Has it not been more enjoyable to see the All Blacks having to fight till the bitter end to retain the Bledisloe Cup? Well in Bledisloe III they will have to beat the Aussies in Australia if they want to keep the trophy.
The Aussies were a revelation in the first test and were very unlucky not to take a 1-0 lead. The second test saw a dominated All Blacks side that was just too good for the Aussies in Auckland but it is all to play for this weekend in Sydney.
All Black coach Ian Foster has made three changes to his side for this weekend test.
With Ardie Savea on paternity leave, Hoskins Sotutu comes in at No 8. Dalton Papalii and Laumape will also make their first appearance on the bench.
In the pack Foster has also opted for Tu’inukuafe to take the place of Moody in the front row and Whitelock returns in the second row.
Dave Rennie has again gone with a young and inexperienced XV. There is not a lot of experience in his backline.
At flyhalf twenty-year-old Noah Lolesio is one of four debutants in the Wallabies squad for this weekend clash.
The others are Simone in the midfield with Fraser McReight and Tate McDermott who will come of the bench later in the match.
Jordan Petaia will get the number thirteen jumper next to Simone as he got the nod over Paisami. Dane Haylett-Petty will start at fullback inplace of Tom Banks.
The only change in Rennie pack is Alaatoa that comes in while
The All Blacks dominated the set pieces in Bledisloe II and were deadly on the ground, something Rennie must have sorted out with his men of he does not a repeat of the Auckland test.
The defence was also not something Rennie or his team would have been proud off and we expect a much improved Aussie team on defence.
The Aussies will depend a lot on the young shoulders of Lolesio and Simone who will surely be targeted by the All Blacks.
The All Blacks will come with a clever game plan to see if they can unsettle these youngster in the Aussie team but the reward will be great for these young men if they can succeed on Saturday.
Rennie has made no secret that he is busy with rebuilding this Aussie side but a win against the All Blacks will go a long way to put confidence in his young players mind.
The test will be broadcast live on SuperSport Saturday at 10:35
Wallabies: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Hunter Paisami, 23 Reece Hodge.
All Blacks: 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Jordie Barrett, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Dalton Papalii, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23 Reiko Ioane.
|October 31, 2020||10:35 am||Bledisloe Cup 2020||International Rugby|