Rugby Championship

Wallabies to turn to Lions series

2017-08-14 11:27
Michael Cheika (Getty)
Sydney - Wallabies coach Michael Cheika could turn to the British and Irish Lions series for inspiration when faced with the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship.

The Lions drew the recent series against the All Blacks. Cheika and his staff are expected to figure out what led to this surprise series result and pass it onto their players, with the hopes that it will have a positive impact on squad morale.

These strengths should be discovered to be the Lions' fast defensive line-speed, and their ability to alter their patterns by instructing the wings squeeze in closer to their midfielders or push closer to the touch lines.

These are a few areas that Cheika will drill into his players’ minds in preparation for the Championship. 

All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett believes the Wallabies may turn to rush defence.  The All Blacks have conceded that they are not perfect and will attempt to fix the problem areas of their game.

They will also not underestimate Australia in the Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney on Saturday. 

"Some teams in Super Rugby adopted that style of defence too, and we do understand it puts the person with the ball under a bit more pressure," Barrett said. "But, you know, there are opportunities elsewhere. If the Wallabies do bring that on Saturday, we have learned ways to deal with it. 

"It is an on-going trend; more teams are starting to bring that line-speed," Barrett told Stuff.co.nz 

Lions defence coach Andy Farrell stressed that defenders must talk to each other during the game. He also made sure upper bodies were targeted and that centres must choose the right time to rush out of the defensive line to make a hit.

 

 Cheika must instil confidence in his charges in order to turn their disastrous year around.

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