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The Walias cannot say they were not warned about the sneak attack. Coach Dave Rennie said on Thursday they needed to be better against the Springboks to ensure back-to-back wins.

Unfortunately, the injury-hit side did not heed the warning as the Springboks ended their nine-year drought against the Australian Wallabies with a 24-8 win.

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The Colts left much to be desired in all aspects of the game: ball security, breakdown work, tackle work, discipline and ball handling.

It was a whooping night from going to a frenzied Allianz Stadium all night.

“The big thing was we needed to play with a little more optimism tonight,” Rennie said in his post-match press conference.

“We were struggling to get our game going. We had to play with less tempo and hit smarter. Instead of hitting the long ball or finding grass where there was a fair bit behind them, we put a lot of balls out.

“Even at 17-3, with 10 minutes to go, if we come down the other end of the field and get some continuity, maybe we can pull this one back.

It was good defense that we played tonight. But we felt they were not firing and they were good at choking us.”

Damian de Allende celebrates scoring a try against the Wallabies at Allianz Stadium on September 03, 2022 in Sydney.  Photo: Getty Images
Damian de Allende celebrates scoring a try against the Wallabies at Allianz Stadium on September 03, 2022 in Sydney. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Especially in the last 10 minutes, Makazol Mapimpi broke down the left side and scored a goal.

Mapimpi scored but his decision to shoot Marika Koroibete was classless. Maybe because he had a point to settle after the Walls’ winger’s try in Adelaide a week ago.

Pete Samu scored to ease some of the pain and the Colts had the last laugh.

But make no mistake, this was a miserable and offensive performance from the Wallabies side back at the Sydney Football Stadium. This was the Wallabies’ worst performance under Rennie since New Zealand took over in 2020.

Unlike the All Blacks’ defeat at the Olympic Stadium and last month’s defeat to Argentina, Saturday’s performance takes the cake because there were few excuses. Yes, both sides of Hunter Paisami and Noah Lolesio lost time at halftime, as well as Tanila Tuppu, but the mistakes came from the beginning.

Ibn Ezebet was involved in a conflict with Alan Alaalatoa. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

The 16-point defeat continued the Wallabies’ horror run in Sydney, where they have not beaten a team in the Harbor City since 2015.

“As you can imagine, I’m very sad,” says actor Captain James Slipper.

“It’s very quiet in there. I made a point after the game that this one should hurt a lot. I want the boys to hurt because yes, South Africa were good. I felt like we didn’t play a lot of rugby tonight.

“The fact that the conflict speech won (in South Africa) really hurt me.

Wallis coach Dave Rennie said his side “didn’t have a shot” against the Springboks in Sydney. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Damian De Allende in the center gave them the best start after seeing off a poetic wave and some solid forward football.

To make matters worse, Wallabies lock Matt Phillips was sent to the sin bin following an opening try in the ninth minute.

The Colts did well to stay in the fight, but it took until the 32nd minute for Noah Lolesio to take a free kick.

But Canaan Moody’s half-time try was a devastating blow for Rennie’s men, the 19-year-old Bulls product pouncing on Coroibete and running 40 meters to score in front of the Springbok faithful at the southern end.

Canan Moodie dives over on his debut to score a stunning try at Allianz Stadium on September 03, 2022 in Sydney. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

The second half was mostly one-way traffic as the Colts couldn’t get their shots off.

Franco Mostert scored a fine and well-worked try for the Springboks before Mapimpi scored the nation’s fourth try.

Samu’s try put some respect on the scoreboard but they go home thinking of another false dawn for the packed crowd.

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