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‘A work in progress’, Rennie ponders almost the season in Australia | Instant News

SYDNEY (Reuters) – But for Reece Hodge’s three wrong kicks, coach Dave Rennie will be contemplating a very different first season while in charge in Australia on Saturday night.

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If Hodge converts late penalties against New Zealand and twice against Argentina, the Wallabies will enter the off season with a Tri-Nations title and a record of four wins and two defeats.

Rennie wouldn’t blame Hodge, usually just a long-range kicker for club and country, and said that all three games should have been postponed long before the versatile back nears the tee.

“We have put ourselves in a position to win everything,” said the New Zealander after the 16-16 draw with Pumas at Western Sydney Stadium.

“All those games shouldn’t end in a penalty attempt at the last minute. We had a chance tonight to change and put some pressure on the scoreboard.

“We have to turn the pressure into points.”

The result was one win in six tests, albeit against the All Blacks, and a wooden spoon in the three-team tournament that Australia hosted after South Africa withdrew from the Rugby Championship.

“We won one in six, if you look at it from that perspective it is disappointing,” he added. “But I think we understand where we are now, the changes we need to make and I look forward to seeing how this boy develops.”

Rennie has brought lots of promising young talent to his squad and there is certainly more variety in the way Australia approaches the game.

A tired Australian fan might have had more sympathy for Rennie had Michael Cheika not spent the years between the last two World Cups talking about how his team has slowly come together, only to be eliminated in the last eight in Japan.

“We’re in the process,” said Rennie. “We are good people who have worked hard and united well, but we need to see that reflected in the performance.

“There’s no lack of heart and no less effort, but we have to be more clinical. Discipline was disappointing tonight and we made some stupid mistakes. “

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Ed Osmond


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Rugby: ‘Long road’, Australian coach Rennie frustrated by another draw | Instant News

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia coach Dave Rennie has once again become a frustrated man after his youth team pointed to a known flaw and recorded their third draw in six tests this season.

Two weeks ago against Argentina, Australia’s failure to turn the pressure into points and snuffed out a game that allowed Pumas to save a 15-15 draw.

On Saturday against the same opposition, the Wallabies again dominated possession and field position but were seven points behind entering the final quarter before bouncing back to 16-16.

The other flop was in discipline and after captain Michael Hooper was shown a yellow card, key Lukhan Salakaia-Loto was shown a red card for taking a hard hit to give his team-mates some trouble as they caught up to the game in the final 20 minutes.

“Conditions were challenging tonight, they defended very well and discipline let us down at important moments,” said Rennie.

“We showed a lot of character tonight, seven points dropped and reduced to 14 guys and I think we controlled it pretty well, played in the right places and got our prize.

“(But) we have to turn the pressure into points. We have a chance, right? And they can grab theirs. “

Reece Hodge will be in the spotlight after missing a late, potentially match-winning conversion, a penalty in a draw against New Zealand and twice against Argentina this year.

“I feel a little sorry for him,” said Rennie. “He kicked well… and there wasn’t much in line for that shot. It would be better if he kicked it, but that’s how it was. “

Rennie took charge at the start of the season and will be looking to build the team for the 2023 World Cup after being knocked out in a disappointing quarter-final in Japan last year.

“We have a long way to go, we will get much better,” he added.

“There’s no lack of heart, there’s no lack of effort, but we have to be much more clinical. It’s frustrating, but I’m certainly proud of the efforts in the last 20 games with 14 players. “

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Ken Ferris


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Students sing the Australian national anthem in the native language before a rugby match | Instant News

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Australian national anthem is sung in the native language for the first time at an international sporting event ahead of Australia’s Tri-Nations test against Argentina at the Western Sydney Stadium on Saturday.

Student Olivia Fox sang Advance Australia Fair first in the Eora Nation – a native coastal tribe from the area around the city of Sydney – before the first, more common version of English.

The Wallabies players, wearing “First Nation” jerseys featuring the original design for the second time this season, have studied the original and sang along with Fox.

“We trained for a week and we are very proud to have the opportunity to do it, and I think that sounds pretty good too,” said Australia captain Michael Hooper.

“Wearing the original uniform and singing really good to be a part of.”

The Australian players decided not to kneel to support the “Black Lives Matter” racial justice campaign before their trial matches this year, instead focusing on respecting the country’s indigenous people.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Edited by Clarence Fernandez and Ken Ferris


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Rugby: Hodge was off the mark again when Australia drew with Argentina | Instant News

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia and Argentina drew on Saturday for the second time in two Tri-Nations tests, ending in a deadlock at 16-16 after Wallabies defender Reece Hodge missed a penalty in a potentially game-winning third this season.

As he did in the 15-15 draw between the two teams at the start of the competition, Hodge sent his shot wide to knock Australia out of a superb win after losing substitute Lukhan Salakaia-Loto to a red card at the hour mark.

A fierce battle played out on a rain-soaked court saw three yellow and red cards as Australia’s attempts to turn territorial dominance into points ran aground in the steel curtain of the Puma defense.

With neither side able to secure a bonus point win, let alone the huge winning margin they need, New Zealand won the tournament, which replaced the Rugby Championship following the withdrawal of world champion South Africa.

“It’s a tough cake to crack, Argies,” said Australia captain Michael Hooper.

“We will build from there, we are not happy with the performance. We couldn’t win in our last game. “

Argentina’s rollercoaster ride from the tournament hit rock bottom this week when historic racist social media posts were unearthed, costing Puma their inspirational captain Pablo Matera and two other players for the match.

However, they appear to have ruled out the tumultuous events of the week, and look set to complete their campaign with a win when 34th minute Bautista Delguy tries to help them lead 13-6 at half-time.

Puma rolled for 40 meters before scrumhalf Felipe Ezcurra broke into the open field and brought the ball to Delguy for the winger to make it to the line.


Hodge kept Australia in touch from a kicking tee but locking up Salakaia-Loto appeared to have stopped Australia’s return on track when he hit Santiago Grondona’s jaw and was red-carded.

Dominic Miotti extended Argentina’s lead to seven points by 16-9 soon after, but parity was restored when Lucas Paulos was shown a yellow card for failing to make a maul.

Australia immediately threw another shot across the line with captain Hooper awarded an attempt to level the score in the 67th minute.

Twelve more minutes of rugby friction had passed before the penalty was awarded to the home side and all eyes were on Hodge.

The versatile defender watched the potential match winner return from the post from 50 meters in Australia’s first test of the season, drawing 16-16 with the All Blacks in Wellington.

He had no luck against Pumas at Newcastle two weeks ago from 40 meters and the shorter shot from a worse angle proved it again on Saturday.

Australia ended with three draws, one win and two defeats in six tests this season, while Puma finished their remarkable tournament with their first win over the All Blacks, a defeat to New Zealand last week and two draws.

“It’s really beautiful, we’ve had a really tough year with a very long quarantine so playing this game this year is a really, really good thing for us,” Ezcurra said.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Ken Ferris


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Rugby-New Zealand closed Argentina 38-0 in the Tri-Nations test | Instant News

SYDNEY, 28 Nov (Reuters) – New Zealand beat Argentina 38-0 in the Tri-Nations test at Newcastle on Saturday to seek revenge for their shock defeat to Puma two weeks ago and halt a two-game losing streak.

The All Blacks earn bonus points for going five points clear at the top of the table and will secure the title if Argentina or Australia do not win the tournament final in Sydney next weekend by a sizeable margin.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Hugh Lawson


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