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GAGR Rugby Podcast 154: Bledisloe Cup Preview with Steve Larkham

GAGR Rugby Podcast 154: Bledisloe Cup Preview with Steve Larkham

NSW is just loving rugby at the moment with this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup test against the kiwis a culmination of a massive few weeks. We catch up with Wallaby legend, and HSBC Ambassador, Steve Larkham to discuss the big game, particularly his thoughts on the selection of Kurtley Beale as flyhalf. Bernie also gives us some insight as to the Brumbies’ planning for next year including the role the NRC will play.

Following on from Steve Larkham, our own Brumbie Steve joins myself and Will (aka Braveheart) to talk more about the Wallabies, the Bledisloe, the NRC, the Wallaroos and the club rugby grand finals. Phew. A big show, but a cracker.

  • Kiap

    One of your best, boys.

    Hopefully we’ll have one hand on the Bled for next week’s pod.

  • Pedro

    I love these things but rugby reg peaks that mic more than a 12 year old on COD.

  • James

    Congrats guys on the unanimous vote of a Wallaby victory this Saturday night. What was less clear to me was the reasonings behind the optimism that would lead to victory. There did seem legitimate concern about the Wallaby tight five, does that imply the best we can hope for there is parity? If so, how much superiority can Hooper, Fardy and Palu therefore extract over McCaw, Kaino and Read in the loose? How much will the dynamics change if Fardy in particular is sucked into a tighter role to curb any AB superiority up front? Where are the mis-matches in the backs you think can lead to Wallaby victory? Can White get the better of Smith at halfback? Can Toomua nullify Nonu’s immense midfield threat? Horne and McCabe got the speed needed to be threats at test level? Or is it really just hope that Beale and Folau combine to get the AB defence out of position, AAC crushes the inexperienced Fekitoa at outside centre and either White or Beale kicks lots of goals? I’m all for positive thinking, but like to support it with strategy too. Too often in recent years we have “hoped” we can beat the All Blacks. Too often that hope has not been matched with the necessary talent.

    • RugbyReg

      valid, but in the end all we can do is hope. It’s up the Link and the lads to do the business on the park.

      • James

        Maybe a starting point is 2-3 assumptions.
        1. Worst. The AB’s are ruthlessly efficient. Obtain real set-piece dominance up front through a superior front 5. Pressure goes on White which impacts service to Beale who suffers. Possession stat’s fall, Wallabies forced into playing at wrong end of the field, make mistakes under pressure and lose comfortably.
        2. Possible. Wallaby tight 5 really lift and obtain genuine parity at both set-piece and breakdown. Loose forwards allowed to compete aggressively at the advantage line, obtain turnover ball which creates enough chances for Wallaby backs to gain proper field position. Beale controls possession well from which points from AAC and Folau come. Defence stays strong and AB backline threats are controlled. 50/50 on final shoreline.
        3. Best. Wallaby tight 5 compete aggressively and disrupt AB set-piece which reduces their front foot ball to operate with. Defence is swarming and engaging, AB’s lose shape. Possession & territory stat’s swing Wallabies favour which Wallaby backs convert into steady stream of points. AB’s forced to chase the game, fail and Wallabies win.

  • Rugbykid

    Really enjoyed the interview with Larkham

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