Wallabies looking to rectify second half fade as confidence grows

Mon, 09/08/2021, 06:44 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Wallabies come up short despite strong second half at Eden Park

After their second-half comeback, the Wallabies are hoping to fix their slow second half as they push to upset the All Blacks and send the Bledisloe Cup to a decider in Perth.

A nightmare 15 minutes of play came back to haunt Dave Rennie's men after conceding three rapid-fire tries.

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Whilst past teams have faltered under pressure, the Wallabies responded with three tries in the final ten minutes to bring the score to 33-25 as the siren sounded.

It represents the most points scored at the All Blacks 'cauldron' by the opposition in the last 15 years.

Hooker Jordan Uelese, who crashed over for the final try of the game, believes it shows the quality the Wallabies possess across their squad and the value of their 'finishers'.

“We take great confidence that we have the ability and the manpower from 1-23 to do the job and play to the final minute so we take great confidence out of that,” Uelese said.

“We didn’t win so it doesn’t really mean anything. We’ve put great trust into our finishes to go out there and do a job. Every opportunity you get to play for your country you put your best foot forward and do your best effort to get the result.”

Sublime kick behind the line gives Banks his second try

He believes it is reflective of the strong bond and unity Dave Rennie has driven under his tenure as they look to build off the confident finish with a better showing this Saturday at Eden Park.

“I think the culture of this team and building bond with each other and the mateship together helps build a performance like that,” he believes.

“We’re really building a squad that’s played 50+ Super Rugby caps as well. We are young but it’s a team full of experience. We’re really getting along with each other off the field which is really helping us put on performances on the field and want to play for each other.

“We want to build on it and get better. We hope to put a better performance on this week that Australia will be proud of."

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This starts at fixing their second-half lapse according to winger Andrew Kellaway who suggests it's something the Kiwis have better valued at both Super Rugby and International level.

“I think we saw it through the France series and Trans-Tasman, that 10-15 minutes after half time particularly was where a lot of Australian teams lost it,” Kellaway believed.

“Especially for us at Melbourne (Rebels), we felt like we were in the game most of the time and you’d cop a blow, whether it three, five or seven points, all of a sudden you are on the back foot and that was the same on Saturday.

“(Starting the second half strong) It’s probably a conscious thing the Kiwis do…I would assume they’d make a choice to focus on that game so for us, it’s about understanding that and that’ll go a long way in terms of us dealing with it.”

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