Australia are banking on back row pace in their bid to unseat the All Blacks in an exciting Rugby Championship decider in Sydney on Saturday.
It has been 13 years since the Wallabies last held the title over New Zealand and they have not beaten the All Blacks in any contest for four years so there a lot of pride resting on the match at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium.
With the Rugby World Cup just weeks away Australian coach Mike Cheika is looking to make an impression and is prepared to take tactical risks in the hope of breaking the cycle against the All Blacks.
Flankers David Pocock and Michael Hooper will play in tandem, the idea being to move quickly around the pitch from breakdown to breakdown and cutting off New Zealand halfback Aaron Smith’s supply to the front.
It is a tactic that worked for South Africa against the All Blacks two weeks ago.