Cardiff 3-31 Australia, Cardiff, November 24
Deans delighted with response
November 25, 2009
Australia's Matt Tooma is felled by the Blues' defence, Cardiff Blues v Australia, City of Cardiff Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, November 24, 2009
Matt Toomua: At least he's worn the shirt, says Deans © Getty Images

Australian coach Robbie Deans was a happy man after his second string's 31-3 victory over Cardiff Blues went some way to wiping out the memory of last weekend's disaster at Murrayfield.

The Wallabies were beaten 9-8 by Scotland on Saturday after Matt Giteau missed a stoppage-time conversion. But Kurtley Beale grabbed two tries and Ryan Cross and Luke Morahan also touched down as they responded in emphatic fashion at Cardiff City Stadium.

"The boys played with spirit and played as one, which was good to see," said Deans. "We certainly hope it will rub off on Saturday against Wales. We're lucky to have that opportunity, rather than having to go into the summer on the back of a loss to Scotland."

Deans was particularly pleased with the performance of his youngsters.

He said: "A few lads got their first chance to play for Australia. Matt Toomua was unlucky to break his jaw, but at least he's worn the shirt. We've lost him and Mitchell Chapman turned his ankle, but none of our other injured players have had any setbacks."

Skipper Dean Mumm admitted that most of his team had been unaware of the fact that the old Cardiff club side had won all six meetings with the Wallabies.

"We heard about the record when we arrived and naturally we wanted to change it," he said. "We did that and it feels good."

The Blues' Australian backs coach, Billy Millard, admitted the scoreline was disappointing.

"The Wallabies showed a lot of class in broken play, they kicked well and were very physical at the breakdown," he said. "Our boys never stopped trying to attack, but we were never able to generate quick ball in the right areas."


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