Just my 2 cents... 1) Sharpe did well against Samoa, probably the standout forward, but he's 33, and Oz need to find other options, Simmons is one of the candidates (Lost!! ), and he needs space and minutes. With Horwill started his last test in 2009, just rest Sharpe and try Reds locks combo! It worked quite well (I say "quite" because SA lineout were really poor!)... Simmons could be a good option (remember, he's 21!) 2) Rocky played well the last 40' against Samoa, he tried to do something, this time he was a great 6, solid as in attack as in defence, and a very skillful leader. Hope he could definitely find his 2010 form! Although McCalman didn't exite me... lack of impact in defence, he does well in attack trying to find space rather than hitting straight into defenders (like SA usually does), but sometimes he tackles like a flyhalf! - and I'm a flyhalf! 3) I agreed with McCabe selection and as it stands, JOC must be in the starting XV, whether he's on the wing, fb or somewhere else... I think Deans has to find a Plan C for 12 jersey, after Barnes (plan A), Giteau (plan b), he wants to try a straightner at inside centre, so good to pick McCabe... he struggled a little in attack in the first stages of the game, but later he found space and red quite well Cooper's lines! His defence has been always solid and steady. The experiment worked! O'Connor simply ruled everyone in front of him, as always. ESPNScrum says 86 mt gained, in 6 runs... I counted some more mt, but anyway not bad kiddo, not bad! About SA plan... as I wrote in an Italian forum (baseing on ESPN Scrum stats). Quality, amount of and use of possession - The 2 halves. K/P/R Pienaar: 5/85/7 Steyn: 5/16/2 Genia: 6/44/10 Cooper: 10/21/10 Quite normal, big no of runs by Cooper as expected, and look at Pienaar's 85 passes... how many rucks did the SA?? Were they useful? Just look at team stats: Passes AUS 118 SAF 142 Runs AUS 92 SAF 122 It maybe points out a bigger SA possession but, on meters run AUS 611 SAF 362 IMO this means that you really don't know what to do with the ball! Where does lie the difference between Aus and Saf? Meters run, by players back three and 2 halves, in brackets no. of runs Beale 109 (11 runs) O'Connor 86 (6 runs!!) Ioane 89 (13 - although AUS TV said more mt) Cooper 93 (10) - simply amazing (Genia) 56 (10) Aplon 86 (11) Basson 35 (8) Mvovo 85 (11) Steyn 7 (2) (Pienaar) 18 (7) For SA many more runs, many more passes, but less quality and less meters gained! Of course you can point your first finger against a playmaker who actually doesn't make play!! But if you look at the centres, you're gonna be shocked! Pat McCabe and Adam Ashley-Cooper made 40mt each one, with 4 and 6 runs Wynand Olivier and Juan De Jongh, ran... wait for it... it's really shocking. 9mt and 20mt (6 and 8 runs respectively)! This is unacceptable! This is rubbish, especially if your game-plan is to dominate breakdown and giving front-foot ball into flyhalf hands! This means you obviously have a flyhalf that doesn't know what to do with the ball, execpt kicking high, hoping for a bouncing miracle (because kick and chase has been done for 2 times, than there were no more pressure), but also you have a couple of centres that are ineffective!