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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Classic Encounters - Wallabies vs All Blacks 2000

Classic Encounters -  Wallabies vs All Blacks 2000

In front of a World Record attendance of 109,874 fans in July 2000, Stadium Australia witnessed one of the greatest games of rugby to ever be played.

The All Blacks vs the Wallabies in Bledisloe One will forever be remembered for the epic nature of a contest that was an incredible advert for rugby. It was a thrilling game that went back and forward until literally the last minute, and beyond.

New Zealand got off to a fyling start with stars like Christian Cullen, Jonah Lomu and Tana Umaga terrorizing the Aussies with some quickfire tries, taking the score to 24-0 after 6 minutes.

Australia staged a remarkable come back though thanks in part to two Stirling Mortlock tries and by half time the scores were equal at 24-24.

After the break the Aussies took the lead with a penalty, before Justin Marshall scored a brilliant individual effort that knocked the wind out of the rejuvenated Aussies' sails.

When Jeremy Paul scored for the Wallabies with time almost up, it looked like they had pulled off a memorable comeback that the record home crowd would celebrate for years to come. It looked as though the game would end 35-34, with the courageous Wallabies coming out on top.

Superstar Jonah Lomu put a dampener on the Australian celebrations though, scoring a dramatic late try that came from an excellent pass over the top by Taine Randell. The big man got the space he needed and brushed off flyhalf Stephen Larkham's attempted tackle with ease, going over to clinch victory and see his team finish off what they started in the first 6 minutes of the game.

One of the games of the century, this Tri Nations classic will be remembered for years to come as a fiercely contested battle that went back and forth for the full 82 mins.

Final Score: 39-35 to New Zealand

Posted by Rugbydump at 7:46 am | View Comments (25)

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Anonymous January 10, 2008 2:57 pm

what a classic! best rugby game ever!!!

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geraint January 10, 2008 3:59 pm

Wow! Never seen that game before, that was amazing.

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Anonymous January 10, 2008 4:38 pm

hey rugbydump admin, great site by the way, how about some compliation footage of tongas soon to be england winger the volcano, i know hes got a good try scoring record in both codes so it'd be good to see what we can expect or weather we think hes good enough to be fast tracked like he hascheers, dan

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Anonymous January 10, 2008 7:44 pm

Does anyone if this match has been released on DVD?Would like to watch the whole game

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Anonymous January 10, 2008 7:45 pm

ah crap i meant does anyone know :P

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elrolo January 10, 2008 8:12 pm

amazing, this and france vs NZ in the 99 WC are the best games. what dan said x2

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Anonymous January 10, 2008 8:31 pm

bits have been realeased don't no bout the whole game??wow how many times did jonah stuffup near the line lol just run at him! for once wen ur near the linelol-Liam

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Anonymous January 10, 2008 9:44 pm

yeah jonah at fault for at least 3 of the aussie tries. he never was any good in defence.

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Fresh January 10, 2008 10:14 pm

People are always so quick to attack jonahs defence. I believe 99% of rugby coaches/players would rather have jonah on their wing during this phase of his career than a defence specialist like jamie noon for instance. every player had their weakness. did u see umaga's game against france in '99? dropping high balls and everyhting. carlos spencer, michalak both have made atrocious and match-costing decisions when under pressure. On the wing against the wallabies you are quite likely to be exposed, seeing as they are one of the best teams in the world and will have planned to attack that area/person.

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David January 10, 2008 11:12 pm

I'm from the northern hemisphere, (Wales) i've never seen this game before, but my word what a contest. every try was brilliantly worked. Lovely first try from Wallabies, you had a great talent in Larkam

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decepti0n January 10, 2008 11:15 pm

heres the entire match :) (hopefully admin doesn't mind, if so I apologise).Anyway, I've always considered the try at ~4:10 to be obstruction (the guy tries to dive around Eales) but maybe Im wrongAwesome game either way

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Kurt January 10, 2008 11:30 pm

how does a scrummie like gregan tackle so bloody well? i wish i could do the same!

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Don January 11, 2008 4:42 am

I have this game on my PC! CLASSIC I TELL YA! CLASSIC!

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Anonymous January 11, 2008 9:27 am

i can remember watching this gamei can easily say, best game i have ever seen in any form of rugby...just an absolute crackeri wish bledisloe cups these days had the same passion as they did back in the dayabove all, this is hard proof that running rugby should be promoted

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italian scrummy January 11, 2008 2:30 pm

greatgreatgreatgreat game!!!one of the best in recent history...I personally think australia should've won...greater tries tan the ABs...nicer to watch I mean.....and gregan(next to stringer and marshall)are the trinity......

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Italian scrummy January 11, 2008 2:31 pm

decepti0n...thanks 4 the whole game.

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Anonymous January 11, 2008 9:19 pm

Cheers for the link decepticon!

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italian scrummy January 12, 2008 7:34 pm


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Anonymous January 12, 2008 8:26 pm

Ah the reason we keep watching

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Anonymous January 13, 2008 6:24 am

Deception thanks heaps for that link, ty ty ty. and what a awsome game, must have been gut renching at the end

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Anonymous January 14, 2008 3:16 am

Hey,whom ever posted that comment after mine saying he never was good at defence.IS WRONG!I Said he was near the line!but in the mid field he was a gun.-Liam

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G-unit January 14, 2008 3:53 am

Still the best game i've ever seen too! both sides were magnificent! like watching muhammad ali vs joe frasier at their peak... just awesome to watch! the game was over so fast! and i don't remember any drop ball all night...just brilliant rugby...

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Chobs January 14, 2008 9:37 pm

Best game ever. amazing and had some of the greats playing on both teams. Ive seen this game on dvd in quite a few nz stores. top game again.

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Scandal January 16, 2008 4:33 pm

I remember watching that game in the members lounge at Eden Park which my flatmate had hired out for his 21st birthday party that was on the same night. Once Jonah scored the winning try a bunch of his friends stripped down, slide open the lounge doors, run down the empty stand and streaked across the moon-lit pitch. He didn't get his $1,000 bond back from Eden Park.

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Bryan McCall August 09, 2013 1:23 pm

Saw this was a ripper!. If not the best, then it comes very close. And Jonah Lomu to nail it for the All Blacks..

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