All Blacks 'vulnerable'

2012-10-18 10:06

Sydney - Wallabies assistant coach Nick Scrivener has declared the All Blacks eminently ''vulnerable'' for Saturday's Test against Australia.

According to website, amid a prevailing view the Wallabies in their injury-hit state cannot challenge the dominance of the world champions, Scrivener said the All Blacks were too ''comfortable'' to be unbeatable.

''They've had limited disruption with their personnel, they're very comfortable with how they play,'' he said. ''We definitely have identified areas where we think we can go and play with pressure and those points are going to be very important. Where we apply that pressure we've just got to play well.''

The Wallabies' victory against Argentina in Rosario 12 days ago provided a much-needed morale boost for the group, many of whom received late call-ups to the squad.

But the ball-handling chaos wrought by high humidity that same night sent a shiver up the spines of many supporters who know ball control is the key to trumping a side as unforgiving as the All Blacks.

Scrivener acknowledged the need for the Wallabies to pull together a complete performance in the final trans-Tasman Test.

''We've done well in all parts of our game [at different times], we've just got to put them together,'' he said.

''We're confident in games, we're not scoring tries but we're putting pressure on opposition to make mistakes and give penalties away. We're getting access through penalty goals and all those sorts of things, but definitely one area of our game is to get flow and tempo back ... We won't be sticking out the jumper for 80 minutes this week that's for sure.''

Aggression and physicality were an area, Scrivener said, in which the Wallabies proved their mettle during the Rugby Championship.

The return of No 8 Wycliff Palu to the back row, alongside blindside breakaway Scott Higginbotham and second-rower Sitaleki Timani, will give the Wallabies' pack further grunt this weekend.

''To large degrees I think that's actually served us well, that area of the game, over the last two weeks,'' Scrivener said.

''Look at those games we were behind when we came back, upping the physical side of things brought us back into the game [and] certainly last week you look at the Argentina game and how physical they are, I thought the way we started that game - very, very physically - was a strong part of our game. So we're not shying away from that, we actually see that when we do that well it's a strength of ours.''

There were a few around the Wallabies yesterday who thought the squad's mental game needed bolstering. Former Wallabies Geoff Shaw and Tony Shaw, who were in the 1979 team that won back the Bledisloe for the first time in decades, said hunger and a refusal to be dominated was the key to beating the Kiwis.

''It's a couple of inches up the top of the scone that wins [Tests],'' Tony Shaw said. ''There needs to be a burning desire at every stage to win every game and to win every contest. I think it's really important that we engender that. The players themselves, it's got to come from them.''

Geoff Shaw said the Wallabies needed to make sure they ''played against'' the All Blacks and did not just stand back and marvel at the spectacle.

''You spend time watching other teams, not playing against other teams,'' Shaw said. ''You wait for them to produce what they're supposed to produce at a higher level ... the dominance of a team can be fairly overpowering.''


  • nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-18 10:15

    hmmm seems not all ozzies agree with this statement above:

      joneethling - 2012-10-18 14:04

      The All Blacks are way better than the pack of alsorans that are following and are unbeatable but for one thing: the only problem they have is getting motivated for each game. Australia has serious injury problems, SA are unable to apoint a real coach and the Northern Hemisphere teams are no real threat, except for France, sometimes.

  • bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-18 10:17

    In your dreams numbnuts, all blacks will kill you

  • morne.vandyk.58 - 2012-10-18 10:23

    AB's by at least 30

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-18 10:23

    To quote NZbro (I think)... The convicts better bring their surfboards cause there is a Black Tsunami coming to town!!! Go The All Blacks!!!

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-18 10:26

      lol...well said jimmy. lol

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-18 10:28

      & the coach is going as well:

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-18 10:33

      I've found 2 of the articles you were looking for, will mail you a bit later. As for Hansen, that is great news. The lads will be extra pumped!

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-18 10:36

      cheers for that jimmy. gonna call it a night for now. C ya later :)

  • - 2012-10-18 12:57

    Any team can lost but other teams does it more than the all blacks.point

  • robert.reeve.7564 - 2012-10-18 13:36

    All Brats are terrorists. Don't live in fear of them. With ref as flash as rat with gold tooth Oz could swipe their hopes for 17+ - Just like Paddy O'Brien deprived Nick's Bokke...!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-18 13:54

      Bro, that has to be the worst use of english I've ever seen! Nothing really makes sense, except the fact that you are quite bitter and deluded! Blaming the world for every failure is a great way to go Idiot!

  • jaco.declerck - 2012-10-18 14:31

    Stop shooting your mouth off and prove it!!!!!!

  • robert.reeve.7564 - 2012-10-18 14:31

    Rich crits from the Antipodes school of grammar. We speak lekker on this side of the globe. Like cricket, rugby's a funny old game - wait and see. PS We don't get the squits when we lose!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-18 16:51


      Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-18 16:58

      You don't 'squits' but you do throw tantrums, sulk, start internet campaigns, swear, insult and generally act like a bunch of tools!

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-18 19:25

      Jimmy and dont forget "you also delete non offensive comments in favour of the opposition team that do not agree with your sentiments " !

  • fatu.esialai - 2012-10-18 15:03

    "Never underestimate the Wallabies". Well, that is what wasonce said in bygone days. The current team have no chance really. The squad has no depth and the best 15 are injured. So, what does that leave you with? Certainly not a team that will threaten the All Blacks, thus making Scrivener's theory that ''..they're too comfortable because they've had limited disruption therefore making them vulnerable" rather laughable. He's searching for something here, but what's the bet he's wrong?

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-18 19:27

      well fatu mcCaw did say he feels good when the ozzies are confident. I bet they will throw everything including the kitchen sink at us.

  • glen.keesing - 2012-10-18 20:15

    Will The Aussies even get on the score board this week? It would good if they can compete . The All Blacks haven't had a close one since their rusty performance against Ireland at the start of the season. But they are going to need four tries to do it because the AB,s are averaging 3.85 per game, And I don't think they have scored 4 tries in their last 4 games. Unfortunately there is such a massive gap between 1st and 2nd . 3rd thru 9th pretty even tho. Both Aussie and The Boks should secure a couple of wins On their northern tours, for some cancellation, but based on current form they are shaping to be tight match-ups. AB's should do it in a canter and go unbeaten yet again, chances are as per previous tours , they won't even concede a try.

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