Wallabies vs Ireland (SPOILER)

Wallabies vs Ireland (SPOILER)

Post by Mike Am » Sun, 13 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Wallabies        46            (13)
Ireland              10             (3)

Perfect Brisbane weather, an Irish pub in a marquee tent, spluttering
firecrackers and an e***d crowd at a packed Ballymore, as the teams
lined up for the anthems.

Humphreys kicked off for Ireland and the opening minutes were all Oz as
they camped on the Irish line. Spooner goaled an early penalty and play
spluttered a little as both teams tried to get the feel of the ball and
each other.

The first try came as a surprise. Gregan picked up a rolling ball under
pressure but suddenly spurted through a gap to put Ben Tune away on a
long run and a touchdown at the cornerflag which Spooner did well to
convert.

Humphreys replied a minute later with a three-pointer for Ireland.

The second quarter saw Ireland come back strongly into the game with
good driving play by Costello and O'Cuinnagain in particular. But there
were some ghastly handling errors by the Irish backs who were struggling
to come to terms with the dew-wet ball.

The Wallabies were enjoying a surfeit of possession but a determined
Irish defence kept them out. Wilson actually got across the Irish line
only to be penalised for a double movement. Clever Irish spoiling
tactics in the rucks continued to frustrate the Oz pack.

With only minutes to half-time Mostyn broke clear and ran powerfully
down the left flank to be held up inches short of the Wallaby line. On
the stroke of half-time, Spooner slotted a second penalty from close to
the sideline.

Ireland attacked powerfully from the kick-off and were unlucky not to
score when Wood broke free and floated a beautiful pass over to O'Shea
who was solidly tackled by Tune.

Minutes later Daniel Herbert burst powerfully through the centre and
handed on to Wilson who slid over under the sticks with a trio of
Irishmen clinging tenaciously to every appendage. Spooner converted to
put the Wallabies into a 20 - 3 lead.

A clever kick into space by Gregan found no fullback in position and
Gregan fielded the kick himself to fling the ball infield over his head
where Oz won quick ball for Herbert to cruise in for an easy try.

Back came Ireland to win an attacking scrum only ten metres out but yet
another handling error ruined what looked like a certain try. Then it
was the turn of the Wallaby forwards to dazzle win a driving rush with
Blades and Paul prominent for Strauss to finish. Spooner converted.

The Irish swarmed onto the attack from the kickoff to take play deep
into Irish territory where a determined dart in a low body position by
Maggs put him over for Ireland's first try. Humphreys converted.

The crowd barely had time to settle down when Strauss went over for his
second after an inside pass by Horan, put Latham into the gap. Then in
the dying seconds of the game the Wallaby forwards moved the ball down
the right flank for Strauss to get his third in an excellent team effort
by the Australians.

A well-deserved win for the Wallabies with a superb second half display
but it could have been very different for Ireland if they had been able
to eliminate unforced handling errors, which badly disrupted their
continuity.

They played very well in patches and at one point, threatened to take
control of the exchanges up front but the Wallaby backs definitely had
the edge on their opponents. As test matches go, it was a nice game.

 
 
 

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Post by Brian Devereu » Sun, 13 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Wallabies        46            (13)
> Ireland          10             (3)

Nice report, Mike.  You are being too gracious in your treatment of the
Irish.  We were way off the pace when Oz got it going.  We simply do not
have those gears.

Cheers.

 
 
 

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Post by Mike Am » Sun, 13 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> > Wallabies        46            (13)
> > Ireland              10             (3)

> Nice report, Mike.  You are being too gracious in your treatment of
> the Irish.  We were way off the pace when Oz got it going.  We
> simply do not have those gears.

Perhaps you're right Brian but you may be underestimating just how much
specialised skill is required in handling the Gilbert all-weather ball
in dewy conditions.

The average NH rugby follower probably equates dew with light rain but
there is a huge difference between cold, light, rainy conditions in
daylight and warm, dewy conditions under floodlights.

Teams not experienced in these conditions are clearly disadvantaged. The
dew-wet ball behaves like a wet piece of soap due to high bodyfat/
moisture ratio such conditions produce. By contrast, a rain-wet ball in
cold conditions with the ***d Gilbert artificial surface is very easy
to handle.

Thanks to Super 12 and the sweaty conditions under lights in Feb/March,
all SH players have developed the special skills required for handling
under these conditions.

The Irish (and Italians) quite clearly, had not and under floodlights,
this made a huge difference but all credit to Oz (and the Boks) for
their wins.

 
 
 

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Post by Brian Devereu » Sun, 13 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Teams not experienced in these conditions are clearly disadvantaged. The
> dew-wet ball behaves like a wet piece of soap due to high bodyfat/
> moisture ratio such conditions produce.

High bodyfat effects one's ability to hold a ball??? Stewards inquiry.
Christ, the Irish are at a total disadvantage.  Fix, we were set up.
 
 
 

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Post by Bryan M. Case » Sun, 13 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Quote:


> > Teams not experienced in these conditions are clearly disadvantaged. The
> > dew-wet ball behaves like a wet piece of soap due to high bodyfat/
> > moisture ratio such conditions produce.

> High bodyfat effects one's ability to hold a ball??? Stewards inquiry.
> Christ, the Irish are at a total disadvantage.  Fix, we were set up.

LOL. Has there ever been anything other than a wet-ball game in
Ireland?. The Irish invented it.  A soft day in Munster.  Its the one
thing Ireland lead the world in.
--
"instead, the ball would pop up to Keith Wood, who would immediately go
into Alexi Sayle mode and wobble manically in the direction of the
Scottish line."
Stuart Bathgate, The Scotsman; 22 Mar'99.
 
 
 

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Post by Mike Am » Mon, 14 Jun 1999 04:00:00



Quote:


> > > Teams not experienced in these conditions are clearly
> > > disadvantaged. The dew-wet ball behaves like a wet
> > > piece of soap due to high bodyfat/ moisture ratio such
> > > conditions produce.

> > High bodyfat effects one's ability to hold a ball??? Stewards
> > inquiry. Christ, the Irish are at a total disadvantage.  Fix,
> > we were set up.

> LOL. Has there ever been anything other than a wet-ball game in
> Ireland?. The Irish invented it.  A soft day in Munster.  Its the one
> thing Ireland lead the world in.

No, speak to the players and you will find that the same allweather ball
that handles perfectly in anything from a deluge, to a light drizzle, to
bone dry conditions, becomes as slippery as a wet cake of soap when
there is a relatively minute quantity of moisture present.

Any increase in the amount of moisture improves the handling
characteristics as does any decrease. This intermediate stage where the
ball is very slippery is consistent with conditions of light dew typical
of early evening floodlit games played in SA and Oz in particular.

Statistically, the Super 12 shows a huge increase in handling errors
when these conditions prevail and after four years of S12 the players
and coaches have developed special ways of dealing with it.

Some players use a natural resin found in pepper tree leaves, on their
hands, others rely on changes in passing and catching technique.

 
 
 

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Post by Brian Gunnin » Mon, 14 Jun 1999 04:00:00

But what's it like at -5C or greater?

regards,

Brian.

 
 
 

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Post by portno » Mon, 14 Jun 1999 04:00:00

More drug abuse then
Quote:





>> > > Teams not experienced in these conditions are clearly
>> > > disadvantaged. The dew-wet ball behaves like a wet
>> > > piece of soap due to high bodyfat/ moisture ratio such
>> > > conditions produce.

>> > High bodyfat effects one's ability to hold a ball??? Stewards
>> > inquiry. Christ, the Irish are at a total disadvantage.  Fix,
>> > we were set up.

>> LOL. Has there ever been anything other than a wet-ball game in
>> Ireland?. The Irish invented it.  A soft day in Munster.  Its the one
>> thing Ireland lead the world in.

>No, speak to the players and you will find that the same allweather ball
>that handles perfectly in anything from a deluge, to a light drizzle, to
>bone dry conditions, becomes as slippery as a wet cake of soap when
>there is a relatively minute quantity of moisture present.

>Any increase in the amount of moisture improves the handling
>characteristics as does any decrease. This intermediate stage where the
>ball is very slippery is consistent with conditions of light dew typical
>of early evening floodlit games played in SA and Oz in particular.

>Statistically, the Super 12 shows a huge increase in handling errors
>when these conditions prevail and after four years of S12 the players
>and coaches have developed special ways of dealing with it.

>Some players use a natural resin found in pepper tree leaves, on their
>hands, others rely on changes in passing and catching technique.

 
 
 

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Post by Bryan R » Mon, 14 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Well, a decent match, but Ireland played well short of their
potential. O'Cuinneagain and Ward both played ok, but neither provided
any kind of spark or anything extra, and Ireland's going to need that
next game, especially from their captain. Costello did well with ball
in hand, but the dumb ox forgot to hold onto the ball when he went to
deck. Johns looked sluggish and should be dropped for O'Kelly next
game. Clohessy was also pretty ***out there and Corrigan should get
a chance.
In the backs, Humphreys did well, a couple passes went astray but
otherwise, a solid performance. O'Driscoll looked quite good at times,
but made some rookie mistakes, and he probably needs some help from
the back row to bring Herbert down. Maggs did well, as did Mostyn, but
he and Bishop just didn't get enough ball. Bishop looked a bit
understrength or undersized, which is incredible considering he's 6'1"
and 14st. O'Shea will be missed. Hopefully they put Jonathan Bell at
fullback next test. Oh yeah, one more thing. Ireland desperately needs
to find a scrumhalf. Tierney made several ***decisions, including at
least three useless kicks. Bring in Scally. At least he brings some
electricity to the pitch. Tierney is no better than McGuinness,
actually he's probably worse. At least McGuinnness doesn't kick ball
away.

My team for the 2nd test:

1   Reggie Corrigan
2   Keith Wood
3   Paul Wallace
4   Malcolm O'Kelly
5   Jeremy Davidson
6   Dion O'Cuinneagain [c]
7   Andy Ward
8   Victor Costello
9   Ciaran Scally
10 David Humphreys
11 Matt Mostyn
12 Kevin Maggs
13 Brian O'Driscoll
14 Justin Bishop
15 Jonathan Bell

16 Girvan Dempsey
17 Mike Mullins
18 Tom Tierney
19 David Corkery
20 Paddy Johns
21 Peter Clohessy
22 Ross Nesdale

Cheers,
Bryan Ray

 
 
 

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Post by Bryan M. Case » Mon, 14 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> More drug abuse then

<snip>
> >Some players use a natural resin found in pepper tree leaves, on their
> >hands, others rely on changes in passing and catching technique.

Hey, we call that 'pine tar' and we put it on the underside of our
cross-country skis under the boot portion. This allows you some grip on
snow crystals to push off as you stride, then to glide on the heel and
toe of the ski. I'll DHL a box to Rick Boyd in Perth for the Irish camp.
It could be the thing that is missing.

--
"instead, the ball would pop up to Keith Wood, who would immediately go
into Alexi Sayle mode and wobble manically in the direction of the
Scottish line."
Stuart Bathgate, The Scotsman; 22 Mar'99.

 
 
 

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Post by Ross Finlays » Mon, 14 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> Some players use a natural resin found in pepper tree leaves, on their
> hands

Is this legal??  (Geez, this kind of thing is no longer legal even in
American Football :-)

        Ross.

 
 
 

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Post by Gerr » Tue, 15 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Wallabies        46            (13)
> Ireland              10             (3)
> They played very well in patches and at one point, threatened to take
> control of the exchanges up front but the Wallaby backs definitely had
> the edge on their opponents. As test matches go, it was a nice game.

A 'nice' game of rugby? There's never been a nice game of rugby! I used
to think there were nice games of rugby, games like the annual match
between Byfords Social Club v Taihape Golden Oldies. Then I played in it
a couple of years ago and a 150kg prop kept flattening me, it was ***y
vicious. There is definitely no nice rugby.
 
 
 

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Post by Will Sutto » Tue, 15 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Quote:


> > Wallabies        46            (13)
> > Ireland              10             (3)

> > They played very well in patches and at one point, threatened to take
> > control of the exchanges up front but the Wallaby backs definitely had
> > the edge on their opponents. As test matches go, it was a nice game.

> A 'nice' game of rugby? There's never been a nice game of rugby! I used
> to think there were nice games of rugby, games like the annual match
> between Byfords Social Club v Taihape Golden Oldies. Then I played in it
> a couple of years ago and a 150kg prop kept flattening me, it was ***y
> vicious. There is definitely no nice rugby.

Nice Rugby to watch not play  :-)  Its nice to see someone else get flattened
by a 150kg Prop while you down a nice cold beer
 
 
 

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Post by Mike Am » Tue, 15 Jun 1999 04:00:00



Quote:

> > > As test matches go, it was a nice game.

> > A 'nice' game of rugby? There's never been a nice game of rugby! I
> > used to think there were nice games of rugby, games like the
> > annual match between Byfords Social Club v Taihape Golden
> > Oldies. Then I played in it a couple of years ago and a 150kg
> > prop kept flattening me, it was ***y vicious.
> > There is definitely no nice rugby.

> Nice Rugby to watch not play  :-)  Its nice to see someone else get
> flattened by a 150kg Prop while you down a nice cold beer

Thanks Will. Make mine a Castle.

You're right about rugby not being 'nice' but Seth Efrikin English is
not nearly as polished as Cyentabree English.

When we say 'narse' (nice) we mean enjoyable. When we say 'jus now' we
mean reasonably soon but sure as hell not immediately. When we say 'ya
wah' we mean, "Here you are, this is yours. Please take it." etc

Sorry about the dialect in my post. As the bishop said to the actress,
it kinda slips in by mistake.

 
 
 

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Post by rick boy » Tue, 15 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Hey, we call that 'pine tar' and we put it on the underside of our
> cross-country skis under the boot portion. This allows you some grip on
> snow crystals to push off as you stride, then to glide on the heel and
> toe of the ski. I'll DHL a box to Rick Boyd in Perth for the Irish camp.

Thanks. I could use some myself. They don't call me "Teflon" for
nothing.

-- Rick Boyd

Perth-Bayswater Rugby Union Football Club, Western Australia
club homepage: http://www.wt.com.au/~boyd/perth-baysw.htm