Jim Lenehan (48)
I would guess that the next long term captain will be McReight after the next RWC if Hooper decides to go to Japan or Europe. In the mean time I wouldn’t hurt your heads.
Rennie is all about workrate - Cheika talked about it quite a bit when he was at the Tahs and Rennie at the Chiefs, the Chiefs were seen as the standard to be challenged. Possibly Rennie is doubling down on it in his first season, to make a statement for all players heading in to 2021 - work hard or go home.
So you are saying Hooper should go for goal more but the kicker is a 65% (granted there are reasons) and not back the lineout? You do realise he did both during this match.
I've got a better idea why don't the players just execute their skill areas. BPA throwing straight, Phillip calling the right jumper, jumper catching it and the rest of the forwards correctly setting the maul.
You still take the points, it is a test match ffs.
Have we not watched proper, winning test sides, take those points, build that score board pressure etc etc If the kicker misses, you restart and continue to build that pressure
1st half within 12 points either way take the 3. Later on if chasing or well ahead kick to the corner or take a scrum midfield in their quarter.
Tough gig for Sir Ruchie.Is it that simple? I think the art of test match rugby is to know when to take the points, and know when you have your foot on the throat of the opposition and you need to go for the kill.
Now the former scenario is far more likely than the latter scenario, but I don't think you should take the points 100% of the time. I thought Hooper judged it pretty well on Saturday, my only criticism being we might have opted for a few attacking scrums instead of lineouts.
One of the things that made McCaw a great captain (and the ABs a great team) was the ability to judge this really well. The ABs didn't always take the points, they knew when to pick their moment and put it all on the line.
I think our internationals can be expected to deal with different rules/interpretations. The style and nature of the game is different anyway.