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By Ron Wood
Well the Wallabies started their three Test Series against
France with a 23 - 21 win in Brisbane but it was more a case of the French
letting the match slip. The Wallabies once again fumbled their way through the
early stages of the match as the French went out to a fifteen point lead
scoring two tries along the way. It wasn’t until Coach Dave Rennie injected his
bench players that the Wallabies started to look like they could turn the tide
in their favor. The bench players led by livewire Halfback Tate McDermott
lifted the tempo of the match as the Wallabies clawed their way into a winning
position. The most pleasing aspect of the second half in contrast to the first
half effort was the attitude of the players as they took the match right up to
the visitors with outstanding performances coming from Skipper Michael Hooper
and No. 8 Harry Wilson. I’m a firm believer that you make your own luck in
football, and the Wallabies played with plenty of positivity in the later
stages of the match which saw things fall their way for the win. Now it’s off
to Melbourne for the second Test next Tuesday night.
The Covid Pandemic continues to wreak havoc to Rugby at all
levels. With the latest decision to extend the Lockdown in NSW the IDRU Board
will again have to consider the future of the IDRU competition. Hopefully the
extension will only last one week which will mean there won’t be any games on
the weekend of the 17th July. Spare a thought for South African Rugby. They are
currently hosting Georgia and the British and Irish Lions in the Republic. The
Springboks won the first Test of the series against Georgia last week by 40 - 9
in what was their first match since the World Cup Final in Japan in 2019. Their
whole thirteen match program in 2020 was cancelled due to the virus and now the
Virus is at it again. Five South African and 4 Georgian players have now tested
positive along with South African Coach Jacques Nienaber and five members of
his support staff. The second Test between the two nations has now been
cancelled. The British and Irish Lions have also seen Covid impact their squad
as well. One player and a member of their Management group have tested positive
with eight players forced into quarantine. The Lions beat the Sharks 54 – 7 in
Jo’burg but their next match against the Bulls on Saturday has now been
postponed due to some positive tests in the Bulls camp. The Test series between
the Lions and the Springboks must now be very much in doubt. The first Test is
set for 25th July in Capetown.
Womens Seven star Emma Tonegato has completed her comeback from
three Shoulder surgeries to win selection in the Tokyo Olympic Squad.
Recovering from her latest shoulder surgery in February since the Rio Olympics
it was touch and go for the Woonona product but after her performance at the
recent Oceania Sevens Tournament in Townsville Aussie Coach John Manenti
included her in his squad. The 26 year old is one of five girls backing up from
the Gold Medal winning team from Rio. There are plenty of people in the know
who felt Emma’s presence in the squad is vital for the team’s success in Tokyo.
Well done and good luck to Emma.
Keep an eye on the IDRU Website and Facebook page for the latest
on the impact of the Covid restrictions.
!7th July IDRU Catch Up Matches
Avondale V Campbelltown,
Gerry Cappetta Oval.
Tech Waratahs V Bowral,
Shoalhaven V Kiama, Shoalhaven Rugby
18th July IDRU Women’s Gala Day.
24th July Round 15
July Round 16
August Round 17
August Round 18
August Round 13
August Round 14
4th September Round 12
V Avondale, Camden Rugby Park
V Campbelltown, Kiama Showground
11th/12th Major & MInor Semi Finals.
18th September Preliminary
25th September Grand
Final, WIN Stadium
opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not
be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.