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The Wallabies’ 29-25 defeat in Tokyo last night has broken hearts around Australia — as the second half come-from-behind didn’t pan out the way it might’ve if the kicking and penalties went our way.
Australia now looks set for a quarter-final meeting with England, which is our last chance to bring home bill for the next four years.
While it is not fair to say Australia lost due to poor decisions by match officials, many do argue that the turning point was after a dubious decision saw Wallaby centre Samu Kerevi penalised for being tackled by a moron who has since been identified as Welshman Rhys Patchell.
Referee Romain Poite, following a lengthy deliberation with TMO Ben Skeen, declared Kerevi had used an illegal fend when he led with his forearm and made contact with the Welsh tackler around the chest and throat area.
Wallabies captain Michael Hooper argued Patchell had used poor technique when trying to tackle Kerevi by standing upright and front-on, however the ref responded by saying sucked in.
Coach Michael Cheika has this week decided to combat these poor refereeing decisions by spending the next week running drills that focus on helping his players not hurt players that run into tackles upright like an absolute moron.
“Come on guys” shouted Cheika at training this morning
“Remember, lead with your heads not your forearms!”