Welsh Rugby Team Described as Being from the Middle Ages by Brian Moore

Beaten by Australia 32-8, Robert Howley's side suffered major embarrassment after the game, which was only worsened by Ireland's success over the All Blacks for the first time in history. Ireland managed to defeat back-to-back champions New Zealand, creating rugby history as they secured their first victory in 111 years of matches between the two teams.

Two very different stories

In his newspaper column, Moore commented that the autumn international season's two opening games were very different. Ireland took a historic win over the world's number 1 All Blacks, whilst Wales lost embarrassingly to Australia.

He also went on to say that following a number of near-miss losses against Australia, Wales were feeling confident that they could reverse their bad luck against a side (Australia) that were "floundering" following a mediocre Rugby Championship.

Moore suggested that when the Welsh team walked to their dressing room disheartened at half-time, they had suffered a half of rugby that was one of the most one-sided games in modern test rugby.

The fact that the score was only 20-3 was perhaps quite surprising given Australia's dominance at almost all stages of the game.

Technical differences

Moore believed that 50-plus points could have been secured by Australia but that it was only the Welsh's scrambling defense and the inaccuracy from some of the finishers on the Australian team that kept the score down.

Analysing the technical differences, Moore suggested that there were a number of reasons that Wales suffered their embarrassing defeat at the hands of Australia. He felt that there was one part of the game where the two completely different mindsets were shown. In the second half, when they started to threaten a comeback, Wales had a scrum near the line of the Australian's, but they didn't need penalties - they needed tries.

Although they did manage to get a slow shove on their opposition, they went for a penalty try/pushover penalty when they had a three-man overlap on their right. It is this, suggests Moore, that shows thinking "from professional rugby's Middle Ages" and that the worrying thing for the Welsh wasn't the fact that they'd had a bad start to another series but that their tactical approach looked out-of-date.

Ireland did have a similar scenario in their game against the All Blacks, but because the ball was quickly hooked, it allowed them to assault the Kiwi line. This eventually led to them getting a try that helped them to clinch their win. This is perhaps why those looking to buy rugby shirts will be looking for Irish colours as opposed to Welsh ones.

Moore went on to say that Ireland could have forced a penalty here, running down the amount of time left on the clock with various scrums. This, he feels, would have been legitimate at this stage of the game. However, Ireland decided to go for a more positive approach, which reflected the fact that their tactical approach in its entirety was much more positive than that of Wales.

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