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Video: Tatafu Polota-Nau and David Pocock

Video: Tatafu Polota-Nau and David Pocock

Everyone’s been wanging on about how much impact the youth of this Australian team made in the impressive win over South Africa on Saturday. Below are a few clips of two guys who I believed were at the centre of that impact: TPN and Bam Bam, aged 24 and 21 respectively.


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Taffy was only on the field for 33 minutes and made just 3 tackles – but what corkers they were! I’m not sure I’ve seen anyone put 3 tackles like that together in the same match, let alone in just over 30 minutes. Often people talk about the impact one big hit can make on a teams spirits – but these three during this vital opening phase were damn near the reason the Wallabies won the match.

Many of us had come to wonder what was going on with David Pocock. He had a fantastic S14 but simply wasn’t getting the impact as a sub on the international stage. On Saturday however, he stepped up and took his chance, making more tackles (13) than anyone else on the paddock. As you can see, he was also ever-present at the breakdown and a key reason why the Wallabies were finally successful in this area.

Have they both done enough to cement starting positions for the forseable future?

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