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Australia wrecks Ireland’s winning run

Australia wrecks Ireland’s winning run

23 Irish blokes walk into a stadium. That’s about as far as I got. An Irish side on a twelve game winning streak is no joke and Australia will have to be a whole lot better than they have been to keep up. With only five or six days in camp, the Wallaby coaching staff have had their work cut out putting their plans in place. For Australia, I look forward to seeing how Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Taniela Tupou go, and in the backs, I’m little anxious, but optimistic with the selection od Samu Kerevi at outside centre.  

The Match

The first half

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An intriguing half of rugby! The Wallabies are a whole lot better than I was expecting and Ireland every bit as good as expected. Both teams had their opportunities but it was Australia who managed to plant the ball over the line. The Aussie backs managed to get on the outside of Ireland’s rush defence and made major inroads into the 22. Kerevi was tackled metres short of the line and a quick recycle put Foley away in the corner. The Wallabies defence was brutal with 5 or 6 certain to make highlight reels everywhere. Ireland’s defence was nothing to be sneezed at snuffing out plenty of the Wallabies attacking moves almost before they had started. Two penalties to Ireland and one to Australia made the  score 8-6 to Australia.

The second half

Israel Folau charges down a kick

Israel Folau charges down a kick

The Wallabies lost a little composure after the break, but the game still rumbles along at lightning pace. Ireland moved ahead with a penalty shot early in the half to lead 9-8 and for a while, it looked like they had Australia’s measure. But the Wallabies fired up after a horrible call from the video ref which overturned an Israel Folau and bought the play back 7 or 8 phases to penalise an Australian player tackling an Irish player after falling for the dummy pass. The Wallabies were galvanised by the injustice and from there got themselves into the Irish half and won their own penalty to move ahead 11-9. The Wallabies lifted from there as the belief that the could win dawned on them and it wasn’t long until David Pocock smashed his way over after a massive buildup that must have involved every Australian player. Bernard Foley converted to give Australia a bit of breathing room with Ten minutes to go. Ireland wasn’t finished yet and worked their way up the field a couple of time and even got the ball over the line with moments to go only to be called back for a knock on.

The final whistle blew and Australia had won an 18-9 victory that I had given them no chance of getting only hours earlier.

Israel Folau struggles to beat a tackle as Kurtley Beale hits the deck

Israel Folau struggles to beat a tackle as Kurtley Beale hits the deck

 


The Game Changer

For me the clear moment things change was Israel Folau had his try disallowed for something that had happened minutes earlier. That and a neck roll on Michael Hooper changed the attitude of the Wallaby players and they seemed to decide that they weren’t losing anything now.

The G&GR MOTM

I’m going to give this to David Pocock. He scored a try and was everywhere all over the park. In my opinion, he was the best six, packing at eight playing like a seven on the park.

Wallaby watch

The usual suspect, Genia Hooper, Beale, Foley, Kepu and Folau. Happily Samu Kerevi had a great game. But no one managed to put a black mark next to their names and everyone stood up.


The Details

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Score & Scorers

Australia: 18
Tries: Bernard Foley, David Pocock
Conversions: Bernard Foley 1/2
Penalties: Bernard Foley 2/2
Ireland: 9
Tries:
Conversions:
Penalties: Joey Carbery 3/4

Cards & citings

None

David Pocock chases a loose ball

David Pocock chases a loose ball

Kurtley Beale celebrates David Pococks try

Kurtley Beale celebrates David Pococks try

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  • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

    Cheers, Shane.

    David Pocock still the best 7 in the world, and still the best player we have produced since George Smith.

    Cheika, please let the team continue to kick as it worked pretty well and they will get better with more practice, just coach Beale/Foley and get them to really think about kicking smart.

    Awesome win, Wallabies! But I’m sure Ireland will be stronger next week.

    What an exciting test match. Really pumped for next week now. Just one more win!

    • Jason

      >since George Smith

      Mate, I think George Smith is a fucking rock solid 7, but if we are talking pure 7, there has never been a pure Aussie 7 anywhere near David Pocock, EVER!

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        I’m a huge Poey fan, but cannot quite agree there :)! Regardless, two all-time great Wallabies.

        Pocock is one of the few sportspeople I look up to as an idol outside of his sporting prowess too. Truly a great, kind man who we can all learn so much from.

        • Nutta

          Nah, there’s gotta be something buried somewhere. Some Neo Nazi, two-headed Satanic ritualistic thing somewhere. He’s just too clean to be true. He may well be an alien or some sort of Manchurian Candidate embed… Somethings just not quite right…

    • Dud Roodt

      It looked like Beale had the ball on a string when targeting Folau, but Foley had no fucking clue where the ball was going to end up

      • Fatflanker

        He was kicking a tad shallow, wasn’t he. Still, those kicks to Folau must have been the most telegraphed tactic ever and were still pretty effective. The rugby world will be watching to see what Ireland does next week to counter him.

        • onlinesideline

          If we had any brains we should compeltely change up what we do as well.

        • MalachyBernard

          It is simple to fix. Just limit Foley to place kicks, Beale to clearance kicks with maybe Hodge as a backup. I don’t mind Foley doing the cross kick to Folau when it is on but it needs to be targeted. Clearing out of 22 is still the big weakness for Foley but it can be mitigated with the players we have now.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I think DHP is actually the best clearance option. His boot is second biggest to Hodge and by far the most accurate and fastest.

        • Andy

          Agree DHP should be doing the touch finders. But in fairness, Foley wasn’t too bad last night in the department. His only really bad kick was the cross field that went out on the full. And he’s been doing them well this year for the Tahs

        • Patrick

          This and the distance on penalties are the two things we (still) have to fix most urgently.

        • Alister Smith

          The bloke jumps two foot clear of anyone he sees to come up against so its one thing knowing whats coming and another thing dealing with it. Still I am sure the Kiwis and other top opposition will come up with something. We need a few more jokers in the pack than just that one.

    • onlinesideline

      I thought Beales kicks were spot on, some were chased down, some werent. If they arent chased down next week, we will be punished. Foleys though, I counted 5 that were bad, I think there were actually 6 or 7.

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        I thought most of them were pretty good, mate, and I loved the idea. But a few of them were a bit too cute, going too far to be contestable and just handing possession back. I think it is absolutely a tactic we need to continue with though, and the more we practice the more we have to improve.

        The worst ones by Foley were (1) that awful crossfield kick that went straight out on the full just outside our 22 and (2) those two kicks to Jacob Stockdale at the start of the second half that put us under a ridiculous amount of pressure for about 10 minutes. Foley especially needs to practice them more to improve.

  • Moose

    THanks for the quick writeup Sully.

    Wow, those hits in the first ten… I would be fair dinkum dead if I was on the end of one of those.

    I thought great defence, good scrum, lineout uurgh. Didnt think anyone had a bad game really apart from some dodgy throws. THought the Paddies were unlucky to have both tries disallowed.
    Anyone see the Chinese lucky cat in the coaches box? Will take it any way we can get it…

    • I missed the cat completely. The lineout seemed to be a complete miscommunication and a couple of bad throws from BP-A. You could see the emotion he was dealing with before the game. I hope he gets another chance.

      • astromo

        Saw the cat on the big screen at the ground. A couple of us did the cat wave when it showed. Whatever gets the job done and every little bit extra can’t hurt.

        Thanks for the write up Sully.

    • 22DropOut

      The two Irish disallowed fries were shambolic decisions.

      The disallowed Australian try was a shambolic decision.

      The scrum penalty showed a lack of understanding of the rules from the referee, it turned 90 and should have been reset.

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        Not really. No clear grounding on the first, attacking scrum awarded is the correct decision. On the second the TMO said that he had technology available to him that showed a clear knock on that he couldn’t show to us. No reason to think he’s lying.

        Two correct decisions.

      • Alister Smith

        I have had a few disallowed fries at Maccas…disallowed by my dietician anwyay. :) or were you having ago at the Irish for being spud friendly

        • Steve

          The refs a brave man for disallowing the Irish their potatoes.

      • Patrick

        The Irish turned 90, deliberately, the Aussies did not, hence the penalty

        • 22DropOut

          They didn’t turn 90 deliberately, the Wallabies pack targeted Furlong who couldn’t cope

        • Patrick

          Yes absolutely, I think they succeeded in isolating him, and he went back on wheels, but then i thought they tried to salvage something by pulling back around past 90°.

          But I have not rewatched!

    • Alister Smith

      I saw it…it is part of Li’s attempts to further infiltrate Australian society after he got caught out with the Uni funding. He sent it to Cheik via Twiggy.

      I liked the aggression in the early defence but what I liked best about it was that we combined that big individual defence with a solid defensive structure. In the past blokes have come out of the line to make big hits and left holes in behind them. This time I didn’t see that so Grey et al must have done a lot of work on it. Thought Latu was the better of the two hookers, perhaps they will swap them around next weekend and finish with BPA. I would like to see him have another chance.

  • B Matt

    Only one team came to play tonight, Ireland must over take England as most boring team going around. No point having forwards that hold position if you don’t make anything from it going sideways mostly.

    • Fatflanker

      They play to their strengths BM – the constant time-outs were a bit cynical but they looked pretty dangerous and they certainly left some tries out there.

      • onlinesideline

        Totally agree. They are good. They will be much much better next week. Any kicking with no chasers next week and we will brought down to earth very quickly. And they will improve in other areas as well.

  • Dud Roodt

    A couple of rushed points from me;

    – the defence was immense, particularly in the forst half. Koriebete, Coleman, Hooper and even Beale tackled woth passion and perfect timing
    – Pocock is exactly what we always knew: incredible. That was honestly one of the best performances by any player I’ve ever seen.
    – that is the Pooper working in perfect tandem. If they play like that together, I’m converted
    – Koriebete should be in any team just on defensive abilities alone
    – Foley continues to be the weak link
    – I thought Kerevi was really good in both defence and attack
    – Quiet game from BPA but his passion was great to see
    – Samu looked ready to go from the second he came on
    – Timu seemed quiet
    – Coleman great first half, needs to sort out discipline
    – Simmons……

    All in all, really strong start to the season for the Wallabies. They held their composure when I feel in previous seasons they would have lost it.
    Credit to Cheika and Hooper

    • Adrian

      Good points Did, but don’t agree re Foley, I thought he was excellent, typified by how he set up the try he eventually scored himself, after getting up off the ground. Other points on the money though

      • Dud Roodt

        I think at certain times he was solid, and others he seemed to lose the plot, case in point was the first 5 mins of the second half, we had great field position, then the ball strayed loose and he jsut aimlessly kicked it twice, just complete cluster fucks

        • Huw Tindall

          Dud drink the cool-aid Adrian is selling. You won’t look back.

        • Andrew Luscombe

          The aussie approach to kicking was so far removed from previous tactics that it had to be a team instruction practced through the week. I wouldn’t blame Foley for the amount of it, or the fact that half the kicks didn’t work well. Enough did that it was a worthwhile approach.

        • Dud Roodt

          Yeah I agree it must have been. It almost seemed that at times it was their only option.

          Unfortunately for Foley, he just doesn’t have the tactical kicking nous

        • Patrick

          I vividly remember them, I really thought we would lose at that stage because we, specifically Foley, were just handing them the ball back.

      • OnTheBurst

        I seem to remember that Beale’s in-game kicking was on the money… while many of Foley’s were a bit aimless

        • Andy

          Aside from the 1 cross field kick out on the full I thought the complete opposite. From memory, Beale botched 2 cross field kicks that went knowwhere near Folau and straight down the Irish players throat and a kick on attack into space that went straight into the opposition in-goal.

    • Twoilms

      What, exactly, did Foley do wrong? I can’t pick a single thing. I thought Genia was worse.

      • cantab

        Thought his kicking game was rubbish, though all up he had an okay game.

        IMO he is head and shoulders above the next best 5/8 in Aussie rugby, so ppl rubbishing him are on a hiding to nothing.

        • Nutta

          Agreed. Seriously, who else is there? Cupid? Hamish whateverhisnameis? Seriously Foley is the only option.

        • Straith

          I’ve said it a million times. Its not about what foley does do when he plays. Its about what he doesn’t. Anyone can go out there and play basic fly half catch pass. 0 decision making.
          But when you are talking about the most important position at national level you expect a little more something you know?
          Most NZ 10s can carry a game off the back of their performances. Ive seen foley do that maybe once.

      • onlinesideline

        kicking was terribleee mate – at least 5 shockers, either too deep, no height, out on full, cleared SFA – just bad.
        Other parts were fine (well sort of – Im just not a fan)

        • MalachyBernard

          I would guess even MC lost patience with Quade for his discipline issues and defensive concerns (tackling) which yes I know Foley has as well. My concern with QC is for all the playmaking flair you get a whole host of randomness that a coach seems to be powerless to control, hense his exile by Thorn.

      • Alister Smith

        I thought he had a good game. He lacks a bit of distance in his clearing kicks and I thought his shorter kicking game was a little off – some worked well and others didn’t. If there is someone else we are looking to develop I would like them to get the odd 5 -10 minutes at the end of a game to close out but I don’t think the game situation would have allowed that this week.

    • HK Red

      Thought Kerevi had a great game, but a couple of time in the first half we had a 1-2 man overlap down the left side and Kerevi standing on the wing. He’s too slow! Not his fault, but what are we doing sticking him out there ?

      • Dud Roodt

        Yeah I noticed that! One time I thought it was Koriebete and thought ‘has he blown a hammy or is there fucking quick sand over that side?!’

        • HK Red

          Hahahah same. “Jayzus, is Koroibete really that slow???” Oh, 13 on his back”

    • Gottsy

      We were penalised three times for the entire game too, and two of those were pocock (in my eyes) getting what should have been a legal pilfer

      • Andy

        Agree. Ref botched both calls. Pretty sure that was 6 points to Ireland

        • At least one was the right call. Pocock put his arms on the tackled player, then went for the ball. That’s not supporting his own weight according to the laws – you have to plant your feet and play the ball cleanly. You’re obviously allowed to touch the players on the floor, but you’re not allowed to lean on them. The other I was watching on an iPad and looked bad live, but on replay looked like the ref blew it. However, my reaction as I was watching live was that he got it right, and it wasn’t until the replays I disagreed – which doesn’t make it a terrible call in my books, just an honest mistake.

        • Gottsy

          When I sober up I’m going to agree with you wholeheartedly, for now though, no. You’re wrong, it was legal

        • Andrew Luscombe

          And the ref called for him to let the ball go and he didn’t. Maybe (big maybe) Pocock didn’t feel he was leaning on the Irish player. Only he really knows if he is leaning or just using his hand to gauge his position. But if you’re told to release and 2 seconds later you’re still holding the ball, there should be no surprise about a penalty.

        • Nutta

          I was never a Wobbly – and this probably partly why (along with the lack of ball-skills, speed, fitness, ability, size, strength and weight…) but for the life of me, after +35yrs of bashing in, I simply don’t hear the Ref when in mid-ruck or maul. That’s why we have 9’s I guess…

        • Andy

          Agree both were honest mistakes. But mistakes none the less imo. Part of being a good 7 I guess

        • Nutta

          E – I recall the situation you mention and you are correct.

      • John Miller

        Pocock was only penalised once. The first breakdown penalty was against Hooper for not rolling away.

        • Gottsy

          Ahh got ya. No wonder that first one didn’t make sense haha

        • John Miller

          I was buffled as well until the commentary picked up the call from the ref.

      • Dud Roodt

        Yeah a couple of those penalties were a definite case of the ref thinking ‘fuck, something must have gone wrong here’

    • Nutta

      ‘particularly in the forst half’ – you listening to the Saffa’s commentary again?

      • moaning expat

        Im certainly no Simmons fan AT ALL. But the pass was poor (altho difficult to execute on a quick rush thru play) and not really Simmons fault i thought. Or at least unfair to pin it 100% on him. I watched the play a few times.

        • Nutta

          Unsympathetic pass by 9 (Phipps or G) or gold-fish hands by Simmons, either way she was points left behind.

    • Jason

      I think Koroibete and Kerevi are actually very similar in defence, it’s ironic that about Koro it’s ‘should be in the side on his defence alone’ yet Kerevi it’s ‘OMG he’s garbage!’

  • astromo

    Gratifying to see the lads in gold deliver this with a fair swag of playing the ball wide through the back line and some solid driving work from the forwards.
    Still stuff to do but they did themselves proud.
    Augurs well for the future.

  • Keith Butler

    Great result for the Green and Gold. The Irish may have been one or two players short of their 6Ns team but they looked a bit pedestrian in attack compared to the Aussies. Thought that Pocock and Beale both had big games. A plea to Fox Sports can they tell Phil Kearns to STFU, he whinges like a bloody old woman.

    • Adrian

      Watch 10, I do

      • Julesie

        Me too, free and much better (if not, far less irritating) commentary!

        • Greg

          Guys, I am deaf. It works just fine!!

      • Moose

        I love Sharpie, he cracks me up

        • onlinesideline

          top bloke !

    • 22DropOut

      They were 6 players short of their 6 Nations team (Healy, Best, Furlong, Leavy, Sexton, Ringrose) to be fair.

      They will never show us such disrespect again.

      • HK Red

        6 players short in the run on side, but not the match day squad. Let’s stop this ridiculousness of saying it’s a 2nd / 3rd string squad. That Schmidt chose to play his bench to start and leave his starters on the bench, that’s up to him. I agree it was entirely disrepectful and it was easy motivation for Cheika to utilise. It was clear he’d told the boys to hammer them off the park early.

    • st saens

      I have fading memories of Kearns as a great player, but now I just think of him as a buffoon. Rewatched the Tahs Reds game the other day. Fair dinkum he is an idiot.

      • Alister Smith

        as a NSWelshman I found him very annoying

    • Mica

      And he shows ignorance that’s just embarrassing for a previous test level player.

  • nameface

    Think Ireland were the ones guilty of underestimating us tonight. Bit of research about Tupou would have suggested the later scrums weren’t going to be a walkover (as was suggested coming into the game)

  • Julesie

    What a game! Loving the composure these boys seem to have. Big improvement on last year. Go Wallabies!!!

    • Parker

      It was great to see them double down when they got bad decisions against them instead getting discouraged. It’s the only way of retraining prejudiced refs. By doubling down, I don’t mean committing more infractions but just playing harder and sticking to their guns.

      • Julesie

        Agree wholeheartedly! Definitely one of the more mature Wallaby performances in recent times with clear focus and determination. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • Timbo

    Thought Beale, Genia, Coleman, Hooper and Koriobete all had stand out games with Pocock showing his the best loose forward on the planet. For mine, there were no passengers tonight. Finishers were all hitting tackles at 100% and making their presence known.

    Brilliant game.

  • Fatflanker

    Nail-biter! Ireland could have taken that game, no doubt about it, but Wallabies deserved the win. What a scrum performance – who saw Robertson monstering a bloke widely regarded as the best 3 in world rugby?, (maybe Hoss). The Irish might not have been too upset to lose that first game but their confidence that their pack would dominate has been shot to pieces.

    • onlinesideline

      yeah agree, they are a well coached side, plain to see. They took the pressure and are perfectly capable of scoring from anywhere. Next week will be a cracker.
      I’m worried about our backline Foley and Kerevi. If Beale is injured, it will show.

      • joy

        Foley made 13 of 14 tackles and Kerevi 8 of 10 so can’t be their defence.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Foley didn’t make 13 of 14 as I saw, he missed at least a couple that I saw. Trouble with stats in rugby is how subjective everything is.

    • 22DropOut

      could Ireland have taken the game? I don’t think that there can be many complaints from them. Referee denied them 2 (3?) legitimate tries but also denied us.

      I expect a full strength Ireland team next week and a belter of a test

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        Ireland denied Ireland 2-3 legitimate tries, what?

        With the Stander try there was no clear grounding, and rightly or wrongly that’s what you need to award a try. With final try the match was over and the TMO clearly said that with the technology he had (but couldn’t show on TV) it was a knock on. Why not take him on his word?

        The Folau no-try was an interesting one. I would like a referee to tell me what the exact rules are there, but I had thought that it was too many phases back and didn’t impact the play. Can see both sides of the argument.

        Pocock possibly deserved 2-3 more penalties too. For the call in which Carbery kicked his last penalty I thought Pocock had a legitimate steal and didn’t understand why he was penalised?

        • 22DropOut

          The Stander one I wouldn’t have given.

          if you think that the other 2 were the right call I’m sure it’s down to bias.

  • Pedro

    Thanks for the write up Sully. Good win, refereeing was frustrating to say t the least.

    • yep.

      • Greg

        The ref… or the video ref. I think the latter.

        • Pedro

          They were all complicit.

        • Bobas

          Does anyone think with the 9 point or 2 point gap after the siren there is some betting scandal? Or are kiwis so good at rugby they can just tell the referee there’s been a knock on and have him believe it?

    • Moose

      Those TMOs are a wacky bunch

      • onlinesideline

        That Kiwi TMO reminded me of when I was learning my first words in my highchair. Every time he spoke I felt like putting on my bib and spreading vegemite all over my face.

  • Khun Pugwash

    Love the passion showed by the team. One game does not make a season but pretty fucking happy with the Wallabies right now

  • mattyjinred

    Destroyed, I didnt go to the game. Up there in quality to the 2000 bledisloe at ANZ, which I did attend. Betting Joe wished he had his a gamers on from the start. Wait Thor destroyed them in his first home international scrum. Agree with you on Poey. Anyway off to bed as getting up in 2 hrs for our round ball boys final jaunt b4 the world cup.

  • Greg

    Thanks for the write-up Shane.

    That was a good game.

    The Irish held the ball well… but didn’t do a lot with it.

    Our scrum held-up well – I thought the penalty on the Irish line could have gone either way. Good to see Beale kicking – I hope his right shoulder is OK.

  • nameface

    oh we definitely need a big hit compilation for that game. coleman and koribete were smoking blokes left, right and centre

    • Mica

      Kurtley made a huge tackle also with great timing and technique.

  • joy

    Great result built on an 80 minute effort and near perfect defence. The 90% tackle success rate for the team was outstanding. Take a bow Mr Near Perfect Defence Coach. GAGRs, get that into ya.

    • Moose

      Defence was certainly a turn-around since last year, may it continue!

      • Hoss

        Loved the big hits, but we were actually caught out a fair bit, on another night we get toasted. Schmidt is no dummy, look for a lot of decoys as wide runners in game 2 inviting the big hit from our outside-in defenders. But I grant you it was a beautiful brutal ballet to watch and there’s no better form then winning form.

        • joy

          Agree

  • Nutta

    My thoughts:

    1. Thank Christ for that.
    2. Bloody entertaining match
    3. Great to see offensive defence was such an emphasis.
    4. Don’t worry BPA – it will get better.
    5. Tupou turned Cian Healy for a Tighthead? Bloody hell!
    6. The call back on Coleman was embarrassing.
    7. The no-action on the up-ending of Hooper was likewise embarrassing.
    8. Stop kicking the ball away. Play with it a bit.

    But the biggest one of all – David Pocock is close to being the best footballer I think I have ever watched. Big call, but that’s the way I feel right now. Even after all the hold-downs, take-outs and enough attention to get his headgear ripped completely off 4 times in the first half alone plus a ripped up jersey and he still has that much of an impact? I haven’t seen much better.

    • Huw Tindall

      See my response to Hoss. Blowing way over .05 but fuck it feels good.

    • onlinesideline

      Thor is a beast (obviously) – but really.
      If Coleman got up quicker maybe wouldnt have attracted attention but still was pathetic decision.
      WTF does “didnt finish him off” mean – rip his frickin head off ?

      • Nutta

        Nah, didn’t leave his head buried deep enough under ground so we could run some cyclone mesh around him, strain some top & toe wires through and keep the chooks in.

    • Sevenwithasixonmyback

      Yup. Poey Superman.
      And in the post-match interview there was sort of a golden aura around him. Captivating on and off the field.

  • cantab

    Any clues to what went wrong in the line out? All and sundry are quick to blame the hooker on his first day, but was it actually poor throwing? They were at least straight.

    • onlinesideline

      They were strait. TBH I think it was nerves as much as 5 day prep. Otherwise BPM did well.

  • HK Red

    Sitting in the Qantas lounge after racing here from the ground. Fair result in the end, but can we stop f*#king pointlessly kicking away possession????? There were audible groans every time Beale put up a mid field bomb with no chasers.

    • Bernie Chan

      How bad was some of our kicking options…far out…

      • HK Red

        I was tearing out what little hair remains. Pump it up to their 10 mtr line and give them a big open field to run at!!! It happened time and time again, when you could see that there were running options. If it was a territory play, then that’s fine, but put it out or over their heads. We really do not have an offensive kicking game at the moment.

        • Brumby Runner

          I’d like to see them put it over the their heads and follow up with a straight line chase across the field. Either gain territory or force them to kick back with hopefully a net gain and back in possession.

  • Hoss

    When Irish eyes are…….. ground into the dirt by a gold wall.

    That’s right my fellow Antipodeans, Gold,one, Spud eating, Guinness Gulping Green Slime zip.

    Absolute ball tearer of a test. As the game unfolded I never thought we would lose, but was never sure we would win either.

    Need guidance here on commenting on the ref when we win – is it whinging, whimsical observation, poor form – ah stuff it. He was poor, I thought how he spoke to players on both sides was plain disrespectful. Mind you with a Dutch Dirt Farmer accent he could quote Yeats and it would sound aggressive and rude. To Poey ‘it’s like your diving into a pool and then regaining your feet’ – no dick-wad, he’s actually that good at the ruck you can’t keep up !! Folau no try – WTF ? Forward pass in first half that was passed back and bounced forward (call from touchy) why not let play go’on and review if it lead to a try – which did look on.

    Anyhoo- I expect the paddies to be more ‘northern hemisphere’ next week. Play it in close and direct and kick to the corners. They tried bullying our young blokes and we pushed back hard

    Spanners usual fade happened but wasn’t terminal (nearly as DHP / KORIBETE held up Stander over he line) off back-to-back Spanners kicks that we’re horrific, one cost us 50m and lead directly to the Stamder play. He really is a poor field kicker, but his team mates bailed him out. Apart from that he had a good game, KB electric, the Pack awesome, Hooper brilliant and great knock as captain & Poey, well my man crush deepens.

    Loved it. Best performance by Wallaby side since RWC 15, long may it last.

    • 22DropOut

      Surprised that your desperate attempts at being offensive are picking up likes.

      • Dud Roodt

        You must be new here

        • 22DropOut

          Yes youre right comments like “Spud eating, Guinness Gulping Green Slime zip“ actually display a high level of wit.

      • onlinesideline

        In the spirit of an ethical Internet, can I suggest a more apt user name for you. How about “22Drop k..k”
        (fill in the blank people)

        • 22DropOut

          Another bizarre post from my stalker

        • Parker

          Looks like you’re the wet towel Huw Tindall was looking for.

      • Huw Tindall

        22 drop kick?

        • Nutta

          Change the Ki to a Co. Funnier.

          Now to be fair, Hoss could of done better. But that said he is not as nasty as I get (eg the arc-ups we see when I start talking about The Filth). His jabs are actually good-natured as demonstrated by the gentler nature of his verbage. But the nature of our humour is oft lost on those who claim higher edumucation on the count they were invaded by The Filth a lot earlier than we were and unlike us have never actually got rid of them. So they’ve had more training in English by English to recognise insult.

          Now that I’ve given out a taste, do we REALLY want to keep going?

          Let it go…

      • Hoss

        You and I both my learned blogger, you and I both.

        My psychiatrist reckons it’s from some deeper need for acknowledgment and acceptance. Myself I put it down to 6 years spent repeating year 7 and we’ll, stunted emotional and intellectual growth.

        TO steal from a great post war conservative leader – this site is a broad church and all opinions are welcome and indeed should be heard.

        I commend you for your input.

        • joy

          ” all opinions are welcome and indeed should be heard”

          I trust you had Folau in mind.

        • Nutta

          Or Pocock…

          Perhaps both may be heard?

        • Hoss

          Ahhh, yes. I absolutely disagree with his sentiment, but I 100% stand by him and his right to share same.

        • Greg

          I love to hear opinions with well-reasoned arguments to support them.

          Pocock managed that. Folau did not.

          I would genuinely be interested in hearing Folau’s thoughts on *why* what he has put forward is right and/or likely.

        • Alister Smith

          He explains his point of view pretty well in his Player’s Voice article.

        • Greg

          He has explained his point of view in a genuine way. That is different to a well-reasoned argument.

        • Nutta

          Dude that is cerebral. Good gear and great word-smithing.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Gold mate and appreciated by most of us here.

        • 22DropOut

          I’m sure you’re very popular down the RSL

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Great game and so pleasing to see so many players step up. I thought Ireland had a poor game with far too many mistakes that just added to the pressure the Wallabies were putting on them. It was strange because they just completely lost their composure and that’s not like them at all. But hats off the the Wallabies they certainly deserved that game and I hope they build on from here, the pressure they put on the Irish was fantastic to see. TBH I wouldn’t look at too many changes as I think the team was pretty good. Beale to take more kicks though as Foley has too many poor ones for this level of game.
      I agree, it never looked like the Wallabies would lose, kept hoping they’d not let go and they didn’t so was really happy.
      Smashing a referee is just a pastime here so I wouldn’t worry about it. Like a lot I hate the TMO, comes across as an officious little twat and they should piss him off.

      • Hoss

        Yeh mate, don’t think the Paddies will be as generous to us next week now they have had a run, seen us up close and will be smarter / better for the hit-out. I would consider a few changers to our XV. Simmons to start – even though he butchered a try, our line out creaked and I would even start Tui to give us a 3rd jumper, i’m about to watch the game again to get a better read on Timu’s involvement. Not sure on Kerevi at 13 & would start TK as I think SK will be targeted next week. I hope the Aussies are brutal in their match review. Kicked away to much possession and Foleys field kicks could have lost us the game.

        Lastly our D, some great hits, but many had to be as we were exposed and short, need to be wary. Whilst we won’t re-invent the wheel in the next week there is a need to change it up – or ‘go for the gap’ as the AB’s call it and plot that which the Paddies least expect / like.

        Great week ahead

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Mate I think Kerevi is a much better 12 than 13. I’d still prefer him at 12, KB at 15 and Folau on the wing but I accept it’ll never happen.

        • Hoss

          Just watched it again mate and what reallly stood out was just how poor foley kicked, but tellingly how many bad reads koribete made in D and that would not have gone unnoticed by Schmidt orCheika for that matter.

          Wouldn’t surprise to see a change at 13 and 11. Maybe Hodge and Maddocks / Sefa / Banks.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Yeah and it shits me that over the years he hasn’t improved. What was worse his first kick for touch was good, not good in that a kick you’d expect a test level 10 to make, but good for him and shows that it’s not like he can’t kick he just doesn’t seem to want to get better

  • HK Red

    The call back on the Folau try, I thought you could only go back two phases on review?? Is that correct?

    • Bobas

      for ‘Foul Play’ you can go back to the next stoppage is the current thinking. Even thought tackled without the ball isn’t foul.

  • Bobas

    We won. But we should still bring Kuri back, Kerevi can’t switch, it makes him useless.

    • onlinesideline

      I will have to watch reply before I make call but first impression was WTF was he. He’s a 13. Its a problem.

  • Bernie Chan

    Welcome back Poey…best player in Oz. Onfield leadership by Poey and Sanchez so obvious to see…

  • Gottsy

    Did anyone else get a bit of a stiffy when we got that tighthead scrum near the end or was it just me?

    Seriously though, great to have a win, in a game where I really struggle to point out any players that didn’t do their job well. The less experienced guys didn’t put a foot wrong, and the old heads stood up (pocock, fuck! hooper’s engine is incredible, and Coleman in the first half was rattling their ancestors with his hits)

    All in all was good to see after the capitulation of the spring tour. Well done lads

    • Huw Tindall

      Mate you could have hung a wet towel of my johnson

    • Nutta

      Not just that it was a TH but that it was a TH by a Finishers pack against a B&I Lions level front row. There was much to like about it.

  • Andy

    Great game but I thought the Wallabies looked pretty rusty (as did Ireland). However, they showed great heart and that was the best defensive performance I have seen from a Wallaby team since the Wales game at the 2015 WC. Attitude in defence and in the right has been our biggest weakness over the past 2 years imo and tonight it looked like we turned a corner in that aspect.

    All the usual suspects performed well, especially Pocock, Folau and Hooper. With regards to the debutants I thought PFA had fair outing without being spectacular, Timu worked hard without being too effective with ball in hand and Samu looked really impressive in his limited time on the park.

    Really good impact from the front 3 subs as well. Would just about start with Latu for game 2.

    • onlinesideline

      I have a feeling about this Pete Samu bloke. And its a good feeling. Stay tuned.

  • Will

    Great win by the wallabies. Foley’s kicks again nearly cost us the match. At test level when you’re in your 22 under the pump against the second best side in the world just farkin kick it out!!!! Why does he seem to always miss this as a wallaby?! Almost every test he misses touch at least once and places the entire team under massive pressure. It’s doing my head in?!?

    • It seemed to me to be a tactic not to kick it out.

      • Nutta

        I agree. We only had 2.5 jumpers at any stage so there was no point playing to a set-piece where they had up to jumpers at any time. Winning our ow fkn lineout was proving hard enough without gifting them theirs.

        That said, Will’s point is fair enough that our hand-kicking does bring out the spanners and tightens my nuts (just Gold Hoss. Just gold).

  • I watched all of the Six Nations. That wasn’t the Ireland team that showed up today. Dropped passes, missed tackles… definitely not the Ireland of mid-March.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy the Wallabies won and they played well, but if Ireland were ring-rusty and click back into gear next week, it could be a very different story.

    Pocock definitely makes a huge difference to the back row – I don’t think anyone doubted that but it was a magnificent reminder of it.

    • Yes the Irish have had as little time as us to prepare. They will be better next week.

      • Nutta

        See I thought the Irish tactics were actually pretty sound. We have leaked points and shown an inability to handle pressure of recent years. So I think Schmiddy’s plan was to be within 10pts at the 60min mark and then bring on an outstanding bench and have their experience bury the panicky Wobblies. The theory is supported by the way both the Wobblies and also our Supers have crumbled in the last 15min for the last 2yrs.

        I honestly thought that was the way it would go last night to.

        I haven’t seen a Wobbly team tackle like that since the Welsh game at the BIL and I haven’t seen that sort of quality work off the bench or the late-game maturity in ages.

        Schmiddy had a good plan. It just didn’t work.

        • Reinforce

          When the camera panned to the bench at the 50 minute mark I felt a sense of calm. The talent about to come on could have started and the close-out game was in good hands. This wasn’t the #2s coming on – they all could have started. I don’t remember the last time i have seen a Wallaby bench so strong

    • 22DropOut

      You can’t rest 6 of your first team players (well, 5 as Best is injured) and play 2nd or 3rd choice options and expect to beat Australia in Australia.

      They showed no respect. I will expect a full team next week but now Australia have confidence and momentum

  • onlinesideline

    Besides the Coleman decision which was utterly wrong, just as bad was the ref penalising the Irish bloke for questioning on the aussie line. Give him a warning, wave the hand, give him the evil eye. The irish bloke wasnt THAT bad. As a spectator I dont want test matches decided on things like this. What is it with these little Dutch dictators, so arrogant.

  • Wallaby Legion

    Wow. Relief. That’s the kind of start to the Wallabies season that I’ve been hoping for since the days of the early 2000s. Very happy Sunday.

    Have to say, most disappointing thing about that match, and the Kiwi v Frog battle, was the incredible impact on the game the referring decisions had.

    France were keeping up with the Darkness until the yellow given to their lock for a tackle that looked bad in real time, but a replay immediately showed there was no foul play. ABs went on to open the game right up there and destroy any spectacle of a contest.

    Fast forward to the 2nd half of the Wallabies and we see the revreve happen: the TMO chimes in about something that happened last week to deny a try.

    If the sport of Rugby is to grow nationally and internationally those kinds of calls need to be erased before we hit Tokyo IMO.

    • Seaweed

      There was also a high shot on a Frenchman by a Kiwi (started at the neck and went up to the chin) which in the same tackle was accompanied by a to shoulder to the head by the assisting tackler with a token attempt to use the arms. No card. The Frenchman was arguably falling but the intent was clearly there from both tacklers. The earlier yellow card incident should not have even have been a penalty; the tackler started at the ball (held chest height) and the arm slipped up from there. Ok, maybe a penalty, but SNAFU. Ruined the game as the French leaked two or three tries in the next 10.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yeah Seaweed, just watched that. An absolute brainfart by the Ref! Didnt even consult TMO. After that I think Pearce (the Ref) was not going to put his hand in his pocket for anything.

      • joy

        The sandwich tackle should have been red yellow because of what’s been happening for years.

        • Nutta

          I agree with you. But I’ll even go further; in the 1st half, Half Smith got a penalty adv in the French Quarter and so under the adv he sped up and busted his arse to get to an off-side lead-runner jockey spot to obstruct a French tackle which led to (fortunately) a disallowed AIB try. He did it knowing full well if he didn’t get away with it they would still get the penalty. Now that was deliberate offside, cynical and directly impacted a scoring opportunity. Why isn’t that a yellow card?

        • Seaweed

          Yep, penalty reversal and would want the same to happen if it was the Wallabies doing that. Pushing the boundaries, fine. Taking the piss …

  • Brisneyland Local

    Well well well (three holes in the ground usually containing water!) Morning to all beloved GAGR’s. Didnt pull up anywhere near as dusty as I thought I would be. What a difference a win makes to ones viewpoint and outlook. However, I havnt fully drunk the ‘cool aid’, and having just watched the game again with my morning cup of “getting shit done liquid” I offer the following random viewpoints:
    – Firstly, thanks to Ireland for turning up and playing in a wonderful spectacular of a game. I really enjoyed watching this, as did all of the crew that were at BL’s house in the annual Wallabies first match of the year Curry Cook off! Yeah baby.
    – David Pocock is a farking demi-god! An excellent game, great turnovers, dogged defence. Calming influence which is needed, and should be captain in my book. MOTM!
    – Genia had a great game, can we clone him? Also great input to the captain helping Hooper make sound decisions. I think Hooper shouldnt make a decisions without consulting Poey and Willy G.
    – Our line out was a bit shaky. Hard to tell if it was BPA bad throwing or mis-communication. But gee the Irish line out is bloody strong.
    – Our loose ball handling is still letting us down.
    – Folau is fantastic under the high ball, but demonstrated once again that he can’t pass, and struggles with defence.
    – Kerevi had a pretty good game. Caught in position a couple of times, but did much better than I thought he would.
    – Foley had a great distribution game, and defended pretty well. But please for fuck sake dont let the man kick! I counted 6 completely farked kicks.
    – Beale had a pretty good game. Lets hope he isnt too injured. Some of his tactical kicking was really good. But a few times it was just crap and handing posession to the Paddy’s.
    – Tongan Thor to start next week.
    – The call back of the try whilst correct to the letter of the law, was dissapointing. I a more aggravted by the process not the decision. If it had been called as soon as scored, or that there would be a review, I could have lived with that.
    – I actually thought the Irish try that was scored then called held up was a try. I thought we were lucky with that one.
    – I think the Irish looked a little rusty, but there was a difference when Sexton came on, so I reckon he will start next week.
    – Our defence offort was good with some minor lapses.
    – Our attack was pretty good, but see my previous point about loose ball carrying.
    Overall an above average outing. Next week will not be that easy! Some minor changes to the game plan and starting players, and I think we will be better. But those guiness drinkers are going to come back at us hard. Over to you GAGR’s!

  • HJ Nelson
    • onlinesideline

      brilliant

  • Nutta

    Only because I’m sitting here watching the other tests…

    Over the Dutch, By God the French were hard done by. I still think the AIB would have won in the end but the disgraceful sinbin of their Lock for a complete fallacy was tragic and then not 5min later Sam Caine just about caves a Frogs skull in and …nothing. IN THE SAME TACKLE his colleague led with the head and with no arms and didn’t even rate a mention. Blindness for the Darkness. Pure and simple. MOTM there has to be Halfback Smith for the sheer audacity of doing everything illegal short of actually dealing drugs on-field and getting away with it.

    In terms of Wobbly game, the call-back on Coleman was childish whilst the ‘Didn’t follow through’ call on the fence-posting of Hooper was gob-smacking. All that was missing was the post-driver, a guy with a crowbar and an RMS sign and the fence-strainer.

    Then in the Saffa v Filth game, the laws of the breakdown and off-side were checked at the tunnel and collected again at fulltime clearly. MOTM there was Itoje for sure as once again demonstrating how you can be blatantly off your feet, offside and interfering with your opponents best player for an entire game and not get sinbinned.

    • Hoss

      Gold as usual mate – still chuckling.

    • Richard Patterson

      What nationality was the TMO in the All Blacks vs France test match who remained silent through any incident in question?

      • Nutta

        I actually don’t recall. To be clear, I don’t think it’s deliberate – it’s not a conspiracy or such – but it’s just bloody maddening that because it’s the AIB then it’s simply open season.

        What’s shitting me is that fair-dinkum illegality – the stuff that is really dangerous and ruins games – doesn’t get called as it should.

        Let me guess – the TMO was an Aussie? From your comment it HAS to be right?

        • Nutta

          TMO, Australian George Ayoub.

          Of COURSE it fkn was…

        • Richard Patterson

          The TMO was indeed George Ayoub Nutta. It’s only relevant because it would appear rugby fans in Australia place great emphasis on the nationality of any official as to whether they may in fact be some basis for bias or whatever else they can pin any blame or deflection away from a result they did not like. I find it all somewhat tiresome.

          Here is my 2c worth on your points Nutta…

          Firstly, on the basis of what we have seen this year, the French last night for whatever reason were on the wrong end of 2 calls from the officiating crew that did deserve closer attention. They didn’t come. That’s rugby / sport / life. You deal with it and you move on. Anyone who has this belief that 100% of the officiating crews should get 100% of the decisions right 100% of the time is mistaken. It won’t happen. It never has, I doubt it ever will.

          We’ve both seen matches where sides react to refereeing decisions (especially yellow cards) given against them. Some rally and use it as motivation, some sulk and fall apart. They roll over and they give up. Did the French roll over and give up last night? Or were they torched by an All Black bench that injected pace and power in the last 30 minutes? Maybe it was both. Where was French captain Mathieu Bastareaud to question the referee on going to the TMO to check the incidents? In these modern day times isn’t that good modern day captaincy? Did you see Bastareaud rallying his young team or setting any example? Isn’t that great leadership?

          Last night we saw 3 excellent test matches played by 6 excellent test playing countries. Why can’t we just enjoy the rugby of what it is? Instead, there seems this crusade where instead of commenting on the quality of the rugby, it’s about slamming some referee for the 5% of the calls he did not get right in the game. I love watching rugby for the skills of the 46 players on display in the contest. It’s a whole lot more enjoyable than dumping criticism on guys a whole lot more capable than me with a referee’s whistle.

        • Nutta

          Then you and I will disagree.

          And let’s be clear we distinguish between the weekend park warrior and the professional referee; the one’s who do it for a living.

          In regards the weekend warrior, it’s come what may. That’s life. And I (like others) will not allow what I participate and love to degenerate to anything like Mungo or AFL levels of disgrace. Believe it or not I’ve had a refs ticket since 1995 and occasionally I pull it out (even if just to periodically renew it).

          But in terms of professionalism then I expect better. I pay for better. And there is too much tied up in the industry to accept mediocrity being in-charge of professionalism – or am I getting mixed up with the union movement again?

          But it’s ok. This is rugby. We can disagree without diving and stabbings. This isn’t soccer.

        • Richard Patterson

          Very sound points Nutta. I’ve watched professionals in all walks of life get decisions wrong. Lawyers in a courtroom, accountants on a tax ruling, architects on a building consent application, traders in financial markets. They don’t get it 100% right and I do not expect them to. I roll with it on the basis there was no intent to make what hindsight shows was a poor decision. Referees make rulings at the time. Now they are protected by a crew of officials to assist where necessary. For whatever reason last night in the French test they stayed quiet. I don’t know why. for me, they were not the stand out features of the test match.

          Rugby is a wonderfully skilled game. I think we all here love it for that reason. To transform every contest away from the skills on display into a bashing session of officials has zero interest to me and I hope it’s left to other sports. I guess it’s the way of the world now with sports betting, social media and fantasy sports.

          Now I hope we can return to what this form is about which is discussing an excellent Wallaby victory over a highly ranked Ireland team. Match that NRL and AFL!! Have a great day Nutta.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Mate while I agree to you to some extent both in the poor refereeing that should be better and that sometimes shit happens, I think we’ve got to be careful that we’re not holding the officials to a higher level than the players. While some bad calls by the referee do help define the result in a game there are a hell of a lot more poor calls by players that have a much greater impact and yet they somehow seem to be ok.

        • Nutta

          Dude I respect your input. You know that. This isn’t personal at you.

          But… if a Player acts in an unwholesome manner towards the health and safety of an opponent they get done on the spot by 16 different camera angles taken from pre-birth through to their wake. They they also stand to be cited after the game and suspended further. Then they get dropped.

          But Reffs don’t. And they have 3 other guys there specifically to help them along with the 16 different camera angles. Now as I said before, I’m not cracking at weekend warriors. That’s love of game stuff. But from my POV, if I’m doing this for a living then I do my homework and I get it right or I’m up for sanction.

          To me, the standard of refereeing is not too far from the standard of our national administration; blind to the realities of the game and simply uninterested in correcting that blindness as they aren’t held to account for it in any meaningful manner.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Yeah I think the lack of clarity around the referee review and apparent lack of accountability is pretty poor. I don’t mind them making mistakes but I do disagree with it all being dealt with in such a hidden way

    • Archie

      So basically ABs never have a dodgy decision go against them and the Wallabies werr hard done by the ref … this story sounds familiar.

      Did any dodgy calls go in favour of the Wallabies in this game (or ever)?

      • Nutta

        Mate dodgy calls go both ways. Knock on missed here, fumbled grounding there, different interpretation to offside everywhere. No problem with that.

        What I arc up about are critical calls that change the nature of a game and these days tend to be wrapped up in some over-excited PC approach for TMO’s to inject themselves in fake-safety situations but leave the screamingly dangerous one’s untouched.

        Seriously, a Frenchman goes to the bin with no review for not getting anywhere near the Tacklees neck and within 5min 2 Kiwis damn near cave a guys head in with illegal tackle technique and nothing gets said?

        Or a perfectly sound try gets called back because a dummy pass did its job – drew the defender onto the decoy runner – and then a guy who gets completely fence-posted later is explained by “Oh they didn’t follow through?”

        Dude you’re sounding like the sort who would defend Mealamu & Umaga on O’Driscoll.

        • Greg

          Here is the video by the way… a swinging arm and a shoulder to the head. Reported as a double facial fracture.

          Have they been cited? There s definitely yellow there imo. Red? I would say yes for the shoulder – there is direct contact with the head – and maybe for the swinging arm – clear initial contact on the jaw. I think there was no malice… but not really the issue.

          https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/104591235/france-player-hospitalised-with-head-injuries-from-illegal-all-black-tactics

        • Nutta

          Don’t do it mate. Don’t you dare suggest the Darkness is anything short of holier than thou.

        • Nutta

          Double yellow impact: not if they were the Cru and we were the Tarts… Sorry. Too easy.

        • Bernie Chan

          Jeez…seems the French players is badly injured…bugger, never like to see that. Hope he makes a speedy and full recovery…saw the yellow card incident ‘live’ and even the Kiwis commentators called it a poor decision and questioned why the Ref would seek confirmation from the TMO before making such a crucial on-field call…BTW, it seems O’Keefe didn’t endear himself to Eddie Jones in the Boks V ENG Test. Refs makes mistakes…but methinks it would have been prudent to consult the TMO for confirmation…?

        • Archie

          Nutta I’m not defending it… it was the wrong decision(s) plain and simple. What gets me is this deeper implication (I suspect … correct me if I’m wrong)… that these calls only favour the ABs and never go against them.

          For example, did you post your indignation when the ref froze and robbed the ABs of the Lions series’ victory with the bizarre decision reversal in the third test last year?

          … similarly did you express your outrage when Joubert robbed the Scots from a deserved victory over the Wallabies in the RWC’15 QF?

          Again… yep it was the wrong decision last night. Happens almost every match unfortunately

        • Nutta

          Arch go back to my original post and I brought up issues in all 3 games. Only 1 of those involved my mob. The one that involves your mob was one against the Frogs. I had no skin in that. Likewise I had no skin in Filth v Jarpies.

          I do have this thing in my head that aches when I see AIB’s get away with foul play. No mob is pure – especially not mine – but Dude AIB get a remarkably good run of the green in terms of both on-field sanction and length of suspension. I have a half-baked notion it’s the black jumper that makes stuff less obvious whereas if you’re silly enough to go out wearing close to fluro yellow then you are going to get seen. But I can live with that.

          What I can’t let go is for professional referees teams (TMO included) who simply let PROPER foul and illegal play go. They get paid for this. But where a player is held to public account they are not? Besides the two aforementioned, I’ll give some examples from last night alone:
          * Besides the disallowed try, 4 times last night Half Smith ran a lead inside shoulder on the ball carrier. Blatant. Nothing said. Deliberate, cynical and point influencing. It’s like he’s playing NFL FFS. Yellow each time IMO.
          * 5 times last night Itoje played the Dwarf well off the ball. Blatant. Nothing said. Deliberate, cynical and point influencing. Yellow each time IMO.

          And this says nothing of the blocking that has become de-jour by all teams and leads to eye’s-up Chasers getting pole-axed. Again it’s deliberate, cynical and point influencing.

          I expect professional officials to be held to account. There is no review of their performance. There is no public account given for what I pay for. Therefore I hold my own accounting in the only avenue available to me.

        • Archie

          ‘The Dwarf’… has a chuckle at that one.

          I didn’t notice the Aaron Smith incidents so I can’t comment. We all watch our own teams with blinkers so I’d have to watch again to look out for it.

          Perhaps let’s stick to our common ground… I completely agree with you that referees need to be held accountable (and it’s would seem at present they’re not), and I completely agree that many seem out of their depth (Pearce is a good example).

          As long as we agree that this issue affects all teams in random equality and we’re not angling for any tinfoil conspiracy theories… we’re good.

          Congratulations on the Wallabies getting up last night BTW… I was as thrilled that the South went 3/4 over the North as I was to see the ABs demolish the French

        • Nutta

          If Tyrion (as in ‘Lannister’) was easier to say I would try and change Faf de Klerks name by Deed Poll! Wrong country and I look nothing like him, but I would still give it a go! That said, it sounds like such a Get Smart character already that it’s just gold.

  • joy

    Pocock and Hooper made 15 of 17 and 16 of 17 of their tackles respectively. Pocock scores the game changing try. I declare the Pooper controvacy over…..for now.

    • Nutta

      In retrospect, after watching the amount of off-ball hold-downs the Spuddies were doing then it was a fair bet to ensure we had at least 1 Stealer on his feet with the other buried under green. However the impact on the lineout and line-bending still worries me.

    • Huw Tindall

      Absolute animals. Lucky to have them

  • Richard Patterson

    A nice season opening victory for the Wallabies that will only lift confidence and self belief for the remainder of this Ireland series and into the Rugby championship. I sense Schmidt / Ireland underestimated the intensity of the Wallabies which prevented them playing the style of rugby they like. They will need to be better next week.

    I nice weekend for the SANZAR Big 3 with victories for Australia, South Africa and New Zealand over Ireland, England and France.

  • Greg

    I thought Genia did a good job helping settle Michael Hooper with decisions. Late in the game there was a very kickable penalty and Hooper was fired-up to go for the corner. Genia more or less walked him away form the ref and persuaded him to take the 3. Correct decision and good to see.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Agree. I personally would make Pocock or Genia captain. for that reason alone.

      • Nutta

        I’m going to say something a little cynical (surprised?) but I mean it. Poey should be captain. 4 reasons why;
        1. Composure and sensible decision making. Self evident.
        2. Leadership. Self evident.
        3. Refs love him. Self evident.
        4. Marketability. Mum’s, girlfriends, teachers, sponsors, jeez even those who disagree with him love him.

        And if he did a topless calendar then RA’s inability to fund decent grass-roots rugby would be fixed in a single fell swoop by a weird cooperation between the Mardi-Gras organising committee and the CWA!

        Our current Capt is courageous, gutsy and tenacious-as. But Capt Skater-Boy with the Yr9 Private School haircut doesn’t make good decisions and that just isn’t in the same league as Pocock.

        • Huw Tindall

          The players seem to think Hooper eats fucking nails for breakfast. I’ll take that.

        • Nutta

          Fair point. He is their Capt. Not mine.

        • Huw Tindall

          First in the gym and last out. Just a hard human.

        • Nutta

          Now I’m being really picky here, but are selections based off gym performances not one of our biggest gripes and weaknesses of recent times?

        • Bernie Chan

          You talkin about my Reds..:)

        • laurence king

          I think Hooper is developing into a good captain, he has a good attacking mindset, he listen’s to the other leaders in the group and he will be around longer with these young blokes than Pocock, Not to say Pocock wouldn’t be an excellent captain.

        • Nutta

          I think that’s the one area Hoops has Poey – age. Injury pending…

        • Brisneyland Local

          Here here! All those 4 reasons are spot on!
          Yep Mrs BL would be buying a Pocock calendar!

        • Nutta

          I’m reasonably certain my wife and eldest daughter would hang it in the kitchen. Now that’s just too close to home.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep I hear you. But I am worshipping at the Altar of Poey at the moment, so I think I would tolerate the calendar.

        • Funk

          I don’t think Whitehaven Coal are fans of Poey…

        • Nutta

          Ask their wives applying the ‘Happy wife = Happy life’ presumption.

      • Greg

        I think that is not to be…. but then it needs the senior guys to help him… even if it means kidnapping him in front of the ref :-)

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep. that is pretty much what happened last night when genia, and POcock just off camera were in his ear.

  • Nick

    Great win. Very happy with that performance. Thanks for the write-up.

  • Adrian

    I’m glad to see that everyone actually thinks in GAGR, and recognise that the kicking was a tactic, not a series of brain explosions.

    Whilst some were duds, the majority weren’t, and some worked brilliantly. Almost all were effectively chased.

    As predicted, the defence was much better and simplified , with only one, and sometime no-one being shuffled back.

    Reading some other blogs (no names, no pack drill), it’s as if the game never happened, or as if we list 20 zip.

    One swallow doesn’t make a spring (or a true romance…Hoss?), but it’s an excellent beginning

    • The kicking was definitely a tactic. The coach said as much after the game.

    • Brisneyland Local

      adrian, I am feeling the positive vibe too. But am touching it with a tinge of reality. Yes the kicking was a deliberate tactic. But the reality was that tactic didnt necessarily work that well. Yes we did win, but we kicked a lot of possession away. we also attempted to kick to relieve pressure, which it didnt do. The tactic would work if we had a kicker that could roost some serious distance. Beale’s kicking was ok , at times. He can get some serious distance. Same with Hodge. Even Folau out kicked Foley.
      I dont have a problem with the tactic when executed properly. You kick to where there is space, or you convert distance for time. A releiving kick that barely makes twenty metres is not a relieving kick.

      • Adrian

        Yes, look overall you are right BL.

        I guess my points are, that they were better at it than usual, even if they weren’t brilliant at it.

        Kicks for Folau by Beale and Foley were mostly good.

        Kick(s?) by Folau good.

        I agree, that they seemed to overdo it, and lost some posession doing so.
        Foley’s line kicks were better than they sometimes are.

        Overall though, I thought we kept them guessing with our kicking game.

        DHP and Beale would be my choices of relieving kicker if in the right place when such a kick is needed, but often they have to be elsewhere. They should do penalty line kicks too. I think Hodge too, but his wind up is laborious and he misses the line at times. I’d keep him on the bench I think.

        I thought our kick chase was the best I’ve seen in years

        Work in progress I’d say

        • Adrian

          PS
          DHP surprised me, and I think he’s probably there for a few more tests, so could be given a bit more kicking responsibility. He can kick long range goals too

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          The last point is the most critical I think. A kick by itself is pretty meaningless, it’s about the situation and other plays happening around it. Poor kicks are often made to look good with a good chase just as a good kick with a poor chase is useless. Most of the kicks that looked shit were because there was no chase.
          I think the Irish will play a different game next week and TBH I hope them and the French win so the third game is a decider. Not sure the French will pull 40+ points back though.

        • Adrian

          Yes, well I’d like Froggies to pull a surprise, but I can’t bring myself to want Ireland to win!… just yet anyway.

          Odds yet to be posted, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Ireland were still favourites for 2nd test as well.

          Unlike most Oz Rugby supporters, NZ is my second team, but just now I could handle an upset. Not in WC though, unless it’s to Wallabies.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Hahahaha and my fear is an upset against the Wallabies at the same tournament.

        • Nutta

          The kick chase was good. Old adage: ‘Kick is only as good as its chasers’

  • RugbyM

    I think possibly the best part was the attitude from everyone after the Folau-Coleman disallowed try. There was that “there’s no effing way we are going to let them get the better of us” attitude, and the boys all stepped up to the new mark. Something we haven’t seen since the defensive efforts of the Wales RWC match. Something that has been missing from the Wallabies for a while – the mid-game attitude booster.

  • Larry Jorgensen

    Get ready for Kurtley being unavailable. Shoulder.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Yep was wondering about that!

    • Nutta

      Shoulder or wrist?

  • Jack

    This may have been addressed already but I’m drunk, lazy, and mid rerun, but does anyone remember when CJ Stunder was known as CJ Stander..??!!

  • Nevan209

    Congrats to Oz…thoroughly deserved the win….more potent in attack than Ire yesterday….great aggressive defense…..poor Ref but also poor for Oz so it evened out. Ire will be MUCH better next time out…full team…no jet lag etc…..I cannot wait!

    • Nutta

      Cheers Nev.

    • Mica

      Agreed Nev – I think Ireland will be much better next time too.
      That said I think Ireland played really well in parts and their defence was pretty good.
      Just a couple of uncharacteristic handling errors hurt them. Maybe a couple of the early big hits had them a bit unsettled.
      Do you expect Tadhg, Cian and Johnny to start next game?

      • Nevan209

        Yep Mica….Tadhg, Cian, Cronin, Beirne, Leavy, Johnny, Ringrose and Larmour to all start……the pace and ferocity of the Aussies did surprise them, but, they now know what to expect in the 2nd Test…so I’m hoping they will be ‘well-up’ for it !!

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