Exasperated Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has all however accused his erratic fees of throwing the sport plan out the window throughout a deflating and expensive Tri Nations draw with Argentina.
The Wallabies relinquished a nine-point second-half lead in a 15-15 stalemate in Newcastle to present the All Blacks again the benefit within the title race.
Should the All Blacks avenge final week’s shock loss to Argentina with a bonus-point win subsequent Saturday, the Wallabies would face the unimaginable process of needing to thrash the Pumas by some 80 or 90 factors within the final sport to grab the trophy.
In different phrases, the Wallabies are sweating on the Pumas repeating their historic win over the All Blacks to maintain their hopes alive. Little surprise Rennie was left annoyed by Saturday night time’s slip-up.
“We had a chance to really put a stranglehold on that and go into the last game just requiring a win. We’ve left the door open so it’s obviously a big game between New Zealand and Argentina next week,” he stated.
What most upset Rennie was the Wallabies’ incapacity to stay to the sport plan.
“At 15-6, we really had control of the game and we had chances to pin them into the corners and we had a fair bit of success with kicking and it looks like we got bored of it,” he stated.
“We played and overplayed and turned the ball over and let them back into the game. Yeah, disappointing. We should have closed it out and really let ourselves down.”
Wallabies flyhalf Reece Hodge slotted 5 penalties, however all had been cancelled out by his Pumas counterpart Nicolás Sánchez.
Hodge had the prospect to clinch victory with a sixth penalty purpose three minutes from full-time. But, simply as he did when he hit the submit within the 16-16 draw with the All Blacks in Wellington, Hodge pushed his try agonisingly too far proper.
But no-one was blaming Australia’s No 10, regardless of Hodge himself saying he felt like he had let the entire nation down with the sprayed shot.
“I’d say he still had a very strong performance,” Rennie stated. “At 10, you need a lot of help around you. We’ve got plenty of guys who can kick the ball in our backline and so we want to actually play the width and bring the defence up and nudge in behind.
“So I think he needs a little bit of help around getting our kick strategy [right].”