ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Thursday Aug 17, 2017

#TBT to Australia's dramatic Bledisloe Cup triumph in 2000

The Rugby Championship begins again this weekend with Australia hosting New Zealand in the first of the Bledisloe Cup matches at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Today we look back at an iconic moment in Australian rugby, when a legend sealed a dramatic victory for the hosts.

The Wallabies haven’t tasted victory in the Bledisloe since the 2002 season and have been defeated in 13 of their last 16 matches with the All Blacks, dating back to the World Cup semi-final in 2011.

If they are to put up any resistance to the Kiwis’ dominance, they will need to replicate a performance that has gone down in Wallaby rugby folklore, that epic Bledisloe Cup match in 2000, sealed in the final minute by John Eales.

It’s difficult to pick out just one memorable moment from that exceptional encounter, from Eales last-gasp winning kick to Christian Cullen’s outrageous set-piece try in the first half. It had everything that you wish for in a game and the dramatic victory snatched from the All Blacks was as exulting as it was devastating.

A repeat on the cards in 2017?

Australia’s form in recent years – both domestic and international – has been patchy at best, leading many in the rugby world to label this year as one of their most important in decades.

It hasn’t exactly been a completely barren run for Australian rugby though, as they reached the World Cup final in 2015, won a Super Rugby title in 2014 with the Waratahs and finished second in the Rugby Championship just last year.

But such has been the successes of the All Blacks and their Super Rugby franchises – three titles in the last three years – Steve Hanson’s side remain the overwhelming favourites and look as formidable as ever in the run-up to the new season.

Below is a 10 minutes long look at that memorable clash in 2000

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 35 WEEKS AGO

    New compilation shows how 132kg former teenage...

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby League's State of Origin could help...

  • 55 WEEKS AGO

    Rennie confident that Wallabies youth can...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 DAY AGO

    No other player has mastered intercepts like Bryan Habana could

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: French flair lights up Brisbane with EPIC coast-to-coast try

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Watch how Marcus Smith lit up Twickenham on England debut vs USA

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Extended highlights show why Josh Adams could be a Lions Test starter

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Aphelele Fassi: The debut Springbok that could change Warren Gatland's Lions selection

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Lewis Ludlow received a four match ban for this knee to the face

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Controversial Marika Koroibete red card not upheld

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Wallabies will contest controversial red card after French player 'milked it'

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Wallabies fans raging after questionable early red card for Marika Koroibete

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Sharks scrum half suspended after that silly elbow against the British & Irish Lions

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 10 HOURS AGO

    Awesome Daly kicking montage shows just how deadly his left boot really is

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Players channel inner Lebron with incredible 'basketball' passes

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Damian McKenzie's outstanding try-saving tackle

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: TEN TRIES between 3 hookers in one weekend

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The moment Marcus Smith found out about his Lions call up

View All

Funnies

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    New compilation of rare Nigel Owens footage is comedy gold

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    The moment Ellis Genge soaks Ugo Monye live on TV is simply priceless

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Inside the Quins changing rooms after winning AWESOME Prem final

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    'I don't know what I'm saying!', Joe Marler's brilliant interview after EPIC Prem win

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Joe Marler elated in special interview as fans return to The Stoop

View All

Amateur

  • 38 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 75 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 1 DAY AGO

    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 28 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 34 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

View All