Michael Hooper and David Pocock in tandem for the Wallabies. Is it the weak link? Image: ABC Grandstand
The Roar: Australians all, let us rejoice, for we are not going to lose to the All Blacks this week! One of the big pluses in the immediate aftermath of the Bledisloe Tests, and even as we emerged this side of the bye weekend was that suddenly, the Wallabies are a chance of winning a Test this weekend.
Of course, that same feeling is shared by our South African friends, whose Springboks are playing with a similar lack of lustre, and who are similarly pulling apart their team’s performance to try and work out how on earth they’re trying to play.
And so it seemed only fair that we hand the question reins over to our resident South African this week.
The Big Question for the Week 3: For each team, which player epitomises the team’s strongest point, and who epitomises the weak point?
Are South Africa travelling any better than the Wallabies currently? Survey says NO! Image via @SanzarTRC on Twitter
The Roar: So here we are, the funny bye weekend. It’s the weekend where the Australians and South Africans among us are left to stew on uncomfortable losses for another week.
Meanwhile, the Argentinians and New Zealanders rather quite enjoy themselves.
But that’s all about to change. For one thing, either the Australians or South Africans will soon have something to be happy about. Unless there’s a heartbreaking draw, that is…
The Big Question for the bye week: Which team has the edge to come out as a winner in the game to be played between the Wallabies and Springboks and why?
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…