It wasn’t exactly a stellar performance by the Aussies but they ground out a scrappy 31-28 win in the end over the Barbarians in Sydney.
Many thought Michael Cheika’s side would coast to victory but the Baa-Baas went in at half-time 21-12 after touching down three times. Cheika then proceeded to give them a justified kick up the hole at half time and all of a sudden the Wallabies began clawing back the deficit.
However, a bit of Quade Cooper magic put the Barbarians back in front before he did what he does best and fu*ked it all up.
With 10 minutes to go the mercurial Coops was sent to the bin for a high tackle on Israel Folau, and three minutes later Stephen Moore scurried his way over the line off the back of a rolling maul to give Australia a narrow win.
Anyway, apart from all that, the most entertaining bit of the game was when Taniela Tupou was denied a try for hiding the ball under his jersey, while all of his teammates pretended they were hiding it too.
— RUGBYcomau (@rugbycomau) October 28, 2017
Sadly, the auld ‘up the jumper’ ruse is illegal and the ref spoiled everything by ruling it ‘unsportsmanlike behaviour’. Way to go ref.