Wallabies self-destructed, says Knuckles

Wallabies coach John Connolly felt his team self-destructed in gifting New Zealand tries in the 20-point Vodacom Tri Nations defeat.

Connolly, whose Wallabies had won their home matches against England and Ireland, emphasised the Wallabies were their own worst enemies against the All Blacks.

“We gave New Zealand a lot of opportunities … four tries and most of them came from our mistakes. New Zealand are a great rugby side and they gave us very little,” said Connolly, who had no option but to concede his tight five took a pounding at scrum time.

“We knew what to expect and where they would be a threat to us,” said Connolly. “Our scrum fell away badly towards the end of the first half. It came good a little bit when Greg Somerville came on. But we gifted them a number of opportunities. They are a great side and they take advantage of that. You just can’t afford to slip up against an opposition of that calibre. We are bitterly disappointed but we know we helped New Zealand’s cause with the way we played. There was no shortage or lack of effort and that was fantastic.”

The defeat was the Wallabies’ 15th in their last 17 away matches against the top six teams.