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G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year: Tri-Nations

G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year: Tri-Nations

Wallaby fans weren’t exactly jumping out of their seats in excitement as the 2010 Tri-Nations series rolled around. The domestic series did little to provoke any thoughts of Wallaby resurgence against the might of the Boks and Blacks. We’d beaten Fiji, fine. The Perth defeat of England was quickly forgotten in the mire that was the loss to the Poms in Sydney. Then the game against Ireland in Brisbane was just downright boring. As it turned out, we managed to finish second in the Tri-Nations behind a completely dominant New Zealand team, with the Boks dire in third.

But who were the Wallabies that stood out? Could Quade Cooper’s early season form continue against the tougher competition, or would someone else stand up to be counted? All will be revealed as we unveil our Green and Gold Rugby Tri-Nations Player of the Year.

Match Five: Wallabies v. South Africa @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (24 July).

Australia: Adam Ashley-Cooper, James O’Connor, Rob Horne, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Richard Brown, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom (c), Nathan Sharpe, Dean Mumm, Salesi Ma’afu, Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Stephen Moore, James Slipper, Rob Simmons, Ben McCalman, Berrick Barnes.

South Africa: Zane Kirchner, Gio Aplon, Jaque Fourie, Wynand Oliver, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Pierre Spies, Schalk Burger, Ryan Kankowsi, Victor Matfield, Danie Rossouw, BJ Botha, John Smit (c), Gurthrö Steenkamp. Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, CJ Van Der Linde, Flip Van Der Merwe, Dewald Potgieter, Francois Hougaard, Butch James, Juan De Jongh.

Australia 30 (Drew Mitchell, Will Genia tries; James O’Connor conv, pg; Matt Giteau 5 pg) defeated South Africa 13 (Jaque Fourie, Gurthrö Steenkamp tries; Morne Steyn pg)

G&GR Points:

3 David Pocock
2 – Rocky Elsom
1 – Will Genia

David Pocock - G&GR Man of the Match v. South Africa (Brisbane)

Match Six: Wallabies v. New Zealand @ Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (31 July).

Australia: Adam Ashley-Cooper, James O’Connor, Rob Horne, Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau, Will Genia, Richard Brown, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom (c), Nathan Sharpe, Dean Mumm, Salesi Ma’afu, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Saia Faingaa, James Slipper, Rob Simmons, Kurtley Beale, Luke Burgess, Anthony Faingaa.

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: Corey Flynn, Ben Franks, Sam Whitelock, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Israel Dagg.

New Zealand 49 (Mils Muliaina 2, Joe Rokocoko, Richie McCaw, Corey Flynn, Cory Jane tries; Dan Carter try, 4 conv,2 pg) defeated Australia 28 (Adam Ashley-Cooper, Rocky Elsom, Drew Mitchell tries; Matt Giteau 2 conv, 3 pg)

G&GR Points:

3 – David Pocock
2 – Adam Ashley-Cooper
1 – Rocky Elsom

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

Match Seven: Wallabies v. New Zealand @ AMI Stadium, Christchurch (7 August).

Australia: Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Anthony Faingaa, Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau, Will Genia, Richard Brown, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom (c), Nathan Sharpe, Dean Mumm, Salesi Ma’afu, Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson. Replacements: James Slipper, Rob Simmons, Matt Hodgson.

New Zealand: Mils Muliaina, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Joe Rokocoko, Dan Carter, Piri Weepu, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Jerome Kaino, Tom Donnelly, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Replacements: Ben Franks, Sam Whitelock, Victor Vito, Alby Mathewson.

New Zealand 20 (Mils Muliaina, Conrad Smith tries; Dam Carter 2 conv, 2 pg) defeated Australia 10 (Kurtley Beale try; Matt Giteau conv, pg)

G&GR Points:

3 – David Pocock
2 – Kurtley Beale
1 – Nathan Sharpe

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

Match Eight: Wallabies v. South Africa @ Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria (28 August).

Australia: Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Richard Brown, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom (c), Nathan Sharpe, Dean Mumm, Salesi Ma’afu, Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Stephen Moore, James Slipper, Ben McCalman, Rob Simmons.

South Africa: Francois Steyn, JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Jean De Villiers, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Schalk Burger, Victor Matfield, Flip Van Der Merwe, Jannie Du Plessis, John Smit (c), Gurthrö Steenkamp. Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, CJ Van Der Linde, Danie Rossouw, Butch James.

South Africa 44 (Juan Smith, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Pierre Spies, JP Pietersen tries; Francois Steyn try, pg; Morne Steyn 4 con, 2 pg; Butch James con) defeated Australia 31 (James O’Connor 2, Dean Mumm, Will Genia tries; Matt Giteau 4 conv, pg)

G&GR Points:

3 – Kurtley Beale
2 – Nathan Sharpe
1 – David Pocock

Kurtley Beale - G&GR Man of the Match v. South Africa (Pretoria)

Match Nine: Wallabies v. South Africa @ Vodacom Stadium, Bloemfontein (4 September).

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, Salesi Ma’afu, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Saia Faingaa, James Slipper, Dean Mumm, Richard Brown, Luke Burgess, Berrick Barnes, Anthony Faingaa.

South Africa: Francois Steyn, JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Jean De Villiers, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Schalk Burger, Victor Matfield, Danie Rossouw, Jannie Du Plessis, John Smit (c), Gurthrö Steenkamp. Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, CJ Van Der Linde, Flip Van Der Merwe, Ryan Kankowski, Gio Aplon.

Australia 41 (Rocky Elsom, Stephen Moore, Drew Mitchell tries; James O’connor try, conv; Kurtley Beale try, pg; Matt Giteau 4 conv, pg) defeated South Africa 39 (Jacque Fourie, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Jean De Villiers tries; Morne Steyn 3 conv, 6 pg)

G&GR Points:

3 – David Pocock
2 – Kurtley Beale
1 – Nathan Sharpe

David Pocock - G&GR Man of the Match v. South Africa (Bloemfontein)

Match Ten: Wallabies v. New Zealand @ ANZ Stadium, Sydney (11 September).

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

New Zealand: Mils Muliaina, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Israel Dagg, Aaron Cruden, Piri Weepu, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Victor Vito, Tom Donnelly, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Replacements: Corey Flynn, John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Jerome Kaino, Jimmy Cowan, Colin Slade, Rene Ranger.

New Zealand 23 (Richie McCaw, Kieran Read tries; Piri Weepu 2 conv, 3 pg) defeated Australia 22 (James O’Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper tries; Matt Giteau 3 pg; Kurtley Beale pg)

G&GR Points:

3 – Kurtley Beale
2 – Ben McCalman
1 – Lachlan Turner

Kurtley Beale - G&GR Man of the Match v. New Zealand (Sydney)

Some fairly consistent performers there and it shouldn’t be too hard to work out who the winner is, but let’s have a look at the table anyway:

Place Player Pnts
1st David Pocock 13
2nd Kurtley Beale 10
3rd Nathan Sharpe 4
4th Rocky Elsom 3
5th Adam Ashley-Cooper 2
Ben McCalman 2
7th Will Genia 1
Lachlan Turner 1

Hard to choose the greater honour: the John Eales Medal or the G&GR Tri-Nations Player of the Year.

It was a superb Tri-Nations for David Pocock and he deservedly wins the Green & Gold Rugby Wallaby Tri-Nations Player of the Year Award. Interestingly, there’s no sign of Quade Cooper, who was the star of the lead-in matches. Can he claw his way back into contention on the Spring Tour? Because that’s where we are heading next, to find out who the Green & Gold Rugby Wallaby Player of the Spring Tour will be.

  • dobduff11

    5 in a row pretty impresive Bam Bam

  • Bay35Pablo

    Not bad for Lachie Turner given he only had one start!!!!

  • dobduff11

    Not bad for kurtley beale, four starts 10 points. 2.5 points ppg

  • Reds Fan 2011

    Disagree about Beale getting 2 points on Sept 4. Yes he kicked a crucial drought breaking pentaly goal. BUT he made several key errors which actually put Australia into that position. If we lost that game he should have been dropped. Yes he had a great year but that game I thought was his worst of the year by a long way especially the second half.

    • remembering points are awarded by accumulating everyone’s 3-2-1s. KB got the 2nd most points that game. Got plenty of “3s” too.

    • Seb V

      Your right he played soooo bad in that second half! Everybody will remember that falcon. His first half was okay though, the second was the worst ive seen from probably any wallaby all tri-nations and if he didnt make that kick it would have been a below average game BUT HE DID MAKE THE KICK! and that is worth a bloody lot.

  • dobduff11

    By several key errors you mean the falcon and the pass over the head.

    I thought he was sprightly and dangerous in that game not quite the same as the week before but still good.

    You tend to get points for a 50 odd metre penalty after the final whistle as well.

    Although i do agree it was probably his worst game of the year, not too bad if thats your low mark

    • Thomas

      and he gave away a stupid penalty at the beginning right under the posts. He gave away 13 stupid and unnecessary points.

      • dobduff11

        and won the match for the wallabies

      • James

        tough crowd Thomas, don’t worry I agree with you. I’m mffed how Elsom gets so many, when I watch I seem to see wayward passes and silly errors. Maybe I’m biased against him for some reason by it must be at a subconcious level as I feel that I am being objective. Same with Beale yes he’s had some good moments, but he is still suspect in defence I just cant seem to get week at the knees and fawn over either of them.

      • Seb V

        haha he also couldnt catch a single high ball and he had a few. How glad are we that he learnt to catch in the spring tour.

  • bam bam bam – how good is he – big year for him next year

  • Tahzan

    I think beale deserves more credit for the development in his defense. He’s come a long way, the hold up of mealamu over the line, the chase down of the south African winger after he slips and cops the falcon, the cover on McCaw down the right wing after several others failed. I have seen a huge improvement – nobody is perfect but geez he is now streets ahead of the others. Hopefully they can apply themselves too instead of discussing the positives about league in the media! But yes kb did have to come along way. I just think he actually has.

    • Tahzan

      By the others – I meant “some of the others”.

    • James

      Bring on the thumbs down button already.

      • Groucho

        So many Beale haters, still, in Australian rugby fanville. It’s amazing.

  • James

    Why do you have Wallaby of the Year: Tri-Nations and Wallaby of the year: Domestic Series and no doubt Wallaby of the Year: Spring Tour.

    Wallaby of the Year is just that.

    The other three should be “Wallaby of the Tri-Nations” or “Wallaby of the 2010 Tri-Nations” etc etc

    Your lack of clear thought in naming your awards is disappointing. It’s nearly as poor as the interest level I have in my job today – hence this post.

    • because they are smaller sub-categories of the brand that is the G&GR Wallaby of the Year. Like Diet Coke and Coke Zero.

      Now take your complaining elsewhere or I’ll e-mail your boss.

  • Newter

    All those pictures of Pocock denting the line make me think he should be our No 8. Get Matt Hodgson in there at 7. What a combination that would be.

    • Gumby

      Pocock is doing just fine where he is. Palu when fit will make a huge difference at the back. Watch some of the footage from 2009 Spring Tour and see the grunt he adds to the scrum. Then watch some of the hits he makes (one ridiculously got him carded) but most of all watch how often he gets over the gain line and how much effort it takes to pull him down.

      He could be a Willie-O/Kefu incarnate.

      • Garry

        There was big talk about how much difference the Bens would have when they returned, but as we’ve seen, injured players take some time to run themselves back to form.

        Palu will not hit the ground running either. He’ll need time.

        • Gumby

          Absolutely Garry; no doubt at all. Think what we learnt from all that talk was it takes more than a good front row to make a good scrum and missing from our excellent 2009 scrum this year were also Horwill and Palu.

          The good thing with Palu (and Horwill) is that from all accounts, he will be ready and rearin’ for the start of the new season and will not coming back shortly before or just at the beginning of an arduous tour north like the Ben’s had to do. He will have time to rumble up some form before it gets serious later on.

        • baggy walla

          He is not quite willy o or Kef but he is definitely the best we have. (Can the Fro TPN play *, Drop a bit of weight. Can thius be an option. He is just so immense , however Moore showed how important he is to the team, Great work rate and does the fundamentals well, like throwing into the lineout

      • He’s not been as influential in against the SH teams as people seem to think he’s been. Against the NH teams he’s been huge but not so much in Tri-Nations.

        • Gumby

          He was creating havoc in the Super 14 before he got injured. Don’t think your assertion is correct. But in any case you would expect that it would be more difficult to shine against the AB’s and Boks. He is far and away the best we’ve got.

      • Jay

        Palu makes big hits on defence, but I don’t rate his ball running that highly. He seems to slow down into contact, rather than keeping his feet pumping. A guy his size with his speed should be much harder to tackle than he is.

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