Real Rugby Nuts

Lucky Aussies

Posted in Tri Nations by therugbynut on August 5, 2006

What a poor first half – I have never see a half of such poor reffing, kicking and general all round rugby skills as that. As this is the professional age, what a shower. Talk about boring the pants of you with a poor display, even the try was from a sliced kick that bounced between the two Boks attacking players and Mark Gerard stole in to nick it and sprint to the try line, but that was all the excitement there was. The Aussie line-outs seemed out of sorts.

Guess Messrs Connolly and White fired a few rockets in the half time talk as out came the two teams and at least the game became more interesting. First Butch White kicks over a penalty, then Butch kicks another 3 points, 10-6 to the Aussies. The Boks score again, a try this time through Jaque Fourie and take the lead. Then Gerrard fumbles an absolute sitter and fails to score.

Mortlock scores a quick 3 point and we are level at 13 all. Montgomery, who had a very poor first half, weaves some magic and gets bundled over the line and teh ref (through the touch judge) awards the try. 18-13 to South Africa and we have 12 minutes left to play. Nail bitter if there ever was one, Mortlock fails with a penalty kick, South Africa can taste the points of a win at the Telstra Dome….

No one told Phil Waugh making his 50th appearance, makes some space and shows a great turn of pace and a great pass out of the tackle and there is our old mate Mat Rogers, who races off to score in the corner. 18 all and Mortlock to take the kick, which flies through teh air drfiting in and out and hitting the post arriving between the sticks and sealing a 20-18 win with 4 minutes left.

Last ditch effort by South Africa, but the Juan Smith’s pass goes straight into touch and the hooter sounds. George Gregan spouts something about the team never giving up belief, but truth is the South Africans suffered from lack of numbers around the park all game. You cannot deal with a team like Australia when only one player, two at best, is at the breakdowns.

Oh well, three home games to come, you never know they may pull it around.


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