Wallabies Hold Off Barbarians

After a fortnight from hell the Wallabies kicked off their spring tour with a much needed victory over the Barbarians.

 

Source: David Rogers/ Getty Images

Source: David Rogers/ Getty Images

Despite a late push from their opponents, the Australians clung on to a four point lead until the final whistle was blown giving Michael Cheika his first win as Wallabies coach.

 

In a possible sign of things to come under their new coach, the Wallabies played an attacking style of rugby that saw them score six tries for the match.

 

But on the flip side, Cheika will have his work cut out for him fixing a very fragile defence that gave up five tries to the Barbarians.

 

One of these tries was scored by a former Wallaby Nick Cummins who reminded everyone in Australian rugby that he has plenty left to give in terms of talent.

 

While Bernard Foley has been great for the Wallabies at fly-half, the return Quade Cooper against he Barbarians will add some serious depth to the attacking stocks that Cheika will have at his disposal.

 

In another positive for Cheika, young Melbourne Rebels star Sean McMahon shone on debut scoring a memorable try.

 

With some much needed momentum now behind them, the Wallabies head to Cardiff to take on Wales this weekend.

 

Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget

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