No excuses left for Wallabies after Scotland smashing

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    When the Wallabies lost to Scotland by five points in Sydney in June, the Wallabies’ coaching staff cited a lack of fitness and time spent together as a group for the general disorganisation and sub-standard performance.

    The opportunity to play the same opponent again to round out the international season seemed like the perfect chance for the Wallabies to put those demons to rest – with a full international season behind them they wouldn’t be hampered by any of the organisational or fitness issues from June.

    So what then to make of the 29-point hammering at Murrayfield? First and foremost, praise must be showered upon the Scots who backed up last week’s effort against the All Blacks with a sensational second-half blitz to blow Australia away.

    The Scots were simply too good for the Wallabies, and were so on the back of losing their best attacking threat, Stuart Hogg to injury in the warm-up which forced a last-minute backline reshuffle.

    Scotland have become a good watch under Gregor Townsend, who spent time playing club rugby in Sydney with Warringah in an era when the important things in rugby were executing the skills, rather than winning the ‘collisions’.

    Townsend spoke back in June about his desire to see his side play more of a ‘southern hemisphere’ style of rugby in regards to attack and they are now full value for eighty minutes of rugby viewing.

    There should be no shame in losing to Scotland at a packed Murrayfield, but given the circumstances of the loss in June and the rhetoric at the time of ‘we just weren’t ready’, this one is pretty hard to cop with a straight face.

    The sending off of Sekope Kepu hurt the Wallabies, but it should not be used as an excuse or hidden behind.

    One of Michael Cheika’s commonly used catchphrases is the importance of ‘owning’ moments. Kepu’s moment of madness let his team and coach down badly, but it was entirely of his own making and the red card fully deserved.

    The fact that a player at that level doesn’t have the correct technique of clearing out – or just the sufficient discipline to not take the cheap shot on offer – is something that Cheika must ‘own’.

    Michael Cheika clearly uses the siege mentality tactic as a way of galvanising his teams. He appears to shoot from the hip and thrives off intensity and confrontation, aiming to create a feeling of injustice in the dressing room spark a rebellion against the opposition.

    Unfortunately it appears that Cheika’s lack of discipline also filters down on to the field. International rugby is hard enough when it is 15-on-15, let alone 15-on-14 or even 15-on-13 as has happened several times during Cheika’s tenure.

    Last week this column suggested that the Scotland result would go a long way toward shaping how this Wallabies season is judged.

    A win would have meant a solid if unspectacular year, slow but steady progress papering over the home loss in June, the stumbling effort against Italy and the home draw against an average South African team.

    This loss, and the manner of it, will only bring to the surface the inconvenient truths that the Wallabies have a hell of a lot of work to do in the next eighteen months if they are to even entertain the thought of a challenge at the World Cup in Japan.

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    • November 26th 2017 @ 9:49am
      Gus said | November 26th 2017 @ 9:49am | ! Report

      As I said after we beat the all blacks in Brisbane, that it was “fools gold”. Well I have turned out to be correct. All you so called pundits thoughts about the wallabies is based on hope rather than fact. You are no better then the myths who run this sport. Delusional.

      • November 26th 2017 @ 10:16am
        Rodger said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:16am | ! Report

        Good on you, what a champ you are. Anything interesting to say?
        Wallabies were outplayed by the better team, this is not the end of the world, like it or not but Scotland are not the easybeats they used to be. Wallabies showed a lack of maturity in the way they handled the cards and subsequent challenge, this gals on Hooper but he will bea better captain for it. Considering the challenges in Aus rugby this year the wallabies have done much better than expected.

        • November 26th 2017 @ 10:56am
          Queenslander said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:56am | ! Report

          I am still on the Wallabies. Scotland a pleasure to watch and all credit to them. Their form v All Blacks no fluke but we didn’t help ourselves with frivilous offloads etc. Red card was legit but all up I like where we are heading. McMahon an excellent runner, strong in the tackle, but our mid field defence needs work. The lads need a few months R&R and we can get back on the horse. Keep the faith on our day we are good

          • November 26th 2017 @ 1:22pm
            Kane said | November 26th 2017 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

            Isn’t McMahon heading to Japan?

            • November 26th 2017 @ 3:47pm
              Queenslander said | November 26th 2017 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

              Yeah think you are right but isn’t Bam Bam back from his sabbatical next year

          • November 26th 2017 @ 5:02pm
            Toby Walker said | November 26th 2017 @ 5:02pm | ! Report

            I agree. With Pocock, Coleman, Rodda, Folau back we will be a major contender for the WC.

        • November 26th 2017 @ 11:05am
          sheek said | November 26th 2017 @ 11:05am | ! Report

          Well Rodger,

          I’ll back Gus up. It’s time the bleeding hearts rusted-on diehards acknowledged that the game of rugby is stuffed in Australia. And it starts with the head – the people running the ARU.

          No-one wants to acknowledge that we have our structural set-up all wrong. The game won’t move forward until people have the courage to say: “yep, the structure’s all wrong & we have to start again”.

          Defeat is always attributed to some other factor rather than the players themselves. Last week against England it was the ref & TV match officials who robbed the Wallabies. It’ll be interesting to read what the excuses are after last night.

          Too long a season maybe. 18 super rugby matches & 15 test matches is too much maybe. Anything but the reality, that we don’t have the cattle or the proper coaching set-up.

          • November 26th 2017 @ 11:24am
            Taylorman said | November 26th 2017 @ 11:24am | ! Report

            Yes agree Sheek too much time is spent on the micro analysis of the facets of each game rather than the structure of Oz rugby in general. More boring I know but context is required here because through all that analysis this result was hardly seen by anyone, yet the signs were there.

            A beating by England vs a close AB Scot match had a Scotland win written all over it. This is not Brisbane, this was last week. Its just the magnitude of the win, possibly inflated due to the card, that wasnt forseen.

            Still think Cheikas now part of the problem, hes dug himself in from a media perspective and will continue to battle multiple fronts while he tries to sort this. Its no longer about his coaching abilities, its now about the perception of what the Wallabies represent, and that isnt glowing in any way.

          • November 26th 2017 @ 11:44am
            puff said | November 26th 2017 @ 11:44am | ! Report

            Sheek, Cheika continues to be the architect who believes the Wallabies can use clash confrontational type tactics to grind the Scots into submission. He evidently don’t watch the Scot / AB game, from last week to observe how skillful and innovative the Northerners’ are becoming. At times I don’t believe Cheika hears alarm bells nor has the ability to adjust his strategy to counter the expansive game the Scots appeared to be succeeding at. Enjoyed the match for all the wrong reasons.

            • November 26th 2017 @ 2:03pm
              Nova said | November 26th 2017 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

              Have to agree with you puff. Chieka is his own worst enemy, until he changes his behaviour and starts acting like a coach then I don’t think his team will ever reach their full potential. It starts with him, he doesn’t show any respect to anybody and that seems to be a culture he’s building within the team. I doubt he even respects his own players. Sad.

          • November 26th 2017 @ 2:28pm
            Bakkies said | November 26th 2017 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

            • November 26th 2017 @ 4:09pm
              Cole said | November 26th 2017 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

              Ahhh Bakkies you’re gonna need to explain this a bit for me. This article suggests Pulver lied to the Senate hearing. What’s the penalty for that? Is he representing himself there or Rugby Australia? And what’s the end game here for the Force? Is it financial or reinstatement into comp?

              • November 26th 2017 @ 11:32pm
                Bakkies said | November 26th 2017 @ 11:32pm | ! Report

                Hi Cole he was up in front of the Committee as the RA CEO. You can be in contempt of the Senate which is under Parliamentry Privilege.

                As for reinstatement of the Force Pulver was asked that and he said they are closed. The RA sacked off staff and people like Mark Sinderberry were limited to what they can say about the RA as part of their retrenchment.

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              November 26th 2017 @ 4:17pm
              PeterK said | November 26th 2017 @ 4:17pm | ! Report

              yes I have read that before.

              In effect the ARU were helping the rebels make it impossible to take their license back. I imagine the concern was the force was looking a better financial prospect and that would be embarressing kicking them out despite being on better financial footing and with Forrest backing them.

            • November 26th 2017 @ 5:24pm
              ForceFan said | November 26th 2017 @ 5:24pm | ! Report

              This article makes a mockery of EARU submissions before the recent Senate Inquiry and supports the statements by Western Force officials.
              The next steps in the investigation into this matter are going to be worth watching.
              Rugby Union in Australia will be better for these dirty deals being exposed.

              • November 27th 2017 @ 6:44am
                Not so super said | November 27th 2017 @ 6:44am | ! Report

                Earu – so original and poignant

              • November 27th 2017 @ 12:54pm
                Bakkies said | November 27th 2017 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

                Absolutely they about being honest and transparent

          • November 26th 2017 @ 3:33pm
            P2R2 said | November 26th 2017 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

            and I will back you up Sheek… is about time Cheika got his butt well and truly kicked….and I think the primary problem is….notwithstanding those born in AUS…too many IMPORTS….it s beginning to look like ENG but they have the money…the sooner AUS RUGBY start cultivating home grown talent the better otherwise….the POLYNESIANISATION of AUS RUGBY is the bane of it…

            • November 26th 2017 @ 7:57pm
              FunBus said | November 26th 2017 @ 7:57pm | ! Report

              That’s the second time in different threads you’ve implied England are somehow worse than Oz on imports.
              You didn’t pick a good day to rollout this nonsense. Yesterday the number of players in England’s starting XV not born in England was…………..Zero.

            • November 26th 2017 @ 8:21pm
              Taylorman said | November 26th 2017 @ 8:21pm | ! Report

              Rubbish. Remove every Polynesian from Wallaby teams of the past ten years and theyll have probably never won one. Without them the current side would be fodder for most sides.

              • November 26th 2017 @ 8:41pm
                bigbaz said | November 26th 2017 @ 8:41pm | ! Report

                Then again remove all Caucasians from all our sides and we would have won nothing. I regard your comment as garbage and probably borderline racist

              • November 27th 2017 @ 3:07am
                Taylorman said | November 27th 2017 @ 3:07am | ! Report

                Who cares how you rate it. It was in response to the statement that brought it up, yet you wait till my take to call it raci!st? Hmmm…

                Polynesian influence and excellence over the last thirty years is an in reasingly major reason for almost every successful side today.

                I rate your response as… typical, and uneducated…now we’re playing the rating game that is.

            • November 26th 2017 @ 8:51pm
              Al said | November 26th 2017 @ 8:51pm | ! Report

              I’m not sure about this comment about ”Polynesianisation”. Rugby has eligibility rules. What does this have to do about the validity of the team makeup? Smells bad bringing that language and theme into a discussion. Besides, it’s also wrong- many present Wallbies have Fijian background – they are Melanesian. As is Will Genia who has Papuan family heritage. So let’s get the nuances correct and then realise it’s a meaningless debate. Australia is a Pacific nation and multicultural nation and that shows up in many wonderful ways in our society.

        • November 26th 2017 @ 3:28pm
          P2R2 said | November 26th 2017 @ 3:28pm | ! Report

          …so Rodger what do you expect…? it is the end of the world for the WBs – there is nothing to show that they will be better for this loss contrary to what you say….toasted well and truly toasted…and how you can say the WBs have done much better than expected this year….jeez what have you been watching…

      • November 26th 2017 @ 12:38pm
        Mike said | November 26th 2017 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

        Your comment is fools gold Gus

        Your pundit thoughts about the wallabies are based on hope rather than fact. You are no better than the myths w\ho run this sport. Delusional


      • November 26th 2017 @ 4:53pm
        steve said | November 26th 2017 @ 4:53pm | ! Report

        you legend.

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        November 26th 2017 @ 7:52pm
        Mike Huber said | November 26th 2017 @ 7:52pm | ! Report

        Good call Gus.

        All these delusional Rugby pundits on here declaring the Wallabies are on an upward trajectory , turned the corner , team is galvanizing under Cheika…….blah, blah, blah. Australia has NEVER accurred in such a short space of time a disastrous record against Northern Hemisphers opponents . Drawing twice against the worst Springbok team in history and beating a depleted and exhausted All Black team , equates to ” fools gold” .

        As many people have noted , Cheika has been cruelly exposed at this level as he simply lacks the intellectual smarts to beat teams strategically – he is all fire and brimstone and nothing between the ears . Cheika is embarrassing on so many levels and unto he resigns the once great and proud Wallabies will make these chumps from the North look a lot better than what they actually are .

    • November 26th 2017 @ 9:53am
      PiratesRugby said | November 26th 2017 @ 9:53am | ! Report

      Scotland just put 50 points on us and the coach still has his job.

      • November 26th 2017 @ 11:21am
        Selector said | November 26th 2017 @ 11:21am | ! Report

        I am a Cheika defender, but he has to take blame for most of that loss.
        That was the single most poorly selected team I have seen.
        Simmons and Enever are not even an NRC level lock pairing.
        Poor team management, as you could see from 10 minutes in they were worn out.
        Full credit to the Scots, who in my opinion are a better side than us.

      • November 26th 2017 @ 7:02pm
        Bob said | November 26th 2017 @ 7:02pm | ! Report

        I sort of agree but Scots are clear 4th and Australia scrapping it out for 5th – 9th best team so you can’t really be surprised.

    • Roar Guru

      November 26th 2017 @ 9:58am
      Poth Ale said | November 26th 2017 @ 9:58am | ! Report

      This commanding win by Scotland puts the analysis of last week’s game against England into perspective.

      • November 26th 2017 @ 10:03am
        Fionn said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:03am | ! Report

        I’ll bet you weren’t unhappy to witness it either, Poth 🙂 . For what it’s worth, I actually really enjoyed watching Scotland’s play. They bamboozled us with brilliance in a way that England just couldn’t—England were like a juggernaut while Scotland were like a ballet troupe, all light on their feet. I think it could be a wonderful and competitive 6N this year with England, Ireland and Scotland all looking strong.

        • November 26th 2017 @ 10:23am
          mzilikazi said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:23am | ! Report

          Good post, Fionn. Second all you say. Damn glad we are not playing Ireland next week.

        • November 26th 2017 @ 10:33am
          jonnyacidseed said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

          Nice response Fionn and a true rugby fanatics point of view.

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          November 26th 2017 @ 10:54am
          PeterK said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:54am | ! Report


          I enjoyed watching the Scottish play.

          It was skillful, varied, enterprising, adaptive, enthusiastic.

          They played to their strengths and had a gameplan that maximised the wallabu weaknesses. Very astute coach as he showed against NZ.

          I enjoyed watching some individual play from the wallabies but the tactical and selection errors were glaring.

          • November 27th 2017 @ 10:08am
            Handles said | November 27th 2017 @ 10:08am | ! Report

            The tactic of not contesting defensive breakdowns was a bust. Quick ball for the Scots all day! And we are not good enough tacklers to let that happen.

            Time after time the tackler would roll away leaving no Wallabies at the contest. They have flirted with this before, but to my eyes (only watched once) it seemed like the gameplan of the day. Come back Poey.

        • Roar Guru

          November 26th 2017 @ 11:15am
          Lano said | November 26th 2017 @ 11:15am | ! Report

          Bamboozled agree. Good word! The back line looked doe-eyed in the first 30 and simply disorganised thereafter.

          Russell showed how desperately we need a no 10 playmaker.

          • November 27th 2017 @ 10:37am
            Marto said | November 27th 2017 @ 10:37am | ! Report


            We are stuck with the park rugby player ( the iceman) at 10 forever unfortunately…

        • Roar Guru

          November 26th 2017 @ 12:19pm
          jeznez said | November 26th 2017 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

          Well said Fionn. Scots played a great style of rugby and Aussies played poorly. I gave up on the team with a bit of time still on the clock and looked like they’d given up on themselves a bit earlier. I can handle being beaten by a better team as we were. I can’t stomach the late points we’ve shelled last week and this.

          Cheika blew off the blow out last week as us trying a few things to chase the game. No similar excuse cuts it this week. The guys put their heads down and leaked points – they need to be made of sterner stuff, no matter how far out of reach the winning of the game is.

          The worry for the Scots in the 6N will be their scrum. Stronger units will scrummage them into the turf looking to take penalty and possibly card advantages from it.

          • November 26th 2017 @ 12:25pm
            Fionn said | November 26th 2017 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

            Won’t Nel be back? I think the lost him and their reserve THP.

            I can’t pretend I understand the nuances of scrummaging, but based on what other people who know more about scrums than I do have said, it seems that Nel is one of the best scrummaging THPs in the world?

            • Roar Guru

              November 26th 2017 @ 1:10pm
              jeznez said | November 26th 2017 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

              Nel is good – not sure when he is back – believe he has a broken arm to follow on from his neck injury last year.

          • November 26th 2017 @ 10:59pm
            David said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:59pm | ! Report

            Scotland have had a lot of front row injuries this autumn, at least some of those players will be back in the 6N. It Nel stays fit then they shouldn’t be shoved around by anyone, but they have other decent tightheads coming back from injury too.

        • November 26th 2017 @ 3:35pm
          P2R2 said | November 26th 2017 @ 3:35pm | ! Report

          I would bet SCOT will beat ENG in the 6N…wow wouldn’t that be a turn up…

          • November 26th 2017 @ 7:03pm
            Bob said | November 26th 2017 @ 7:03pm | ! Report

            They do look good enough! I’m loving watching them play.

          • Roar Guru

            November 26th 2017 @ 8:35pm
            The Neutral View From Sweden said | November 26th 2017 @ 8:35pm | ! Report

            If England does not have a really good day at the office, with perfect preparations, a smart game plan, and a real edge, they will not beat this Scottish side.

            Scotland will be so up for it at home against England. The hurt from the blowout at Twickenham, combined with their newfound self-belief, and frankly the best home support in Test rugby, guarantees that the Scots will turn up on the day.

            The Test matches between England/Ireland/Scotland in the upcoming 6N feels like must-watch TV already now.

        • November 26th 2017 @ 5:38pm
          Cuw said | November 26th 2017 @ 5:38pm | ! Report

          @ Fionn

          England have gone backwards in these 3 tests.

          for long parts of the game Argies Auzzy and Samoa managed to both thwart their attack and also put them under pressure.

          I managed to see some of the last ten minutes and the ref made a big mistake that let England score. Samoa got a penalty and TNW ran the ball ; England tackled him without being 10m back , the ref looked as if he is going to penalize the poms , but then let play go on and the Samoa lost the ball ending in a try to Daly ( i think).

          just like last week the home side got the calls. Eddie was not happy and said it.

          a true sense of where they are will be when 6 nations starts. it looked as if Eddie was giving guys experience .

        • Roar Guru

          November 26th 2017 @ 5:45pm
          The Neutral View From Sweden said | November 26th 2017 @ 5:45pm | ! Report

          Totally agree with Fionn regarding Scotland being a joy to watch. I guess I have not seen a NH Test team play more entertaining rugby since the French – on a good day – back in the 90’s.

          The last two years England, Scotland, and Ireland have improved a lot. All three teams have both a couple of world-class players and really good depth. On top of that, all three have top quality coaches also.

          • November 26th 2017 @ 8:24pm
            Taylorman said | November 26th 2017 @ 8:24pm | ! Report

            True, coinciding oddly with the introduction of SH coaches in both sides.

            Winning and entertaining rugby…hmmm…where have I seen rugby like that…

            • Roar Guru

              November 26th 2017 @ 9:08pm
              The Neutral View From Sweden said | November 26th 2017 @ 9:08pm | ! Report

              No doubt have Scotland studied NZ closely. And they are very open with that the All Blacks is the benchmark, on almost all levels. they strive towards.

              And good on them.

        • November 26th 2017 @ 6:29pm
          ethan said | November 26th 2017 @ 6:29pm | ! Report

          Yes, hats off to the Scots, they played wonderful rugby. I actually really enjoyed the game despite the loss – it was quality entertainment. I guess I am too accustomed to the WBs making the same mistakes over and over to be disappointed by them. Just resigned.

        • November 26th 2017 @ 8:44pm
          Faith said | November 26th 2017 @ 8:44pm | ! Report

          I agree re: balllet-like play exemplified by that winger that replaced Hogg … and even Fin Russell …

          • November 27th 2017 @ 3:23am
            Taylorman said | November 27th 2017 @ 3:23am | ! Report

            Yes I thought Russell might be a handful, fast becoming the best 10 in the NH game.

        • Roar Guru

          November 28th 2017 @ 3:37am
          Poth Ale said | November 28th 2017 @ 3:37am | ! Report

          To be honest I didn’t see the game, Fionn. I was too busy warming up for the game in Lansdowne. Plenty of arm-lifting hot whiskies in the local.

          You’re right about the Six Nations – should be very tasty.

    • November 26th 2017 @ 9:58am
      London Waratah said | November 26th 2017 @ 9:58am | ! Report

      Shocking 2 weeks as an Aussie in UK.

      PS: Women’s Cricket & Rugby League wins don’t dilute the joy of The Brits one iotre…they’re so masoganistic and sexist.

      Send help!

      • November 26th 2017 @ 5:17pm
        Jeffrey said | November 26th 2017 @ 5:17pm | ! Report

        Deleted post. Replied to the wrong poster.

      • November 26th 2017 @ 8:36pm
        The Barnes family. said | November 26th 2017 @ 8:36pm | ! Report

        I always hated how they made it seem like they themselves were playing. Come into the office monday and a fat accountant says ‘we beat you on saturday’. No you didn’t.

    • November 26th 2017 @ 10:00am
      MH01 said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:00am | ! Report

      This is getting embarrassing – how many chances does the coaching staff get ? The defence was horrible

      • November 26th 2017 @ 10:09am
        PiratesRugby said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:09am | ! Report

        0-3 loss to England at home last year was not embarrassing enough, apparently. 50 points by Scotland will just be ignored.

        • November 26th 2017 @ 10:27am
          MH01 said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:27am | ! Report

          Glad we don’t play them a 3rd time this year…

        • November 26th 2017 @ 5:56pm
          Cuw said | November 26th 2017 @ 5:56pm | ! Report

          since the world cup final Auzzy have the following results .

          Argentina . played 4 . won 4
          Wales . played 2. won 2
          Fiji, France, Italy, Japan . played once and won

          NZ . played 6 . won 1
          Scotland . played 3 . won 1.
          Ireland . played 1. lost 1
          SA played 4 . won 1 . lost 1. drew 2
          England . played 5 . lost 5.

          played 28 won 13 lost 13 drew 2

          • November 27th 2017 @ 9:19am
            PiratesRugby said | November 27th 2017 @ 9:19am | ! Report


    • November 26th 2017 @ 10:01am
      Haz said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:01am | ! Report

      Can’t believe I stayed up for this rubbish.

      • Roar Pro

        November 26th 2017 @ 10:16am
        Clash said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:16am | ! Report

        If you were a true “rugby” supporter you would never have called,this match rubbish. It was a great game and I’m not just saying it because I’m a Scot (although it does help). I’ve watched plenty of games where the team I wanted to win . . . Didn’t. No Haz; what you actually appear to be is a bad sport which is a shame because that is what we (Australia now) are becoming. Be like most on this site for a change and applaud a terrific spectacle. You know you can change the perception of another whinging Aussie.

        • November 26th 2017 @ 10:21am
          double agent said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:21am | ! Report

          Well Australia played terribly so for an Australian supporter it was a rubbish game. You’d have to be a saint to enjoy a game where the opposition puts 53 points on you.

          • Roar Pro

            November 26th 2017 @ 10:39am
            Clash said | November 26th 2017 @ 10:39am | ! Report

            Well excuse me for loving mister double agent. I’m a Scot, you know what that is mister double agent? Someone who is effin used to getting beaten by all and sundry . . . because we’re only a wee country who tries really hard to live up to the big important countries like – I dunno, Australia?

            Remind me not to gloat. We need as much gloating as we can get.

            • November 26th 2017 @ 11:24am
              jonnyacidseed said | November 26th 2017 @ 11:24am | ! Report

              Love your work Clash. Soak it up mate and enjoy the well deserved win.

            • November 26th 2017 @ 4:03pm
              Kiwi in nz said | November 26th 2017 @ 4:03pm | ! Report

              Good on you clash. Scotland has a program that is showing some awesome rugby on the national stage. So good to see.

            • November 26th 2017 @ 4:24pm
              Rugby Tragic said | November 26th 2017 @ 4:24pm | ! Report

              Haha Clash, …. well in spite of being an AB supporter first and foremost, I watched the match hoping for a Wallaby win, but well played to Scotland.

              That the Wallaby’s lost disappointed me a little, mainly as they cost me a little multi-bet wager but in terms of the game, it was very entertaining and enjoyable match to watch. Of course Kepu’ moment of madness cost them and made it that much harder but after Maitland scored in the 2nd half to take back the lead, the WB defence just died off.

              Take Gray’s try just minutes after. A lack of concentration and 3 Aussies missed tackles (13, 19 and 20 by memory). That should never have been let to score.

              I think WB supporters are entitled to feel let down by that performance.

              • November 26th 2017 @ 5:59pm
                Cuw said | November 26th 2017 @ 5:59pm | ! Report

                ” Of course Kepu’ moment of madness cost them ..’

                they say payback is a b****.

                Kepu got away playing like that in the RWC final ( probably the ref did not want to spoil the moment by giving a card).

                anytime his team gets into trouble ( auzzy or Waratahs) he plays like that. Guys like Sio nad Moore must be respected much for not losing it when team is losing.

            • November 26th 2017 @ 5:47pm
              double agent said | November 26th 2017 @ 5:47pm | ! Report

              Clash you can gloat all you like. Good luck to you you deserve it. Don’t quite understand why you want me to be happy about Australia conceding 53 points though.

            • November 26th 2017 @ 7:48pm
              Frank said | November 26th 2017 @ 7:48pm | ! Report

              Happy for the scots. Glad to see a traditional rugby nation finding form and success again. Would be even better if they gave it to the poms..!

        • November 26th 2017 @ 5:22pm
          ForceFan said | November 26th 2017 @ 5:22pm | ! Report

          Totally agree Clash.

          I really enjoy watching good rugby and the Scots played good rugby.

          It’s been fantastic to watch their improvement and to lift themselves from the easy-beats of UK rugby.

          They now play with commitment, fitness, sustained pressure, great line speed and as a team.

          Everything that the Wallabies have been lacking.

          The Wallabies were out-played and out-coached just as it was against England.

        • November 26th 2017 @ 7:35pm
          Milan said | November 26th 2017 @ 7:35pm | ! Report

          Yes Haz, next time write exactly what clash wants you to write rather than having your own opinion. Remember we are not living in a democracy mate.

        • November 26th 2017 @ 9:04pm
          Craig said | November 26th 2017 @ 9:04pm | ! Report

          No Scotsman ever banged on about the losing to Australia in the RWC then, eh? A little bit hypercritical suggesting Aussies are whingers.

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