Round TWO: New Zealand vs Australia Preview


New Zealand vs Australia also Wallibies VS All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup II photo

It is not all that often both teams emerge from the first game of the Bledisloe Cup feeling frustrated. However, in Sydney that was the case.

Not many fans or players or even the worldwide audience could take much satisfaction from seeing the All Blacks and Wallabies battle it out in conditions that were near impossible to finish in a draw.

On the New Zealand side, the All Blacks played one of their worst Test matches in quite some time. Steve Hansen the coach said his offense had a poor day and with only 14 men late, they could hardly hold on.

New Zealand has had some difficult days of recent with the late drama from Dublin and the shaky Test versus England last summer.

The near misses did the All Blacks in and cannot be ignored moving to Eden Park for the second leg on Saturday.

The calls by the officials in the first game also leave something to be desire if you are a fan of the All Blacks. Some New Zealanders believe they have become victims of an increased persecution against the club by game officials.

It is too early to say New Zealand is over the hill. What is more likely is Australia has improved and the thought of winning in Auckland that at one time seemed impossible might not be all that crazy to fathom.

Australia could not manage any quick effective ball during the first round, which of course was compounded by the abysmal weather.

Regards of how well New Zealand plays or does not play, it opposition knows that the All Blacks require their opposition to produce close to perfect rugby to end with a win.

Australia will get their chance on Saturday but playing in Eden Park will make things hard on the Wallabies, especially since the All Blacks rarely make mistakes like in the first round twice in a row.

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