Wallabies better prepared for All Blacks

Sam Talakai is confident the Wallabies will be better prepared for the All Blacks this year after their solid hit out against the Super Rugby Selection XV on Friday night.

Tasked with mimicking the All Blacks style of play, Talakai and the Super Selection XV relished the chance to play a more open and expansive style of play.

“We came together at very short notice, but we were there to give the Wallabies a run through of similar shapes and the pictures that they will see come Bledisloe one,” explained Talakai.

The task was never going to be easy, made harder by a short preparation time.

“A lot of them (the Wallabies) have been together for three or four seasons now and they’ve been building consistency. Obviously, it was a trial game, but in saying that, a lot of their players looked really crisp out there.”

“Marika Koroibete, even Matty Toomua when he stepped on the field looked class – a lot of their combinations are coming together. Hopefully they can prepare well in the next month or so and hit the ground running.”

The opportunity to train and play alongside old friends was also a source of inspiration for the Rebels prop. He nominated the efforts of former Rebel Pama Fou as inspiring for the Super XV Selection.

“I thought he was quite impressive on the weekend. Other guys I have played with who put their hands up for selection were definitely Richard Hardwick and Angus Cottrell – those two were immense during the game.”