RWC 2011 year got off to a bad start for the Australians when they were beaten-up by a fired up Manu Samoa side. And in the first match of 2012, it's deja vu all over again.
Australia has been beaten 9-6 by Six Nations wooden-spooners Scotland in dreadful conditions at Newcastle. Unlike the Samoa game last season though where the Wallabies had an experimental look to them, this was a strong Australian side, with most of the first choice players available.
And the pressure is already going on Australian coach Robbie Deans; angry Ockers are venting on boards across the internet. Here are a few examples from the SMH's Rugby Heaven board:
God, what witless rugby. All that possession, and with the gale at their back, and they kept trying the one tactic that neutralised their strengths and put Scotland on an even footing.
Why did they wait 35 minutes to try a high ball? In that wind, it would have really hard to handle, and they didn't have to worry about getting back possession. And trying a 48 metre penalty goal in those conditions!
They deserved to lose for sheer stupidity.