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Rex Grossman
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Surprised at the people being dropped from whole squad not just the starting team. Russel being on the bench could be a useful addition later on. Dunno why Hamish Watson has hardly been played.

 

Du Klerk and Du Toit missing for South Africa is big for them and us.

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I think a few back row players can consider themselves unlucky, but it would be difficult to suggest one of Lawes, Curry and Conan should be replaced. I think Watson is a bit lightweight in the tackle versus the other flankers which has probably cost him, but Beirne and Nividi could have had a shout as well. It looks to me like Murray is on the bench as the safety option if we're leading (and Biggar then plays 80) or if we're losing Finn comes on alongside Price, or even at center. He'd get a bit more space there and it's worked well for England and the Lions with Farrell in the past. It does all just feel a bit halfway house though, if the Lions want to win this then I thin they ar egoing to have to take a decent lead in the first half, or at the very least run them ragged if the referee doesn't slow the game down as much.

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Hopefully the WRU will learn from this and stop putting huge games outside the international window, that game yesterday was entirely about making money and nothing to do with performing well on the pitch. 

 

I feel kinda bad for Pivac and the team that they put them in that position.

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That prick who ran on the pitch will be persona non gratis in wales from now on. Fucked up a potential try.

Great game though and in the end I think SA just deserved it due to having more depth in their squad. Still, a much better display than we had against NWZ last week. What a shower of piss that was.

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Good for Ireland. Was disappointed with Scotland, we played well at times, scored two good tries and we had SA on the ropes at times. But so many penalties and the line out went to pieces and they punished Scotland. Russell missing e or 4 kicks isn't like him. Springboks don't really do much but they suffocate with a brutal scrum and defence and can pounce when given the chance.

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Freddie Steward was ace, Marcus Smith looked cool under pressure even with those big hits and the bench really contributed.

 

Had to laugh at Nic White whinging at the ref about that obstruction call. Clearly changed his line.

 

My brothers were there and said the atmosphere was amazing.

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That Ireland performance was incredible, if i'm honest I didn't think a Farrell coached team (as head coach) would have it in them.

 

England's big test is next week, which is an odd thing to say after beating Australia but it's become a bit routine now (I saw it was 8 wins in a row now?). Not really sure what to make of the team so far, it feels like Jones knows he needs to mix the team up before the WC but isn't willing to go too far with it. As merman mentioned Freddie Steward has probably been the outstanding player so far, reminds me of Rob Kearney, which is no bad thing.

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At my local rugby club (not going well pontypridd 6 Cardiff 24 at half time) today and watching the internationals at the clubhouse, not sure what to expect from Wales v Aus, Wales have an extensive injury list as long as my arm but the Aussies have looked terrible this autumn, could go either way.

 

Let's hope for a good game of rugby. 

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Great start from England, shame Tuilagi is injured, again! It's bizarre feeling but I hope England stuff South Africa.

 

Scotland v Japan was pretty entertaining, poor discipline from Scotland made it closer than t should have been. But both teams were good to watch 

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