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Oz press praises Wallabies

2011-08-15 14:25

Sydney - The Wallabies achieved one of their most courageous overseas Test victories against the Springboks at the weekend to push their World Cup claims, Australian newspapers said on Monday.

The Australians kept alive their Tri-Nations campaign with a hard fought 14-9 win over South Africa in Durban, the third time the Wallabies have beaten the Springboks on their home turf in the past four seasons.

The Wallabies bounced back from their 30-14 drubbing by the All Blacks the previous weekend in Auckland to produce one of their most committed defensive performances to keep the Springboks try-less.

The Australian press described the Wallabies' latest win as crucial.

"With less than a month before the World Cup, this victory is crucial," The Sydney Morning Herald said.

"Winning tight games is vital for any team that wants to take itself seriously.

"And they are now getting the core of a World Cup contingent that can at least consider itself semi-finalist material. From then on, an intercept pass, a chance moment -well anything can happen. Just ask the All Blacks (they lost 2003 World Cup semi-final largely on a Wallaby intercept try)."

The Herald said the Wallabies enjoyed one of their most courageous of overseas Test triumphs in recent times.

"The Wallabies have always been good defenders, but they really pushed it up a level at Kings Park, tackling with tenacity and stopping an always direct opposition who were as intent as the Wallabies on ignoring every safety warning," it said.

"At the ground, you could hear the collisions as the bodies of the Wallabies and Springboks hurtled at each other, and you shuddered.

"This was Test football at its most physical and most engrossing. And often in the past, the Wallabies have been distracted, even overwhelmed by such intensity. Not this time."

The Australian said the Wallabies showed from the outset that they were prepared to make hard tackles and work as a team.

"There was clearly a strong emphasis on not just making tackles, but executing dominant tackles," it said.

"Captain and blindside flank Rocky Elsom set the tone when he upended second-rower and enforcer Bakkies Botha in the second minute.

"Elsom was penalised for a dangerous tackle, but in those situations it is worth three points to make a statement of intent.

"You do not achieve hard-fought victories on South African soil without a tightly bonded group of players."

The Daily Telegraph said the Wallabies' come-from-behind triumph "drew out the poise under fire and thundering physical commitment away from home that is essential for the Wallabies to succeed in the World Cup knockout matches."

No Wallabies team in 11 years had kept the Springboks try-less on their own turf, The Daily Telegraph said.

AFP

Comments
  • Dan - 2011-08-15 15:17

    Just have to wonder what would have happened if Bakkie, Schalk Burger or Butch James had made those "tip tackles" the Aussies made in the first half. Two for sure and maybe even the third would have been yellow cards for our players. I'm not complaining about the loss, just the unfair application of laws when it suites certain people.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-08-15 15:26

      100%, we were outplayed in the second half. Ozzies were "lucky" to get away with a few marginal decisions. Where's the consistency?

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-08-15 15:34

      Quite right Dan. We did not deserve to win, but what the hell happened to the ref, two assistants and the Citing official. Not long ago Jean De Villiers copped 2 weeks for a similar offence. Bryce Lawrence is too short, the grass was blocking his view of the incident. We need only tall refs.

      roboman1 - 2011-08-15 16:59

      Valid point Dan, there should have been a card in the first 5 minutes. I am also not chirping about the loss, the Boks showed enough this week to start worrying a serious coach for the world cup. Once the last few pieces are back in place, Juan Smith, Schalk Burger etc, the Boks will be ready for the 2011 world cup, never mind the shortened tri nations this year, it was never the focus anyway

      InternetMan - 2011-08-15 18:02

      I think a yellow in the first 5 minutes could have made a difference to the result. We didn't deserve to win though.

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-08-15 18:07

    Australia were a better side on the night. The final score proves it.

      Barry Edwards - 2011-08-15 18:33

      But I wonder why our press dont ask the question, it this Aussie side more capable of getting to the semis of the world cup than that of 2007. To me the 2007 side were more capable and did not get past the quarters.

  • Mickey Fin - 2011-08-15 22:16

    Big talk up from the Aussie press. Just have a look at the below standard Bok team you beat both in Australia and South Africa. So sorry for you guys as the All Blacks love kicking Wallabie butts, even more so with Deans as the coach.

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