Wallabies tour – week six

This is my sixth weekly image post as official photographer for the Wallabies during the 2015 World Cup. Click the links to view visuals from;
Week one
Week two
Week three
Week four
Week five

On paper Australia’s defeat of Wales on Saturday reads exactly the same as the triumph over England, but the matches couldn’t have been more different.

A gutsy 15-6 win ensured the Wallabies finished atop the toughest pool in the tournament but the nature in which victory was achieved made dumping the joint host out of their own World Cup a week prior look like a walk in Richmond Park.

With Dean Mumm and Will Genia in the sin bin, the Wallabies held their line with only 13 players for the defining period of the match in the second half. The team effort was immense, and it’s almost unfair to highlight outstanding individual plays from Ben McCalman and Adam Ashley-Cooper which prevented Welsh tries.

It was a brutal encounter and recovery on Sunday was a very slow-paced affair. The squad’s move from central London to Teddington (only 20 minutes drive from Twickenham) meant the players didn’t take to the training paddock until Tuesday.

Australia’s quarter final against Scotland is the last of the four fixtures and doesn’t kick off until 4pm on Sunday (2am, Monday AEST).

It’s also the 100th Test for two great servants of Australian rugby, Stephen Moore and Matt Giteau, and Gits especially has appreciated the eight-day turnaround as he steels himself for a final tilt at a World Cup.

Scotland have beaten the Wallabies in two of their last three encounters so this is no free ride to the semis. Enjoy this week’s visuals and set your alarms back home – this is sudden-death rugby – we’re getting to the pointy end people.

Car’n the Wallabies!

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