If there was a moment that pricked the interest of the Wallabies and has them motivated on the eve of Bledisloe II at Eden Park, it was the off the ball cleanout from Brodie Retallick on Michael Hooper.
At the time the Wallabies captain told the All Blacks enforcer, playing his first Bledisloe Test since 2018, you “got me good”.
“I’m like, ‘I didn’t miss playing you’,” the Wallabies captain told reporters on Friday following their captain’s run.
On Thursday, returning Wallabies halfback Nic White, who was sitting on the sidelines after only just returning to full training, said the hit was “legal” and went as far to say, “that’s what rugby’s about”.
But what White, Hooper, Rob Valetini and Andrew Kellaway spoke about in-between the two Tests was the fact the Wallabies were passive.
For many of the Wallabies, playing their first Test at Eden Park and at the…