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  Reply # 2070283 8-Aug-2018 21:02
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Solely selected on "stats" and not "form".

 

 

Well, yes I did read this, but it did say they analysed every movement of every player in every game. Presumably, this means the forward passes, intercept passes etc as well. The guy is really talented but would be so much better IMO if he just took less risks.

 

 

I think that this has been discussed before: how the stats are simple counts of a limited set of activities and how those counts don't reflect many of the characteristics that we would consider contribute to "form". Plus you have to be playing to build up stats whereas good form is obvious after a few games.




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  Reply # 2070472 9-Aug-2018 09:58
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Why do the NZH keep posting articles on Keith Murdoch? I get it was sort of a scandal, but it's been on the front page about 8 times in the past 3 months? 

 

 




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  Reply # 2071586 10-Aug-2018 23:41
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And it's still going.. The story is obviously very interesting to someone. Just not me. It was the featured article twice this week and caused a "breaking news" alert twice. 

 

 

 

The game of three halves was interesting. Couldn't watch it, watched the live tickertape. Apparently the AB's played Ioane at 13! I really freaking hope that's a one off. Surely we have enough quality midfielders without resorting to that? In recent memory I can't recall the last time a particular player experiment went that well. They tried Ben Smith at Center, it was rubbish, they have tried various fullbacks at centre, also poor. If RI is as good as he is on the wing, why would you restrict his time and space by putting him in the middle. 

 

I guess the AB's want pace above everything else, not sure I see this as the plan to beat SA/AU this year. Both sides are much improved from what I have seen, esp SA.

 

I wonder if it's more to do with the games in the Northern Hemisphere later in the season?

 

Edit : Steve Hansen interview indicates they just wanted everyone on the field. TJP got a run on the wing (at his request seemingly).

 

 




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  Reply # 2074562 16-Aug-2018 16:57
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The Wallabies have put forward a reasonably strong team for this weekend. Doubt they can win against the AB's but I expect it to be a little closer than most people would expect perhaps.

 

I will be watching with interest as Goodhue makes his starting debut at Centre. He is good defensively which is what I think they want.

 

I think the start will be key. I expect Australia to throw everything at the AB's in the first 20.

 

There is talk in the Wallabies camp of keeping the AB's scoreless. That would be some feat.

 

My biggest concern is the AB's throwing passes which can be intercepted. If we can nullify Pocock and Genia & Folau we should be ok.


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  Reply # 2074567 16-Aug-2018 17:11
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The wallabies usually lose because of poor execution in the last few phases. They usually have no problems getting past the first couple of AB lines. But then for some reason when they are in the AB 22 they fail to convert, leave with nothing or 3 points. Then when the ABs attack they score.

Usual story. Also ABs usually find a way to nullify their opponents in the last 5 mins of the first half, last 20 minutes of the second.

That 25 minute period will usual settle the scores. If not, then expect the referee to make a wrong call on favour of the ABs.

History repeats itself.

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