Here is the highlights of this game. The flick behind pass and flip try scored by them. As good as the pass by BB last year against maybe SA? for the AB's.
These highlights show how far rugby has come. The ponderous passing from Marshall really is woeful compared to the speed and width of Smith generates. Mehrtens is taking the ball so close to the ruck it's amazing they could get outside anyone.
It shows the thinking that you were better off with a huge halfback (Marshall, Kelleher etc) who's pass was slow but could make lots of tackles was inherently flawed.
Marshalls passes were not always that slow, he played lots of faster passes, but yes Smith sets the standard. He was wily and his decision making was often really excellent. He understood space.
I don't consider the fact half-backs being bigger then, to be flawed, the game was different then, not as fast etc.