Everyone's Blaming The Refs, But The Wallabies Have A Bigger Problem
Sure, there were some questionable decisions that didn't go the way of the men in gold.
But one other factor killed the Wallabies as they fell 29-25 to Wales in their Rugby World Cup pool match in Tokyo.
Their slow start.
Again and again in recent times, the Wallabies have stumbled out of the blocks. Last night was no different. They were behind 3-0 on the scoreboard well inside the first minute. Then they were down 10-0 after 12 minutes after welsh centre Hadleigh Parkes soared to pluck a high kick and plant it down.
The Wallabies also started slowly against Fiji in their RWS 2019 opener. They were down 8-0 early, and behind 14-12 at halftime, before running out 39-21 winners.
But stats show that you just can't give 10 points to quality opposition, and Wales are next level. They just won the Six Nations, clean-sweeping England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Italy. They are the world's number two side. They'd beat pretty much anyone with an early 10-point lead.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika was within his rights to blow up at the refereeing.
Both he, and long-standing rugby commentator Gordon Bray, and pretty much anyone with eyes, were at a total loss to understand how Samu Kerevi could be penalised for a forearm fend -- when all he appeared to be doing was running into a tackle.
There was also conjecture over the try by Gareth Davies shortly before halftime. Was he offside or onside?
This slightly confusing squiggle explains the Welsh view -- which is that Davies, in white boots, was behind the last Welsh player in the ruck when the ball was released, which meant he was in a perfectly legal position to intercept Will Genia's pass for the runaway try.
Whether Davies was offside or onside, nobody could understand why the Television match Official (TMO) didn't at least check -- after virtually every other decision was referred his way.
"I don’t know any more. I don’t know the rules anymore, honestly. I don’t know the rules anymore," Wallabies coach Michael Cheika lamented after the match, with specific reference to the
As stated, he had a point. But it was also beside the point.
The Wallabies have to come out with greater intent in their matches, or this will be a short world Cup campaign.
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