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Been a di cult sum­mer for them, los­ing way too much ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­ity. Stephen Moore might be a gi­ant whiny pants but he’s a de­cent player and they will miss him. They will miss David Po­cock and Matt Toomua a lot more, though. Es­pe­cially Toomua, whose de­fence was ag­gres­sive and in­flu­en­tial and he also gave them a good voice in the mid­field.


A safety first team that still re­lies too heav­ily on the driv­ing maul as their key at­tack­ing weapon. Put it this way, they won’t keep you on the edge of your seat and un­til they are will­ing and/or able to stretch teams wider, they are go­ing to be bor­ing to watch and not so hard to beat. GUT FEEL – RIS­ERS OR FALL­ERS? Def­i­nitely fall­ers. Have lost too many good play­ers and the fact coach Stephen Larkham is com­mit­ting full-time to the Wal­la­bies is not a good sign things are on the up. Have also been trou­bled by fi­nan­cial is­sues. WHERE WILL THEY FIN­ISH? Be­cause of the lack of com­pe­ti­tion they will again be in a tight race to win the Aus­tralian Con­fer­ence. They made it last year, but we can’t see them do­ing it again. Will prob­a­bly come up at least one win short.

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