Wallabies wing Ben Tune has labelled the 2006 Vodacom Tri Nations a ‘non event’ on the basis of New Zealand’s dominance.
Tune, in his blog on Rugbyheaven.com, wrote the Wallabies had overpromised and underdelivered. He described their tournament as mediocre, despite beating off South Africa into second place.
He was also flattering of the Boks 24-16 win against the Wallabies.
“I definitely don’t want to take anything away from the South Africans as they played smart rugby and capitalised on their try-scoring opportunities when they came. The same can’t be said for the Wallabies, who made numerous line breaks but failed to convert most into points. It was as simple as not having the support players there to finish off the line breaks when they came. It has been a remarkable turnaround for the Springboks, considering they were the laughing stock of the competition only a couple of weeks ago. They won last night’s game on the back of some commanding field position and set-piece stability. In saying that, I thought it was their aggression and effectiveness at the breakdown that broke the back of the Wallabies. The South Africans effectively turned the Wallabies’ backs into spectators by disrupting their ball at the breakdown. This starved the backs of any quality ball to work with and effectively deprived the Wallabies of using one of their better strike weapons.”
In his summary of the tournament, he wrote: “It was a bit of a non-event. The All Blacks clearly dominated both their opponents with a blend of skilful, smart and mentally tough rugby. I think the Wallabies’ performance all up would be considered mediocre. Their inability to win away from home is what concerns me most, considering they won’t have the luxury of playing next year’s World Cup on home soil as they did in 2003.”