If Wallabies player Will Genia is to be given credence, the Wallabies intend to abandon their attacking tactics of late and return to tactics that have worked in the past.
The All Blacks whitewashed the Wallabies in the dead rubber Bledisloe Cup match in Japan, with the positive perspective being that this loss was by just 17 points.
Does Genia mean to imply the tactics from 2002, the last time the Wallabies won the Bledisloe Cup?
They obviously were doing something right, as that last win came at the end of five consecutive Bledisloe Cup titles.
Genia would have been around 14 the last time the Wallabies hoisted the Cup.
It is never too late to learn, because up until coming back from 31 – 7 with a 38-point second half against Argentina, the Wallabies’ attack tactics were producing nil, zilch, nada, to the extent that it necessitated going back in time 40 years to find the last occasion when the Australians could not find points in any fashion.
Over their last eight matches, six of which were losses, they were producing an anemic average of under 17 points per game, when just one year earlier, it was over 31 points per game.
The average has climbed a bit after the outburst in Salta and the 20 points in Japan moved them up to an average just under 20.
Now, the Wallabies just have to double that average and throw in a few extra in order to match the All Blacks 41.3 points per game.
Hope springs eternal in Australia, while Boks spring eternal in South Africa, but maybe the Wallabies are onto something with the communal decision of the players and coaches to play more direct and through the middle, rather than, as Genia put it, “We played with width from the get go. Off set piece, always going with width off unstructured play.”
Well, it cannot hurt to try something different if it produces tries, can it?