These Wallabies are wimps. Siya Kolisi’s world champion Springboks will wallop them, writes Mark Keohane. It will be champ up against chump and the scoreboard will reflect this.
The Boks haven’t won in Australia in five Tests over a five year period. That had more to do with former Springbok coach Allister Coetzee’s tenure than the quality of the Wallabies.
Wallabies captain Michael Hooper is a great player and there are sprinklings of substance around him, but this Australian side is the equal of Fool’s Gold. They keep on talking themselves up and they keep on presenting themselves as 24-Carat Gold but they are doing it off the back of a historic edge over the Springboks in Australia since international readmission in 1993.
Siya Kolisi’s champions of the world are another beast when compared with those indecisive and confused Bok teams that travelled to Australia when Coetzee was in charge.
The Boks back then lacked an identity in they forgot their own DNA and wanted to be a combination of Australia and New Zealand in how they played. The results were disastrous for the Boks as they conceded back to back 57 pointers against the All Blacks and several losses in Australia against the Wallabies.
Kolisi’s Boks have an identity, which is founded on strength, rugby intelligence, physicality and breathtaking counter-attack ability.
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Hooper’s Wallabies, under new coach Dave Rennie, are searching to play a game with players simply not skilled or experienced enough. The Wallabies were woeful in taking three successive beatings against the All Blacks and their capitulation in Perth was even worse than the record-breaking 57-22 defeat at Eden Park in Auckland.
The Wallabies, on 78 minutes, trailed the All Blacks by 24 points. This was an All Blacks team that had played 20 minutes with 14 against 15 and whose kickers had missed five conversions. This was also an All Blacks team missing Sam Whitelock, Aaron Smith, Richie Mo’unga and who lost captain Ardie Savea and hooker Codie Taylor in the first 35 minutes.
The Boks have seldom put away the Wallabies by a big score in Australia. There was the odd occasion in Brisbane when Heyneke Meyer’s Boks smashed the Wallabies. Sunday will be different.
The Wallabies, under Rennie, have lost five and drawn one in seven Tests against the All Blacks and somehow sneaked a 2-1 series win against a French team missing 20 frontline players.
The Boks were magnificent in coming from behind to beat the British & Irish Lions 2-1 in a three-Test series and were in total control in crushing the Pumas by 20 and 19 points respectively, and doing it with two different starting XVs.