Following last weekend’s pummeling of the Wallabies in front of their home fans, there has been a lot of talk about sacking coaches, fitness and ability of players in the Wallabies camp. The Australians are itching to prove the masses wrong and there is a certain need of urgency to get back to their dominant ways despite facing similarly opposition in the form of All Blacks, but this time in their backyard.
Michael Cheika has been the most affected of all by criticism this week as he made remarks that it has been one of his most painful losses – the sight of his kids crying after last weekend’s defeat really stirred him the wrong way but instead of giving up, he has opted to face the challenge head on to revive the Wallabies.
Cheika rang the changes for Saturday’s second Bledisloe Cup Test, naming Dane Haylett-Petty as his new fullback to replace injured Israel Folau, hooker Tolu Latu has been dropped from the team following last weekend’s lineout woes and has been replaced on the bench by uncapped Brumbies number 2: Folau Faingaa.
“We’re trying to give some experience and blooding a few guys and trying to get their heads around it,” Cheika said.
“I want to give them an opportunity to compete against each other and see who comes out on top.” according to Fox Sports
The starting props have also been relegated to the bench after a high number of penalties were conceded last week in the set pieces giving way for Scott Sio and Allan Alaalatoa to get their shot at a starting berth in the most testing of places. Impressive youngster Jack Maddocks comes in on the wing with Tom Banks getting a place on the bench.
A change in personnel was necessary after a poor performance 7 days ago – the need for something new in the Wallabies squad is bordering on desperate and a mark has to be made at Eden Park regardless of how it is done.
Wallabies team to play All Blacks in the 2nd Bledisloe cup game
15.Dane Haylett-Petty, 14.Jack Maddocks, 13.Reece Hodge, 12. Kurtley Beale, 11.Marika Koroibete, 10.Bernard Foley, 9.Will Genia, 8.David Pocock, 7.Michael Hooper (c), 6.Lukhan Tui, 5.Adam Coleman, 4.Izack Rodda, 3.Allan Alaalatoa, 2.Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1.Scott Sio
Reserves: 16.Folau Faingaa, 17.Tom Robertson, 18.Sekope Kepu, 19.Rob Simmons, 20.Pete Samu, 21.Nick Phipps, 22.Matt Toomua, 23.Tom Banks