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Old October 25 2014, 03:24 AM   #76
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Cheika did get the job and Beale escaped with only a $45,000 fine. Amazed at the number of people who see this as vindication or that Beale did nothing wrong. Sounds like he get saved by insufficient evidence that he sent the second more offensive text. That of course leaves the question of where it came from?

Still would have preferred a harsher punishment. He was only fined $5000 more than Quade was for his "toxic" comments a few years ago. While he has been suspended I still hope that Cheika doesn't call him up. The Wallabies have cover for 10 and 12 already and save injuries Beale's next activity should be Tah's pre-season.

Edit: According to ABC Radio Cheika has told Beale he won't be joining the squad. That's the right move by Cheika. I doubt that the non-Tahs would be overly pleased with Beale coming straight back and Cheika is going to have to deal with what will be constant concerns he'll be too pro-Tahs until he leaves the Tah's coaching ranks.

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Old October 25 2014, 08:55 AM   #77
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I'm almost over the sport at this point.

A staff member, who happened to be a woman, is treated like crap by a player. She gets her name dragged through the mud by the media (and the question must be asked, how did the media get hold of the text business in the first place) and ends up resigning. The player concerned is fined and offers a half-arsed apology but is free to continue his career at some future point. It's beyond pathetic. Somehow Beale has ended up being portrayed as the victim in the entire grubby saga. I'm questioning why I, or any other woman for that matter, should bother following this sport any more.

Cheika will have to watch his back on a number of fronts, not the least of which will be the utterly puerile state-and-territory based parochialism that cripples rugby in this country. Properly professional rugby nations like NZ and SA gear everything toward the success of the ABs and Springboks. All anyone here cares about is beating NSW (I still recall the occasion several years ago where a Qld official stated that, despite his state finishing at or near the bottom of the Super rugby table, their season had been a success because they'd beaten the Tahs ) - except NSW, which cares only about itself. Until that sort of childish crap goes the way of the dodo, rugby will remain a peripheral sport in Australia and any success the Wallabies attain will border on miraculous.

-OZ, fed up and disgusted beyond words.
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Old October 27 2014, 07:55 AM   #78
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It seems, at least over on the Roar, that the attitude that Patston was "asking for it" because of questions regarding her qualifications or relationship with Mckenzie have picked up markedly. No surprised either thtat the older white male double act of Spiro and Lord greatly lauded Beale's "vindication" and that he should haven't have even been punished as "harshly" as he has (which was less than Gallen got from the NRL for calling the NRL a bunch of c*nts on Twitter). Not sure why I'm bothering reading these stories or comments anyway.

On better news, Moore has resigned until the end of 2016 with the ARU. Good to see a long term Wallaby is going to stick it out beyond the RWC.
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Old November 2 2014, 06:03 AM   #79
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Wallabies won 40 - 36 against the BaaBaas, but they decided to play an extra 5 mins to see if they could lose it.

BaaBaa games are a bit hard to judge as a yardstick as to where the Wallabies are. They were not as hard in defence as they were against SA and NZ recently and they got sucked into playing the "anything can happen" style too quickly. A lot of 50/50 offloads and going wide without going forward.

Some crazy tries in the game from both sides in the second half. You had big breaks, chip kicks and plenty of offloading. Wallabies scored 6 tries, but I seriously doubt they'll repeat those numbers in the rest of this tour.

Speight finally got his first game in a gold jersey. He had an okay debut. The ball didn't go to him enough to really judge his attacking play. Defensively he got a lot of traffic and it seemed the BaaBaas targeted his wing, which makes sense given he is the least experienced back in the team. He made a defensive error that led to a try, though he was facing a 3 to 1 overlap 15 m out and got caught too far up and in.

Genia and Cooper were okay. They looked like players who haven't had top flight rugby for a while, which is to be expected. Genia probably looked the better of the two. Cooper had three passes that were touched by the Baas in flight with one staying in hand. Genia will come onto the bench at least, but it will be interesting to see if Cooper does or not.

Kuridrani was again the Wallabies best. He scored a good try in the second half as well just busting through the line 30 - 40 out. The Baas fullback could have chased him down, but after Kuridrani brushed off a third player he just stopped chasing. Though even if he caught Kuridrani, Folau was in support so there is a high probability the try would have still come.

The Badger got a try for the Baas. It was a nice play off set piece that saw him go through the centre channel untouched 15m out to score a try. He played well.

Mixed feelings about the game. Glad to have a win, would have liked it not to be so close. The Wallabies are still not going the 80 and leaking too many points in the final quarter, though at least they also managed to score in that period as well.

Wales next week with be a different matter. The WB have the wood on the Welsh with a crazy (not really deserved for either side) winning streak. Wales will be pretty fired up to end it and given the blood in the water still that is just more incentive. The only thing I can say for sure is that they will need to be better next week if they want a chance to win.
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