Bledisloe I



  • I think the Aussies have to stick with Pocock/Hooper. It gives them something different. Ireland struggled to deal with it big time. They have two locks in their team, no reason they should be losing so much set piece ball. They didn't really play badly last night. Just conceded too many penalties. We win games without ball and field position so when you give it to us, you lose by 25.



  • @shark They might have tried both, but Moody certainly had a couple of games there. Wasn't a roaring success and wasn't persisted with.



  • @bones said in Bledisloe I:

    Highlight of the match for me - Franks for the first time in his career goes through the tackler rather than dropping at his feet. Is so shocked that after being tackled he literally holds the ball up in the air and presses it into the waiting arms of the nearest wallaby.

    Watching that first half was tough, but taking it in context with the second half I reckon it's easy to see great tactics at play. Our skills have really regressed since Byrne left though, that's the worrying bit.

    I can see why Mounga is still sitting in the wings. That's quite the high pressure game plan to run, Barrett's experience carries that well. A newbie might not cope so well.

    Naholo lucky and oddly I thought he was a bit cake, just not a good decision maker at the moment.

    Oh and Harris. Why?

    We might have to have a reverse argument re: Naholo. Might be your expectations were high and mine low, but I thought he was excellent. He has strengths and weaknesses but he did way more good than bad last night, I threw him a vote in the MOTM thread given how many points he created/scored.



  • So, did we win?



  • @nta said in Bledisloe I:

    So, did we win?

    Diversity was the winner on the day.



  • @nta said in Bledisloe I:

    So, did we win?

    No - but you were well worth that "favourites" tag for the first 35 minutes! 🙂



  • @no-quarter said in Bledisloe I:

    @bones said in Bledisloe I:

    Highlight of the match for me - Franks for the first time in his career goes through the tackler rather than dropping at his feet. Is so shocked that after being tackled he literally holds the ball up in the air and presses it into the waiting arms of the nearest wallaby.

    Watching that first half was tough, but taking it in context with the second half I reckon it's easy to see great tactics at play. Our skills have really regressed since Byrne left though, that's the worrying bit.

    I can see why Mounga is still sitting in the wings. That's quite the high pressure game plan to run, Barrett's experience carries that well. A newbie might not cope so well.

    Naholo lucky and oddly I thought he was a bit cake, just not a good decision maker at the moment.

    Oh and Harris. Why?

    We might have to have a reverse argument re: Naholo. Might be your expectations were high and mine low, but I thought he was excellent. He has strengths and weaknesses but he did way more good than bad last night, I threw him a vote in the MOTM thread given how many points he created/scored.

    Yeah I was disappointed in his basic errors. Dying with the ball. He tries to get involved in too many breakdowns, mostly ineffective. Needs to be more patient.



  • @nta said in Bledisloe I:

    So, did we win?

    Yep we did. Welcome aboard the bandwagon.



  • @crucial said in Bledisloe I:

    Naholo shouldn't be considered lucky because the ref made a sensible call.
    As Peyper said 'I don't think the tackler was solely the cause'. Folau was happy to flip to try and get the ball away and went with the momentum.

    Naholo was lucky because the tackle occurred 2 metres from AR Wayne Barnes. Genuinely was hoping for a yellow as a best case when I spotted that on the first replay.



  • Crotty on instagram: thanks everyone who’s sent through well wishes, I’m all good but old mate @jack_goodhue got one solid lid!

    Reply Goodhue: No apologies for the teeth mark in my scalp?



  • Watching a replay , at the time I was frustrated during that first half ,

    But watching again , our defence was sound , the handling errors were a result of us trying to up the tempo against an aggressive defence,

    With the benefit of hindsight it paid off in the end



  • @stargazer said in Bledisloe I:

    And Rieko already rule out. Wonder whether they'll call up someone as injury cover, and if so, who. Or will they just go with Naholo on the left wing and Nehe on the the right?

    Or just play Nehe on the left wing.

    He played left wing yesterday for the Turbos.



  • @kiwiinmelb said in Bledisloe I:

    Watching a replay , at the time I was frustrated during that first half ,

    But watching again , our defence was sound , the handling errors were a result of us trying to up the tempo against an aggressive defence,

    With the benefit of hindsight it paid off in the end

    It must have been disheartening for the Orcs. They played an excellent first half and still we ran over them at the end of the 80 minutes. The contest was basically over by the 65th minute



  • @kiwimurph possibly Naholo to 11, BFA to 14 and JB to 15.



  • @canefan said in Bledisloe I:

    @kiwiinmelb said in Bledisloe I:

    Watching a replay , at the time I was frustrated during that first half ,

    But watching again , our defence was sound , the handling errors were a result of us trying to up the tempo against an aggressive defence,

    With the benefit of hindsight it paid off in the end

    It must have been disheartening for the Orcs. They played an excellent first half and still we ran over them at the end of the 80 minutes. The contest was basically over by the 65th minute

    If that was tough , the thought of going to eden park without Folau will have them struggling for positives



  • @kiwiinmelb said in Bledisloe I:

    @canefan said in Bledisloe I:

    @kiwiinmelb said in Bledisloe I:

    Watching a replay , at the time I was frustrated during that first half ,

    But watching again , our defence was sound , the handling errors were a result of us trying to up the tempo against an aggressive defence,

    With the benefit of hindsight it paid off in the end

    It must have been disheartening for the Orcs. They played an excellent first half and still we ran over them at the end of the 80 minutes. The contest was basically over by the 65th minute

    If that was tough , the thought of going to eden park without Folau will have them struggling for positives

    Look at Chieka, by the 60th minute even he couldn't muster any rage. He looked like a guy who knew his team simply weren't good enough



  • @kiwimurph said in Bledisloe I:

    @stargazer said in Bledisloe I:

    And Rieko already rule out. Wonder whether they'll call up someone as injury cover, and if so, who. Or will they just go with Naholo on the left wing and Nehe on the the right?

    Or just play Nehe on the left wing.

    He played left wing yesterday for the Turbos.

    If the game plan is for a plodding wing who can’t sprint to try line before being run down by the opposition prop then he’s the man



  • Everyone's favourite fuckstick, Gordon Bray, managed to wind the commentary clock back in time. Probably encouraged by Fraser Anning's speech earlier in the week.

    Veteran sports broadcaster Gordon Bray has come under fire for describing an Australian player as having a 'golliwog haircut' during the Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney on Saturday.

    Bray was calling the Test live as part of the Ten commentary team at ANZ Stadium when he used the term to describe the hairstyle sported by newly returned Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.

    When contacted by Fairfax Media after the match, Bray said it was a poor choice of words.

    "It was made in an affectionate manner and it was not intended to be offensive in any way," he said.

    "It was something I said on the spur of the moment. I almost didn't recognise him with the short back and sides do and the inference was that it had been very fuzzy. Probably if I'd said what happened to his 'fuzzy-wuzzy' haircut that would have been more appropriate.

    "I know the guy, I have great respect for him. When he played at Suncorp Stadium [last year] he had that massive hair and so I was saying it was hard to recognise him with the new haircut."

    Probably should've just said that then.



  • @virgil said in Bledisloe I:

    @kiwimurph said in Bledisloe I:

    @stargazer said in Bledisloe I:

    And Rieko already rule out. Wonder whether they'll call up someone as injury cover, and if so, who. Or will they just go with Naholo on the left wing and Nehe on the the right?

    Or just play Nehe on the left wing.

    He played left wing yesterday for the Turbos.

    If the game plan is for a plodding wing who can’t sprint to try line before being run down by the opposition prop then he’s the man

    A bit harsh but he's had his day in black. Wheel in the giraffe