Assistant coach Pierre-Henry Broncan said that Super Rugby is partly to be blamed for the Australian team’s worst result in the Rugby World Cup.
After the historic defeat to Fiji vs Wales. The Wallabies will miss the set of the quarter finals for the first time. The coach believed their inability to manage the tight game was the major factor.
Head coach Eddie Jones brought the team of 33 players with only 8 world cup experienced to build the team for 2027. “If you want a big difference between the (French) Top 14 and European Cup and your Super Rugby competition in Australia and with New Zealand, it’s the pressure,” he said. “In France, we have pressure every game because there is a massive thing about relegation or qualification (for the European Cup places). It’s very important for the European teams. In Super Rugby there is no relegation, you play just to win Super Rugby, (which) is a very good thing but just between New Zealand and Australian teams.
“You will see the next games in the World Cup — the quarterfinals, semifinals or final — there will be massive pressure on the pitch. A lot of games, they will finish with a very close score, and the last five or 10 minutes you can win or lose a game.
“Today, our team is not that (ready to deal with pressure). During halftime against Wales I was sure we were going to win the game. Ten points (the deficit to Wales) is nothing. But we start the second half and we concede a penalty and that was it. We need to change that in the future.”
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