Saturday saw another 3 rugby matches and, again, it was Southern Hemisphere 3, Northern Hemisphere 0. Ireland looked to be on for a draw against the All Blacks until Dan Carter popped over a drop goal in the final seconds of the game. Ireland were almost a different team to last weekend, but it still wasn’t quite enough.
Next up was Australia and Wales. When George North scored a try in the 4th minute, it was impossible not to hope that this would be the game, that Wales could beat the Wallabies on their home turf. It was a knuckle-biting match; first Wales were ahead, then Australia, then Wales and so on! Wales looked sharper than last week, but we still kicked away too much possession. It felt like every time the Ausies got the ball, it took the boyos 10 minutes to get it back again. In spite of scoring two tries, we seemed to spend most of the match defending in our own half. Discipline was sloppy and we gave away too many penalties, never wise, but doubly so in your own half.
Wales were also unable to capitalise when Australia were down to 14, after their winger was sent to the naughty chair for 10 mins for a dangerous tackle. I use the word ‘tackle’ loosely, the Aussie winger didn’t seem to make any attempt to tackle the player in the air (Leigh Halfpenny) and didn’t have his eyes on the ball either. I was surprised the bloke didn’t get a red card, but he has been cited. Hopefully, he’ll be watching next week’s match in the pub. In the end, poor discipline cost Wales dearly when, only one point ahead and at full-time, we gave away a penalty. The Ausie bastard nailed it. Yes, the air was navy blue and no, I didn’t use the same word twice – I can swear in English and Welsh.
England lost again to the Boks. They looked to be getting a walloping in the first half, but pulled themselves together for a come back. Sadly, they’d left themselves too much to do. This used to be a classic Welsh tactic
I’m not getting my hopes up for next weekend.