Wallabies vs France LIVE: STREAM Rugby 17th July 2021 Free

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Published: July 17, 2021 (2 weeks ago)
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Wallabies vs France Rugby 17th July 2021
Wallabies face biggest test as France show a different way to play


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The Wallabies v France series is turning out to be a great one. You can bet that the bigwigs at Nine/Stan, owners of this masthead, didn’t shed too many tears when France won in Melbourne on Tuesday, as it gave them something that broadcast executives dream about: a season finale with an unpredictable ending.

Dave Rennie and the Wallabies coaches will be enjoying it a lot less, because they are undoubtedly the team under pressure before the decider in Brisbane on Saturday. The Wallabies side shows it. Bringing in hooker Jordan Uelese to replace Lachlan Lonergan in the 23-man squad indicates that this series has not gone the way it was supposed to. In fact, the Wallabies team looks like one you would pick on the basis you were already leading 2-0 in the series. The condensed nature of the series means the Wallabies had little choice, but these are not the preferred players identified at the start of the series.

The fundamental problem is that France may have actually been un petit peu stronger than anyone expected, deep down. Granted, there were warnings from the Wallabies about the depth in French rugby, and accurate predictions from Rennie about their tactical approach, but the first two Tests have still been an eye-opener in the southern hemisphere.

That’s for two reasons: first, the French willingness and capacity to play for long periods without the ball should make us re-examine what we think ‘being under pressure’ actually looks like. It certainly doesn’t mean not having possession, nor even making more tackles – not according to what we have seen in the first two Tests.

Second, France unleashed some phases of play in Melbourne that were so beautifully old school that it made what we have been watching for the past couple of isolation years in Australia and New Zealand look … well, all a bit overcoached and robotic.

I’m referring specifically to the French pick-and-drives at the start of the second half that brought so much joy to this observer that I’m going to spend a bit of time celebrating them.

The Wallabies v France series is turning out to be a great one. You can bet that the bigwigs at Nine/Stan, owners of this masthead, didn’t shed too many tears when France won in Melbourne on Tuesday, as it gave them something that broadcast executives dream about: a season finale with an unpredictable ending.

Dave Rennie and the Wallabies coaches will be enjoying it a lot less, because they are undoubtedly the team under pressure before the decider in Brisbane on Saturday. The Wallabies side shows it. Bringing in hooker Jordan Uelese to replace Lachlan Lonergan in the 23-man squad indicates that this series has not gone the way it was supposed to. In fact, the Wallabies team looks like one you would pick on the basis you were already leading 2-0 in the series. The condensed nature of the series means the Wallabies had little choice, but these are not the preferred players identified at the start of the series.

The fundamental problem is that France may have actually been un petit peu stronger than anyone expected, deep down. Granted, there were warnings from the Wallabies about the depth in French rugby, and accurate predictions from Rennie about their tactical approach, but the first two Tests have still been an eye-opener in the southern hemisphere.

That’s for two reasons: first, the French willingness and capacity to play for long periods without the ball should make us re-examine what we think ‘being under pressure’ actually looks like. It certainly doesn’t mean not having possession, nor even making more tackles – not according to what we have seen in the first two Tests.

Second, France unleashed some phases of play in Melbourne that were so beautifully old school that it made what we have been watching for the past couple of isolation years in Australia and New Zealand look … well, all a bit overcoached and robotic.

I’m referring specifically to the French pick-and-drives at the start of the second half that brought so much joy to this observer that I’m going to spend a bit of time celebrating them.

n fact, as France progressed up the field, the wider camera revealed that they had 10 players within one short pass of the ball, with an actual back line arranged outside them without any forward getting in the way. The 10 players were No.9 Baptiste Couilloud, No. 13 Arthur Vincent, and their entire forward pack.

You just don’t see that any more, and the progression of the ball carriers – from No.8, to No.9, to No.2, to No.5, to No.8, to No.4, to No.13, to No.8, to No.9, to No.2, to No.1 – showed how well orchestrated it was.