Friday, October 21, 2011

Australia Cruises to RWC third place

Musa Nombona

An unbalanced match saw Australia get an easy win over Wales during the 2011 Rugby World Cup third place play off at Eden Park, New Zealand.

The match saw the two sides give a mediocre yet aggressive match. Although this was a consolation prize for the Aussies, the Welsh did not back down as both teams  scored two tries. Australian tries came from inside centre Berrick Barnes and No 8 Ben McCalman.

Australia’s inside centre Berick Barnes and eighth man Ben McCalman both scored conversions  while winger Shane Williams and fullback Leigh Halfpenny scored for the Welsh.

The game was pretty one sided even though Wales fought hard. Under-performing Aussie star Quade Cooper who injured his right foot and Kurtley Beale’s knee injury soured Australia’s victory. The Welsh had a last minute try at depriving Australia of the victory but youngJames O Connor’s missed a conversion and that was the end of their well fought world cup journey.

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