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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Classic Encounter - Wallabies vs All Blacks 2003

Classic Encounter - Wallabies vs All Blacks 2003

The fourth and final Bledisloe Cup Test of 2009 between Australia and New Zealand takes place in Tokyo this weekend. To get you in the mood, we've got a classic match from 2003 between the two sides at Telstra Stadium in Sydney.

It was the first match in the Bledisloe Series of that year, and with Australia having held the trophy for so long, the All Blacks were out to set things straight in World Cup year. A capacity crowd of 80 000 watched as the home side were torn apart by the merciless Kiwis.

They had hammered the Springboks the week before in Pretoria, scoring seven tries as they hit form at just the right time. At home though, the Wallabies would have been favourites and with the sea of gold in the crowd behind them, they started well with a try from fullback Matt Burke.

The pace was frenetic and in the 21st minute New Zealand gained the lead following a brilliant finish from gas-man Joe Rokocoko as he stood up and rounded league convert Wendell Sailor.

Their other flyer, winger Doug Howlett, got in on the action ten minutes later and then practically from the restart, Rokocoko scored another brilliant try as he absolutely blitzed the Wallaby defence.

It stood at 23-11 at halftime with the home side looking for penetration but lacking to deliver. It was Tana Umaga who did for the visitors though just six minutes in, as they returned a poor Stephen Larkham clearance with interest.

Young Daniel Carter came on for Carlos Spencer when he hobbled off, and it was he who glided in for yet another try for the All Blacks. Sailor scored not long afterwards with a brilliant run and step before bashing over the top of Mils Muliaina.

With ten minutes left in the one sided contest, Smokin Joe picked up his hat trick try, before another league convert, Mat Rogers scored a consolation effort. Aaron Mauger then completed the 'mother of all hidings' as he scored under the posts to bring up the half century.

It was the Wallabies' worst ever loss at home in the professional era, and a record win by the All Blacks over them. It ended 50-21, giving the New Zealander's one hand on the trophy, which they later went on to reclaim in convincing fashion. They've held onto it ever since.


Time: 09:24

Posted at 4:22 pm | 29 comments

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FrankyH October 28, 2009 4:02 pm

How quick was Rokocoko for that second try!?? Vintage Joe.

Nice to see some of those faces again, and strange to think of Carter being around at that time already.

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ArranR October 28, 2009 4:25 pm

joe and spencer back in their day were awesome...

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Anonymous October 28, 2009 4:26 pm

that all blacks team was pretty beastly jeez, back 3 of howlett, joe rocks and mils? thats just deadly

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Anonymous October 28, 2009 4:31 pm

"It wasn't a game, it was a shame!"

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Jim October 28, 2009 5:17 pm

mauger copped it big from brendan cannons run for aus' first try. shit must have hurt!
otherwise some great tries from both sides, real attacking rugby. sailors try was also worth a mention. got 1 back on rokocoko stitching him up, even though joe came out with 3! haha

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Joost October 28, 2009 5:51 pm

Those were the glory days for Kiwi rugby, it's a shame they are now seeing black instead of playing black. NH sides have their biggest chance to finally beat them come the Autumn Tests, although they are set for some Springbok-Bulldozing.

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Anonymous October 28, 2009 5:57 pm

Some great tries there from both teams. Rockokoko has some great wheels but I was also impressed by Matt Rogers skinning Doug Howlett!

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ybr October 28, 2009 6:02 pm

sailor walked over mills for his try instead of goin for the safe option he decided to go over him

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Huh!! the 3rd October 28, 2009 6:40 pm

Great to see Howlett score tries. I'm trying to start a movement here at Munster, GDTB, Give Dougie the Ball. Whats the point in having a try machine on the wing and not using him. I'd say he'd still be as prolific if only O'Gara, de Villiers and co. could just pass it to him.

Watching this, and Smokin' Joe still only 27, his omission for AIs is still fairly strange. Strange also, to see Mauger at out half with Carter at 12 when he came on for Spencer.

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Jonno October 28, 2009 9:07 pm

What has happened to sailor and rogers, rogers looked really good in the game? anyone know?

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Lorcan October 28, 2009 10:25 pm

Sailor played league for St George last season, he will never be offered a new union contract because he was caught doing cocaine before a match a few years ago.

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Anonymous October 28, 2009 11:08 pm

Both Sailor and Rogers are playing rugby league in Aust.

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Ben October 28, 2009 11:15 pm

saw parts of this some years ago, when being on vacation in Oz. That was amazing, some great tries....

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Anonymous October 28, 2009 11:15 pm

and then we knocked nz out of another world cup that same year. well done nz.

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Wickus October 28, 2009 11:27 pm

SORRY RUGBYDUMP, but the mother of all hidings was in 2008 Ellis Park

Springboks 53 Wallabies 8.

Whats up with the defense in this clip? No wonder, the Wallabies had three League players on their team.

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Anonymous October 29, 2009 12:48 am

If i could chose right now from any England player for the up coming tests, with out injuries it would look like this..
1. sheridan
2. hartley
3. white
4. lawes (he's awesome)
5. shaw
6. croft
7. moody
8. haskell
9.care/joe simpson (joe is class)
10. wilko
11. banahan
12. fluey
13. tindall
14. monye
15. armitage/foden (ben is very good also)

ahhh if we could just have our first team!!!!! we could smash the aussies, kiwis and saffers

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Anonymous October 29, 2009 1:06 am

LMFAO you wish anon english above.

England are awful, lol... go struggle to beat Italy.

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Anonymous October 29, 2009 1:12 am

All Hail King Carlos.

Best AB backline ever!!

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Director October 29, 2009 1:27 am

Its true! There's going to be a film about SA winning the '95 RWC and it's importance to the country during that period.
Starring Mat Damon as SA's captain and Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela. Directed by Clint Estwood.
Coming out this December in the States

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Anonymous October 29, 2009 3:29 am

does anyone know who won the world cup semi later that year? Get back to me plz

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Anonymous October 29, 2009 8:02 am

Back in the days of Umaga, those were the days

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Anonymous October 29, 2009 8:06 am

Fantastic game for the spectator! I am sorry to say that I didn't enjoy any of the Tri-Nations matches this year as much as that - ah well, roll on next year!

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Anonymous October 29, 2009 8:32 am

sailor was always poor in defence. good try running over mils but didnt show enough of that

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opfazonk October 29, 2009 10:14 am

NH beating the ABs? you must be kidding... last year's 6N grand-slam winners were not even able to score a try against them. and the boks, playing poorly during the 3N were unbeaten too... get over it, the only real threat to the SH team is france - and that's because they play like a SH team...

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Mike October 29, 2009 12:49 pm

Umaga's step was majestic for his try

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Huh!! the 3rd October 29, 2009 1:09 pm

The 95WC film is called Invictus. That might change around the world though. Matt Damon 5'10, and 185lbs playing Frans Pienaar 6'3 and 240lbs, although having seen the movie poster he actually looks kinda like him. I think in its Hollywood tradition that only they can do, Lomu is the baddie. Also, Clint's son Jason, is playing Stransky.

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Anonymous October 29, 2009 4:46 pm

it wont let me post a request. fiji vs wales from the 2007 world cup would be good to get on the site. if you agree post it as a request

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Anonymous October 30, 2009 1:34 am

this is the game that changed my life, went to the stadium to watch and fell in love with rugby having know little about it

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Anonymous October 30, 2009 11:55 pm

from a neutral that looked like an amazing game the running rugby was just perfect and if i remember correctly no trys from forwards thats what i like to see ;)

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