2020 Bledisloe Cup, Game 1: Top 4 players from the All Blacks v Wallabies Game in Wellington


Sam Cane looked after the All Black frontline all afternoon.

He became the centerpiece behind the Wallabies’ weakness.

That would be their lack of continuous build-up play support & throw-ins.

Cane stepped in to ensure that the ball goes to the All Blacks.

And he succeeded in this significant effect thanks to his brilliant defensive reading.

He gives his attackers a chance to build the attack.

That is where Cane let Aaron Smith set up the conversion side.

Sam Cane would have like to have a head start.

But he worked very hard to deny the Wallabies their first win of 2020.

Jordie Barrett

Jordie can unleash his fantastic finishing via his pace & physicality.

The support is there, where he relies on the service to execute the counter-attack.

The fellow backline players ran with Jordie through the channels such as:

  • Short balls
  • Vision to see the gaps
  • Communication

All of these traits helped Jordie get ready to capitalize on the opposition mistakes.

One notable example is the patient build-up play at the 17th minute.

That is where Richie Mo’unga found some space on the far-right.

And Jordie called this at the right time to give the All Blacks a headstart.

He also has the kicking strength with two penalty goals.

That includes the moment Jordie denied Australia the win with one minute before the final siren.

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto

He is flexible both at defense and attack in the No.4 lock position.

The physicality and pace are there to eat every meter of the opposition half.

And he played a significant part in keeping the build-up play patient.

He finished his fair share to identify the All Blacks’ fundamental weakness.

Then he hands over to Nic White to set up the finishing.

He can also be a great defensive contributor.

The physical muscle and vision are there to stuff up the All Blacks attack.

Salakaia-Loto stepped in when the opposition unable to find their support runners.

Their lack of lost balls stopped their build-up play & return at the Wallabies possession.

Filippo Daugunu

Daugunu is a pacey winger on the right-hand side.

Not only Daugunu runs with his other backline support through the channels.

But he has a quick pace and passing with the clear vision to devastate the All Blacks.

The service and communication are essential before he can execute all of his best strengths.

Daugunu played a significant role in the Wallabies’ comeback at the final 40.

The patient build-up play after the line out gave Nic White some time.

And when he found a small gap on the far-right, Daugunu executed his best traits to level 13-13.

He used to play soccer in Fiji using his pace, vision, and stamina to control the game.

And the Queensland Reds/Wallabies is thankful to have him.

Daugunu transferred the same qualities from the soccer field to the rugby pitch that allowed him to win games & bring home silverware.

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