Cape Town – The embattled Wallabies, bottom of the Castle
Rugby Championship table after two rounds, may have erred by preferring Ewen
McKenzie to South Africa’s Jake White as head coach.
So says New Zealand Herald columnist Chris Rattue in that
paper on Monday, following the All Blacks’ second successive comfortable
victory over Australia and early retention of the Bledisloe Cup.
The Wallabies face up next to the Springboks in Brisbane on
September 7, the team White – now leading a significant Brumbies revival -- inspired
to World Cup glory in 2007.
“(McKenzie) already looks and sounds like a beaten man
without a rescue plan,” Rattue wrote of Robbie Deans’ successor.
“The opening to his Wallaby reign is so unimpressive that it
is already time to consider that they chose the wrong man in overlooking Jake
“He stalks the back of the coaching box impersonating a
trader during a financial meltdown in his new role.
“He looks and sounds stressed, lacking the demeanour to put
a confident air into his struggling team. And they are playing confused.”
Rattue also made reference to McKenzie’s criticism of SA
referee Jaco Peyper after their 27-16 loss in Wellington on Saturday.
“His whingeing after another emphatic Bledisloe Cup win by
the All Blacks constituted the usual one-eyed coach-speak that makes for
regular newspaper copy.
“As always there are grains of truth there, but they are
exaggerated in the name of obscuring the real problems.
“The hallmark of White-coached teams is simplicity,
organisation and clear direction – factors missing from McKenzie’s recipe so
far. White might have been the better choice.”
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