Australia blunder reveals final gameplan

Australia coach Michael Cheika with Mario Ledesma
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Australia have committed a major blunder on the eve of their World Cup final showdown with New Zealand on Saturday by accidentally revealing elements of their game-plan for usurping the current world champions.

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika and his assistant Mario Ledesma accidentally gave away elements of the precious information at the captain's run at Twickenham having been photographed holding pieces of paper carrying the details, clearly visible in the subsequent photographs, that were intended to remain secret.

To "expose" wings Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea under the high ball or in the backfield and to "rattle" number eight Kieran Read at restarts were just some of Cheika and co’s instructions to the Wallabies, now known to the public at large.

In addition, influential number eight and recently nominated World Rugby player of the year nominee David Pocock is told to hold off when Australia are taking a kick-off by not targeting All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter - "no Carter rage". 

The looming aerial battle at Twickenham is teed up by the words "own the air space, catch everything, chase everything, escort wingers!!!".

And Australia's coaches have evidently been pouring over their Rugby Championship rivals' attacking tape with the notes stating that Kiwi pivot Carter runs "right to left", "Nonu steps back on the inside" when defensive line speed is rapid and calls for a "turnover spark in attack and defence".


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