Sport Wallabies show promising signs against All Blacks in epic Bledisloe Cup draw in Wellington

14:15  11 october  2020
14:15  11 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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It is far too early to suggest Australia is on the verge of reclaiming the Bledisloe Cup for the first time in almost two decades, but Sunday's epic 16-16 draw with New Zealand provided evidence brighter days may lie ahead for the Wallabies.

They had their chances to beat the All Blacks in Wellington during almost 90 minutes of rugby and they will no doubt count themselves unlucky Reece Hodge's long-range effort after the full-time siren hit the upright instead of sailing through for a match-winning penalty goal.

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It was not a flawless performance from the Wallabies but there were enough positives to give Wallabies coach Dave Rennie hope his side can win the second Bledisloe Cup Test next Sunday at Auckland's Eden Park, although he would be mindful of Australia's woeful record at the venue.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the Wallabies' display in the pulsating Bledisloe Cup opener.

Wallabies playing with harder edge

It could not be said the Wallabies lacked a desire to win under former coach Michael Cheika, but the squad's resolve does appear to be strengthening under Rennie's leadership.

Yes, this is an observation made following just one Test under his coaching, however there were signs in Wellington the Wallabies are developing into a mentally tougher unit.

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An example of this came when they trailed 13-3 in the second half.

This was a point in the match where in the past the Wallabies could have easily folded against the All Blacks, especially when playing in New Zealand.

Yet Rennie's team responded with tries to Marika Koroibiete and Filipo Daugunu, and a penalty goal to James O'Connor to move in front on the scoreboard, 16-13.

The fact they could not close out the match shows they are nowhere near the finished product, but there is a reason for Wallabies fans to be encouraged.

Rennie's comments after the match should also hearten the Australian rugby community, as he showed he will not be satisfied simply with admirable performances.

"We're disappointed," Rennie said in his post-match media conference.

"We're certainly not celebrating in the changerooms."

There's room for improvement

As spirited as the Wallabies' display was in Wellington, there are areas of concern for Rennie ahead of the Eden Park clash and looking beyond to the Rugby Championship beginning later this month.

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The Wallabies enjoyed around 60 per cent of both possession and territory, yet could not translate those stats into a decisive scoreboard advantage against the All Blacks.

The line-out proved to be a weakness and the All Blacks got the better of the breakdown battle, while discipline was a cause for alarm, with the Wallabies conceding 14 penalties to their opponents' seven.

None of this was lost on Rennie.

"We're miles away from where we need to be, we let ourselves down," he said.

"We found a lot of space in behind them, we had a lot of ball, but the quality of our cleanout just wasn't good enough and it's an area we need to be better next week.

"We gave away 14 penalties and a big chunk of those were post tackle."

Debutants show the right stuff

There is no tougher assignment for a player making his Test debut than facing the All Blacks in New Zealand, and Wallabies trio Daugunu, Hunter Paisami and Harry Wilson have reason to hold their heads high.

It is too early to tell whether they will have a similar impact at Test level to another three Wallabies who debuted against the All Blacks in New Zealand 31 years ago — World Cup winners Tim Horan, Phil Kearns and Tony Daly — but there were encouraging signs.

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Winger Daugunu proved a handful on the wing and was justly rewarded with a second-half try, while outside centre Paisami performed with distinction on both sides of the ball.

The hype surrounding back rower Wilson during Queensland's Super Rugby and Super Rugby AU campaigns was massive and there is much evidence to predict he will deliver on his promise.

Wilson is the type of ball-running back rower — with the ability to offload in the tackle — the Wallabies desperately need and his aggression in defence is another of his strengths.

He was not intimidated by his first exposure to Bledisloe Cup rugby and a lengthy Test career could await the 20-year-old.

Wallabies should keep All Blacks happy

Although the All Blacks were staring at their first loss to the Wallabies in New Zealand in 19 years, they should be satisfied with the performance of their trans-Tasman rivals.

That may sound like a strange statement, but stick with me on this one.

It was only two years ago that then-New Zealand coach Steve Hansen threw a barb at Australia by suggesting the All Blacks were being hindered in the build-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup because they were lacking consistent competition from the Wallabies.

"There is definitely something missing because they [the Wallabies] are not quite right and are not performing to the level they can," Hansen said in late 2018.

The Wallabies did beat the All Blacks in Brisbane in 2017 and last year in Perth, but they were the only wins they could muster over Hansen's side in the 2016-2019 Rugby World Cup window and they were both achieved on home soil.

Aside from a gallant 35-29 loss in Dunedin three years ago, the Wallabies barely laid a glove on the All Blacks when playing in New Zealand during that period, highlighted by last year's 36-0 thrashing in Auckland.

A more competitive Wallabies outfit under Rennie might just keep the All Blacks happy.

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