Can Matt To’omua guide the young Wallabies to victory in Brisbane?


With younger Brumbies flyhalf Noah Lolesio taking the reins at quantity ten for the primary match in Brisbane in opposition to a youthful French outfit, expertise and composure can be essential for either side, seeking to stamp their authority on the three-match collection going down throughout Melbourne and Brisbane.

The Wallabies’ again line has been hit with accidents to skilled internationals Nic White and James O’Connor, who would have been the first-pick 9 and ten to guide the Wallabies.

The Aussie again line is now skinny on expertise, with a mean of simply 16 caps for a participant within the new-look again line. Solely three gamers within the again line have over ten caps, being Tom Banks with 11 caps, Marika Koroibete with 32 caps and the all-important Matt To’omua with 54 caps.

The inexperienced halves pairing of Jake Gordon (5 caps) and Noah Lolesio (two caps) is an thrilling but worrying pairing for an Australian staff determined to get again to successful methods in 2021. However how essential will seasoned veteran Matt To’omua be to this younger facet?

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The 31-year-old Matt To’omua will line up at inside centre, after beating the clock to get himself match to play, after battling with a neck damage because the finish of Tremendous Rugby Trans-Tasman the place he missed the Melbourne Rebels’ final recreation versus the Crusaders.

The Melbourne-born inside centre/flyhalf has struggled to seek out kind behind an underperforming Rebels outfit. The Rebels had three wins from eight video games in Tremendous Rugby AU and did not qualify for the finals.

In Tremendous Rugby Trans-Tasman, the Rebels misplaced all 5 video games, struggling to seek out their toes within the quick five-week event. Poor set items and a lacklustre assault had been the obtrusive points for the Melbourne staff, which had key gamers Dane Haylett-Petty and Reece Hodge out for almost all of the season.

Matt To’omua led the staff from quantity ten early within the season after which from quantity 12 later within the season with Carter Gordon sporting the ten jersey.

To’omua struggled all year long to seek out kind however we noticed glimpses of his greatest taking part in means when operating direct strains in assault, aim kicking and defending in tight off set-piece crash balls. His aim kicking was at a implausible customary early within the season, particularly in opposition to the Reds and Brumbies in Rounds 2 and three. However he missed the successful penalty kick versus Reds at Suncorp Stadium early within the season.

To’omua scored a strive in opposition to the Waratahs in Spherical 5 at AAMI Park in Melbourne, the place he made a break by a niche close to the breakdown then chip kicked the ball over James Ramm to attain within the nook. He had the power to establish the hole from the opposite facet of the ruck off a poor go from Joe Powell, then maintain the ball in two palms and eventually dummy whereas conserving his hips straight. That confirmed the attacking prowess that To’omua yields.

To’omua’s direct operating and skill to carry the ball with two palms to maintain his offload and kicking choices unpredictable brings one thing totally different to the new-look Wallabies outfit. Whereas in Spherical 8 versus the Western Pressure, To’omua’s supporting run behind Stacey Illi to obtain the pop go after which unlock Frank Lomani alongside the sting confirmed his means to run totally different attacking strikes between direct and evasive strains.

Then once more in Spherical 9 versus the Brumbies, To’omua had the power to run a supporting line behind Trevor Hosea to obtain a brief go after which entice the defender of Folau Fainga’a and eventually go to Campbell Magnay who made a 50-metre break up the sector after which handed to a supporting Joe Powell, who scored to the best of the posts.

Matt Toomua passes for the Rebels

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The skilled inside again has a singular means to run supporting strains, direct strains and likewise organise assault when different phases are occurring not involving him.

To’omua’s in-play assault kicking has improved up to now three years. In Spherical 10 versus the Waratahs, the opening strive of the sport was from a Rebels turnover on the Waratahs’ line. To’omua instantly rushed in from his defensive place downfield and slotted in behind the forwards to obtain a go from Joe Powell, then recognised the area on the wing because of the turnover, then booted a cross-field kick over to Stacey Illi, who scored a strive within the nook.

To’omua’s means to run direct strains in assault will present a stable platform for set performs and kicking choices, whereas his versatility in operating help and playmaker roles to unlock Hunter Paisami at exterior centre will convey aptitude to the Australian again line.

To’omua’s defence at inside centre was extraordinarily spectacular throughout the first two matches versus the All Blacks in 2020, earlier than his worldwide season was lower quick by a groin damage.

Matt To’omua’s expertise and skill in assault and defence may very well be very important to a Wallabies win come Wednesday night time.

With the younger Brumbies flyhalf Noah Lolesio inside him, the 54-Take a look at inside again may very well be very important in guiding the quantity ten, and within the larger image, the entire Australian staff, who can be determined to win the primary Take a look at of the collection.


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