Latest News:

RWC Match Preview - Wales v Australia

By Rhys Thomas
October 20 2011

Wales have a chance to equal their best ever position at a World Cup tomorrow. Can they pull together and beat the Australians?

The bronze medal match is the one nobody wants to play.  We want to be playing on Sunday, in the biggest game in the Rugby calendar. Alas, it was not to be, and we will be playing the Australians in the third place play-off.

This is a repeat of the 1987 game, when a late Paul Thorburn kick secured a 22-21 win. It will also be repeated in December of this year, when we welcome Australia to the Millennium Stadium in a one-off test.  Although many write this game off as a waste of time, for Wales it is a valuable game. It’s a chance to salvage some pride, and to beat one of the big nations, something this young side has so far failed to do. Both teams have fantastic sets of backs, and with players like George North and Digby Ioane who have lit up the tournament we should be in for a treat.

However, we have been deprived of one huge match up, potentially the biggest in the tournament -the battle of the 7s, Sam Warburton vs David Pocock. Sam’s red in the semi-final and subsequent ban put paid to that, but it will still be interesting to see how Wales neutralise the threat of the openside flanker.

Australia gave everything against South Africa in the quarter-finals, but couldn’t hit the same heights against the All Blacks in the semis. Quade Cooper looked lost, and the rest of their team took a beating. Wales can do this, but are missing three key players. Adam Jones, Rhys Priestland and the aforementioned Warburton are all missing. Wales were weak at fly-half last week, and Gatland has put his faith again in James Hook, who probably had his worst game in a Wales shirt against the French. Jones will be a loss to the scrum, and that is an area in particular where the Australians aren’t particularly strong. The Captain’s influence is gone, but the team can still stay strong. A precedent has been set, and the rest of the team know what is at stake, and won’t mess it up now.

A victory would lay down a marker to the rest of the world, albeit a week too late. It would show that we can beat the best, and that we are a team to be feared for the future and beyond. It would be a great morale boost after the intense disappointment of last week, and I have faith that the boys can pull together and secure the win.

PREDICTION: Wales to win by 8

View a Printer Friendly version of this Story.

Bookmark or share this story with:

RWC Match Preview - Wales v Australia
Posted by: Wales (IP Logged)
Date: 20/10/2011 22:16

What do you think? You can have your say by posting below.
If you do not already have an account Click here to Register.

Re: RWC Match Preview - Wales v Australia
Posted by: Garky, the Evil Badger (IP Logged)
Date: 30/12/2011 09:43

One thing, and one thing alone to say about this - and that's


All the best from


Re: RWC Match Preview - Wales v Australia
Posted by: i think this is wierd (IP Logged)
Date: 14/07/2012 17:54

Garky, the Evil Badger
One thing, and one thing alone to say about this - and that's

All the best from


Goto Thread: PreviousNext
Goto: Message ListLog In

Your Name: 
Spam prevention:
Please, enter the code that you see below in the input field. This is for blocking bots that try to post this form automatically. If the code is hard to read, then just try to guess it right. If you enter the wrong code, a new image is created and you get another chance to enter it right.
We record all IP addresses on the Sportnetwork message boards which may be required by the authorities in case of defamatory or abusive comment. We seek to monitor the Message Boards at regular intervals. We do not associate Sportnetwork with any of the comments and do not take responsibility for any statements or opinions expressed on the Message Boards. If you have any cause for concern over any material posted here please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing

Wales Poll

Which Welsh region will finish highest in the 2013/14 PRO12 regular season?

See results > Submit >>