Rugby World - - THE ANALYST -

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.

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