Wallabies looking for plan to counter SBW

Ben Horne, NZ Newswire Updated August 2, 2012, 9:45 pm

The Wallabies will look to settle on Pat McCabe's replacement at No.12 as soon as possible as Robbie Deans weighs up the best way to rein in All Blacks powerhouse Sonny Bill Williams.

However, coaching coordinator Tony McGahan says the selection will be more about how Australia want to play in the first two Bledisloe Cup Tests rather than reacting to the dangers of SBW.

Australia are hopeful McCabe (leg stress fracture), James O'Connor (hamstring) and Wycliff Palu (shoulder) will be available for the third Test of the Rugby Championship against the Springboks in Perth on September 8.

But in the meantime, the Wallabies face the enormous task of winning back the Bledisloe for the first time in a decade without two of their key backline stars.

Despite the loss in experience, McGahan says the belief is still there.

"You want to be giving players the opportunity to train there and then be able to settle on that and give the whole team and the individual time ... and confidence," said McGahan from a training camp in Sydney on Thursday.

"Our primary focus will be how we want to play and how we want to defend. We'll look at the make-up of what they're going to come with, but it's what we want to deliver more so than what the opposition want to throw at us."

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  1. 07:25pm Saturday 04th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Chiefs 22 (Cruden 3 penalties, Tries SBW and Tamalolo - Sharks 26

  2. Will05:59pm Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    @Fred, at least we dont kill each other. Remember the 70+ spectators that were killed in that soccer game in Egypt? Be careful in what you say you idiot. What ever rugby has done to vent your hatred towards it, really, it cannot be compared to the evil that exist in your beloved sport, & as a rugby lover, I really do like soccer, loved the All Whites during thier WC so pull your head in.

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  3. Fred05:08pm Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Rubme (rugby) will never be popular around the world. Never has been, never will be. Basically real men baulk at the idea of male on male contact and getting a little too up close and personal with other mens gonads. Popular in NZ it seems but I recently read that rubme has falling numbers and that more Kiwis play soccer than rubme. The RWC lost a lot of money and a lot of Kiwis are sick of huge 'men' rolling around on the grass with each other pretending they are looking for a ball.

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  4. Russell04:09pm Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    EL dunce, you can ignore the facts but you cant ignore them ,mugby is only big in thinly populated N.Z and a couple of sinking islands that rely on .N.Z for donations

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  5. il Duce11:45am Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Oh Gee..just when you think it's safe to go back in the water,the Woofie Phoofie wanker wakes up and reads the first chapter from his book of empty words again. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Ah..what happened to Stu-pid, Whoofie?? too hard for you to maintain an alter ego, eh! I see the Oly Wollys are coming home early...again!

  6. 09:03am Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Just be clear that "Wallabies" means eastern Australia because nobody in Tasmania, WA, SA, or NT cares about rugby. And on the east coast it is behind League and football and cricket. And even then its mostly the kiwi expats that boost the numbers. So easy to see that rugby is not popular in Aussie because Aussies dont like watching male on male contact which kiwis call 'manly'!

  7. Eric02:05am Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Well first they need to know what position he is playing, could be 2nd five, centre or wing (right or left), or could be coming off the bench? If they are going to counter SBW thay will have to find 4 players for those 4 positions.

  8. Zee_Man11:41pm Thursday 02nd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Humble young lad is Sonny Bill, only off-field incident has been a trip to the ski fields and skirmish in boxing which you could hardly call headline incidents more like fish and chip paper. Other then that, hes helped the crusaders reach last seasons final, a member of a successful world cup campaign and now a team member of the chiefs in the final, he's done all that's been asked of him without ever dissing anybody, much respect SBW.

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  9. Bungeye11:20pm Thursday 02nd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Canada Sucks! SBW is and will always be a freakin legend - just ask my wife she'll tell ya that and more...

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  10. Steve12:01pm Thursday 02nd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    LOL, Dream on Harris. Wasn't it you who almost #$%$ your pants in the Chiefs vs. Reds game earlier this year when SBW confronted you?. xD


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