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by wamberal
Tue Jul 27, 2021 1:52 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

However, if the aim is to eliminate high shots, we should consider eliminating tackles above the waist. Why not? We eliminated shoulder charges, and the game did not suffer.
by wamberal
Tue Jul 27, 2021 1:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

I was being facetious. I was at the 1973 Grand Final, when John Nicholls, Carlton's captain coach was king hit in full view of 110,000 spectators. Great fun if you were a Richmond supporter. And of course they went on to win the flag. :?
by wamberal
Tue Jul 27, 2021 1:49 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

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by wamberal
Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

Far too rational Froggie. :thumbup: Rational? How about we try to find ways to maintain the equilibrium of the contest? 15 against 15? Tackle lower and there’s no risk. MK copped a bad call, and the 20 minute red card is a great approach that I hope is adopted, but players’ behaviour needs to chang...
by wamberal
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Aussies - Hillsong church
Replies: 33
Views: 1090

Re: Aussies - Hillsong church

I don't know if any of you have experience with the Toronto blessing of the early 90s, but even as a 11 year old I was deeply cynical and frightened of it. Bugger, I had forgotten about that. When I lived in Hong Kong, I became a member of Union Church, which is a non-denominational reformed congre...
by wamberal
Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

Far too rational Froggie. :thumbup: Rational? How about we try to find ways to maintain the equilibrium of the contest? 15 against 15?
by wamberal
Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

Fark, my French friend. They are human beings, not machines. The margin between a legal tackle and one worth a yellow, or a red, can be pretty slender. We have been talking about 20 minute red cards for a long while, we have actually trialling them. The sky did not fall in. We need games to be compe...
by wamberal
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: League World Cup Gone*
Replies: 140
Views: 3802

Re: League World Cup Gone*

Ireland might have a chance (if their poaching is good enough).
by wamberal
Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

Not sure I agree. Clear and egregious foul play should always result in a player leaving the field. If its not clear, I agree let the judiciary sort it out. But if someone punches another in the head, they should leave the game and the team should suffer. Otherwise, I agree with the 20min rule. I a...
by wamberal
Tue Jul 20, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

Ellafan wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 5:55 pm I wonder if we ask Jake nicely, could he put in one of those word filter things that turns "Jelonch" into "Zouzou"?

Edit for clarity.
I like "Plonker", myself.
by wamberal
Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

All I care about is that we won with 14 men.

Oh, and the farking rules have to be changed. 20 minutes for a red, unless there is an instance of deliberate foul play which could result in injury to a player.
by wamberal
Mon Jul 19, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies 2021 OFFICIAL thread
Replies: 1182
Views: 33855

Re: Wallabies 2021 OFFICIAL thread

I though Noah and a great series. His first test was meh, but really was due to poor service. He was cool calm and collected for the next two, that intercept was really well read. Off the tee he was brilliant. I have to wonder if JOC would have kept us in it. JOC is so good at sparking up a backlin...
by wamberal
Mon Jul 19, 2021 1:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies 2021 OFFICIAL thread
Replies: 1182
Views: 33855

Re: Wallabies 2021 OFFICIAL thread

In retrospect, we were probably lucky that a player of Hodge's experience was on the bench, given that we lost our two starting wingers in the first three minutes or so.
by wamberal
Sun Jul 18, 2021 2:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Bledisloe Cup I: All Blacks vs Wallabies: MATCH THREAD: Sat 7th Aug
Replies: 184
Views: 4466

Re: Bledisloe Cup I: All Blacks vs Wallabies: MATCH THREAD: Sat 7th Aug

Okay, let's have Amy Perrett. She played a lot of rugby as an Eastwood junior, before switching to refereeing.
by wamberal
Sun Jul 18, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

It was all because the TMO decided it should be a red. WTF?
by wamberal
Sun Jul 18, 2021 2:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Bledisloe Cup I: All Blacks vs Wallabies: MATCH THREAD: Sat 7th Aug
Replies: 184
Views: 4466

Re: Bledisloe Cup I: All Blacks vs Wallabies: MATCH THREAD: Sat 7th Aug

guy smiley wrote: Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:53 am
Ali's Choice wrote: Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:51 am
grievous wrote: Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:49 am 64K dollar question, who is the ref?
I cannot see a neutral referee being able to be used, so there will be controversy regardless of who is appointed.

Angus Gardner would be a good pick.

Who else rates?
Glen Jackson. At least he has played the farking game.
by wamberal
Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:13 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Bledisloe Cup I: All Blacks vs Wallabies: MATCH THREAD: Sat 7th Aug
Replies: 184
Views: 4466

Re: Bledisloe Cup I: All Blacks vs Wallabies: MATCH THREAD: Sat 7th Aug

Allow me to be the first to say: may the better team win. As long as it us.
by wamberal
Sat Jul 17, 2021 2:24 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

Meanwhile, the weather forecast is not particularly promising. Very strong westerly winds. Guess which team will handle these conditions better? (Clue: it's not us).
by wamberal
Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:56 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Aussies: 'We need to break ribs'
Replies: 149
Views: 3382

Re: Aussies: 'We need to break ribs'

It's pretty obvious that none of you whingers played back when the referee was the sole judge of everything, the touch judges were supplied by the two teams and only adjudicated the sidelines and goal kicks. So anything that happened out of the referee's vision was okay.
by wamberal
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

Thomas wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 1:47 am I've always wanted to cheer for a Wallaby called Len.

Can't wait to see what he can do on the weekend. No Danty. He's been the main defensive weapon for the French.
Len Diett played 2 Tests in 1959, against the British and Irish Lions. He then switched to League and played for North Sydney.
by wamberal
Thu Jul 15, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

Olo wrote: Thu Jul 15, 2021 6:35 am We shouldn’t have any issues with scrums at the back end
Lineouts might be where we will suffer. Uelese's throwing is a bit errr iffy.
by wamberal
Thu Jul 15, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

Thomas wrote: Wed Jul 14, 2021 11:54 pm I wouldn't mind seeing Rennie bench BPA and Nella and unleash them with 25 to go.
Who's the starting hooker? I like Lonergan, but he is just not big enough yet.
by wamberal
Wed Jul 14, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

Wonder how both coaches will prepare for the last game now that the series are tied. Rotate players? Keep the same ones? I would expect the French to beef up their forwards a bit. For us it will come down to (a) who amongst the playing group are available and (b) what sort of game we want to play. ...
by wamberal
Wed Jul 14, 2021 12:42 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rennie Out!
Replies: 29
Views: 1100

Re: Rennie Out!

Over both tests we have looked tactically naive. On the other hand the French have been astute. They changed up their pack and just rolled us last night. Their ability to score or progress on the back of our errors was AIGish. Lots of work to be done both on the paddock and in the coaching box for ...
by wamberal
Wed Jul 14, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

grievous wrote: Wed Jul 14, 2021 12:21 am
Farva wrote: Wed Jul 14, 2021 12:16 am Yeah, they didnt open the ground until very close to kick off, and that caused a huge disaster.
Well how stupid is that.
Sydney has one test left against SA in Sept, could still be in doubt you might get another one for them to sort their shit out.
Is anything good enough for you?
by wamberal
Wed Jul 14, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rennie Out!
Replies: 29
Views: 1100

Re: Rennie Out!

Rennie is the head coach. The full coaching team looks as competent as we can hope for, IMHO. Do they all get sacked if Rennie goes?

Our domestic game is in a state of flux, changing coaches now or even in the next year or so would be totally idiotic.
by wamberal
Tue Jul 13, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

A couple of thoughts. Firstly, those who are telling us that this French team are all mostly second or third choices might be right, but these "lesser players" are all representing their nation in a full international. I would bet the Eiffel Tower to a brick that some of the new players will be in t...
by wamberal
Sun Jul 11, 2021 7:53 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Taking Leave?
Replies: 127
Views: 2888

Re: Taking Leave?

Every day's a holiday. Unpaid, admittedly.
by wamberal
Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:36 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The one and only Tennis thread
Replies: 983
Views: 78421

Re: The one and only Tennis thread

She comes across as an absolutely wonderful person, win or lose.
by wamberal
Sat Jul 10, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Peak cool singing voice - Dude
Replies: 50
Views: 1946

Re: Peak cool singing voice - Dude

Tony Bennett. Peggy Lee.
by wamberal
Fri Jul 09, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: If you could bring back 1 singer.....
Replies: 190
Views: 3757

Re: If you could bring back 1 singer.....

FujiKiwi wrote: Fri Jul 09, 2021 2:24 am Ray Charles

EDIT: Marvin Gaye another incredible talent missing from discussions so far.
I saw Ray Charles live at the old Sydney Stadium. He toured three times, from memory. I saw him every time he toured. Fantastic act. "What'd I say" has to be in the top ten of all time.
by wamberal
Fri Jul 09, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

Not much point us armchair experts metaphorically running around like Chicken Little. Let us bear in mind that we have been, and are still, going through a time of great turmoil for our game. The players in particular, but everybody associated with the game, have been up hill and down dale for far t...
by wamberal
Thu Jul 08, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

Vunivalu or Petaia would be my pick for 15.
by wamberal
Thu Jul 08, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: If you could bring back 1 singer.....
Replies: 190
Views: 3757

Re: If you could bring back 1 singer.....

Buddy Holly,
by wamberal
Thu Jul 08, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Seems like Xi’s vaccines don’t actually work that well
Replies: 43
Views: 1533

Re: Seems like Xi’s vaccines don’t actually work that well

Russians are in the same boat. Lot of skepticism in Russia about their homemade vaccines. A few countries have returned the Russian vaccine. All the elites and power-garchy prefer the western vaccines. Let’s list all the successful Russian inventions: - AK-47 - Sputnik. That was an absolute triumph.
by wamberal
Wed Jul 07, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

I thought Les Bleues could have attacked our lineout a bit more. I would like to see Naisarani start at 6 to give us another genuine lineout target. McDermott was outstanding considering his lack of experience. Still wondering why Tupou was on the bench for so long, maybe Rennie is concerned not to ...
by wamberal
Wed Jul 07, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Wallabies v France July Tests
Replies: 2437
Views: 38654

Re: Wallabies v France July Tests

Clogs wrote: Wed Jul 07, 2021 9:34 am What channel is this game in in Australia?
9GEM
by wamberal
Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NRL 2021 Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 1625

Re: NRL 2021 Thread

Some of these young men have been the up elevator since the age of 14 or 15, bound for NRL glory, the only target that matters in their lives. Not surprising that some of them do not develop much of a world view. Yep. Unfortunately one thing they have developed is a huge sense of entitlement. The r...
by wamberal
Tue Jul 06, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NRL 2021 Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 1625

Re: NRL 2021 Thread

Some of these young men have been in the up elevator since the age of 14 or 15, bound for NRL glory, the only target that matters in their lives.


Not surprising that some of them do not develop much of a world view.
by wamberal
Mon Jul 05, 2021 2:46 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Australian Politics Thread
Replies: 28112
Views: 1141429

Re: The Australian Politics Thread

Pat the Ex Mat wrote: Mon Jul 05, 2021 2:40 am
shanky wrote: Mon Jul 05, 2021 2:28 am
That may be true, but it was Shorten and his offsider who managed to lose the unloseable.
Not that old chestnut..... :roll:
Actually it was Bob Brown and his cavalcade that did the trick. Ralph Nader all over again.