Ofisa is a former All Black and Samoa international. As one of the most prominent halfbacks of the 1990s, Tonu'u won back-to-back Super Rugby titles with the Blues in 1996 and 1997.Read more exclusive columns
Tonu’u: Australia need to fight fire with fire
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Last week they looked clueless on attack and were ineffective on defence. Their normally innovative backline offered nothing and gave the All Blacks too much time to reset their defensive line. The usually dynamic Will Genia spent the whole game on the back foot while Bernard Foley stood to deep and lacked imagination to challenge the All Blacks defence.
If Australia are to have any chance this week, they need to feed off the work of Pocock and Hooper in the forwards and fight fire with fire in the backs.
NEWS | @QuadeCooper returns to #Australia starting line up for 2nd #BledisloeCup Test.https://t.co/KOBFA1v4Dx pic.twitter.com/bad2GluPv1— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) August 25, 2016Centre Samu Kerevi and fullback Israel Folau are both capable of blowing a game wide open but need to be given the opportunities to do so. Cooper will need to unleash his full bag of tricks to find a chink in the All Blacks armour if Australia are to have any chance.
Quade Cooper has been public enemy number one for All Blacks fans for a number of years now, but I hope that supporters don’t stoop to anything nasty this weekend. A bit of friendly banter is fine but let’s not cross the line with anything personal.
When looking at the current gulf between Australia and New Zealand, I believe the current Super Rugby format has made the All Blacks stronger.
There was a concern that the local derbies would take a physical toll on the New Zealand players and would ultimately weaken them. But I think it is the opposite. The local derbies have made all of the New Zealand teams stronger. The games are played at a Test match like intensity which is unmatched by any of the other conferences.
This week, I expect a bruised Australian side to bounce back and show some real pride in their performance. I don’t think it will be enough to get them a win, but I do expect a closer encounter in Wellington.
Hear from @AntonLB95 who is set to make his #AllBlacks Test debut in the number 12 jersey.#BledisloeCup #NZLvAUShttps://t.co/CkaYVkAEur— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) August 25, 2016