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…
After Matt Giteau’s injury, a new Wallabies midfield is just one of many issues to be solved this week. Image: ABC Grandstand
The Roar: Before the June Tests, Eddie Jones told me that when you take over a team, there’s always 50 things that need fixing, but only enough time to fix three. And the key – and what sorts the good coaches from the really, really good coaches – is the ability to work out addressing which three things can have the biggest impact on the team.
That’s the challenge for Michael Cheika this week. He’s obviously not taking over, but he is effectively starting again. All the ‘what were they doing for four weeks?’ questions are valid, but reviewing that now doesn’t help what needs to happen this week. Plus, there isn’t the time anyway…
The Roar: I don’t know what’s caused it, and I’m a little nervous about how it potentially ends, but the coaches are fired up about something ahead of the year’s first Bledisloe Cup clash in Sydney on Saturday night.
It all started innocently enough. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika was last week asked a question about the All Blacks’ embarrassment of riches around flyhalf and openside, and replied that having to select between Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett, and likewise Sam Cane and Ardie Savea was going to be a “selection headache” for his counterpart Steve Hansen (pictured).
So it was rather surprising that Hansen bit back as he did on arrival in Sydney this week…
The Roar: 2015 has, from a rugby sense, been a rather big year. Rugby World Cup years always are, but when you think about everything that happened between the start of February and the RWC Final, you realise just how much has gone down this year:
- Super Rugby: the Clan blew Hurricanes away to take maiden title;
- The Rugby Championship: Cheika’s Wallabies experiments netted silverware;
- Bledisloe Cup: McCaw rules, OK, and…
- Rugby World Cup: All Blacks dynasty claimed a record third crown.
I’m stunned that the Highlanders aren’t outright favourites for the 2016 Super Rugby title..
..while the All Blacks lifted an unprecedented third Rugby World Cupgby World Cup.