Now that the emotion has died down. I really enjoyed that test and further more had we lost, it would not have bothered me the least.
I thought the Wallabies were tremendous and I have always said, regardless of what we think of the standard of their rugby, it’s only takes a squad of 23 on the day to do the job.
First order of business from an All Blacks piece, and this is what really worries me under Foster you have got to earn the right to go wide, if it means means doing a bit more work up front then so be it.
To be honest when I first saw the All Black team that was named for the test , I was quite underwhelmed… I thought it was the perfect opportunity as the Wallabies did to promote a couple of youngsters into the starting XV, Will Jordon and Caleb Clark come to mind and I would have just left D Mac on the bench and not played Bridge at all.
Fosters conservative approach concerns me.
Thinking back on super rugby watching many of the NZ contests which were fast paced and highly skilled compared to the Australian comp which at times could be a grind especially when watching the Brumbies with lineout drives and mauls and holding on to the ball for long periods. But if you really think about it - which style is closer to test rugby?
The Wallabies I thought we’re a lot better than I thought they would be, but on saying that as proven when Rennie took over the Chiefs ironically from Foster he selected a group of players from all over the country and bought them together win a title in his very first year. Sure you had Wayne Smith in the background but at the end of the day this was Rennie’s team.
I really liked the way their forwards went about their work. Harry Wilson running in the wide channels was superb- only 20 years old. Lukhan Salakaia Loto was an absolute beast and his his locking partner Matt Philip has got some work rate. Taniela Tupou being used as a first receiver dragged in at least 3 tacklers was a master stroke in terms of coaching
Add in Nick White who was superb behind the Wallabies pack, Dalgunu on the wing looks a handful and Tom Banks at the back is safe as houses at the back superb under the highball and has a massive punt.
Plenty of pluses for the visitors. It seems as though Rennie has got buy in from this squad which for an outside coach is your first victory.