Wallaroos through to 2010 World Cup Finals
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Wallaroos through to World Cup Finals

Wallaroos through to World Cup Finals

The Wallaroos have done the quite improbable and qualified for the World Cup finals as the best pool runner-up with a cracking 61 – 0 victory over South Africa.

Australia were 100% attacking mode from the outset, knowing they’d need a 55 point differential to make it through, after France caused an upset by beating Canada. The Wallaroo machine was looking decidedly more oiled than in the previous outings.

The Wallaroos sent wave after attacking raid at the Saffas, with coach John Manenti’s focus on attack getting the dividends. Scrumhalf and Captain Cheryl Soon was inspirational, and backrower Rebecca Trethowan was incisive, but all players shone with some fantastic continuity and support play. Trish Brown was as dangerous as ever.

Sharni Williams sealed the Wallaroos progression with a try in injury time. She finished the game with two tries, as did prop Lindsay Morgan (prolific this tournament!) and Nicole Beck was in excellent kicking form, with 7 from 8 conversions and 1 penalty.

South Africa had their chances in attack, particularly towards the end of the first half, but the Wallaroos scrambled well to hold them scoreless.

Australia will now take on top qualifier England on Thursday, 2 September at 5am AEST.

  • Thin Thighs

    There are only two teams I support: Australia and anyone playing England.

    You guys win on both counts. Get the girls rugby ashes back home. You know that you can do it.

    Train hard and success will come.

  • Blinky Bill from Bellingen

    Well played by the Wallaroos.

    62-0 says as much about the opposition as it does about our team. Sth Africa (what do they call themselves?) lacked fire power bar for a few positions and their lineout throws alone cost them dearly. Fortunately for us SA provided little more than a training run because even so we still didn’t score the required points until after 80 minutes. That was a nail biter I didn’t need. Got there in the end though and some very disappointed Canadians in the crowd.

    Well done girls. It’s all starting to come together nicely in time for the pointy end of the tournament.

    Go the Wallaroos!

  • Dizzer

    Congrats to the girls, great job.

  • todd4

    Just watched recording of the game, a comprehensive shellacking of South Africa – its a shame the mens team can’t do the same. The women looked very good but against inferior opposition. The big win is sure to be a confidence booster for the semi against England. That will be a good match to watch……..When is it being telecast?

  • I agree. I think the girls showed some courage in going for the total, though, which is a good sign after their disappointing loss to NZ.

    They’ll need a lot of belief to overcome England, who are looking strong on home soil, and will have an advantage over us up front.

    Foxsports 2 is showing the game live at 5:15am on Thursday morning.

  • Blinky Bill from Bellingen

    I’ll be tuning into watch the girls take on England. 5.15am? Make that I’ll record them’.

    Amanda is the comp a knock out from here on in?

    Go the Wallaroos!!!!!!!!!

    • Haha, fair enough! I’m in a dilemma ’cause I’ll be travelling to Sydney tomorrow and my family up there doesn’t have Fox.

      It is indeed knock out – just the semis and then the final on 5 September.

      The finals matches are all at the Twickenham Stoop.

      I’m just hanging out for the naming of the squads, there’ll be some interesting matchups. I’m an admirer of the English backrow, but I do think our backrow has been quite good, too. Maggie Alphonsi, for example, scored a try, made a great 50m bust and made 21 tackles in the English match against Ireland. So watching her against Alex Hargreaves (possibly) will be a treat.

    • suckerforred

      Oh come on – ain’t that early!

      One of the best games of international Rugby I have watched this year! I was even late for a meeting because I just couldn’t turn it off. (Don’t worry, boss is a rugby fan too so he understood.)

      Go Girls!!!

  • George

    Will be watching!! Good Luck Girls!!!!

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