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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Australia open their tour with a good win over Gloucester

Australia open their tour with a good win over Gloucester

Australias tour of Britain & Ireland got underway on Tuesday with a comfortable 36-5 win over Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Wing Drew Mitchell scored two tries in the second half, with Ryan Cross, Tyrone Smith, and flyhalf Quade Cooper scoring one a piece. Cooper finished with 16 points.

The home side scored a nice try of their own from a Carlos Spencer crosskick which saw 19 year old Freddie Burns dive in at the corner.

"I wouldn't have believed I would have scored against Australia this year. I just went with the flow. The Shed was full and there were 6,500 people going mental," he said.

The Wallabies face England at Twickenham on Saturday as they open their Grand Slam challenge. Coach Robbie Deans was satisfied with the performance.

"When you are going from Test match to Test match you don't get development time. Some of these guys will only play two games on tour and they wanted to make the most of it. From our perspective it was a good experience for them, he said.

"It was great to play in a purpose-built rugby stadium. We don't do enough of that at home. The crowd enjoyed it and got into it and we'd love to do it again some time."

The match wasnt televised, but weve organised a video of the tries. Theres no commentary though unfortunately, but its still good to see some of the action.


Time: 03:54

Posted at 12:51 pm | 49 comments

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Oli November 05, 2009 1:33 pm

A pitty it wasn't on TV, it would have set up the tension a little bit.
Thanks RD!

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Anonymous November 05, 2009 1:39 pm

Sorry RD, but how can it be that the match ended in 36-3, while Gloucester did score a try?

Nice vid BTW, though it feels a bit strange without commentary.

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Jack November 05, 2009 1:45 pm

I reckon if england didn't have as many injuries they could really do some damage to a very weak Australian team who are defo not at their best

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opfazonk November 05, 2009 2:09 pm

it's 36-5 look at the scoreboard ;)

great video :)

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sebastian November 05, 2009 2:20 pm

what a shame that the hard running first rower wasnt rewarded

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Anonymous November 05, 2009 2:32 pm

Not that it would have made any difference, but it looked to me like Mitchell's second try came from a forward pass AND a Wallaby blocking the last defender.

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Andy November 05, 2009 2:51 pm

I reckon i could create a rugby team out of my family members that could beat gloucester at the moment.

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Anonymous November 05, 2009 2:51 pm

Wallabies were easy on that one. Good try from gloucester though. Next weeks will give plenty of exitement.
I think Australia will do better than everyone expects.
De toute faon la seule team qui va faire rver c'est nos p'tits bleus!!!

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Anonymous November 05, 2009 2:56 pm

australia are going to beat england

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Anonymous November 05, 2009 2:58 pm

This video demonstrates why Gloucester are near the bottom of the GP, woeful display

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RD November 05, 2009 3:16 pm

Yep, typo. Apologies.

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Anonymous November 05, 2009 3:27 pm

fair play australia,you can only beat whats in front of you and ye did it well,look forward to seeing you play england and ireland

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Ted November 05, 2009 3:56 pm

To be fair to Gloucester this was a largely a second-string side and Australia were resting plenty of their big names too. It tells us little about Saturday.

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Canadian Content November 05, 2009 4:17 pm

Nice vid, reminds me of when I watched the England vs NZ 1999 WC match. I was staying in Italy at the time and ended up watching it on Eurosport with only the sounds from the Stadium, sans commentators. I'll never forget the anticipatory sounds of the crowd when Jonah got the ball and went on his famous gallop down the left touch line.

I love getting the rare opportunity to hear the crowds reaction to the game without the commentators hype. The oohhs, the ahhs, the cheers.

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The Inside Shoulder November 05, 2009 4:50 pm

Some absolutely awful D there by Gloucester.

Check out King Carlos in Australia's second try, he goes absolutely walkabout and even turns his back on the ball!

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Anonymous November 05, 2009 5:08 pm

awful defence by gloucester, i reckon england to win them next week

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tom November 05, 2009 5:31 pm

thanks for getting the footage RD, how many tackles did charlie sharples miss in tht footage

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semperfimamba November 05, 2009 5:53 pm

WOW....folks i am truly impressed with the NH crowds and the respect they give the visiting team.

They applauded for the Wallies when they scored and they were silent when the Wallies kicked for goal.

Now see, thats what rugga is about RESPECT....and i say good for you Gloucester Fan's and rugby club, excellent sportmanship.

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creggs08 November 05, 2009 7:13 pm

just a question but was that the full australia team or was it there subs??

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Anonymous November 05, 2009 7:53 pm

I noticed that too Semper Fi, very classy! I thought the no commentary was refreshing.

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miner November 05, 2009 7:55 pm

Wow, I agree - Australia might do better than everyone expects. Finishing last in the 3N (someone had to, there's only 3 of them competing), they didn't look so hot...but good to see them on form. It seemed like they had it all, but were just missing the final pieces to put everything together. Mind you, they beat Gloucester, who aren't so hot right now, but OZ look good when they're winning.

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Argentina November 05, 2009 8:02 pm

Here's the link to see the highlights of the final of the URBA Top 14 tournament in Argentina, won 31-22 by Hindu (blue and yellow) against CASI.
This tournament is played by the top 14 amateur clubs in Buenos Aires. It is considered the tournament with the best level in our country, but it is still a regional competition.

http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/videohub/video/clipDeportes?id=926569&cc=7586

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WGMDelko November 05, 2009 9:13 pm

Australia to win all there games in th NH. Yeah theyve lost 90 persent of there games this year, but they had to play against NZ and RSA. There a strong, young team.Beware of them in the next World Cup. And go Bokke.

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Flapjack November 05, 2009 9:25 pm

Thanks, Argentina, for the link...pero imagino que si lo hubiera puesto en la seccin de "Requests", Rugbydump tal vez podra crear un post todo sobre ese video. Disculpe mi espaol - it looks like you probably speak better English than I do Spanish.

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RD November 05, 2009 9:45 pm

Agreed Flapjack - please use the requests section in future. Although this was already emailed to me earlier today..

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Rawling November 05, 2009 10:06 pm

Wow... I don't know, there's just something weird watching a club playing a national team. What must it be like to be 19 and score a try against Australia - for your club? Anyone know who the ref was?

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Anonymous November 05, 2009 10:40 pm

@ semperfimamba
it's pretty much standard practice in the UK and Ireland!

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Anonymous November 05, 2009 11:22 pm

that commentary was very bias.

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 12:01 am

ahh the northern hemisphere, where southern hemisphere players go to retire. eg carlos spencer. no wonder gloucester dont win any games.

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 12:37 am

Thanks for the footage RD. I thought the no commentary was pretty refreshing and listening to the crowd almost felt like I was there with them!

As an aussie supporter I really want them to do well this tour considering the horror tri-nations this year.

Much respect to the NH crowds it would be an honour to play in front of them I reckon!

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Tommo November 06, 2009 12:44 am

There's that famed NH defence.
Fearsome Stuff!

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 2:44 am

Spencers still has it,
Come home los!!

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BRING BACK BILL! November 06, 2009 2:59 am

creggs08-- yeah this was Australias B side playing... None of the players vs. Gloucester will be playing against England this weekend other than Quade Cooper (starting 12), Drew Mitchell (starting 11), Tatafu Polota Nau (bench 2), Dean Mumm (bench 4/5), Luke Burgess (bench 9), Ryan Cross (bench back)... Sooo it's almost going to be a completely different team!

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rouge November 06, 2009 4:40 am

Dunno why they'd bench Polota Nau except if they're worried he'll go out and hurt himself early tackling with no regard for his body the way he did in the 3N.

I haven't really seen much else of him playing, so I don't know - maybe he's not that great at ball carrying? I'm not sure, be he sure is fearsome in defense.

Also, I wonder if they've got two benches made out since Matt Dunning takes up an entire one all by himself. That boy'd have to pay for 3 seats on a commercial airline.

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lo November 06, 2009 6:06 am

England are going to come out and give Aus a serious game, it seems here some aussies think they just have to turn up! Think who finished strongest in the 6N, think of how good Wilkinson is playing, think how poor Aus were in the 3N. It's going to be a good game, wouldn't dismiss England.
From an Irishman

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jon November 06, 2009 6:30 am

Not at all Irish, the Aussies respect the poms rugby team, we just think we're going to win, based on England's massive injury toll more than anything.
The 6 nations doesn't mean anythign to us mate, we regard the 3-nations as a much, much tougher comp.
Three best nations.
Taking on SA and NZ is infinitly harder than taking on the NH teams, always has been.
Anyway, it's nothing really to do with you mate, what the hell is an Irishman doing defending England.

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newlisa November 06, 2009 6:37 am

lets just hope for the sake of euro rugby, gloucester is one of the worst clubs

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lo November 06, 2009 6:43 am

Nothing to do with me? Bit of a ridiculous statement considering this is a forum for opinions on rugby.
I'm not defending England - I didn't know it was under attack - just stating an opinion. Aus will probably win but England won't be a pushover, I'm probably just used to seeing Aus lose all season;) Looking forward to watching the game.

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 10:53 am

Both teams fielded a few first team guys with a bunch of younger guys. It was a decent game and in fairness to glos, they held the aussies off until the end and didn't take any penalties as far as I can remember. It was a decent game that showed glos how you should convert your opportunities.

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 10:59 am

I agree with the Irish chap, England will never be a pushover at Twickenham. Even if it is their third team playing.

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Gary November 06, 2009 2:02 pm

does anyone know the teams that were put out? WHilst i understand Australia will have played some players who wont be getting a start against England, Gloucester too won't have risk their key players, many of whom are international standard. Mike Tindal is injured and i bet Simpson Daniel wasn't on the pitch. those are two players who could stand up to anything Australia has.
Both Gloucester and Australia are having poor seasons and playing at Twickenham is never easy. i just don't think Australia are good enough this year.

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Lo November 06, 2009 2:11 pm

Well said Gary, I'm not an Englishman but I couldn't have put it better.

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The Schpoople Master November 06, 2009 4:36 pm

It looked like Gloucester only had about five men on the pitch when they were defending, absoloutely embarassing.

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 6:16 pm

" Andy said...

I reckon i could create a rugby team out of my family members that could beat gloucester at the moment.

November 05, 2009 4:51 PM"

It was a second team playing vs Oz excluding Will James

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granite November 06, 2009 10:51 pm

Even if the Gloucester defense wasn't up to scratch, that was some of the best running and supporting I've seen australia do in a long time. I really enjoyed watching it!

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Lo November 07, 2009 4:10 pm

Coopers try was savage but his moustache is gayomatic, he looks like a typical bogan Aussie.
Wilkinson is a genius, imagine if he had a decent team around him!
Geraghty is an accident waiting to happen, some of his play is embarressing!
Rocky is, as always, a legend!

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Lo November 07, 2009 4:13 pm

Cueto is shit btw

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willtopps November 09, 2009 11:58 am

Glos only fielded 4 first team regulars, and yet for large parts of the game they controlled territory and possession. They also turned down several opportunities to kick goals. That said they never looked like scoring a try, other than the one they did score.

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Bill November 11, 2009 7:52 am

Lo, Cooper is wearing a mustache (like alot of other Aussie players), because of Movember.
It's a charity thing in Australia, guys grow their facial hair for the month of November and people sponsor them, the money goes towards things like cancer research and depression treatment.
They wouldn't normally look like 70s porn stars, it's for charity.

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