I am a supporter of Hansen and co. They’re the real deal and have done a good job so far.
The core roles of the Head Coach are to select the team and develop the strategy.
The reality is we got dicked last Saturday. A draw the week before was like a win for the Bok and it has done wonders for their confidence. We empowered a juggernaut who smashed the Pumas in Argentina. I think South Africa are now the clear favourites to win the RWC. They have the best 10 in the world, very good leadership; they’re huge up front and fast out back. Look out.
The definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Hansen and co will look objectively at the realities. The All Blacks are an unsettled combination because of selection changes and an obsession with creating depth of cover in combinations and positions. They now need to revert to playing proven performers and combinations.
Two weeks is a long time in International rugby. Two weeks ago the rugby world almost unanimously picked Beaudan Barrett as the best 10 in the world and Ben Smith as the best 15. They need to be selected in the positions where they have become greats of the game. The midfield has cleared with Crotty and Goodhue injured and SBW found wanting. Laumape and Lienert Brown should start and Nonu should be on the bench. He is Super Rugby fit, returned home to be considered and is probably our greatest 12 of all time. Most important of all, he’s proven he has the mental and physical maturity to win at the highest level. Imagine how the Wallabies would feel if Nonu came on with 30 minutes to play. There would be carnage and not in our backline.
Since 1967 the All Blacks have dominated the breakdown area. Since 1979 they have set a standard other teams have slowly followed. They developed an unbeatable, balanced combination with the 7 and 8 going forward toward the loose ball and the 6 attacking the opposition in defence and as a carrier on attack. So Steve, please revert to this formidable formation where we have developed world class specialists in each role. Pick either Savea or Cane at 7, Reid at 8 and the biggest, toughest 6 you can find.
If we make these logical changes we will beat the Wallabies. With consistent selection we can still win the RWC.