I guess that’s the beauty of spectator sports – everyone gets to have an opinion.
The biggest problem with your comment is it doesn’t afford any respect to Savea and Cane. It’s particularly important to note that many of Savea’s runs, which gave so much momentum to the ABs, game through attacking the blind side – not Hooper’s channel. With respect, I’m not sure what you expect from Hooper. Five turnovers from the game? Would that have been a pass?
Meanwhile, a consistent theme on the Roar has been the lack of a genuine 6, let alone a genuine 8, since Fardy left the scene. It appears the 8 puzzle has been solved, but 6 is still up in the air. The absence of a Wallabies blindside enforcer contributed to the lack of resilience that I wrote about.
Good call with the lack of Plan B – would have helped to have some consistent possession in the second stanza. Matt Burke was begging for a chip into space behind the rushing defence, for example… Alas, we will continue to wait…
As for Tupou, well it’s hard to see how he remains on the pine. We need him in the game for longer.
But they weren’t off the pace in the first 30. I guess my question is why they were off the pace in the second half of the game. I just don’t buy that the All Blacks are that much physically fitter than the Wallabies. Instead, it’s the space between the ears that is letting the Wallabies down.