The Rogues Rant #288

September 30 2021

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By Ron Wood

What a difference a couple of weeks make! After several years of underperforming, The Wallabies produced a very strong performance last week against the Pumas for their third straight win. What has changed? Over the past couple of years the Wallabies performances have been plagued by schoolboy errors and a lack of a physical commitment resulting in some embarrassing performances much to the chagrin of Wallaby fans everywhere. The improvement over the last few weeks culminating in Saturdays 27 – 8 win over Argentina has been significant. Gone is the poor handling and option taking that has plagued the side in recent campaigns. The forwards are competing well at the breakdown and all of a sudden the players have shown that they can indeed catch and pass and support each other in attack. The return of some of the older players has added much needed stability and guidance to the squad.  On the back of recent performances the Wallabies are now third on the International Rankings after slipping at one stage to be 7th. Things are looking much better going into the rest of this year’s program with games against Argentina, Japan, Scotland, England and Wales. Hopefully the Covid situation will not impact on the squad for the future too much. Again I ask, what is the difference? Easy Dave Rennie!  

Coach Dave Rennie has included old boys Greg Holmes and Sean McMahon in the Wallabies squad for Saturdays match up with Argentina on the Gold Coast. It’s obvious that Rennie has come to the conclusion that he needs to bring some experience into his squad going forward. He went with the young talent available to him when he took over the squad last year but after some frustrating outings with the young brigade he now is in search of some more experienced players to bolster his squad moving towards the World Cup. I think we will continue to see more solid performances from the group over the next couple of months.    

All opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.