>> Yes.........spoiler is apt when you want to talk about
>> this test.....the last 20 mins a bit better to watch but
>> not a great match
Not great at all, though there were some nice passages in the second
I expect lots of the mistakes can be put down to the evening dew etc.
Is Australia now an evening test country? I can't remember the last
time they played an afternoon test at home (though it might have been
There was a fairly negative attitude by both sides at the breakdown,
and I think Watson might have penalised sides for diving over a bit
more, but he reffed pretty well I thought.
The first half was surprisingly even on the scoreboard although Aus
had much more ball. A slight change in fortune and it could easily
have been 10 all at half time instead of 13-3.
This has to go down as a game lost by a prop, Clohessy (?) could
easily have been sent off for stamping on Tune in my view, which led
to a release of pressure on Australia and a chance for them to score
their first points of the second half. If I were Tune I'd be really
miffed at having to come off after such an incident. Particularly as
he's coming back from injury anyway.
Blow me if Johns didn't then get a yellow card, and then Clohessy a
yellow card for a second incident. It's very disappointing for Ireland
to lose the plot because of indiscipline at a key stage rather than
because of good play by the opposition.
Sure Australia then loosened up and started to do some good stuff, but
before then they had been struggling. They might well have pulled
clear just as happened in the game, but Ireland gave it to Australia
on a plate.
>> Wilson, Gregan, Paul and Herbert Australia's best.........and
>> Tian Strauss is now an excellent chance of been selected
>> in the starting 15 for the next test..............and he just bagged
>> his hat trick ( 4 tries for Sth Africa in 15 or so tests and 3 tries
>> in about 30mins for Aust )
What came over very strongly was how ineffectively Ireland retreated
when Australia made an initial break. The support play by the likes of
Wilson and Strauss was fine, but usually you'd expect at least one
defender running along the supporting players to get in the way.
>> BTW.....score 46 - 10
>Putting this in perspective..
>A highly motivated Irish side which was missing only one sure fired
>starter in Miller, was stuffed by an OZ team missing some key players
>and playing for the first time this year.
>We cannot live for 80 minutes with a team which plays the game at this
>pace. We lack the team speed and skills. Campese was only 4 points
>short of his prediction.
>Nice job OZ.
Yep, it was a good Australian performance, second half anyway.
Given the inexperience of the Irish backs, certainly compared with
Australia, I thought they didn't do that badly. The forwards were a
little quiet I thought - even Wood made less impression than usual.
The worrying thing for Ireland is that Australia will probably be
better next week, and Ireland will be pushed very hard indeed then.
All the best