We’ve been without the internet at home this week, which means I’ve yet to point out how devastated I was with Wales’ loss to England last Sunday. As Wales prepare for an All Blacks onslaught at Eden Park – where the home team haven’t lost a test match since 1994 – they will be hoping to put to bed the incredibly disappointing performance at Twickenham.
That 27-13 loss left us rather exposed and did nothing to shake the accusations that Wales have become too one-dimensional in attack. Any creativity and flair was seemingly abandoned in favour of battering our way over the gain-line. There were countless handling errors, too. I haven’t been so disappointed with a Wales performance in quite some time, and it’s served to make the impending tour to Ne Zealand seem all the more daunting.
England looked a more confident side, despite fielding a supposedly weaker team than Wales, on paper at least. They will be tested to their limits on the Australia tour, but I do feel they could win at least one of their matches.
Equally, I do feel Wales are capable of moving up several more gears, and throwing a few surprises the All Blacks’ way. Emily and I were at the game in Hamilton in 2010, last time Wales toured New Zealand, and having been comfortably beaten in the first test, that second game was a much tighter affair. Many critics seem to think Wales’ best chance of a test victory will be in the opening match, but I believe we are more likely to grow into the test series. Therefore, if Wales are to taste victory, I’m tipping it to be in the final test at Dunedin.
There is a mid-week game against the Chiefs in Hamilton for Wales to look forward to also. Gareth Anscombe will undoubtedly be relishing an opportunity for a run out against some of his old team-mates. I’m expecting him to get a shot at fly-half for that match, and it will be great to see what contribution he can bring to the Wales set-up from that position.
Here’s a quick reminder of what Wales will be up against in the coming weeks:
So they can play a bit of rugby! I still believe we can do it.
Come on Wales!!