Wallabies alarm bells ringing as 2023 World Cup nears


They’re the great moments. The losses have thrown up the identical frailties: accuracy and self-discipline, or not sufficient of it for lengthy sufficient. This weekend’s 48-17 loss uncovered one other one: Australia’s again three or, particularly, the dearth of a real fullback. Jordan Petaia, Marika Koroibete and Tom Wright are all good athletes and good footballers however none of them may provide a secure pair of arms beneath Argentina’s aerial assault. It’s terrifying to ponder what the Springboks may do to the identical three gamers in Adelaide in two weeks’ time.


Australia’s ahead pack is able to battering opposition groups and Rob Valetini’s operating strains off set piece had been one of many few vibrant spots in Sunday’s loss. However the pack hasn’t nailed the transient with any regularity. In actual fact, the one dependable issues concerning the Wallabies in any respect this season is that they’ll path at halftime.

Maybe that’s to be anticipated from a workforce as buffeted by accidents as this one has been. Name Australia A, Australia ‘C’, for the forseeable future, as a result of there’s a XV of potential starters on the sidelines proper now. Scott Sio, Dave Porecki, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Ala’alatoa, Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Hooper, Quade Cooper, Samu Kerevi, Hunter Paisami, Izaia Perese, Andrew Kellaway and Tom Banks, off the highest of the top.

However as Dave Rennie stated on Sunday: “We’ve bought to be higher. Whereas we all know we’ll get a number of guys again, whoever places the jersey on has to entrance.”

Limping by every season and hoping every thing will click on in a World Cup yr is what followers have been decreased to. Cheika’s Wallabies completed 2018 with a 30 per cent win fee off 4 wins from 13 Checks. They had been crushed by Wales within the group phases, then smashed by England within the quarter-finals. The yr earlier than a World Cup yr is the time when perception is bedded in or seeds of doubt take root.

Proper now, the Wallabies’ course hangs within the stability. Rennie’s general win fee is 40 per cent, or 10 wins from 25 Checks. They’re two from 5 this season, with the hardest of the Rugby Championship but to come back and a five-Check spring tour scorching on its heels. Of these sides, you might solely pick Italy as a sure win.

The Wallabies react after losing to Argentina by a record margin.

The Wallabies react after shedding to Argentina by a document margin.Credit score:Getty

In France subsequent yr they’ll possible play Argentina or England within the quarter-finals. Cheika and Jones are each seasoned Check coaches now. Rennie, for all his success in Tremendous Rugby, for his measured, detail-driven strategy and recognition amongst his gamers, would be the World Cup rookie.

Dave Rennie’s post-match interview with the Herald was the primary time the Wallabies coach has betrayed frustration with the hole between what he believes his gamers are able to and what they’re producing in recreation.

“We’re higher than that, however you’ll be able to discuss all of it you want, you’ve bought to place it on the park,” he stated.

The seek for solutions continues, with no assure that returning gamers will make sufficient of a distinction. Add fullback to the five-eighth disaster and there’s not lots to really feel hopeful about as we head into back-to-back clashes with South Africa and New Zealand.

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