'Gutted' Wallabies hit Twitter

2011-10-17 14:03

Auckland - Sometimes it helps to know your team is hurting as much as you are at home.

Wallabies captain James Horwill was composed in front of the media following last night's semi-final loss to New Zealand, but he and his team-mates were candid on Twitter.

"Feel truly gutted. Hard to find words to describe the feeling. The AB's were too good and deserved to win. Good luck to the AB's next week," Horwill said two hours after the game.

"I want to thank everyone for the continued support. It has been absolutely amazing. Thank you!!"

"Gutted" came through a lot last night from the Australian dressing room.

Young gun James O'Connor struggled to find the words but was passionate about the support back home.

"Speechless, cld be worst feeling ever. absolutely gutted! Ab's jst too gd tonight-played gr8 rugby n deserved the win," he tweeted.

"Aus uve be f**kn awesome this past month- we very much appreciate all the support u have shown, devastated we cldnt do it for you guys 2nite."

Under-fire flyhalf Quade Cooper was more cryptic, choosing not to address the game itself.

"Firstly to all those that have stood proud and are still standing proud thank you all! It has been a tough 6weeks and about to get tougher," he tweeted 2½ hours after the final whistle.

"They say everything happens for a reason. So we are ready for everything you can possibly throw at us now. You can't make us feel any worse."

Cooper's coach at the Reds, Ewen McKenzie, replied to his backline star.

"@QuadeCooper dont worry about the court of public opinion - you never make everyone happy - play for each other - great opportunity."

Fullback Adam Ashley-Cooper was the first player to Tweet after the game.

"Losing is never a nice feeling. NZ deserved that win tonight, congrats, we were simply out played!! Good luck to the allblacks next week," he said.

"Aussie, sorry we couldn't take you one step further. Your support this entire campaign has been amazing, thank you! I am a proud Australian."

Hooker Stephen Moore said he was "gutted" but hoped the All Blacks beat France in the final.

Flank David Pocock apologised to Australian fans.

"Thanks for all the support during #RWC2011 It has been amazing. Sorry we couldn't get the win tonight. Credit to the AB's. They were 2 good."

A dream turned into a nightmare for the Fainga'a brothers, Anthony and Saia.

"What a night it is going to be, we have dreamed about these moments our whole life and now it is coming true!! Thanks for all your support;)" they Tweeted two hours before kick-off.

"Worst feeling ever, absolutely gutted!" they sent out after the final whistle.

"Ab's just too good tonight .. Thanks to everyone tonight for the great supports, u were awesome."

New Zealand media relished the headline-writing opportunity the Wallabies' defeat delivered them.

"FINAL-LY!" screamed the New Zealand Herald's front page on Monday.

"The choke's on them."

* RWC final odds on BET.CO.ZA: New Zealand vs France

Rugby Heaven

  • Lionel - 2011-10-17 14:13

    Cry me a river:):)Wheres my friend Saffa Cat now !!!!!!!!!!!

      Theprodigy - 2011-10-17 18:30

      contemplating his 5 fold drop in living standards.

      Grant - 2011-10-17 19:23

      @theprodigy. You might be surprised just how well ex-South Africans live out here. Sydney might not be as beautiful as Cape Town, but at least I don't have to sleep with a gun under my pillow and my sons have the opportunity to play for their country without the colour of their skin making a difference. The brain drain out of South Africa is now starting to really show. This discussion is about rugby, and just looking at what has happened to your rugby over the last 4 years, it is blatantly clear that everyone is running around following the One Eye King from Durban. Stop running the Australian team down, yours isn't much better.

      gordon.trevorrow - 2011-10-17 20:06

      Last 4 years ? We were TN champions and took the #1 rank from the ABs and we certainly looked the business compared to your team in the WC . We lost the plot somewhat in 2010 but we were improving throughout the WC . Go to some of the Oz blogs and see how much respect they pay our team and our players, why don't you go lecture your countrymen before you start pointing your finger at us.

      Bob - 2011-10-18 00:23

      @Grant et al. If living in Sydney, Auckland and elsewhere is so good, why keep coming back to SA rugby sites? Move on - move on - and we will build an even greater country without you. Have just landed back in SA after four weeks in those two cities - had a ball because that is why we went there, but jeez it is great to be home.

      Daniel - 2011-10-18 10:26

      @Grant - if you love Australia so much why don't you just marry her? I live in Cape Town, which is the most beautiful place i could imagine, and i don't even own a gun. Also, The Bokke are way way way better than the wally's, the only reason you fools won was because the Australasian ref the irb chose to foresee the match was on your side, clearly because he wouldn't want us playing the all blacks in the final. So yeah, call us a bad team but know that had bryce not reffed that game, we would've definitely made to the final, and we would've definitely won. You can't win a world cup, even if the refs on your side..

      nasheenar - 2011-10-18 12:27

      Its Called Karma, what goes around comes around. Dont feel too bad we knew you were never gonna beat the AB in any event, you cheated your way to the semis, perhaps if Bryce was reffing you could have beat the AB. Now you have the worst task ever to fight for 3rd ad 4th position that no one really remembers ...LOL!

  • dangerdayle - 2011-10-17 14:14

    HA HA HA HA HA agreed

  • OccamsMachete - 2011-10-17 14:14

    Shame, poor things. It must have hurt them to only having 15 men on the field.

      paul.maarman - 2011-10-17 14:25

      15? not too sure about that....anyone that looks like bieber, gets a ? from my side....14 1/2 maybe?

      Grant - 2011-10-17 14:26

      I know!! Its like they got a red card before the game even started! Plus, the ref started "making up rules" this time. Since when can't Pocock play the ball on his knees, or enter the ruck from the sides?? Poor Aussies... Ha ha ha

      Allen - 2011-10-17 17:08

      You mean the Bryce Lawrence show?

  • Bigrp - 2011-10-17 14:31

    Agree with all the much harder to win when the ref actually refs like he has read a rule book sometime in his life!

  • Luke300 - 2011-10-17 14:42

    These blokes still think they deserved to play in the semis. Shame

      Kevin - 2011-10-18 07:37

      They need to watch the replay

  • Fuf - 2011-10-17 15:03

    And one last Tweet: You never deserved to be in the semis anyway u little twats! SA would have kicked the All Blacks' asses as well

  • colin.dovey - 2011-10-17 15:10

    Perhaps the medium in which they are reported as expressing their woes in - Twitter - is wholly appropriate for a bunch of Rugby "Twits" - it is just retribution for a team that did not deserve to win, this weekend, or the one before.

  • MistyMisterious - 2011-10-17 15:11

    Karma lol

  • hellodanie - 2011-10-17 15:45

    boo-hoo! How must better teams like SA, Wales and Ireland feel? They don't even deserve to be in the playoffs on Friday.

  • Travis - 2011-10-17 16:03

    Agree with Gilbert, you should have never been there anyway. The books where robbed an took it like men. Man up you bunch of pu$$ies.

  • Dalai - 2011-10-17 16:08

    They should leave Twits to birds these ausies. Sis. What goes around...... finish the sentence.

  • malepfana - 2011-10-17 16:14

    God is never a crook so feel the pain for your sins.

  • dave.cohen2 - 2011-10-17 16:22

    Who cares about the Aussies!!!! We at least had reason to feel "gutted".

  • paulo.mamede - 2011-10-17 16:55

    Shame the wheel turned rather quick there old chaps!! Amazing how a ref that keeps fair and legal made you look even more useless than against the BOKKE. You never deserved to be there so AB's worthy winners. May France pull off an unlikely win!!! Vive Les Bleus!

  • Theprodigy - 2011-10-17 17:03

    & they have the cheek to say the Boks game is boring, hahaha, the Woobblybellies managed to play almost as bad (boring\ stupid) as any team in history. What comes around, goes around...

  • Terrence - 2011-10-17 18:01

    AB's exacted revenge for bryce's flop thanks gents

  • Grant - 2011-10-17 18:56

    This is how men take their defeat. I would have hung my head in shame if I was a South African last week. Bryce Lawrence is by far the worst ref in the world, but it was pathetic to see how South Africans hide behind the ref to disguise the fact that they didn't bring along their best team. I have read all these comments over the last week and South Africa's agony is not going to end with this World Cup. It will get worse, because they run their Rugby Union like a Sunday school party. Where was Bismarck? Where was Hougaard? When you have talent like that and you allow a team to go to ruins because some has been captain has his own agenda, then you deserve to be where you are.

      Barry - 2011-10-17 19:28

      Grant. Less of the insults. Lets just agree results were influenced and not just one match. And what do you know the AB's have slam dunk in the final...... They think. GO FRANCE !! Hope Richie McCheat keeps a clean slate. Never RW Champ.

      Grant - 2011-10-17 19:44

      The results were influenced, I agree, but in all honesty Barry can you go to bed tonight knowing you had your best players on the field? This was the Springbok's B team. Victor should have been the captain years ago. I can go on all day about the insane choices that your selectors make. Don't you find the situation frustrating when you have the talent South Africa has always had?

      gordon.trevorrow - 2011-10-17 20:17

      "This is how men take their defeat." - Yes because they had the opportunity to play on a level playing field. When men get shafted they don't roll over and say please sir can I have some more , they speak up . " didn't bring along their best team" - How is this relevant ? The team outplayed Oz and deserved to win that match. 'Barry can you go to bed tonight knowing you had your best players on the field? " - Again it's not relevant , the team that was there was clearly good enough. ? " It will get worse, because they run their Rugby Union like a Sunday school party" - That I can agree with !!

      Grant - 2011-10-17 21:04

      Calm down Gordon. I stand by my point. You didn't bring the best team to the party. Who do you think we in Australia would rather have seen playing the French, if it wasn't us? The whole world was waiting in anticipation for the Boks to arrive and make the World Cup something spectacular. You always have. Go read my postings again and then you Bok supporters go make a noise as loud as the Lawrence noise at home and stop the Sunday school party. These silly games your selectors are playing are going to cost you dearly in future and it will be other countries, like Australia, gaining your talent. We can't wait to get our hands on the Du Plessis brothers. Who will you blame then?

      jon.poole2 - 2011-10-17 21:10

      Grant McCarthy, you are very quick to do your best to curry favour with your new country, you'll even deny the facts. To quote David Campese - "The whole World Cup, it's been interesting. There were so many forward passes that were let go and all the time no crackdowns -- tackling with no shoulders, no arms, and it's all let go. You've just got to play the referee. That shouldn't be the case. The referees are there to ref, not for the world to watch the ref ... " Have you no shame? The Aussies don't like sycophants much more than we do. Have some pride, damnit.

      Grant - 2011-10-17 21:25

      Jon, 14 years later I can hardly call this a new country, but that is not the point. I have now repeatedly said that South Africa didn't bring their best team. Would you have played Bismarck or John? Would you soldier on with Habana and his chronic ailments? My point is, due to the retarded thinking of the selectors, South Africa is going to loose more and more talent. I'm not crying, but you guys should. Rugby in South Africa is broken, and nobody seems to see the light.

      gordon.trevorrow - 2011-10-17 21:31

      I am calm Grant . Your logic is simply not solid , it's not the team selection that was our downfall in this WC . I happen to agree on the Smit issue but I'm not an insider and I'm not going to pretend I know better than the people who do this for a living . I do know they beat some very good competition on their way to the 1/4. I also know they completely outplayed OZ and had that match been refereed like any of the matches I've watch since the new laws at the breakdown came into effect that would, in all likelihood, have been an historic victory for the SBs and then none would have questioned the team selection . "Who will you blame then?" Whoever is responsible , had we been outplayed by OZ all the heat would have shifted to the coaching staff and selectors where it would have belonged . Fact is the SB looked brilliant and they lost because of a terrible ref .

      Grant - 2011-10-17 21:32

      I am going to ask you the same question about your cricket. Why O why for crying out loud, is Smith still hanging around there like a dried out piece of biltong? Who saved you on Sunday? Please explain to me what is it with South Africa and these old captains that seem to rule the roost?

      Grant - 2011-10-17 21:48

      Gordon as you probably would have read by now, I know you had the better team and the worst possible ref history has produced. My postings on here were purely to get all of you back home fired up and not go sit back and put all the blame on Lawrence. As you know, there isn't much love lost between us and our neighbours, so guess who we will be supporting on Sunday? A lot of ex-South Africans are as frustrated as I am when we see Bismarck on the bench because we all know, had you gone through to the final, Bismarck would have been on the bench once again, because one World Cup wasn't enough for Smit, he wanted more glory days in spite of his sun that had set 4 years ago

      gordon.trevorrow - 2011-10-17 21:51

      Can't answer the cricket one .. too civilized for my liking ;-) Point taken Grant .

      Grant - 2011-10-17 22:04

      Enjoy your evening Gordon. I'm off to work now.

      gordon.trevorrow - 2011-10-17 22:13

      Thanks Grant , have a good one

      Daniel - 2011-10-18 10:35

      Grant how dare you even say - Back Home, the day you jumped on your high horse and left SA, you stripped yourself of the honour of ever calling this your home,,

      Derek - 2011-10-18 10:54

      I've got to agree with you Grant about leaving our best players on the bench! In my eyes John Smit has lost all my respect for manipulating the whole set up to suit him. Where is his integrity? He should have stepped down with hoour intact after the last WC. In the end it was the idiocy from another "veteran", Danie Rossouw that cost the game!

  • Barry - 2011-10-17 19:18

    GO FRANCE !!

  • Sally - 2011-10-17 21:26

    A lot of people have said that our best team was not on the field. Even if it was a "B" side, we also had to play the ref (not just the opinion of "sore Saffa losers", but also of several well respected rugby professionals) and managed to lose by only two points. Oz did have their best (?) team on the field, had a fair ref and were all but slaughtered. Says a lot, doesn't it?

  • Wilbur - 2011-10-17 22:07

    Sport 24, congratulations on a masterstroke in changing to the Facebook-linked comments system. Suddenly the comments are more intelligent, debates more rigorous, language cleaner and all the closet race-based rubbish has disappeared.

      gordon.trevorrow - 2011-10-17 22:24

      Ain't that the truth Wilbur :-)

  • Jerry - 2011-10-17 22:33

    The Aussies should leave twitter and join a website more suited to the way they play......twatter...!!!!

  • Shadho - 2011-10-17 22:37

    @Grant....LOL.... the Natal Sharks would have hammered the Oz wannabee's on the weekend with it LOL

  • Zion - 2011-10-18 06:12

    Have always claimed the SA suppotas are xenophobic and this forum allows me to rest my case. With their attitude we deserved to drop out like a high school drunk.

  • sonia.zocchidommann - 2011-10-18 06:24

    @Grant stop running down our country .. SA rugby fit and healthy! at least we dont need to pay a ref to win the game.

  • paul.duplessis - 2011-10-18 08:40

    Gutted? They would not have made it that far without Bryce Lawrence. Vive le Bleu, Allez France!

      Jerhone - 2011-10-18 09:28

      up the gaulioses smoking, frog leg eating,garlic breath French team. it's time to storm the all beks bastille on the weekend

  • Karen - 2011-10-18 10:39

    Australia ... that was Karma that got you !!

  • tslabbert1 - 2011-10-18 10:46

    Australia did not play any different from their game against South Africa - the only difference is that this time around they were actually penalized when they broke the rules!!!! Poetic justice - I have never enjoyed a game as much as I did on Sunday morning. The outcome to their game against SA would have been exactly the same - that is if the rev actually did his job!!!

  • mammin - 2011-10-18 11:47

    Ritchie McCaw has one hand and 9 fingers on the world cup. No other team can match their determination when they get going. Dont waste your time praying for France as its not going to happen. You can bet your house on it. The challenge is to stop the AB's winning again in 4 years time because they are not finished yet. After a 24 year gap they will aim to be the first country to win back to back titles. Only the ticket tape parade to go.

      John - 2011-10-18 14:51

      Already celebrating are you. I read that they are planning a Ticker Tape Parade in Auckland. Counting Kiwi's before they have hatched? France has spoiled the All Beks party in the past and they sure can and will do so in the future. Who won or lost lesser important games in the past means absolutely nothing in the final, it is the team that wins on the day. Psychologically the French has the advantage, since they have beaten All Beks when it mattered. It will be a fair contest with a decent ref in charge.

  • Jay - 2011-10-18 12:30

    Seeing DAVID POCOCK'S Face everytime the SA Ref penalised him..... BRYCELESS........ Absolutely BRYCELESS.

  • Elize - 2011-10-18 13:46

    @ Grant- Don't go there mate! You walking on thin ice when involving the du Plessis brothers in any Australian matters! You will get smacked from Aus to Iceland!

  • StinkyPu - 2011-10-18 15:35

    The World Whinging champs just cant accept that they lost, get over it now children.

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