Five things we learnt from Wallabies-Georgia | Latest Rugby News
The Wallabies have produced a perfect start to their Rugby World Cup campaign with a 35-15 victory over Georgia.
It was the type of win that allows the Wallabies to put the past five games behind them and focus on what it a very winnable Pool C.
The backline was electric whilst the forwards got through some considerable work in sweltering conditions.
So what did we learn?
1 ANSWERING THE CRITICS
Cometh the hour, cometh the man as Ben Donaldson steps up as a Wallaby.
The fullback was a deserving player-of-the-match as he made the switch to the back with ease.
His kicking both out of hand and off the tee was rock solid whilst he had a hand in a couple of nice breaks.
He also showed a great turn of pace to race away for a much-needed try before a slick line off Gordon got his second.
It’s the second game in a row where Eddie Jones has packed his guy and they haven’t let him down after Suli Vunivalu’s strong game against France.
2 CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
Will Skelton continues to grow as a captain with yet another world-class performance for the Wallabies.
It was the type of night where he performed like a top-ten player in the world, throwing his freakish power around.
His explosion of the maul after Ivanishvili’s try halted any hopes of a comeback for the Georgians.
He was joined in kind by Taniela Tupou, with his behind the back offload late into his shift proof that he is the best shape of his career.
3 THE MARK AND JORDY SHOW
Mark Nawaqanitawase and Jordan Petaia are starting to build a dangerous combination on the right-hand side.
Petaia looks comfortable when he takes the ball to the line and has enough acceleration to often ride the first tackle and get into a dominant position, showcased in the first try.
Nawaqanitawase meanwhile is a freak athlete with a special ability to finish. He was targeted on a number of occasions in the high and often came away on top or forced the mistake.
For the power style that Jones likes to play, the pair are becoming integral.
4 WORK TO DO
Despite the win, there are elements of the performance that Eddie Jones will not be happy with, most notably after the break.
It’s an area Wallabies players have identified in the past as a point where they switch off but conceding when your opposition is down to 14 is unacceptable at World Cups.
The attack also seemed to falter at some points, becoming a little predictable.
5 THE FRENCH’S DISDAIN FOR EDDIE JONES
For some reason, the French crowd simply do not like Eddie Jones.
He was booed when the team was read out and this continued throughout the night whenever they crossed to his box for a reaction.
Of course, Eddie won’t mind. If anything it will spur him on.
“At least, it’s consistent,” Jones said with a smile
read more youtube
website : Joomla.edu.vn
More News Local AU News