Friday, May 22, 2015

Retro Friday: Juan Grobler scores for USA v Australia in 1999

Despite being stacked with attacking talent the Rugby World Cup 1999 winning Wallabies were famous not for playing with flair but for their near-flawless defense. So strong were the Australians in this area that the country conceded only one try in Rugby World Cup 1999. This was the case despite playing against all of Ireland, Wales, South Africa and France. The one that got through was from none of these nor was it from Romania but, rather from the USA. Eagles winger Juan Grobler dived over in the corner to score the only try against the Wallabies and did so not in the official host nation of Wales but in Ireland. The try came several phases after a set-piece move from a lineout with the great Dave Hodges giving his country good go-forward ball to draw in defenders which enabled Grobler to finish off the try outwide. All Pool E games were played in Ireland with Australia v USA taking place at Thomond Park in Limerick.

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