Thursday's Rugby News
Thursday rugby news looks White reaches Wessels, Junior Wallabies through to semis, Rebels back, Tahs rest Wallabies.
WHITE OFFERS WESSELS WISDOM
Melbourne Rebels have received some support through a World Cup winning coach ahead of their make or die clash with Chiefs.
Jake White, the man who coached South Africa for their 2007 World Cup win, reached out to his fellow foreigner and Rebel's main feature Dave Wessels.
White, who also trained Brumbies and was smoked for Wallabies job, called Wessels to offer him support, guidance, and advice on how to tailor his message to the team.
"Jake White called me through the week and said if anyone had offered you a home game in January to make the finals you would have accepted," Wessels said Wednesday.
"Of course, I'm a coach who still learns a lot and there are a few senior coaches like Jake who have difficulty communicating.
"They've been in the washing machine for it before, and sometimes when you're down, you don't have many people calling you, so I'm very grateful.
"I ask him for technical ideas, but he has helped me focus messaging down a bit.
"When we play well, we are very hard to stop, but the trick is to find the buckles to get that performance consistent."
The rebels will look to avoid a final round of losses last season, leaving their finals hoping in someone else's hands, hoping that another team will win, lose or draw so that they can make the best eight.
Half back Genia will clear the simple equation The rebels must win to make finals "You win you go through."
"I think what the guys really are ready for is just the fact that we are able to, if we win, we know we are playing final football," he said.
"It's just exciting in itself.
"For those rebels who have never played in the final football and too many boys who were in other Super Rugby provinces for years who have not played in finals, it is just such an unreal experience and you can often say things like at the beginning of the year, if you had told us the last round if we had a game to win we would play the finals we would take it.
"It's certainly the feeling around the group at the moment.
"In that sense, I certainly believe we are prepared and I believe in the way guys have trained so far, we are really looking forward to it."
JUNIOR WALLABIES FOR SEMIS
The Junior Wallabies Set a brave fight despite being down to 14 men for their fight against England.
Australian No. 8 Pat Tafa was red carded in the second minute of the match, for a high shot on the back of the English backer Aaron Hinkley.
The English reached a 14-0 lead in the first 10 minutes and ended their lead with 37 points. Junior Wallabies did not go down again and scored 21-7 in the last 30 minutes to pick up a bonus point.
The bonus sees them through to the semi-finals, where they go to the hosts, Argentina.
Captain Fraser McReight was proud of the efforts his boys made when he was up to 14 men, even though they were already through to the finals, they continued to fight.
"It's a bittersweet feeling, I suppose to make semis before this game and then get a red card two minutes in," McReight said.
"It wasn't the start we wanted, we wanted the scalp (in England) to be honest.
"But credit to England, they played really good footy and took advantage of the 14 men they played against.
"But I'm super proud of the boys. Playing with 14 men in virtually the whole game – in the stages of that game we were almost 40 points behind – and to keep England out of scoring for many attempts in the other half and to put much more attempts were really pleasing. ”
"We just wanted to go out in the second half and play footy, we knew we could play and would play, and I think we did," he said.
try: Hill 2, Dingwall, Sleightholme, The Glanville, Hinkley, Vunipola, Willis
Disadvantages: Hodge 8
Junior Wallabies 33
try: Lolesio, Lucas, Harris, McReight, Tizzano
Disadvantages: Harrison 2, McDonald 2
GET THE TIE BACK ALL
In what could be Melbourne Rebels This year's biggest match, coach Dave Wessels has joined his most successful halves and center combinations from the law firm Genia, Cooper, Meakes and English.
"From a context perspective, the combinations of Genia and Cooper and Meakes and English are our most tested combinations."
This combination was the most successful for Rebels with most of their strongest performances coming with these four games together. Genia was rested last week against the Crusaders, Cooper was on the bench, with English on the wing.
With their futures still not locked in, this can be the last time Genia and Cooper play together, with Rebels looking to unlock the couple, with overseas clubs hunting for their services.
The rebels know the significance of this struggle, do or die, as they appear to put the last few weeks bleak behind them, and look at their virgin final appearance.
"We were pretty embarrassed about our performance last week," coach Dave Wessels said.
"It's showtime now for us.
"We have had a chance this week to do something special for the club, something we have never had the opportunity to do before.
"It's just such a crazy friend. We could finish anywhere from fifth to twelfth, so it's a crazy year, it's Super Rugby's beauty.
Anaru Rangi, Jermaine Ainsley, Luke Jones and Marika Koroibete return to starting positions, pushing Jordan Uelese, Sam Talakai, Michael Ruru and Matt To & # 39; to the bench.
Adam Coleman and Jack Maddocks will miss the fight because of injury, with Coleman out with a shoulder problem, and Maddocks had a few niggles and needed a mental rest.
"He (Maddocks) has a niggle on the knee and his calf tightened up so we had to get what was scanned earlier this week.
"He is one of those guys who played every game for us, so it was the right time to give Jack his respite when he got them.
1. Tetera Faulkner 2. Anaru Rangi 3. Jermaine Ainsley 4. Matt Philip 5. Luke Jones 6. Angus Cottrell 7. Richard Hardwick 8. Isi Naisarani 9. Will Genia 10. Quade Cooper 11. Marika Koroibete 12. Billy Meakes 13. Empty English 14. Reece Hodge 15. Dane Haylett-Petty (c)
16. Jordan Uelese 17. Matt Gibbon 18. Sam Talakai 19. Ross Haylett-Petty 20. Rob Leota 21. Michael Ruru 22. Matt To: 23. Campbell Magnay
INS AND OUTS FOR NSW
Five Wallabies have been left in Australia as Waratahs Go to Invercargill to pick up the highlands. NSW will be without Sekope Kepu, Rob Simmons, Michael Hooper, Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale because of the rest policy.
Mack Mason will get another crack by starting loshalf this week, but without Foley or Beale he will probably play 80 minutes.
Coach Daryl Gibson is convinced that the young lossefle is ready for that challenge and will make the most of his opportunity.
"I think it's a great opportunity for all our players to enter the team," he said.
"They've been waiting patiently, I've been very consistent putting out the same team every week, and these guys are really energetic and excited to go and fight and represent the team.
"Mack is one of those guys – we need to give him that opportunity so he can find out what the level is and experience it. That's what I'm really happy to offer these guys this opportunity.
"I fully expect him to be the front page and be on the game."
Recurring No. 6 Jack Dempsey is likely to get 30 minutes from the bench as he returns from injury to play time before the Wallabies camp.
"Of course, Jack is on his way back to full fitness, and he has been excellent for the last two weeks of training, and we felt it was a good opportunity to get some playing time for us," Gibson said.
"Of course we go with the 6-2" bench points for us. We fully expect it to be wet and we have read it forward.
"We just discussed how much playing time he has in him, and we felt the best decision was that he just patted him in 30 minutes, and he's best to get out of the bench."
Tolu Latu was not available for selection this week due to a court date so he is expected to stand up for Sydney Uni in Shute Shield.
"I don't see any reason why he wouldn't be available to club rugby, but of course we'll wait for that result," Gibson added.
1. Harry Johnson-Holmes 2. Damien Fitzpatrick 3. Tom Robertson 4. Ned Hanigan 5. Tom Staniforth 6. Hugh Sinclair 7. Will Miller 8. Michael Wells 9. Nick Phipps 10. Mack Mason 11. Curtis Rona 12. Lalakai Foketi 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper 14. Cam Clark 15. Alex Newsome
16. Andrew Tuala 17. Rory & Connor 18. Shambeckler Vui 19. Ryan McCauley 20. Jed Holloway 21. Jack Dempsey 22. Jake Gordon 23. Tautalatasi Tasi