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Tamati Ellison's sensational pass puts Ben Smith in for the try

Fair point, but I'd rather think it was just a blip (albeit a pretty big one), but he's back at running those odd and great lines that made him famous!

Although I do remember one specially ugly spear tackle on Gordon D'Arcy playing for the ABs against Ireland in Dublin...

1 Year, 3 Weeks ago

Tamati Ellison's sensational pass puts Ben Smith in for the try

Forgot to include Tom Taylor there!

1 Year, 3 Weeks ago

Tamati Ellison's sensational pass puts Ben Smith in for the try

Amazing, but Liam Williams did a similar thing (though the ball travelled a shorter distance) against Japan and hardly anybody noticed haha.

On a side note, what a tough job Hansen has ahead of him regarding the centres. Although Ma'a is rediscovering his devastating best form, the loss of Ellison and Kahui to Japan, Conrad Smith on a second semestre sabbatical, Freuan out for he season having heart surgery and Ranger off to Montpellier (even if it is against his will), he should just pay attention to this game's roster. Ryan Crotty and Tom Marshall are two excellent options, as are Ben Smith , Jason Emery and Shaun Treeby. I'd especially like to see Treeby and Crotty in there.

Cheers

1 Year, 3 Weeks ago

Alesana Tuilagi straight red card for high tackle on Jean de Villiers

Amazing stuff by De Villiers. Just amazing. Cool head and massive sportive attitude. Let the ref sort it out. Wow.

And Tuilagi - high, late off the ball, stiff arm to the neck with no attempt to wrap, very dangerous. Red and suspension seems right. And for those playing the "pacific islander ref bias" card - I agree there's a harsher treatment to them, but it's becasue repeated incidents like this one that Samoa, Fiji and Tonga have that ill fame. I hope Samoa can build on this massive good form they're showing and can keep to feature in the news for all the right reasons.

On a side note - It's very clear that Alesana enjoys his rugby haha. He always plays with a massive grin on his face. But this time it was just too much: player welfare must be always first priority in a game as brutal as rugby.

Cheers

1 Year, 1 Month ago

Wallabies and British & Irish Lions teams named for first Test on Saturday

Oh dear God, Warren, what else can Seán O'Brien do to get a spot! I mean, Lydiate? He's a good player but he fulfills the same job Joe Worsley had in his day: cut the opposition attacks with strong, ankle aimed tackles and prevent them of building momentum. That's a player for a game plan from minute 0, not a back up player like Seán, who also can play 6,7 or 8 at a high standard. He tackles as much as Lydiate but also has a storming presence with ball in hand.

I predict that Lealiifano, Mowen and Folau will be the standout players in this match for the Ws, and Halfpenny will be as busy as ever. Wallabies will win this match by no more than 3 points.

Let the games roll!!!

1 Year, 1 Month ago

The Brumbies upset the touring Lions with historic victory in Canberra

Also can anybody explain me why Wycliff Palu is starting on Saturday? A player WAY past his prime, who breaks in the big occasions. A bold approach would've been to pick Gill/Hooper/Mowen and let them roam and terrorise the Lions. Big shame that Higginbotham, Pocock and Smith got injured... massive strength in depth there for the Wallabies tough.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

The Brumbies upset the touring Lions with historic victory in Canberra

The axing of Cooper is mesmerizing really, Deans playing vendetta for some unfortunate comments made last year. Quade may not be everyone's cup of tea but he can spark any backline and his understanding with Genia is second to none. I think Deans all but overexposed O'Connor giving him the playmaking duties, he's a world class winger but no real 10, just like Hogg. I'd have picked Cooper to start with Toomua as back up. McCabe is a hard, commited player but way too much of a battering ram, no kicking game or stepping technique whatsoever.

I just sense that Halfpenny will be the star of the series haha

1 Year, 1 Month ago

The Brumbies upset the touring Lions with historic victory in Canberra

Problem was that the Brumbies monopolized the rucks, always got there first and with more aggression (in a good way) and therefore starved the Lions of quality ball to use. I think Twelvetrees is a good playmaker, but he needs a ball playing kinda 10 (i.e. not Farrell), and a skilled, fast paced 13, like Davies (definitely not Barritt, excellent in defence but impossibly dull in attack) a bit like the Toomua-Lealiifano-Kuridrani/Smith combination for the Brumbies, who terrorize defence with a mix if skill, pace, great kicking, dummies, stepping, etc.

I think the Aussies will take the series 2-1. I for one will be glued to my TV.

1 Year, 1 Month ago

The Brumbies upset the touring Lions with historic victory in Canberra

Robshaw better than Tipuric? In what front?

1 Year, 1 Month ago

The Brumbies upset the touring Lions with historic victory in Canberra

Yep that's what I meant haha. Weird how a star studded team as the Lions (for whom I held the biggest respect) struggled for 40' with a second string provincial side.

Anyway, can't wait for the tests!!

1 Year, 1 Month ago

 
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