I thought the last try was smart. An AB type try. The commentators were picking that they will keep the scrum and push over, but they showed flare, and surprised us.
We will win against Ireland in 2 weeks, but Im picking it will be close-ish. It isn't like we can pick holes in them, its about knowing they will play to win, show flare. Many lower sides play us to hold on. They don't pay to win they play to restrain us. Hold on as best we can, but IRE's attitude was we will play to win, and that pressure got results. We faced a team that took us by surprise, and I think that pressure was the issue, rather than us playing average. We were taken on. They had possession, and thats good om them, but also we couldn't find a way to get our share. So, next game, they will pay as hard, should be a great one. I reckon a 30-20 AB win will be a great result for IRE all things considered.
Do you think they would have won if we had even one of our 2 preferred locks and or hadn't lost our entire midfield?
I don't believe any of the teams in the RC played to contain us, yet we obtained 6 bonus point wins. Maybe Italy will try and limit us, but I expect another big scoreline there regardless.
Who is your pick of the best team of the last 50 years?
On another unrelated note, I believe the coaches need to have a serious conversation with Moody. He is exceptionally lucky he didn't get a red card for that. His discipline recently hasn't been near good enough, though I suspect that is because, like Dane Coles who went through a similar thing a few years ago, the Coaches have asked for more aggression from him.
couple of things
- athletes get better. who's the best sprinter of all time? Carl Lewis has 10 Olympic medals inc 9 golds vs Usain Bolt only 9 gold, but 3 are not individual golds. Usain bolt is better because his world records speak for themselves.
of course as time goes on the ABs get better. from their diet to psychologists to individualised training.
- would they have won if we didn't have injuries? would they have won if Moody was red carded as he should according to the laws of the game? [google sam warburton rugby world cup] (last time Aus had a game changing try disallowed because the laws were applied)