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Thursday, October 14, 1999 Published at 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK

Wallabies made to fight

Joe Roff battles away in Limerick

Australia 55-19 USA

Australia made a slow start before knocking a plucky American side out of the World Cup.

The Wallabies left their run until the second half, running in five of their eight tries later in the match.

There were two from debutant winger Scott Staniforth and one apiece from Stephen Larkham, Michael Foley, Matt Burke, Tiaan Strauss, Chris Latham and Chris Whitaker.

But the US were good value for their 19 points which came through a try late in the first half from Juan Grobler, a David Niu drop goal and three penalties and a conversion from skipper Kevin Dalzell.

[ image: Matt Burke celebrates his try]
Matt Burke celebrates his try
Australia started with just three survivors from the victory over Ireland at Lansdowne Road.

But the new boys were nearly caught cold after turning over possession just 20 seconds into the match, as Dalzell missed a penalty.

The Wallabies quickly found their composure and the first try came inside four minutes thanks to a move begun and finished by Larkham.

He broke free in midfield and passed to Nathan Grey who fed Jim Williams, who managed to set up Larkham to score under the posts.

Burke added a simple coversion and then a penalty in the 12th minute before the US opened their account with a well-judged drop goal from fly-half Niu.

But the Aussies were still in control and the second try came immediately following the restart.

The Americans were in trouble from the kick, knocking on to concede a scrum from which the Wallabies launched their attack.

Williams broke off the back, fed scrum-half Whitaker and the ball reached Staniforth in the corner having gone through Burke and Latham's hands.

US allowed back

Burke's conversion took the score to 17-3 but then Australia allowed the Americans back into the game.

The Eagles spent the rest of the half camped in Australian territory and were rewarded in the 38th minute when Grobler dived in at the corner after receiving Niu's long pass.

That try and a magnificent conversion from out on the touch-line by Dalzell gave the US some hope.

But Aussie hooker Foley restored some breathing space with a try in the sixth minute of first-half injury-time.

Burke missed with his conversion attempt but Australia were 22-10 ahead at the interval.

Second half

The Wallabies moved up a gear at the start of the second half and Staniforth scored a second try early on by touching down in the corner.

Burke converted to open up a 19-point lead, and he added to his points tally by scoring a try on the left wing, only to miss the conversion chance.

From 34-10 three penalties for the US from Dalzell were already looking like consolation prizes.

And the Aussies cut loose with tries from Strauss, Latham, Burke and Whitaker.

The last one in stoppage time was converted by replacement Joe Roff.


Australia: Latham, Staniforth, Little, Grey, Burke, Larkham, Whitaker, Williams, Strauss, Finegan, Connors, Bowman, Moore, Foley, Crowley. Replacements: Roff, Kafer, Gregan, Cockbain, Giffin, Harry, Paul.

USA: Shuman, Anitoni, Grobler, Scharrenberg, Hightower, Niu, Dalzell, Lumkong, Mo'unga, Hodges, Parker, Gross, Sucher, Billups, Clayton. Replacements: Takau, Saulala, Coulson, Paga, Reed, L'Huillier, Khasigian.

Referee: Andre Watson (South Africa)

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