Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Staniforth Centre Option

  1. #1
    Inactive Account inactive's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    750
    vCash
    5000000

    Staniforth Centre Option

    Staniforth centre option
    By Wayne Smith
    November 21, 2006 THE on-off Test career of Western Force midfield player Scott Staniforth is set to be dramatically switched on again.

    Staniforth is a new centre option for Australia after the 21-6 shutout by Ireland at Lansdowne Road.


    In strictly pragmatic terms, not a whole lot went right for the Wallabies in Dublin, other than the scrum, which finished well on top of an Irish pack not especially renowned for its set-piece work.

    Otherwise, the pickings were slim, a not-too-bad performance from the lineout and yet another fiesty display at halfback by Matt Giteau, even if this was one occasion when the Wallabies really might have been well served by George Gregan and his 127 Tests worth of experience.

    By process of elimination, it was established Giteau will remain at halfback for the final Test of the European tour, against Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday AEDT), after coach John Connolly virtually ruled out appearances by him at either five eighth or inside centre.

    As for the resurrection of the Mat Rogers-Steve Larkham experiment at five eighth and inside centre, the Wallabies coach quickly knocked that on the head as well.

    "I would doubt that," Connolly said, implying that one or the other would start at five eighth, the other, at best, off the bench.

    The selectors could stick with the experimental monster midfield pairing used against Ireland, Stirling Mortlock and Lote Tuqiri, but there was little in evidence at Lansdowne Road to encourage them to continue down that path.

    Individually, both played well but there was no cohesion between them, especially in defence, and after a while it became painfully obvious Irish skipper Brian O'Driscoll was developing a real liking for the attacking channel outside Tuqiri.

    Enter Staniforth. Although his five Test appearances, spread over eight seasons, have all been on the wing - most recently his 16-minute cameo in Dublin as a replacement for Clyde Rathbone - he came to the Force's rescue as an inside centre this season and just might do the same for the Wallabies at Murrayfield.

    Certainly he will have at least one of the three selectors strongly pushing his case, armed with Staniforth's powerhouse game at inside centre for Australia A in its hard-fought win over Ireland A in Limerick last week.

    Still, even if the 28-year-old misses out on selection at inside centre, it would not surprise if he won a place in the starting side as a winger, with Rathbone's chronic handling problems causing him to lose his grip on the No.14 jersey.

    The release lof the Australia A team to play Scotland A in Perth tomorrow morning (AEDT) makes clear how radical an approach the selectors intend to take for the Edinburgh Test.

    Certainly any player with Test aspirations would dread to hear his name announced as a starter in the Perth match - and not just because the game is likely to be played in Arctic conditions.

    Virtually by extrapolation, those frontline players not named for Perth will start in the Test, and it is a safe bet now, after their strong showings off the bench against Ireland that Queensland hooker Stephen Moore and NSW loosehead Benn Robinson, will start in the front row for the Test.

    Most likely Guy Shepherdson will be retained at tighthead, although Rodney Blake did win back some support on the selection panel with his quality scrummaging performance in Limerick.

    Although Mark Chisholm claimed some quality lineout throws in extremely difficult conditions against Ireland, he failed to make any real impact around the field, bringing Australia A captain and second rower Al Campbell into the selection frame for Murrayfield.

    And the 52nd-minute substitution of George Smith for number eight Wycliff Palu at Lansdowne Road - "we just wanted someone on the ball with a higher workrate", Connolly explained - pretty much telegraphed a change at the back of the scrum for the Scotland Test.

    Although Connolly refuses to rule out a return to the Eddie Jones formula of using two tearaways, Smith and Phil Waugh, in tandem in the backrow, it's more likely the Wallabies coach will simply continue the rotation policy at openside flanker.

    This would mean Smith coming into the starting side for Waugh, while David Lyons is finally expected to reclaim the number eight jersey he made his own in 40 Tests - among them the 2003 World Cup final.


    LETS HOPE SO...GO SPANNER!

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  2. #2
    (formerly known as Coach) Your Humble Servant Darren's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia, Australia
    Posts
    14,009
    vCash
    5216000
    TWF Competition Winner! Dry July! MO-vember Donator TWF Contributor!
    'bout time they started taking notice....

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Dear Lord, if you give us back Johnny Cash, we'll give you Justin Bieber.

  3. #3
    Player blindsid3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    South Perth
    Posts
    214
    vCash
    5000000
    Finally, Knuckles noticed that Rathbone hasn't been offering much...I swear that bloke isn't watching the same game as us.

    Based on the last three tests and the need for some consistency here is my starting backline for the Scotland test:

    9. Giteau
    10. Larkham
    11. Tuquiri
    12. Staniforth
    13. Mortlock
    14. Shepherd
    15. Latham

    with Josh Valentine, Drew Mitchell and (unfortunatley) Mat Rogers on the bench.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  4. #4
    Immortal Contributor
    Moderator
    Burgs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Country WA
    Posts
    21,575
    vCash
    5002000
    MO-vember Donator Member of the Order of TWF TWF Contributor!
    Ditto Coach, I guess we have all been calling for it but hopefully the "A" non-selection indicates that he is going to start somewhere.
    Also great to see Lyons possibly in with a shot, I wouldn't like to be a Scotsman defending the edge of the ruck/maul/scrum on Saturday!

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "Bloody oath we did!"

    Nathan Sharpe, Legend.

  5. #5
    Inactive Account inactive's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    750
    vCash
    5000000
    Same but there is that one spot left in the A squad its gotta be either scott or rathbone heres hoping rathbone but i dont think they would waste scott on the bench in an A game

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  6. #6
    Immortal Contributor
    Moderator
    Burgs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Country WA
    Posts
    21,575
    vCash
    5002000
    MO-vember Donator Member of the Order of TWF TWF Contributor!
    They may put Stanners on the bench for a twenty minute run at #12 just to get his hand in?
    I understand that Fairbanks hasn't been in the most inspiring form so far this Tour, I doubt he will be persisted with.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "Bloody oath we did!"

    Nathan Sharpe, Legend.

  7. #7
    Inactive Account inactive's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    750
    vCash
    5000000
    heres hoping he not in A squad at all! fingers crossed

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  8. #8
    Player O'Regan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    173
    vCash
    5000000
    I dont no what Connoly was thinking he was the WF leading try scorer put him at Inside centre and Larkham at Flyhalf with Gits at halfback. Where will stanners play next year for the Force, your backline will be lethal.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  9. #9
    Veteran Book Maker
    Contributor
    The Lone Hydrangea's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Guildford.W.A.
    Posts
    4,122
    vCash
    5000000
    Tong Master Dry July! TWF Competition Winner! TWF Contributor! MO-vember Donator
    Quote Originally Posted by blindsid3
    Finally, Knuckles noticed that Rathbone hasn't been offering much...I swear that bloke isn't watching the same game as us.

    Based on the last three tests and the need for some consistency here is my starting backline for the Scotland test:

    9. Giteau
    10. Larkham
    11. Tuquiri
    12. Staniforth
    13. Mortlock
    14. Shepherd
    15. Latham

    with Josh Valentine, Drew Mitchell and (unfortunatley) Mat Rogers on the bench.
    Now, that looks sensible. Lets give it a run. Now the forwards?

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

    the punters friend..... stick with me and you will be wearing



  10. #10
    Player blindsid3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    South Perth
    Posts
    214
    vCash
    5000000
    How about:

    1. Richard Harry
    2. Michael Foley
    3. Andrew Blades
    4. David Giffen
    5. John Eales
    6. Matt Cockbain
    7. David Wilson
    8.Toutai Kefu

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  11. #11
    Veteran Book Maker
    Contributor
    The Lone Hydrangea's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Guildford.W.A.
    Posts
    4,122
    vCash
    5000000
    Tong Master Dry July! TWF Competition Winner! TWF Contributor! MO-vember Donator
    Quote Originally Posted by blindsid3
    How about:

    1. Richard Harry
    2. Michael Foley
    3. Andrew Blades
    4. David Giffen
    5. John Eales
    6. Matt Cockbain
    7. David Wilson
    8.Toutai Kefu
    Wallabies by 70. Sweet

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

    the punters friend..... stick with me and you will be wearing



  12. #12
    Player O'Regan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    173
    vCash
    5000000
    I don't support a cam Shpeard inclusion, i support Drew Mitcheels having a go and having Rathbone in the centres.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  13. #13
    Player blindsid3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    South Perth
    Posts
    214
    vCash
    5000000
    Quote Originally Posted by O'Regan
    Rathbone in the centres.
    presupposes that he overcomes the dropsies that he has suffered all tour...

    whereas when the ball hits sheps he scores...

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Shephard the leading tryscorer on tour?

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  14. #14
    Immortal Contributor
    Moderator
    Burgs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Country WA
    Posts
    21,575
    vCash
    5002000
    MO-vember Donator Member of the Order of TWF TWF Contributor!
    Might as well hand them the match if Rathbone was to go in the Centres.
    He may have enough memory of his early days to cover #13 on an injury during a match but he would be a disaster at #12.
    Very tough, hard hitting, extremely willing, he just can't keep the ball often enough and is custom made as a Winger.
    That said, I think there are two Force boys who deserve the jersey before him.
    Shep also brings probably the best goal kick on Tour to the selection table as well.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "Bloody oath we did!"

    Nathan Sharpe, Legend.

Similar Threads

  1. Staniforth set to fly home
    By Burgs in forum Rugby World Cup
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 25-09-07, 12:59
  2. Ballymore to become $25m academy
    By Burgs in forum Front Page News
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 09-07-07, 11:29
  3. Home soil dream for Staniforth
    By inactive in forum Scott Staniforth
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 06-06-07, 12:35
  4. Rugby Union Positions
    By Darren in forum Articles
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 23-02-07, 11:57
  5. Staniforth storms into Wallabies frame
    By Burgs in forum Wallabies
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 23-05-06, 12:13

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •