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Hard to see how the Wallabies can halt All Blacks juggernaut

Can the Wallabies prevent the All Blacks from making it 17 straight wins? The Wallabies stunned the All Blacks 25-20 in Brisbane last year before NZ turned the tables with a 20-6 win over the Aussies in a World Cup semi-final in Auckland.

With the All Blacks having already posted 27-19 (Sydney) and 22-0 (Wellington) wins over their trans-Tasman rivals in the Rugby Championship, it will border on the unbelievable if the world champions stumble at Suncorp Stadium for a second straight year. The All Blacks are just about at full strength and never looked like losing a game during the Rugby Championship.

The Wallabies, who are missing up to 10 starters because of injury, edged the Springboks in Perth before posting two wins against the Pumas. The Wallabies have won 17 of their past 20 games at Suncorp Stadium, but under the tutelage of coach Deans they are 3-14 against the All Blacks.

The fact that Sharpe is preparing for his final game on home soil when he leads the Wallabies into battle should motivate the home side, but the All Blacks are primed for a big performance with Mealamu lining up for his 100th Test and coach Hansen hoping to end  a sad week on a positive note following the passing of his father.

In recent years, the Kangaroos have had the wood on the Kiwis in rugby league Tests as much as the All Blacks have had the measure of the Wallabies. The Kiwis and Wallabies have never waved the white flag; however, they currently lack that special something and  seem to end up as the bridesmaid on most occasions.

The Wallabies ($5.50) are clearly the underdogs, but if all falls into place the margin of defeat may be restricted to 1-12 points. However, it won’t take much for the All Blacks ($1.15), who rival basketball’s US Dream Team as arguably the best sporting outfit in the world, to win by 13 plus if they bring their A game to the table.

Even at full strength, the Wallabies would have had their hands full containing the juggernaut from the Shaky Isles.

 

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3 Responses to Hard to see how the Wallabies can halt All Blacks juggernaut

  • LEO says:

    Well, a Wallabies side so inept as to rival the Woeful Wallabies of 1972 has held the “mighty” All Blacks tryless and victoryless.
    There are those whose euphoria (or is it just the booze ?) has seen them calling this the best All Blacks side ever. I just shake my head at the immaturity of N.Z. rugby reporters, press and electronic.
    One thing, though, the Wallabies have found their current best halfback in Sheehan. Goodbye, Genia, I hope.

  • ROB says:

    You are being a touch harsh there Leo. The AB’s have a great side and their performances prove that.
    Brett Sheehan as the #1 halfback – I dont know if you will have many followers on that call.
    Like a lot of rugby followers I don’t like the way the Wallabies are coached at the moment but when you look at the results we have had they are favourable to the coach. Imagine we lived on the north side of the equator and played the AB”s every second or third year we would still be ranked second in the world and still would beat the AB”s very rarely with the cattle we have at thee moment. Australia, I believe, has punched above its weight these last few years. It is not Deans’ fault that we cannot find a couple of decent centres. Saturday night was a great defensive effort, unfortunately 12 tries in 11 Tests is not a great effort. To score tries in international rugby these days you need to be able to run the opposition around a bit and this is where Australia is breaking down.
    Unfortunately, we dont have Horan and Little in the centres at the moment. Maybe one day!!
    Lets hope the Spring tour finds someone like Hooper has been found this year. Maybe we play Pocock in the #12 jerseyas he did at Churchie – might be worth a shot, he cant be any worse than McCabe!! By my statistics he has passed the ball 4 times in 7 tests!!!!

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