French breakdown precision must be the Wallabies’ goal in 2021


If we’ve mentioned it as soon as, we’ve mentioned it 1,000,000 occasions. And which may not be as large an exaggeration because it appears to be like.

Even simply final week and once more in Tuesday’s two-up panel, loads of us in quite a few discussions had been highlighting the breakdown velocity and accuracy as being an ongoing concern for the Wallabies.

Right here’s a fast reduce and paste from my providing, which in itself was pointing to the chaotic remaining moments of the primary Take a look at in Brisbane final week.

“The attacking cleanout must be the main target for the second Take a look at. I discussed final week that it was excellent to see Angus Bell and Lachie Lonergan first on the scene when Tate McDermott went to floor with the fatally unfastened French ball final week, and with Rob Valetini, Darcy Swain, and Taniela Tupou not far behind.

“And as I discussed, this was nice to see within the 81st minute, as a result of there had been means too many events within the previous eighty minutes the place the attacking clear out was both too gradual, too ineffective, or too non-existent.”

And from the primary post-match query after France squared the collection in Melbourne on Tuesday night time, Dave Rennie was already confirming the place the Wallabies let themselves down. Once more.

“We didn’t get off to the quick begin we needed,” he mentioned.

Certainly, it was fairly the other, with Les Bleus centre Jonathan Danty first on the scene to isolate Hunter Paisami within the first minute of the sport. It was 3-0 after two minutes, and 13-3 20 minutes later.

Rennie continued: “We discovered ourselves behind, however we fought our means again in like we did final week. I assumed we’d stolen it late, however to not be.”

“You’ve obtained to present France credit score. They’re actually good over the ball. I feel we obtained penalised 9 occasions on the breakdown and clearly that had a large impact on our continuity and our skill to harm them.”

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And that is actually the reality.

In the long run, the Wallabies conceded 12 penalties for the sport. Rennie’s determine of 9 breakdown penalties conceded feels about proper with out an itemised penalty checklist to cross reference, and the scoreboard tells us that fullback Melvyn Jaminet kicked seven penalties from as many makes an attempt.

The wanting it: when the Wallabies conceded a penalty on the breakdown, it value them factors more often than not.

Rennie acknowledged that the Melbourne efficiency was higher than the primary Take a look at in Brisbane, however even then discovered himself coming again to a well-known theme.

“We created loads of alternatives, but it surely’s in all probability a double-edged sword,” he mentioned.

“We obtained ourselves into positions the place we in all probability ought to profit, however we didn’t, and once more, I feel it got here all the way down to dropping the race round among the breakdown stuff, and an absence of endurance.

“We’ve obtained to be ready to undergo the center and squeeze them up, to earn the suitable to go extensive.

“However we discovered a little bit of area down the sidelines early within the sport, and possibly they lulled us into enjoying a bit extensive too early at occasions. We’ve realized a lesson from that, and hopefully we see a greater effort on Saturday.”

It was a double-edged sword, however for various causes, I’d argue.

It was a double-edged sword, as a result of the Wallabies had been getting towelled up on the ground and pinged in the course of the sphere, so determined to go too extensive too early, which then in flip led to blokes getting remoted and pinged on the market, too.

Matt To'omua of the Wallabies passes the ball.

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So this must be the plain focus for the third Take a look at in Brisbane – not that they’ll have lots of coaching time in between matches – however the Wallabies really want to make use of the French as a benchmark for the remainder of their season and past.

Curiously, neither Rennie nor Michael Hooper had any refereeing gripes to air on Tuesday night time.

“I assumed he was fairly clear. From the ARs and the person within the center, I feel they communicated effectively to us what was occurring,” Hooper mentioned.

“Look, the French had been good over the ball and so they beat us. They had been extra pressing than us to the breakdown. You’ve obtained to commend them on that.

“Quite a lot of the turnover got here from us really getting the nostril via and getting somewhat semi-line break, and the French had been sharp onto that remoted man there.

“From our facet of issues, a little bit of urgency as soon as we do make that preliminary half break there, and we might have seen a special story. It’s a mindset factor and an necessary worth that we placed on that kind of factor that we have to get proper.”

It’s a mindset factor.

Michael Hooper captained the Wallabies against France

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Each Hooper and Rennie spoke of “urgency to breakdown” being a vital lesson for Saturday’s decider, with Rennie even suggesting that he “needs to see a response” from the inevitable adjustments he’ll must make.

“They’ll be contemporary and filled with beans, and provides us some key vitality,” he mentioned.

We should always see what these adjustments are later this morning.

The mindset factor is fascinating, as a result of as a lot as health drives a participant across the area, it’s their mindset and perspective that pushes them into the darkish locations.

Simply yesterday The Roar‘s personal Will Genia spoke of the largest distinction and problem between Tremendous Rugby and Take a look at matches: “You could have much less time and area, and you’ve got much less room for error.”

I’ve referred a number of occasions in latest weeks to a chat I had with Laurie Fisher after the Brumbies returned from New Zealand, the place they discovered the exhausting means that being even half a metre behind within the race the breakdown may be the distinction between holding onto the ball and watching it disappear behind you.

However the changes are fairly achievable, Fisher advised me: “A metre right here, two metres there. Tighten up that bit. That’s the way you make nice positive factors, and you may be aggressive swiftly.”

Being a metre and even simply half a metre nearer to the tackled teammate in possession is the distinction between the coming opposition defender having a clear shot on the ball, or having to wash out and presumably compete.

Taniela Tupou after starting for the Wallabies against France

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This was the cruel lesson the Wallabies had been dealt on Tuesday night time, but it surely was no less than heartening to listen to Hooper not talking when it comes to coaching observe kind, as he usually did in years passed by, however in real ‘that is how we do it’ phrases that you simply’d count on from a frontrunner.

“Sure, it sucks dropping. Our change room is deathly quiet in the intervening time. However, the one damaging will probably be if we take nothing from this, if we don’t take a lesson realized.

“How we are able to get that scrum, ship that scrum on the finish, after which backdating all of the stuff that occurred beforehand to attempt to put us in a greater scenario.

“We obtained lots of learnings out of that. That would be the damaging, if we don’t take them.”

The damaging is using “learnings”, however the level actually stands. And it was notable that Rennie sat there, listening intently.

The present worldwide breakdown yardstick is carrying a Bleus jersey, and the Wallabies must be taught from this.

And rapidly.


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