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Saturday, August 07, 2010

All Blacks beat the Wallabies to all but secure the Tri Nations title

All Blacks beat the Wallabies to all but secure the Tri Nations title

The All Blacks all but secured the Tri Nations trophy as they beat the Wallabies 20-10 in a hard fought victory earlier today in Christchuch. The win means that they retain the Bledisloe Cup.

Mils Muliaina scored the opening try after a great sequence of play that seemed to go on for ages without a break. Eventually it was some slick play from the backs that resulted in the try.

As with last week, there was a hit back try almost instantly as Kurtley Beale took advantage of a Dan Carter error to run away untouched for a nice opportunist try. Conrad Smith later scored for the All Blacks, with Dan Carter adding two penalties.

This now the ninth successive win for the All Blacks over the Wallabies, matching their worst ever losing streak against the trans-Tasman rivals. Between 1936 and 1947, they also lost nine tests.

The All Blacks now need just one more point in their remaining two games against South Africa to add to their 19 which will secure the Tri Nations title, which will be their fifth in six years.

Australia are on four points, and the title holding Springboks, who are yet to play a home game, sit at the bottom of the table with no points to their name. If you were online betting , this years tournament results have perhaps gone differently to what one would have expected before hand.

The good news is that there were no yellow cards issued, and referee Jonathan Kaplan kept a far lower profile than we have seen from officials in previous weeks, which was great.

Time: 06:00

Posted at 11:55 am | 54 comments

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Anonymous August 07, 2010 10:48 am

2nd ;)
NZ are dominating tri nations this year, they'll be the ones to beat in the world cup no doubt.

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Toulouse16 August 07, 2010 11:09 am

Thanks for putting these two vids so quickly RD !!! Await the full highlights !!!

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BigBucks August 07, 2010 11:17 am

New zealand will be on fire in the world cup - and then the French will come along being mediocure all tournament and absolutely spank them - I can feel it.

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jm August 07, 2010 11:20 am

"NZ are dominating tri nations this year, they'll be the ones to beat in the world cup no doubt."

Where have I heard this before??? LOL

NZ will choke again under huge pressure.

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Outside Centre August 07, 2010 11:27 am

I didnt see the match guys......could anyone tell me who honestly won the battle between Pocock and McCaw????

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Anonymous August 07, 2010 11:37 am

@jm i see you've quoted my comment, i am an englishman and to admit that NZ are top of the world pecking order by a long way isn't easy. No other country is in any run of form at the moment, french looked awful, as did springboks, aussies helpless against them, and the other 6 nations teams looked weak, england look like they might peak before world cup though.

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redeye August 07, 2010 11:44 am

Better game from the ozzies. Still room to improve though. Certainly contenders for the world cup. NZ without a doubt best in the world. Hard to go past them as favourites for the rwc.

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olwakachangchang August 07, 2010 12:01 pm

Pocock looked destroyed after the match, McCaw didn't.

Think Pocock will probably have some shoulder problems come up over the next couple of weeks.

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Max August 07, 2010 1:59 pm

Quite surprised not to see any comments on the refereeing yet ... once again some decisions were VERY questionable ....... forward passes that weren't and MASSIVE off-sides never ever picked up ... last warnings that in the end are forgotten. The cheap hit from Tony Woodcock on Saia Fainga was a shocker !!! with all the critics from last game in Melbourne and easy yellow cards they forgot what could actually be punished today ... The Wallabies haven't had a decent ref in a long time, NZ always seem to benefit from crazy weird refereeing. That said the All Blacks are a crazy side and deserve #1 title but today the game could have been VERY different with another ref ... Wallabies improving again and again but need to get all those injured key players back !! (Horwill, Ioane, Horne, Palu, ... suspended Quade Cooper)

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Anonymous August 07, 2010 2:40 pm

did mils step on the touch line in that first try?

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jm August 07, 2010 2:49 pm

How the heck did Woodcock not get yellow carded???!!!

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Anonymous August 07, 2010 3:46 pm

peaking too early again eh?

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Leeners93 August 07, 2010 4:11 pm

for the first try,did the ball not hit the advertising boards from Oz's clearing kick,thereby preventing a quick throw?the touch should have picked up on that

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Anonymous August 07, 2010 4:37 pm

the pass from sharpe to beale was forward, shouldnt have been a try

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Hendrick August 07, 2010 4:53 pm

Good game, it's nice to see Australia putting up a fight against a very good NZ side. Yes Woodcock should of got a card for what he did, but NZ seems to dodge cards a little to much for my liking. That said they are the best side in the world right now.

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vinniechan August 07, 2010 7:10 pm

In the first half, the All Blacks taught us how to attack, in the second how to defend.

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vinniechan August 07, 2010 7:17 pm

I know that English men don't like the English media - they talk up players and teams when things look good and merciless put them down just when the first sign of things go bad. In 2003, that actually worked in their favour: everybody thought they were the mountain to climb in the RWC.
I cannot believe, when NZ go through the same situation now (same core of players from the last world cup, pretty much settled squad and young players not shy to come forth and they're starting to generate a momentum pretty much the time frame b4 the RWC), people actually think the AB are gonna choke instead of worrying about them for the RWC.

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Nerk August 07, 2010 9:01 pm

Look, for the people chewing out the ABs-it's cool, I get it. I mean last year when the boks were going well everyone here in NZ complained incessently that their style of play was tedious and got really riled up about what the media called negative rugby. Now that we're going well I guess it's your right to do the same and call us cheats and stuff. I think it's just a case of "If you're standing head and shoulders above the rest people are more likely to see you've got a bad haircut"

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Rowan DeBues August 07, 2010 11:27 pm

I agree with what Nerk said, except from I still think South Africa played tedious rugby ;)

But I don't think New Zealand are "cheats" and getting away with cause of dodgey officiating. The level of corruption that implies being present in the IRB and its officiating staff is completely ridiculous. To think the refs are just bad is also ridiculous, since this is their jobs, they are the best in the world at it so thats as good as its going to get.

I'm English btw, so don't think I'm some Kiwi zealously defending my own. And yes I know, for an Englishmen to say another team plays tedious rugby is a bit hypocritical

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Juggernauter August 08, 2010 12:46 am

All Blacks peaking too early maybe? Still, what a great unit they are. Look so solid.

I've always been impressed with Conrad Smith, he always seems to be playing in slow motion, is kinda skinny but always makes his way to the try line. Great asset to have on your side, in my opinion.

Also, I was impressed with Anthony Faingaa. Looked always like going forward and tackling hard. Save for a couple defensive mismatches early, he had a solid game.

Quade Cooper, Digby Ioane and Rob Horne must come back soon. Aussies surely miss them

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Jeremy August 08, 2010 12:46 am

Don't understand why Woodcock would do that. Right in clear view of the ref too. He must have lost his head but what would set him off like that?

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Joost August 08, 2010 12:48 am

God, Beale is useless in defence... I think Genia should play alongside Quade Cooper as both of them get the best out of each other.

Dan Carter is THE MAN

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Joost August 08, 2010 12:49 am

Self - correction, Genia SHOULD ALWAYS play alongside Cooper... Shame the little burglar is suspended... He is magic

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secondfive August 08, 2010 12:59 am

Early on it looked like it would be a try-fest. The first AB try was particularly fine. Beale's showed the Aussies were up for it and he sure showed some wheels. I think the ABs saw that the Wallabies were a lot sharper this week and likely to punish them from pushed passes going wrong etc .. so they played more for field position in the second half. As it turned out Oz had more than 50% of the ball and NZ had to defend like mofos, and they did, and eventually Oz looked to run out of ideas. A couple of crucial turnovers and some fine touch kicking by Muliaina and the game was over. Oz lack a game breaker at the moment, Giteau is quiet, Cooper is cooling his heels etc, while NZ look like they could score from anywhere when they have the ball in hand.

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2020 August 08, 2010 1:31 am

yet another games where the All Blacks get away with murder. Don't the refs realise that they do not need any help to win! They are far and away the best side in the world at the moment but what would get a Bok or a Ozzy sent off / penalised never applies to an AB.
Its the only negative to watching Abs play.

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Anonymous August 08, 2010 1:32 am

you're on smack if you think Sharps pass to Beal was forward

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12 August 08, 2010 1:52 am

good game. but i feel aus can still play a whole lot better

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Anonymous August 08, 2010 2:20 am

Problem for Aus was that they were too concerned with keeping possession. Lots of recycling but not enough drive or penetration.

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Anonymous August 08, 2010 5:42 am

the pass on the first try for the wallabies was forward i agree and should not have been a try...

Referee was okay.. still missed something.. and i agree yellow card for the hit by Woodcock...

still a great match... Aus is doing better... look forward to next year as these young fellows get some more great matches under their belts and improve..

NZ is dominant and look forward to their taking the WC next year...

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MMDR August 08, 2010 7:28 am

In what universe was Sharps pass forward? it was thrown backwards, it carried backwards. No problems with the pass. Both annons, have another look at it.

Does anyone remember when the Wallabies were on the attack in the ABs 22 and had a fine pass ruled forward? If you know when it was please request it for the site.

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Anonymous August 08, 2010 7:40 am

As a NH supporter, I wish we could have more of the Super-14 style running rugby up here. It's just awesome to watch.

NZ are, once again, the team to beat. In England our media are already talking about how England 'might peak at just the right time'. You've got to laugh, we're just so far off the pace!

Not got a lot of love for NZ (BOD speartackle/assault saga still makes me angry), but they're the team to beat, by far. It'd be good for the sport to see them absolutely spank the opposition at the WC in NZ.

McCaw is an all-time great captain. I don't like him, wouldn't want to play against him, but for me that's what makes for a great captain. He knows how to captain at international level. A lot of people complain that he gets away with murder, but surely that just comes down to being an intelligent captain and playing the referees well.

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Anonymous August 08, 2010 9:28 am

new zealand dont actually need another point. the only way they can be caught is if aussie win all three remaining games with bonus points in each. and even then, theyd need better points difference. so next week, they will have won the tri nations baring an aussie 5pt win.

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Anonymous August 08, 2010 10:33 am

when are the other try's being posted?

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Anonymous August 08, 2010 11:26 am

How annoying was Kaplans 'paaaaauuusssee' at the scrum. Seemed to put both teams off

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Anonymous August 08, 2010 12:01 pm

As an impartial observer, I thought refereeing was ok. There was the "Woodcock incident" and, honestly, I'm not too sure about the tackle on Carter that led to Bale's try (two arms around the neck shouldnt be a high tackle?).
Basides, Im looking forward to the World Cup. I cant see any European team with enough pace and skill to beat NZ, Australia or even SA and Argentina...

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Anonymous August 08, 2010 2:33 pm

MMDR, you are an idiot, it's almost a gridiron pass that one.....

So the score flatters them again,,,

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Anonymous August 08, 2010 3:09 pm

A pretty good game to watch in the end. Some good play from both sides but the AB's just seem to be that level above every one else at the moment. How long is Horne out for btw - personally I would liek to see Faingaa stay in the centres, he runs some nice straight lines and is pretty reliable in defence....

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Chris Boy August 08, 2010 6:48 pm

"the pass from sharpe to beale was forward, shouldn't have been a try"

- well it clearly wasn't forward. i honestly wonder if people have watched the same video as me sometimes.

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Jarhead August 08, 2010 6:53 pm

Tackle on DC leading to Oz try coulda led to a yellow instead, given the late sinbinning rage. You can tackle DC but you can't try to behead him.

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Anonymous August 08, 2010 7:56 pm

43rd

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TB August 08, 2010 9:03 pm

2 questions:1)What is with the black armbands? 2) Is there a rule with the Wallabies andAB's that the players must wear black shoes?

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thisportinglife August 08, 2010 9:37 pm

LOL Sharpes pass wasn't forward. Go watch NFL.

The AB's wore black arm bands for the death of former all black Eric Tindall, and a NZ soldier killed in afghanistan.

The aussies wore armbands to commemorate the death of former wallay winger Jeff Mclean.

dunno about black boots.

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Von August 09, 2010 9:27 am

"did mils step on the touch line in that first try?"
By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 07, 2010 4:40 PM
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No. Nowhere near.


"How the heck did Woodcock not get yellow carded???!!!"
By Anonymous jm, at August 07, 2010 4:49 PM
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Defies belief, doesn't it! Talk about a cheap shot. Although Faingaa was taking an eternity to get up - and admitted as much after the game! He commented to the effect that he deserved to be taken out, but dirty, cynical and unnecessary by Woodcock.


"for the first try,did the ball not hit the advertising boards from Oz's clearing kick,thereby preventing a quick throw?the touch should have picked up on that"
By Anonymous Leeners93, at August 07, 2010 6:11 P

No, it didn't, Jane stopped it with his left hand.


And for the many anonymous posters claiming a forward Ozzy pass. No, it wasn't.

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NiWiTa August 09, 2010 10:09 am

Crumbs NZ look good - only seen these highlights though so can't comment on the break-down and who owned it (although this is usally the team with the winning result!)Looked like a good game though.

As an England supporter I would be very surprised that even England "peaking" in time for the world-cup would see us beating a southern hemisphere team at the moment! Obviously hope springs eternal but to compete in the loose as well as Oz/NZ currently is an impossibility for us. Johnson needs to go.

Biggest surprise this tri-nations has been the poor performances (not helped by egregiously soft yellows) for South Africa. the enourmous talent they have is being poorly managed by PDV. I think a different coach would make a massive difference. Does anyone else think PDV should go?

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Anonymous August 09, 2010 10:28 am

Cory Jane has played 19 tests for the All Blacks but on the All Blacks website, it says he has played only 18...

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r-u-simple? August 09, 2010 10:36 am

^ who cares? Why post that here?

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Anonymous August 09, 2010 11:55 am

best ever Haka!!!

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Anonymous August 10, 2010 7:15 pm

I'm a diehard AB's fan, and because of that I can say I agree that Woodcock should have been yellow carded, at least. It was an incredibly stupid thing to do. (The look on Graham Henry's face said it all.)

I also think that if Woodcock had been shown yellow the AB's would have handled it well as they've proven time and again. The AB's are the best in the world, but they aren't perfect. They say that about themselves all the time. It's not their fault if the refs don't penalize them as harshly as they do every other team. EVERYONE cheats. I watch enough rugby and have played enough to know that just about every team does. The AB's aren't the only ones nor do they do it more than other teams.

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Anonymous August 10, 2010 7:26 pm

I have to agree that it was a forward pass from Sharpe to Beale. I watched it ten times (seriously) and it was forward, but only marginally, so it's hard to really see it.

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Anonymous August 11, 2010 2:25 am

who won the haka? no seriously, i understand pride, nationalism, but really, they do it before every single game, really?!...must it be part of the highlights...rugbydump, you complete me, but enough already.

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RD August 11, 2010 9:42 am

Anonymous above, the beauty of the video player online is that you can easily skip ahead if there's something you don't like. The option is there for you, as is the option for others to watch it. :)

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Anonymous August 15, 2010 2:46 am

That move by Rockocoko at 4:56 looks slick. I don't think I've seen players done it before. Are there other examples of the same move I can look up?

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