No, you’re not dreaming. This isn’t an hallucination. The Wallabies put on 47 points against the All Blacks, won the game and have a genuine chance of bringing home the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002. Yes this feels strange, but don’t fight it. The Wallabies played well and played well for pretty much a full game. There will, of course, be talk about the red card and how the All Blacks are in a form funk but don’t let that take away from the performance on Saturday night. Amongst the celebrations and – let’s face it – the shock, what did we learn about the men in gold? The difference some confidence makes A prime example was when Nic White gathered a kick from the All Blacks on the Wallabies’ try line with 12 minutes left. Instead of kicking to touch, he passed inside to Kurtley Beale, who then saw some space, backed himself and made some good distance with ball in hand. He ran with support in mind and didn’t run away … [Read more...] about Nine talking points from Wallabies vs All Blacks
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A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size The Wallabies have a chance to win the Rugby Championship, but to do so, they’ll need to beat New Zealand in Perth. To win the Rugby World Cup, teams will almost certainly have to beat the All Blacks at some point. This is Australia’s chance to cement themselves as contenders for the Webb Ellis trophy, and put a hand on the Bledisloe Cup, which they haven’t held since 2002. On paper, the Wallabies don’t have much of a chance. Their opponents have won nine of the last 10 meetings, and took the Bledisloe in a clean sweep last year, winning each game by an average of 23 points. Funnily enough, in odd-numbered years, the Wallabies tend to do better. They upset New Zealand in 2011, 2015 and 2017, while results in even-numbered years are less frequent. The Aussies have claimed the Rugby Championship in the last two World Cup years, at a time when the SANZAAR tournament is almost an … [Read more...] about Wallabies vs All Blacks preview and prediction
Tune into coverage of Australia vs New Zealand on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action from 10am By Michael Cantillon Last Updated: 09/08/19 6:20am Vote for your combined Australia-All Blacks XV ahead of Saturday's final day Rugby Championship Test in Perth. For the Wallabies, James O'Connor will make his first Test start for six years as part of four changes when Australia take on New Zealand in Saturday's Rugby Championship finale.For the All Blacks, Steve Hansen has made six changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's clash but retained Richie Mo'unga at out-half with Beauden Barrett again slotting in at full-back. But who would make it into your combined XV from the 30 men that have been selected? Have your say with our position-by-position vote below...Our coverage of the weekend's international rugby begins at 10am on Saturday as we bring you Australia vs New Zealand, live from the Optus Stadium in Perth on Sky Sports Action. … [Read more...] about Who makes your Australia vs All Blacks combined team?
The countdown to Japan continues and the Wallabies have earned an important win as they look to build some momentum. The game was a special one for a number of reasons which we’ll come to, but it has also served to give both players and fans alike some hope. Hope can be a cruel mistress as we all know, but at least this Sunday there are some positives that can be discussed over breakfast rather than people angrily eating their toast and wondering if the time has come to give up on the Wallabies. Playing off No.9 was good The Wallabies used Genia a lot on Saturday to dictate their play and it worked well. He delivered a lot of flat passes that his forwards could crash onto and this was crucial to get the Wallabies going forwards and challenging the usually solid defence of the Pumas. The old campaigner has understandably lost a yard of pace over the years and so his darts from around the ruck aren’t quite as effective anymore, but his experience and ability to guide the … [Read more...] about Seven talking points from Wallabies vs Argentina
It’s a special time isn’t it – the start of a new international rugby season? Even more so in a World Cup year. All the hope and dreams, the thoughts of what could be and that maybe, just maybe they could go all the way. Well those dreams might still exist in many Wallabies fans but they certainly took a dent in the very first outing for the team as they lost to the Springboks in Johannesburg in Round 1 of the Rugby Championship. Now in honour of those hopes and dreams let’s try and find a balanced set of talking points and not focus completely on the frustrations and disappointments. It won’t be easy… Offloading everything is not a good idea! Given the size of some of the Boks pack it makes sense that the Wallabies would want to play a high tempo game and keep the ball alive. However perhaps they haven’t quite reached the teaching point yet that says that offloading is not always the right play. Time and time again forwards and backs … [Read more...] about Six talking points from Wallabies vs Springboks