Only one test missing at the end of the international window, how did New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Argentina and Japan fared?
The final weekend of the Autumn Nations Series also marks the conclusion of the Southern Hemisphere formation rounds, with many players preparing for the final 80 minutes of their season before stopping and returning in 2022. It will be the same for the All Blacks and Wallabies, while the rugby players in Springboks, Pumas, and Brave Blossoms will continue with the various tournaments they are circulating around the world for. Pending the final rounds and completed balance sheets, let’s take a first look at their journey up to this point.
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Two good victories, one more failed (the victory with Italy, at least according to the New Zealand press) and the stoppage with Ireland says that much, if not all, of the All Blacks will depend on the match in Paris. Success against the ambitious Bleus would throw off a lot of controversy after Dublin, or else there would be several question-filled weeks before a team always doomed to win. It shouldn’t be forgotten that the All Blacks players are at the end of a very long season, given that between two Super Rugby and the Championship they’ve had a lot of very physical confrontations: think about the words of post-Italy-New Zealand, when the Blues held steady for three days due to The intensity of the match, it is understandable how tired you have been on the field since February for those who fight, almost every week, the bloody battles of the past. So it was all from Super Rugby Aotearoa and such a good part of the championship, it’s unnatural to lose in this situation against a major Ireland like the one we saw on Saturday. Now a very important exam is coming in Paris, will they bring the church back to the center of the village?
The rhetoric of physical toughness in the All Blacks season is still amplified if possible by South Africa adding a streak that is nothing short of devastating against the Lions. In addition, many of his players play between France and England where the “touch” is certainly not played, so one would think that No. 1 in the standings is not entirely deserving of the Springboks. True, there were stumbling blocks in two defeats against Australia, but the victory over the All Blacks and two very strong Tests against Wales and Scotland put some things back in place. Conquering London means ending the year at the top and finding some peace of mind, but it’s not like the great tragedies that can occur in the event of defeats.
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No, it wasn’t the best November possible for the Wallabies. First Scotland and then England beat the Australian team, slowing the ambitions born from the summer double success against the world champions. The feeling is that there are still many problems, and Saturday in Cardiff will only be a walk. The success against Japan seems to give hope for a quieter month, but seeing the performance of the Japanese, Oita’s result should be a huge weight. Of course, there are absences and a season about to come to an end, but to finish with three defeats in Europe would certainly not be the best way to head into 2022. The only positive thing? From December 8th Ashes Cricket Series will begin with England, after which all Australians will forget about rugby (and other sports) to push Tim Payne and his buddies together to success.
The win with Italy cemented Ledesma’s seat, if difficult, and put a few things back in place in Pumas’ home. It is true that they came from seven consecutive defeats but looking at the names and lists of opponents it still makes sense in terms of performance. The good match against France and the victory in Treviso made us savor the flavors of Argentina in the past, very pessimistic and tangible. So the Dublin test is very interesting, as patchwork Ireland could represent a more handy opponent than the infernal machine that pinned the All Blacks on Saturday.
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Simply inexplicable. However, after a positive summer, as they made Ireland tremble at home, the Brave Blossoms took countless steps back. However, the defeat to Australia also had to be weighed against the Wallabies’ results, but then came Dulbino’s sensational 60-5 result, in a match without a date, and in danger of collapsing against Portugal. In Coimbra, the Lusitans managed to always stay on the heels of the Japan so much favored on the eve, and in the end risked winning it. Now comes Murrayfield’s away game against Scotland, an opponent who, as we’ve seen so far, could be superior (not a bit) to the Japanese side. The results are difficult to understand those obtained so far, will there be a recovery in the end?
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