Real Rugby Nuts

Aussies March On, Weary Irish

Posted in Internationals by therugbynut on June 24, 2006

The Wallabies brushed aside the challenge of the Irish at the weekend. Unlike England the previous weekend, Ireland chose to bring out a full strength squad to play the Wallabies. They earned the respect of their competitors, but ground to a halt in the second half, the battles of the previous two weeks with the All Blacks having clearly taken its toll.

The worrying aspects for all Northern Hemisphere sides is that the world cup is one year away and whereas the South Hemisphere sides will be at the beginning of their season, the Northern boys will be at the end of theirs.

This Irish side ground the Aussie machine down in the first half and a very closely fought contest appeared to turn the Irish way early in the second half with a well worked try by captain and talisman, Brian O’Driscoll. This man is a natural leader and outstanding player, but like most of his team the longer the game went on, they started to wilt one by one. The Wallabies targeted the much smaller O’Gara with forwards, disguised as backs, Mortlock and the like!

It was a well worked and good victory for the Wallabies and more worrying was that their suspect scrum of the previous two weeks appeared to be back to a solid foundation. The line-out started to function properly, they are tuning up perfectly. This Tri-Nations will be a humdinger.


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