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    Wallabies win 31-3 against Cardiff Blues

    Wallabies win 31-3 against Cardiff Blues

    THE Wallabies broke a 101-year hoodoo with a morale-boosting 31-3 victory over the Cardiff Blues in their tour match in the Welsh capital today.

    In one of the more bizarre records in sport, the Wallabies had lost all six previous encounters with Cardiff, dating back to their first meeting in 1908.

    But the Wallabies ended the century-long drought,with a spirited victory in the non-capped match, with the win restoring some credibility to the gold jumper following Saturday's disastrous 9-8 loss to Scotland.

    Fullback James O'Connor, dual try-scorer Kurtley Beale, who was playing out of position on the left wing, flanker Matt Hodgson and crash-tackling hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau were the standouts for the tourists.

    It was a particularly memorable night for teenage sevens star Luke Morahan, who celebrated his Wallabies debut off the bench with a late 25m try.

    Morahan was drafted into the squad only last week after a series of backline injuries hit the tourists.

    The Wallabies played half of the second stanza with only 14 men after Hodgson and fellow front-rower Richard Brown each spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin.

    Cardiff Blues 3 (Blair penalty)
    Australia 31 (Beale 2, Cross, Morahan tries, O'Connor 1 pen, 4 conversions)

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    So did O'Connor get 100% on the night ?

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    If that doesn't wake up the seniors...

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    Match Highlights




    2 minutes: Matt Toomua goes off injured. Replaced by Quade Cooper. His Wallabies debut lasted all of two minutes!



    3 minutes: PENALTY GOAL CARDIFF to Ben Blair. WALLABIES 0 - CARDIFF BLUES 3




    5 minutes:TRY WALLABIES. James O'Connor splits the Cardiff defence and passes to Ryan Cross who scores. O'Connor converts his own try. WALLABIES 7 - CARDIFF BLUES 3.



    20 minutes: PENALTY GOAL WALLABIES to James O'Connor. WALLABIES 10 - CARDIFF BLUES 3.



    39 minutes: TRY WALLABIES. A mistake by Cardiff, the Wallabies sprint away and Kurtley Beale scores. James O'Connor converts from wide-out. WALLABIES 17 - CARDIFF BLUES 3.



    HALFTIME: QANTAS WALLABIES 17 - CARDIFF BLUES 3.



    50 minutes: YELLOW CARD WALLABIES. Richard Brown is shown the yellow card for repeated infringements.



    67 minutes: YELLOW CARD WALLABIES. Matt Hodgson is the second Men of Gold to be sent to the bin.



    77 minutes: TRY WALLABIES: A break from debutant Richard Kingi who then slips a ball to another debutant Luke Morahan who sprints away to score. O'Connor converts. WALLABIES 24 - CARDIFF BLUES 3.



    80 minutes: TRY WALLABIES: A miscued kick from former Wallaby Sam Norton-Knight sees the Wallabies race away and Kurtley Beale scores his second try. O'Connor converts. WALLABIES 31-3.




    FULL TIME: Wallabies win 31-3.

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    it is good to see that the first half and second half produced the same amount of points even with the 2 yellows in the second half

    I would love to see how Cooper handled it all and great kicking JOC

    and Crossie scores again

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    "James O'Connor splits the Cardiff defence and passes to Ryan Cross who scores. O'Connor converts his own try."

    Umm...Sir! logic fault! How can O'Connor convert "his own try" when someone else scored it?

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    Beat me to it B&B

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    Well there's one dislodged spider monkey anyway I guess...
    If JO'C can do that from Fullback imagine what he could do if he was playing in position.

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    Yeah, I'm beginning to think he might be a good option for 12 straight up as well. He seems to be a little uncomfortable in fullback, but you'd have to say he's a willing tackler and will get himself involved at every opportunity. Probably better to have that sort of guy at 12 where there's a bit of cover defence to help out if he misses a couple.

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    Wot is with Brownie and these cards - poor lad should be getting paranoid about now

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    O'Connor has great technique


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    He looks like the aformentioned spider monkey

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    Hurray! Two long standing records broken within a week...

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    Anyone know if there are any video highlights of the game?

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