Goal kicking again costs Wales

2011-10-21 13:32

Auckland - Erratic goal kicking cost Wales dear again on Friday when they went down by just three points to Australia in the Rugby World Cup third place playoff at Eden Park.

GALLERY: Australia v Wales, third place playoff

Wales suffered a 21-18 defeat after losing by a single point in both their opening pool game against defending champions South Africa and again in their semi-final against France.

James Hook missed a penalty against South Africa which the Welsh believed had gone through the posts and another more difficult attempt late in the match.

In the French match Stephen Jones hit the left upright attempting to convert the only try of the match.

On Friday Hook pushed a simple penalty early in the second half to the left of the posts.

"At this level you have to take your opportunities," coach Warren Gatland told a news conference. "Unfortunately on these big occasions our goal kicking has let us down.

"If we look at the past those kickers who have been taking goals have been in the 80s (percent). James missed one almost in front of the posts.

"It's pretty important in the scheme of things and it's probably what cost us."


  • John - 2011-10-21 13:39

    Having a surname like Hook and missing kicks is dodgy to entrust your kicking to him, especially during crucial parts of the game. Bad kicking cost Wales a win against Boks, France and now Wallabies.

  • Justin - 2011-10-21 15:35

    Wot a load of rot I was supporting the Welch, but they should never have been in the game. Both of their tries should have been disallowed. The first due to a clear forward pass (way more forward than the legitimate try the boks had against Oz), and prior to the second try, Shane Williams clearly went in touch, which wasn't picked up by the line judge standing right there. I'm afraid the only thing this RWC will be remembered for is the IRB's dismal reffing, and the dire need for a more inclusive TV referral system.

      Graeme - 2011-10-21 18:10

      Could not actually believe Williams' first try was allowed with the touch judge right there. Wayne Barnes AGAIN, just like in 2007. Simply appalling.... we can only hope Joubert does the game justice on Sunday.

  • Klark - 2011-10-21 22:17

    Not up to standard poor showing wouldnt have come near the All Blacks either team would have been blown off the park

  • Thomas - 2011-10-21 22:32

    Not getting your kicks does cost games, but not getting your penalties with the best sharpshooter in world rugby costs you a shot at the final!!!!!! The reffing has been a talking point of the WC, some just plain poor and some sinister!! Thank goodness for Mains, he stopped short on what he wanted to say because of his position but left no illusions on what he thought!! The Bok haters can't blame us for that one!!!!

      Klark - 2011-10-22 02:36

      Shame you didnt take the kick instead of the lineout Thomas how dumb was that,only yourselves to blame no one else get over it man.The proteaqs were never good enough to win or be in the final. Poorly coached , poorly captained on field decision making wasnt up to it

      Thomas - 2011-10-22 19:46

      I am glad you remember that decision, because you forgot to mention the movement ended up on the line under the posts, then a hand came inn infront of the ref, no penalty. It would have been a try but should have been a penalty. Even JS could have kicked that one!!!! Klark!!! Listen to Mains he's telling you this cup has been given to us, be humble, we had the easiest run and final in the history of the cup!!!

      Phil - 2011-10-23 01:03

      Thomas the argument re, missing your kicks cuts both ways ...if BOTH sides got their kicks over the points difference would have been exactly the same. Both sides missed the same amount of penalties and conversions!

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