RWC 2011: Australia vs Wales

October 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Posted in Sporting Event | Leave a comment
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I found myself in front of a TV at the right time and watched a disappointing game that pretty much summed up Rugby-World-Cup style rugby: tense, defence oriented, play to the referee, and not quite delivering on the promise.

Both teams are capable of playing entertaining rugby, but stick a label – World Championship 3rd place – on the game, and suddenly everyone is tense and focuses on defence. If you stop the other guy from scoring, you can’t loose – so you will probably win.

Poor old Wayne Barnes missed another forward pass – in much the same circumstances that he missed the ‘other one’. Only this time it did not affect the outcome of the match. I also felt that he let the Wallabies get a way with a bit too much at the breakdown. And what about that charge down early in the game on Shane Williams – the second Aussie guy to arrive made no attempt to play the ball and seemed to have no regard for player safety – neither Williams, nor his own guy.

Australia deserved the win: they defended very well and kicked all of their kicks. And their scrum looked good.

Wales will rue the fact that they lost three crucial games – South Africa, France, and Australia – because they could not kick the points when they were on offer. Still Warren Gatland done a very good job getting his side very close to the final.

Still four tries were scored – two a piece.


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