Choose your mark and your run time

The key to the competition, don’t forget to hit, New Zealand teams are always going to have to figure out how much the Australian teams can control the pace of the game and not play the game the way the Kiwis want to play.

All three of the close Australian defeats had the fingerprints of the team not getting it right.

After a great start, the Brumbs tried to face the Crusaders in the first half in Canberra, instead of sticking to what they had done well in the previous three weeks and what made the three really good wins. .

They kicked badly, stopped collisions and missed cleanouts and walked away from the set-piece game which is their hallmark. And it was no surprise that they went down 23-5 in the shed.

When they get back to what they were doing well, they match the Crusaders very well in the second half.

Folau Finga of Brumbis was confronted by Richie Munger of the Crusaders.

(Photo by Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)

There was probably a loss, but the change of mindset made it clear that the Brumbers stopped the game to prove something against the Crusaders, and instead resumed the game that they did very well against Neuer until 40 minutes before halftime. Zealand side.

That should be the approach this week against the blues. This is another aspect from above Tasman, and their record against them has been quite strong this season.

In front of more than 11,000 fans at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night, Waratara was outstanding for the first 40 minutes and then not for the second 40.

They defended brilliantly and pressured the hurricane to make a mistake, which they then pushed and created the opportunity themselves. They play where there was space, and when there was, they lead 15-0 at break.

And they should have been given more leadership, if not for some very fine footwork behind their scrum from their captain.

After halftime though, everything somehow went out the window, and Darren Coleman’s “15 points won’t suffice” point towards the Stan and Nine halftime panels looks positively famous when the gap narrowed to five in 16 minutes.

Sure, the hurricanes had the effect of dragging them to the front row, but it was that the Waratahs didn’t know what to do without the set-piece dominance they enjoyed in the first half – ridiculously, considering how they played most of 2021.

When they needed to tick off their scoreboard, they made bad decisions and missed shots on goal, and worse, the Hurricanes would score on the other end. When they needed patience and control, they were in a hurry and panicked.

Jack Gordon of Varatas passes during a Round 13 Super Rugby Pacific match between NSW Varatah and Hurricanes on May 14, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Jason McCully / Getty Images)

(Photo by Jason McCully / Getty Images)

There are many moments that Tahs will want to return to in that second half, players and coaches alike. Substituting Jake Gordon for a two-minute play will top that list.

But they have also played some excellent rugby in the last few weeks, and should be reminded before the long trip to Dunedin.

The rebels’ intensity drop-off in the final stages when they led 27-26 will be the most worrying thing for the Wellington Hurricane this week, and without putting too many fine dots on it, it could cost them any chance. Hidden in the eighth place.

After getting off to a pretty good start and rejecting an attempt which of course ensured a closer look, the rebels similarly lost their heads and conceded two attempts in six minutes.

But after returning to the competition and scoring twice on both sides of halftime to take the lead, they did the same thing again to lower themselves to nine points.

Rebel groups in the very distant past – for example, even the last few weeks – will lose their nerves completely at this point, but they did not and should focus on this week.

Reece Hodge’s fugitive attempts vaulted back into their competition and they cleverly led by four from two penalty kicks.

Their last three minutes could not have been more comfortable watching the review, and the Chiefs were allowed to easily create too many ground trails, led by a winning effort.

The lack of intensity of the rebels denied all their hard work that they wanted to put themselves in a position to win and that is a great shame.

Oli Norris of the Chiefs runs with the ball during a Round 13 Super Rugby Pacific match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Chiefs at AAMI Park on May 15, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Graham Denhom / Getty Images)

(Photo by Graham Denhom / Getty Images)

If there was a silver lining, it was at least 13 rounds, and not the first week of the knockout finals.

The Brumbies, Waratahs, and Rebels have all taken strict game management lessons and are not moving away from the core elements of your game – and especially when it was working well.

Players just have to adapt, they said
Rebel center Ray Nu’s repetitive high tackle, red card and suspension in his first game was a terrible look coming back from suspension from the red card for a high tackle in round 11 and I am convinced in my view that his second suspension was way harder than it was. Should have.

But that bad-looking Highlanders lock could have a new challenger in the form of Josh Dixon.

Dixon was suspended for three weeks in Round 9, and, like Nu’u, was able to return to action a week earlier after successfully completing the World Rugby’s scheduled Head Contact Process Coaching Intervention Education course for foul play involving the head contact process.

After returning to round 12, he received a yellow card for high profile. In the next match, he received another yellow card for high profile.

Thus, Dixon successfully completed an education course specifically designed to “deal with the technical / communication strategy-errors that caused or contributed to the foul play” but has since been re-examined twice.

Last week, his 13th-minute yellow card for high communication at Reds Prop Fio Fotuaika apparently did not meet the red-card threshold, and nothing more was said about it.

At the time of writing, his 33rd minute yellow may or may not have ended in exactly the same way this weekend due to high contact with Force Back Roar team Anastasia.

Whatever happens, however, this is undeniable: a player who was expelled a month ago for high communication in a game and suspended for three weeks has successfully completed the education process and successfully reduced the ban by one week, which should really be passed on to players. Before They objected rather than later, and then after the course of education were twice again dissatisfied with the high profile in successive games and received yellow cards.

So, I will leave this point with just one question: what are we Sure Players receiving high communication messages?

Springboks prop Frans Malherbe joined Roar rugby expert Brett McKay and Harry Jones to talk about the story of his unusual rugby origins, the United Rugby Championships coming out of Super Rugby, and what surprised him at the call of an expert scrum referee from Rossi Erasmus.

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