Donald. Atrocious. Toeava was the only other weak link, I reckon. Kaino was top notch. Mathewson looked a bit out of his depth in his short run
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****ing Steven Donald. Disgraceful twit.
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Mathewson didn't really have much time, but I think the Aussies targeted him a bit when he came on. During the AB's last attack, Mathewson got pushed back about 5 or so yards in the tackle. And no, I wouldn't have preferred Ellis. Mathewson will be better for the experience.
Agreed regarding Read. Kaino & Read are a great pairing in the making.
And had O'Connor not scored in the last minute theres no doubt he would've been yellow carded. On that thought, just prior to the final play did it look as though Rolland was going to yellow card one of the ABs but the Wallabies took the quick tap too quickly? I'll have to rewatch as it was so hectic to keep up with exactly what was going down.
Looking forward to some Aussies posting in the thread keen to hear the reaction
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Congratulations to Australia on winning the DHL Cup.
* Two tries from set-play is a positive sign.
* Beale played well again. Knew exactly when to let go of that ball, when to hold the player up, and give Mitchell that extra time to score the try. His final counter-attack was crucial in the Wallabies winning. Beale's injected some running into that side. I mean look at the Wallabies in Auckland this year - no creativity, no imagination, no ability to create something... and now they have a little bit of unpredictability.
* Pocock again Australia's best player.
* It would seem like Ashley-Cooper should stay at 13.
One trophy each: New Zealand (Bledisloe) - Australia (DHL Cup). And it's often said, and very true, that a side is only as good as their last game. So Australia can be happy with themselves.
DHL Cup? Wow. Well, I guess it's a trophy between us and the ABs that we have. *shrugs*
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I thought Elsom was very good in his victory speech. Not too high not too low. And I am glad there was a DHL cup to play for as it gave the Wallabies something to take home.
If Beale is going to play like that - sooner or later he is going to be the number 1 Fullback in the world. Muliaina has been stunning this year but Beale has been better. I think next time we play him I would like to put in a few up and unders and hit him hard just as he catches it to sort him out. We need to slow him down a little bit.
Speaking of which a story for you.
I was having a beer with a former England under 19 player in Canada. He was a centre apparently - he said word got around about him in Canada prior to his first game after moving to Vancouver so the Canucks decided to teach him a lesson for being good. So they sent a few up and unders to him and then did illegal tackles on him just as he caught the ball. The penalties were called but it shattered Leigh's confidence and he was never the same player afterwards he said,
Not advocating illegal tackles on Beale but some good stiff ones just to show him who he is dealing with. That will learn him.
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Stephen Donald (born 3 December 1983) is the worst New Zealand rugby union player in history.
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