Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Classic Encounters - Wallabies vs Barbarians 1984

Classic Encounters - Wallabies vs Barbarians 1984

Last weekend we watched as the Wallabies trounced the Barbarians in a one sided match at the Sydney Football Stadium. Today we look back at a classic meeting between the two sides from December 1984, at Cardiff Arms Park.

The 1984 Wallabies did something that no other Australian side had achieved before on a tour of the UK & Ireland, and that was to win the Grand Slam.

They convincingly beat England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. They then rounded off their successful campaign with a win over the Barbarians.

After losing to the All Blacks in the last match of the Bledisloe Cup earlier that year, the Wallabies were written off by the British media. They proved them wrong though as they started the tour with a strong 19-3 win over England at Twickenham.

Victories over Ireland, Wales, and Scotland followed, as the Wallabies established themselves as a serious force on the world stage. Their match against a strong Barbarians side cemented that standing, as they ended the all conquering tour on a high.

Mark Ella scored a try in each of the four Tests, while Michael Lynagh scored 42 points, which was the most by an Australian in a Test series.

The magician David Campese provided one of the moments of the tour, and of this match, as he darted down field with a weaving run before linking up with the flying Michael Hocker to score a classic try.

The Wallabies won the match 37-30, went home as heroes with reputations enhanced, and in 2002, were recognised by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame as one of their greatest sports teams ever.

Time: 02:23
Note: The clip incorrectly states that it was at Twickenham. It was in fact at Cardiff Arms Park.

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:44 am | View Comments (14)

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D. Thomas Knapp June 16, 2009 10:36 am

Great clip!

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Anonymous June 16, 2009 10:54 am

god campese was some full back! always counter attacking hardly ever kicking the ball...

thay dont make them like the use to

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Anonymous June 16, 2009 12:59 pm

aussies always in control - 37-30 not really

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Anonymous June 16, 2009 1:08 pm

The 1988 Aussie v. Barbarians games was actually a better game and had another sidestepping moment of genius.

The Barbarians side had a good back line as well in 88....Gavin Hastings, Jonathan Davies, Robert Jones, Rory Underwood.


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Anonymous June 16, 2009 1:43 pm

Is anyone else sick of hearing about Spies?

"He's superman!"
"He can leap over skyscrapers."

Spies is obvioulsy a rare athlete.

However, he is not a proven consistent player at test level (like Burger, matfield, or Botha for example). He hasn't done a thing at test level.

Let's see hwo he does in a tight, physical test against the Lions. As the All Blacks found out v. France ....old style tests are a far cry from 67-36 super 14 matches. I very much doubt he is going to be sprinting 70 metres for tries v. the Lions.

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You Are Dumb, Anonym June 16, 2009 3:21 pm

^ What the shit has that got to do with this Wallabies v Barbarians game?

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Anonymous June 16, 2009 4:15 pm

i agree.

but yes, great clip. good running rugby

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Anonymous June 16, 2009 8:07 pm

hahahaha the football play was hilarious.

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Anonymous June 16, 2009 8:10 pm

lol at the cavalry run thing, what happened to all these clever moves then ?

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Anonymous June 16, 2009 8:45 pm

Can Aussie sports presenters/narrators/commentators not tell the diff between the old Arms Park and the old Twickenham or something?


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Anonymous June 16, 2009 10:39 pm

Dune, if you think the commentator with the voice like melting butter is aussie - you obviously don't know much about rugby.

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robert June 17, 2009 3:48 am

Campese's run is memorable but I think the Poidevin try is a better piece of rugby.
There are still plenty of clever plays being tried in top rugby and remember these highlights only show the one's that worked. But I think it's fair to say that defences are much better organised now. In a recent interview an Aust player from their 91 WC team said that defences now would hammer the simple wrap-arounds that worked well for them back then.
But it's great to see an all-time great like Ella execute so sweetly and what a loss to the game his early retirement was.

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Anonymous June 17, 2009 10:32 pm

'Anonymous', I think you need to explain why mistaking an accent says anything about my rugby knowledge.


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Anonymous June 09, 2010 1:20 am

Sorry Dune, but on every blog there is always someone who believes that they are the world authority on all things Rugby, and holds the judgment on other people's knowledge and comments too.


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