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Actually, I was happy to see a B team win ugly, by grinding it out. And we can see some who aren’t test level yet (Elstadt, Kwagga) against Matera, Lavanini, et al. RG was awesome again …

Bledi hell! Wallabies walloped by brilliant All Blacks

Always ….

Bledi hell! Wallabies walloped by brilliant All Blacks

Beale:

Bled 1: 9
Bled 2: 1

10!

VOTE: Wallabies DIY player ratings from Bledisloe 2

Patrick T was better than Scotty B. Georgie B was better than Reiko I. That big prop was a bit better than O. S Reece was streets better than B Smith. A Smith was way better than A Smith last week. Read and Cane much more assertive. Coles TOO assertive. SBW sharper. Mo’unga much better. On behalf of the Boks, I’m not liking that the Wallabies woke up the ABs.

Bledi hell! Wallabies walloped by brilliant All Blacks

Thanks, Istanbul. Parity is good in some leagues; other comps thrive through dynasties and narrow rivalries (EPL/NBA). Super Rugby and RC this year were virtually un-tippable, and then SR ended with dynastic sameness; and many were still meh. The rules are indeed complex compared to soccer or basketball. But heavy contact sports tend to be. I’m good with rugby, and its evolution. The players 1-15 on the top teams easily handle today’s Lomus, so no one player can dominate. I think we never be a top 3 sport. That’s ok. We do need more money going to the players; and much more professional coaching and administration, including marketing and merch.

Too many players, too complex and not enough stars of the Lomu variety

For the devotees of rugged rugby, the first 30 or so minutes of both packs seeking dominance will be pure magic. I don’t think the All Blacks have the edge in mongrel, with the personnel selected, unless Sam Cane and Kieran Read can rediscover 2015 era bully boyhood. My question on both: are the scars too deep, too many, too severe? Liam Squire or someone his ilk might have been good to give a rumble. The Wallabies looked susceptible to dominant tacklers in Joburg. I will predict a 2-point win by the home team, with oodles of controversy.

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

As a Bok man, I can attest that Folau helped Habana and J de V score tries by simply giving up on plays when he needed to scramble back a la BBBBB … no interest once he was skinned.

Barrett: Our attack will click and All Blacks will retain the Bledisloe

I love you, Machooka, too. You taste like chicken.

Michael Cheika is still Mickey Mouse, but Mickey wins a lot

OK, so it’s a WC prep match; finding players 23 and 31.

The Rugby Championship non-championship week: Bledis-GO!

Yip, I’ll stick with my NZ tip, because that pack will come out like someone fired a bazooka up their bafookaz. On the other hand, the Baa-Baa Boks are gonna be a real lottery! Brits the captain, Tank at loosehead, Koch at tighthead, Estadt and Kolisi and Marcell as loosies, Elton at the helm, and Gelant at the back. The bench is 6-2 with Frans Steyn the 10-15 sub.

The Rugby Championship non-championship week: Bledis-GO!

Yes, as RobC and I were discussing, the Wallabies do need DISTINCT game plans versus All Blacks, and then versus Boks. The Rassie-fied Boks are “teeing off” in the tackle, with 55 “dominant” tackles in the RC (compared to 30 and 35 by the “play fast” OZ and NZ, respectively). I think OZ can score against a team like NZ easier than SA can, but SA can shut a team like OZ down better than NZ can (if they persist in not picking a Liam S type), because PSDT & Co are literally smashing carriers backwards, allowing Marx and Flo and Thor to walk straight over.

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

80% full in the dams. I think it’s more about the childhood concussions …

Michael Cheika is still Mickey Mouse, but Mickey wins a lot

Great illustration of a clever 9 putting the defence in two (or three) minds; thereby negating or diluting the effect of the rush. Such a smart adjustment from Joburg.

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Ledesma looks like one of the pirates in Peter Pan. Not a named one. An unidentifiable pirate in Pan.

Townsend is a dad in Glasgow with his kids in a Disney movie. Telling them “Wheesht wee ones.”

Michael Cheika is still Mickey Mouse, but Mickey wins a lot

Ha! I’ll never see Donald Duck the same way again.

Michael Cheika is still Mickey Mouse, but Mickey wins a lot

Excellent; great use of “but.”

Reading Coles and Cane in their front up … it’ll be brute force in Bled 2.

What we know after the Wallabies' stunning Bledisloe 1 win

Handsy, we are!

Michael Cheika is still Mickey Mouse, but Mickey wins a lot

Machooka provides me daily inspiration with his dry (prune) wit.

Michael Cheika is still Mickey Mouse, but Mickey wins a lot

And the good news for Kiwis is Handré is only 25!

Michael Cheika is still Mickey Mouse, but Mickey wins a lot

Thorn is Gaston in Beauty & Beast. Flexes when he’s teeth-brushing.

Wessels is one of the dwarves? He’s off to work hi-ho.

Michael Cheika is still Mickey Mouse, but Mickey wins a lot

Diseased brain.

Michael Cheika is still Mickey Mouse, but Mickey wins a lot

My favourite line …

Michael Cheika is still Mickey Mouse, but Mickey wins a lot

Hahaha, yes. And he’s hard to de-honey.

Michael Cheika is still Mickey Mouse, but Mickey wins a lot

Cheers, Don! There’s always one.

Michael Cheika is still Mickey Mouse, but Mickey wins a lot

I think Richie plus BBBBB plus Read plus Bender on the field at the same time is perhaps too sweet?

Michael Cheika is still Mickey Mouse, but Mickey wins a lot