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Wallabies attack is better than the All Blacks - Welsh coach

Australia international Bernard Foley

Ahead of this weekend’s test match against Australia, Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards has claimed the Wallabies possess the best rugby weapons in the world.

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“They have immense attacking weapons, they have the most potent attacking force in the first three phases in world rugby — even more than the All Blacks,” Edwards told Fox Sports.

“There is a multitude of outstanding backs. Karmichael Hunt debuted for the Brisbane Broncos when he was 17, which is an incredible feat.

“Whoever they play at fullback will be a potent force, whether it be Kurtley Beale etc.

Despite losing the third Bledisloe test, the All Blacks led Australia in every attacking statistical category in this year’s Rugby Championship. However Israel Folau was an individual standout for Australia, topping multiple individual statistical categories.

Wales have won just two of the last 17 clashes between the two nations and will be looking to secure their first win over the Wallabies since 2008.

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William 3 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

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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