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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Wallabies hold All Blacks to dramatic draw as record goes begging

The All Blacks came within inches of equalling the top-tier world record of 17 consecutive Test wins as they drew 18-18 with a determined Wallaby side at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Dan Carter's drop goal attempt deep in added time sailed wide.

The current record is shared by the only two top-tier teams to have ever won 17 games in a row, the 1997-1998 Springboks and the 1965-1969 All Blacks. Lithuania hold the overall record (not tier-one or tier-two), but currently Cyprus need just three wins to match that feat.

It was an incredible end to a game of rugby that was tryless, as both sides kicked six penalties each before the Wallabies threw everything into it with time up, but were penalised after 23 phases.

The All Blacks could have kicked the ball out and taken the draw but skipper Richie McCaw called a scrum instead. What ensued was a frantic few minutes that ended with Carter's missed drop kick.

"We're really, really disappointed, too many avoidable penalties, too many avoidable mistakes," said Steve Hansen. "It was probably one of the ugliest games of rugby I've seen. But to play as poorly as we did and still manage to show the character and tenacity to get the draw was pleasing."

This was the third Bledisloe Cup game, which the All Blacks already claimed with their two previous encounters that formed part of the Rugby Championship. They've help the trophy since 2003.

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Note: The highlights have now been updated with a better version

Posted by Rugbydump at 11:43 am | View Comments (20)

Wallabies vs All Blacks - 3rd Bledisloe Cup Test - Full Match

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Dr Pain October 21, 2012 5:45 pm

Brilliant decision by McCaw to take the scrum in injury time. To the All Blacks - with the Bledisloe Cup in the bag - there would be no difference between a draw and a loss, but McCaw gave them the chance of a shot a glory by continuing their winning streak. Ballsy call, that I think a lot of other captains may not have made - and it almost came off, too. Love it.

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Murina October 21, 2012 5:46 pm

Considering how dominant the ABs have been and how poor but injury ridden the Wallabies have been, does anyone else think this was a bit of the ABs. Many errors that we haven't seen in a long time suddenly appear just as a major record is on the line.

Ok, I'm ready for the howls of derision now....

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dan October 21, 2012 5:57 pm

why did he not say crouch touch set?

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stroudos October 22, 2012 7:49 am

Introduced in northern hemisphere first, too late to include in south season-wise. I believe the plan is to bring crouch-touch-set in next season.

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Jon October 22, 2012 12:33 pm

Pretty sure it's going to b used in the november internationals.

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JG October 21, 2012 9:34 pm

@Murina - I think the AB's just had an off night and Oz a good one, to say they choked when they haven't lost a game at all this year is a bit of a stretch. In a normal year they would expect to drop at least one game against Oz and SA. Also wonder if the humidity had a factor, I live in Brisbane and it was a very hot day on Saturday.

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Ponyboy October 21, 2012 10:18 pm

Rugby Dump - well done for recognising the exploits of Lithuania and Cyprus. Most prefer to dismiss them. I would be the first to question whether this great sport is elitist, clearly top tier teams have huge budgets and are professional players. Third tier countries have worked extremely hard to achieve these results over 3-4 years - surely worthy of mention and not instant dismissal as some sites and media have done.

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Tc October 21, 2012 11:08 pm

That's the first time since I can remember nz getting a warning for continued ruck infringement. What next a yellow card? Heaven forbid!

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Ottawa Rugger October 22, 2012 12:37 am

Hard to comment as a neutral on this match. No tries makes for some slow going, but it finished well - nothing like a bit of tension and injury time. I also am somewhat glad to see the record go un-broken. I have nothing against the All Blacks, nor for the Wallabies, but I think it's kinda cool how Lithuania has the world record. It's just so...unexpected...

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Canadian content October 22, 2012 4:55 am

I agree fellow Ottawa resident, I am happy for Lithuania, but perhaps more so because I think France got robbed in the RWC final and I think this record would be tainted.

Funny how DC is considered the greatest of all time at his position but he couldn't match Jonny for match winning heroics in a similar situation.

Got admit I was cheering for the ABS when they were going for it at the end, they really went for it.

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UpandAway October 22, 2012 6:30 am

Dour game lacking inspiration........

Struck me for what it was; an essentially meaningless match (17 straight aside) after a long season and the AB's were lacking 5% of focus and the usual patience...... you could see the laziness in the play. Instead of doing the hard work of building the phases they'd instead go for a hail mary pass after only a couple........ Instead of defending strongly and resolutely someone would take the easy option and give away a penalty. Lazy rugby from a team of players who mentally switched off.

Happens often, best not to dwell on it.

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Cyprus Rugby October 22, 2012 9:44 am

Thank you Australia :)

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Guy October 22, 2012 1:53 pm

Ah yes, I believe Cyprus is the next country with a shot at the record.

Good luck to you guys! I like the fact that one of the 'smaller' rugby nations will keep the record for some time, wether it's Lithuania or Cyprus.

Go for it!

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Izzy October 22, 2012 12:47 pm

Shocking handling errors in this game from both teams. I've seen better ball handling skills at a under 15's game. But i guess the draw was the right result cause neither team deserved to win it.

Thrilling end though, what other team would've opted for a scrum in their own 22?. The All Blacks just ran it straight back into the Wallabies half with ease, but all that hardwork then Carter misses from right in front lol..

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Rugbydump October 22, 2012 5:38 pm

The highlights have now been updated with a better version.

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jockandy October 24, 2012 11:51 pm

what? no tries? how fkin boring! :-)

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markjohnconley October 28, 2012 4:45 am

Great defence by Australia. NZ, though not psyched, the only team that looked like scoring (close twice).

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markjohnconley October 28, 2012 4:45 am

Great defence by Australia. NZ, though not psyched, the only team that looked like scoring (close twice).

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markjohnconley October 29, 2012 2:51 am

There, i've said it twice, must be right....

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