Bledisloe Cup Game 2 : What We Learned

The Bledisloe Cup is staying in New Zealand for the 14th time after the All Blacks defeated the Wallabies 29-9 in Wellington.

The All Blacks were not as dominant as they were the previous week in Sydney where they thrashed the Wallabies 42-8.

However, it was always going to be a tougher game than the previous week with the Wallabies looking to make amends for that poor result. The All Blacks got off to a flyer when Israel Dagg scored the first try of the match in the eighth minute setting the tone for the All Blacks. Beauden Barrett was also on fire being the instrumental component in the side by scoring nine points. The Wallabies were marginally better in terms of physicality and competitiveness with fly half Bernard Foley scoring two penalties. The Wallabies were right in it at half time when debutant Reece Hodge scored a penalty from halfway to give the visitors a slim chance with the scores 15-9 at the main break. Mistakes started to sink in for the Wallabies with poor lineouts being executed, missed tackles and a yellow card for Adam Coleman for a late shoulder charge on Ben Smith.

After the break, it was all going beautifully for the All Blacks when Julian Savea got things off to a flyer scoring the first try of the second half. The Wallabies went try-less in the second half, proving that the All Blacks are still the team to beat.

Here is what we learned in the second test.

Beauden Barrett proves why he is a starter 

Before the first Bledisloe test, there was much debate at who will be starting in the first five position; Beauden Barrett or fellow teamate Aaron Cruden. It was Barrett who got the nod in the first test and then, after a strong performance, again in the second. Prior to the series Barrett had only started 10 times out of his 40-match career but in this test he showed why he should start by making good gains with the boot, knowing when to run and knowing when to move the ball. Barrett also set up two tries as well as scoring nine points with the boot (three conversions and a penalty) showing way he should start for the remainder of the Rugby Championship.

Missed tackles proves decisive

If there is one thing certain in rugby, you cannot afford to miss tackles (especially if your opponent is the All Blacks) and if you do, well it can came back to bite you. This was exactly the case in Wellington for the Wallabies, who missed 28 tackles compared to the All Blacks who only missed eight tackles for the whole 80 minutes. This is a significant stat that Michael Cheika will look at when reviewing the match, before they play South Africa in Brisbane on the 10th of September.

 Israel Dagg is back to his best 

Israel Dagg is back to his best after another sublime display in the black jersey. Prior to this year, his form had dropped and to make matters worse he dislocated his shoulder. Dagg also missed the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England but since then he has been recalled to the All Blacks camp in the June internationals and hasn’t looked back and since then he has been the in form man.

Wallabies need to resolve their lineout problems 

One thing that has been very common in the last two Bledisloe cup matches is that the Wallabies have defensive issues. One problem from the second Bledisloe game was their lineouts. Their lineouts have been a big problem for the past two weeks but it was even more evident this week. Four lineouts were lost out of 12 for the Wallabies, which just shows how big of a problem this is. The good news for the Wallabies is that they will not face the All Blacks again until October 22, they do however; have a week off before they play South Africa. This should in fact give them enough time they need in order to resolve their lineout issues.


Hypertext Essay

My name is Fraser Stewart and I am a second year sport journalism student at La Trobe University. In order to become a sport journalist that separates from the crowd I have started creating a portfolio of work while, still completing my university commitments. I know in this particular industry it is what you do outside of university.

That is why I am currently writing for various sports websites such as Outside90, The Roar and I am yet to write for a Sri Lankan cricket website called Island Cricket.

I have also created my own blog(this blog) as I wish to become a sports journalist once I leave university. The purpose of the blog is to write about rugby union, rugby sevens, soccer, cricket and in some cases about the AFL. This blog is essentially about my views on sport but at the same time, writing about the lesser known sports or sports that do not get enough mainstream media attention such as hockey. My blog posts will have a unique feel about them, as I will be conducting research and providing insights and not just providing general news about the chosen sports.

I realise that the industry that I aim to be in which is to become a newspaper journalist is in decline. This now means that readers are more likely to go the internet in order to get their news more often rather than going out and buying a newspaper.

Readers are now paying more attention to websites than they have ever done before. That is one reason why I would love to work for and, as they are the number one source of information for cricket and rugby union and, over time, have developed credibility covering these codes. I would also love to have a by-line in a print newspaper such as the Age however, ESPNFC (soccer) and ESPN Cricinfo (cricket) would also be an ideal place to work since they focus on cricket and soccer and more importantly are both online.

My dream goal would be to work for a major multi-sport company such as Fox Sports Australia and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom covering a range of sports such as football (soccer), rugby union and cricket. I feel that I can provide great insight for the likes of Cricinfo,, Fox Sports Australia and Sky Sports as I have been fortunate enough to play cricket in Europe and have developed a solid understanding of the rules and strategies of the game. I have also been bought up in a cricketing environment, and I still play the game at club level.

As for covering football for the chosen organisations (Sky Sports , Fox Sports Australia and ESPNFC), I feel that I can provide valuable insight as I have lived in Europe; know the rules of the game, how the game is played and understand exactly what football means to most Europeans. My dream event however, would be to cover the FIFA World Cup for any media organisations or even to cover the UEFA European Championships.

Working within a sporting club or an organisation may also be an option. Opportunities such as working for and writing stories about the Melbourne Rebels (I am a member and go to all the home games), Melbourne Football Club (I am a Demons tragic) and the Sandringham Zebras in the VFL are also of great interest.

As much as I would like to become a writer I do realise that being involved in broadcasting could lead to more options being explored. This may mean covering not just one sport but multitude of sports and, while doing so, it could mean developing a variety of media experiences such as being on TV, and radio while also writing for the chosen organisation’s website. Being involved in the major sports broadcasting companies such ABC Grandstand, Channel 9 sport, 7 sport, 10 sport and SBS would definitely lead to developing greater experience in the sport media industry.

As, I want to have a career in writing as a journalist; I know there are two festivals in Melbourne that could help me in the chosen field such as the Melbourne writers festival and the sports writers festival.

In order to get a head start of my chosen career, during the upcoming summer holidays I am planning to try and volunteer at the Bayside Leader newspaper, which will give me valuable experience in the chosen field.