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G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year: Spring Tour

G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year: Spring Tour

The Wallabies began the Spring Tour on somewhat of a high. A win over the Boks in Bloemfontein gave renewed hope, but still… those All Blacks. They were so damn good. Five tough test matches beginning with a fourth Bledisloe, followed by challenges against the Welsh, the Poms, the Italians and finally the French would be a mighty challenge. History shows we won them all, bar for the test at Twickenham, with tour highlights being the bookend wins against the Kiwis and then the Frogs.

We’ve done the Bundy Rum Test Series where Quade Cooper produced the goods. His old schoolmate David Pocock was the stand-out during the Tri-Nations.There were many fantastic performances this tour. Let’s look back and review how the readers of G&GR rated them.

Match Eleven: Wallabies v. New Zealand @ Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (30 October).

Australia: Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Ben McCalman, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom (c), Nathan Sharpe, Mark Chisholm, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Saia Faingaa, James Slipper, Dean Mumm, Luke Burgess, Berrick Barnes.

New Zealand: Mils Muliaina, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Joe Rokocoko, Dan Carter, Jimmy Cowan, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Jerome Kaino, Tom Donnelly, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Replacements: John Afoa, Sam Whitelock, Alby Mathewson, Stephen Donald, Isaia Toeava.

Australia 26 (Adam Ashley-Cooper, Drew Mitchell, Quade Cooper tries; James O’Connor try, 2 conv; Matt Giteau conv) defeated New Zealand 24 Jimmy Cowan, Cory Jane, Ma’a Nonu tries; Dan Carter 3 conv, pg)

G&GR Points:

3 David Pocock
2 – Kurtley Beale
1 – James O’Connor

David Pocock - G&GR Man of the Match v. New Zealand (Hong Kong)

Match Twelve: Wallabies v. Wales @ Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (6 November).

Australia: Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Ben McCalman, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom (c), Nathan Sharpe, Mark Chisholm, Ben Alexander, Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Huia Edmonds, James Slipper, Dean Mumm, Luke Burgess, Berrick Barnes.

Wales: James Hook, Will Harries, Tom Shanklin, Andrew Bishop, Shane Williams, Stephen Jones, Mike Phillips, Jonathan Thomas, Sam Warburton, Dan Lydiate, Alun-Wyn Jones, Bradley Davies, Adam Jones, Matthew Rees (c), Gethin Jenkins. Replacements: Chris Czekaj, Paul James, Deinol Jones, Martyn Williams, Richie Rees, Dan Biggar.

Australia 25 (David Pocock, Kurtley Beale, Ben Alexander tries; James O’Connor 2 conv, 2pg) defeated Wales 16 (Richie Rees try; Dan Biggar conv; Stephen Jones 3 pg)

G&GR Points:

3 – Kurtley Beale
2 – David Pocock
1 – James O’Connor

Kurtley Beale - G&GR Man of the Match v. Wales (Cardiff)

Match Thirteen: Wallabies v. England @ Twickenham, London (13 November).

Australia: Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Ben McCalman, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom (c), Nathan Sharpe, Mark Chisholm, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Replacements: James Slipper, Dean Mumm, Richard Brown, Luke Burgess, Berrick Barnes.

England: Ben Foden, Chris Ashton, Mike Tindall, Shontayne Hape, Mark Cueto, Toby Flood, Ben Youngs, Nick Easter,Lewis Moody (c),Tom Croft, Tom Palmer, Courtney Lawes, Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley, Andrew Sheridan. Replacements: Steve Thompson, David Wilson, Simon Shaw, Hendrie Fourie, Danny Care, Charlie Hodgson, Delon Armitage.

England 35 (Chris Ashton 2 tries; Toby Flood 2 conv, 7 pg) defeated Australia 18 (Kurtley Beale 2 tries; James O’Connor conv, 2 pg)

G&GR Points:

3 – Stephen Moore
2 – Kurtley Beale
1 – Nathan Sharpe

Stephen Moore - G&GR Man of the Match v. England (London)

Match Fourteen: Wallabies v. Italy @ Stadio A. Franchi, Florence (20 November).

Australia : Kurtley Beale, Lachlan Turner, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell, Quade Cooper, Luke Burgess, Ben McCalman, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom (c), Nathan Sharpe, Rob Simmons, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper. Replacements: Tatafu Polata-Nau, Benn Robinson, Mark Chisholm, Matt Hodgson, Pat McCabe.

Italy: Luke McLean, Tommaso Benvenuti, Gonzalo Canale, Alberto Sgarbi, Mirco Bergamasco, Luciano Orquera, Edoardo Gori, Sergio Parisse [C], Alessandro Zanni, Paul Derbyshire, Quintin Geldenhuys, Carlo Antonio Del Fava, Martin Castrogiovanni, Fabio Ongaro, Andrea Lo Cicero. Replacements: Carlo Festuccia, Lorenzo Cittadini, Santiago Dellape, Robert Barbieri, Pablo Canavosio, Riccardo Bocchino, Andrea Masi.

Australia 32 (Rocky Elsom, Drew Mitchell tries; Berrick Barnes 2 conv, 6 pg) defeated Italy 14 (Robert Barbieri try; Mirco Bergamasco 2 pg, Luciano Orquera pg)

G&GR Points:

3 – Rocky Elsom
2 – Nathan Sharpe
1 – Berrick Barnes

Rocky Elsom - G&GR Man of the Match v. Italy (Florence)

Match Fifteen: Wallabies v. France @ Stade de France, Paris (27 November).

Australia: Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Ben McCalman, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom (c), Nathan Sharpe, Rob Simmons, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper. Replacements: Tatafu Polata-Nau, Benn Robinson, Mark Chisholm, Scott Higginbotham, Luke Burgess, Matt Giteau, Lachlan Turner.

France: Jerome Porical, Yoann Huget, Aurelien Rougerie, Yannick Jauzion, Alexis Palisson, Damien Traille, Morgan Parra, Sébastien Chabal, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Thierry Dusautoir (c), Lionel Nallet, Julien Pierre, Nicolas Mas, William Servat, Thomas Domingo. Reserves: Guilhem Guirado, Jerome Schuster, Jerome Thion, Julien Bonnaire, Dimitri Yachvili, Fabrice Estebanez, Marc Andreu.

Australia 59 (Drew Mitchell 3, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Benn Robinson, Will Genia, James O’Connor tries; James O’Connor 6 conv, 4 pg) defeated France 16 (Penalty Try; Morgan Parra conv, 3 pg)

G&GR Points:

3 – Adam Ashley-Cooper
2 – Drew Mitchell
1 – Berrick Barnes

Adam Ashley-Cooper - G&GR Man of the Match v. France (Paris)

A tough competition that saw a different player get Man of the Match in each Test, which is a promising indication of depth and performance for the Wallabies. So to the table:

Place Player Pnts
1st Kurtley Beale 7
2nd David Pocock 5
3rd Stephen Moore 3
Nathan Sharpe 3
Rocky Elsom 3
Adam Ashley-Cooper 3
7th James O’Connor 2
Berrick Barnes 2
Drew Mitchell 2

Just another award for Gilbert.

Kurtley Beale wraps up his first full season as a Wallaby with the most significant on-line fan-based Spring Tour award in Australian Rugby history. With Kurtley, Bam Bam, Squeaky, Rocky and The Earl all receiving maximum points in a Test this tour, it was Gilbert’s consistency in gaining a couple of 2-pointers that got him over the line in this one.

Most of you should be able to make the call now as to who our Green and Gold Rugby Wallaby Player of the Year is, but just hold your horses. We have a little surprise up our sleeve. So make sure you are back in a couple of days for the grand announcement.

  • The Rant

    yeah but he’s still a joeys boy hahha

    Nah well done KB – well earned.

    Now he just has to keep the weight off over xmas!

    • joey

      most succesful rugby school in australia?

      • Scrummie

        St Augustines’ is arguably better.

        • Gumby

          On what basis?

    • Brissie Man

      Nah Nudgee for sure. Captain: Nudgee. Top try scorer: Nudgee. Most useless number 8: Nudgee…

      Maybe ignore the last point..

  • Nabley

    At last the voting is showing some rugby knowledge rather than just pandering to the noise.

    • Jnor

      I would argue it’s shown knowledge all along, given that the three awards have gone to the S14 Player of the Year, John Eales Medallist and Rookie of the Year respectively.

      Oh, and a surprise! Can’t wait!

    • Groucho

      You always have the option of voting.

      • Nabley

        Who says I don’t vote.

        I have always thought that Pocock while good, gets an emabarrasment of praise, more than I believe he is worth. It is generally media driven looking for a hero to sell media output. Because he is often up against the IRB No 1 dressed in his Darth Vader outfit, it works a charm on sales. With Beale now on the scene, having lost weight and found his real position in the team, he has been a surprising and pleasant revelation to us all.

        The pity of the way this is set up, Beale’s late emergence as clearly the best player for this season, will fall short on aggregate for the games he did not play.

  • Farva

    So we have had three winners for the June tests, 3N and now the EOYT!

    Makes things interesting for the player of the year!

    • Thomas

      Pocock’s got 24 points KB’s got 17 overall. Pocock deserves it more than any other player he has been one of the only players to play all games this year (The other was Rocky) and performed consistently well in every match.

  • Scarfman

    What’s the surprise Reg? Are we giving it to Richie McCaw anyway?

  • you’re gonna have to wait until tomorrow I am afraid. Just want to stretch this out a little bit longer…

  • The firstly period I had ever seen fill equivalent this web situation

  • Hello.This article was really interesting, particularly because I was investigating for thoughts on this subject last Monday.

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