Tri-Nations Preview: All Blacks vs Wallabies – 6 Aug 2011

The best thing about this Saturday is that the Springboks cannot lose. Yesssss!

The badly beaten Bokke (alteration… check) get a break this week and with almost all of the ‘injured’ players fully rested recovered, we should see a far better showing from the men in Green and Gold next week. For now though, let’s have a look at this Saturday’s epic Tri-Nations action adventure.

The Wallabies have been talking up their chances and see this as a perfect opportunity to get a psychological advantage over their Bledisloe Cup rivals ahead of the RWC2011.

Easy with that hand there buddy…

The All Blacks have noticed this perceived lack of respect and will feel that this, the loss to the Wallabies in Hong Kong last year and the fact that when Aussies celebrate, it conjures up the desire to kill and maim, is all the inspiration they need.

Coach Robbie Deans has retained the same starting 15 that destroyed the Bokke two weeks ago but has included lock Dan Vickerman, scrumhalf Luke Burgess and fastest wing in Australia Lachie Turner on the bench.

The Wallabies know that the current All Black side will pose a far greater challenge than the second string Bok side and will need to raise their game substantially if they are to cause an upset. They will not be able to out muscle the ABs at the breakdown and will certainly not be gifted the tries that were plated up by the Bokke’s fear of physical contact on defense.

The All Blacks will need to up their intensity this week and be far more alert on defense. The Wallaby attack is fast, skilful and unpredictable, with Burglar Cooper, Will Gregan Genia and Kurtley Tache Beale capable of creating magic out of nothing and the entire team’s ability and willingness to counter attack from anywhere on the field.

Piri Weepu comes back into the starting side in place of Jimmy Cowan who drops out of the 22 altogether. In other changes in the back, wings Sitiveni Sivivatu and Hosea Gear get a chance to impress, replacing last week’s try scorers, Zac Guildford and Corey Jane. Is it me or do the All Blacks have more world-class wings than the Bokke and Wallabies combined? Luckyyyy!

In the forwards, Big Bad Brad Thorn comes back into the starting 15 along with hooker Kevin Mealamu, prop Owen Franks (replacing his brother) and back rower Kieran Read to make up the strongest All Black pack this year. This is, in fact, the most experienced All Black side in history with 766 caps. The average age of the team is 29 and they enjoy fast paced accurate rugby, long walks on the beach and lying in on Sundays.

This Tri-Nations test has quality written all over its face, with the two best sides in the world and favourites for the World Cup battling it out in a historical venue.

Expect uncompromising defense, inventive attacking play, individual moments of inspiration and brilliance, solid set pieces and accurate tactical and goal kicking. All in all, what every Tri-Nations Test should be.

This game means a lot to both sides but the All Blacks are near impossible to beat at home and should earn the respect they deserve and bring the Aussies crashing back down to earth.

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Kick-Off: Sat 9:35am

Prediction: All Blacks by 7-10


~ by bowlphilosophy on August 5, 2011.

2 Responses to “Tri-Nations Preview: All Blacks vs Wallabies – 6 Aug 2011”

  1. That was a great contest. Credit to both the team

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