Loe: Wallabies have no hope

2012-08-13 09:11

Sydney - Former All Blacks prop Richard Loe says the Wallabies will win only one of their six Rugby Championship matches. The New Zealand media reckons Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is on his last legs. And Wallabies Test hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will only touch the Bledisloe Cup when it is rightfully his.

With five days to go before the opening Bledisloe Cup match, the inflammatory statements from either side of the Tasman have begun. Loe went straight for the Wallabies' heart, using his column in The New Zealand Herald  on Sunday to argue that Australia have no hope this year because of a ''horrible draw'' and predicted that ''they will be found wanting up front''.

Nor is he impressed with the Wallabies' second row. ''Nathan Sharpe isn't allowed to retire - it's like us selecting Gary Whetton again - and the young guys they have picked, like Kane Douglas and Sitaleki Timani, will soon be discovering the gap between Super Rugby and Test rugby,'' he wrote.

Elsewhere, Deans was the target. One story began: ''Australian rugby is not in a great place. Robbie Deans is not in a great place. Perhaps, the two need a break from each other - a voluntary or forced separation.''

At the Wallabies' camp in Coogee on Sunday, life was somewhat jollier. But Polota-Nau had been reminded the size if the prize they are chasing at ANZ Stadium on Saturday and how long it has been since the team have had the Bledisloe Cup in their grasp. Nothing since 2002.

On Saturday, the cup was at Polota-Nau's Parramatta club ground at Granville, making a special appearance.

''I was standing in front of the cup and I had this shivering feeling, which went right up my spine. From that moment, it just hit me that I wanted to put my best foot forward, win it and be able to touch it,'' Polota-Nau said on Sunday.

''I've never touched it. As much as I wanted to hold it on Saturday, I said to myself: 'Myself and my team-mates have to earn that right.'

''It's a feeling of being that close but you're not quite there. And that's what is driving me every day. Some of the Kiwi boys who play for Parramatta were sledging me about this being as close as I was going to get to touch the Bledisloe Cup. It's fair enough but that also fired me up.

''Winning this would be the ultimate of our rugby career. There's nothing better than beating the world champions and one which has been so consistent for a whole decade to earn the right to hold that. And we know we have to put an end to that.''

Wallabies centre Rob Horne was meanwhile preparing to confront a different All Blacks attack, without Conrad Smith and maybe with Sonny Bill Williams. Whether Williams plays in Sydney depends on the result of negotiations between the New Zealand Rugby Union and the Japanese club that signed the All Blacks centre, Panasonic Wild Knights.

Asked if he had an idea if Williams would be running at him on Saturday night, Horne said: ''Your guess is as good as mine.

''Generally a side will prepare for certain players and we will continue doing that. You do your individual analysis and that involves getting your head around that,'' he said on Sunday.

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  • peter.boettger - 2012-08-13 09:54

    What a sad day for the Dingo's i do hope that the whinning kids and bad losers get wacked and taught a lesson they will never forget GO AB do a proper job this time

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-08-13 10:01

      and the one game they will win will be the home game against the all blacks, lol :)

  • gsaker1 - 2012-08-13 09:57

    I think one game might be a bit harsh but I don't think they will seriously challenge the SBox or the ABlacks in the competition overall. They are becoming too predictable...all their attack comes from Genia and Cooper (if he plays)...but both are players you can shut down for most of the game - tho Genia is harder - and Pocock, as the All Blacks proved in the semi-final of the WC is a lone wolf at times who can get bogged down at the breakdown despite his skill in that area. The NZ and SA packs will be too dominant for much of the games and with not much ball, you can't do much. I have not seen a single Australian super side match the intensity of the Sharks, Stormers, Crusaders and Chiefs packs at the business end of the competition either ( the Sharks pack blew the Reds forwards off the park in the first twenty minutes )- and I can't see that changing much even if they go up a notch - so will the Spring Box and All Blacks. If they don't beat the All Blacks in Sydney this weekend then they will struggle because they are putting sooooooooooo much on this game that psychologically a loss there will hit them hard mentally. They benefited last year in the Tri-Nations by SA and NZ resting players for the WC - while they of course did not because of the shock loss to Samoa and they needed some confidence back - they won't get that luxury this year!

  • skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-13 14:33

    This is a close as you'll ever get to a New Zealander confessing that there is no way in hell that the current Australian side could ever beat the Springboks without the help of a seriously biased referee.

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-08-13 20:39

      oh do stop blaming somebody else for your errors on the field and get a new coach to teach you what to do with the ball BESIDES kicking it back to the opposition to score against you. Your "kick & hope for handling error" is so 1970's . you need to keep up with the times . but of course your coach says" we will play to our strengths" and your "strength" is to kick it back. LOL

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-14 09:03

      nzbro this argument missed you by a mile. Let me explain. New Zealanders are now saying that the Australians are SO bad that they can only be expected to win one game in the upcomming competition (presumably against Argentina). Yet this is basically the same team that played against and beat the Bokke a year ago. So how does a team that plays so badly that they can't be expected to beat the Pumas beat the Bokke? Skullduggery by a Kiwi ref!

      skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-14 09:09

      PS The NZ broadcasters who showed telecaster lines of where the ball was released and where the ball was received on the Lambie try (that was dissallowed) should look at the forward pass law and understand that full pace ANY ball passed backwards will land in front of the point it was released. This shows two things. Firstly that NZ broadcasters and therefore most New Zealanders including their referees don't understand the rules of rugby. That's pretty sad don't you think?

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