It’s time to throw caution to the wind, Robbie
Robbie Deans could be gone from the Wallabies at the end of the 2012 Rugby Championship (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Realistically, the All Blacks are a 15 point better side than the Wallabies for tonight’s clash at Suncorp.
Robbie Deans, give ‘em hell with eight forwards hitting every ruck and maul like men possessed, and seven backs running the ball for 80 minutes, committing themselves to all-out attack.
Every Wallaby supporter would be delighted to see their team stand up and be counted. Even losing would be saluted if the Wallabies gave this Test an almighty crack.
There’s nothing to lose.
The All Blacks are superior in just about every department, honed by 16 sucessive international victories.
The Wallabies have won one on the trot, and a gutsy win at that in Rosario a fortnight ago.
And the reason was Kurtley Beale.
Cut him loose tonight, Robbie, let him strut his own stuff that makes him one of international rugby’s most exciting players.
Let Beale create the time and space for centres Pat McCabe and Ben Tapuai to go well over the advantage line and feed wingers Adam Ashley-Cooper and Nick Cummins, with Mike Harris chiming in from the back.
Tries, let’s have some five-pointers – the only way to beat the men-in-black.
My sole concern is Deans has gone for a five forwards, two backs, bench. If any of the starting backs cop an injury, and the way things have been going in that’s on the cards, then all-out attack could be limited.
Again what the hell. Just keep going.
A special night for long-serving lock Nathan Sharpe, making his final appearance on home soil in Brisbane where he debuted for the Queensland Reds 15 seasons ago.
It’s fitting he’s leading his country against the undisputed best lineup in the world in front of a full house.
Of the 39 Wallabies who have worn the coveted gold jersey in 11 Tests this campaign, the 34-year-old Sharpe is the only Wallaby to start in all 11.
His resilience is remarkable, his dedication to the Wallaby cause undeniable.
A win tonight in front of home fans would be the ultimate farewell.
So throw caution to the wind Robbie.
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