All Blacks vs Wallabies: All Blacks gained upper hand with timing of Spygate revelations

Get Now- All Blacks vs Wallabies Live Stream Online Free HD TV Rugby Bledisloe Cup 2017 Live Streaming. Watch New Zealand vs Australia-Rugby Championship. Wallabies v All Blacks –  An interesting item of news came to light during the Spygate bugging trial earlier this week: New Zealand Rugby Union boss Steve Tew was told a bug had been found in the All Blacks’ Sydney hotel on the Monday before the opening Test.

Suffice it to say that Australian eyebrows shot up at this revelation from the testimony of All Blacks manager Darren Shand. After all, the All Blacks’ explanation of why they had waited until the day of the match, August 20, to go public with the story was that they had to wait for Tew to arrive from the Rio Olympics. Yet here was Shand testifying that Tew was made aware of it on August 15, while in Brazil.

Now, this perhaps may all have been due to confusion or shock. But there is no question that by ­releasing the news on the very day of the first Bledisloe Test that a ­listening device had been found, the New Zealanders ensured that maximum damage was done to the Wallabies. Everyone suspected them. I spent the whole day in Rio answering — or rather, not ­answering — questions about it, all the time thinking: The Wallabies wouldn’t have been that stupid … would they? Certainly every Kiwi journalist I bumped into was wearing a smug look.

Now imagine how Michael Cheika must have felt during all of this. If the bugging rumours ­reflected on anyone, then they surely reflected on him. He was in total charge of the Wallabies, who surely would have been the main ­beneficiaries of any intelligence picked up by the bugging device.

At the time, Cheika had a ­relatively good record against the All Blacks, one win out of three, the third match having been the tense World Cup final of the previous year. But then (as everyone was saying a year ago) … you never know what pressure might drive a man to.

The New Zealanders say that they never accused Cheika or the Wallabies of anything in connection to the bug. They didn’t need to. Just put the story out there, via their media outlet of choice, the NZ Herald, and the rest would take care of itself.

Now imagine … which is what I believe is the case … Cheika knew absolutely nothing about the ­bugging. Not a clue. And then he is told, on the day that his team is about to play the All Blacks, that the story has broken and that, by implication, he is viewed as the prime suspect.

The All Blacks have always complained that rival teams were spying on them and now, seemingly, they have irrefutable proof. And it has happened while they are in Australia.

The All Black players have had the best part of a week to absorb the news but the Wallabies are ­totally exposed, caught out in no-man’s land, as though a flare had been released just as they were preparing their attack. They are decimated, 42-8.

Now, this result might have ­occurred even if none of the off-field events had ever taken place.

The All Blacks are always ­capable of doing that to any team. But there is no question that the Wallabies looked rattled and it would have been fascinating to have had an insight into their thinking: confusion, denial, but then doubt perhaps, as they ­succumbed to what the rest of the country was thinking: Was it us? Was it Cheik?

These are not the thoughts any team wants to be taking into any match, let alone a Test match against the most formidable side on the planet. No doubt, the ­Wallabies quickly cleared their heads and started thinking ­sensibly again. But by then the damage was done.

New Zealanders openly wonder why Australia does not give the All Blacks the respect they feel they are entitled to. But, then, ­respect is a two-way street and there also has not been much ­respect flowing westwards across the Tasman in recent years.

Arguably, it traces back to John O’Neill’s day and the decision to usurp the 2003 World Cup tournament. Even now, 14 years after the event, that still rankles. Most Kiwis have not forgotten it. Forgiveness is still a long way off.

These days, of course, Australian rugby hasn’t done a lot to command, let alone demand, respect. This year in Super Rugby, Kiwi teams beat Australian teams in all 26 encounters. You would think, just on the law of averages, that one local team would have got the job done. The Queensland Reds came closest, leading the Crusaders until the final minute.

26-0. That’s an awful lot of psychological damage for one coach to have to clean up and it’s not particularly surprising that Cheika has had the Wallabies in camp for the best part of a month, finding new and inventive ways to test the resolve of his players. Frankly, he has flogged them to death. Onlookers were left wondering what all of this was doing to the Wallabies’ legs. Would they have any stamina left to repel the All Blacks when they staged their inevitable final quarter onslaught?

Yet there was also a sense that Cheika was preparing them for battle as never before. By testing their bodies, he was also testing their minds.

The All Blacks are coming off a drawn series against the British and Irish Lions — which they are reading as a defeat — and it may be that the Lions showed there was a way to pressure them into error and even defeat. But don’t for a moment think that the All Blacks’ vulnerabilities have been exposed or that the Wallabies been handed a blueprint for victory.

That was simply a snapshot of the New Zealanders’ struggles in June, amplified, by the way, by Sonny Bill Williams’ indiscretions. They will have taken the lessons from the Lions series and moved on. Cheika knows that. He also knows it’s pretty much unthinkable that the Wallabies can beat the All Blacks, but he thinks it anyhow. Now he’s working on his players, working on their mindset, getting them to think it too source