Eddie Jones’ Wallabies ‘in a world of hurt’ as they look towards the Rugby World Cup

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The Wallabies’ defeat to the All Blacks in the first Bledisloe Cup Test showed that they are too easy to play against at the moment.

That is according to former New Zealand scrum-half Justin Marshall, who has not been impressed by Australia under Eddie Jones.

They opened their Rugby Championship with a heavy defeat to a makeshift South Africa outfit before Jones’ men succumbed to Argentina at home.

Hopes were high that they could respond in the biggest clash of all against their arch-rivals New Zealand, but the Wallabies were hammered 38-7.

No identity

“They’re scrambling for ideas on how to break down good defensive systems. They’re kind of relying on individuals to spark and looking for a sensational play out of nowhere because their game plan at the moment is really easily picked off,” Marshall told The Platform.

“I don’t agree that they were the better side in the first 20 minutes. They had a couple of moments there where they looked good and they had the All Blacks under pressure but then they made some poor decisions in that 20 minutes as well.

“They are a team that’s struggling for their identity and they are in a world of hurt at the moment. It’s going to be interesting to see how they recover from where they are at the moment to try and be competitive at the World Cup.”

Former Wallaby Sekope Kepu is not quite as downbeat and believes that they can still come right during the Rugby World Cup.

“It’s just a little hiccup with the team and I’m sure he will look to keep those combinations on this weekend,” Kepu said on The Breakdown.

“I thought Carter Gordon did really well, and I think he (Jones) will look to build the chemistry within those combinations until the World Cup.

“They will be hurting but they will take a lot of positives. They showed they can match it physically, their locks were great, but having Allan (Alaalatoa) get hurt was a big blow.

“I speak to a few of the boys in camp and they’re very happy. He’s obviously brewing something in there which they’re buying in to. I’m sure we’ll see that come to fruition at some stage.”

Lack of depth

Ex-New Zealand wing Sir John Kirwan can also see improvements in Jones’ side but believes that a lack of depth could be a problem.

“He would have looked at all the guys that he’s dropped, he would have looked at all the players, he would have looked at every rugby league player,” Kirwan said on The Breakdown.

“I think he’s got to settle on a side. We talked about combinations… but we don’t know any combinations in the Australian side.

“He’s got to go, ‘this is my best side, barring injuries, and I’m going to play it now all the way through.’

“The trouble is that Allan Alaalatoa is a big loss. Then Tongan Thor goes on and he gets injured. Now you’re asking, ‘who’s coming?’

“You need depth to go to the World Cup. I think this Australian side is heading in the right direction, we’ve seen some signs of improvement according to Eddie, but their depth will be a problem.”

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