Wallabies run Baa Baas ragged

Australia ran in eight tries as they smashed the Barbarians 55-7 in Sydney.

Having seen off the challenge of England last week the Barbarians fancied their chances of getting one over the Wallabies, but the result was never in doubt as the hosts, led by flyhalf Matt Giteau, dominated from start to finish.

The Baa Baas started well and should have scored through Sonny Bill Williams, but a wonderful tackle from scrumhalf Luke Burgess stopped the former rugby league star in his tracks and the chance went begging.

From there onwards it was all Australia as they raced to a 13-0 lead with just 17 minutes gone, thanks to tries from James Horwill and winger Drew Mitchell.

The hosts extended their lead through a Giteau try, after arguably the world’s best pivot threw a brilliant double dummy, which completely bamboozled the Barbarian defenders.

The Barbarians slowly got themselves back into the match as the half rolled on and eventually put points on the board right on the stroke of half time through an Ian Balshaw try, which Luke McAlister converted to leave the Baa Baas trailing by 13 points at the break.

The second half was more of the same from the Wallabies as they ran in a further five tries to smash a hapless Barbarians side.

Giteau was the chief destroyer for the hosts as he dictated play with a wonderful display of tactical kicking, while also finding gaps in the Barbarians defence with some exquisite skills with ball in hand.

Robbie Deans’s troops showed some wonderful interplay through out the match, and signs look good for the Wallabies ahead of their first Test against Italy in Canberra in a week’s time.