Peter Fenwicke (45)
Tuilagi on the wing - Easy steamroller BUT perhaps an opportunity to catch him wrong footed or in poor position in the backfield. HOWEVER I have doubts we can take advantage of that.
Also I think really they’re just moving speed around. They’ll have Furbank, May, and alternating Smith & Farrell roaming the back with Tuilagi & Slade defending first up. EJ is just getting his best men on the parkTuilagi on the wing - Easy steamroller BUT perhaps an opportunity to catch him wrong footed or in poor position in the backfield. HOWEVER I have doubts we can take advantage of that.
Has he ever been that effective against us? He was a physical specimen in midfield who has had some stellar performances, but what is his form on the wing?
It's not as though every hulk can immediately turn into a Lomu or Savea or Naiyaravoro, let alone defend the wing and deal with backfield kicks.
It's Sunday morning this time, right?Counting down until BR trots in to defend the honour of Tom Wright and every other Canberran linked to the national setup.
This match is one to watch quietly on replay. 4.30am when you're likely going to get pantsed is a pretty grim proposition.
I'm not qualified to comment on Tuilagi in depth as I don't follow the premiership or have any idea of form, but i'm just not convinced he's a big risk. Johnny May on the other hand - with elite speed and a dependable finish - is a more damaging prospect.You would have to think that Eddie picked him there thinking he would match up with Perese
He kinda is. That Japan try springs to mind.Wright has a bit of size about him. He is no pushover.
From the way Marcus has played for the Harlequins this year, RR you're correct in what you say. Test match rugby is a completely different beast, although I agree with your comment of his ability and rugby smarts, 3 tests into your career he may not be ready and "mature" enough to do that. I don't believe shooting out of the D line to smack Marcus will b of any use and wasn't my point, I specifically mean the wallabies key defenders and ball runners to make use of running and whacking Marcus when the opportunity arises, rattle his cage early and the pressure will revert to Farrell to dictate and direct play w Marcus feeling a little worse for wear and cautious to lead the team around the park after some some high quality D and attacking pressure put against him by the Wobs.you would hope he was a little more clinical than last week where he got stepped badly at least once. The flipside of your comment is that Smith is smart and talented enough to evade a missile like Hunter and then there's a gap in the line that he is fast enough to make the most of.
I think they both played a part and Kerevi would not have been as effective if Cooper was not there.
How did we go that day?In the one test Kerevi played without Cooper (Bledisloe 3), in the GAGR MOTM votes Kerevi got 5x 3 votes, 8x 2 votes, 4x 1 votes and only one person didn't give him a vote.
As I said, Cooper was great but Kerevi has really been the difference between our backline looking pedestrian versus looking threatening.
How did we go that day?