Our depth is still rubbish.
In some positions, but not all. Our depth at prop has never been better, and our backrow stocks are good too.
Cheika will go, of that there is very little doubt. We are also losing (through retirement) Genia, Pocock, Kepu.
The future is pretty bright. The new coach will inherit a talented squad, depth in the pack, and an ability to put good teams away when they get it right.
A few relatively minor tactical adjustments (eg. not running it off our own fucking line), and I think things will start to turn around.
Considering the Wallabies are likely to face England, I don't know what is better for us here.
a) Game is cancelled, and England get no meaningful game before the QF bar a win against 14-man Argentina, or
b) A physical game against the French where they might win but also lose a few players to injury.
It probably won't help us much either way, given our clear lack of rugby ability. But still.
I’ve complained about this on Twitter, and had a few people respond ‘just tackle lower’.
But I’m not sure those people have ever played rugby. High tackles are just a part of the game, and I’m not sure you can ever eradicate them. Yes some are a result of reckless play, but others are just instinct (sticking out an arm when you’ve been stepped by a halfback near the ruck), or tiredness (being caught on the back foot in the late stages of a game).
I’m not sure how you eradicate that from the game. Especially for players above 6ft 6.
At the moment World Rugby have signalled they are happy to ruin games as a spectacle in order to change player behaviour. I think that’s too big a trade-off, and think they need to find a better balance between protecting the players and ensuring games are enjoyable for fans.
Agree on 3 of the 4. Patchell shit technique, carry on.
Tipuric deliberately taken out off the ball in lead up to AAC try
G Davies Interception
Genia forward pass in lead up to DHP try
I really dislike these sort of articles.
The premise is always 'well [TEAM X] think they were robbed, but actually it was [TEAM Y, WHO I SUPPORT] that was hard done by'.
And I readily admit the Australian press pull this trick out on occasion too.
Point #1 really sums it up. Go through the video of any try and there's a 100% chance you will find a penalty offence committed by the attacking team in the lead-up phases.
Yeah it's a penalty. Well done, WalesOnline. But that sort of incident happens half a dozen times a game, especially in this era of 'second man' attack with lines of blockers running flat.