By The Spotter
Regarding THAT match on Sunday morning NZ time:
The Wallabies have shown vim, vigour and vitality during the RWC. They will need to show more of that and how if they are to procure another ‘v’- victory.
The All Blacks have legend, legacy and legions of fans around the world. Should they not get up for a win, their brand may just lose a smidgin of another ‘l’- lustre.
However the Wallabies have handed the mental advantage to us on a plate in the most laughable way. In being told not to utter “All Blacks”, that psychology will come back and hit them square on the akubra like a boomerang (in fact the very point feels ridiculous to be writing about). In being instructed not to let those dastardly, damaging words pass their lips, they have unwittingly just added to the hold we seem to have over them nowadays.
And just for a change I agree with Chris Rattue on something: David Pocock is an absolute weapon and has been the most influential and outright player of the tournament. The man is a colossus.
If we can nullify Pocock and co however, I see our tight-five and bench just being a bit beyond what Australia possess in those facets. Love to see Quade in there though, shame he’s probably going to miss out. Would be worth a ten plus start to us, you’d have to think.
Anyway, expect to see the Pride of Kurow, Richard Hugh McCaw (or Genghis Khan to the majority of the English Rugby public and media) proudly lifting ‘Bill” aloft, as we chow down on our Grilled Tomato, Eggs and Bacon. And then immediately afterwards trying to avoid another awkward freemasonry-looking triple decker handshake with the ubiquitous you-know-who.
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