The Wallabies absolutely blind-sided the French at Suncorp Stadium, 50-23 last night. It was an absolute drumming from the Aussies that delivered a real masterclass in Rugby. The Wallabies were truly playing like a Ewen McKenzie coached side.
The news was pretty grim early on with new Captain and hooker, Stephen Moore, going down and hobbling around like little Timmy. Moore finally succumbed to an injured ACL that will require surgery.
In the end it mattered little.
The Wallabies defence was solid as a rock and if the Frogs somehow did manage to poke their heads through our cover defence was always looming up quickly with terrific desperation to close them down.
James Slipper was busy early. His effort culminated in the pass that gifted Israel Folau our first try of the game. It was downhill from there for the French with the Aussies piling on another four tries before half time.
Our entire backline was on fire, seemingly able to scythe through the guts of the Frogs defence at will. We also showed enough presence of mind to be able to pounce on the French mistakes. Literally. As shown by Matt Toomua’s try in the 39th minute which saw the Frogs drop and juggle the pill in their own in-goal. Toomua just dove over the top of the French to grab the ball and plant it.
Israel Folau menaced the Frogs in both attack and defence. Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins seemed to be all over the field, covering attacking kicks, desperate in defence and constantly looming up in support of line-breaks.
There was very little fault to be found in the Wallabies performance aside from a bit of late game fade-out in the last ten minutes which allowed the French to get across for two consolation tries.
Our ‘virgin’ halves pairing of Bernard Foley and Nic White played as though they had amassed 100 Test caps between them. The only criticism is of Bernard Foley: mate, you have to boot the pill between the uprights, not at them.
How did you see the Wallabies performance?