Peter Johnson (47)
It's interesting that the blame for the lineout issues are being laid on the players and not the coaches.....
Paul Cully's take from weekend:
Its intriguing to consider that what can be done at Super Rugby level seem unable to be replicated at the Wallabies level. The Wallabies seem to of a lower standard in comparison to what Super Rugby teams and coaches are producing. We may have a coaching deficiency, but the Super Rugby coaches appear to be able to do what the Wallabies coaching team individually and as a collective; and with arguable more resources and more talent, are unable to do.
There is a real argument that the coaching crisis is actually created / manifests from the Wallabies level. From the Wallabies we tend to view, gauge and recruit off that floored view point (benchmark and entrenched beliefs) that the Wallabies coaches are elite. Thus the institutionalised view that its too hard to replace them. But the evidence is becoming apparent that the Super Rugby level coaches and assistance are in fact able to get better results from lesser resources and players.
IMHO, replacing the Wallabies coaching team with some solid coaches who can implement (coach) the simple fundamentals in to the Wallabies game plan would be a massive step forward right now. They don't need to be as credentialed and experienced as we all misguidedly believe. We forget the Cheika and Co are not exactly the cream of the crop, and TGC fell in to the job conveniently.
One observation I will put forward is that what seems to be missing is a willingness to use the basic fundamentals in the game as the key tools. Rather they seem to be wanting to be clever, try outsmart or run the miracle or brave plays and its burning them constantly. Jake White methodology at the Brumbies was not the most thrilling with his "simple fundamentals done well" policy but its a damn good platform to work from and it got results.
The "give" for me that Cheika doesn't get the "fundamentals" is that he trots out the "we scored the same amount of tries or more" when we lose. TBH, who give a f#@&! I don't care about the method, rather the total. The Bokke didn't care either and kicked there way to a win.
This attitude in itself also reinforces my view that Cheika has lost what his objective and scope really is. His ego wants to solve all of the Aussie rugby's problems single handedly while he reins high on this thrown. RA are desperately feeding this fantasy willingly to the game detriment. All while its eagerly supported by the old boys club who are part of the problem and wont give up their place at the troff.