Kellaway’s lightning bolt out of nowhere highlights Wallabies sudden rebirth

He was quick to dismiss two of his three attempts against Argentina because he really just needed to fall above the try line, but Andrew Kellaway’s first attempt on Saturday night instantly became the poster child for so many great developments on the season. winner of the Wallabies at home.

You’ll walk a long, lonely road trying to find a rugby fan who doesn’t like a well-planned and well-executed set piece attempt, and that’s exactly what Kellaway’s first was.

The Wallabies made the same play at the lineout in the 26th minute, but the transition from Pete Samu at the top of the lineout to Michael Hooper as the ripper was not smooth: Folau Fainga’a nearly passed Hooper and Valetini was flat. standing up and facing two defenders when the pass came. Kellaway was in the frame, but his career was also ruled out by the delay in the lineout.

The next time, in the 34th minute, with Puma blocking Thomas Lavanini still in the mischievous chair and the lineout further away, the Wallabies were right in their moment.

Hooper received a clean ball from Darcy Swain in the back and had the ball ready for Fainga’a’s enveloping run. With more pace on the play, Fainga’a was able to draw a defender, which instantly put Valetini in more space with only one inside shoulder in front of him.

Kellaway took the inside lane again and actually had to navigate the back of the Argentine lineout to pass.

But he managed to pass and was in perfect position when Valetini burst into the front line. Both had barely passed 22 meters when Fainga’a began celebrating the inevitable try, which Kellaway finished off magnificently after Valetini likely passed to his left a bunt early.

Pumas winger Matías Moroni had time to turn Kellaway around, but the Wallaby’s speed and balance were too good, allowing him to cross the line without touching. Valetini ended his supporting career under the posts, the same place he would have scored the try if he were a more selfish player than him.

The front of the replay shows several Australian runners in the background throwing a triumphant arm into the air the moment Kellaway took the pass.

Andrew Kellaway. (Photo from Getty Images)

It was a set piece game of the most exciting kind.

Kellaway told Stan Sport after the game that he was gaining some perspective after leaving Australia to play overseas, again paying tribute to his time with the Northampton Premiership club, something he has done regularly since donning the England jersey. Wallabies for the first time, and he said simply, “I’m really happy right now and maybe it’s showing how I’m playing.”

There is a real humility to Kellaway now, something that wasn’t always the case when he first appeared as an under-20 star, and something that almost completely goes against his confidence on the field.

He downplayed his second and third attempts, but the second still required him to hit a man in front of him after receiving another pass from Valetini and taking the defender covering with him over the line. The third saw him cross intact after a tasty quick pass from Len Ikitau.

Kellaway might see his role as a minor part in a scoring play, but there are plenty of Aussie wingers right now who wouldn’t have finished those attempts as well as he did. More than some of his eight attempts in nine trials simply would not have scored at all; it’s that obvious.

And it’s also pretty clear that his was one of the last names that was scored when the Wallabies first team of the year was named before the France series in July.

“You have a nose for the line, don’t you?” Dave Rennie said after the game, always the master of understatement.

“Look, it was excellent and to be honest, it was not in our plans a month before we appointed the team.

“But he came back to the Rebels and he played really well, and we didn’t have an option that could be a 15, 14, 13, and once he gets his chance, he’s impressed and he’s a consistent part of the starting lineup. now.

“It’s a real credit to ‘Kells’, he’s been really impressive and keeps getting better.”

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Wallabies coach Dave Rennie. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock / Getty Images)

Kellaway’s return to the Melbourne Rebels for trans-Tasman Super Rugby after the Japanese season had concluded spoke to this same versatility that Rennie refers to. He missed the first game, but improved with each game as he filled in any gaps the Rebels had during the following month, wearing jerseys 14, 23, 22 and 13 in the respective games.

He only scored one try for the Rebels, but it was very similar to his second on Saturday night; He got a pass in traffic from the left edge, passed the Chiefs’ first defender and threw another as he dropped the ball.

But this shooting ability has long been a part of their game, giving the Wallabies a new angle of attack that defending teams need to watch out for. It’s not all the 10th and 12th in midfield now, and it’s not all geared towards where Marika Koroibete chooses to appear.

And even better, Kellaway has completed attempts throughout the field this year. 14 from behind, 11 from behind; Never mind. He finished the game as a fullback for the last half hour or so Saturday night, and he was running the same second-man lane down the line that fullbacks traditionally occupy for both their second and third down attempts, with Reece Hodge at its exterior having changed to the left wing.

I’d love to see him spend more time at fullback and Rennie thinks he could play off center too. Everything is alright.

And, of course, he’s not the only standout in what has been a really good year for the Wallabies.

Andrew Kellaway scores a try

(Photo by Chris Hyde / Getty Images)

Valetini didn’t perform as well at No. 8 for the Brumbies this year, but he’s been excellent since moving there during Bledisloe testing. Isack Rodda’s work rate is fantastic, and now he’s back to his usual and almost imperceptible best. Nic White took a few weeks, but he’s okay and truly confirmed he’s number nine in the country. Quade Cooper’s return to international rugby speaks for itself and continues to put superlative titles to the test.

And after pointing out the almost overwhelming effect the Wallabies midfield was having on possession a few weeks ago, it’s been great to see the Kerevi-Ikitau center pair take some significant steps in these latest victories. Ikitau has noticeably increased his confidence in offense in that time, and that has only further enhanced his defense.

I can’t think of when or even if the Wallabies last approached a Spring Tour with a record of six and four from Local Trials, and their current form line gives the team and fans good reason to be optimistic about a successful return from the north.

Yes, injuries will obviously play a role in the success of the tour, but the increasing depth is also such that it is still plausible to see alternative options that work similarly, if not exactly the same as the current first options.

There is a growing sense that the Wallabies are developing a solid platform, which anyone can access, and the team will continue to perform quite well.

And that’s a feeling that we haven’t had in these parts for some time as well.

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