REVIEW: Bledisloe Cup 3 – As it happened

Steve Timms October 20, 2012 128

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The Wallabies showing how they can do it

You know those occasions where there is something unfolding before your eyes, and though common sense tells you you are about to see something you wont be able to un-see, you CANT look away? Yeah, well that was the feeling as I walked into Suncorp for the third and final Bledisloe cup for 2012. Sure, there was no silverware on offer, but as we were reminded by the speakers at the Reds Bledisloe lunch yesterday, there is no such thing as a nothing test against the All Blacks.

And don’t forget #farewellsharpie

The kick off was long and the Wallabies showed good intent, with AAC charging down the clearing kick from Aaron Smith. The Ball went dead, but gee I love a good chase. The Wallabies recovered the ball from the restart, and a couple of phases later were awarded a penalty for an All Black infringement at the ruck. Aussie Mike Harris slotted it and the Wallabies were in the lead. At least we were going to lose this one to nil…

Shortly after, some good work from both teams, the All Blacks were awarded a penalty for Kurtley Beale not rolling away. From 49 metres out, Dan Carter put it over to level the scores at 3 all.

A near try that was stopped from some great scrambling defense from the wallabies was sent back for a penalty advantage.Dan Carter kicked it and the score was 6-3 to the Visitors at the 12th minute.

the Wallabies were putting some really positive stretches of rugby together, they seemed to be matching the Kiwi physicality too, there is a cracker of a game unfolding.

Tensions started to heat up and Ritchie looked for a new sparring partner. He found it in Higgers, with a small stink adding some spice. I missed it live, but would love to see the replay. A phase or so later, Mike Harris took his second shot at goal. It was good, 6 all in the 29th minute.

Fans at the ground were then treated to a rare sight, a Roll Away Black Seven call, and the obligatory first final warning. Mike Harris took the opportunity to kick another 3, and the Wallabies were back in the lead. 32 minutes had been played.

The Wallaibes then conceded a penalty and Dan Carter stepped up, but in another rarely seen event, he missed. The Wallabies held the lead.

Then the stars aligned, Joubert had had enough of the Kiwi ruck infringement and sent Tony Woodcock for a spell in the bin. Mike Harris converted the penalty to points and the Wallabies went to the sheds leading 12-6.

The All Blacks started the second half with only 14 on the field. They had some luck though with Kurtley’s clearing kick from the kick off going out on the full. As both teams felt their way into the half, The Kiwis were given a penalty on half way. Dan Carter stepped up but missed another.

A huge call of SEVEN BLACK from the Referee was greeted by derision from Sir Ritchie, to which the Joubert walked them ten. This put the kick within range of KB, who stepped up and nailed it from just inside the Wallabies half. Score was 15-6.

A penalty to the Kiwis saw them hit straight back, Dan Carter making an easy one to take it to 15-9 to the Wallabies. after 53 minutes.

The All Blacks were attacking down the wing and Aaron Smith put a grubber kick in, Micheal Hooper was committed (in my opinion) and took him out after, Jaco Peyper had a word to the Ref and Hooper was Yellow Carded. Dan Carter kicked the Penalty and the score was 15-12 after 55 minutes. They were clawing back the difference very quickly.

A penalty was awarded to the Wallabies right on Halfway. Kurtley stepped up to kick it, but was short and to the left. The scores remained 15-12 in the 60th minute.

A great attacking raid down the sideline was only stopped by touch. The wallabies made a mess of their line-out throw, ten metres out, when the ball was thrown cleanly to Black 7 standing at the back. The Kiwis rumbled it through multiple phases, eventually earning a penalty right in front. Dan Carter converted it to level the scores at 15 all, 66th minute.

A dropped sitter (which was picked up by an offside player) from the Wallabies saw Dan Carter line up for another kick. He didn’t miss a third time and the Kiwis had re-claimed the lead. 15-18, 71st minute.

The ruck work that was prominent from the All Blacks in the first half was back, and the Wallabies were awarded a penalty right in front. Mike Harris took the tee and drew the scores level again. With 5 minutes to go, scores were tied 18 all. Time only for a game breaker…

for 5 minutes the Wallabies worked the ball in mid-field. The hooter went and the tension grew. In the end I think he got bored of it, but didn’t want to give the game away with a penalty, so from out of the mess he blew a penalty for the All Blacks. They wanted their winning streak to continue so took a scrum.

They worked the ball down to the Wallabies 22 and settled in for more of the same, midfield hit-ups. They were in the red zone and wanted the win. Carter got into the pocket and went for the droppie. He missed.

#farewellsharpie was a draw. Pucker up Sis…

Congratulations to James ‘Chibba’ Hanson on your test debut.

Australia 18 (Pen, Harris 5/5, Beale 1/2) drew with New Zealand 18 (Pen, Carter 6/8 DG Carter 0/1))

Discussion

  • Zuriel

    I dont care what anyone says, Praise the Wallabies!!
    Win/Loose/Draw thats the passion and the work ethic I love to watch. No trys isnt the issue, yes bad decisions here and there but the outcome… not in points or win/loss is that the Wallabies played as a team and not individuals… against the best in the world,
    well done

    • S Paddy

      Interesting how the Australian sports psyche has changed. 15 years ago it was “any loss is unacceptable and win at all costs” to 2012′s “bring the champers out cos we got a draw”. Great effort I agree but I would suggest that game had more to do with the All Blacks than Oz. They would not have made that many unforced errors in decades. A magnificent gesture to KM after the game though – superb stuff.

      • http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/ Matt Rowley

        The expectations are definitely lower – especially with our third string side and rudderless coaching – It wasn’t just the AB’s who made the “unforced’ errors.

        Australia are still the only side who know how stop the New Zealand, as we showed on weekend. Imagine what could be with some top class execution and the first team

  • Alan

    great effort by this gutsy wallaby team against a pretty amazing AB side.

    on reflection i think we should/could have won it but our handling errors – especially under the high ball is unacceptable. Too many made by too many players, how long is it before we employ someone from the AFL to assist us in this??

    still its great to stop the ABs from marching their way onto a consecutive test win record. The tribute and words for mealamu was fantastic also, well deserved

    looking forward to the tour of europe!

    • Matt

      It seems through all the injuries the Wallabies have stumbled on a fairly good combination. The forwards haven’t looked this effective for a long time.

      KB is still learning the ropes, but he looks much more of a threat then QC at international level.

      Mike Harris looked very assured. Perhaps he might be a good steadying influence at fullback, with plenty of flair around him when injured players returned.

      • Alan

        fact. there was a level of intensity and physicality from the wallaby pack that looked to have had the ABs reeling for a spell there, particularly in the first 40
        we have seen glimpses of it in the past, i just hope it starts to become the norm rather than the exception.

        Harris did fine at FB, i think he will only get better over time. But fuck me, how fantastic is it to see the wallabies with a reliable kicker!!!! cant help but feel if QC or Gits was kicking tonight we would have lost the game

        with KB capable from distance and harris with his pin point accuracy, we could well have our own francois/morne steyn threat

        • Matt

          Totally agree.

          South Africa have won plenty of games in the past due to being able to collect points from anywhere within about 60m of the opposition goal line. Now Australia are developing a pretty effective capability too.

          The forward pack basically has a bit of mongrel about them. It is a cliche, but the attitude looked right from the moment they stepped on the field.

          Finally, absolutely thrilled for how KB has turned his season around. He is still learning, but there is no doubting the effort and the ability is clearly there.

      • Fletch

        FFS would ppl stop saying that the ABs are amazing- the wallabies are the ones who are amazing at times – ABs are a solid well drilled unit but to say they are amazing is just gay – sorry but it’s pathetic – wheres ppls friggen national pride- why don’t u just drop ur pants next time

        • Alan

          calm down fletch

  • Gazza

    What a joke of a game I hope Joubert gets lynched

    • sph45

      why?

      • Ian

        Cause gazza is a kiwi is my guess.

    • Jimmy

      Agreed – He failed to send McCaw off for repeated infringements.

      I hope they lynch him – its ridiculous

    • Quite

      Definitely! Sir Richie should binned in the first 20 mins.

  • The Rant

    A draw. a knee and a headbutt to macaw is good enough for me.

    Kept them tryless and forced them into errors. We still had way to many schoolboy errors of our own. We really seem to get pressured by the scoreboard. But almost every time we made mistakes – we forced one back and nullified the counter.

    Joubert had a good game – his short short advantages were something I haven’t seen before. Kept the game flowing for sure.

    Well done Sharpie!! Noone picked this so let’s enjoy it.

    • Goldie

      The knee & headbutt was a cheap shot from someone over pumped. Lucky to stay on the field, but will probably have a couple of weeks holiday now.

      Great defense both teams, what a fantastic test. I said no more than 7 or so points in it but this was just a great game. Aus are definately not out of it. Deans will be preparing Aus against the Lions after that one.

    • Jimmy

      I’ve said it in another post but does anyone else get the impression that opposition teams have given up on trying to get the referees to police McCaw at the breakdown and have just decided to administer their own justice?

      Few unsavoury incidents this year after he got away with absoute murder at the WC. Maybe they are just trying to make a point. The IRB should have sorted the breakdown out years ago – they are responsible for what is occuring now.

  • http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/ Matt Rowley

    18 more wins boys, 18 more wins.

    #FarewellSharpie

  • TerribleTowel

    fark me, there’ll be a time to dissect the match fully later, but I’ve never been this pumped after a wallaby match since being at the stands the 2003 rwc semi live when I was 11. The wallabies showed with their backs against the wall their true character. Cheers from a happy supporter.

    I don’t care that the score line was 18-18 the good guys won and the blackness lost

  • Dave

    Wow. A draw. Now I’m truly confused. Would have loved a win, obviously, but we stood up in patches and showed we are indeed good enough. Bookies at least will be loving this result.

    #Farewellsharpie

  • fletch

    Coulda Shoulda Woulda –

    This team is above average

    and potential to be very good.

  • Mickeyb

    Gutsy, hard graft game for the Wallabies to outplay Blacks in possession and most of the stats.

    And our forwards do go forward!

    KB needs more runners off his shoulder – how well did he get over the gain line. I could see JOC and Digby doing this with aplomb.

    This maybe the turning point for Deans and the Wallabies!

    And it’s almost our second string against the ABs. Great job!

    • http://lachlancathy.com/ Lachlan Payne

      Almost our second string team? That was our third XV!

      • PD

        Dont yiou ever tire of this 2nd 15 3rd 15 rubbish? Did the Wallabies choke in the last few minutes?

      • Lee Enfield

        The 22 from last night as far as I am concerned are our best team. Everyone who didn’t make the 22 last night need to earn the right to be selected.
        No more automatic selections for players returning from injury. They need to play their way into the team.
        These 22 players (the bulk) got the job done against the Argies, when they were expected to lose. They came within a whisker of beating the All Blacks when they were expected to get thumped.
        This 22 might not be the best 22 players in the country, however they have played more like a team and have stood up when it counted, better than our best 22 players have over the last 12 months.

        • Brumby Runner

          Palu and Mitchell? Lokks like they came straight back into the team to me.

        • Lee Enfield

          Mitchell replaced an injured Shipperley.
          Palu replaced a spent Samo.
          So, there were valid reasons for selecting them in the team.
          I am saying, as you probably were aware, that just because O’Connor, Pocock, Horwill, Genia, etc have recovered from injury, that shouldn’t mean they are automatically selected.
          They should only be selected if they have form and runs on the board in the form of having played a number of games.
          Obvioulsy injury cover changes things a bit.

  • fletch

    If anyone had any doubts where the spiritual home of Australian rugby is..

    The place looks awesome.

    ANZ has about as much atmosphere as Goulburn jail.

    • james

      and there were still chants of “all blecks”. sigh. definitely the best ground/crowd we have though.

  • Gallagher07

    Go the Walabies at Funcorp!!!
    Amazing what happens when we start to see our first 15 players start to come back!

    Thats a win in my book.

    • PD

      No it was a draw. And you should have won so it was actually a choke.

      • Pie Thrower

        Apparently the kiwis were going to put 25+ on us as this was a ‘woeful wallaby team’. This was going to happen on the way to equalling the world record of consecutive wins, but you didn’t.

        So remind me again, who choked??

        • PD

          The Wallabies had no idea what they were doing in the last minutes when they trundled towards the posts. If they had, they could have set for the drop and killed it there. Choke!

        • skyeblue

          well pie thrower,im glad your happy with a draw because that’s as close as we’ve got..were we suppose to be no1 by this time this year remember james horwill promised? we’ve lost the bledisloe again and the championship.please remind me who choked….the abs are still unbeatin in 17 straight, when are we going to hit these hights????

      • John

        If you wanna talk about choking, how about the best side in the world drawing with the WB’s 3rd XV? Or how about Dan Carter missing a drop goal and a couple of easy penalties? Go lurk somewhere else troll.

        • Who?

          Guys, grow up. We had more possession, more territory… Our pack did a great job last night, and our backs couldn’t find the way to score the points to put the ABs away. The ABs bombed at least two tries, spilled lots of ball (almost as muc as Taf!), and generally were off balance. To our pack’s credit. But our backs ran sideways all night, and very rarely threatened the defensive line. Our best break was set up by Tapuai, who straightened and drew in a defender, something that was rarely done.

          No one’s ever said our team has lacked heart. Last night, they once again put in, doing a fantastic job. Our problem remains the lack of intelligence in our play.

          And if we’re anything like honest with ourselves, then, in a fortnight where Richie’s biography came out and highlighted the lack of a drop goal play in the ABs’ play book, then isn’t an indictment on us that we didn’t even ATTEMPT a droppie? We were a little further out than ideal, but we had plenty of time to do it. Instead, we didn’t try and load up for the droppie, or the try. We just tried to bash our way through a wall that wasn’t looking likely to move. DC might’ve missed his droppie, but at least he tried one. We weren’t smart or brave enough to even have a go.

      • Jimmy

        Seriously you troll, it was great to see a competetive game and the comments on the forum are all in good spirit. That game last night, despite not being the greatest in terms of skill ever witnessed, was fantastic to watch.

        Are you seriously such a sad bastard that you want to crap on about “choking”? Both sides may have “choked” if you look at it like that – but I for one would rather just say that both teams were unable to put either away due to some intense pressure exerted by the opposition in a great game.

        Get a life.

        • PD

          Just thoght I wouild see how you reacted to the choker tag. We put up with by people like you for years.

          And the comments came from an Australian paper.

      • Brax

        Hahahaha

  • Tommo

    Easy lads. Sure it was a test that the Poms would have been proud of, but it was a terrible game by both teams. Draw was no more than the game deserved.

    • Pie Thrower

      Did you actually watch the game or did you just see the wrap up?? No way that could be called terrible. That was intense test match rugby at its best. Don’t get me wrong, I love running rugby, but there is nothing wrong with a game like that.

      • Tommo

        Absolutely saw the game – watch back and see how many schoolboy errors were made. Wallabies stilted in attack, no idea where to go. Lineout overthrows. Poor refereeing decisions. Forward passes. Dropped kicks. Basic tactical kicks going out on the fool. Scrums total joke. Need I go on? Watch again in the light of day – dire effort by both teams, and neither should be happy with how they played.

        • Tommo

          But absolutely agree that the last 5 – 10 mins were intense…it was the previous 75 mins that had me reaching for the noose

    • Jimmy

      Mate you are correct in terms of skill etc the game was not of high standard. But in terms of passion and excitement it was fantastic.

      I will watch that game again – simply to see us compete for a change.

      Go the Wobblies!!!!!

    • bill

      Nice effort, lots of errors, pretty ugly to watch, scrum especially.

      Higginbotham wasn’t headbutting, he was just trying to siphon off Ritchie’s rugby brain/knowledge by osmotic pressure, clearly.

      Ahh, should get a week or two. Not a great move, now they’ll see him as an instigator, more likely to be penalised and get longer suspensions if he doesn’t get smart.

      • bill

        Two weeks is a good result for higgers, now pull your f*ing head in turtleman.

        Didn’t think it was any more than a f*k you to McCaw anyway, if you were really had intent you’d need some leverage, doing it from a supine position? let’s just say Higger’s should be buying McCaw a beer next time for being such a nice, warm, caring human being.

  • Chunderstruck

    Great to see our boys stand in the way of the Dark Streak. Still think we should have won though, if we could hold the ball

    • Quite

      I’d rather they had kicked between the sticks than hold onto it !

  • fletch

    one more thing before I return to normal life ….that decision by Joubert to bin Hooper for not staying on feet when he was smashed and then held down by ABs was beyond comprehension..even if if he was guilty he never received any prior warnings individually, as the team hadn’t either – it was just a gutless evening up from Joubert to balance the AB yellow ….what an absolute pussy he is.

    • Tommo

      It was the late hit on the halfback that sent him to the bin

      • fletch

        yeah …ur right…had a bunch of poms watching chelsea match next to me ..hard to focus..Budapest barwaitress made up for it though.

    • dudebudstud

      I don’t think there should have been a penalty against Hooper for falling off his feet in that ruck. If you saw the replay he came in on his feet then was cleared out via a saddle roll and pinned to the ground.

  • Parker

    What a dilemma. A great result for a hearty team could mean a reprieve for their sub standard coach. Nice to see the ref nullify the unfair advantage at the ruck that the blackness have been stealing for yonks.

  • Gazza

    I think u will find it was the late hit on smith was the reason for his binning but yes Joubert should be shot

  • reality

    all good if simple fumbles in an international test match are your thing. and they just seem to keep on coming match after match.. time for some accountability, time for deans to go, time for an AFL coach to teach some high ball catching skills ..how much more pain does the aussie public have to endure?? and time to take the field goal kick!!

    • Stin

      Bloody oath! As I’ve said before Mick Byrne should be top if the NEED list!

  • Jarofvegemite

    There not our 2nd string team. There just the players who should have been there from the beginning. Deans has been forced to pickt he correct players.

  • Jarofvegemite

    Their

    • Wolfie

      They’re

  • ‘Boutbloodytime

    That’s what ticker is all about & not being daunted by the opposition…now it’s time to back it up with some skills & start putting the tight games away more consistently…

    Definitely a proud Wallabies supporter after that display of guts by a side that has a lot of heart & pride…congratulations on a top effort to see Sharpie off on his last home test…

    I’m actually quite hopeful about the NH tour now & am pleased to see so many new players step up & handle the big stage…

    Well done Wallabies!

  • Dirt Tracker

    Channel Nine are one-eyed scum. In this drawn game they didn’t bother to show the post-match interview with the All Blacks captain.

    • Tony

      He was crying his way back to the sheds after a ref finally had the nerve to talk back to him.

      • S Paddy

        Intersting how the Australian sports psyche has changed. 15 years ago it was “any loss is unacceptable and win at all costs” to 2012′s “bring the champers out cos we got a draw”. Great effort I agree but I would suggest that game had more to do with the All Blacks than Oz. They would not have made that many unforced errors in decades. A magnificent gesture to KM after the game though – superb stuff.

        • TSR

          15 years ago the Wallabies were in a different place – wins over the ABs were far more regular, as was us holding the Bledisloe. And I can’t remember a time 15 yrs ago when we had so many first choice players out injured. I reckon I would have thought it was pretty good if we drew a game 15 yrs ago without Kearns, Eales, Morgan, Cockbain, Wilson, Gregan, Larkham, Horan, Little, Roff, Tune & Burke + about 10 of the next best Wallabies.

  • Jarofvegemite

    How many restarts were missed due to ads

    • Jimmy

      Yeah i thought exactly the same thing – it really pissed me off. That’s terrible coverage from 9.

  • Botticelli

    That was a great game to watch. The boys showed spirit. Yes they made some handling errors but they bounced back from them. This guy Deans is a very good coach for achieving what he has this season given the number of casualties. With some good runners Wallabies probably would have won. No other coach could have got more out of it. Well done Robbie et al.

    • Jimmy

      They did play well mate – Still not convinced on Deans though. We still seem to lack some fundamentals which, after 5 years is unforgivable. Injuries or not. He had far less injuries last year and we had the same issues.

      • Chuck

        So what you are saying is that the super rugby coaches have no effect on a players skill levels? And the fact that they have them for much longer periods of time should have no bearing on the matter?

  • skyeblue

    we held in there. even though the blecks were well off they’re game,to be honest we never looked liked scoring a try,but i’ll take a draw…phewww

    • fletch

      they werent off their game – they were rattled by a more in your face opposition – its called pressure.

  • Jarofvegemite

    The WBs put them off.and did not allow them to play at their best

    And Phipps is just shit

  • Danny

    Well done Wallabies. Need some catching practice, but v proud to support a team with great courage, adaptability and determination.

  • OOAAH

    AIG=Australia IS Good

  • JJIgotcha

    Never want to hear how Joubert favours the All Blacks again. Shocker.

    • jrsONE

      well I guess this will be the last time we see you on G&GR – don’t let the door hit you on the way out

    • Scotty in Darkest Devon

      Blew it again! Lost it in those 10 minutes with Hooper off the field. And I never want to hear that Joubert favours the Wallabies again! :-)

      Seriously, with all the press talk from the dark side of the Tasman you would think it would have been pointless of them turning up. Well played to the lads and a decent farewell for the tall baldy man. You have been a great servant of the Wallaby game, from a short baldy man.

    • Jimmy

      Your problem is that you aren’t used to a ref who makes mistakes on both sides. you are used to having every call go your way.

      Welcome to what the rest of the world deals with.

      • The Rant

        Um, i think scotty’s aussie Jimmy…

        • Jimmy

          Thought i had responded to JJ – Scotty just had a response before me.

  • swandive

    Blew it again! Lost it in those 10 minutes with Woodcock off the field! No urgency in that time and no inclination to speed up the game and take adavantage of the extra man.

    • Chiraag

      Chiraag@live.com.au set ourselves up your a drop goal as well or given the backs a shot for a bit at the end, given that after the first 10 phases or so it was pretty obvious that the all blacks weren’t going to give away an obvious penalty and the likely result would be a knock on our a penalty against us.

      Oh well, still a gutsy effort by the boys and much better that I was expecting.

      Thought Cummins was solid again, and really liked how he faced the haka. If only all the boys could show that sort of passion and enthusiasm

      • Chiraag

        Not sure what happened to the start of that comment. Technical difficulties posting from the phone.

        The start was supposed to say: Thought we should have set up for a drop goal…

  • Dave

    A draw. Now I’m truly confused. Should I be happy or sad? I’ll have to settle for satisfied. Would have loved a win, obviously, but I’ll take that we stood up in patches and showed we are indeed more than good enough to match it with the best. We put them off their game at times with a pretty good forward running display which was good to see. And our defence was awesome. How many times have we held the ABs tryless?

    Oh, and Higgers, I appreciate the sentiment, I really, really do, but did you forget about the cameras and the little impending trip to Europe? Or did Robbie put you up to it to get Ritchie back?

    In the very least bookies will be loving this result.

    #Farewellsharpie

  • Graeme

    Some thoughts from watching the game:

    Phenomenal effort up front

    I was the first to call for Deans head after the strategic and tactical debacle that was our world cup. But his achievements against adversity in the rugby cup have shown his mettle.

    It’s a bit early top call before the northern tour, but under the radar i think we are actually developing a competitive scrum. And with some depth since we have at least two players playing at each position in the front 3.

    The injuries to our backline may have worked in favor of Deans gameplan. Not having anyone capable of chip and box kicking to Dagg and Jane all night helped our chances. And having such a strong defensive backline with a Jonny Wilkinson style kicker allowed us to play Deans defensive gameplan, as opposed to the more attacking gameplan that he probably should have been playing with our first string backline.

    I thought Joubert had a good game. Was glad to see him actually penalize number 7!

    Hoopers yellow card was deserved. In hindsight it was foolish of him because we covered the ball, but her couldn’t have known that at the time. But he certainly intentionally took the kicker out.

    I may sound un-Australian by asking this, but i honestly can’t understand why Phipps wasn’t yellow carded when he picked up the ball from AAC’s knock on. The Ref didn’t call it, neither did the commentators and most kiwis don’t seem up in arms about it. So I’m not complaining. But it seemed like black and white case for a yellow card. He knowingly and purposely committed a foul around the 22 to stop them scoring a certain try. Unlike Hoopers attempt, it was the right thing to do because, although cynical, it did stop a try. Still I’m very surprised he got away with it.

    This was the guttsiest performance I’ve seen from am Australian side since the 2003 world cup semi.

  • Graeme

    Some thoughts from watching the game:

    Phenomenal effort up front

    I was the first to call for Deans head after the strategic and tactical debacle that was our world cup. But his achievements against adversity in the rugby cup have shown his mettle.

    It’s a bit early top call before the northern tour, but under the radar i think we are actually developing a competitive scrum. And with some depth since we have at least two players playing at each position in the front 3.

    The injuries to our backline may have worked in favor of Deans gameplan. Not having anyone capable of chip and box kicking to Dagg and Jane all night helped our chances. And having such a strong defensive backline with a Jonny Wilkinson style kicker allowed us to play Deans defensive gameplan, as opposed to the more attacking gameplan that he probably should have been playing with our first string backline.

    I thought Joubert had a good game. Was glad to see him actually penalize number 7!

    Hoopers yellow card was deserved. In hindsight it was foolish of him because we covered the ball, but her couldn’t have known that at the time. But he certainly intentionally took the kicker out.

    I may sound un-Australian by asking this, but i honestly can’t understand why Phipps wasn’t yellow carded when he picked up the ball from AAC’s knock on. The Ref didn’t call it, neither did the commentators and most kiwis don’t seem up in arms about it. So I’m not complaining. But it seemed like a black and white case for a yellow card. He knowingly and purposely committed a foul around the 22 to stop them scoring a certain try. Unlike Hoopers attempt, it was the right thing to do because, although cynical, it did stop a try. Still I’m very surprised he got away with it.

    This was the guttsiest performance I’ve seen from am Australian side since the 2003 world cup semi.

  • Graeme

    One last thought.

    What were we thinking in the last few minutes when had the ball on attack? The kiwi’s are an incredibly disciplined team in their own half. We were never going to milk a penalty. After 10 or 15 phases, once we got into their 22, why the fuck wasn’t Harris lining up for a field goal? The decision top keep blindly hoping for a penalty ended up several centimeters to the right of the post of us turning victory into defeat.

    Ps. Apologies for the spelling mistakes. blame the SlideIT keyboard on a Samsung phone.

  • PD

    Well I have never seen so many excited fans about a draw. Good game Australia and certainly deserved it. Thanks for two things. You end this streak for us which would have become a tedius focus and you get to keep Deans now.

  • Jack

    I think it is fair to say there is no doubt that Australia are the number two rugby team in the world after that display. When they have their full line up of players to choose from (Q.C. can just fark right off to where ever) I think they will seriously challenge the all Blacks for the number one spot. No other coach presently available in Australia could have done any better than Deans has done with what he’s had to work with. I hope he stays around for a while yet and gets to see his critics to eat their words.

  • Jack

    Eat their words, wheres the farking edit button?

  • TerryB

    Well done Wallabies, very gutsy effort. A draw was a fair result.

  • stillatragic

    Suncorp was like Eden Park up north. So many Kiwis, and not locals for once. So many asked for directions! Like, hello. A flow of yellow and black going down Caxton Street and where is Suncorp? Must have flown over to see the historic winning streak. (Disappointed!)

    Was really worried when the All Black team was read out. Geez. Sounded like a home game. Then their Anthem. But when Advance Australia was sung at full voice (I have never heard it sung with such passion at Suncorp before) I figured we were in with a chance.

    Full credit for a gutsy defence driven draw, and I can’t help feeling that this, and the win against Argentina, may be the turning points for this maligned team. To cause an upset (remember the odds against winning were 7 to 1 – the highest ever for a Wallaby team) was an exceptional result and hearty congratulations.

  • ChumbaWumba

    Took our place in the stands at Suncorp last night to find we were surrounded by blackness supporters. In our own home ground! Surely there ought to be a law against it. From the haka onward they were unbearable and we prepared our selves for a horrible night. The Wallabies ground out a physical forward battle where we more than matched the ABs. It was great to see. Given the lead up and game expectation (Oz $5.50 at TAB) a draw = win for Australia and loss for ABs. And it was a joy to see the expat boys in black completely silenced.

  • Jimmy

    We’ve heard a lot about how good this ABs team are and there is no doubt they are a very good team. But I can’t help but feel they have had the benefit of playing some extremely poor opposition tis year.

    But last night proved something we have seen glimpses of for a while – put them under real pressure and they can crack – like any other team.

    Great heart from the Wobblies. I’m considering reversing my decision not to watch them until Deans is shown the door.

    • Drop kick

      So you watched the game, but you are now going to reverse your decision not to watch them till Deans leaves! How does that work?

      • Jimmy

        My ecision was not to pay to watch them until Deans goes -I should have been clearer.

  • Train Without A Station

    Actually seemed to be a fair bit of passion and mongrel from us for a change. Good to see the boys fire up a bit for the anthem and the game. The honey badger certainly looked ready to go. Call me a goose but I was sitting there hoping the boys would charge the haka as if to say enough is enough. I was also wishing Higgers was going to put one on McCaw’s chin to rattle him. Would have been worth missing the end of year tour for.

    • TerribleTowel

      to be fair to higs he managed to land a knee and a headbutt on Sir Richie.

  • Noisey

    Now that was almost with the admission price. Last 10 mins were nail biting stuff, couldn’t believe we didn’t position for the field goal but had they managed to cross the chalk it would have been the try of the decade. Congrats to Kev M on his 100, and to Hanson on his debut (timely methinks). I am concerned that as Aussies we condemn Loe for his hit on Carozza yet praise Higgers and QC for similar thuggery on McCaw. Call it what you will, it’s still hitting a man on the ground and we used to have a word for that….

    • Jimmy

      Hopefully no one is condoning that sort of play. It’s not what we want to see. Guess some people just sympathise with the players who are getting so frustrated they are resorting to these acts.

  • Robson

    Call me a pansy if you like, but I’m strongly opposed to playing the man and not the ball. That is not what the game is about and if we ever let it be, it will deteriorate into a fracas for hooligans only. I think that Higginbotham’s actions on McCaw were stupid, if not in fact stupidly vindictive. I searched vainly for some kind of retalitory reason why Higgers would descend to that kind of rubbish, but in the two replays we got I couldn’t find one.

    Other than that I thought it was a fantastic match and all but lived right up to my expectations. I say “all but lived right up to my expectations” because I really did feel that the Wallabies would win. But for some unfortunate lapses in execution I think they might have.

    In the final analysis neither side got the little things right at the crucial moment so a draw was probably a fair result. I couldn’t help thinking, however, what a huge influence Sharpe would have had on the team if he had been in the captain’s role since the beginning of the season.

    I absolutely believe that it is Sharpe who has been the difference in this side since being reduced to their second and third tier of substitutions – nothing to do with Deans.

    Can’t wait for the Spring tour to start.

    • AB

      While I agree with your idealism of a noble sport where everyone plays the rules, people will always try to bend the rules to their advantage.

      Here’s a little scenario. In school, kids gets picked on by this bigger older kid. He takes their lunch money and roughs them up. Telling the teachers doesn’t work, become he’s so well behaved and they always just have a ‘word’. Finally one day, one of the kids gets the courage and decks the bully during lunch and tells him they’ve had enough.

      In summary, sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands, because the people who are in charge only see what they want to see.

      • Robson

        Well I don’t have an idealistic view of rugby as a noble sport. It’s a hard, physical and at times brutal game and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

        I understand the frustration that some of us feel abut McCaw seeming to get away with everything short of murder, but I don’t think your comparassion of what Higgers did to some kid sticking up for himself against a bully in a school playground is quite relevant.

        Higgers lost the plot and hopefully won’t pay a price too high for it when he goes before the judiciary tomorrow.

        • stillatragic

          Re Higgers: Correct me if I’m wrong but I watched the game on replay today and I’m sure Ritchie grabbed Higgers’ leg as he was moving over him (admittedly not around him) which made Higgers fall on him. Hence knee to the chest. The rest was just gratuitous violence on Higgers part, which we all deplore.

          Mind, I like the high mindedness coming from the team and the NZ press that never acknowledged much less aplologised when O’Driscoll was spear tackled off the ball.

        • Luke

          @stillatragic: I hate to be the one to correct you but you’re wrong about Higgers; he walked past McCaw and kneed his head then feel on top of him, and finally gave him a Liverpool kiss.

        • fletch

          @Robson – Im not going to call you a pansy as you mentioned was an option to those who disagreed with your comments above but I do think I see one coming through in that picture of yours :)

        • Robson

          Ha, ha, you’ve got amazing eyesight Fletch to see a pansy sprouting in a bunch of flax.

    • MrMouse

      I think it’s worth watching the incident again to clarify. I found a good youtube of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otz7OUb7f9k
      There were two citations. 1) Knee, 2) Headbutt
      1) In fact, you can clearly see that McCaw grabs Higginbotham’s leg and pulls him to the ground. I suspect that this was done in the knowledge it would likely set him off, he’d come up swinging and get given a rest. In my opinion, he is not guilty of that charge.
      2) The headbutt is inexcusable. No matter what, that is not cool and the kind of cheap shot I don’t want to see from anyone in that gold jersey. Guilty as sin, 4 weeks with an early plea.

  • Tommy

    Good game, great passion and intensity. This might sound tough but our attack still looks clueless and we didn’t really look like scoring a try. Deans has still got to go IMO, regardless of a gutsy win and a gutsy draw in the last 2 games.

  • Jarofvegemite

    Its the severity of the hits which makes the difference.

  • John

    Most impressive thing about the whole event was the fact that the Wobs belted the anthem with everything they had. Nice to see, I can’t stand seeing a bloke up there representing his country with his lips clenched shut.
    Was kind of hoping we’d challenge the Haka as well.

  • Dave

    A draw. Now I’m truly confused. Should I be happy or sad? I’ll have to settle for satisfied. Would have loved a win, obviously, but we stood up in patches and showed we are indeed good enough to match it with the best so I’ll take that. We put them off their game with a pretty good forward running display which was good to see. And our defence was something special. How often have we held them tryless?

    Oh, and Higgers, I appreciate the sentiment, I really, really do, but did you forget about the cameras and the little impending trip to Europe? Or did Robbie put you up to it to get Ritchie back?

    In the very least bookies will be loving this result.

    #Farewellsharpie

    • Dave

      Sorry about the repeated posts. I tried to comment last night but nothing happened, tried again twice this morning that didn’t come up and now they are all there. Weird.

  • bill

    So the all blacks do a haka with the throat slit gesture and that’s ok, when the wallabies respond and there’s a little illadvised action suddenly the world comes to a grinding halt. The wallabies like everyone else are responsible for their actions but you have to wonder what do the all blacks expect to happen when they pull that shit.

  • Darkness

    Before the game started you could see the passion and intensity that the Wallabies had. The Haka was fierce and the Aussie’s reaction was great. But the game was UGLY.

    A lot of supporters are seeing this game as the Wallabies playing so well and pushing a full strength AB’s squad with a weakened team. And I cannot deny that.

    But it proves that Australia has only really had a chance to beat NZ when they are at their absolute worst. World Cup and the other two games, NZ were on song (not their best) but played well and Australia, at fullER strength had nothing.

    Still a long way to go Australia, a draw isn’t a win

    • skyeblue

      i agree darkness, we didn’t look like scoring a try all game .the abs were playing all the attacking football,if a few balls went to hand could have been a different story.

  • the ardent

    Would love to see comments on which chages would be made to this starting XV when the 496 injuries are repaired.

    Genia and Digby are given – tough to see what else would really change.

  • enid sharpe

    So good to read all the postive things coming from you all – compared to the negativity from others!
    Onwards and upwards my friends.

    • Luke

      G&GR graced by Mrs. Sharpe once again!

  • http://BigFella Big Fella

    Our Wallaby team punched way above their weight last night.

    This team on paper, had no right to challenge these All Blacks, but did us and themselves proud with a gutsy and sustained effort.

    One major problem hasn’t gone away however;
    When we get tired we kick the ball.
    When we kick the ball, bad things usually happen.

  • Benny

    Beating the Aussies will never be as satisfying after reading these comments. You’re all happy with a draw? Come on, you’re not Romania or Italy, you’re #2 in the world. Act like it! :)

  • Bay35Pablo

    “A huge call of SEVEN BLACK from the Referee was greeted by derision from Sir Ritchie, to which the Joubert walked them ten.”

    No, in RIchie’s defence the commentators indicated this wasn’t Saint Richie of the Blessed Turnover, but another player (Casey?) kicking the ball away in frustration.

    Black 7′s halo is still intact.

  • Bay35Pablo

    “Micheal Hooper was committed (in my opinion) and took him out after, Jaco Peyper had a word to the Ref and Hooper was Yellow Carded. ”

    Mmmm, much as I am always quick to question the discretion of Jaco P Colpepper from Hazzard County, I suspect Hooper stayed committed to that tackle when he might have made some effort to pull out or reduce the effect.

    However, I was not disappointed to see this, or (although in no way excusing Higgers knee and head butt, for it was) the stink with Richie.

    This is showing some mongerel in the dog finally. This would tend to be the type of stuff the ABs, or the Boks, would do again and again in back play, and get away with (or get acught but intimidate us with). While we played whiter than white.

    It showed they weren’t showing the ABs too much respect (perhaps just slightly on the side of too little perhaps), which is what we have all been looking for a while. Along with some mongerel.

    How good is Hooper? Was fantasising him in a sky blue jersey while he was ripping in …….. 2013, boo ya!!!!

    • Benny

      The tackle wasn’t just late but it was a shoulder charge too. And the headbutt doesn’t show mongrel, it shows lack of control and that Richie again got under their skin. It’s the inexperienced boys that are getting schooled and carded/banned because guys like McCaw and Sharpe with 100+ tests are frustrating them making them do stupid sh*t.

  • Sledgey

    “Tensions started to heat up and Ritchie looked for a new sparring partner”
    What an utterly rubbish comment!

    • Goldie

      It was a stupid action & when seen knowing what’s comming, clearly premeditated. Australia already had the penalty & I guess you could argue he got away with it on the night, but I’m betting next game All Blacks by plenty.

      As bad as, if not worse than Richard Loe’s cowardly act. How he never got suspended after that is still a mystery to me!

      • Sledgey

        Richard Loe was a dirty player, and there’s no defending it.
        But to imply that McCaw is “hunting for a new sparring partner” is ridiculous! That comment implies that the stupid action taken by Higginbotham could in some small way be justifiable.

        • cyclopath

          The comment was part of a review written before he had the benefit of the replay – see the following text above. I don’t think it was condoning Higginbotham’s action.

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