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Wallabies hold All Blacks to dramatic draw as record goes begging

Wallabies hold All Blacks to dramatic draw as record goes begging
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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.

View the full match here

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

8 Comments

  • jockandy
    12:51 AM 25/10/2012

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

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  • rugbydump
    6:38 PM 22/10/2012

    The highlights have now been updated with a better version.

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  • guy
    2:53 PM 22/10/2012

    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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  • stroudos
    8:49 AM 22/10/2012

    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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  • 5:55 AM 22/10/2012

    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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  • 1:37 AM 22/10/2012

    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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  • murina
    10:46 PM 21/10/2012

    Fair enough

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  • murina
    6:46 PM 21/10/2012

    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 a....choke....by 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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