Jim Lenehan (48)
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I think Hughbert that you will find that the Wallabies were told to up the tempo and attack in the 2nd half. Hence the multiple quick taps and total change from the kicking game of the first 40. As much as I don't think Alexander deserves his spot, it certainly isn't for following instructions in this fashion.
I would also point out that the kicking game didn't fail because it was kicking. It failed because of the shit house execution, just like the passing and running game. If you kick it MUST go to space or be such that it can be competed for. Show me where any of the Wallabies kicks achieved that goal.
I'm all for criticizing those who merit it, but Horwill just came back from a hamstring (or ankle?) injury; he's hardly going to top the tackle and run counts in his first game back.It's a shame for Australia that Horwill has kept the captaincy, pretty much means he's immune to criticism and being dropped.
Hughbert - my "leap" was made by recognising that the game plan shifted radically in the second half from the outset. Could you not see the change? It was also obvious that it had to at half time as the Wallabies offered no threat at all with the kicking game and were just hanging on in defence. I would also point out that Link is well known for changing things radically at half time if things aren't going right. There is a plan B but that comes down to execution as well.
As for your comments on Folau - I would remind you that M. Burke was not an accomplished kicker of both feet though he was acceptable at best and the other great fullback of recent times Chris Latham didn't kick off his right effectively and Joe Roff was particularly bad of his right. As for playing the game in their half, when you tried that all first half and the execution by all and sundry was poor do you just keep doing it? Whilst Folau needs to work on significant aspects of his skills, so do all the other backs. Folau has the best work under the high ball and a great running game when there is support and structures. Out of all the potential candidates he best fits all the fundamentals for fullback.