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Wallaby Backline History: Part 6 – 2008 to 2009

Wallaby Backline History: Part 6 – 2008 to 2009

Here’s the last installment in the Wallaby back line series bringing us up to the current season. 

These videos cover every game in the first two years with Robbie Deans as coach.  Matt Giteau takes over as #10 and we see the emergence of Quade Cooper and Will Genia as Wallabies. Stirling Mortlock and Adam Ashley-Cooper demonstrate the advantage of having a big #13 that can break the line.

I’ve seperated 2008 and 2009 into seperate videos given the amount of content in each.

If you’ve missed the previous installments, they’re also repeated again below.

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq1zmX1AmIQ[/youtube]

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkZTmG-7nwg[/youtube]

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6dXPP2jcLM[/youtube]

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D73YWRdoj_U[/youtube]

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucoCmeZAe68[/youtube]

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7i874qGJmI[/youtube]

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ab_dsMp1DA[/youtube]

  • Groucho

    How hard was Mortlock to tackle? Geez.

  • JTM

    Fucking Mortlock. I think I just felt the beginnings of the re-emergence of a man crush. Hopefully he can have a great couple of swansong seasons with the Rebels. He definately deserves to go out on a high.

    If he get’s and stays fit (I’m going to assume the back complaint was the reason behind him playing so senile for the Brumbies this year) and has a good showing in Super rugby, what would people rate his chances of maybe being back in the squad? Or no chance you reckon? 

    • I think you’ve fallen for Austin’s Mortlock propaganda, but I like it!

    • Barbarian

      Was thinking that as I watched the videos. He would be a great guy to have around the squad, and if he can get those steamroller thighs pumping again you would want him there in the big games still. Although AAC certainly makes a compelling case as well.

      • Garry

        Watching those old clips where he was a young winger (with a head of hair), who would have thought he’d become such a devastating centre?

        Perhaps there are some other wingers/fullbacks that will evolve the same way. Maybe he could mentor them, help them in the transition?

        • RockyElboa

          Mortlock was awesome and it would be great to see him get in form.

          Seeing Lote make the Kangeroos got me thinking, how useful he would have been recently.
          Lack of size in Wallabies – solved
          Lack of experience – solved
          A player that runs hard, is difficult to tackle and could develop into a great 13

          What a shame

  • Dudebudstud

    AAC is the new Mortlock. That guy is pure strength, always breaks the first tackle, and it takes 2-3 men to pull him down.

    • The Rant

      true but props where they’re due- Ryan Cross had a fkn good 2008 – and he scored what SHOULD have been the winning try against scotland last year! Bit hard done by to be out of all squads this year. He obviously reached around the wrong way on robbie…

  • WB3

    Famous last words by that Scottish commentator:
    “The history of Wallaby victories over Scotland will continue, so long as Matt Giteau gets this kick….”

  • Joe Mac

    I really miss TPN.

  • Big Paddy

    It was only two years ago since Mortlock was running riot like that. It feels like years ago, how good would it be if he could get back to full fitness and that sort of form in time for the world cup?

  • ula

    nothing better than an AAC try, only thing that comes close is a rampaging digby

  • Alan

    Thanks again lads for these vids, quality footage all round.
    But wow, how good was Morty? we badly need him or another big centre in the side who consistently challenges and breaks the line of defence. And Gits was also having a blinder back in 08/09
    lets hope both can return to that form in the coming months

  • Joe Blow

    AAC is Mortlockesque with his power and ability to break tackles. It would be great for Australia to have Morty back fit and firing so they could have both for NZ next year.
    Giteau gets a lot of stick from Wallaby fans but he orchestrated most of the breaks in 2008 and 2009 and finished off several tries through his backing up. He is still the man and calls for him to be dropped are premature.

    • vidiot

      Who is the Giteau imposter running around this year, and what has he done with Matt Giteau?

  • Groucho

    It is interesting how many of those tries feature Giteau running straight.
    Every time he runs straight, he scores.
    What should that suggest?

  • Bullrush

    I’m unable to watch the clips at the moment but here’s an AB fan’s take on Giteau.

    He’s great player and a fantastic play-maker against anyone……except the All Blacks.

    Honestly, does anyone really remember any great games he’s had against the ABs? I have a lot more fear for Mortlock even now than I’ve EVER had for Giteau.

    • Andrew

      Spot on. I can’t remember Giteau winning Australia any tight games against either SA or NZ over the past 7 or 8 years he’s been in the WB’s. I’ve certainly never seem him get the better of Carter or Nonu. He’s certainly not renowned for stepping up to the plate in important games (esp Marseille v Eng). I’d much rather Barnes develop a combination with QC for those games and would not be surprised to see that happen by next year, esp if Barnes keeps drilling goals between the posts. I think Giteau would be good cover as a wildcard from the bench for either of 9, 10 or 12.

    • Nat

      Watching these videos just emphasises to me how Giteau has never run straight but, even when he scores tries, he scores by cramping sideways, reducing the amount of room that his outside backs have. Gees, how much more brilliant would they be with more room?

  • logan

    digby for the 13 jersey, aac on the bench as a cover for 11,13,14,15. i really like aac and i think hes pure talent, so good in any outside backs position and perhaps thats his curse. digby is just a beast!

  • Darkhorse

    Watching that 2008 vid I can’t but help miss Tuqiri. Also Mortlock was great. If he gets fit I’m sure he’d still be a good backup. How good was Giteau then? Mitchell had him in the form of his life at the force and it sure carried over to the wallabies. Some of those no look passes were absurd.

    And wtf happened to our scrum?

  • Roo

    I have so much man love for Stirlo right now after watching that….. Can’t wait to see him breaking lines for the Rebels….

  • Reddy!

    Wow, Matt Giteau was everywhere in 2008.

  • Mike

    STIRLO :)

  • jase

    digby and aac’s passing- theres not to much in it
    digby is a fantastic winger- possibly best in the world when in form- keep him there where he can come inside to take the inside flicks off genia and cooper
    ashley cooper is one of the players that needs to stay on the park the whole 80mins- stick him in a position and keep him there> he can suit aus best at outside center i believe
    although i agree he can cover many positions from the bench he has shown enough in the last few years to make me sure that he needs to start and be there the whole time

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Scott is one of our regular contributors from the old days of G&GR. He has experience coaching Premier Grade with two clubs in Brisbane.

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