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‘People don’t really understand’: Samu Kerevi’s message for Wallabies fans

By Finn Morton
Samu Kerevi of the Wallabies runs with the ball during the The Rugby Championship & Bledisloe Cup match between the Australia Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 29, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam/Getty Images)

Rugby fans and bookmakers have given the Wallabies next to no chance of beating the All Blacks in this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup clash in Dunedin.

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The Wallabies fell to their third consecutive defeat just over a week ago as New Zealand put on a second-half attacking clinic in front of almost 84,000 people at the world-famous MCG.

Playing under current coach Eddie Jones, who replaced former boss Dave Rennie in the Wallabies’ hot seat in January, the men in gold are yet to register a win.

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With just over a month to go until their opening Rugby World Cup fixture against Georgia, some Australian rugby fans are filled with the all-too-familiar feelings of pessimism and doubt.

But don’t give up on the Wallabies. Not yet.

In the leadup to the second and final Bledisloe Cup Test of the year, world-class centre Samu Kerevi issued a very clear message to Wallabies fans.

“We don’t want to accept losses. We understand (zero) and four and three, but it’s not something that we’re focused on to be honest,” Kerevi told reporters on Friday.

“We’ve taken each game as it’s come, worked really hard each week and sometimes you do all the right things – and that’s the thing with success, you can do all the right things, tick all the boxes, and still fall short.

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“From the outside people don’t really understand how much sacrifice the team does, and not just the players but the staff… I don’t think people really understand.

“They can say their comments over socials but the team sticks tight because we know what we’ve sacrificed, we understand how the fathers here have spent time away from their kids.

“As a team we haven’t tried to look into that, we’ve tried to look at the answers because the answers are only going to come in this group… we’ve worked extremely hard.

“We believe we’re going to get what we’re working hard for… at the end of the year, when we look back, this trial by fire is what the team will be made of in the end. You can stick by us or not but we’re sticking by each other.”

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The Wallabies are on the brink of a disastrous run of four losses on the bounce. They haven’t beaten the All Blacks on New Zealand soil in more than two decades.

Australia will need to rewrite history.

“We’ve taken each game as it’s come, worked really hard each week and sometimes you do all the right things – and that’s the thing with success, you can do all the right things, tick all the boxes, and still fall short,” Kerevi added.

“For us it’s about the confidence in what we’ve been doing and to keep building on it because it’s a long year, there’s a bigger prize at the end.”

The Wallabies take on arch-rivals New Zealand at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Following that Test, the Australians are set to announce their Rugby World Cup squad on Thursday.

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john 346 days ago

They will come right eventually.

It takes a while to de programmne then re programme a rugby team after appalling coaching previously.

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mitch 346 days ago

Lots of changes for the ABs so Wallabies in for a chance this weekend if there front row can cope.

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William 1 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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