BLEDISLOE MISERY CONTINUES FOR OUT-GUNNED WALLABIES

It wasn’t anywhere near a perfect performance from the All Blacks in Melbourne last Saturday but it was far too good for the struggling Wallabies and the final 38-7 scoreline accurately reflected the superiority.

The difference a day makes

Melbourne confirmed its status as the sporting capital of Australia with a magnificent crowd of 83,944 showing up, many with the forlorn hope the Wallabies could break a 20 year Bledisloe Cup winning drought, although there were periods the hosts d have the potential; to play much better.

One thing about this year’s All Blacks, they look a far more cohesive, organised and motivated side than they were for much of last season and it’s very clear the influences of assistant coaches Joe Schmidt and Jason Ryan is showing through and obviously they and defence coach Scott McLeod are also in sync.

POSITIVE INFLUENCE - JASON RYAN & JOE SCHMIDT

With just two more matches before the World Cup opener against France in Paris on September 8, we can only judge how the team is progressing judged against Southern Hemisphere opposition but one thing is certain, the All Blacks have beaten all three opponents, Argentina, South Africa and Australia convincingly so they are certainly on the right track.

Of course World Cup places are on the line and after Saturday’s clash against the Wallabies in Dunedin all eyes will be on who Ian Foster and his fellow selectors chose in their 33-man squad.

Two men who already will be locked in are lock Scott Barrett and winger Mark Telea. Barrett is playing at a level rarely seen at any level and he’s backing up week after week as he did during the Crusaders winning campaign with brilliant performances.

Winger Telea is part of an All Blacks back three freak show and whoever Foster and co lock in as their starting back three will be a handful for opposition defences.

OUTSTANDING - MARK TELEA

Of course we shouldn’t get carried away because that hugely anticipated World Cup opener against France in September will provided a true reflection of where the team is at.

However as one lucky fan who will be in Paris for that game, I’m just a little bit excited about how my beloved team is tracking.

Listen to Greg Brimble and I pick the bones out of last week’s test and discuss all things rugby and please share out stories. Thank you

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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