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Have cost us dear! The story of welsh rugby at the moment depressing!
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posted Nov 27, 2010
Its not Gatland it is Howley. Our back play and attacking moves are diabolical.We need a decent backs coach.
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posted Nov 28, 2010
i see all the idiot taffs come out to post when wales lose ..type of guys that whistle when a kick at goal is being taken..type of guys that drink far too much on match day..watch the match again when you are sober! you will see it really wasnt the whitewash you say it is
Good rugby lessons for Wales by the ABs. Wales' back play: It seems to me (i may be wrong here) that the Welsh backs are concentrating too much on playing a wide game and forgot to use running straight as well. Playing the ball wide is supposed to open up the opponents' defence so that straight runners do their job...Good Welsh pack, rubbish centres. Put your house on the ABs winning the next world cup.
Andy Powell's "cheap shot" on McCaw at the end was a disgrace!Must be "cited"Once again an Irish Ref has question marks against his overall performance.As a neutral may I say how sad it was to hear Jonathen Davis continually referring to the Kiwi's as "THEY"The programme was being shown around the world not just Wales
Bar the first half of the SA game, this was Wales's best performance of the AI. Warburton, Lydiate and the front row have had good series's. We need a grafter in the second row, AWJ and Bradley are topo lightweight. We need a more dynamic number 8. Phillips needs to get back to his Lions form, SJ was adequate but not spectacular. Then in the centre... We missed Jamie Roberts. We needed his straight running, and impetous. Hook and Roberts were the centres of the 6N, and hopefully they will back together soon. Then will someone please run straight! Anyone!
Going to start by saying im Welsh, and always want my team to win, but seriously... it really gets under my skin when people are saying we SHOULD be winning, and Gatland needs to go etc.Matter of fact is Wales has 4 top tier teams (realisticaly 2 and a 1/2 depending on whos on form). We do not have the depth to contend with tri nation teams. All we are ever going to come too is pip the occasional win, and maybe go on a winning streak with a very good starting line up. As soon as our "star line up" gets out of form or injured we are going to be on a downer again. At least Gatland has been trying to do somthing about this.At the moment id say that from the N.hemisphere there are no stand out teams, and the 6 nations this season should be close. Anyone (maybe bar Italy) could give a good crack at it. England have been hit or miss, Ireland and Wales seem in a similar boat, with Scotland showing they can front up to big games too.
as a welsh man im embarressed by the comments of 'good effort wales' and the 'proud' of this and that lark.we have the hignest paid coach in world rugby. some of the highest paid players. when you take things like that into consideration, you expect to be competing, not being proud and revelling in ultimate failure.the all blacks were extremely under-par, dan carter left his kicking boots at the hotel and still, they made us look average at best.never in the game was it possible wales were going to win, the all blacks upped at the ante whenever any such question looked like being asked.lets be honest, we shouldnt even have had that try at the end as it came from a scrum that should have been a new zealand penalty.so the facts are, we had a ref on our side....shocking display from him, the all blacks were under-par, carter couldnt kick a donkey in the first half, we was at home, had plenty of territory....................end result WE LOST BY FIVE TRIES TO ONE.that is in my opinion absolutely nothing to be proud of.utterly embarressing welsh attitude again.
having the highest paid coaches and players doesnt mean squat. Throwing money at a problem doesnt make it go away. Untill we get enough depth, (which in my view can only be gained through more regions OR a wholesale leauge change to bring the old leauges back)we are never going to be as good as we think we are consistantly.Tri-nation teams all have 6+ top tier teams, England and France have better records against the tri nation teams and have a larger player base aswell
"Wales your a disgrace,get a grip,show some fight."It isn't a lack of fight that is the problem, but a lack of the basic rugby skills of handling the ball and off-loading the ball out of the tackle contact situations that Wales currently are missing but once had in 2005 when Australian Scott Johnson was the backs coach. Also someone stated above that Wales lack players to straight the line as they tend to drift wide a lot, well how about a big, powerful centre pairing of Jamie Roberts and George North. These 2 will definitely straighten the backline when Wales move the ball amongst the backs and will help to create the space out wide for the likes of Halfpenny,Williams etc to score tries.
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