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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Wallabies triumph 16-9 over the Springboks in Perth

Wallabies triumph 16-9 over the Springboks in Perth

The Wallabies won their fourth straight game under New Zealand coach Robbie Deans to open their Tri-Nations campaign with a 16-9 victory over South Africa in Perth on Saturday. Australia scored the only two tries of the match, with Berrick Barnes sealing the win in the final minute with a neat 25 meter drop goal.

The Springboks went into the game confident after their win last weekend, but from the outset looked weary and uninspired, with the Wallaby backrow trio of George Smith, Wycliff Palu and Rocky Elsom making them pay for their All Black hangover. They dominated the breakdown virtually all match, forcing 35 turnovers in all.

It was a scrappy match that lacked any real flow, marked by mistakes from both sides with the Wallabies halfback combination looking rusty, and the Springboks generally not looking up for it. Some quality finishing, and the domination at the breakdown by the Wallabies was ultimately what made the difference on the night.

"We were taught a lesson at the breakdown. We lost too many balls there and without the ball you cannot play. They also put us under pressure on defence." Springbok captain Victor Matfield said afterwards.

"The intensity definitely wasn't up to what it was last week, but we still created three or four chances in the first half. If we took those then we probably would have had the boost we wanted, but we didn't and the game got away from us."

Winger Bryan Habana blamed himself for the loss, after he had the Sprinboks beat chance to score when out wide, before being tackled by Ryan Cross and losing control of the ball.

"Credit to Ryan Cross, but at the end of the day as a team we pride ourselves on execution and I wasn't able to execute. We didn't execute and that cost us the game more than the Wallabies beating us."

Wallaby head coach Robbie Deans was full of praise for his players in the way they handled the game.

"The thing that I took a liking to was the pride, and as a result of that pride the willingness to engage and defend," said Deans.

"These guys are very proud, they love what they do, love representing Australia and that is a necessity when you have traffic coming the other way that is just as willing."

Australia host New Zealand in Sydney next week for the first of their Bledisloe Cup encounters.

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Posted at 10:52 am | 42 comments

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Anonymous July 20, 2008 10:03 am

Go Australia

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Anonymous July 20, 2008 10:18 am

What a try by Mortlock, His brute strength made the south african defence look pathetic

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Anonymous July 20, 2008 10:36 am

Is it just me or is 1:52 an obstruction?

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bD July 20, 2008 10:42 am

what about the run from the BEAST!!! imagine the crowd if it was played in SA

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Anonymous July 20, 2008 11:41 am

New Zealand shouldn't have let Robbie Deans go looks like he's gonna come back to haunt them

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cheis July 20, 2008 11:46 am

i think so too, aussies are looking good.. unfortunately..go bokke

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cheis July 20, 2008 11:51 am

bokke need to be more clinical, had changes, but poor habana, every thing he got was forward :(and get Heinrich Brussow to dominate the breakdown!! young flanker of the cheetahs, that even mcCaw was impressed withbokke!!!!!!!!

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cheis July 20, 2008 11:52 am

changes should be chances ;) in my comment before this one

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Anonymous July 20, 2008 1:21 pm

Looked like a really good game from those highlights.It was a bit disappointing that the ref felt like he had to go to the TMO for both Australia's trys, especially when the touch judge was in the perfect place each time - I suppose I can understand why he did it, but it wasnt really necessary.

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Anonymous July 20, 2008 1:27 pm

Does ANYone have the run from THE BEAST.Made my dayBrian

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Anonymous July 20, 2008 1:28 pm

1 win out of the away games is good for the boks they will beat australia at home easy dont know about new zealand. new zealand will probably win the tri nations

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sebastian July 20, 2008 2:34 pm

go the aussies !

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Anonymous July 20, 2008 3:32 pm

Who is this 'BEAST' guy and what position does he actually play, wing?

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Anonymous July 20, 2008 3:54 pm

the ref was horrible. 2 min in with jp tackling aussies in their 22 holding penalty not given even, some advantage should be played. boks have a great team but finishing was poor. and without top two number twos present could not play to superiority in line outs. well done to Australia tho. this tri nations will probably be be the best ever. but with the boks at home I am hoping that they will not disappoint. -tj

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Richard July 20, 2008 4:41 pm

Jim Williams deserves a lot of credit in the way he's whipped Australia's forwards into shape, I hope we won't miss him that much in Munster, but I think we will.

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Cheis July 20, 2008 5:30 pm

BEAST!!! is a young zimbabwen born SA prop (used to play flanker in schoolrugby) and is one of the quickest ballcarriering props!!!when he plays for the sharks or springbokke in SA there is a BEEEAAASSSTTT chant through the stadium everytime he touches the ball (check it out in the springbok - italy match here on rugbydump)

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gfhmon July 20, 2008 6:47 pm

Wasn't expecting that at all, Australia looked very good. To be honest South Africa seemed to be a bit unlucky in that loss. Another great Tri Nations game, thanks RD.

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Rancid July 20, 2008 7:55 pm

Cheis... Never sounded like a chant, in the sense of the word. More of a haunting cry of his name! Must say, i can only imagine what it's like to be in a live crowd when he gets the ball, it's electric watching it on TV!And dissapointed in the result. Never like it when the bloody Aussies win.

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Rugbydump July 20, 2008 8:42 pm

I'll try get a clip up of the Beast in action tomorrow for you guys. Any other requests please post in the appropriate section though ie: Requests :)thanks!

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Anonymous July 20, 2008 9:25 pm

SA is better than Australia if only they didn't make those damn knock ons they probably would have won

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Anonymous July 21, 2008 12:18 am

You cant really say that south africa are better than australia, theres hardly anything between the teams its hust a matter of what team turns up on the day

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Anonymous July 21, 2008 2:29 am

whats wrong with SA? there were several times when they should have scored tries and they didn't give the ball to the winger. The same thing happened last week in NZ, im kiwi but even i was like why the hell didn't they just pass it to habana???

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Simon July 21, 2008 2:39 am

In my opinion, the major reason for the result in this game is that South Africa were tired after a grueling tour of NZ (note: I'm an AB fan living in Perth).SA looked a different side:a. a plethora of handling errors;b. lax defence which is uncharacteristic; andc. failed to take advantage of Australia's numerous handling errors and aimless kicking.In short I did not see a lot to make me fear Australia in the opening Bledisloe game. I also think SA were undone by a difficult start to the 3N, but will come right on the home strecth, with the title to be decided in Cape Town between the All Blacks and SA. The only hitch in my plans is Robbie Deans who DID manage to take a pretty average Canterbury team (exceptions: McCaw, Carter and Ali Williams) and turn them into S14 champions.Now watch me eat my words in the coming weeks!

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Chazza July 21, 2008 3:54 am

mortlock is a cyborg who has a titanium head,habana got owned by peter hynes, he ran habana down tackled him and then got back up and blocked the ball he is awesomeCMON AUSSIES

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Anonymous July 21, 2008 9:05 am

Great game by the Aussies. South Africa could trashed them early on in the game but did not played like the world Champs. It looked like they did not want to play.I am very impressed that the comments from AUS is not half as stupit as AB. AB thinks they are God of rugby, well geuss again. You go Aussies, it really takes alot not to brag like the AB. I now have much more respect for Aussie.All Black fan

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durrie July 21, 2008 9:34 am

Very disapointing game for me as a Bok fan. We didn't even show up in many respects and failed to play to our strengths and convert the chances he did have.I agree totally with Simon. The Boks had nothing left in the tank after two greuling games in NZ...we used our entire bench except for Peter Grant and not because of tactical changes but because players were dead men walking after as little as 50-60mins...The SARU has a lot to answer for in that respect because quite how they agreed to this schedule is beyond me...none of the the other TriN teams play 3 TriN games back to back so quite why S.A was expected to is rediculous...Ref was consistant in his decisions although poor in that consistency where lineout were concerned. Matfield was played in the air at least 50% of the time... Each of the 3 TriN games have had a very differant shape and flow to them because of how individual refs blow...this is something that needs to change as it is an area that should be consistent and stable...rules is rules...

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Anonymous July 21, 2008 10:07 am

the bokkes played like crap man the aussies pownd them to humiliation but the great abs will absolutely smash the aussies in there next game

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filipe July 21, 2008 10:18 am

why south africans always complain about the referee when they lose? they didn't complain when cueto scored thata try in the RWC final did they?

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Benson July 21, 2008 10:34 am

haha Filipe - EVERY team moans about the ref when they lose. It's just something that can't be avoided and is unfortunate. Oh and the reason they didn't moan about the ref in the WC final is because Cueto's foot was on the line so it wasn't a try! lolWell done Aus, but poor game to watch. Error riddled from both teams.

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Richo July 21, 2008 11:42 am

You need to get that hit that lote made on jean de villiers! he spilt the ball and everything. Australia have really got something if they can get luke burgess's passing right. they will be on fire.

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Andy July 21, 2008 12:23 pm

Almost every article i have read on this game said it was one of the dullest tests in recent times and that the new rules have done absolutely nothing that would help the game to bring in more money. That is why they have been brought in isn't it?

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eating is cheating July 21, 2008 12:36 pm

im from ireland and a huge fan of the 6nations but the quality of rugby from the tri nations is amazen.........every team seems to be able to play the power game and have skill and pace behind it..even the aussies!lol!!

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Sharky July 21, 2008 1:05 pm

Andy, poor passing, dropping of balls, and bad tactical kicking has nothing to do with the ELV's. They just all played crap, IMO. lol

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Anonymous July 22, 2008 2:07 pm

Just a thought guys and it may be off topic but Georgie killed the boks at the breakdown, as a bok fan myself i think we need an pure fetcher, now hear he out im not talking about Luke Wats, im thinking more along the line of Hendrik Brusow (sp)? I meant that young man def has what it takes...thoughts?

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smax July 23, 2008 11:38 am

Andy, I don't agree with you there. In Australia everyone is quite happy with the result and I think that this will be the beginning of a surge in popularity of rugby in Australia, back to what it used to be. This year's super14 has gotten some pretty big crowds in Sydney and I think the same will happen again around Australia with the trinations. Especially when we smash the All Blacks this weekend in Sydney. This is our best chance to dominate them in a long time...

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leftside July 23, 2008 12:46 pm

everybody seems to forget that australia actually played better than the boks. in addition, there were 150km/h winds and rain the day before the test

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Anonymous July 24, 2008 11:39 am

ahahah arrogant SA

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Kabous July 28, 2008 9:57 am

do you guys think after a little rest and Newlands, you are going to win the Springboks in SA?THink again

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Anonymous August 05, 2008 1:16 pm

sa would have won if it had have been for silly mistakes and poor handling this from a neutral english fan

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kabous August 18, 2008 12:54 pm

1st: NZ2nd: Boks3rd: Aussies

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Chris, syd Aust August 27, 2008 4:14 am

kabous care to readjust your standings?

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Connor February 12, 2009 10:36 am

MEDIAZONE.COM CAN EAT SH^&. Can't you guys get the footage from somewhere else?

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