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The players need to shoulder most of the responsibility. We lost in the fundamentals not strategy. We got tactically smashed, it didn’t matter what the strategy was, it was never going to be successful. I don’t believe Cheika instructed the team to go into this game soft, inaccurate and slow at every breakdown, don’t back-up breaks and whatever else you do, be sloppy on catch and pass, a week after winning off the back of executing the fundamentals well.

This quote says it all. I don’t really blame the backs at all, except Hodge, he was atrocious …. misses way too many tackles and constantly over runs the ball.

I blame the forward pack entirely. The only two who can hold their chins up are Hooper and Naisarani. The remainder did not get off the team bus except for maybe Tupou.

As the opening paragraph says, you cannot blame Cheika for this shambles and I reckon his after game comments were liberally coated in embarrassment.

Eight talking points from Bledisloe 2

The ABs were only that close because the Wallabies bombed 3 try scoring chances in the first half ….. Kerevi I’m looking at you.

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

I will disagree and pick the Wallabies by 7 – 10. Yes the ABs have made some changes but I don’t see them making a material difference to their team. if the Wallabies front up similar to last week’s effort, and there is no reason they cannot, then the only difference I see will be the weather and ground conditions which will impact both teams equally. It remains to be seen what impact Jaco Peypers refereeing will have but a 50/50 rub of the green is likely.

I predict that the Wallabies will take every point on offer and come away with the win.

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

Ozinsa …. yeah I said that …. but I added that if he injures the calf again then it will be his last test ever. It has taken 6 months to get his calf right, if it goes again then Pocock will not go to the RWC.

Close call on Pocock return for Cheika

Rob M thats a good point you make about the restarts. It was not so long ago that securing the ball from a restart was a real iffy proposition for the Wallabies. Yeah, we do seem to have fixed that problem.

Did the Wallabies pick the All Blacks lock?

Ok One Eye so that means a 30 year old LHP is getting done over in the dark arts by a 25 year old THP. That doesn’t say much for Moody.

Point is though the same thing was happening to Moody in SR matches. Pressure comes on and he drops to his stomach.

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

There is one telling comment from BB ….. “given enough ball” …… and I reckon that depends on two things ….. the Wallaby pack fronting up like they did last week and Jaco Peyper’s rulings (what he does and does not see) and his interpretations of what he does and does not see.

Point 1 – will Moody get pinged for going down in the scrum like he wasn’t pinged last week.
Point 2 – the breakdown what is side entry and what is not

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

Piru I reckon Beale defends better at fullback than elsewhere. Less decisions to make, last line, gotta make the tackle. One tackle in particular I remember he took CFS front on about 4m out from the line and stopped him cold.

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

Nope, he might see Kerevi’s stud marks on his chest hahahaha

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

Beale can make them and has made them quite often.

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

Pocock will play against Samoa and Hooper will be rested for that game. If Pocock comes thru that ok then he will go to Japan but will start only against the lower tier nations in our pool.

Like it or not but Hooper is now the first choice 7 and captain. He will start every important match and play 80 minutes. Stop suggesting other stuff cos it ain’t gunna happen.

Something telling in Cheika’s words “final test in Australia” ….. if the calf flares again it will be his final test cos then he will not make the RWC squad.

Close call on Pocock return for Cheika

Graymatter tis not just Cheika, tis now a 3 man selection panel ….. so call it as it is 3 Man Madness …. but I disagree. Banks has been a bit soft and has not grabbed his chances but you want him to replace Beale, who had a good game, for a Bled decider ???? Mate, that is a touch of madness.

Michael Cheika sticks solid with winning Wallabies, confirms team for Bledisloe 2

Apparently still not fit

Michael Cheika sticks solid with winning Wallabies, confirms team for Bledisloe 2

Agree Bobby I am starting to get that impression of Banks too.

All Blacks axe stars for Bledisloe decider

Just to be crystal clear …. every time Maddocks even thinks “tackle” he makes a defensive blunder ….. and I am being kind, his defence is that bad.

All Blacks axe stars for Bledisloe decider

I reckon DHP has been told not to pack his bags for Japan

All Blacks axe stars for Bledisloe decider

If Arnold is out the lock changes are to be expected. I like Wright replacing Jones, especially if it is going to be wet.

AAC for Banks does not really fuss me. With AAC we know he will do a reliable job wherever he subs and to be honest Banks has not grabbed his chances.

All Blacks axe stars for Bledisloe decider

Not if the Wallabies keep the ball off them again.

All Blacks axe stars for Bledisloe decider

Lol, nah Moody is still there.

All Blacks axe stars for Bledisloe decider

Hmmmm Moody is still there so they have not fixed the scrum. Persisting with the AB version of the Pooper so there will be reduced weight in the scrum and I think a slightly confused forward defence set up. Mo’ounga and Barrett experiment continues and I don’t see this as a bad thing if you look at the success they had when they had the ball. George Bridge on one wing is a great selection. He will let no one down. Reece on the other wing is good and bad. No doubt he is great with ball in hand, but not good tackling and not good under the high ball, so not much better offering than Ioane.

I reckon in player quality this is not much improvement over last week’s team.

All Blacks axe stars for Bledisloe decider

Hmmmm grass roots and development programs sounds like more of a job for RA and NSWRU development officers not the head coach of the Tahs. Probably a good thing Campo got turned down.

I have no idea who the final 2 candidates might be ….. possibly Chris Whittacker is one, or had he already be turned down ??

Campese misses NSW Waratahs coaching role

They have just played 3 ordinary games in a row

All Blacks mull high-stakes selection jam

All Blacks: Beauden Barrett, Sevu Reece, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, George Bridge, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (capt), Sam Cane, Ardie Savea, Sam Whitelock, Patrick Tuipulotu, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. Reserves: Codie Taylor, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Angus Ta’avao, Jackson Hemopo, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Ngani Laumape, Jordie Barrett.

Team just announced

All Blacks mull high-stakes selection jam

He isn’t advocating different rules Jacko, but we are both saying that the bleating about the red card is off the mark …. it was no arms, hitting with the shoulder, hitting the neck/head, with force ….. whether intentional or not makes no difference …. rule says intentional or reckless, certainly dangerous.

Both Peter and myself have said it should be applied for ALL similar instances. Let it go and let Barrett serve his time.

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

Jacko I agree entirely and it is up to the ref and TMO to sort that but doubtless some instances will sneak thru unseen during the game but could also be picked up post game via match review. Eventually the players and coaches will get the message. But I stand by my comment that World Rugby should hang tough and not water down the current protocol.

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