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
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
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.