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Awesome All Blacks on cloud nine

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Tri Nations, Wallabies on 14 Sep 2008 at 07:46

The All Blacks mounted a compelling surge midway through the second half to beat the Wallabies 28-24 and claim their ninth Vodacom Tri-Nations title in the 2008 decider played at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.

Dan Retief writes for SuperRugby that the Wallabies scored a pair of tries, by Adam Ashley-Cooper and James Horwill, on either side of halftime to forge into a 17-7 lead but were unable to stay the pace when the All Blacks sent on a raft of substitutes and upped the tempo ten minutes into the second half.

The All Blacks were ten points down after 50 minutes but 16 minutes later they were 11 points up — turning a 7-17 deficit into a 28-17 lead — as they sent Tony Woodcock, Piri Weepu and Dan Carter over the Australians’ goal-line to confirm their No 1 status in world rugby and also become the first team to win the Tri-Nations four times in succession.

With South African referee Jonathan Kaplan playing his part by policing the break-down strictly the two teams were like two nervous boxers probing for openings for much of the first half before the Wallabies applied the old Robbie Deans formula by scoring just before halftime and again just after the re-start.

It seemed Stirling Mortlock’s men might push on to victory from there but it was not to be as the forceful All Black tackling began to take it’s toll and they struggled to match the extra impetus introduced by Graham Henry when he sent on Stephen Donald, Johan Afoa and Keven Mealamu for Ma’a Nonu, Greg Somerville and Andrew Hore in the 51st minute and also Piri Weepu for Jimmy Cowan in the 55th.

Loosehead prop Tony Woodcock had found himself out on the left-wing to start the fight-back with a try in the left-hand corner in the 49th minute and the All Blacks went for the jugular as the match moved into the final quarter — Weepu being the last man running after a turnover by Richie McCaw and a breakout by Rodney So’oialo and Dan Carter, who had moved into centre when Donald came on, showing his sublime footballing skills to dodge passed Ryan Cross, Mortlock, and Ashley Mortlock on his way over the goal line.

They try put the cherry on top for Carter in a test in which he passed the 300-point mark in Tri-Nations rugby and put the All Blacks in an almost unassailable position.

The Wallabies showed great fighting spirit to construct a try for Cross but they were beaten by the clock as the All Blacks defended furiously before a telling turnover, summing up the match, allowed Weepu to kick the ball off the park to seal the victory.

Scorers were:

Australia (10) 24: Tries by Adam Ashley-Cooper (40 min), James Horwill (44 min), Ryan Cross (77 min). Matt Giteau kicked three conversions and a penalty.

New Zealand (7) 28: Tries by Mils Muliaina (13 min), Tony Woodcock (49 min), Piri Weepu (61 min), Dan Carter (66 min). Carter kicked four conversions.


  • And to think we could have taken this crown with one eye closed>> 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.09.08 07:56:08 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 1) :

    I had both eyes open and we came stone cold last…

    Oh so close for the Wobblies…

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.09.08 08:27:25 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Great game all the same… brutal tight test rugby…

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.09.08 08:28:01 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) : I am not disclaiming your rugby knowledge, Bryce. I am only wishing that we played to our potential as in the last game. And imo after all is said and done, it was the same players, the same coach, the same game plan, only well executed. Hell, at that level one hardly NEED a coach. 😐

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.09.08 08:42:24 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 4) :

    Wasn’t the same gameplan but I agree with you all the same…

    As for my rugby knowledge… I’m just a mug punter 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.09.08 09:30:25 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • looked to me like both teams were struggling to perform well… we’ll take them both next year, hehe 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.09.08 10:44:51 by spykerbaard Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 5) : Aint we all? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.09.08 11:05:41 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • @spykerbaard (Comment 6) :

    Tight brutal test rugby…

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.09.08 15:03:16 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 8) :

    I love it…

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.09.08 15:03:44 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • The AB’s are surely an awesome team. And Dan Carter and Richie McCaw in a class of their own.

    NOW is the time for Springbok rugby to start and dominate world rugby as the AB’s have done for years. We allready know how to win World Cups. 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.09.08 05:49:43 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • I thought it was only the Aussie and the POMS who still moaned even though they had won. 😆

    Kiwis fuming over Aussie ‘spy games’
    Sun, 14 Sep 2008 12:53

    New Zealand have reportedly claimed that an Australian television crew secretly filmed a closed All Blacks training session before handing the video footage to Wallabies coach Robbie Deans ahead of their Tri-Nations decider.

    All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen said a Channel Seven camera infiltrated their security cordon at a closed session on Friday ahead of Saturday’s crucial match, according to AAP news agency.

    The Wallabies strenuously denied they received or watched All Blacks training footage in their pre-match preparations.

    “There’s absolutely no foundation to those allegations and to comment further would be giving them a level of credibility they simply don’t deserve,” said a team Australia spokesman.

    Hansen said a member of the Wallabies’ management team admitted to an All Blacks official after New Zealand’s 28-24 Tri-Nations win at Lang Park that they had studied the footage pre-match.

    “It’s not a rumour, it’s a fact, which is really disappointing,” Hansen told reporters on Sunday.

    “It was Channel Seven, and I don’t know if it was more than one session but I definitely know of one session, then they gave it to the Australians.

    “It’s disappointing that the Australians actually used it.

    “We know they used it because they told us. It was a bit dumb, but they did.”

    Channel Seven also denied the claims and a spokesman said Hansen had got it wrong.

    “There is absolutely no foundation to the allegations that Steve Hansen has made,” the spokesman said.

    “No one from the team will be commenting any further. To do so would be to give the allegations a level of credibility they simply don’t deserve.”

    New Zealand have made similar claims in the past with Hansen alleging England spied on them during the 2005 end-of-season tour.

    The following year Wallabies assistant coach Scott Johnson attended a Bledisloe Cup press conference dressed in camouflage army fatigues with “Can I sit here?” printed on the front and “Paranoia is curable” on the back.

    It was a reference to New Zealand’s objections to his touchline positioning in the previous Test in Christchurch.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.09.08 07:04:13 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©

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