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Wallabies v Scotland, Murrayfield, Sun 30th Oct, 3.30am AEDT

KOB1987

Nick Farr-Jones (63)
Talking about Ned Hanigan’s impact stats is getting dull, thought it was close enough to starting focusing on game 1. Presumably we will roll out our strongest team for this, how does that look?
 

wamberal

Phil Kearns (64)
Talking about Ned Hanigan’s impact stats is getting dull, thought it was close enough to starting focusing on game 1. Presumably we will roll out our strongest team for this, how does that look?
Skelton's not available.
 

RugbyReg

Rocky Elsom (76)
Staff member
Skelton not available for this is he? If not then I guess our team is likely

15 Banks
14 Kellaway
13 Ikitau
12 Foketi
11 Petaia
10 Foley
9 White
8 Valetini
7 Hooper
6 Hanigan
5 Frost
4 Neville
3 Ala'alatoa
2 Porecki
1 Slipper

16 Fainga'a
17 Gibbon
18 Tupou
19 Holloway
20 Samu
21 Gordon
22 Hodge
23 Wright


meh....
 

Froggy

Arch Winning (36)
I agree that's a likely side Reg, but if it were me I might be a bit more adventuress with youth for the bench. Perhaps Lonergan for Fainga'a, McDermott for Gordon, Lolesio for Hodge and Marky Mark (Nawaqanitawase) for Wright.
 

stillmissit

Vay Wilson (31)
I am hopeful that Lolesio starts this game as the Scots tend to get it over us in the first half and having a 10 who can tackle would be an advantage. I would also start Holloway at 6 with Hanigan on the bench.
 

Slim 293

Nathan Sharpe (72)
Is Philip still injured?

I'd imagine he would start if fit with possibly Neville...

Holloway at 6, and Frost on the bench.

Having said that, I'm not sure how to read the selection of Neville on the bench for the last Aus A game with Frost rested.
 

rugbyAU

Frank Nicholson (4)
1. Slipper
2. Porecki
3. Ala'alatoa
4.Neville
5. Phillip
6. Holloway
7. Hooper
8. Valentini
9. White
10. Foley
11. Wright
12. Paisami/Foketi
13. Ikitau
14. Kellaway
15. Banks

16. Fainga'a
17. Gibbon
18. Topou
19. Frost
20. Samu
21. McDermott
22. Lolesio
23. Hodge
 

qwerty51

Nathan Sharpe (72)
Petaia over Wright please.

I think we might go 6:2 here.

19. Frost
20. Holloway/Hanigan (whoever doesn't start)
21. Samu
 

The_Brown_Hornet

Phil Kearns (64)
Yeah full strength side for the first game on tour. This is one of the three I think we CAN win. Scotland play a game that contests hard at the breakdown and in the loose in general, so I want us playing a pack that can quell that in the early going. Keep the game tight, play it down their end and then try to open things up later on.
 

Brumby Runner

Tim Horan (67)
Petaia over Wright please.

I think we might go 6:2 here.

19. Frost
20. Holloway/Hanigan (whoever doesn't start)
21. Samu
Qwerty, even allowing for his two or three brain farts per game, I think that match statistics consistently show Wright among the top for tackles beaten and metres gained in our backline. He offers some things that the coaches/selectors seem to like, and is better supporting the fullback at the back than Jordan P. Unfortunately, Jordan is just as likely to make errors, dropped balls, passes over the sideline or offloads to opposition players, as Tom is, perhaps not quite so spectacular.

I personally would prefer Wright to Petaia who just hasn't reached his early promise. Will be interesting to see how the coaches view it. Nawaqanitawase will also probably come into the equation for a wing spot at some time on tour.
 

qwerty51

Nathan Sharpe (72)
Mark will get a go, and same with Jock, start them against Italy, see how they do and then they can go again v Ireland and Wales. For now v Scotland and France we should stick with more experienced guys.
 

LeCheese

Vay Wilson (31)
Qwerty, even allowing for his two or three brain farts per game, I think that match statistics consistently show Wright among the top for tackles beaten and metres gained in our backline. He offers some things that the coaches/selectors seem to like, and is better supporting the fullback at the back than Jordan P. Unfortunately, Jordan is just as likely to make errors, dropped balls, passes over the sideline or offloads to opposition players, as Tom is, perhaps not quite so spectacular.
The stats from TRC, across basically all metrics, actually favour Petaia once you factor in minutes played.

Aside from discipline, the biggest difference is in number of passes, which is mostly explained by Wright's games at fullback.

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