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'Wallabies love giving us all heart attacks': Fans react to Australia's incredible win

By Finn Morton
(Photo by Ian Cook - CameraSport via Getty Images)

The Wallabies’ stunning victory over Wales on Sunday morning (AEDT) may go down in history as one of the greatest rugby comebacks of the year – if not all time.


Coming off three straight losses by three points or less, the Wallabies had a point to prove at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium 10 months out from the Rugby World Cup.

But as it has been all year, indiscipline continued to hurt the men in gold throughout their thrilling clash against one of their traditional rugby rivals.

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Jake Gordon and Tom Robertson were both sent to the sin bin during the first half, and Wales made the most of their two player advantage.

While they began to really pile on the points, it seemed Australia may be down for the count after Wales winger Rio Dyer scored 12 minutes into the second half.

But the Wallabies weren’t done yet.

A double to rising star Mark Nawaqanitawase was the start of something incredible for the visitors, who went on to score 26 unanswered points – and to win the crunch clash in Cardiff.

Replacement hooker Lachlan Lonergan scored the go-ahead try with less than two minutes to play, before securing the match winning turnover shortly after.


After an up and down international season, the result means the 2022 Wallabies avoid some unwanted history, dating back to 1958.

Australian rugby fans on Twitter were, for the most part, thrilled with the result – with one supporter saying the “future looks promising” for the Wallabies after the win.

The Wallabies were losing 34-13 after Welsh flyhalf Gareth Anscombe converted Dyer’s try.

But the impact of key players off the bench including Tate McDermott and Pete Samu proved key for Dave Rennie’s team, as they fought valiantly for the incredible result.


After five matches during their spring tour, the Wallabies only won two Test matches – but make no mistake, this is a team on the rise.

The Wallabies began their tour with a thrilling one-point win over Scotland at Murrayfield, with flyhalf Blair Kinghorn missing a last minute penalty attempt.

But three consecutive losses to France, Italy and Ireland followed for the men in gold, although they lost all of these games by three points or less.

As most fans on Twitter would seemingly agree, the future has the potential to be quite bright for Australian rugby,.


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Shaylen 2 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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Jon 8 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

I think the main problem here is the structure of both countries make up. They are going to have very similar.. obstacles(not problems). It will just be part of the evolution of their rugby and they’ll need to find a way to make this versatility more advantageous than specialization. I think South Africa are well on the way to that end already, but Ireland are more likely to have a hierarchical approach and move players around the provinces. Sopoaga is going to be more than good enough to look up one of those available positions for more than a few years I believe though. Morgan would definitely be a more long term outlook. Sacha to me has the natural footwork of a second five. Not everything is about winning, if a team has 3 players that want to play 10s just give them all a good go even if its to the detriment of everyone, this is also about dreams of the players, not just the fans. This is exactly how it would be in an amateur club setting. Ultimately some players just aren’t suited to any one position. The example was of a guy that had size and speed, enough pace to burn, power to drive, and speed to kick and pass long, but just not much else when it came to actual rugby (that matched it). New Zealand has it’s own example with Jordie Barrett and probably shows what Reece Hodge could have been if the game in Australia had any administration. Despite the bigger abundance of talent in NZ, Jordie was provided with consistent time as a fullback, before being ushered in as a second five. Possibly this was due to his blood, and another might not have been as fortunate, but it is what it was, a complete contrast to how Hodge was used in Australia, were he could have had any position he wanted. When it comes down to it though, much like these young fellas, it will be about what they want, and I think you’ll find they’ll be like Hodge and just want to be as valuable to the team as they can and play wherever. It’s not like 63 International Cap is a hard thing to live with as a result of that decision!

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