“Time to reflect”
After a long week of corporate events and fielding questions about the Welshes inability to win against the Auzzies, it was good to finally sit down and watch some rugby.
It was clearly evident how the wallabies responded to new coach Michael Cheika and this showed with their on field performance. The on field combinations are vitally important and you could see Cheika didn’t want to change much, especially with it being his first official test. It was great to see the team looked like it was heading back to the Auzzie teams of old.
On another note the Bok team doesn’t look very happy and is not the same team that beat the All Blacks two weeks ago. I can’t believe it them 40minutes to work out the irish were not contesting at the line out? For me ,Pollard is not a well moulded 10 at the moment and needs more game time playing u21s. Lambie is the man who should full the role of 10 for, as long as you can find two centres who understand how he plays the game?
I have spoken in depth recently about “how coaches don’t coach players”. Players need to be further educated in the skills and understanding of the game! This is evident in the way teams are playing the game .Teams have talented individuals however they are not playing together as a unit. For example the Bok backline has no combo’s and the skill level is way off the All Blacks who are leading the way. Players need to become more aware on the pitch about how to read opposition game plans and adapt accordingly. However with coaches wanting to control players like pawns on a chess board, this can become increasingly difficult for players to play the game how they see it and show flair.
Coaches resent players with flair, hence they pick teams that suit their coaching style which makes it easier to control players and the team.
On a lighter note I think we are going to a great Rugby World Cup next year providing the laws don’t change and the refs are not the centre of attention!