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Thursday, August 05, 2004

The big show

We can breathe a little easier with the Bledisloe already won, but Saturday night gives the All Blacks the chance to wrap up the Tri Nations, complete the clean sweep over Australia, answer the backline critics, and put on a show at Rugby's greatest stage.

The team is unbeaten this year, having survived some enourmous pressure in conditions that have not suited the new backline formation, especially in the last two games. If we're sick to death of talking about the flat formation, I'd guess the team is even more so. They will want to prove that thier tactics are the right ones, and now they have the dry track to show what they can do.

I think the Aussies will struggle to contain the black pack, bolstered by the return of Jonno Gibbes, who have done the hard work this year with style and considerable steel. Let's hope the backs can match thier efforts, and create some memories of this massive fixture we'll enjoy remembering for a change.

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