The real rugby starts this weekend when the top two sides in the world square off against each other in what will most likely be a prelude to what will inevitably be the World Cup Final.
The Wallabies have looked a little shaky in their lead up games. Their forwards beaten comprehensively against Samoa and even outplayed against an under-strength Springbok side. Their backline was woeful against Samoa but with the inclusion of Genia, Cooper and O'Connor against the Springboks they looked lethal.
The All Blacks were ok against Fiji and dominated the set pieces and forward play. They cranked it up a gear against the Springboks and the forwards were very impressive again and Carter, Nonu, Jane and Guilford looking very sharp in the backs.
Both sides have excellent backlines. Genia is the worlds best halfback and lethal if given space. Cooper has some sublime offloading skills and O'Bieber is pure class wherever he plays in the backline. The ABs have their own stars in Carter and very solid players in every other slot. Aussie would have a slight advantage at the halves which are offset by the #$%$39;s advantage in the centres. The outside backs pretty much even themselves out.
The forwards though the #$%$39;s hold a huge advantage. Their tight five is light years ahead of Australia and should dominate throughout the match. The loose forward the ABs also have the edge.
This game I feel the ABs will be out to make a statement. Its the venue for the world cup final and Australia are the biggest threat in this tournament. Home ground and a vastly superior scrum on their side I can see a 25 point win to the All Blacks as they stamp home a message to the Australians that they will need more than a decent backline to win the world cup.
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