Bledisloe Cup – a rugby competition between two teams, Australia and New Zealand that has been competed since the 1930s.
On Saturday, the Allblacks will want to continue their Bledisloe Cup dominance in Sydney, at ANZ Stdium. This season New Zealand go into this match with 14 consecutive Bledisloe Cup Series wins, Australia last won a series in 2002.
The Wallabies welcome back star utility backline player Kurtley Beale, who declared himself ”Fit and Ready To Play”. Beale who has been sidelined for the past three moths due to injury (hamstring) said, ”it has been a long time coming now. Its great to be back and involved in Wallabies.” Australian Rugby has been hit hard with controversy over the past few weeks, with Bill Pulver, ARU CEO falling on his sword after the detrimental Super Rugby series of events involving the Force and Rebels.
Australia also come off below par performances during the Inbound Tour Internationals against Scotland. Aside from defeats in 2009 and 2012, Autralia’s last defeat to Scotland before that came in July 1982. The Wallabies have a tough task ahead of them, if they are to beat the Allblacks.
Inside the New Zealand camp, 2017 Super Rugby Champ, Sam Whitelock and the Allblacks are conversant with the Wallabies psychical challenge come Saturday. Sonny Bill Williams is back in the Allblacks mix.
“He is raring to go” said Ian Foster about SBW.
New Zealand have a point to prove after their poor showing during the British and Irish Lions Inbound Tour. However, one would say that Allblacks should come out of this match unscathed, considering the substandard performances by Australian Super Rugby Franchises.
LOOK OUT FOR BEALE VS SBW MATCH UP IN MIDFIELD (if they start)
Teams will be announced tomorrow (Thursday)
Wallaby Tactics to beat the Allblacks: Manage their defensive line speed.
Slow Down ABs ball at ruck time
Test the ABs back 3 aerial skills (found wanting against the B&I Lions)
Allblacks Tactics to beat the Wallabies: Set-Piece dominance
Limit the amount of ball Kurtley Beale receives
Dominate the rucks in open play