England clap the Wallabies off Twickenham on Saturday, after their 33-13 win to end the hosts’ RWC. Image via Wallabies Facebook.
ABC Grandstand Digital: After two years talking rugby and a little bit of cricket on Grandstand Breakfast, it was a bittersweet chat with Andrew Mayes this morning. Though we did get to talk about the Wallabies knocking England out of the Rugby World Cup, it came with great sadness, in that today was the last day of the program.
The ABC made the decision back in late August to end the show after the AFL and NRL Grand Finals, meaning that aside from actual sport broadcasts, there will be no live programming on their dedicated digital sports radio station.
But I have enjoyed my couple of years talking with Mayesy, and Al Crombie, and Francis Leach before them immensely. Grandstand has opened and continues to open doors for me, and so in that regard, it was great to finish up on a Wallabies high…
Bernard Foley crosses for his second try against England, in the Wallabies 33-13 RWC win. Image: ABC Grandstand
ABC Grandstand Digital: Less than an hour after fulltime this morning, I spoke to Chris Coleman on Grandstand Breakfast to review the Wallabies’ win over England, as well as all the implications for the rest of the tournament.
For the Wallabies, it all starts with beating Wales next weekend, in the last Pool A match..
England prop Joe Marler. You may not recognise him with such straight posture. Image: ABC Grandstand
ABC Grandstand Digital: With Wales having accounted for Fiji this morning – but without a bonus point – all Pool A attention now focuses on the massive game at Twickenham on Sunday morning between England and Australia.
Andrew Mayes and I talk through it all on Grandstand Breakfast this morning, including all the implications for either side. And we also touch on the hashtag sensation that has become #ScrumStraightJoe, and just how widely my little pisstake has gone…
“Cooper wasn’t ‘very’ good, but he wasn’t terrible, either. But his goal-kicking was terrible, however, and I can’t see how he forces his way in from here”. Image via Wallabies Facebook
The Roar: With Wales throwing the proverbial cat amongst the Pool A pigeons on Sunday morning our time, the Wallabies’ win over Uruguay had to take on extra elements of ruthlessness later that day. At least one of those boxes was ticked in the 65-3 win at Villa Park in Birmingham.
The bonus point was secured in the 31st minute, so that’s something. And at least we know the Wallabies know about them now. The win pushed Australia’s tally to nine points from two games, equaling Wales.
The win was sizable, but it will be the manner of the win that generates all the debate. And so, the big question for the Wallabies is whether anyone did enough to force their way into the 23 for Twickenham?