Of course, all of the attention this weekend was on the first Test between the All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions – the opening 40 minutes was arguably the most enthralling, engaging and competitive rugby you will have likely seen this season but the second half was a different affair, as the All Blacks squeezed the life out of Warren Gatland’s side and cruised to a 30-15 victory at Eden Park.
Other nations are currently finishing up their summer tours, and at in Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, the Wallabies emerged 40-27 victors over Italy in their final ‘warm-up’ match before the Rugby Championship kicks off in August.
The prospect of the Wallabies facing up against the All Blacks is a daunting one, in addition to the Springboks and Argentina who have looked impressive, despite to the latter’s loss to England over two Test matches.
One man they will have to cope with is Rieko Ioane, who’s brace against the Lions displayed the exhilarating pace which the 20-year-old possesses. He left both Elliot Daly and Anthony Watson for dead for his second try, while Liam Williams and Ben Te’o couldn’t get close enough for his first.
Those two tries have quickly validated Steve Hansen’s decision to put the youngster in the line-upg line up at the expense of try-scoring machine, Julian Savea.
However, there were some speedsters on show in the Wallabies victory over Italy, too. Most notably, Sefanaia Naivalu and Reece Hodge.
There’s a lot of things wrong with the Wallabies at the moment but supporters can take some comfort that they have serious pace in their side.
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