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@ firepower. Thank you sir. Finally I meet someone who is ready to call a spade, a spade.
S. Kepu is proving to be a major disappointment with every game he plays. Sad part is he is showing no signs of improvement
Posted 22:07 21st August 2012
This was a very poor team performance from the Wallabies.... unfortunately, in the game of inches that rugby has become. the All Blacks were dominant is all departments. Does a strong scrum matter? Of course it does! Why were the All Blacks able to score two tries from first phase play? The ratings for the Wallabies are really just technical - who should be blamed for such a loss? Dingo Deans? D.Pocock (poor leadership)? the Tight Five? The Whole Team?
I am not sure... but the Wallabies were very poor collectively in many facets of play!
The real coaching response will be, how can we fix all of the problems before next weekend? There were so many problems from a Wallaby perspective, disguised by a mere 8 point loss!
Posted 04:07 20th August 2012
Wow you are way too kind!! This was quite possibly the worst game of Rugby I have seen between these two countries in a long time. The ref didnt help, but OMG, the OZs were absolutely pathetic. The score flatters the OZs and if the same OZ team shows up in Auckland the score will blow out to 30+. The only players in the OZ team I would give a pass mark too (assuming that is 5 and above) would be Ioane, Genia, and Pockock!! This OZ team is in dire straights! Deans will be gone before the end of the year but even that wont help because neither the talent nor the depth is there anymore.
Posted 02:01 20th August 2012
@georgesmith your absolutely right George. Sekope Kepu is a hopeless prop, i don't know why he got a spot in the match 22 for the Wallabies. I'm Tongan, and I'm a big fan of all Tongan players but not him mate haha. fu'u kete kovi 'aupito hahaha.
@wolfgang thanks for your positive comment on Sitaleki Timani:) he started to pick up the game now lol.
Posted 20:46 19th August 2012
The only wallabies forwards player that the all blacks fear was timani,without his big hits...the Abs gonna keep smashing the gold jumber to pieces...i can see timani as a great wallaby player in the future...tatafu needs to keep those big hits and running hard coming,thats the only way,otherwise the Abs gonna run riot in the second test...very dissapointed with beale,higgibothan n kepu...and genia pls FAST ball next time,u are a good all round player but the timing of ur pass will always be a problem...hopefully Wallabies will improved for the next game!!
Posted 14:33 19th August 2012
Good thing Dingo's pups had a few months in their training camps to practice otherwise it would have been a complete debacle.
Posted 08:27 19th August 2012
7.5/10 for Pocock sounds too generous to me! Not once did he succeed in doing his job, i.e. get a turnover from breakdown - legally, at least.
Posted 07:03 19th August 2012
Kurtley Beale: 1/10, by his standards his worst performance in a Gold jumper.
Rob Horne: 3/10 needs to and can improve. Another shocking performance from a very capable bloke he let Fainga'a down and relied on Fainga'a far too often
Berrick Barnes, was his usual dependable self, if it wasnżt for him I fear that we may have had a few more tries scored against us. Cooper would have been a liability. Should have been 8/10.
Will Genia, another brilliant effort from him, had few opportunities but utilised each to the max. Again should have been 8/10., and should be captain for our next game.
Scott Higginbotham, I think you also missed the fact that he stopped our scrum wheeling a couple of times; so for that and his lineout takes he should have got 7/10.
David Pocock, not a great game from him, although he cannot be faulted on work rate, 7.5/10 is a little over stretched though, should be 6/10 based on his previous performances.
Dave Dennis, the less said the better. 0/10. Next week Deans needs to move Higgers to 6 and Samo to 8, leave Dennis out.
Nathan Sharpe, cost us a fair start so how the hell can you justify 7/10, a 50/50 performance from him therefore 5/10.
Sitaleki Timaniżs defence was great, agreed however he did not make the impact I expected. Needs to step up or step out.
Sekope Kepu, not impressed by his performance in the slightest, he needs to be replaced in the starting line-up.
TPN played better than I expected, still believe that Stephen Moore is a better hooker overall.
Benn Robinson overall he is Mr Reliable but appears to be carrying an injury, hope Iżm wrong.
Coach rating. Robbie Deans, for his lack of ingenuity, inability to make salient selections and abysmal ability to coach a world class side effectively 1/10. (The 1 is for pitching, heżll get 10 for leaving).
Posted 04:10 19th August 2012
Yep, Pocock and Sharpe let down by Dennis and Higginbotham. It's a hard road when one Wallaby forward is always taking on two All Black forwards. The veterans did very well considering.
Posted 00:07 19th August 2012
Interesting scores ,and it just goes to show J.Slipper just is not a international prop.Although the wallaby scrum was demolished before he came ont he couldnt save it ,and it continued to desintgrate.Overall a poor performance for the wallabies though a battling one.Just to much class overall in the ABs im afraid
Posted 15:23 18th August 2012
T. Holme should seriously consider watching to replay. N.Sharpe 7/10. Are you blind? S. Kepu 5/10, u must be kidding yourself. How many mistakes did N. Sharpe and S.Kepu commit in the opening 20mins to put the whole team backwards by 15 points. K.Beale body language so evident that he didn't like mistakes by N. Sharpe as the veteran was putting the whole team under pressure. D. Pocock is so over-rated. He is not captain material. W. Genia should be captaiin. R. Deans has lost the plot. He needs to be shown the door. Funny! This time ABs won without R. McCaw trying to cheat. ABs rock. Franks boys took turns in destroying S.Kepu.
Posted 14:04 18th August 2012
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