All Blacks - Wallabies game tomorrow
August 23, 2013, 08:38:26
The All Blacks beat the Wallabies convincingly last Saturday - but there are some problems as to their performance in the game. I think that in the main the Wallabies in fact gifted them the win through bad ball handling errors on which the All Blacks thrived. The first try was the result of Moore knocking on the ball - the second because of a charge down kick and the intercept by Cruden ultimately let to a try as well.
In the line outs the Wallabies had the edge and the scrum situation was 50-50. In maul situations the All Bklacks seemed superfiocially to have the edge - but in reality between them Sam Whitelock and McCaw gave away 7 penalties - which made the situation to my mind 50-50.
What can impact on the outcome of the game tomorrow:-
* The Wallabies cutting out the numerous ball handling errors that contributed substantially to the loss in Sydney;
* The All Blacks improving in their line out performances;
* Reduction of the number of penalties given away by McCaw and Whitelock
* Home ground advantage.
All in all I think the All Blacks will have the advantage in this game and come away with a win. However, with less ball handling errors on the part of the Wallabies the score line is likely to be less than it was last Saturday and the winning margin likely to be much smaller. I think the margin will in fact be between 6 and 12 points - not 17 like in the Sydney test.