The beginning of this century was the last time the Wallabies beat the French at home. Outside of Word Cups, before last weekend Australia hadn’t won two away games in a row since 2004, and hasn’t won three since 2000. You can see why Antipodeans is so keen to talk about ‘backing up’ wins
and should he notch another one up here, then this band of Wallabies will definitely be rising above the ‘historical blip’ status in terms of stringing wins together.
We haven’t seen much of the real French team since the Six Nations early this year, and ominously they seemed to have served up their pre-requisite shite games over the last couple of weeks. We all know there is no more unstoppable attacking force than French when it all ‘clicks’ for them, and so I think this game is a potential ambush for Australia.
Add to this the performance last week. Yes, it was great and said “we can do this”. But so did the Capetown win before JoBurg in the Tri-Nations. I also wonder what it means as far as recovery is concerned – that was one tough test match.
Again I think Giteau’s boot is going to have a lot to do with this one. The forecast in Paris over the next few days isn’t good and a night game will ensure, a chilly night (7 degrees), greasy ball and soft turf. Expect another slug fest. If we win it, it wont be by much