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Hi Chris,
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.

All Black attitude and waning Wallaby resilience

Thanks Carlin – hard to argue with the AB Coach!

All Black attitude and waning Wallaby resilience

Perhaps you have a point robert. Those outside channels require the back row to support in defence. But as I mentioned, LSL went well and truly AWOL. Difficult to say the same of Isi.

All Black attitude and waning Wallaby resilience

Agree, ES.

It looks like a draw and a loss is just what the All Blacks needed to fine tune their engines prior to RWC 2019!

All Black attitude and waning Wallaby resilience

hi Don,
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.

All Black attitude and waning Wallaby resilience

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.

All Black attitude and waning Wallaby resilience

No argument from me P2R2. Sounds like a few roarers wanted more policing of the game, although it was a pretty open contest…

All Black attitude and waning Wallaby resilience