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Wallabies eye back-to-back wins

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On a suspected cold and rainy night in Auckland tomorrow, the Wallabies will be looking to grab a win over the All Blacks for a second week in a row. No doubt about it, New Zealand were off their game last weekend. Not only that but Australia were very much on theirs. This is the second of four games contesting the Bledisloe Cup and right in the middle of the Tri-nations tournament. It is a pivotal game for both teams in their campaigns for the Bledisloe & Tri-nations trophies. So who looks the likely winner?

The New Zealand were really poor by their standards in Sydney and deserved to lose, plus they seem to be under a bit of pressure, especially with their fans still very vocal in their opposition to coach Graham Henry. But never write off an All Black team. They will be really firing to prove their worth in front of a home crowd. Richie McCaw will be playing and it is always important for a team to have their captain back not to mention one of the best players in the world. 

Australia on the other hand will be riding high of their comfortable win last week and will be believing they can pull off a repeat away from home. With both their attack and defense looking strong and their line-outs and scrum more than capable, you would probably have to call them favourites to win. However, they are missing Rocky Elsom, whose size will be missed against the All Black pack. Phil Waugh of course is no replacement to sneeze at but playing him and George Smith together can be a risk, with you sacrificing size for mobility, especially in a game that looks to be played in the wet. And Auckland is also always a very intimidating venue to be playing against the All Blacks.

 

Outside the Frame prediction: NZ by 3

 

All Black Squad:

Run on: Leon MacDonald, Mils Muliaina, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Dan Carter, Jimmy Cowan/Piri Weepu/Andrew Ellis, Rodney So’oialo, Richie McCaw (c), Jerome Kaino, Ali Williams, Brad Thorn, Greg Somerville, Andrew Hore/Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Hore/Mealumu, John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Adam Thomson/Daniel Braid, Cowan/Weepu/Ellis, Stephen Donald, Richard Kahui.

 

Wallaby Squad:

Run on: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Peter Hynes, Stirling Mortlock (c), Berrick Barnes, Lote Tuqiri, Matt Giteau, Luke Burgess, Wycliff Palu, George Smith, Phil Waugh, Nathan Sharpe, James Horwill, Al Baxter, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Reserves: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Matt Dunning, Dan Vickerman, Hugh McMeniman, Sam Cordingley, Ryan Cross, Drew Mitchell.

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Written by Dale Weber

Friday, 1 August, 2008 at 10:56 pm

Posted in Rugby

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