The Wallabies brought the curtain down on the career of legendary Springbok Victor Matfield by walloping his Barbarians team 60-11 at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Wallabies outscored a very poor Barbarians team by eight tries to one, with one of the few highlights for the BaaBaas the never-say-die attitude of their 110-Test capped captain, Matfield.
He even attempted a touchline conversion in the dying seconds, but he had very little support from his teammates against a quality Wallabies outfit.
It meant he retired from all forms of the game on a losing note.
Matfield, as he has done throughout his careen, put his body on the line and played with pride - one of the few BaaBaas who emerged from the game with his reputation intact.
The BaaBaas looked to play an expansive game from the outset, but their hands let them down badly - especially at flyhalf - where Danny Cipriani again looked a very ordinary player in terms if execution and his option taking.
The Wallabies also showed some sublime passing and running skills, but the BaaBaas did themselves no favours with a lack of desire - especially by their New Zealand contingent, who did not look interested after their World Cup exploits.
And with their high-tempo game the Australians ran the BaaBaas ragged in the second half.
Inside the first minute the Wallabies received a penalty, after Kevin Mealamu went offside on defence, and James O'Connor - from just over 40 metres out - gave the visitors a 3-0 lead.
In the 14th minute Adam Ashley-Cooper was yellow carded for a deliberate slap down, and Danny Cipriani levelled matters.
O'Connor put the Wallabies back in the lead just as the match reached the end of the first quarter, a wobbly old drop-goal.
That lead stretched even further when Digby Ioane shrugged off a very poor attempts at a tackles from Stirling Mortlock and Danny Cipriani and strolled over for the opening try. O'Connor's conversion made it 13-3
Just before the half-hour mark the Wallabies were again reduced to 14 men, prop James Slipper yellow carded for a cynical late shoulder charge on Cipriani.
Right on half-time Lachie Turner scored the second try for the Wallabies, after Kevin Mealamu kicked a very poor clearance that allowed the Aussies the perfect counter opportunity. O'Connor, who has a very strange routine when he lines up a conversion, saw Peter Stringer pick up to ball from the team before the Wallaby had even kicked it.
That left the Aussies with a 18-3 lead at the break.
Early in the second half, after another high tackle by Salesi Ma'afu, Cipriani slotted a second penalty for the BaaBaas.
However, James Horwill strolled over for the Wallabies' third try right on the 50-minute mark, after some more shoddy tackling by the BaaBaas from a line-out close in. The O'Connor conversion made it 25-6.
And almost straight afterwards the BaaBaas were reduced to 14 men - Salvatore Perugini was yellow carded for a professional foul, playing the ball on the ground, and then Cipriani gave the ball away close to his own line - allowing Rob Horne to score the Wallabies' fourth try.
Horwill strolled over for another try with just over a quarter of the game remaining, as the BaaBaas lost all shape and desire. O'Connor made it 39-6 with the conversion.
And Turner scored next as the BaaBaas continued to fall off tackles, with the pace of the Wallabies' game simply too much for them. O'Connor made it 46-6.
Ioane took the Wallabies past the half-century mark, as a number of Barbarians continued to embarrass themselves with their poor performances. O'Connor made it 53-6.
Radike Samo continued the rout as the BaaBaas' defence again disintegrated from a scrum close by. O'Connor made it 60-6.
The BaaBaas did eventually broke their try-scoring duck - ironically by Rugby League recruit Sam Tomkins, after the full-time hooter ... scant consolation for a poor day at the office.
And to put the seal on a wonderful career, Victor Matfield attempted the touchline conversion - but it hardly got off the ground.
For the Barbarians:
Pens: Cipriani 2
Tries: Ioane 2, Turner 2, Horwill 2, Horne, Samo
Cons: O'Connor 7
Yellow cards: Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia, 14 - professional foul, deliberate slap down), James Slipper (Australia, 29 - foul play, late shoulder charge), Salvatore Perugini (BaaBaas, 52 - professional foul, playing the ball on the ground)
Barbarians: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Sam Tomkins, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Stirling Mortlock, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Simon Shaw, 3 Sylvain Marconnet, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Eusebio Guinazu.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Salvatore Perugini, 18 Jason White, 19 Marco Bortolami, 20 Nemia Kenatale, 21 Richard Kahui, 22 Seru Rabeni.
Australia: 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Will Genia, 8 Dave Dennis, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 James Horwill, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Matt Hodgson, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Ben Tapuai.
Referee: Romain Poite
Assistant referees: Andrew Small, Stuart Terheege
TMO: Graham Hughes
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