Alan Cameron (40)
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Paisami's an interesting case and I'm not completely sold on him yet; he's very abrasive in contact and beats tackles but at the same time his poor security is woeful and has a tendency to throw wild cutout passes under pressure.Paisami’s first half was brilliant, and To'omua coming on picked the tempo up. I’d even go with To'omua at 13.
He has started one game and looked solid, nothing more. Let's judge him after another five tests.Kellaway showed what a Test winger needs: composure, pace, and defence. Wright fans, take a long look because all the X-factor you wave your hankies at doesn't mean shit compared to actual results. Kellaway threw one bad pass but was otherwise good.
We must all have watched different games. I saw a Wallaby team who "struggled to beat a 2nd or 3rd ranked French team" perform very creditably indeed against a champion team at their fortress, in front of an overwhelming unfriendly crowd.
Not only that, they showed some good patterns in both attack and defence.
Paisami's an interesting case and I'm not completely sold on him yet; he's very abrasive in contact and beats tackles but at the same time his poor security is woeful and has a tendency to throw wild cutout passes under pressure.
Already Ikitau looks more assured than Paisami, if less spectacular.
*ball security. I don’t think it’s an understatement to claim his ball security is woeful for an international rugby players. He loses the ball in contact every second tackle.His attacking defence is another notch on his bow. 2 massive turnovers from attacking tackles in the first 20 minutes. Woeful is strong terminology. Could be better but it ain't woeful.
Mate when the crowd are booing every wallabies conversion or PG, you know you’re dealing with a real sporting nation.
Dear NZ, if you’re at a rugby match and the people near you are booing anyone but the refs, and you don’t tell them to grow up and show some humility, you’re as bad as they are.
Overall, that was a very creditable performance against one of the best sides in world rugby. It looks to be a bit of continued improvement in our side, and isn't that what we all want at the moment?
For those ascribing full responsibility for the loss on goal kicking, isn't familiarity with local conditions and inexperience on the part of the visitor what we refer to as home ground advantage? The wind was something else, and Noah didn't have the experience of playing a hundred games at Eden Park in his pocket to get the better of it. Even Mounga had some problems.
Most of the team can do some things better. Most importantly, Hunter Paisami needs to cut out his cutout passes. If I recall correctly, he allowed the French to score one or two intercept tries too from cutout passes (or was it To'omua?). In any case as many of those long passes either fall into the opposition's possession or sail over the sideline. Just put the ball through the hands numbskull. (For the record, I have always thought Hunter is our best No 12, and I still do, but he can be a whole lot better if he learns to use his support players better).
The other waste of effort move that needs to be shelved is the scrum looking to win a penalty on our own feed. I reckon more often than not it ends with a penalty the other way. Just leave the domineering antics for scrums the opposition feed ffs.
So, no wholesale changes for next week. I'd like to see Philip start with Swain off the bench. Darcy did himself proud tonight, but he is green and it's a huge challenge coming up against the top locking pair in world rugby. I'd bring Isi back into 8 and have Wilson on the bench until he finds some form again. Nic White would bring the experience missing in the halves if he's fit. Tate on the bench. When JOC (James O'Connor) is fit, he comes in to the 10 spot and Noah can continue to learn the ropes late in games against the best sides, NZ, SA and Argentina. Marika replaces Jordan Petaia.
That's it. More improvement is what we really want to see, and wins will come our way.
Kellaway showed what a Test winger needs: composure, pace, and defence. Wright fans, take a long look because all the X-factor you wave your hankies at doesn't mean shit compared to actual results. Kellaway threw one bad pass but was otherwise good.