Wallabies vs South Africa: Australian rider photo, the world is making jokes
An unfortunate oversight on the Wallabies rider overshadows their brutal test-match battle with South Africa.
The Wallabies left sports commentators cracking up on gags after running to Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night with jerseys that included an unfortunate oversight.
The unexplained appearance of Wallabies players wearing shirt numbers almost invisible to the human eye briefly overshadowed the epic 30-17 victory over South Africa.
The win saw the Wallabies become the No. 3 ranked team in the world after a double in the second half against Marika Koroibete which shut the door on the botched Springboks.
This is the Australians’ second victory over South Africa in seven days, knocking out their opponent from the top of the world rankings.
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The result was almost lost in the bizarre jersey failure.
Australia’s popular new permanent jersey design features First Nations artwork printed on the numbers players wear on the back of their sweaters.
The design has been a resounding success since it was announced earlier this month that the work of Indigenous artist Dennis Golding would be a permanent feature – but not if no one can actually see it.
Social media turned on at the start of the first half when the gold numbers with a light green border were nearly impossible for fans to see, blending in with the rest of the jersey.
This is what it looked like last week.
This is what it looked like on Saturday night.
While the Wallabies started the game hot with two tries against Len Ikitau in the opening 20 minutes, it was their jumpers who created the most chatter.
High-profile business mogul Scott Phillips wrote on Twitter: “Wallabies jersey number idea: 10/10. Execution: 1/10.
“Surely * someone should have verified that this could be seen on TV.”
Caden Helmers of the Canberra Times wrote: “The numbers on the Wallabies jerseys were good last week when they used a green base on the gold jersey.
“Wondering if these – with a yellow base – are meant to be the ones used on the native green jerseys?” “
The Wallabies First Nations special jersey will return for the test match against Argentina in Townsville on September 25.
The Wallabies led 15-12 going into the second half and outscored their opponents in the second half to secure back-to-back wins.
The home side’s biggest concern was an injury to rear Tom Banks. It was revealed at halftime that Banks had been rushed to hospital after suffering a suspected fractured right arm.
The match was Michael Hooper’s 60th record-breaking game as Australia captain.