Wallabies believe in both sides of Bledisloe coin

first_imgKurtley Beale and Samu Kerevi add some X-Factor, while the inclusion of debutant Curtis Rona on the wing with Henry Speight brings more finishing ability, but it’s the other side of the coin that has hurt the Wallabies in the past.The Wallabies missed 38 tackles in last year’s Bledisloe opener, conceding 42 points in the process.Since then, defence coach Nathan Grey has become a full-time Wallabies assistant and Cheika was adamant those issues had been sorted out.“We’ve been working hard on that area,” he said.“Last year, when I look at that game, I still believe that I over-trained them in the lead-up.“I think that, because I was stressed about their fitness, that’s a mistake we haven’t made this year.“We’ve worked really hard on the D because we know it’s got to be a very important part of the game because of how potent they are in attack and we’ll take a few risks sometimes to get the outcome we want but I believe we’re well-prepared in that area.”The All Blacks reshuffled backline will test their defence, with Cheika acutely aware of the threat new fullback Damian McKenzie poses in his first start.“I think we’ve seen in Super Rugby the threat Damian McKenzie poses – You leave him a metre either side to run and he’ll kill you,” he said.“I think for us, considering our situation, all our focus has been on ourselves and getting our team travelling at the right speed and also prepared with everyone clear in their role to go out there and do the job on Saturday night.”The British and Irish Lions showed a defensive blueprint that proved successful against the All Blacks, rushing out of the line and cruelling the All Blacks’ space.While Cheika took note of that, he said they wouldn’t be cutting and pasting the Lions’ tactics, two months on from that series.“You’ve got to look at what we’ve got, how our players play and what they can do and what they can’t do and go to our strengths and play to that,” he said.“I wouldn’t be looking to copy what they did.“Obviously, you watch the games like you do any and try to make some analysis out of it of what you might be able to pick up from there in the opponent but I wouldn’t be looking to copy anything from them straight up.”The final quarter of the game could prove crucial and the Wallabies have a bench with plenty of experience, in the likes of Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu and Rob Simmons, an element that hasn’t been so common in a year of transition.Cheika has felt the full spectrum of Bledisloe results at ANZ Stadium and says the side certainly understands the gravity of the task ahead of them.“2015 we were able to have a win and we felt the high and how important that was to the game and how good it felt and then in 2’16 we suffered the reverser result and felt the other end of that, of how important the game is,” he said.“There’s absolutely no doubt that it’s a huge match, huge match for our fans and we’ll certainly want to go out there and make them proud on Saturday night.”last_img read more

Carlos Alcaraz leaves Brazil with a very high head

first_imgA Alcaraz, who had 14 choices of breaking and ‘solely’ may benefit from 4, he missed the sport due to a double foul within the first set and a dangerous recreation, with a pair of unusual failures when he was 40-0, Within the third sleeve. No extra no much less. The second opened with a 5-Zero and the brand new balls performed a trick on him. Nonetheless it solved the remainder. Level one other advantage of Murcia: he has a hand for volleys that’s loopy. As well as, it improves day-to-day. Ante Coria bought significantly better than in his debut.In Rio he achieved some deeds. Nobody had gained a top-50 as Ramos in an ATP recreation with lower than 17 years since Gasquet, which beat Feliciano López (49th) in Monte Carlo 2003. The truth is, Carlos was the youngest to win a quantity 41 since David Koch beat Fabrice Santoro in Prague 1993. He additionally grew to become the earliest to win a 500 victory since these collection have been opened in 2009. He’ll speak and are more likely to invite you to extra tournaments, as a result of it’s price it See him play. Carlos Alcaraz’s first journey in an ATP Tour event ended this Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro. The 16-year-old Spaniard, who achieved his first victory on the circuit towards fellow countryman Albert Ramos on Monday, misplaced to Federico Coria, little brother of the finalist in Roland Garros, Guillermo. He did it in three units (6-4, 4-6 and 6-Four in 2h17) in a match whose destiny all the time handed by means of his fingers. Every thing that occurred relied on his successes (36 profitable pictures) and his errors (35 not compelled). The Argentine pulled ex officio, gave up the burden of the sport and defended himself with success, few failures (9) and plenty of high balls to not let Alcaraz enter extra incessantly with his super proper.The boy left Brazil with his head high, very bolstered and with a identify already on this planet of tennis. Not even Nadal was capable of win his first two ATP matches, nor did different prodigy youngsters that premiered earlier than age 17 like Tomic, Ryan Harrison, Gasquet and Garin, who will likely be Coria’s rival within the quarterfinals. There was a Spaniard who did succeed at 16, Tommy Robredo, who added his first two consecutive victories within the Godó of 1999.last_img read more