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Tri Nations: Australia (22) v New Zealand (23) F/T


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Tri Nations, Wallabies on 11 Sep 2010 at 09:30
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New Zealand and Australia have both dismissed the notion that their final Tri-Nations match, in Sydney on Saturday, is a dead rubber.

In terms of competition the outcome of the match does not matter. The All Blacks have already won the Tri-Nations and retained the Bledisloe Cup.

Not that that will persuade the All Blacks to let up. It is not in their nature to let up. It is not in the script of the haka to so disrespect the enemy that they take it easy. They will be going flat out.

The Wallabies have one change from the team that won so dramatically in Bloemfontein and that was forced by injury. The All Blacks have five changes from the team that won so dramatically in Soweto, one of them forced by injury – a noteworthy won because a novice has replaced one of the top players in rugby history, Aaron Cruden for Dan Carter. The other four changes are a matter of choice – and the choice does not really matter.

The All Blacks travel to the Sydney in the confidence of rampant success in 2010 and ready to front up to the responsibility of the 2011 World Cup.

The Wallabies will not be without confidence – not with their exhilarating first-half displays against the Springboks and their 10 points in the last six minutes to secure a rare victory in Bloemfontein. Mind you the All Blacks went even better with 12 points in two minutes in Soweto.

The Wallabies will presumably continue with their blitz tactics. If the All Blacks seek to match them, as surely they will, the game could start with fireworks, more like the 10-try extravaganza in Melbourne than the niggardly three-try affair in Christchurch. Whether man is designed to keep that up for 80 minutes is unlikely but it will ensure another gripping match in a Tri-Nations that has been enthralling in all but the foregone conclusion of the final victor.

Teams like to be underdogs and preempt the need for excuses. The All Blacks are clearly favourites. If rest is an advantage, they have had two Saturday’s off while the Wallabies have been engaged in bruising battles. If travel is a disadvantage, then the Wallabies are disadvantaged, flying all the way from “Africa” to the far side of Australia while the All Blacks have a short hop across the Tasman.

One thing about the Wallabies is that they are resilient. But then young people usually are. Not that the All Blacks are an aged lot. This could just be a match to remember.

Set pieces will, inevitably, play a part. In the line-outs New Zealand lost three out of eight against South Africa in Soweto, Australia not a single one out of 16 in Bloemfontein. On the other hand New Zealand were better in the scrums against South Africa.

After that there is the fascinating battle for the tackle ball.

After that there is the creative running with the ball. And it is here that the All Blacks look sharper and, in a simple way, more creative and effective.

Goal-kicking will inevitably play apart and here, on their faultless, nerveless Bloemfontein showing the Wallabies certainly seem better off. They have four really good kickers to the two of the All Blacks – Matt Giteau, James O’Connor, Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper with Berrick Barnes spare for the Wallabies to Piri Weepu, Israel Dagg and Aaron Cruden of the All Blacks. In addition the All Blacks in this Tri-Nations have been more penalised than the Wallabies. Of course, the value of a penalty and the effectiveness of the kicker depend on where it happens on the field.

It will be interesting to see if surprise selection Colin Slade becomes a new All Black.

Players to Watch:

For Australia: You have at the back two players well worth watching , players with clever steps – Kurtley Beale and James O’Connor. And there is another – Rocky Elsom, who was immense in Bloemfontein.

For New Zealand: Here you have a back three worth watching, players with deceptive acceleration – Mils Muliaina who has been in top form again, Cory Jane and Israel Dagg. Then there is Tom Donnelly, who has had a wonderful Tri-Nations. But the truth is that 30 players will start this match, every one worth watching and much of the interest may well be in the individual battles. It has the makings of an interesting match.

Head to Head: Perhaps the most interesting contest and the one that could most effect the course of the match is between old bull Richie McCaw and young bull David Pocock as they battle at the tackle, both strong men, both fearless and committed. There is also an interesting contest at flyhalf between young Quade Cooper and even younger Aaron Cruden - both unpredictable, adventurous, fearless and skilled players. There are other battles – the force of Ma’a Nonu against the clever skill of Matt Giteau‘s who had a welcome return to form on Bloemfontein. But this match has many interesting head-to-heads – bustling, energetic, committed Adam Ashley-Cooper against elegant, skilled, committed Conrad Smith; unyielding lock Nathan Sharpe against unyielding lock Brad Thorn; strong Rocky Elsom against fast Victor Vito; young Kieran Read who is one of the outstanding finds of 2011 and even younger, newer, robust Ben McCalman; Stephen Moore against Keven Mealamu; Owen Franks against difficult Benn Robinson. It has the makings of a fascinating match.

Recent results:
2010: New Zealand won 20-10, Christchurch
2010: New Zealand won 49-28, Melbourne
2009:  New Zealand won 32-19, Tokyo
2009:  New Zealand won 33-6, Wellington
2009:  New Zealand won 19-18, Sydney
2009:  New Zealand won 22-16, Auckland
2008:  New Zealand won 19-14, Hong Kong
2008:  New Zealand won 28-24, Brisbane
2008:  New Zealand won 39-10, Auckland
2008:  Australia won 34-19 at Stadium Australia, Sydney

rugby365.com Prediction:  Look at the tide of history and it is flowing with New Zealand. This century they lead Australia 16-7. Recent history is even more one-sided – 9-0. This year the New Zealand have won both, scoring 69 points to 38, nine tries to four. It would be outrageous not to predict a New Zealand win, and it could be by more than 15 points.

Teams

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Lachie Turner, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom (captain), 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Mark Chisholm, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 James Slipper, 18 Dean Mumm, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Berrick Barnes, 21 Anthony Fainga’a.

New Zealand: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Israel Dagg, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Victor Vito, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 John Afoa, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Jerome Kaino, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Colin Slade, 22 Rene Ranger.

Date: Saturday, 11 September 2010
Kick-off: 20.00 (10.00 GMT)
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Expected weather conditions: Clear with a high of 21°C, dropping to 10°C and a westerly wind outside the stadium of  10 km/h, a spring perfect day for rugby
Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
TMO: Matt Goddard (Australia)

By Rugby 365′s  Paul Dobson



91 Comments

  • Im kinda looking forward to this match..

    I hope it lives up to the biling..

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.09.10 09:44:27 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Let’s hope NZ win, just to blow more smoke up their asses afore next year.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.09.10 10:26:24 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) :

    I would like to see a NZ win.. partly due to the fact that I chose them on SuperBru and also because I hate the Aussies so much!

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.09.10 11:45:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • McCaw becomes the most capped NZ captain, overtaking FitzPatrick..

    Congrats!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.09.10 11:59:14 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Thank goodness for Aussie commentators!

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.09.10 12:00:18 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • No NZ player has reached 100 caps ever?!

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.09.10 12:01:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Aus 0 – 3 NZ

    2 minutes

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.09.10 12:10:12 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Weepu on kicking duty..

    Aus penalised for not releasing the tackled player..

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.09.10 12:10:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Aussie try!!!

    Referred to the TMO..

    Turner in the corner..

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.09.10 12:13:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Looks like his foot was in touch.. good tackle by Jane..

    NZ conceded three penalty advantages in the run up..

    Aussies to go at goal..

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.09.10 12:14:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Giteau slotd from in front..

    Aus 3 – 3 NZ

    7 minutes

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.09.10 12:15:56 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Awesome defence by Aus as NZ get the turnover from the kick off..

    Nonu tackled out in the corner..

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.09.10 12:16:53 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • What amazing play by NZ!!!!

    Dagg running along the touchline, chips it somehow inside and Miliaina collects.. Amazing defence then and NZ end up with a penalty..

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.09.10 12:18:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Weepu gets it through from inside..

    Aus 3 – 6 NZ

    11 minutes

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.09.10 12:19:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Keven Mealamu has limped off the field..

    Injured his calf during the week and not able to continue..

    Flynn on the park for him

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.09.10 12:20:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Jeez these Aussies commentators can whinge!!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.09.10 12:22:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • O Conner try!!!!

    What a setup from the scrum 40m out..

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.09.10 12:24:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Macalman from the base, ran through three tackels and released O Conner outside him..

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.09.10 12:25:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Giteau from the sideline.. misses..

    Aus 8 – 6 NZ

    17 minutes

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.09.10 12:26:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Sloppy play from both sides now.

    Aussies keep turning over the NZ ball.. NZ not getting enough players to the ruck..

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.09.10 12:29:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) : They are still better than uuummmm Chester!

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.09.10 12:29:58 by lostfish Reply
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  • Aus Penalty.. Giteau misses again

    Aus 8 – 6 NZ

    24 minutes

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.09.10 12:32:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) : getting lonely there? :)

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.09.10 12:32:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 21) :

    At least they get the names of the players right!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.09.10 12:33:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    Its a bit empty hey.. Thought I’d get some practice in for the next games..

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.09.10 12:34:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Cruden not looking fantastic.. he is no Carter..

    But solid nonetheless..

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.09.10 12:35:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 25) : good, good :)

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.09.10 12:37:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Beale just shrugged off Conrad Smith beautifully.. What a hand off..

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.09.10 12:37:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) :

    Not minding the points either.. moving up that ladder..

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.09.10 12:38:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Aus 8 – 6 NZ

    30 minutes

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.09.10 12:39:21 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Aus penalty for McCaw coming in from the side..

    Giteau going at goal..

    Aus 11 – 6 NZ

    32 minutes

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.09.10 12:40:56 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 25) : will do your points tally no harm either

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.09.10 12:40:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) :

    See comment 29 ;-)

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.09.10 12:41:56 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Aussies pushing NZ back into their own half..

    Dominating them properly..

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.09.10 12:42:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Nonu tackling Beale high.. a real crowd penalty..

    He didint even hit him on the chin..

    Giteau going at goal again..

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.09.10 12:45:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Giteau pulls it to the right for the third time..

    Aus 11 – 6 NZ

    37 minutes

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.09.10 12:46:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Giteau has now missed 9 points at goal..

    Could be almost game over if he had his kicking boots on..

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.09.10 12:47:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Interesting stat..

    McCaw captains NZ for the 52nd time.. and was on the winning team 45 out of the 51 completed games.. just short of 90% win rate..

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.09.10 12:48:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I just smashed TWO footlong wors rolls. :cool:

    Looks like I’m gonna be out for the count for the next couple of hours. :razz:

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.09.10 12:48:57 by klempie Reply

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  • Aus penalty on half time for infringing at the breakdown..

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.09.10 12:50:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Giteau slots..

    Aus 14 – 6 NZ

    HALF TIME

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.09.10 12:50:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 24) : Ha ha true.

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.09.10 12:52:57 by lostfish Reply
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  • Second half about to kick off..

    Lets see a good come back by the All Blacks!!

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.09.10 13:01:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Aussies steal a NZ lineout.. Good play Aus

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.09.10 13:03:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • And a second lineut steal in 2 minutes by Aus..

    NZ faling apart here..

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.09.10 13:04:21 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • And now NZ throw in is not straight..

    3 lineouts lost in the 4 minute dsecond half so far..

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.09.10 13:06:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Ashkey-Cooper try!!

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.09.10 13:08:38 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good build up after a long clearing kick by the Aussies..

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.09.10 13:09:53 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Giteau misses another kick at goal

    Aus 19 – 6 NZ

    48 minutes

  • Comment 49, posted at 11.09.10 13:11:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Vito off and Kaino on..

  • Comment 50, posted at 11.09.10 13:12:12 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Cruden playing a very selfish game, not playing the centres outside him..

  • Comment 51, posted at 11.09.10 13:13:16 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Weepu going at goal..

    Aus 19 – 9 NZ

    52 minutes

  • Comment 52, posted at 11.09.10 13:14:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Maafu off and Slipper on for Aus

  • Comment 53, posted at 11.09.10 13:14:56 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • NZ playing well, running at Aus..

    Giving away the penalty for holding on to the ball..

  • Comment 54, posted at 11.09.10 13:16:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Cooper kicking well tonight..

    Keeping NZ in their own half..

  • Comment 55, posted at 11.09.10 13:18:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Chisolm off and Dean Mumm coming on for Aus

  • Comment 56, posted at 11.09.10 13:18:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Aussies showing what they are capable of..

    NZ looking like surrendering that unbeaten streak..

  • Comment 57, posted at 11.09.10 13:20:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Aussie penalty for NZ holding on again..

    No yellow card yet.. NZ very lucky..

  • Comment 58, posted at 11.09.10 13:21:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Beale kicking at goal now..

    Aus 22 – 9 NZ

    60 minutes

  • Comment 59, posted at 11.09.10 13:23:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Colin Slade on for Cruden now..

  • Comment 60, posted at 11.09.10 13:23:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Afoa on for Franks

    Boric on for Donnelly

  • Comment 61, posted at 11.09.10 13:24:16 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • NZ penalty for Aus droping the scrum..

    NZ not kicking, lineout taken..

  • Comment 62, posted at 11.09.10 13:25:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • NZ camoing in the Aus 22m now..

  • Comment 63, posted at 11.09.10 13:29:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • McCaw try!!!!

  • Comment 64, posted at 11.09.10 13:29:56 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Off the back of the scum..

    Good build up after maintained pressure from NZ..

  • Comment 65, posted at 11.09.10 13:30:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Converted by Weepu..

    Aus 22 – 16 NZ

    66 minutes

  • Comment 66, posted at 11.09.10 13:31:12 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Berrick Barnes on for Cooper now..

  • Comment 67, posted at 11.09.10 13:31:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Ranger on for Jane on the NZ side..

    11 minutes to play..

  • Comment 68, posted at 11.09.10 13:32:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • NZ penalty.. And they take another lineout..

    NZ come back time!!

  • Comment 69, posted at 11.09.10 13:33:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good clearance from Beale after a gruber through from Nonu..

    NZ lineout inside Aus 22m

  • Comment 70, posted at 11.09.10 13:35:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Read try!!!!!

  • Comment 71, posted at 11.09.10 13:36:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Phase after phase built up..

    Aussies look tired..

  • Comment 72, posted at 11.09.10 13:36:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Weepu converts..

    Aus 22 – 23 NZ

    73 minutes..

  • Comment 73, posted at 11.09.10 13:37:11 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • This is amazing play by both teams.. end to end stuff..

  • Comment 74, posted at 11.09.10 13:39:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Aus 22 – 23 NZ

    FULL TIME

  • Comment 75, posted at 11.09.10 13:44:44 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • What a game!!

  • Comment 76, posted at 11.09.10 13:45:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Congratulations to Hertford Highlander for winning the Sharksworld Tri Nations SuperBru Pool..

    Well done mate!

  • Comment 77, posted at 11.09.10 13:47:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Aussies must be devastated. :cool:

  • Comment 78, posted at 11.09.10 13:47:58 by klempie Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 77) :

    Quite fitting that a Kiwi won the pool. :)

    Well Done HH.

  • Comment 79, posted at 11.09.10 13:48:15 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 76) :

    I left work and the Aussies were 19-9 ahead.

    I got home less than 15min later and they were 22-23 down. :shock:

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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 80) :

    It was a great game to watch..

    Def not a dead rubber!!

  • Comment 81, posted at 11.09.10 13:50:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I was Soooooooo hoping that NZ would have to start their run at the record from scratch. :razz:

  • Comment 82, posted at 11.09.10 13:50:38 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • NZ are just too good hey..

    They showed a few signs that they can be beaten.. but they have that confidence to keep at it..

  • Comment 83, posted at 11.09.10 13:52:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Ah lovely!

    Now the Kiwis will be nicely confident, and the Aussies will think they are worse than is actually the case.

    I love it when a plan comes together!

  • Comment 84, posted at 11.09.10 14:20:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Now watch them choke at next years RWC! :twisted:

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  • Big Fish
    Is that you Hanniball?? :lol:

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 84) : @wpw (Comment 85) :

    Nice and postive lads !

    A simple congratulations AB’s would have been fine ! :???:

  • Comment 87, posted at 11.09.10 15:40:16 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 79) : @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 79) :

    Thanks Chaps ! ;-)

  • Comment 88, posted at 11.09.10 15:41:39 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 87) :

    Well done mate.. it was quite a come back!

  • Comment 89, posted at 11.09.10 15:53:11 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Congrats HH!! Another Tri Nations title for the All Blacks and another Cup for you!! :smile:
    Well done!!

  • Comment 90, posted at 11.09.10 15:59:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 90) :

    That’s the spirit….. Cheers mate ! ;-)

  • Comment 91, posted at 11.09.10 16:16:20 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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