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Eales says only ground skills and mobility will beat AllBlacks

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James Mortimer     09 Oct 2012     Getty Images

Against the Pumas the Wallabies decided to field a giant 900kg plus pack, with the notable selection being that of 120kg, 203cm lock Sitaleki Timani in the back row.

Eales said that the Wallabies needed to put aside a potential fascination of size and ensure that they picked a team to match the All Blacks at their strengths.

Writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, Eales said that rolling out a mammoth pack would not impress the World Champions, saying mobility and work on the deck would be the only thing to allow the Wallabies to win the third Bledisloe test.

“The argument for selecting the heaviest and one of the tallest Wallaby packs ever revolved around physical presence and freeing Timani up for his damaging, wrecking-ball runs out wide,” the former lock wrote.

“The arguments against were focused on mobility, or lack thereof.”

“…There is risk in using that same combination against the All Blacks in Brisbane in two weeks' time when a high work rate, combined with superior ground skills and mobility, will be what is required to thwart the All Blacks.”

Eales also felt that the Wallabies were not building adequate pressure and executing essential skills, while he felt that they missed a couple of current game breakers who could seal a test with a magical play.

The former Australian captain felt the All Blacks had all those attributes.

“Success comes more from the culmination of pressure mounted by excellent execution of basic skills than through the brilliant play of individuals,” he wrote.

“When combined with brilliant play by individuals you have the All Blacks, who won their 16th Test on the trot to complete the championship undefeated.”

“In Brisbane on October 20 against the Wallabies they will attempt to equal the world record for major rugby nations of 17 consecutive test victories (Lithuania secured 18 consecutive Test victories but none against top-tier rugby nations), so there's significant motivation for the Wallabies to end the domestic season with a win.”