Wallaby team vs All Blacks in Honkers & preview

Wallaby team vs All Blacks in Honkers & preview

With all the leaking that happened this week in Hong Kong it wasn’t really a surprise when the Australian Bledisoe team sheet hit. A few thoughts on it:

  • Some call it a “get Carter” ploy, but I reckon Mortlock at 12 is more of a necessity. Barnes’ kicking game is going to be gold-dust in Europe and the shoulder is still not 100%. There are those that point out we stuck 4 tries on the ABs in Brissy with this combo but to my mind it’s still one dimensional. How soon will we see Barnes from the bench?
  • Smith 180cm, Waugh 175cm, Pocock 181cm, Brown 189cm. We have 4 opensides in the one squad, and surely make up the shortest potential pack in international rugby. Again, there wasn’t a lot of choice and I can only assume the game plan is to run the Kiwis ragged. High risk.

I’m still not exactly happy about our chances on Saturday. Taking on the NZ “A” team with a few top names missing (Elsom, Palu, Tuqiri), mucked around midfield and midget back-row doesn’t fill you with confidence. I heard Sean Fitzpatrick trying to convince tonight that there are also plenty of ABs who havn’t played for weeks. I want to believe it, but…..

Wallabies vs ABs
Adam Ashley-Cooper, Peter Hynes, Ryan Cross, Stirling Mortlock (captain), Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau, Luke Burgess; Benn Robinson, Stephen Moore, Al Baxter, Mark Chisholm, Nathan Sharpe, Dean Mumm, George Smith, Richard Brown.
Reserves: Adam Freier, Matt Dunning, Phil Waugh, David Pocock, Sam Cordingley, Berrick Barnes, Lachie Turner.

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