Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Wallabies on 'brink of greatness'

  1. #1
    (formerly known as Coach) Your Humble Servant Darren's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia, Australia
    Posts
    14,009
    vCash
    5216000
    TWF Competition Winner! Dry July! MO-vember Donator TWF Contributor!

    Wallabies on 'brink of greatness'

    Mark Chisholm believes the Wallabies are on the brink of greatness, even though they have lost their past four Tri Nations Tests to record their worst streak in four years.
    Brumbies second-rower Chisholm, who made his Test comeback in the 32-25 loss to South Africa at Subiaco Oval in Perth, said that Robbie Deans's team was building towards another golden era for Australian rugby.

    "I got a great feel for the team and where it's at," he said ahead of Saturday night's Test against the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

    "On the field, I felt the team is just inches away from firstly winning and secondly becoming something great.

    "We're certainly heading in that direction and it's only a matter of time before we achieve those steps to get there.

    "I can sense it."

    The Wallabies looked anything but close to greatness in the opening half-an-hour against the Springboks at Subiaco Oval, where they fumbled and bumbled their way to a 22-3 deficit.

    But Chisholm drew plenty of inspiration from the second-half rally in which the home side scored three tries to one, including two in the final five minutes, to add respectability to the scoreline.

    "Running around the field, I found we're the fittest side out there," he said.

    "And sitting in the grandstand the last couple of weeks, I certainly saw that as well, that we're finishing over the top of teams.

    "It's just minor adjustments in the first 20 minutes that we're capable of that will give us a win.

    "When a team is hot, they're hot.

    "But defensively, we were inept and this week we've nutted that out."

    The return of Berrick Barnes to inside centre is seen by both teams as a major boost to the Wallabies, as he's their backline's defensive linchpin.

    Two of the four Springboks tries in Perth were scored due to miscommunication between Matt Giteau and makeshift inside centre Adam Ashley-Cooper from set moves off scrums.

    Springboks assistant coach Dick Muir, like Chisholm, expects a far better Australia performance at Suncorp Stadium, where they are unbeaten against South Africa.

    "They are a side with a lot of talent, and when they do put it together they are going to shock one or two sides," Muir said.

    Barnes, meanwhile, promised the Wallabies would "play rugby" to overcome South Africa, preferring to use their running and passing game rather than attempting to win by outkicking Morne Steyn and Fourie du Preez.

    Not since the 2-1 series win over the British and Irish Lions in June-July have the world champions been challenged at the business end of a Test.

    They have comfortably disposed of both New Zealand and Australia, ranked No.2 and No.3 in the world, in two Tri Nations matches each to be just a bonus point from claiming the trophy.

    But Chisholm, who made his Test debut in 2004, believes they will not overcome the young Wallabies, with an average age of 23-and-a-half, if the score is tight with 20 minutes to go.

    "The body language was a big thing out there (late in the game in Perth," he said.

    "If the match is in the balance then mentally and physically we can get over the top."

    http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,...-23217,00.html

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Dear Lord, if you give us back Johnny Cash, we'll give you Justin Bieber.

  2. #2
    Veteran mudskipper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    4,952
    vCash
    5000000
    IT takes a Brumby to bring the focus back to the positive.... well done mark Chisholm...

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  3. #3
    Immortal jargan83's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Earth Capital
    Posts
    19,824
    vCash
    40000
    141 Club Award The Bronze Star of Faith
    Quote Originally Posted by mudskipper View Post
    IT takes a Brumby to bring the focus back to the positive.... well done mark Chisholm...
    Only if you believe what is writtin in the media. Most people could see that Robbie Deans is putting his Wallaby team together, whilst results haven't gone Australia's way this season it's not the end of the world. How did this year's pace setter South Africa go last year in the 3N?

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  4. #4
    Veteran mudskipper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    4,952
    vCash
    5000000
    And it took a Brumbies supporter to remind you Jargman....

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  5. #5
    Immortal jargan83's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Earth Capital
    Posts
    19,824
    vCash
    40000
    141 Club Award The Bronze Star of Faith
    How do you figure that?

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  6. #6
    Immortal Contributor shasta's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Mandurah
    Posts
    12,793
    vCash
    5600000
    The Bronze Star of Faith TWF Contributor!
    Quote Originally Posted by jargan83 View Post
    How do you figure that?
    DELUSIONAL:
    1. the state of being deluded.
    2. a false belief or opinion: delusions of grandeur.
    3. Psychiatry: A fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact: a paranoid delusion.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "The main difference between playing League and Union is that now I get my hangovers on Monday instead of Sunday - Tom David

  7. #7
    Veteran mudskipper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    4,952
    vCash
    5000000
    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    DELUSIONAL:
    1. the state of being deluded.
    2. a false belief or opinion: delusions of grandeur.
    3. Psychiatry: A fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact: a paranoid delusion.
    But Shastaman its working... try it....

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

Similar Threads

  1. Match Report - Qantas Wallabies vs Italy in Canberra
    By travelling_gerry in forum Wallabies
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 13-06-09, 21:47
  2. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 29-08-08, 16:44
  3. Wallabies break their South African drought
    By travelling_gerry in forum Wallabies
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 25-08-08, 08:29
  4. Replies: 32
    Last Post: 27-07-08, 12:42
  5. I'm sorry but FFS
    By The EnForcer in forum Wallabies
    Replies: 32
    Last Post: 13-08-07, 21:48

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •