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The G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year – Tri Nations

The G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year – Tri Nations

After three successful tests against Italy and France, the Wallabies prepared themselves for the Tri-Nations series. In what would be a largely disappointing series, the Wallabies would bring home the wooden spoon, again, winning just the one game – against the World Champion Springboks in Brisbane.

But who played well for the good guys? Will King George retain his place at the top of the G&GR Wallaby Player of the Year leader board? There’s only one way to find out. Read on!

Match Four: Wallabies v New Zealand @ Eden Park, Auckland (18 July).

Australia:  Adam Ashley-Cooper, Lachlan Turner, Stirling Mortlock [c], Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau, Luke Burgess, Wycliff Palu, George Smith, Richard Brown, Nathan Sharpe, James Horwill, Al Baxter, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Ben Alexander, Dean Mumm, David Pocock, Will Genia, James O’Connor.

New Zealand: Mils Muliaina, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Stephen Donald, Jimmy Cowan, Rodney So’oialo, Richie McCaw [c], Jerome Kaino, Isaac Ross, Brad Thorn, Neemia Tialata, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock. Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Jason Eaton, Kieran Read, Piri Weepu.

New Zealand 22 (Richie McCaw try; Stephen Donald conv, 5 pg) defeated Australia 16 (Berrick Barnes try; Matt Giteau conv, 3 pg)

G&GR Points:

3 – George Smith
2 – Stephen Moore
1 – James Horwill

 

Match Five: Wallabies v South Africa @ Newlands Stadium, Cape Town (8 August).

Australia:  Adam Ashley-Cooper, Lachlan Turner, Stirling Mortlock [c], Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau, Luke Burgess, Wycliff Palu, George Smith, Richard Brown, Nathan Sharpe, James Horwill, Al Baxter, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Ben Alexander, Dean Mumm, David Pocock, Will Genia, James O’Connor.

South Africa: Francois Steyn, JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Jean De Villiers, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Fourie Du Preez, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Heinrich Brussow, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, John Smit [c],Bismarck Du Plessis, Tendai Mtarira. Replacements: Jannie Du Plessis, Andries Bekker, Danie Rossouw, Ricky Januarie, Adi Jacobs, Ruan Pienaar.

South Africa 29 (Victor Matfield try; More Steyn 7 pg; dg) defeated Australia 17 (Adam Ashley-Cooper try; Matt Giteau try, 2 conv; Berrick Barnes dg)

G&GR Points:

3 – Benn Robinson
2 – George Smith
1 – Drew Mitchell

 

Match Six: Wallabies v New Zealand @ ANZ Stadium, Sydney (22 August).

Australia:  James O’Connor, Lachlan Turner, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau, Luke Burgess, Richard Brown, George Smith [c], Rocky Elsom, Nathan Sharpe, James Horwill, Al Baxter, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Ben Alexander, Dean Mumm, David Pocock, Will Genia, Ryan Cross, Peter Hynes.

New Zealand: Mils Muliaina, Joe Rokocoko, Conrad Smith, Luke McAlister, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Dan Carter, Jimmy Cowan, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw [c], Jerome Kaino, Isaac Ross, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock. Replacements: Joe Afoa, Ma’a Nonu, Stephen Donald, Rodney So’oialo

New Zealand 19 (Ma’a Nonu try; Dan Carter conv, 4 pg) defeated Australia 18 (Matt Giteau 6 pg)

G&GR Points:

3 – George Smith
2 – Rocky Elsom
1 – Benn Robinson

 

Match Seven: Wallabies v South Africa @ Subiaco Oval, Perth (29 August).

Australia:  James O’Connor, Lachlan Turner, Ryan Cross, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Peter Hynes, Matt Giteau, Luke Burgess, Richard Brown, George Smith [c], Rocky Elsom, Mark Chisholm, James Horwill, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, David Pocock, Will Genia, Quade Cooper, Drew Mitchell.

South Africa: Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Jean De Villiers, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Fourie Du Preez, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Heinrich Brussow, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, John Smit [c],Bismarck Du Plessis, Tendai Mtarira. Replacements: Chillieboy Ralepelle, Jannie Du Plessis, Andries Bekker, Schalk Burger, Ricky Januarie, Adi Jacobs,Francois Steyn.

South Africa 32 (Bryan Habana 2, Fourie Du Preez, Jaque Fourie tries; Morne Steyn 3 conv, 2 pg) defeated Australia 25 (Lachie Turner try; Matt Giteau 2 tries; 2 conv, 2 pg)

G&GR Points:

3 – Benn Robinson
2 – Mark Chisholm
1 – Rocky Elsom

 

Match Eight: Wallabies v South Africa @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (5 September).

Australia:  James O’Connor, Lachlan Turner, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau, Will Genia, George Smith [c], David Pocock, Rocky Elsom, Mark Chisholm, James Horwill, Ben Alexander, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Stephen Moore, Pek Cowan, Quade Cooper, Peter Hynes.

South Africa: Ruan Pienaar, Odwa Ndungane, Jaque Fourie, Jean De Villiers, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Fourie Du Preez, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Heinrich Brussow, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, John Smit [c],Bismarck Du Plessis, Tendai Mtarira. Replacements: Dannie Rossouw, Schalk Burger, Adi Jacobs,Francois Steyn.

Australia 21 (Adam Ashley-Cooper, James O’Connor tries; Matt Giteau conv, 2 pg, dg) defeated South Africa 6 (Morne Steyn pg, dg)

G&GR Points:

3 – Benn Robinson
2 – David Pocock
1 – Will Genia

 

Match Nine: Wallabies v New Zealand @ Westpac Trust Stadium, Wellington (19 September).

Australia:  James O’Connor, Lachlan Turner, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell, Matt Giteau, Will Genia, George Smith [c], David Pocock, Rocky Elsom, Mark Chisholm, James Horwill, Ben Alexander, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Stephen Moore, Pek Cowan, Wycliff Palu, Luke Burgess.

New Zealand: Mils Muliaina, Corey Jane, Isaia Toeava, Ma’a Nonu, Joe Rokocoko, Dan Carter, Jimmy Cowan, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw [c], Adam Thomson, Tom Donnelly, Brad Thorn, Neemia Tialata, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock. Replacements: Aled de Malmanche, Joe Afoa, Jason Eaton, Rodney So’oialo, Brendon Leonard, Hosea Gear.

New Zealand 33 (Joe Rokocoko, Cory Jane, Ma’a Nonu tries; Dan Carter 3 conv, 4 pg) defeated Australia 6 (Matt Giteau pg; Berrick Barnes dg)

G&GR Points:

3 – Adam Ashley-Cooper
2 – Benn Robinson
1 – Will Genia

 

Looking at the Tri Nations in isolation we can discover our Green & Gold Rugby Wallaby Player of the Tri-Nations.

Place Player Points
1st Benn Robinson 12
2nd George Smith 8
3rd Adam Ashley-Cooper 3
Rocky Elsom 3
5th Will Genia 2
David Pocock 2
Stephen Moore 2
Mark Chisholm 2
9th James Horwill 1
Drew Mitchell 1

How about a progress tally however for the overall winner?

 

No, not a chance. I’m going to hold the suspence over for our next update in a couple of days when we look back at the Spring Tour and discover the Official Green & Gold Rugby Wallaby Player of the Year!

  • Seb V

    thought AAC deserved a few more points.

  • Noddy

    the wonders of democracy Seb. Did you vote for him at all?

    • Seb V

      nope. I will from now on though LOL

  • Pedro

    It’s funny that he got 12 while the other book end (Alexander) got nil.

    Seriously though well deserved by Robinson, he was the most consistant member of the team. Imagine what the results would have been like without our new found scrummaging.

    Interesting that Gits didn’t get a look in either. Not that he deserved it particularly but in 10 and as goal kicker you normally at least get noticed.

  • I know it’s subjective, but I thought AAC was the best Wallaby for 2009.

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