His “moment of sheer dunderheaded stupidity” aside, I was really enthused by Adam Coleman’s first Wallabies start. Image: ABC Grandstand
The Roar: This was going to the be the column in which I’d buck convention and actually pinpoint some things the Wallabies could hang their hat on going forward. The Sydney post-mortem seemed to go on much longer than I can ever remember, and it just seemed to me that some positivity was desperately needed.
It still is desperately needed. But it’s not going to happen today, or at least not to the extent I had planned.
By fulltime on Saturday night, the Bledisloe was again gone, and there really wasn’t a lot to write home about. I could find only two fragments of positivity. But I did have a whole lot more questions…
It’s a big Tuesday for me, with articles out on three different websites – including Rugby365, in which I ponder the prospect that Argentina might be leading the race for second place in The Rugby Championship this season.
The Rugby Championship already looks New Zealand’s to lose, but even then it would take a series of colossal implosions between now and the final games for that to happen.
But Argentina’s impressive win over South Africa in Salta on the weekend suggests that there might not be a lot between the three other teams in The Rugby Championship, and even that the Pumas are really well placed to topple the Springboks and the Wallabies on the final standings…
The Wallabies – and most of Australia – are still shell-shocked after last weekend’s Bledisloe thumping. What can they do to turn it around in a week? Image: ABC Grandstand
The Roar: Talk about an opening weekend of contrasts. One game an 80-minute battle for supremacy between two surprisingly well-matched sides, and well, whatever you’d like to call Bledisloe 1.
What the opening weekend did tell us was that we probably won’t have to worry about the Rugby Championship 2016 being New Zealand’s to lose. They just won’t.
They’ll quite probably take another bonus point win this weekend in Wellington, and if the return bout between Argentina and South Africa happens to square the ledger, then the All Blacks will suddenly have a massive gap on the table.
The Big Question for week two: nominate the most important aspect Australia and Argentina need to address this week after their losses?
This time of year on The Roar means a international panel of punters discuss a juicy question each week during The Rugby Championship, but this year is extra special.
The 2016 edition of the Big Question is a little different in that I’ve finally completed the SANZAAR set. I’ve had a Kiwi and a South African for some time, and both Digger and Harry are back again, but we’re very pleased to welcome an Argentinean voice to the discussion.
The Big Question for week one: If the 2016 Rugby Championship is New Zealand’s to lose, who of Argentina, Australia, and South Africa is best placed to challenge?