The game against England was awesome, clinical and at the same time entertaining. The game against Wales was an exceptional, no-holds barred and death-defying performance. It seemed that if the Wallabies had to jump off a cliff to win, they would.
More than a year ago, before Michael Cheika was asked by Australian rugby officials to take the underperforming Wallabies by the throat and dragged it to the World Cup, the Wallabies were no- hopers waiting to play second fiddle or worse.
They were set to be present in the United Kingdom to form the numbers with the minnows for the tournament.
Well, after that spectacular performance against England and the stellar performance against Wales, it’s game on for the World Cup.
It’s about time there was a change of guards on the international rugby landscape. It’s time to move the centre across the Tasman ditch from Kiwi-land.
Cheika said the players must believe in themselves. Well, in just two weeks Australia dares to hope in this very believable Wallabies team.
You could see a palpable difference in the mindset of the Cheika-moulded Wallabies team compared to the one before that: a quiet determination, a sense of urgency and a killer instinct.
A third World Cup victory is within reach. And the All Blacks, with so many retiring players trying to win back-to-back World Cups, are known to choke when it matters most.
I’ll be damned if this team hasn’t got the wherewithals to win the World Cup this time around.