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?
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?