Nice to see the Tahs pick up another win over quality opposition. If the stories are true and Barnes is leaving at years' end, he'll be a huge loss to Australian rugby. We simply cannot afford to lose players of that standard, but from all accounts he's gone. What a waste.
Not at all good was the injury list out of the game. I'd been pretty doubtful over the merits (not the word I want, but can't immediately think of a better one) of Smith waltzing back to Australia and into a Wallaby jumper, but this is hardly the outcome I'd have gone for. Polota-Nau's injury is just as bad - now we're stuck with Fainga'a as Moore's backup, and he's barely of S15 standard IMO. The other injuries are somewhat easier to cover but still less than ideal given our limited player pool.
Needless to say, I'm okay with Cooper not being picked. I don't care if he's got some sort of telepathic relationship with Genia or has supposedly grown up or whatever else; he cannot tackle
. Given most of the players in the Lions squad would simply run right over him, we can't afford him there on that basis alone. Hopefully he'll remain on the outer when the initial squad is expanded later on.
Just saw Cooper's absolutely pathetic attempted tackle on the Cheetah's half on the news. Good grief. I don't give a damn what else he (supposedly) offers, he's a turnstile.