Many baseballers use bats lightened with cork to give them a quicker swing, improve their timing and build confidence.
With the starting team Robbie Deans selected, I had a feeling the Wallabies would be ready to let rip against Russia, like Sammy Sosa with his modified piece of pine. There were flashes of brilliance from Radike Samo, Quade Cooper and Luke Burgess, while Berrick Barnes made a massive difference, not only in directing the team, but also with some great darts, one of which led to a try.
Like everyone else, in the first half I was thinking: ”This score line could be anything.” Then half-time came and the Wallabies seemed to put their bats away and had to make changes. Some forced, others rested. Any time there are household substitutions a team’s momentum is sure to change.