Matt Rowley

  • Wallabies
    Boys will be boys, but do they need to be idiots?

    Is Julian Huxley the most unlucky or the most idiotic member of the Wallabies right now? (and that’s saying something with LT around) If you didn’t know, Julian Huxley is out of Saturday’s momentous game, because at a brumbies piss up Gene Fairbanks tackled him, thereby corking his leg. Can you imagine...

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    Tri-Nations: New Zealand vs Australia, Bledisloe preview

    This weekend effectively sees the grand final of the 2007 tri-nations, with the Wallabies taking on the All Blacks in Auckland. The twists and turns of this year’s competition means the default supposition of only a month ago – that the ABs should stroll this one – is no longer a foregone...

  • Tri-Nations review: New Zealand vs South Africa

    All Blacks 33 – Springboks 6 Despite the impressive scoreline, the consensus is that this performance still hasn’t exorcised the All Black demons encountered in Sydney two weeks ago. Up until the 69th minute the score was still 12-6 to the home side, all points having come from penalties. Read the kiwi...

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    Tri Nations Wallabies vs Springboks Highlights

    Here are the highlights from last weeks game – Australia vs South Africa at Telstra Stadium in...

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    Tri-Nations Wallabies vs Springboks player ratings

    OVERALL it was an error ridden performance by the Australia against South Africa on Saturday, but here’s how I rated the performances, and what it means for selection going forward. 15. Huxley 5/10 – I keep wanting this guy to have a great game as we can sorely need some of the...

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    Tri-Nations Review: Australia vs South Africa 2nd Test

    Lack-luster comeback does enough Wallabies 25 – Springboks 17 THE Wallabies dominated this rugby game. Unfortunately though, for most of the test it was in the wrong way. Except for the 35 minutes around half-time, Australia did a great job of giving it away.Overall, I don’t know what to make of this...

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    Tri-Nations Rugby: Australia vs South Africa Preview

    WITH the Springboks bringing only two of the side that played the All Blacks, it’s a thankless task for the Wallabies. The only win in the public’s eye will be a points land-slide to the Aussies, which will be no mean feat. So what can we expect? There aren’t a stack of...

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    More mungo madness

    Well I guess we can’t say we didn’t see it coming; the night club fight in South Africa, the phone call prank with Michael O’Connor and now being too drunk to get out of bed and train for a piffling Tri-Nations game. Unfortunately for Australian rugby, the Tuqiri top has been spinning...

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    Wallaby tries from Bledisloe 1, 2007

    Here’s great little compilation of the Australian tries from the Tri-Nations match against the All Blacks at...

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    First bledisloe – Wallaby player ratings

    HOW did the Australians individually measure up in the Tri-Nations test against the All Blacks, and what does this mean for selection? Let’s start with those whose stock rose on Saturday. Happily for Australia, there were plenty of them. First up, skipper and man of the match, Beavis Mortlock. Along with others...

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    Wallabies versus All Blacks analysis

    It’s all in the mind With Australian hopes sky high after Saturday’s game, the question is; just...

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    Tri-Nations Review: Australia vs New Zealand

    Mortlock and that pass (photo c/o Rugby Heaven) Wallabies overrun All Blacks (you little beauty)Australia 20 – New Zealand 15 DO they come sweeter than this? As one of the many Aussie rugby fans despairing of our slip from the top table of rugby over the past years, this was a victory...

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    Tri-Nations preview: Australia vs New Zealand

    AFTER a valiant but unsuccessful opening to their Tri-Nations campaign in South Africa, the Wallabies face a step up in opponent as they take on the premier team in world rugby – the All Blacks. What can we expect from this game and where will the key battles on the field be?...

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    Tri-Nations review: South Africa vs New Zealand

    Springboks 21 – All Blacks 26 Ominous signs from the boys in black In their come from behind win over the Boks yesterday in Durban, the All Blacks showed some frightening glimpses of their potential, with just a few Achilles heels on display.Nine points behind with 15 minutes to play, New Zealand...

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    What changes for the Wallabies?

    Everyone agrees that the Wallabies showed an impressive level of grit against South Africa last Saturday. So is the team now set, or are there improvements on selection to be made? I believe there are small but important changes to made: 1) I’m gobsmacked Staniforth wasn’t on the bench for the test...

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    Next Wallaby Coach – The Race is On

    So what prompts the coach of the NSW Waratahs to say to the SMH: “I have read...

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    Tri-Nations Rugby: South Africa vs Australia review

    ALL GUTS BUT NO GLORY Springboks 22 – Wallabies 19 The Wallabies showed today that they are far from being the easy-beats of this years Tri-Nations, and proved that they have the foundations of a RWC challenging side. However, despite marathon stretches of heroic defence, some key errors and the boot of...

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    Enough already! Journos & the Wallaby backline

    Photo from Reuters For the past two weeks the cry from some prominent Australian journalists has been that the Wallabies have “retreated” to an “old guard” back-line combination that has an abysmal away record. These pundits are barking up the wrong tree. First, lets have a look at this combo’s overall record,...

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    Tri-Nations: South Africa vs Australia – preview

    Now to the real deal. No more gutted out touring sides or ‘minnow’ nations. The experimentation has stopped and reputations are on the line. So what can we expect this Saturday from the Boks and the Wallabies?Matching up the backlines, the absence of Habana evens out the scales between the two sides,...

  • The return of that Campo flair?

    Love him or hate him, Campo is still Australia’s leading try scorer (64), with almost double those of his nearest rival Chris Latham (33). Looking at the footage in this clip, you can’t help but feel nostalgic about the unpredictability that he used to inject into any backline. To many Wallaby rugby...