England loss had its roots set back in June

England beat the Wallabies on Sunday morning (AEDT) not just because they were the better team, but because they could play according to their game plan for longer. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: Ah, the Wallabies. They giveth, and they taketh away. Often in the same match.

So it was again, for the fourth time this year, that a chronic lack of plan B proved their great undoing in the final match of the season. A little over a week ago, a 2016 record of eight wins-seven losses looked very possible, and there’s no doubting Wallabies fans would’ve been thrilled after the way the year started.

The sporadic signs of improvement over the back-half of the year would’ve genuinely pointed in the right direction with an 8 and 7 record, and though the Cook and Bledisloe Cups were long gone, the season would’ve finished in much better health than it started. Heck, even seven wins-either losses probably would’ve have been swallowed in time, for much the same reason.

But 6 and 9 doesn’t quite wash, does it?

 

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