The Rugby Championship 2015 is over with the Wallabies the unlikely winners given that they started the competition as the third ranked team. Here are seven things we learnt from the Rugby Championship 2015;
1) The focus was definitely on aiming towards the Rugby World Cup with all teams testing some new players and combinations. We won’t find out until October, if we could read much into The Rugby Championship 2015 or not, because it is hard to say if we saw all teams playing at full strength. We all know the fact that no team has won The Rugby World Cup and Rugby Championship/Tri Nations in the same season.
2) In Rugby World Cup year there were only three games per team and the draw was very important. The All Blacks and Pumas only hosted one game each, while the Wallabies were lucky enough to host both the Springboks and All Blacks, which did give them an advantage. With only three game per team, it meant that there was no room for a slip up by any team.
3) Were the Pumas foxing all along? The Pumas were comfortably beaten in the end by both the Wallabies and All Blacks, before turning the tables on the Springboks. Were they simply foxing by keeping their cards close to their chests knowing that they will play the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup?
4) Have the Wallabies shown the blueprint for beating the All Blacks? The Wallabies played a rushed defensive game and aggression at the breakdown to unsettle the All Blacks. Playing both David Pocock and Michael Hooper together worked well. It is hard to know if the All Blacks will figure out how to combat such tactics by the time the Rugby World Cup comes around. Continue reading The Rugby Championship 2015 – Seven Things We Learntby