Wednesday 23 May 2007

Australia vs Wales

1. Matt Dunning
2. Stephen Moore
3. Guy Sheperdson
4. Nathan Sharpe
5. Mark Chisholm
6. Rocky Elsom
7. Phil Waugh (Captain)
8. Wycliff Palu
9. Matt Giteau
10.Sam Norton-Knight
11.Drew Mitchell
12.Adam Ashley-Cooper
13.Stirling Mortlock
14.Mark Gerrard
15.Julian Huxley

Subs: Adam Freier, Ben Robinson, Dan Vickerman, Stephen Hoiles, George Smith (vc), George Gregan, Scott Staniforth

1. Iestyn Thomas
2. Matthew Rees
3. Adam Jones
4. Brent Cockbain
5. Rob Sidoli
6. Colin Charvis
7. Gavin Thomas
8. Jonathan Thomas
9. Mike Phillips
10.James Hook
11.Chris Czekaj
12.Sonny Parker
13.Jamie Robinson
14.Gareth Thomas (Captain)
15.Lee Byrne

Subs: Richard Hibbard, Ceri Jones, Michael Owen, Scott Morgan, Gareth Cooper, Ceri Sweeney, Gavin Henson

Both of these teams desperately need a win here to get their world cup campaigns back on track. Wales underperformed spectacularly in the Six Nations but enjoyed some degree of domestic success through Llanelli and the Ospreys in the Heineken Cup and the Magners League respectively. In near complete contrast to the Welsh the Aussies have had an abysmal club season with all of their Super 14 teams crashing and burning in spectacular style. The Wallabies want a win against this weakened Welsh side to restore a degree of confidence in their players and begin to build positively for the world cup.

They probably should beat this Welsh outfit quite comfortably. Wales have left the majority of their quality players back in the valleys to attend various fitness and conditioning camps. That has left them dangerously undermanned against an essentially full strength Oz team bar the notable loss of Chris Latham at full-back. The only real 'weakness' per se in the Wallabies team can be found at 15 where newcomer Huxley steps in to replace Latham and at inside centre as the inexperienced Ashley-Cooper fills in to the Aussie backline between late replacement for Larkham Norton-Knight and Mortlock.

The Welsh are gonna have to rely on typically chaos theory tactics to overcome this Australian team. With a weakened pack they will be looking to break the game up for their backs to exploit. Aussies should handle the Welsh comfortably though, should be an easy win for the Wallabies


Hugo said...

I love the way you keep giving previews of matches on your page, but no reviews at all - you kept pretty quiet after the wasps and leicester match anyway!

Macka said...

ye well thats mainly cos there are SO many matches on at the mo its kinda hard to keep track of em all. And yes i know i was hilariously wrong on the leicester wasps game