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I don’t see why Grey fell behind Parling for any reason other than he was injured
Something to do with G******’s wife or daughter?
Rumour is that he hasn’t been impressed with Grey’s attitude. Too laid back.
If that’s the case, once a coach doesn’t like you then that’s it really.
Would explain how Grey went from at least top 3 of the locks in the earlier games, to 5th choice.Posted 6 years ago
Wrecker;I think we have to quicken to ball at the line,I think Grey is a better front jumper but for quick ball,if Youngs can hit it,we must use three jumpers. I think Parling is a dog second row and would fit well with AWJ,if that is how they choose to play,but Grey will cover the second channel better,where the Aussies played a fair old bit today.On reflection THM PROBABLY has it, I thinK we will know by 50th min of next game when sub board held up.Posted 6 years ago
Three jumpers = croft. Phillips didnt manage much quick ball on Saturday. For all of the excuses, he didnt play well and as earlier stated; I’m a big Phillips fan.
WRT back row play; I’ve played there for 22 years (open mostly but also blind and even left and right at times) and have learnt form some very good coaches including 3 mates who are currently playing professional rugby in the prem or championship. I’ve always been taught that the open side should lead the tackle count and be first to the breakdown (if he hasn’t caused it). Then again, I’m not at or anywhere near international level and never have been.
Oh, and well done England youth team. World champions!Posted 6 years ago
Totally agree with that.
7’s job is to be there first.
Make the tackle. If someone else tackles, then win the ball. It’s not easy but it’s not complicated.
To give Warbs his due, he did lead the TC this week.
14 made, 2 missed.
Next were BOD with 11 made 0 missed, JD10/0, Heaslip 9/0, Corbs 8/2, and Croft 8/0.
That looks about right to me, centres and other back row should be next. Good shift from Corbs .
Hooper was top of Oz TC too with 14 made 1 missedPosted 6 years ago
Next were their locks, blindside and hooker.
I like this one
I’ve always been taught that the open side should lead the tackle count
when Warburton has been most effective is when Lydiate does the chopping and he then goes in for the ball. Watch the All-Blacks too they run at Pocock to tie him up, if your tackling you cant be jackling, I doubt Richie MAcaw leads the tackle stats either. Having said all that refs and especially Pollock yesterday seem to want to rid the game of the jackel which may explain why the are using Warbs differently at the moment.Posted 6 years ago
You are not wrong. McCaw tops the NZ tackle count in about 95% of games he plays. Occasionally someone else has a stormer, or maybe he’s at 8 and Cane’s at 7 so it’s tight. Usually makes about 16 a game.
Team tackle count could be around 120 ish.
So it’s the other 100 odd tackles made by his team-mates where he tends to be next, or close to next to win the ball. 😉
In a similar vein, Lydiate nearly never tops TC’s. He’s good technique, and very noticeable. Doesn’t miss many. But doesn’t have the outright speed or game to be there that often that he tops the TC. Only one time in last two years that I can see is against Italy last year, 2012. Tips was 7 that day.Posted 6 years ago
Faletau tackles loads, saw one game where he had 22/0.
Lydiate tackles well, but probably not as much.
Warburton (if on form) as likely to top Wales TC as Faletau, more likely than Lydiate.
22 is a freaky number, only seen one other above 20.Posted 6 years ago
15/16 is good for a 7.
12 is very good for a 6. Lydiate regularly gets around this when fit.
Pick of the back rowers playing for me was Mowen. Not seen him before, but he was ace. Made his side of the scrum a complete no-go area. Battered anyone who tried to snipe around the rucks. Linked play wide, good hands and made yards running. And top lineout performance too. Up there with Genia and Folau for performance IMHO, but won’t get the credit ‘cos a lot of it’s dog work.
Neither Croft or Warburton were “rubbish”.
OK, but not brilliant from either. But Croft is more critical to the lineout.
SOB is our best chance at someone having a Mowen of a game.Posted 6 years ago
There is no player in the squad that Oz are happier about not playing.
If we had/used/been able to hit three jumpers then that would allow Phillips to go round the corner at the back. He didn’t play well cos he was forced to pass, not his strong suit. Still; WE WON!And I would think that Gatland will be working towards forcing the Aussies into playing a game that suits us more.Posted 6 years ago
Duckmam. I think your part right but Phillips actual passing is very good. The passes from tapped front ball to Sexton were very long and very accurate. Its the wind up from rucks that can take the time. As you say though Phillips was shit because the forwards didnt get over the gainline and so he tries to do it and things get worse. As you say he didnt have many runners coming of him like Genia did.Posted 6 years ago
Tinybits will send a cheque tonight. Good luck with your kid. They are brilliant!ijs445raMember
With the loss of POC Gatland should probably look at changing the backrow, i don’t think he will, but i would like to see SOB in for Croft. POC does a lot of carrying around the ruck that Parling does not appear to.
We did not see enough carrying from Heaslip, perhaps because of the way the set piece was performing SOB would take on more of that than Croft.
Although if Tualagi or Roberts is back that gives an extra ball carrier in midfield…hmm perhaps undoing my own argumentPosted 6 years ago
I didn’t say Phillips was poo A-A. What I was driving at was the Aussies forced him to pass from the middle/front of the line and stopped him coming round the back,which is one of his strengths. He also didn’t get to dart round a forward moving pack. However it should also be remembered he was playing against the best 9 in the world( despite anything George North had to say during his run in 😀 )Posted 6 years ago
You’re right , it was ridiculous.
It was 38 for Dusatoir, out of a total of 178 for france.
Against 36 for the whole AB team.
found another silly one, Lydiate against Ireland In 2011 RWC, 24.Posted 6 years ago
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