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Foley faultless as chariots crash out

Foley faultless as chariots crash out

The Wallabies have sent England crashing out of the World Cup in their own backyard with 33-13 win at Twickenham. Bernard Foley was the star with a haul of 28 points coming from him with two tries and 100% kicking off the boot in the pressure game.

The Wallabies scrum which had been talked about all week managed to nullify the hosts with a number of penalties coming their way and dominate at times.

The Match

The opening minutes was fast paced wit the Wallabies given great field position following a mistake from England fullback Mike Brown after putting his toes on the sideline deep in his own 22 off a Bernard Foley kick.

The Wallabies looked certain to score but Brown made up for his earlier mistake and tackled Israel Folau with a man overlap to let the hosts off the hook and but after a series of scrums to the Aussies, they eventually settled for three points from Foley after eight minutes.

There was an early injury problem for the Wallabies with Rob Horne forced to leave the field with a shoulder injury with Kurtley Beale on his place.

England hit back soon after with their own three pointer to Owen Farrell after the Wallabies scrum were penalised with Scott Sio losing his bind and collapsing. That started to give the English confidence with Jonathan Joseph and Brown in particular starting to find small gaps around the rushing Wallabies defence.

Brown was involved again but this time for a knock on trying to collect a tricky kick and this lead to a prolonged passage of play that was a bit scrappy at times but eventually saw Foley sneak through the defensive line for the opening try (with a superb offload from Sekope Kepu in the lead up) which he converted to make it 10-3 after 20 minutes.

The scrums had been talked about in various forums during the week (including this one) with both teams deemed the culprit from referee Romain Poite but there was one call that went in the Wallabies favour and from the lineout David Pocock made a nice run into midfield to setup position and Foley hit Beale with an inside pass then backed up to go over for his second try of the game and converted to make it 17-3.

As expected England came out all guns blazing in the second half but were halted at the breakdown with brilliant work from David Pocock causing them all sorts of problems.

The scrum again came into question with Poite taking the time to explain to Joe Marler a few observations of his game so far that resulted in him being hooked and another three points off Foley’s boot to extend the margin to 17 at 20-3.

Foley was unlucky not to gain an intercept with the English hot on attack but the pressure finally proved too much for the Wallabies as English winger Anthony Watson made the most of a wide ball and scored in the corner. Farrell’s conversion reduced the gap to ten points with 20 minutes to go.

The Wallabies blew a great attacking opportunity in the opposition 22 with a loose pass from Phipps undoing all the good work and all of a sudden the English had a penalty 30 metres out from the Wallabies line and Farrell landed the easy shot at goal to make the margin just seven.

There was more drama with England reduced to 14 men for the rest of the game after Owen Farrell was carded for taking out Matt Giteau without the ball and Sam Burgess could consider himself lucky for taking Hooper high in the same play.

Foley landed a pressure penalty to restore the ten point lead and the another shortly after from a dominant scrum to make it 13 but there would be more scoring in the bag for the Wallabies as Matt Giteau aded the icing to the cake to secure a 33-13 and send the hosts crashing out.



The Game Changer
Following the Wallabies early lead, England had the momentum in the second half but a poor kick from Watson and Farrell’s yellow card resulted in Foley’s penalty to restore the ten point margin.


The G&GR MOTM
Bernard Foley 2 tries, 28 points and 100% kicking in a pressure game is all that needs to be said.

The Details

Score & Scorers

AUSTRALIA 33
Tries: Foley 2, Giteau
Conversions: Foley 3
Penalties: Foley 4

ENGLAND 13
Tries: Watson
Conversions: Farrell
Penalties: Farrell 2

Cards

71 min – Owen Farrell (England) – Yellow

  • Simon

    Can we please start a GAGR petition to Malcolm Turnbull to have Mario Ledesma knighted?

    • skip

      Seconded

      • Spank

        Thirded!!!!! We had the hardest marker in the game with M. Poite and he gave us a big thumbs up. Full credit as he refereed both teams equally at scrum time. Pity GGR is not prepared give credit where it is due with half hearted comments as in the main article. This time also no one can say our scrum was only decent when the opposition took off their number one props such as Marler. Our scrum dominated – what 70% of the time – and my only question is which of our scrums was better – the start scrum or the finisher’s scrum. AWESOME!!

        • Stin

          I think the article is attempting to give a balanced appraisal of the game. Rather than partisan cheer squading.

    • Nicholas

      Chief executive of the Australian republic would be more up Turnbull’s alley.

    • Brisneyland Local

      LEts vote I think we have a Chorum!
      And it is all in favour! Aye!

    • Richard Slater

      First Enrique Rodriguez and now Mario Ledesma. Maybe Malcolm Turnbull should work on having an Argie as head of state!

      • Duncher

        How about patricio?

    • Turning point of match: when Poite did a full round-house penalty reverse at the scrum – he had to fight his own arm to give the Wallabies the penalty!

      It was over after that

      • Nutta

        When even R.Poite reverses his arm you know you have just made a pretty significant point. Now for one N.Owens to do the same and we will be truly vindicated…

    • Hell Yes, clearly he’s a genius.

  • LoveThePoop

    #supermario

  • skip

    Going to Twickenham and handing the scrum to the english, winning at a canter, knocking them out of their own RWC..surely the greatest Wallaby win since 1999.

    Ok, maybe retaining the Bled in NZ but that was a while back and this feels goooooood.

    • MichaelA

      In 2008, the Wallaby scrum smashed the English scrum at Twickenham. We won the game 28-14.

      English propaganda has been busy at work since then trying to distract attention from it. Now its happened again. Hopefully more yet.

  • SD

    When do the rankings go up? I’m keen to down vote Foley.

    • Simon

      Shocking game. A couple of those kicks were slightly off the middle.

    • Nick

      Haha, bad haircut, not sure if his smile is genuine … player rating of 2 on balance as negatives outweigh the positives of his 28pt haul.

      • Farthing

        Haha so true he does seem to have and insincere smile. What’s he really thinking?!

        • Nick

          Players these days with their fake smiles and questionable haircuts. Now Johnny Unitas, there’s a haircut you could set your watch to.

        • Nick

          Edit: Pic

      • Qwas

        I think his eyes are weird. Downvote

    • Chinese Dave

      Yeah, Cooper would have done way better for sure! Also, don’t forget to vote down Hooper for something and also AAC for not ever passing the ball!

  • Nicholas

    This was the type of performance that long suffering wallaby fans have been waiting for since the Eales et al era. What a game! What a scrum! What a pooper!

  • Marcus Pontmercy

    I swear the welsh have started singing waltzing matilda

  • Cramps

    That exorcised the demons of 1995, 2003 and 2007. What a brilliant performance from the men in gold.

    The only blight was Phipps’ first few minutes. He let the Poms back into the game.

    • Nick

      Phipps had a couple of shocking passes when he came on but I will put that down to the immense pressure the English were applying as they felt they were still in with a shot at that time. They were really getting stuck in at defensive breakdowns. He will be working hard this week to make sure he can come onto the field and make an immediate positive impact as I’m sure Cheika will be in his ear.

    • Older I Get

      His passes were good. Fast and accurateB ut somehow his receivers got confused. Twice! There is something fundamental in the communication that isn’t working.

      • Gu

        Can they be accurate if they were caught by…..no one?

        • harro

          In one case I saw Fardy pull away from catching the ball, so, yes.

        • Who?

          He pulled away because it was delivered when he wasn’t expecting it. It was a reflex action. It was a mistake from Phipps, caused by pressure at the ruck, caused by his first poor pass. Phipps had done well to get to that ruck, but we needed a moment more security at the ruck and more awareness in the forwards.
          It was ok – he was just a bit raw. He came good. I give some of the credit for the kick at 69 minutes going out on the full to him – he was SCREAMING at his pack and the defensive line, putting pressure on Watson’s kick.

      • Kiama Chris

        Absolutely spot on. He is making the receivers come to the pass in front of him. Still not sure that Foley drives things as much as he should but I think he got great moral support from Gits and KB. His best game ever. Genia is a worry though. 3 stuffed box kicks and slowed things down too often when the game plan is up tempo.

    • harro

      No charged down box kicks, though. Apart from those I thought Genia had a good match too

  • Punter

    U beauty. A master class in scumming, rucking and goal kicking. Cheika take a bow. I knew we had improved under your command; but not by that much.

  • Chris

    Only negative….. For a change… Genia’s box kicks!!!! Omfg.

    • Spank

      Actually you are right, he muffed a couple of them. Luckily no disaster resulted. Also Phipps went on his ‘wild pass’ spree for a few minutes there after he came on – again luckily without a major disaster – and then he settled down. I can’t think of any poor performance by any Australian player. For me the lowest I could give is 7/10 and no idea who would go that low. Would have to watch a replay. NOT such a bad idea – about 10 times over!!

      • Seb V

        Surprisingly Folau probably the worst, I’d give a 6/10. Few errors, wasn’t his secure self under the high ball, messed up a try at the start, but still managed some nice threatening runs. Oh yeh and Phipps get a 4/10 for his 3 wayward passes.

        • Nutta

          I agree. He was def out of sorts. Bombed 2 tries in opening 7min and didn’t really hit straps until much later in the match after he got hurt. Something wasn’t right from the start. Hope the ankle is all good.

        • Jim

          Their tactic was just to “spoil” Folau – pretty hard to counter that when they just try to stick up a hand and knock the ball on.

        • Douglas

          That was such a cynical tactic, showed their arrogance in assuming the resulting scrum would result in a penalty to them. Really not in the best spirit of the game.

        • Jim

          I think that sort of play – pioneered by SA during the DePreez years, should be penalised as a deliberate knock on. Yes, it’s hard to police and there will be some bad calls but sticking up your hand and mucking with the catcher (just because you have no chance of out jumping him) is rubbish play that needs to be removed from the game.

        • Tony Dun

          Yes looked like Folau was nervous, uncharacteristic errors. Still gave us some great go-forward though.

      • The Slow Eater

        I don’t think you can give Phipps a 7 for that game. If we were a losing side people would justifiably give him a pretty low score.

    • DReido

      Phipp’s 2 passes to nobody was a positive?

      • Robbo_76

        In truth I think he has to split that negative with the inside backs…they have to make themselves available for him to pass to. I thought things were looking bad there because that’s where Foley has gone missing in previous games, where he needed to own it and take control. Then straight away, he and Giteau resumed control and finished a great game. Well done Foley, all the things I was concerned about his play he answered in great style!

        • DReido

          Genia didn’t have that issue.

      • Chris

        No they were shithouse too! But genia was the starter so gets more stick. They have one job …find a target…and pass it to them.

    • Richard Slater

      All box kicks should be banned. a blight on all games. Ask any tight forward.

      • Who?

        That’s funny, given England and South Africa live off, them, and they live off their tight forwards.

    • LoveThePoop

      I cringe at the sight of Genia sizing up a box kick but to be fair a couple were charged down, however the rest were well executed and at appropriate times that kept the pressure on england

  • harro

    It’s great to be Aussie!

    More importantly every single thing people worried about didn’t come to pass. We out scrummed them. Convincingly. I’d like to think G&GR played a part in Poite having his little chat with Marler. Well done lads! Foley had an absolute blinder, minus the poor tackle that led to the English try. He threw an inside ball for a try, he ran at the line and didn’t get isolated, he kicked well in general play (as did Giteau), he took the high ball well, and he was perfect from the tee. Beale tackled well, Ashley-Cooper passed to set up Giteau, and Hooper got a turn over and took a lineout throw. What an immense performance! Every player contributed well.

    We are looking good and hopefully everyone will start believing. Carn Wallabies!

    • Gred

      GAGR article made it into the UK papers. Well done Matt Rowley

      • My work here is done

        • Jim

          I’m assuming you read the “essay” he wrote in response Matt? I believe his conclusion was “shut up, you cheat too”. Even with the English scrum coach advising the refereeing panel they weren’t able to cover up their deficiencies. Fantastic stuff.

        • Nutta

          What gets me about it is the dangerous play element. Most of you guys know me as a straight-up guy of +35yrs up-front and who enjoys a good stoush as much as the next bloke. But when Refs and TMO’s are over-reacting to the point of embarrassment to nothing more than good tackles, legit clean-outs and fair competition for the ball in a contested area, this has surely got to stop. Such blatant boring as this is not just illegal but it’s bloody dangerous. The reason the Mungo scrum was de-powered was because with no breakaways it was too open to sliding sideways. It’s sliding sideways that breaks necks – not straight down collapses (generally). Yet this behaviour from the likes of Marler, Vuni-Polar-Bear and Wyatt Crockett which is purposefully designed to do nothing more than generate exactly the same thing has actually been rewarded for bloody years now. For me it’s certainly a yellow if not a red card straight up as it is deliberate, premeditated & dangerous play.

        • Yeah – actually Brian and I had a twitter stoush about it on Friday night for about 30 minutes.

          He was wrong there too, but it did end amicably.

        • Nick

          Oh Matt, the shame! Now I know how all those strange English people found this site. We were invaded by Tom’s a week or so ago, must be Brian’s online alter ego.

          Maybe If I make a big enough prick of myself on here I can get a fan club at the Telegraph.

        • Pedro

          Does that mean we’re going to get paid this year?

      • Nick

        Link?

      • Big Ted

        Is there a link to that Gred??

  • Keith Butler

    No whinging from this Pom. Wallabies totally outplayed us at scrum and breakdown and had too much pace and skill outside. Pocock is a freak, once he gets his hands on the ball it’s game over. He was my MoM. Disappointed for England. Almost made it back into the game at 20 -13 when Farrell had a brain explosion. Time to clear out the coaching staff and change the way we play. We don’t need one dimensional lumps at 12 but playmakers like Giteau and Beale (who had an excellent game). Time to change shirts and cheer on my adopted country against the Taffs next weekend. Well done Aussies deserved winners.

    • Daws

      Cheers Keith, all class.

    • Nick

      Yes I was slightly concerned that England had managed to put us off a bit in the second half but the Farrell shoulder effectively put an end to any comeback. Welcome aboard Keith!

    • Spank

      Burgess is lucky he did not get Yellow Carded for the same incident. Likewise the earlier incident (I think it was) where Foley was held back. Can’t recall the English player. Given the result though overall these arguable mistake by M.Poite can be forgiven. Overall he had a good game and the beauty of it was that he let it go. 8/10 performance.

      • Nick

        Just on the Dan Cole holding Foley back incident. I was annoyed by it at the time but then I thought about it and isn’t Foley fair game? If I try to intercept and juggle a ball with my hands shouldn’t I be fair game? Otherwise I could just juggle a ball up the field and nobody could tackle me. There was no reason for the Video Ref to recommend Cole be talked to unless they deemed it no serious attempt to tackle which is plausible.

        • Toadflax

          I agree. He played the ball. He was fair game.

        • Pedro

          Yep, you’re right. It could only be a penalty if it was high/no arms.

        • harro

          I went through the exact same thought process

        • Graeme

          Once you are juggling the ball it is a tackle, Cole was completely in the right.

      • Seb V

        Foley could have been pinned for obstruction too for blocking the runner, so it was a fair call to let it go. Both 50/50 penalties – letting it go resulted in no advantage to either team. I thought it was good call from the ref.

      • McWarren

        Thankfully for Foley I reckon Dan Cole wasn’t sure either otherwise he could have end Foleys night.

  • Tahs_Man_Fan

    A few comments about the game:

    – Lets hope this settles the Foley vs Cooper debate once and for all. Foley had an absolutely flawless game. Was most impressed with his tactical kicking which was awesome
    – Pocock is an absolute beast. His tandem work with Hooper and Fardy is monstrous
    – Rob Simmons had his best game in a gold jersey, and was absolutely immense
    – Kurtley Beale was also unreal, and his defence was great, good to see him tackling with the shoulder
    – Our scrum. WOW. Just wow
    – The finishers lived up to expectation. Would still like to see McMahon squeezed into the bench somehow, especially seeing Hooper is being used at lineout time
    – Wallabies looking like the team to beat at this World Cup. Bring on the QF’s!!!!

    • Daws

      +1 On everything except Beales defence. He missed that tackle that lead to Watsons try.

      • Rob Malcolm

        True, but he put in some great shots as well. Worth giving him credit for that performance.

      • Seb V

        Bit harsh, overall defence was solid and Watson did very well in that try

      • muglair

        He came up and in fast and the play beat him before he turned and chased. Showed good speed to get back for the cover attempt, I did not think he would get that far.

      • David Creagh

        Beale had one of those days where everything he did pretty much worked. Some of his flick passing in contact and batting the ball back ca go so, so wrong. Hate to admit it but he did have a terrific game.

        • mark conley

          Great call, again, by Cheika, to have him on the bench

      • Chris M

        In an 80 minute game, he missed one crucial tackle. He also did some great stuff.

        No-one has been down on Beale more than me, but today, I was wrong.

        Credit where it is due.

  • ozrugbynut

    Anyone know if Folau was injured? Wasn’t he subbed for toomua?

    • Nicholas

      The commentary team mentioned something about him hobbling about of his ankle since late in the first half. Hopefully he will fine!

      • Patrick

        Gits didn’t look flash either after Farrell’s tackle

        • Pedro

          “tackle”

    • Brisneyland Local

      HE definitely limped off!

  • Nick

    Gutted I missed the first half after snoozing my alarm, although waking up to Aus 17 – 3 England isn’t bad!

    So proud of our players and coaching staff, that was a true masterclass. The scrummaging revenge was a delight to watch and the breakdown was owned by Australia. Oh and Foley, superb kicking. 28 points from him!

    Commiserations to England as it has been such a tough pool and I feel your team is much better than a pool exit. At least the English can now concentrate on what they’re so awesome at and that’s creating brilliant atmosphere at the rest of the matches.

    GO YOU GOOD THING!

    • qwas

      come round to my place. It’s recorded and going on repeat until I pass out

  • Daws

    Let us long suffering Wallabies fans bask in this performance. That was one for the ages. I know there is still plenty of world cup work to be done, but that victory couldn’t have tasted sweeter.

    • Pip

      I was at twickenham. The silence of the English fans from 10 minutes in was deafening. They did not leave their seats except for Watson’s try. they knew that England was shite. A great evening for all

      • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

        In fairness to the English fans, I thought given that they didn’t have too much to cheer about, that they tried their best to lift their team.
        I continue to be puzzled by Swing Low, but there’s lessons for us Wallaby fans in how the Poms sing, shout and dress for the occasion.
        Meantime, here on the farm it was pancakes, hot tea, dressed in gold with the Missus excitedly jumping up and down on the lounge chair. Not to be out done I shoved a sofa right out the door and into the paddock in an effort to help our scrum. I’ll get it later.
        What a win.

  • Brisneyland Local

    F&*K yeah! Go the Wallabies!
    All bad things I have said about Foley I apologise for!

    • Qwas

      Don’t worry, we all have at some point. As long as we are all on the same bandwagon now :)

    • Well done BL.

      Now for
      JoeyJohns
      Jones
      SebV
      Who?
      Bad ass (if I hadn’t banned him)

      And the rest.

      Feel free to unreservedly apologise, say you were wrong and get behind Foley and the Wallabies!

      • Brisneyland Local

        My forgiveness only goes so far! Beale is still not forgiven!

        • onlinesideline

          thought Kurtley had a blinderrrr

        • Pedro

          Let go of the hate mate. It will set you free. Besides, Beale doesn’t give a shit.

        • Brisneyland Local

          It is not hate! It is complete indifference!

        • Pedro

          Fair enough, do what you must.

        • Hugh Cavill

          I still haven’t forgiven you for what you did to our daily news comments boards on Thursday…

        • Brisneyland Local

          Thursday or Wednesday?

      • Brisneyland Local

        NEver not been behind the team! But still wont forgive Beale!

      • Seb V

        I already fessed up in the forum at half time and again at fulltime, you want a third time? Sure why not! Foley a superb performance, loved the inside ball to Beale. Being proved wrong is a beautiful thing!

      • Klaus

        Done

      • Cramps

        Hah! Today Matt’s settling all the family business.

      • Jordie

        Was never not behind the wallabies, but even as a massive cooper supporter and foley detractor, Foley was incredible all game bar that poor communication which led to English try, but really just stoked that we knocked a whole country full of smuggness out of their own world cup, what a time to be Australian, keen to see the same level of play against Wales and the rest of the RWC

      • Davo

        I don’t think you’ll be getting an apology from Brian Moore Matt! Congratulations on your Joe Marler analysis piece. Poite seemed to agree with you.

      • Lee Enfield

        I am happy to doth my hat to foley, he played his best game in gold ever. His performance came out of the blue and went against the grain of past performances. One swallow does not make a summer, it is time for him to perform like that consistently. If he does, then it is good for the Wallabies.

        Secondly, you have banned people and accused people of being “Dross” and complained about the tone of some comments. Yet here you are, trying to inflame the situation again, perhaps you should lead by example instead of complaining and banning people for following your lead.

        • Kilgore

          One swallow does not make a summer which is why Foley is Wallabies first choice #10

        • I don’t believe it went against any grain. In all of his performances (where we’ve won every match this year) he has shown many of the elements we saw on Sunday – straight attack to the line, playing flat, working off the ball, cover defence. He just had a blinder with them all coming together.

          The new bit I’ll admit was the positional kicking – was longer with better direction. Like his place kicking I think his timing has come along.

          And if someone’s made an absolute hard on of themselves by being one track mindedly negative about a player to the point of boring the rest of us rigid and then get proved demonstrably wrong then they deserve what they get!

      • @Adorimedia

        I was about to go through the forum from Thursday to see who I was sparring with re Foley. You saved me the effort..

      • The Slow Eater

        Yep. Just posted earlier. Sorry. Foley had a cracker and I stand well and truly corrected.

      • moaning expat

        What about all the anti hooper detractors and especially all the anti poopers who are now silent.

        Been backing hooper and the pooper combo for 2 years.

        I’ll apologise when they do!

    • Toadflax

      Apologise again.

  • Canuckruck

    England picked a one try team and arrogantly counted on scrum domination.

    Ledesma has turned your scrum into a weapon..

    Fantastic game Wallabies

    • Toadflax

      I think they really need a change of mindset. They should stop trying for scrum penalties and start playing for tries. Couple of times when they ran at us they looked very dangerous. Time for a managent clean out. Also time to cut Robshaw.

      • Davo

        Time for England to bin Robshaw, Marler, Barritt and Farrell. Replace them with positive, skilful, attacking players. I don’t blame Lancaster. He’s been trying to go in that direction but there’s only so much you can do to overturn the ingrained culture of negativity that permeates English rugby officialdom and media.

        • MichaelA

          True. And remember Marler was only there because of Corbisiero injury, and Youngs only because Hartley self-destructed.

  • Mike Thompson

    The Wallaby Scrum is now officially a genuine weapon. Those last couple of scrums really sent a loud message.

    And the more that meme gets out there, the more it will be true.
    Refs will go into games with that preconception, and then make it true.

    We’ve been on the reverse side of this for a long time. So nice to see it reversed.

    Under both Eddie Jones and Robbie Deans, the scrum was something
    practiced as an afterthought and it showed. McKenzie wanted parity and
    trained accordingly (he largely got it but suffered refs with
    preconceptions). Cheika wants dominance, and now he has it.

    Given Wales got monstered by the Fijians, they are in for a tough time next week. As a result, this meme will grow.

    • onlinesideline

      what meme ? .. where … I wanna see I wanna see

    • Hambone

      The welsh scrum is in real trouble… Loving the thought of it

    • MichaelA

      “Under both Eddie Jones and Robbie Deans, the scrum was something practiced as an afterthought and it showed.”

      Sorry but that’s just rubbish. Deans worked very hard on the scrum. It was under him that the Wallaby scrum smashed the English at Twickenham in 2008, including against the vaunted Andy Sheridan. There were other good performances as well. Given the poor state of scrummaging in Australia generally, he did quite well with what he had.

      Under McKenzie the Wallaby scrum initially went backwards – we were thoroughly smashed in the 2013 TRC. However, I will give him credit that he admitted his mistakes and made a number of changes so that 2013 EOYT the scrum performed fairly well.

      And no, Cheika did not want dominance, initially. He neglected the Wallaby scrum just as he had neglected the Tahs scrum. But on 2014 EOYT our scrum was monstered and it directly caused the loss of at least one game (England scored both their tries off dominant scrums) So Cheika understood that he could no longer neglect it, and he sent an SOS for his scrum coach from Stade Francais, Mario Ledesma.

      • Stray Gator

        Tell that all to Al Baxter – the afterthought comment was his.

      • Who?

        Deans doesn’t deserve credit for Twickers 2008 – the Return of Le Fuse – that was Michael Foley’s work. He and Deans somehow couldn’t work together, so Foley left (having been there for three years), and our scrum went back to the doldrums.
        Scrum changes usually don’t happen in a single year. It takes time to develop these things. Ledesma’s done a good job, but it’s also off the back of continued long term development by Kepu both for the Tahs and the Wallabies, great work by the Brumbies in developing Sio, and excellent work by Nick Stiles with the Reds.
        So, while I’m very pleased with the work Ledesma’s done, it’s off the back of a lot of hard work at lower levels. Because I honestly think that our props are at a higher standard entering the Wallabies camp than they’ve been in a very long time, which gives him the capacity to get better results in a shorter time frame.

  • Fatflanker

    Hope missing the bonus point doesn’t come back to bite us – we’ll need to do better against Tier 1 opposition!

    Banter aside, commiserations to England – three game series next year and hopefully you’ll have all your first choice players on hand for it.

    • Pedro

      It might still be OK. Uruguay could cause an “upset”.

  • Pedro

    Australia’s defense was brilliant, besides the try England couldn’t make any territory.

    Scrum was amazing but more surprisingly was our kicking from hand. I think there was one scuffed one from Foley but otherwise we had England’s measure.

  • Langthorne

    Great result. Great opportunity for people to STFU about Chieka bias, Foley, Beale, Simmons, Douglas, Hooper, Horne, ACC, Phipps (OK maybe not him) or any other selection being wrong, or in some other way, crap.

    Scrum redemption was so sweet to watch.

    4 more wins boys.

  • Gun

    Faark. Let’s see if that goose on ABC Offsiders mentions the Wallas today. Probably not because it didn’t happen in a suburb of Melbourne. Great performance. Retribution!

  • Farthing

    The English scrum needed to cheat a lot bette than that if they were to win that game.

  • skip

    Sure, the scrums were glorious. Sure, the line out clicked, sure the finishers did the businesses (Phipps, go give yourself an uppercut) but the thing for me was we played smart. Finally, we played smart. Nearly a decade since we played smart rugby. I laboured through the last years on the Dingo regime, i remember being towled at scrum time cos Eddie Jones thought it was just a way to restart, i recall being pantsed by the Scots twice, losing to Munster cos we can’t play in the rain, being rolled by Samoa and god knows how many hidings from NZ but we have finally played SMART.

    That’s what Australia are, the smartest team on the block. Maybe not the biggest but we can out think anyone. It’s good to see it back cos it’s beautiful to watch.

    • MichaelA

      Then you need to pay more attention.

      Under Deans we won 2/3 of our games against England, and 2/3 of our games against South Africa. There was some very smart rugby in there, and some real poundings dealt out.

    • MichaelA

      Also, if Cheika sufered the injury losses that Deans did straight after RWC 2011, do you think he would have a hope of winning these victories?

      Virtually all the Wallabies that were in top form in 2011 when we won the Trinations were gone by the beginning of 2012: David Pocock, Quade Cooper, James O’Connor, Dan Vickerman, James Horwill and a number of others.

  • SiriusCove

    Any news about the injuries to Horne, Folau and Giteau (who was in obvious pain after the Farrell shot and the scoring dive at the end)?

    • Hugh Cavill

      Folau ankle injury, just rolled it. He’ll be fine apparently. Horne in more trouble, looked like a dislocation, could be on a plane home. Giteau… just old age I think.

      • Nick

        Getting over all these injuries. I guess Mitchell will come in for Horne with Beale to remain as utility. Do you think we’ll call up another winger though if Horne has to go home or will Nic White/Horwill be more likely?

        • Seb V

          No way we’ll bring another winger in – there isn’t anyway besides maybe Cummins (think JOC is injured). Maybe Lilo for a safe 10 cover for Foley, or Nic White. No-one is really needed so he might even bring in a development player.

        • Adrian

          A forward if anyone is a chance.
          There is no way he ‘ll pick guys who cant/wont follow Cheika game plan.
          No White unless an injury to a half back.
          Cheika knows what he’s doing, and the squad he’s got, including Phipps, who moved the ball quickly when he came on, tackled and gor to every ruck/maul.
          Fardy ducked the big long missed pass, and no-one else was there. We recovered, just like we recovered from Genia chargedown

        • Marcus Pontmercy

          JOC’s injury is pretty long term as of now

      • Ben Dickinson

        Maybe White might get his call up now?

  • Gun

    Can we start paying our props millions?

  • SiriusCove

    The discipline was also a great improvement, few penalties on offer for Farrell, precisely what we need further in the tournament.

  • Nutta

    Here’s an idea, how about Wales and Oz just show up next week and have a BBQ and a few beers in midfield and just take a moment to be mutually happy we each took the English out of the own hosted World Cup?!?!

    Share THAT!!!

    • LoveThePoop

      Great idea… Beer pong can decide who takes the points

      • Nutta

        No. This is rugby. Boat race.

        • LoveThePoop

          Haha fair call

    • Jim

      I think they should call it a draw and the for and against decide the winner!!

  • muffy

    Prop porn

    • Nutta

      That’s not porn. That was justice. 76min & 35sec was porn.

    • Pedro

      #pushstraightjoe

    • Pedro

      You need to turn this 90 degrees to the right, just like Marler does.

  • muffy

    Back porn

  • Fairs fair

    If letting in a try after a piss poor tackle is “faultless” then I think you guys might need an English lesson… Besides that best game from Foley, bloody stunning to be honest, just not faultless ;)

    • It was Beale’s miss actually

      So yeah, faultless

      • Klaus

        It was actually Fola’us fault for shooting to be fair but yes try both missed get table tackles.

      • Beale came in to tackle another player, then went at Watson, so hard to be too harsh. Overhead view showed Kuridrani poorly positioned in defence and moving slowly across. Multiple errors in that defensive lapse – but Beale did miss Watson technically. Foley had him but didn’t stop him.

    • Jim

      Foley had one knock on in contact but he was superb. I hope he has more games like that in his arsenal because we need it.

  • Madflyhalf

    12 years.
    It took 12 years to revenge in a incredibly better way.

    England are out of the World Cub, from Wallabies’ hands.

    At Pool stages.
    At home.

    How sweet.

    • Aron

      :)

      • The Slow Eater

        That is hilarious

  • Nutta

    My Irish friends will recognise the tune:

    So go on home English Front Row!
    Go on home!
    That’s right we just beat you in your damn home!
    We put up with your shear,
    For year after year!
    Now we will wear it for not one minute more!

    • Jon M

      Still drunk!! That was sooooo good. How epic was that wallabies performance. Aftebeing beaten by the English at the 1995, 2003 and 2007 cups this is sweet revenge!! Foley brilliant!

  • onlinesideline

    watched
    Ella in 1980
    last minute win against Ireland in 1991
    1999-2003 goldern era
    This is right up there – maybe the sweetest of them all

    keep the ashes …. Ill take this anydayyy

    • Aron

      Seriously, that was the most enjoyable game I’ve watched in decades!

  • Richard Slater

    Folau played a quiet game. What I was impressed with was the reserves. KB played out of his skin when he came on. Good for the rest of the cup.

    • Marcus Pontmercy

      He rolled his ankle in the 1st half, no biggie but definitely affected his game.

  • alanrough2

    As a Scot, my position when it comes to any team sport or competition is the same ABE – Anyone But England. I was therefore delighted when you knocked the wheels and axle off that blooming chariot tonight.

    The result from Twickenham definitely cheered me up, after our terrible display against the Saffers earlier in the day.

    Congratulations on reaching the last eight, but, in view of the draw for that, which means, should we qualify behind South Africa, we will face the winners of Group A.

    For the single reason, that I believe we can beat the Welsh, but, don’t think we can beat Australia – I will be supporting Wales next Saturday. Sorry and all that.

    • Aron

      Not so sweet chariot

    • Tahzan

      Well said, understood, and everyone loves the Scots. If we meet and Of course I hope we will, Then Wha’s like ya, Damn few n their aw deed (Or something like that)

  • Richard

    As a proud Kiwi, I have to offer a huge congratulations to every Wallaby supporter on this great website. A stunning display of skill, accuracy and belief and without question the most complete performance of the tournament so far.

    Your Wallabies displayed everything we take pride in with rugby down-under. The fact you buried a generation of English smugness into the turf at Twickenham was just an added bonus. Well played.

    • ben

      cheers Richard, that’s awesomme

    • harro

      Cheers mate, very sporting of you. I would love for it to be a Aus/NZ final.

    • stanley

      Cheers Richard. As much as I enjoy beating the poms, I enjoy beating the kiwis more. Hope we get the chance to knock you out of the comp before someone else does.No other team will find a combination of pocock Hooper before the cup runs its course. Time to return the wallabies to the top of world cup wins !

      • mark conley

        Nah, the english more. Watching the Blacks I just admire their class, except when they play us of course

  • Aron

    My fav meme so far (I swear it came out within half an hour after the game)

    • Graeme

      Would have been better if they got the sport right and had a wallaby instead of a kangaroo.

  • Robson

    The Robbie Deans “ghost of seasons past” has now been well and truly buried. Ka kite ano England. You came, you played and you went. Now you’ve gone. Tough on the host nation, but those are the rules of sport. To stay in the competition you have to keep winning. The Wallabies now have to stay in the groove. The All Blacks, on the other hand, have got to get in the groove, but that’s a little way down the track so best not to get too far ahead of ourselves.

    • MichaelA

      On the contrary, we are just now back to the high standard that Robbie Deans set in 2010 and 2011. And we are finally back to fully strength, which Deans did not have for 2012 or 2013.

      We should have No 2 spot cemented, so now lets push on to where Deans couldn’t quite get us: Number 1.

      • Robson

        Don’t agree with that at all MichaelA. Deans couldn’t get the best out of the Wallabies because he failed to invoke an effective attack structure through the backline, couldn’t get the players to recognise the huge importance of dominance at the breakdown, wasn’t able to resolve the scrummaging issues of the time and neglected using the bench, to name just a handful of issues which beset his tenure as coach. In his defence I will say that Robbie Deans tried very hard to articulate the standards he had in mind for the Wallabies, but just did not get any of his ideas across the line with them. Wallaby rugby, as a result, endured a bleak period of six years of frustrating inconsistencies and poor results. This mornings match and the results of the Rugby Championship show clearly that the team has comprehensively recovered from the Dean’s years.

  • Nick

    I forgot to say I thought the Ref had a very good game. No complaints, can’t think of one bad call.

    • Jim

      More the calls he didn’t make that were the issue. Fortunately the touchies were busy tonight because Poite missed about 12 incidents.

      • Nick

        Were they mostly in the first half? I probably should have mentioned I only watched the second half live. I thought he explained everything well and there was nothing contentious in the second half. Can you give me some examples?

        • galumay

          Hoopers, no arm cleanout of a ruck. Should have been a card at the time, will be lucky to escape citing.

        • Who?

          I disagree with a card for that, though I disagree with a card for Quade’s tackle the other week, and the only reason I was ok with Farrell’s card was that it was two simultaneous pieces of foul play (one YC for two dangerous tackles – not the kosher way of doing it, but somehow morally right).
          But I thought the first scrum penalty was the wrong way round (Cole hinged), there was a knock on by an English ball carrier… Can you tell I’m an Aussie? :-D But, by and large, he had a pretty good game. One of the best I’ve ever seen from Poite.

        • Nick

          I see. Has been cited now so I’m sure he’ll miss at least one match. Having a look at it I thought maybe a yellow but looks like the citing commissioner has thought it worthy of a red!

    • Hugh Adams

      I thought the ref had a good fame too but Sam Burgess’ head high tackle on Michael Hooper was a poor miss.

      • Seb V

        Burgess got a warning for that and a penalty would have been awarded if we didnt already have one from the yellow. So it wasn’t missed, there was just no card awarded for it, penalty only.

      • Nick

        I was content that we got a penalty and yellow card. If he had decided not to penalise either English player I would have been annoyed.

  • subfreq

    A lot of you blokes don’t seem to like Kane Douglas but he bought a nice dose of mongrel to that game tonight.

    • onlinesideline

      yeah I totally agree with that – thought he really stepped up and played a hard confrontational game and was fast to breakdown too.

  • Bobas

    Launchbury > Foley > Pocock

    • subfreq
      • Nutta

        You serious?

        • subfreq

          100% Real.

        • Nick

          Oh my you are correct. That is madness!

        • Michael Hassall

          His jersey looks very clean. obviously deserving

        • Nutta

          Never underestimate the English aptitude for myopia.

      • Nick

        Wait this was an actual thing?

        • Jim

          Yep – real thing. He looks embarrassed and he probably should. Not his fault though and he did play well.

        • Nick

          No not his fault. Is this voted on via twitter where they give 3 options? If so then I can understand but if this if voted on by officials it’s a bit strange.

        • Utah

          It’s so ridiculous I’m actually a little surprised he didn’t decline the invitation.

      • harro

        Hahaha!

    • Nick

      Haha he looks so pleased…

    • Aron

      Considering Danny Cipriani declared none of the wallabies were good enough to get in the English team I guess we were lucky to get two placegetters

    • Seb V

      wtf

  • onlinesideline

    tell ya what ….. this Michael Chieka bloke seems like a damn interesting bloke when you look at what he’s done in his life and HOW he’s done it. He has this approach which I think we all deep down strive to have – this give every ounce of everything you have without letting fear of failure be an excuse – he seems amazing and bloody inspirational – he inspires me and Im not talking footy here.

    would love to hear what he has to say in those talks of his – players seem transfixed and right in the zone – the f&^k the fear zone – looks like fun !

  • laidsmusic

    Coupla observations…Firstly, all the bells and whistles with the loud dramatic music before kick off showed the hubris of the RFU…you’d think it WAS the final…And 3 English mistakes in 3 minutes set the tone for their performance for most of the match;
    31 seconds…Hooper nails Farrell low in the tackle and he coughs it..(albeit they get the lineout as it came off Hoops)
    1:42…England on the offensive and Youngs overcooks a kick to the dead ball line
    2:48…Mike Brown puts foot in touch after Foley’s measured kick in the bottom right corner…

    3 small mistakes early on wouldn’t have helped their psyche one would’ve thought.

    Foley’s control and execution finally putting the Cooper debate to bed-surely!

    • harro

      Mate, I was thinking the exact same thing about the entrance…it was sorta WWE-like. It seemed ridiculous at the time and in hindsight it’s completely embarrassing for them. Oh, well

    • Who?

      Last time Mike Brown stuck a foot in touch on a kick on the left flank at Twickenham against the Wallabies, he ran it back for a try…

  • @Adorimedia

    I’d still prefer Quade at 10….

    #donttripoverthesarcasm

    • greg

      Thank you for that comment Richard Graham.

  • Greggles

    All good but Phipps needs to learn how to pass!!

  • Nutta

    A couple of random thoughts:

    Obviously a huge game from Foley – even I can see that. But Pocock was phenomenal and the amount of tight work accomplished by Dougy was likewise enormous.

    Good Captains knock from Squeaky and Kepu’s work against Marler was one for the ages.

    Phipps was just a little too enthusiastic. Once he calmed down he was much more effective.

    Folau was out of sorts prior to injury on ankle. Bomber 2 tries in the opening 7min and you just don’t see him do that.

    I thought K.Beale played reasonably well after admittedly slapping hands to my face when seeing him come on. Whilst he did cost us a Try he had some nice touches. Although, to be clear, I have not changed my opinion on him overall and I still think he is a defensive liability.

    On the Farrell card, after the ridiculous penalty on Hooper at the end of first half, his hit was always a penalty at least. That 3pter sealed the game. Whether he deserved a card or not, Burgy-Burger would of been pinged for his Mungo-esque high-shot on Hooper and I say he deserved a card more than Farrell.

    I’ll take that win. But we need to calm down a bit now and get on with the rest of the tournament.

    • I honestly wouldn’t have been surprised to see both Farrell and Burgess get carded. That was quite a feat, two simultaneous foul play tackles on two different opposition players.

      • Nutta

        What do you expect from a pair of Mungo’s?

    • Graeme

      Burgess should have been yellowed also, but I’m not sure what you mean by the ridiculous penalty on Hooper, he was incredibly lucky not to be carded for it.

      • Nutta

        Disagree with you strongly in that one G. He may of been guilty of not entering through the gate but that was about it. Perfectly ok clean out. Just gutless officialdom who get intimidated by good clean hard contact. But we are entitled to a different view of the world.

  • Toadflax

    This could become the perfect day. MoHA has authorised a BBQ by the beach and the mates around for the grandfinal. Go Cowboys go!

    • Bobas

      Yep, go the team that looks like the brumbies!

  • dsb

    A great result and tremendous team effort. I would just like someone to take Phipps aside and show him how to pass flat and to a player. Jumping in the air or bending down to receive a pass is suicidal for the receiver and slows the attack.
    That aside a more than top effort and all so humble,restrained after the game.

    • laidsmusic

      Agreed mate..Chek may equally want to get in Genia’s ear re: that box kick

  • Toadflax

    Ps. I believe David Cameron is now required to don some Budgies.

    Hello. Hello. David can you hear me. It’s Tony here. Can you hear me. There seems to be some crackling on your end.

  • Stin

    Anyone got Cipriani’s number? I think he may have headed off to bury his head in the Ibiza sand – next to Sir Clive.

    • Dan

      I’m convinced he said that to fire up the Aussies. Sour grapes for not being selected. That’s his style.

      • Jim

        Yes agreed. He is a child. It’s far more about him than about England. He would have had a huge smile on his face as they got beaten. Lancaster was correct in not selecting him.

  • McWarren

    Well done scrum, well done team and, wow, well done Bernard Foley!!!!

  • jamie

    Who were our actual wings from the 67th minute onwards?

    Phipps
    Foley
    Giteau(?)
    Toomua
    K-Train
    AAC
    Beale?

    • Nutta

      Didn’t matter. Forwards had already won it.

    • jrsONE

      Looked to me like Toomua was playing on the left wing

  • I may be one of the world’s biggest Quade Cooper fans but the Wallabies number 10 shirt now belongs solely to Bernard Foley. Absolute masterclass of fly half play. I probably haven’t felt this good after a Wallabies performance since we beat the All Blacks in the 2003 semi.

    • Patrick

      Me too

    • Gringo

      except the next game didn’t go so well then

    • McWarren

      I too take my hat off to Foley. I believed Cooper should’ve been there, still do to some extent. Foley did everything I said he couldn’t/wouldn’t. So well done Bernard, you deserve to be a Wallaby 10. Please keep running flat at the line, like Quade does.

  • Stivo

    We need a big 2nd half boys, so come watch this video!

  • Nicholas

    I’ve said this before…but Kurtley Beale really should be starting on one of the wings. His defense really isn’t bad and he adds soooooo much in attack.

    • jamie

      After that England game, yes he was very good. He’s usually been better off the bench against tiring defences where he can play broken field and loose.

  • Julesie Bolwell

    What. A. Game. Wallabies <3

  • onlinesideline

    a coaches coach

    • harro

      That was just great! Such passion

  • Better Red Than Dead

    I was so excited I woke the wife up and said lets do it twice. What a win.

  • Rocky Elboa

    Getting penelites against England is the scrum feels awesome

  • MungBean

    I stand completely corrected re:Foley

  • Who?

    Finally got to watch the game… Almost felt like watching Sydney again, but with a backline closer to firing on all cylinders. Massive, massive effort from the forwards. Won two and a half of the four battles.
    – Won the scrum, absolutely dominated it.
    – Won the breakdown, again, dominating it, thanks to the backrow. Hooper had a more involved breakdown game tonight (fewer of the big tackles, more time over the ball). The balance in that backrow is incredible, they complement each other so well at the moment.
    – I’d say we drew the lineout. We lost some after Simmons went off, and even lost one before he went off. And Simmons was held up early in the game, creating a maul. But England weren’t secure either. So, a draw.
    – I think we lost the gain line. England’s defence was incredible. They deserve a lot of credit for it, we lost ground on a LOT more phases than we made the gain line. I remember in the lead up to Foley’s try, we were absolutely stagnant near the halfway until a 20m Folau run.
    Our defence was quite good, although we seemed to give away a lot of metres down the left wing..? Especially early in the game. Didn’t pay attention to who was responsible.
    So, given it was a game a lot like Sydney, I believe the pack really deserve all the accolades. They were the ones who blew the chariot backwards and sideways off the road. The forwards determine the result, the backs determine the margin.
    Today, Foley provided what people say he provides. What he hasn’t provided all year. He was a running version (instead of kicking only) of Owen Farrell. Not meaning to sleight him – I’m saying, he did exactly what was expected of him, he was metronomic. Nothing extraordinarily flashy (the first try was good Rugby, but it was good, honest, simple rugby, and the second try was flashier, but it’s as much down to Beale as anything else). Absolutely nothing wrong. Even his kicking from hand was a massive step up from what he’s provided this year – it was smarter, more timely, and, amazingly, longer!
    It was an excellent performance. Best in years? Not sure – there’s been a few good ones. This one has extra sheen given the circumstances, but without the circumstances (knocking out the Poms at home), it’d still absolutely be up there. It wasn’t a performance that singlehandedly won the game. I know, he kicked the points, he scored the tries… Cheika’s attitude was that he was the one who took the tries the team created (the forwards’ hard work, though Foley did go and take the chances and earned the tries), but that’s not the singular measuring stick for 10’s (unless you’re England. And we don’t want to be England. They just got knocked out of their world cup in the pool stages). To say it another way, it could’ve been Beale dotting down and kicking the points – but it still would’ve been up there with the best performances from a 10 for a long time.
    On Foley’s kicking, it’s worth noting that he only had two shots outside the 15m line, one of which was only just outside it (his second try – why on earth Poite moved him 3m wider (the try was scored well inside the 15m line) I don’t know), and the other was the last kick of the night, no pressure, when the game was iced… Which is very similar to the England/Wales game the week before – everything was between the 15m lines that day.
    It was also helped by the composure of Genia at 9. He was quick, but composed. Two kicks charged down, sure, but they were poorly covered by the ruck (have you ever seen a box kick taken without ruck guards before?!), and he had a lot of very clever kicks that made good ground as well. I thought he controlled the game exceptionally well. It’s worth pointing out the Pommy commentators provided by NEIN thought the only reason Cheika could ever have taken him off was for injury. But I though Cheika got the timing of the substitution with Phipps exactly right, because Genia was exhausted. It was just a shame Phipps was just a bit too amped when he came on and threw a couple of rubbish balls. But he came good.
    Beale was excellent. Absolutely excellent. But the injury to Horne and Beale’s performance showed – for me – that the reason why Horne needed to play over Mitchell (defence) was unnecessary. Foley had a couple of weak tackles (including falling off Watson during his try, but being fair it was an overlap – which is why it wasn’t mentioned above), but overall he went fine. So, why couldn’t it have been Mitchell starting? Not saying Horne’s not good, or doesn’t give his best, just pointing out his defence at 10 shouldn’t be the reason for his selection on the wing!
    Still not sold on Gits at 12… He ran sideways – a lot. He stole space off TK and Folau. The outside backs saw absolutely no space with ball in hand – where were the tries scored? The first two were scored through breaks less than 10m off the side of the ruck. The last one was on a massive overlap, and given it included AAC even throwing a pass, it must be considered the exception that proves the rule. Especially since the bloke on the wing was Giteau – he couldn’t run anywhere but straight! His defence was, yet again, excellent, I’m just not sold he’s providing anything for the outside backs. The one area that Foley could be chipped in his game is that he didn’t unleash the outside backs, but with Giteau outside him stealing space, I think that would be an unfair criticism of Foley.
    Overall, it was an excellent performance. Not a complete performance – still details that can be improved (especially the lineout near the end) – but it was exactly what was required in the circumstances, and builds in the right direction. I loved Cheika and Moore in their post match interviews – they were very focused on the next game, on improvement, on following the path. Games like that – combined with that sort of attitude – are the things that are the foundations of successful campaigns.

  • Tedward

    disappointed in Matt Giteau, selfish play, could have thrown it to Foley

  • harro

    This was how he played for most of the SR season in 2014. It’s great to see him do it at test level. Let’s just hope he can back it up.

    • The Slow Eater

      Yep. Even he can play like this consistently then we will be all that more dangerous

  • deLicious

    Marler was really the turning point in the scrums

  • jamie

    Not good for Wales if Hooper is suspended. In comes Sean McMahon.

    Not sure it really deserved a yellow. Sure it was aggressive but, meh. It was in England so it’s not like they had no chance to try and influence the ref

  • harro

    I just went and had a read to see what you were all on about and it appears it never happened in the first place. haha!

  • harro

    What you claimed you would happily do if England didn’t win never happened. It’s all still there :-)

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