Perth test a chance for the Wallabies against the exhausted All Blacks
The Wallabies, broadly speaking, play similarly to the All Blacks: they want the game to be fast, with a high level of skill, to bring their explosive and dynamic players into the game. The problem is, the All Blacks are doing a little better right now, and even ‘losing’ 15-20 minutes into the game means the Wallabies can go from being in the contest to a scoreboard in quick order.
The silver lining for the Wallabies is that they will feel that matching the intensity levels of the All Blacks for 80 minutes is, in fact, achievable if given enough exposure. In fact, this is the entire high-performance philosophy behind the desire of coaches and players to be part of a trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition, even though Super Rugby AU was the best feel-good story in Australian rugby for years. .
That job in Perth will be so much easier with the absence of Whitelock, Mo’unga and Smith.
By describing Mo’unga as the best No. 10 in the world earlier this year, Wallabies coach Dave Rennie was somehow giving voice to the fact that Australian rugby, collectively, has not worked out the Crusader.
He has punished the Wallabies multiple times in recent years, and when the Cantabrians played the Reds in Brisbane in May, arguably the only game the Crusaders actually rose for in Super Rugby Trans Tasman, it shattered the Super Rugby champions. AU.
Smith provides the rhythm for the All Blacks attack with his crisp timing, while Whitelock has been the second standout rower in the first two Bledisloe rounds by a reasonable distance.
As a trio, the Wallabies will be happy to see them back and without disrespecting their replacements, Beauden Barrett among them, there wouldn’t be too much disagreement that the All Blacks have lost their three most influential players.
Preparation for the Test, therefore, points to a Wallabies performance that is, at the very least, highly competitive.