3 TACKLE TECHNIQUE
With the distance and accuracy of international kickers, indiscipline can quickly swing momentum in the opposition’s favour. Australia are formidable at the ruck – if they leave it to the experts, Pocock and Hooper. Some of their tight forwards have overstepped the mark. They are staying over the ball for too long and not releasing, coming in from the side or even playing the nine at the ruck – in this example of offside, Adam Coleman’s impetuosity was punished by three points. If this wasn’t frustrating enough, there has been dissent to referees creeping in too. Michael Cheika wears his heart on his sleeve but it’s another thing for his players to backchat to officials.