World News – UA – All Blacks v Australia: ‘Do or die’ for both teams at Bledisloe III in Sydney


ANALYSIS: Ian Foster’s All Blacks must not waste this chance to crush the Wallabies rebellion

To do this would be like reversing into the swamp the All Blacks extricated themselves from when they won Bledisloe II 27-7 in Auckland a fortnight ago

If the All Blacks fail to beat the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday night, head coach Foster might be grateful he’s stationed in Australia, thousands of miles from his homeland

Being out of New Zealand would shield him from the debate that is sure to revive if the All Blacks lose to the Wallabies at ANZ stadium, but that may be only half of his worries

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There’s the question of the Bledisloe Cup to start with a loss would force the All Blacks to travel to Brisbane for the fourth and final game of the series, knowing they have to win or draw to ensure that the trophy is not traded for the first time since 2002

Then there is the question of how this would impact the psyche of Foster’s team; not only would the All Blacks ‘remarkable work in Auckland be instantly forgotten, but questions about the players’ courage, application to their transplant and the game plan would be raised

There’s no need to remind Foster what’s at stake.He’ll be desperate to lock down the Bledisloe and prove his men have the desire to ensure Bledisloe I’s poor performance, when the All Blacks came together. made its way to a draw at 16 in Wellington, does not reflect what the Class of 2020 is

Captain Sam Cane and his team are in the unique situation of trying to defend the trophy on Australian soil; this is something that no player on the team has experienced and which will have been the center of attention during the preparation

« It would be a very special achievement for this group not to have had a player (who) did it, » Foster said

« It just made this challenge a little different. We put ourselves in that position with the first test draw, so it opened the door for them (the Wallabies)

« We have to make sure we have to show our colors when we play away from home, that we can always improve our performance no matter what country we are in. » »

Injuries to James O’Connor and Matt To’omua forced Rennie to pitch rookies Noah Lolesio and Irae Simone to 10th and 12th overall, respectively, and Jordan Petaia will only win his fifth center cap

Dane Haylett-Petty, the most experienced rear with 37 caps, will make his first start of the series at the rear

Rennie can only envy Foster’s depth and experience; Foster brought back 118-cap lock Sam Whitelock from concussion Loosehead mainstay Joe Moody did not recover from a blow to the head, replaced by Karl Tu’inukuafe

However, it’s the name of Hoskins Sotutu at # 8 that really gets the blood pumping

Ardie Savea being unavailable after the birth of her second child, Sotutu gets the chance to kick off her power play from the start; if Lolesio and Simone need to be called back, Sotutu will try to run over them, they might as well stay on the bus before kick-off

The return of midfielder Ngani Laumape, who broke an arm in Super Rugby Aotearoa, to the bench means Foster can add a brutal impact player to the action in the final quarter

Foster, no doubt, is grateful to have Laumape in his arsenal He can only hope his players don’t miss this chance

« We know the Wallabies are going to make a massive effort this week It’s do or die for them, » Foster said

« And this is how they are going to see it The bottom line is that we have to do it one thing or die for us too » « 

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World News – UA – All Blacks v Australia: ‘Do or die for both teams at Bledisloe III in Sydney



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