Wallabies enjoy 60-11 win over Barbarians

By Tom Wald,

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    James O’Connor piloted Australia to a record 60-11 victory over a disappointing Barbarians outfit at Twickenham in the national team’s first match since the Rugby World Cup.

    In his debut for the Wallabies at five-eighth, O’Connor led a fine display of running rugby in the eight tries to one win against the invitational team in west London.

    O’Connor produced a sparkling performance, regularly stepping his way through the Barbarians even if he did throw a pass that was intercepted by Robbie Fruen deep in attack and made a hash of one try-scoring opportunity in the first half.

    He was also good with the boot, landing eight from nine, while Digby Ioane, Lachie Turner and James Horwill all scored doubles.

    Radike Samo and Rob Horne also scored tries.

    English rugby league star Sam Tomkins touched down in the corner for the home team in the injury time.

    Adam Ashley-Cooper was named man of the match, despite being sent to the sin bin.

    After the Barbarians’ victories over New Zealand and South Africa over the past two years, a close match had been expected.

    That Australia butchered three tries in the opening half reiterated the one-sided nature of the contest.

    The Wallabies will face a much sterner test next against Wales in Cardiff next Saturday in a rematch of last month’s third place playoff at the World Cup.

    The win in front of 51,112 fans improved Australia’s win-loss record against the Barbarians to 9-3 and eclipsed the previous record 55-7 win in Sydney in 2009.

    O’Connor openedg the scoring with a penalty, a reassuring start following his troubles with the boot against England at the same ground last year.

    Tomkins knocked on in his first touch in rugby union before Turner messed up a simple pass to Horne.

    With the Australians camped on the Barbarians’ line, O’Connor had a moment to forget in the 14th minute when his pass was intercepted by Fruen.

    Fullback Ashley-Cooper raced back to cover but was handed a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on.

    Former Wallabies skipper Stirling Mortlock produced a bone-crunching hit on current Australia captain David Pocock in the 20th minute.

    But there was little for fans of the Barbarians to cheer as the Wallabies pushed a 18-3 halftime lead out to an emphatic scoreline.

    One concern coming out of the match for Australia was Berrick Barnes, who copped a nasty blow to the back in the opening half and was replaced before the break.

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    The Crowd Says (17)

    • November 27th 2011 @ 7:49am
      Bazza all black said | November 27th 2011 @ 7:49am | ! Report

      A feel good game by the wb s. played well, but please learn a lesson from earlier in the year. This does not mean the wbs are world best now, but it is a good step on the way back….

      • November 27th 2011 @ 8:18am
        Darwin Stubby said | November 27th 2011 @ 8:18am | ! Report

        Don’t be daft bazza of course it does – let the hype begin

    • November 27th 2011 @ 7:52am
      mickh said | November 27th 2011 @ 7:52am | ! Report

      Thanks bazza, stupid advice noted.

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    • November 27th 2011 @ 7:55am
      john griffiths said | November 27th 2011 @ 7:55am | ! Report

      Well done Wallabies. Wish things had been different and an angry England team ,given the chance , would have beaten you at Headquauters given the chance. Hate to say it but Cmon Taffsnext week.

    • November 27th 2011 @ 7:56am
      johnny-boy said | November 27th 2011 @ 7:56am | ! Report

      Dear Bazza – just because you scraped home with dodgy refereeing against a better team in a rigged world cup final doesnt make you worthy world champions. Dont get ahead of yourselves will ya šŸ™‚

      • November 27th 2011 @ 8:16am
        Bazza all black said | November 27th 2011 @ 8:16am | ! Report

        Hey no fair, just cos your coaches were silly enough to fix the game and referee against the boks instead of waiting to the final, not my fault…


      • November 27th 2011 @ 10:37am
        Mike said | November 27th 2011 @ 10:37am | ! Report

        OOOh Green Giant!

    • November 27th 2011 @ 9:15am
      crashy said | November 27th 2011 @ 9:15am | ! Report

      How was the scrum? Surprised by the score actually.

      • November 27th 2011 @ 10:44pm
        Mike said | November 27th 2011 @ 10:44pm | ! Report

        No real mistakes in our set-piece.

        Bu the barbarian forwards didn’t challenge in general play (except for Matfield).

    • November 27th 2011 @ 9:45am
      p.Tah said | November 27th 2011 @ 9:45am | ! Report

      So Henry isn’t so mighty without Ritchie… šŸ™‚

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