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Wallabies v Japan, Oita - 23 October, 3:45pm AEDT

Sully

Tim Horan (67)
Staff member
I always feel sorry for hooker at lineout time, they need to get the ball within a few hundred millimetres over 10 or so metres while halfbacks don't need to trow the ball into the scrum straight and could hit the L
locks knee with no issue.

I think Lonegan has struggled a little with the step up to tests, but he has a lot of growth in his game, and I'm sure he'll be fine.
 

TSR

Geoff Shaw (53)
If they are going to benchmark Mcinerney‘s throwing against Japan, v the others against NZ, SAF, ARG and FRA, then he’s getting a free ride.
True enough - but it doesn’t seem to me that Rennie is giving anyone a free ride.
 

Brumby Runner

Tim Horan (67)
Yes so if we are sticking by the timeline of aiming for the next RWC, he will be in essentially his prime playing age for a front rower, therefore a worthwhile investment for the next few years.
So, no real differentiation from any of the other 5 or 6 candidates?
 

Brumby Runner

Tim Horan (67)
He looks pretty big for his height already. Where is that extra 10 kegs going to go? He is young, as are Kaitu’u and Uelese.
JB, Uelese is young. Kaitu'u is marginally older than FF and 1 - 3 years older than the likes of McInerney, BPA, Mafi (I think), and Lonergan, who is the youngest of the lot.
 

Dctarget

Steve Williams (59)
McIerney has been done dirty by aging. The bloke looks like he’s about to retire not 26 years old.
 

Brumby Runner

Tim Horan (67)
My issue was simply that you appear to have been mistaken about the relative ages and potential for development of the various options. Your statement about Kaitu'u could easily have been made about all of the others.
 

PhilClinton

John Solomon (38)
My issue was simply that you appear to have been mistaken about the relative ages and potential for development of the various options. Your statement about Kaitu'u could easily have been made about all of the others.

My statement about Katiu’u was simply my opinion about his place in the hooker hierarchy and where I think he should be in a few years. If others have similar opinions about the others in contention, that is fine, but that is also their opinion.

I personally don’t feel the ceiling is as high for some of the others in contention, especially within the next 2 years.

Anyway this game thread has been highjacked by hooker chat for too long so I’m happy to leave it here.
 

Joe Blow

Jim Lenehan (48)
JB, Uelese is young. Kaitu'u is marginally older than FF and 1 - 3 years older than the likes of McInerney, BPA, Mafi (I think), and Lonergan, who is the youngest of the lot.
That bodes well for the future. Yes, Lonergan is 22, Uelese 24 and a couple of the others not much older. Kaitu’u looks a bit loose in his game, like BPA IMHO. It will be interesting to see how Latu goes. He has the skills that Rennie is looking for along with a very solid set piece.
 

D'Lite Full

Ward Prentice (10)
The bench is interesting today:

Connal McInerney (debut)
Bell and AA
Swain and Samu
McDermott, O'Connor and Petaia

There are some serious finishing legs in that group. I expect the starting pack will try and fatigue Japan with size and then these guys will run over the top. Wallabies by plenty as long as they don't have a festival rugby frame of mind and play with a test mindset.
 

KOB1987

David Codey (61)
Pity that not many Ozzies will see it.
What FtA channel's this match on?
No FTA channel.

i can understand why it’s not on FTA. Im as rusted on as they come but I’ll still be flicking between the game and Cox Plate Day. If it was on FTA the ratings would get slammed, plus 9 can use it to get more Stan subs. I’ll critique from the replay tomorrow.
 
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