Sunday, July 19, 2009

AB's Vs Aust 18 July 2

So I got it right on the button. Don't always!

The All Blacks looked pretty shaky for 20 minutes but after that it was back to business. The All Blacks pressured the Wallabies when it counted.

Kaino was great in defence. Richie and Rodney S were remarkable after their break. Jimmy Cowan kicked excellently and Weepu added value. Franks looks a better prop than Tialata. The two other youngters in the pack, Isaac Ross and Kieran Read are real finds. So, the future still looks good. Stephen Donald started rough but played really well. As I suspected the Australian outside backs struggled under pressure in the last quarter, inexperience caught them out.

The scrum was great, the AB's were great at breadown but the lineout remains a problem.

But, the greatest thing of all was the spirit. I was concerned that the spirit was down in the side and that in the earlier games, they had relational problems. But, they really dug deep and showed the values that make the AB's so hard to beat. They remain on track.

And what about the NZ softballers! Go Kiwi. The black sox remain the greatest NZ sports team of all time, despite the claims of the AB's. Don't forget the NZ women's rugby team too!

And go Hayden Roulston, 3rd in a Tour de France leg, phenomenal! What an athlete, 2 olympic medals, recovery from heart problems.

Back to the AB's, it will be a huge ask to win at Bloemfontein next week!

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