of the product - deep skills, and skills discipline, training from juniors up, layered coach development and coach assist programs, leading-edge S&C practices, specialist skills clinics, and so on. Hasn't happened.
The most egregious investment and strategy lack has been in all levels of rugby coaching. Our skills are poor as our coaching standards and availability of good coaches - every level - are so poor. We've let this happen as the only coaching the ARU thought really mattered was the Wallaby HC and we have even managed to fuck that up more than we have not.
Now we have a triple-deck problem - while we have degraded, NZ has invested wisely and improved even further, embarrassing us even more, and then, as a consequence of our poor management of the code, we have no money left to invest with. So the gap and the overall problem of poor product quality is building exponentially, not as a linear form.
This is why, when the apogee of the Australian rugby crisis is finally reached, and then the collapse, and we can at last begin again, we will irrevocably have to shrink back to a much smaller size where we can densely apply the right curative resources and invest in a whole new way of up-skilling our juniors.
That radical uplift in skills requires a radical regrouping and re-prioritising around coaching and coaching excellence. There will not be much to go around (financially and otherwise) so we will have to drastically reduce the footprint to fit a totally new model of building skills and playing quality excellence vs size and scale for its illusion-based sake.
In the Australian Rugby 2.0 I look forward to, we can start anew and do the job right, as it should have been done long ago. It's not voodoo magic or rocket science.
We absolutely, 100% can do it. There are precedents and recent examples of great encouragement. We won the gold medal in Rugby 7s in Rio predominantly as our players' core skills to a woman were outstanding, and this depth of consistent skills execution gave the team the confidence and capability to play an adventurous, dynamic, attacking style of 7s that in 2016 was the best in the world. (Sounds kind of like the Kiwi model, doesn't it.)