All Blacks vs Wallabies Preview: Rugby Championships 2012

Before I drop kick off proceedings, I would like to say a big well done to Graeme Smith and the Proteas for winning the recent series against England and in so doing becoming the number 1 Test side in the world. Booom. Put that in your mouth and chew on it… delicious.

Back to the rugby now and no surprises in the first week of the Rugby Champs, with the All Blacks extending their recent dominance over the Wallabies and the Springboks maintaining their unbeaten run against the Pumas. Neither side managed a 4 try bonus point but both beat their opposition by more than 7 to deny them losing bonus points. Good times indeed.

Will the Wallabies win for the first time 26 years at Eden Park? Will the All Blacks take them for granted and repeat their stuttering performance against Ireland in the 2nd mid year Test? I doubt it and don’t bet on it but regardless, take a seat, loosen your pants, have a drink and smoke if you got ’em as we delve deeper for a more intimate inspection.

All Blacks vs Wallabies

The Wallabies have been dick punched in the face by a season ending injury to Captain David PoCOCK, who tore his knee ligaments and will struggle without him at the already sketchy at best, breakdown battle. PoCOCK is one of the best fetchers in world rugby and the All Blacks will be smiling to hear of his injury. When asked for a quote coach Steve Hansen had this to say ” Aww is he out? Choice bro”.

In other team news, Prop Sekope Kepu has been ruled out with a knee injury and will more than likely be replaced by Ben Alexander.

Coach Deans was not impressed by his team’s effort last week will need to decide whether to bring back Quade Burglar Cooper for this clash and move flyhalf Berrick Barnes to centre. Barnes was fairly average behind a retreating pack last Sat and Burglar Cooper may well provide the spark the team is lacking. As yet no teams have been announced but he could be thinking about dropping Kurtley Tache Beale to the bench after the hairy lipped maestro’s mostly forgettable night at fullback. If he does, Drew Mitchell should return to wing with Ashley Adam-Cooper taking Beale’s place.

The All Blacks have one injury enforced change with Prop Tony WoodCOCK dropping out with a rib injury and Wyatt Crockett taking his place but otherwise will more than likely keep the same side for the home clash. They were efficient last Saturday without being amazing and will looking for more accuaracy and synergy.

Israel Dagg had a blinder of a game highlighted by a quality try from a scrum he scored by rounding Tache Beale after a slick pass by Dan the man Carter and will be keen for more of the same this week.

It is hard to imagine the Wallabies beating the All Blacks without PoCOCK’s scavenging shenans and if they play like they did last week could well find themselves on the SHITake end of a big score. The All Blacks on the other hand will be looking for a 4-try bonus point, Bledisloe Cup retaining, victory and as resilient as these Wallabies can be, I reckon they will achieve it without too much trouble.

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Kick-Off: SAt 25 Aug, 9:35am (SA time)

Referee: Nigel Owens

All Blacks vs Wallabies Prediction: All Blacks by 13-20

rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on August 22, 2012.

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