A loss to the All Blacks would be the one thing to top off the week from hell for the Wallabies.
But it could also be the one thing that will finally allow rugby followers to actually have something to say about events that occur on the field for this Wallabies unit.
The Wallabies need fans to have a different focus, we have all heard enough of the crap that this week has offered.
For the All Blacks, this week’s preparation has been called one of the most low key test weeks for an All Blacks side in recent memory.
The squad is set and ready to go, and Beauden Barrett will once again be given the starting role. The Hurricanes first five needs to perform in a little more convincing fashion tonight after not exactly offering any mouth watering performances since being given the run on.
The first was understandable in the rain and wind in Napier, but Barrett is yet to solidify his claim for the regular kicking option even after being given two free goes at the role following Aaron Cruden’s big night on the town last month.
Balance, calmness, and low key is hardly what the feeling will be inside the Wallabies camp tonight in Brisbane.
Because honestly, could the off field issues be any worse?
You’d have to imagine that the Wallabies will throw everything including the kitchen sink on the field tonight as they bid to get that elusive win over the All Blacks.
With all the controversy, some may even have forgotten that one Quade Cooper makes his return to the Wallabies tonight, against his favorite team no less. It wouldn’t be a stretch to also say that many would suddenly remember at kick off that tonight sees Adam Ashley Cooper make his 100th test start.
That’s how bad these issues involving Kurtley Beale, Ewen McKenzie, and Di Patston cloud the Wallabies.
But what should be on the minds of Wallabies fans is concern.
The players in this team have openly and publicly backed Kurtley Beale, and if you look at Beale’s rap sheet of past trouble making, it is absolutely staggering that anyone in the side is fighting Kurtley’s corner. This mindset, perhaps even culture that is running rampant and seemingly growing in the Wallabies camp is unhealthy, and the All Blacks will be more than happy to take full advantage during this evenings test match.
Ewen McKenzie and his men must be asking, “how in the hell do we pull this off?”.
If it is possible, if the off field dramas can possibly be put on the back burner for just 80 minutes, the Wallabies formula to beating the All Blacks will be the same tonight as it has been so many times before.
The playmakers are there, and the ability has always been.
Time and time again we have seen the Wallabies get into positions to score tries, tries which would put the All Blacks on the back foot either very early on in a game or midway through the second half where in recent memory, the Wallabies have began to either claw their way back, or implode completely.
The Wallabies, tonight more than ever before need to come out of the sheds with a hiss and a roar and make a statement from the kick off.
Anything less, and the All Blacks will run away with the match.
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