RWC Game 17: AUS vs. WAL

In the most pivotal match of Pool D, Wales had a quick start, slotting a drop goal in the first 60 seconds of the match.

Wales established dominance through the first half and set up a handy 23 – 8 lead at half time.

In a moment that will provoke significant discussion, Wallabies Centre Samu Kerevi was penalised in attack for fending an opponent with the forearm to the chest.

Live it appeared to be a poor tackle attempt on a high-speed unit. Samu appeared to have both hands on the ball and braced for contact. However, that is not how TMO Ben Skeen saw it, and in one of his many interjections in this match, encouraged referee Romain Poite to award a penalty.

This moment was insignificant on the scoreboard, but clearly messed with the heads of the Wallabies.

Michael Hooper needs a lesson or two in referee management. Being a consistent tool and asking condescending questions is like putting your hand in a bee hive, sure you get some honey every now and again, but more often you get stung.

The second half was more promising for the Wallabies, giving good chase to the Welshmen, coming within a point in the dying stages.

But the match was lost at this moment;

“We’ll lose the game thanks Sir” – Michael Hooper

Trailing by 4 point with 13 minutes to go, having already clawed back significant ground, rather than kick for the corner, back ourselves in, we chose to take the points, stay behind. This said to Wales, you’ve got us beat, just hold on, we are done.

The fearless (sometimes brainless) Wallabies were nowhere to be seen. Courage is something we live and die by as Australian Rugby.

Today we played it safe and lost… Will the dirt ever wash off from this hideous Northern Hemisphere feeling?

Well done Wales, deserved victors!

Final Score: Wales 29 – Australia 25

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