Tuesday 19 March 2019

Photographers capture Australian tactical sheets ahead of tomorrow's World Cup Final

Michael Cheika talks with Mario Ledesma during the Captain's Run ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final against New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium
Michael Cheika talks with Mario Ledesma during the Captain's Run ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final against New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium
Michael Cheika talks with Mario Ledesma during the Captain's Run ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final against New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium
Australia's Head Coach Michael Cheika during the captain's run at Twickenham Stadium,

Declan Whooley

Australian coach Michael Chieka led the final Wallaby training session before tomorrow's World Cup Final, but attentions have been focused on his tactical sheets which were picked up by photographers at the captain's run in Twickenham today.

Scrum coach Mario Ledesma also had tactical sheets in his possession during the captain's run today and photographers were able to zoom in to uncover some of the Wallaby tactics as they attempt to dethrone the reigning champions in London tomorrow.

With notes based around the kick-off strategy, defence and attack, it appears the Australians are aiming to "rattle" All Black number 8 Kieran Read and will be targeting wingers Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julien Savea aerially.

Whether it was simply purposeful move from the wily Cheika or a genuine oversight, it has ratcheted up the tensions as the two rivals gear up for battle on the biggest stage of them all.

Michael Cheika talks with Mario Ledesma during the Captain's Run ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final against New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium
Michael Cheika talks with Mario Ledesma during the Captain's Run ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final against New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium

Here is what the notes revealed:

On Kickoffs

Kickoff #5 and keep Poey [David Pocock] back (no Carter rage) (high as possible)

Australia's Head Coach Michael Cheika during the captain's run at Twickenham Stadium,
Australia's Head Coach Michael Cheika during the captain's run at Twickenham Stadium,

Kickoff receipt #4 Kieran Read (get him rattled)

Kick receipt shift off edge, forwards then snap to Snow or play

Own the air space, catch everything, chace everything, escort wingers!!!

On Defence

Carter running right to left

Nonu steps back on the inside when linespeed against

Badge defence (Wednesday morning)

Turnover spark in attack and defence

On Attack

Lineout attack gainline front foot speed. Expose Milner-Skudder and Savea under ball or in backfield

... with ball in hand, keep finding our shap. (Turnover kick long if space, or maintain...

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