Wallabies 2016



  • If the Wallabies are to break their Bledisloe Cup Hoodoo IN 2016 they will need to take a few risks. One big move that will make OZZIE a helluva alot more dangerous is if they move Folau to outside centre. He needs to get his hands on the pill more and create opportunities for the likes of Ashley Cooper and Halett-Petty who are superb finishers.
     
    Also they need to get rid of Rob Horne on the left wing. I can't get my head around how they keep picking this guy year in and year out when he does fuck all.
     
    If I was Cheika I would dabble with a back-line that would look something like this:

    1. Will Genia
    2. Bernard Foley
    3. Drew Mitchell
    4. Matt Toomua
    5. Israel Folau
    6. Adam Ashley Cooper
    7. Dane Haylett-Petty
       
      bench backs:
    8. Nick Phipps
    9. Matt Giteau
    10. Tevita Kuridrani 
       
       
      That backline is world class and would even give our inexperienced All Black backline a run for its money. The question is though, will the Wallabies forward pack step up??


  • Also they need to get rid of Rob Horne on the left wing. I can't get my head around how they keep picking this guy year in and year out when he does fuck all.

    Well, clearly the Wallabies' coaching staff don't see it that way. Great defender, good acceleration in the first few metres and runs a good line, no top speed to speak of but pace is one thing we haven't had for years.



  • Well, clearly the Wallabies' coaching staff don't see it that way. Great defender, good acceleration in the first few metres and runs a good line, no top speed to speak of but pace is one thing we haven't had for years.

    Caleb Ralph mark 2.0



  • what the hell has happened to kuridrani? he just hasn't kicked on, and has probably regressed after a roaring start. sorta the anti-foley.
     
    2 dads to centre is still the go i reckon.



  • The question is though, will the Wallabies forward pack step up??

    For one test out of three going on recent history.



  • Well, clearly the Wallabies' coaching staff don't see it that way. Great defender, good acceleration in the first few metres and runs a good line, no top speed to speak of but pace is one thing we haven't had for years.

    Having players like Horne there hasn't won them the Bledisloe though has it. You can't continue using a losing formula because you will keep getting the same result. They need someone with a bit more horsepower than "a safe player" like Horne. Number 11 is meant to be for a winger who has pure gas (Mitchell/Joe Roks) or the size to run over people (Jonah, Julian), not for someone like Horne who is only limited to what he can do on the international stage.
     
    Personally I would like to see the Reds Centre - Samu Kerevi get a run there but I don't think Cheika is gutsy enough to try anything different.



  • I don't think who they select at 11 is the winning/losing of the Bledisloe.



  • I don't think who they select at 11 is the winning/losing of the Bledisloe.

    You obviously didn't get the point that I was trying to make there. The Wallabies need to change what they have done in the past, therefore they can't keep picking mediocre international players like Horne on the wing because they will keep getting the same result.
     
    As an All Blacks fan I hope they do as I love seeing Aussie lose in any sport. But for the good of the International game the Wallabies need to be better than what they are and they need to be more innovative in their selections. 
     
    A player like Horne is too predictable, all I am trying to say is they need to make changes i.e. Folau to Centre and maybe Kerevi to the left wing to keep teams like the All Blacks on notice.
     
    If they continue selecting players like Horne then I'm afraid their trophy cabinet will remain empty for a few more years to come.



  • I do get your point...and I stand by my comment.
     
    Aussies are hardly full of 'safe' players, sometimes you need 'safe' players...you pretty much said as much in the thread about the Blues backline probably not being ideal with BB.



  • I do get your point...and I stand by my comment.
     
    Aussies are hardly full of 'safe' players, sometimes you need 'safe' players...you pretty much said as much in the thread about the Blues backline probably not being ideal with BB.

    Fair enough.
     
    The Wallabies are the total opposite of the Blues of 2017 though IMO. They have enough steady players in the form of Foley, Halett-Petty, Toomua and Ashley Cooper. Horne is probably a steady player too many. They need a bit of x factor to finish what those safe/smart players create.
     
    The Blues on the other hand have too many x factor players i.e. Having danger men like Moala, Ranger, SBW and Ioane in your back-line would suggest that you would probably need someone like Foley or Toomua at first five just to calm things down and control the direction of the side a bit more.
     
    This is where the All Blacks have been excellent over the last few seasons. They have balanced their back-line superbly with reliable players like the 3 Smith's, Cruden, Carter etc with firepower/x factor like Savea, Nonu, Skudder, Nahalo, Barrett etc who have been able to cut up anyone in their path on a regular basis.
     
    If the Wallabies and Blues get their balance of their back-lines right then they will both be a handful for whoever they come up against. 
     
    My point is don't be predictable so the Wallabies should hire someone like Tony Brown to Jazz things up.  :good1:



  • Fair enough.
     
    The Wallabies are the total opposite of the Blues of 2017 though IMO. They have enough steady players in the form of Foley, Halett-Petty, Toomua and Ashley Cooper. Horne is probably a steady player too many. They need a bit of x factor to finish what those safe/smart players create.
     
    The Blues on the other hand have too many x factor players i.e. Having danger men like Moala, Ranger, SBW and Ioane in your back-line would suggest that you would probably need someone like Foley or Toomua at first five just to calm things down and control the direction of the side a bit more.
     
    This is where the All Blacks have been excellent over the last few seasons. They have balanced their back-line superbly with reliable players like the 3 Smith's, Cruden, Carter etc with firepower/x factor like Savea, Nonu, Skudder, Nahalo, Barrett etc who have been able to cut up anyone in their path on a regular basis.
     
    If the Wallabies and Blues get their balance of their back-lines right then they will both be a handful for whoever they come up against. 
     
    My point is don't be predictable so the Wallabies should hire someone like Tony Brown to Jazz things up.  :good1:

    When you're not fabricating heights you're quite the astute reader of the game Canes4Life.
     
    The two remaining Smiths might be "safe" but it's not a stretch to say they have a shitload of X factor too.



  • Maybe I have a wonky leg. 
     
    Lets be honest if you play for the All Black's you are always going to have a bit of X Factor. That's just the kiwi way!! We grow up with a ball in our hands and acclimatize to a higher skill set of rugby.



  • plenty of AB's have lacked that intangible x-factor!



  • plenty of AB's have lacked that intangible x-factor!

    You get my drift.



  • its a long quiet Friday afternoon....have my beer in hand and need to wind someone up!



  • The footy ain't too far away mate. Go the Blues!!



  • Calling Aaron Smith a "safe" player as distinct from X-factor is about as far-reaching a statement as I've seen here.
     
    That includes everything Winger has posted.



  • Calling Aaron Smith a "safe" player as distinct from X-factor is about as far-reaching a statement as I've seen here.
     
    That includes everything Winger has posted.

    Technically I called Aaron Smith a "reliable player". He is isn't he??



  • Not sure tinkering with the Wallabies backline is going to make that much difference.



  • We can't get over the gain line, our set piece is getting pumped, and we're being out muscled at the ruck. I know, lets change the wingers!
    To be fair to caners, this is the attitude of many wallaby fans