Wales vs Australia Preview

Wales vs Australia Preview

It’s the Wallabies last international of 2008, and the press are hyping it as the Northern hemisphere’s last chance to salvage a scrap of dignity by actually winning a game against a Tri-Nation in 2008 (it’s 18-0 at the moment). So what are their chances?

I can’t help but love the Welsh rugby spirit. Their passion for attacking rugby generates those end to end, high scoring, see-sawing matches that shows the world why rugby is the game they play in heaven. Fortunately for us, they tend to come on the wrong end of that score line vs the Southern Hemisphere and Australia (we’ve won 5 from 7 and drawn 1 since 2008).

Without looking through the teams, this is what I pretty much expect again tomorrow; an exciting game with a good handful of tries, but the Wallabies to walk away with one more of them than the Welsh and a couple of extra penalties to boot. There’s some sparkling talent in this Welsh side, but they’re probably 3 top draw players short of world beaters, notably in the forwards.

Obviously the best player in the world (ahem), Shane Williams, has got a lot of profile and is always a handful, but the guy who I believe could really sting us is Lee Byrne at fullback. As well as a humungus boot, the guys got the nose for a running line and classy step. These guys won’t miss the fashing neon “Run Through HERE” sign that Sharpe and Chisholm have between them when defending in the backline.

Another guy to watch is the new number 8 Andy Powell. Rather than go over players to make yards, he has a knack of going around them.

From us though don’t expect champagne just yet. Deans is balls out to win this one and he’ll be backing the new ‘kicking game’ (can porly placed up and unders be called that?) to keep the Boyos trying to run out of their own half. With the full scrum back it will also be interesting to see how our pommy killers get on with the 6 nations champions.

Forecast is for a cold misty day in Cardiff, but with the lid on this shouldn’t make too much difference (did I mention I’m going to be there?). Wallabies by 10.


Matt started G&GR just before the 2007 Rugby World Cup and has been enslaved ever since. Follow him on twitter: @MattRowley

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