Originally Posted by social
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
To be honest I'm struggling to disagree with any of those points. The crucial factor was the taking of opportunities, with two well taken tries to the All Blacks the difference to Beale's runaway effort. Though Woodcock would've been yellow carded (given the amount of sinbinnings during the Tri Nations and that the All Blacks were on a warning for cynical play at the time) and also agree that Pocock was sensational for the Wallabies yet again. Will be interesting to see the difference that Cooper adds - I wanted to at least see him in action against the All Blacks being forming too strong an opinion so hopefully that'll happen in the Sydney test.