RWC Game 24: AUS vs. URU

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory has long been a speciality of the Wallabies. We tried our hardest, but couldn’t even succeed at failure.

Two yellow cards in the first half an hour, both for high tackle repeat infringement show the Wallabies are clueless. Have we learned nothing from the Hodge incident? Don’t tackle high, certainly not 4 times in the first 30, certainly not this World Cup.

Poor decision making, a non functional line out and letting team mates down were but a few of the features of this Wallabies team we are currently enduring.

We will have no hope in the Quarter Finals with behaviour like this. It’s important not to peak too early, but we must peak at some point. I understand we are a peaks and troughs rugby nation, but aside from toppling the All Blacks in Perth, I’ve forgotten what a peak looks like for almost a decade.

The second half was not much better, starting with a massive falcon. It’s important to use your head, but not like that.

It was nice to see James Slipper lose his membership to the Front Rowers Union scoring a try for the first time in his 94 test careers, love watching a fat bloke crash over for a try!

On a positive note, Jordan Petaia has been a revelation on debut, scoring a try and looking useful. It’s strange to see consistent competence in the Wallabies jersey, I like it. We should encourage this behaviour more often.

Final Score: Australia 45 – Uruguay 10

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