Originally Posted by Hurricane
Better back play the difference between the teams with the ABs finishing two nice plays. The Aussies didn't seem to want to compete at the breakdown to create turnovers on AB ball. Instead they tried not to commit too many men so that they could cover the AB running game. It seemed to shut down the ABs to a certain extent. Biel's try was certainly exciting with Carter in hot pursuit.
Good game. I think the difference between this week and last week was better forward play by Australia and also luck. The ABs got the rub of the green on a couple of tries last week and I thought things would even out a bit this week. Conrad Smith admitted to playing the ball on the ground to create a try from last week's game.
For Wallabies to win they need a game breaker in their back line. I didn't really follow the new Aussie number 12 too closely so don't have any comments on him.
Oh ABs won the battle of the breakdown. Creating multiple turnovers in the 2nd half.
Tbh, I thought Pocock had a massive game and was sensational at the breakdown but the usual suspects still dont protect the ball well enough
Biggest difference was the class/professionalism of the ABs (had very few opportunities but took most of them), their brilliant defence and the lack of creativity from the Oz backs
- throwing the ball from one side of the field to the other with minimal creativity just wont cut it
Oz desperately needs Cooper to inject some individual flair
Woodcock should've been at least a yellow - that was a Saffie cheap shot of the worst kind
Anyway, big improvement from last week and some hope for WC IMO