The 2018 Rugby Championship

Agent_Smith

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Team for Saturday:

15. Willie le Roux (Wasps, England), 48, 60 - 12t
14. Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse, France), 2, 5 - 1t
13. Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls), 34, 45 - 9t
12. André Esterhuizen (Cell C Sharks), 4, 0
11. Aphiwe Dyantyi (Emirates Lions), 7, 25 - 5t
10. Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls), 33, 265 - 3t, 50c, 47p, 3d
9. Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), 18, 10 - 2t
8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe (DHL Stormers), 4, 0
7. Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers,) 40, 20 -4t
6. Siya Kolisi (captain, DHL Stormers), 35, 25 - 5t
5. Franco Mostert (Emirates Lions), 24, 5 - 1t
4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), 71, 15 - 3t
3. Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers,) 23, 0
2. Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions), 18, 20 - 4t
1. Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), 105, 10 - 2t

Replacements:

16. Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), 20, 10 - 2t
17. Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers, 31, 5 - 1t
18. Wilco Louw (DHL Stormers), 10, 0
19. RG Snyman (Vodacom Bulls), 6, 0
20. Marco van Staden (Vodacom Bulls), 1, 0
21. Embrose Papier (Vodacom Bulls), 3, 0
22. Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions), 28, 223 - 2t, 42c, 43p
23. Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers), 2, 0

Good to see that Willie has been retained. Our attack is just so much more dynamic with him in it. Notshe in for Whiteley who has been ruled out with a groin injury. Not good news for next week's match with the AB's. Groin injuries generally take a while to come right.
 

Fulcrum29

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If only Kolisi passed for Willie… as you have it, you always pass for the faster man in open space.
 

thestaggy

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Awareness/decision making is awful on attack. Siya could've offloaded to Willie. Aphiwe could've gone inside and taken contact instead of kicking. Forwards were right there.

If we tighten up on attack we can put a cricket score on the Wallabies.
 

Fulcrum29

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Awareness/decision making is awful on attack. Siya could've offloaded to Willie. Aphiwe could've gone inside and taken contact instead of kicking. Forwards were right there.

If we tighten up on attack we can put a cricket score on the Wallabies.
Too many of our players are still playing individual rugby, and the commentators aren’t helping the situation when they approve of individual prowess…

Opportunities for utilising your line in open space should become a habit.
 

Kr1mZoN

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We aren't helping ourselves, some poor errors and too much individualism, so different from two weeks ago...I thought you weren't allowed to hold players on the sides of the rucks, but this Frenchie (has there ever been a good French referee?) is letting them do it constantly.
 

Drifter

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Yep, that referee is a disgrace, Wayne Barnes as touch judge didn't do much better. There was a lot of illegal play right in front of him that he could have pointed out.
 

Fulcrum29

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Read that earlier today.
Statistics. V telling. In the end it means nothing.

Only the scoreline at final whistle.
It does indicate that Australia couldn't capitalise and that we made the best of their mistakes. Some of the stats reflect the type of game plan, however, many of the stats indicate our shortcomings. To say that it means nothing is ignorant.
 

thestaggy

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We can all admit that while we put our hearts in to it in Wellington, we were aided by an All Black team that wasn't its usual clinical and precise self.

If this trend continues of conceding enormous amounts of territory and possession we run the risk of seeing a massively lopsided scoreboard.
 

Badprop_za

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I am getting the feeling that our game plan is based on territory and defence. Attack will be based on turnovers.
 

phoneJunky

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I am getting the feeling that our game plan is based on territory and defence. Attack will be based on turnovers.
You mean, back to our old game plan? I does look like it though - but it should be fine. Australia didn't get past the gain-line most of the time. It looked liked the more they played the more we pushed them back. I just had a bit of an issue with Faf's box kicks. There were a few that he kicked that were not contestable, and if you are going for kicking it out - just pass to the fly-half so he can do it.
 

Agent_Smith

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There is definitely an air of 2007 about this game plan. In both of the last two games, we've won despite having no ball. I just hope it doesn't come back to bite us this coming weekend. NZ will surely adjust their tactics to counter our defensive measures.
 

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We can all admit that while we put our hearts in to it in Wellington, we were aided by an All Black team that wasn't its usual clinical and precise self.

If this trend continues of conceding enormous amounts of territory and possession we run the risk of seeing a massively lopsided scoreboard.
3 Interceptions in our last two games and some good tries, we definitely got the rub of the green against the All blacks - god help us if the bounce of the ball favours them on the return...
 
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