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Wallabies v. Blecks – As it Happens

Wallabies v. Blecks – As it Happens

We Are Gold

Tri Nations 6, Bledisloe 2, the final hit out before the Battle of Bill across the dutch.

This post will cover the match as it happens, refresh to read the latest coverage from Lang Park in Brisbane. By my count there are 17 players back from the Super Rugby final last month.

Match Details

Ground: Lang Park, Brisbane
Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Craig Joubert / Cobus Wessels
TMO: Matt Goddard

Head to Head

Wallabies: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Radike Samo, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Dan Vickerman, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu. Reserves: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Salesi Ma’afu, 18 Rob Simmons, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Rob Horne.

All Blacks: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock. Reserves: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 John Afoa, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Colin Slade, 22 Isaia Toeava.

Pre Match

Digby "Demolition" Ioane

The rain has eased off for now, however light drizzly rain in the first half, increasing later in the match.

Saia is clearly happy to have his twin in the squad, as Ant is happily braiding his hair in the changerooms.

Richie is interviewed about his last (unhappy) trip to Lang Park, Richie reckons the Super loss is far from his mind. Well, it was, until Kafe reminded him about it.

Dan Vickerman is very vocal in the on field huddle, from my couch he looks to be channeling another ageing lock – Van Humphries.

Digby Ioane has gone for the look pioneered by Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man. Smooth.

I always like the Kiwi anthem, since they’ve cut back their military they’re basically reliant on Australia to defend New Zealand. Then they sing a song about Australia being God.

Anthems done, time for an interpretive dance from the Blecks. Wallabies stared them down for 20 seconds after their eistefford.

First Half

First 5 minutes

Great start for the Wallabies with Adam Ashley-Cooper securing a deep kickoff. A clearing kick was well chased, turned over and a penalty won on half way. From this we set up a lineout on Kiwi 22 but forgot to contest the throw which went straight to McCaw at the back. Dan Carter’s clearance kick was charged down by Ben Alexander and the Wallabies kept it tight right up to the line. Kieran Reid infringed at the ruck, and Quade Cooper slots it from right in front.

5 to 10 minutes

The Wallabies regained a midfield bomb and a pinpoint touch finder by Kurtley set up a lineout 5 metres out. Kiwi lineout solid and this passage of play for well contested by both teams. Impressed by the hard work of Radike Samo, david Pocock and Rocky Elsom hitting lots of rucks.

10 to 15 minutes

McCaw down injured, sore ribs, bleeding eyebrow, and tightness around the throat. Kieran Read also down and the trainer is on the field.

Nice work by Adam Ashley Cooper to get over the tryline however Mils Muliana grabs the ball as he’s forcing it to the ground. 5 meter scrum to the Wallabies – wrong call, should have been a 22 as if it wasn’t a try then Mils grounded it in goal. Kieran Reid is now subbed for Victor Vito, Adam Thomson also getting attention from the medicos.

15 to 20 minutes

Wallabies still camped in the Kiwi 22, very dominant stanza of play for the home team who are keeping it tight with the pick and drive. Quick ball from the ruck for Will Genia who disects Owen Franks and Keven Mealamu for a 5 pointer under the posts.

A great run from Samo makes 20 metres for the Wallabies, though shortly after Radike is injured in backplay. Solid pressure from the kiwis who blow a 6 man overlap 10 metres out from the line with a knock on thanks to pressure from Anthony Fainga’a.

20 to 25 minutes

Ben Alexander concedes a full arm penalty at a scrum, Kiwis push into our 22 and win a penalty for James Horwill apparently offside. Seemed like he was retiring after making a tackle to me. Carter slots the penalty, 10-3.

Another massive tackle from Radike coming out of the line for hammer time.

25 to 30 minutes

Nice run from Kurtley Beale who fields a high ball then steps Conrad Smith, Mils Muliana and Richie McCaw in a 15 metre run. Lots of broken play running rugby, ends in a brilliant kick from Quade that stops 1 metre from the touch line. Great chasing from Cooper also – sets up a Wallaby lineout inside the Kiwi 22.

We win the lineout and combo of forwards and MacCabe hitting it up tight. Genia spreads it left and the Kiwis steal it at the next ruck through Mealamu, who then wins a penalty for Big Kev holding on.

30 to 35 minutes

Wallabies playing all the rugby in the Kiwi half here, applying great pressure around the fringes. Ma’a Nonu concedes a penalty for tackling without the ball, Quade converts, 13-3.

More box kicks that we regain. Radike Samo makes Adam Thomson HIS BITCH, scores a 50 metre try after bitch-slapping Thomson and carries Mils and Corey Jane the last 5 metres to score under the posts. Quade slots, 20-3.

35 to 40 minutes

The Wallabies are now running the All Blacks ragged, hot potato between the backs making good ground up the middle.

Ali Williams subbed on for Adam Thomson, looks like he’s blown a gun. First time a box kick doesn’t work for Genia – out on the full and the Blecks have one last chance to take something from this half. They win their lineout and push it wide. Piri Weepu sniping, into the Wallabies 22. Pick, drive, Vito spills it! Clearance is good, and that’s half time. Wallabies 20, Blecks 3.

Standing ovation for the Wallabies after that performance.

Second Half

Stats thanks to @ruckingoodstats: Concerning #All Blacks 1/2time stats:11 lost possessions/turnovers (inc 8 hand errs) 18 missed tacks, 4 pens #TriNations #AUSvNZ

40 to 45 minutes

Vickerman to call the fist lineout of the second half. Victor Vito puts on a big hit, and the box kick is back on. Ali Williams lucky to get away with a trip that is somehow missed by the three on field officials.

Several phases from the Wallabies around the halfway line, Blacks concede a short arm penalty and it’s scrum time. Genia goes the box kick, straight into the forehead of a ducking Horwill from 1 metre. FALCON highlights package coming this week.

45 to 50 minutes

The All Blacks now picking and driving, great defence from the Wallabies though – holding them behind or at most to the advantage line. Clarkie describes it as “trench warfare”, good call. Kiwi’s win a full arm for Rocky’s entry at the ruck. Carter slots – 20-6.

Adam Ashley-Cooper having his best game of the year, perhaps wing is his position. Kiwis win a penalty and clear to halfway. Bleck setpiece solid and many more pick and drives from them. They’re looking much better this half and holding on to the ball. 16th phase, approaching the 22 now. Methodical, continuous, unimaginative.

50 to 55 minutes

They cross the 22 on their 22nd phase. Vickerman hitting a lot of rucks, as are all the Aussie forwards, and Pat MacaCabe. The All Blacks spread it on the 26th phase, Carter carries and offloads to Conrad smith who runs a great line to score. Dan converts, 20-13.

Quade gets Richie with a cheeky knee standing up, Brad Thorn sees it, STINK! Few handbags, nothing too big.
It’s all Black this half, back into the Wallabies 22 now. Accidental Offside and the tide could turn here.

Rob Simmons on for Vickerman. Zac Guildford off for Ice Toeava.

55 to 60 minutes

Scrum time, resets. Full arm to the All Blacks, they’re dominated both lineout and scrums all match. More pick and drives, Kiwis losing ground with each phase. Then Nonu cuts inside everyone and scores under the posts. Prick! Carter slots, 20-20.

60 to 65 minutes

Restart – Genia, Digby, Beale, TRY! That was all Will, brilliant vision and we’ve retaken the lead from what is just about our first touch of this half. Quade slides to the left, 25-20.

Blecks knock on from the restart, lets hope our scrum is up to this. Solid set piece, though we neglected to hook the ball. Tidied up by Genia whose box kick is charged down by Ali Williams who is way offside. Genia now getting his hammies stretched by the physio.

Andy Ellis on for Piri Weepu. McCalman on for Samo.

65 to 70 minutes

Dodgy ruck penalty against Rob Simmons for standing near a ruck, Carter sets up a lineout on our 10m line. Ali Williams with a strong run in traffic. Kiwi’s up to the 22 on their 9th phase and spread it wide to Toeava who is handed the smackdown by AAC. The “home crowd” are now chanting “All Blacks, All Blacks”. Mealamu in from the side, Wallabies out of gaol.

70 to 75 minutes

Short side snipe between Genia and AAC, MacCabe still trucking it up, but ball “pops out” and Kiwis in possession in their half. Another shit kick charged down by Kiwis, Genia counters with a box kick and Toeava steps in front of AAC who is chasing. Referee speaking with touchie and what was a blatant yellow is penalised. A tough kick this one for Quade, slices it to the right. 25-20 with 8 to go.

Nice kick by Corey Jane set ups an Aussie lineout on our 10 metre, line, 7 minutes to go. Moore overthrows but we clean up. Genia and Kepu both down with cramp! Blacks make a break on the wing, into our half, BAM MAN with a very timely turnover, Henry says “Fuck”.

Rocky off for Higginbotham. Horne on for ,
Afoa on for Franks, Hore on for Mealamu.

75 to 80 minutes

Burgo for Genia, Saia for Moore, Ma’afu for Kepu

Ma’afood trucking it up, Pocock hot potato, PICK AND DRIVE. Bring it home Gold.
Thorn, Williams and McCaw a metre offside. 3 minutes to go. Still picking and driving. Ball lost. Shit. 2:15 on the clock.
Pocock so close to a turnover. Kiwi’s consolidating on their 10 metre line. Carter clears, great kick but not out. Kurtley kicks it to the shithouse, back on halfway. 1:10 to go. What a finish. Go Gold.

Kiwis go wide, Kurtley intercept! Ruck time, 30 secs to go, Burgo a slow ball specialist, exactly what we need. Pick. Drive. Pick. Drive. Afoa 3 metres int hte side, Hore in the other side. Full time, Full ARM, FUCK YEAH!

22 man effort, WE ARE THE 3N CHAMPIONS.


Wallabies 25
Tries: Will Genia (16′), Radike Samo (35′), Kurtley Beale (61′)
Conversions: Quade Cooper 2/3
Penalties: Quade Cooper 2/2
Drop Goals:

All Blacks 20
Tries: Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu (60′)
Conversions: Dan Carter 2/2
Penalties: Dan Carter 2/2
Drop Goals:

Crowd: 51,858

Thanks to 187prettyboy we’ve got some highlights as well

  • KingofDubai

    Lets Wipe greame henrys smile of the tellie

    • Fatso

      Congratulations to Captain Horwill- first the Super 15 trophy and now Tri-Nations trophy in his first game as captain. I think James and the Wallabies are on a roll with the RWC now firmly in their sight.

  • Jay

    Nicely taken try by Genia. Wallabies were a bit fortunate to have the attacking platform, as that was never a 5m scrum from that TMO call.

  • Better Red Than Ted

    Let’s hope we get GAGR “Dominance Clock” back up & ticking tonight…

    • Jay

      The Wallabies are on fire at the moment!

      • Alan

        yeah but so often the ABs storm back to win it.

        Its probably the best 40mins from the Wallabies in years and they will have to repeat it in the 2nd half, 17 points is never a big enough lead against the blacks

        • Jay

          This is a fucking cracking game!

        • Jay

          Seriously, as I was typing that it’s gotten even better! Fuck me!

  • Alan


  • Dizzer

    This is a joy to watch! Keep it up in the 2nd half boys!

  • Garry

    What is the half time line out stats? Appalling?

    Jim Williams used to be a player manager. Perhaps he can recommend a good line out coach?

    C’mon you Gold bastards.

  • The Rant


    I have never screamed at a computer screen on my own LOUDER or LONGER!!!

    The 12th man would boof him!!

  • Gax

    Samo!!!!!!!!! Legend. I have been saying for ages he should get a start. He has just confirmed himself as our best number 8. Palu off the bench for the world cup.

  • Gax


    This is the first time Vickerman and Horwill have played together so give them some time to get their combo going. The lineouts will only get better.

    Let’s focus on the positives.

  • Rightside

    Balanced powerful back row, vickerman strong and confident – keep mcalman off the field…

  • Teach

    Here come the AB’s. Samo is buggered after his runs.

  • white lightning

    Fox commentary hopeless,srum turnover clear off side from wipi.
    Ref has no under standing of advantage rule 5 or 6 lost for Australia

  • Train Without A Station

    Is it a coincidence that the inclusion of a bit of age (Samo & Vickerman) as well as a bit of graft and consistency (Faingaa) has resulted in our best half of rugby in who knows how long?

  • misplaced canuck

    The nh teams have no chance against either of these teams. Great work tonight gold.

  • Linus

    Very satisftying, in that played about 50 minutes and still won.

  • The Rant

    credit where credit is due: Henry is a pretty decent coach. Perfect change of tactics to get them to cut out all the mistakes by playing a much simpler game.

    And credit to deans – he almost used the whole bench!!

    • jimmy

      Thought he could have brought the bench on a little earler, a few of the Wallabies were out on their feet around the 55m mark

  • Jay

    Here’s what I just wrote on the Roar (forgive the infidelity)

    Nice win by the Wallabies – cracker of a match. Deserved TN winners.

    Both sides will take a lot from that match – the Wallabies for the win obv, and generally looking more dangerous. The AB’s to peg back that big lead under a fair bit of pressure and with a makeshift pack (but they’ll be a bit disappointed they couldn’t convert more chances). The home advantage was a big deal though, and I suspect if they played again at Eden Park it’d be a very different match.

    As Grant Fox just said, the AB’s tend to respond very well to a loss, so we’ll see if these two can match up again this year.

    • Roland

      They responded to the last loss with another loss????????? It is orrnn!!

    • cheese

      obvious wallaby forward pass, missed by the ref for there last ‘try’ .

      • Jay

        Marginal, but I thought it was ok.

      • ktrainn650

        I think you’ll find once it been awarded the “quotation ” marks come off and it just becomes a try.

        • Jay

          As opposed to Samo’s TRY!!!!!! which actually comes with capitals & exclamation marks attached. You simply can’t remove them.

      • MJT

        He missed a few NZ forward passes too, so at least he is consistent.

      • jimmy

        Well if that was the case it’s good to see someone finally get one from a forward pass given that around 70% of all New Zealand tries come from forward passes.

        And no I’m not Australian

  • Roland

    How did this happen? It must be becuase the all blacks don’t have any pride in their jersey, and have no culture. That’s if were going on all black supporters theories

  • Alan

    epic match, best test rugby game since HK. heart in mouth stuff, im absolutely in bits.

    Two awesome teams, both are a credit to the sport.

    congrads boys, your legends!

  • The Rant

    Growden is going to do a dirt piece starting a rumour from ‘an official source well placed in the wallabies’ that quade may have been involved in an incident at a brisbane sportspark tonight.

    • Fatso

      Growden is the ARU’s mouthpiece so it will not come from him. This Wallaby team is starting to look the goods. How good was Ash on the wing – he has to stay there or move to 15. Beale’s attack is occasionally good but otherwise he is just a passenger and Rocky is the weakest of the forwards so still room for improvement.

  • Northe

    It is good the ABs lost the last 2 games. Now there will be no over confidence come WC time. Also I was pretty sure the WBS would beat the ABS at least once this year so better this one than the next time they could meet. Good job to the WBS.

    • MJT


  • Chunderstruck

    F me that was an awesome game, love to see the WBs finally FIRED UP!!!

  • Chriscullen

    I know someone else will start this theory so I’ll get in first, by losing two matches in a row the all blacks have timed their world cup build up perfectly unlike previous years when they have winning form going into a cup.
    I know Sth Africa and poms may whine but if these two sides don’t make the final it will be a massive upset.

    • Massive congrats if you can actually get yourself to believe that!

    • jimmy

      You will find in most WC years, if you take a look back, the kiwis lose a game to Aus in the Tri nations. Given that the losslast week was by a “b” team I think the pattern seems to be continuing.

      Obviously they are still red hot favourites though.

  • AC

    Craig Joubert had a shocker in enforcing offsides at the rucks.

    • Alan

      to give him credit, he was at least was consistent – he ALWAYS has a shocker. complete clueless fukwit

  • D.

    Please put the DOMINANCE CLOCK back up PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pedro

    Great game, did well to pull it together after letting a determined all blacks back in the game.

  • Tyrone

    The difference was Genia, best Half back in world rugby, too many box kicks though.
    Samo has found a home in the no. 8 jersey. All Blacks were courageous, no other team can come back from a 20 – 3 deficit at half time against a red hot Wallaby outfit. Pocock was HUGE!

    • Alan

      i liked the box kicks! The big difference was in this game we actually had someone chasing it! AAC did a great job either competing or tackling the receiver

    • jimmy

      Pretty sure the Boks came back from a similar margin last year. Twice from memory – one for a victory.

      Wallaby team has a habit of going to sleep with big leads.

  • Garry

    And I’m blessed to hear now TWO Richie McCheat ‘we just weren’t good enough’ speeches this year.

    It’s like fine wine, to be savoured, replayed, sipped, savoured.

  • MJT

    I second the call for the reinstatement of the dominance clock.

    • D.

      Tri Nations dominance clock

  • MJT

    He won’t learn any respect by following NZ’s example either. He doesn’t deserve to be gaoled yet though.

  • D.

    I thought Quade’s niggling of McCaw was beautiful tonight. It cancels out Ali Williams indiscretions on the field. A glorious knee to the head and a bit of a scruffing near the try line. I’m taking dibs for the avatar of Cooper kneeing McCheat in the head. Don’t know how to make it. Can I get some help?

    • Chig

      Did you see McCaws response to Quade’s knee? A punch in the nuts!

    • Tyrone

      Quade’s knee to the head of McCaw was a dog act, it was disgraceful.

      Since when is it “glorious” to give a knee to the head of an opponent on the ground, lying on his back?

      A cheap shot if I ever saw one.

      • Alan

        the two of them were at it all game, lets not pretend ritchie is the innocent victim. Its test rugby, niggle is inevitable

        • Tyrone

          I know the difference between niggle and a cheap shot.

          Its never safe to assume anything, let alone to assume that McCaw did anything to actually deserve it.

        • jrs1

          he’s deserved it for 10 years

        • KDog

          What is the difference between a cheap shot, a niggle and cheating….. Richie’s been doing the latter for a long time …

          What the fuck will happen if the Wallabies put 80 min together like the first 40 last night….yea GO WALLABIES….

      • KDog

        Suck it up Tyrone…. Richie is Quade’s bitch now

        • Tyrone

          Because Quade had a blinder didn’t he…
          I didn’t see him all game.

        • Ozabroad


        • jimmy

          His good games are always his anonymous ones when he doesn’t try to be a hero. Hence the victory.

        • Pedro

          As a kiwi supporter there was probably a lot of that game that was hard for you to watch.

          If you missed the end, that trophy we got was the trinations, it’s ours now.

      • D.

        If quade’s knee to the head was a malicious one, I wouldn’t have made the comment. He did it to refresh McCheat’s memory from the game in Honkers and he was just trying to get under his skin. Nothing more in it.

      • jimmy

        Almost as cheap as smashing someone in the back when they are trying to roll away from a ruck…..or tripping someone……or smashing someones nose with your forearm 10 seconds after they score a try while they are lying on the ground…….oh hang on – that’s not dirty because the All Blacks did it.

        • Richard Lowe

          Who me

      • Dave

        I guess since McCaw petulantly kicked out at Quade in Hong Kong last year? Lie with dogs, get fleas.

    • Train Without A Station

      I honestly think Quade actually put Richie off is game because all he really managed to offer was trucking the ball up in tight. Can’t say I have a lot of sympathy for an openside being put of his game by a flyhalf. That opposite has been happening since the beginning of time.

      • Matt

        I thought Richie actually played ok in general, and is playing several notches better than in Super 15. It was his colleagues in the forward pack who just couldn’t match the aggression and technique of the Wallabies pack.

        The one positive for the ABs aside from the first 20mins of the second half was the performance of Victor Vito. He looks in good form and did have an impact on the game.

        As for the Wallabies, that would have to surely be their best performance of the last 10 years. They now have great momentum for the World Cup. The starting XV for the key games at WC will be interesting. For example, will JOC just walk back into the starting XV? They didn’t appear to miss him last night and I thought AAC was fantastic on the wing and the midfield was solid.

        • Pedro

          True about JOc, Quade was able to kick the easy ones, plus miss the harder two, which is what you would expect from James.

          AAC As you say had his best game on the wing which may be the best place for him. Centres were solid if unspectacular, Faingaa prevented one certain try with a ball loosener when it was 3 on 1.

          I wouldn’t be surprised if Barnes goes into 12 either which further puts pressure on JOc to start. Good situation to be in, this is the kind of selection head ache we have longed for, for years. Certainly different from last WC, where although there was some depth, as soon as Larkham was in doubt, so was our chances for progression.

        • Alan

          The centres just need a little more magic for me..

          I really like McCabe but id swap him for JOC who breaks the line more often. JOC would offer just that bit more in attack while also being defensively sound

          Then when fully fit, put Mitchell on in place of AAC – who really did play well lastnight and would be a reliable back up

        • Graeme

          I was talking with an Irish guy tonight, and the thing that upset him (apart from the 4? straight losses on the trott include Ireland A vs France B) was that they played a different team every single game and have not built any partnerships.

          This worries me.

          We’ve built up partnerships. But once Barnes and Mitchell come back into the team, what are you expected to do with those partnerships?

          McCabe has been an amazon in the tackling department, and he hasn’t made any errors in attack. But he hasn’t set anything alight either. Barnes is pretty good in defense, better in attack, but makes decisions and because of this makes errors. I’d prefer a Barnes of the two, as long as he is instructed not to pointlessly kick every attacking ball to their fullback.

          Mitchell if he can regain the acceleration and muscle mass in time, and I really doubted this when the injury happened, now he has to be 70-80% chance of playing, and he’s easily our (the world, parochial…) best wing. If he is one wing, you cant drop Ioane on the other wing, so JOC, certainly the first choice of any team outside of the trinations for a start, would be dropped to bench.

    • Graeme

      I wish there was a -1 Pay It.

      Honestly, to me, it is not big. It is small and cheap, and I wish he would use his aggression in the field of play and not in taking pointless, and I would say, immature, pot-shots.

  • Alan

    Last EVER tri-nations champions.

    I’ll sleep very well tonight knowing we’ve created even more history

  • pants

    Ok, i’m happy that we won, but for once can we just dominate from start to finish and not have the habitual resurgence by the ABs where they come back from the fkn dead and almost steal the game? For christs sake, its like we have only one story line for these games, they all follow exactly the same script. For the ref, the ABs were ridiculously offside defending for most of the game, again according to script.

    • Dave

      I understand what you are saying but they normally come back from a deficit to win it. Same script, different ending.

  • beeza

    Great win!! Our line out was pretty avo, we need sharpey!

  • Skippy

    I was pretty pleased with tonight’s game. Samo brings that ball carrying option we need, even if he is only good for 50 minutes I would stick with him, rest him up after 50 against Italy, 60 against Ireland… a week off against USA and then 70 against Russia before the QF.

    Palu to work his way back off the bench and will be a great sub to come on for Samo.

    Tonight’s game was what we’ve all wanted to see from the Wallabies for a long time. They out bullied the bullies. They didn’t sit back and wait for the ref to control the game, the wallabies stepped up and controlled it. Right from the response to the Haka the Wallabies said enough is enough and stood up.

    I’m not bothered about the 20 minute NZ comeback… that happens. The positive is the Wallabies took it, and hit back and control the outcome of the game.

    The enthusiasm, the counter rucking and the defence (particularly first half) was first rate. And this is always going to be hard to beat… even for the All Blacks. They play simple rugby and do it too a level higher than anyone else. But if they can’t make the advantage line, keep getting knocked back… no matter how good they are, any team will start to make mistakes, give away penalties etc.

    For me… the All Blacks have some serious worries now. They are going into the tournament with 2 losses, tonight’s was their strongest lineup and they weren’t simply beat up and done over.

    Mils looks to be in decline and Ali Williams knows he is in decline… hence all his stupid niggle.

    McCaw’s body looks to be showing the signs of the beating it’s taken for so many years and the Wallabies hammered him at every opportunity. I didn’t count one turnover for McCaw tonight and his game has definetly changed… and he is whilst still a great player, not the same force he was in the past.

    The injuries to Read and the other bloke look to be a concern. They were beaten up tonight and if out for a few weeks this could affect the team balance and form going into the knock out rounds.

    I still think they are not world class at 9. And if Carter get’s any injury… they are shot.

    Of most concern… the spotlight will now intensify. The media, the public are all going to be riding them hard now. They won’t get a real hit out in the pool rounds and will go into a QF under done, off form and knowing SA and Aus can beat them.

    Pressure will build now. The referee’s will also be well briefed and focussing in the WC on key areas of the game the All Blacks have for a long time got away with chronic infringements.

    I’m not saying Australia are a sure thing… far from it. In fact, the fantastic victory tonight is one thing but winning the WC is another. Whilst this victory shows the boys they can do it.. and will boost their confidence the greatest challenge this team will face in the WC is having to back up and put in repeat performances.

    As we’ve seen over the past 2 years this is an area the Wallabies have struggled with and too win the WC they team will need to put in a SF and WC Final performance like tonight twice in 7 days… possible 3 times if the QF is a difficult opponent.

    But well done boys. Well deserved.

    • I haven’t seen the game yet, but loving the comment!

    • Train Without A Station

      Just on that Skippy. I believe this is our first back to back win against quality opposition under Deans. The SA First Choice (though admittedly underdone) line up two weeks ago and then tonight.

      • jimmy

        Excellent point – and about time.

        We need to put together a string of wins and we need to do it now!!!

    • Who Needs Melon

      Bloody oath we stick with Samo!!! And, like you say, even if it’s only for 50 minutes or so. I’ve heard so far this morning his selection being described as an inspiration and his play as a revelation? What a crock! Has nobody been watching the Reds all season?

      I can only assume Deans not playing Samo so far meant either he KNEW he was our 8 but was searching for who to back him up for that final 30 minutes. Or he was slightly injured.

      Samo was shades of Willie O and Kefu last night and doesn’t a Wallaby team look a lot more complete because of it?

  • “I always like the Kiwi anthem, since they’ve cut back their military they’re basically reliant on Australia to defend New Zealand. Then they sing a song about Australia being God.”

    Fucking Gold Mosebro…

    • Dave

      This sort of thing is one of the many reasons why I love greeanandgoldrugby.

  • Cantab

    Hong kong win meant nothing, this did. Congratulations to you.

  • Rhyso

    Moses, the replay shows Samo running 62 metres, give the bloke some credit :-)

  • Skippy

    Quade has been cited after a ‘query’ from the All Blacks apparently!

    Ok fine… I hope the ARU asks a few queries of their own. Crossing the line for the Haka, repeated choke holds on Pococks neck at rucks, Thorne as 3rd man in… the trip on AAC by Williams. I’m pretty sure McCaw threw a few punches a Quade earlier in the game also.

    Look… Quade’s a idiot.

    We all know that. But it was just a stupid ‘niggle’ thing. There was no malice because if you intentionally knee someone in the head with the intention of hurting them you invariably do. Quade just gave him a little tap with his knee to continue the niggle between the two. Stupid yes… stupid bloke yes. But it was a nothing ‘knee’ and doesn’t require a suspension. Quade was trying to do the old I’m getting up, accidently knee in the head trick. That is all.

    He will get suspended however IMO because it’s got nothing to do with what damage was or wasn’t inflicted or whether it was done with malice or not. He made contact with the head of an opponent with his knee and that’s all that matters.

    His defence needs to be that it was careless and accidental contact whilst in the motion of getting up and moving his leg forward to get up. Whether the SA from SANZAR agrees is a different matter.

    Stupid prick Quade. He is a gutless coward. He dodged/stepped away from Nonu so he didn’t have to make a tackle on him and turned around to abuse his team mates for their defence. I’m getting sick of his flick passes rather than go on the floor.

    What’s he worried about A stray boot from McCaw? Well… don’t dish it out and give him lip if your not even prepared to go to the bottom of a ruck you soft prick.

    I reckon he will get 3-4 games. So Barnes will be back in at 10 for the pool games and probably goal kicker. I can see JOC coming back via the bench with AAC staying on the wing. McCabe will stay at 12 and Faingaa and Horne to compete over the pool games for the 13 spot.

    • D.

      I’m looking for a news report on Cooper’s citing and I can’t find anything. Do you have a link?

    • Ooaahh

      Quad got off this morning. No suspension.

      • The Rant

        Haha… justice…it was bullshit to cite him anyway…he did it way to slick to get pinged…

  • Richard Lowe

    Quade is a thug. U’d neva see an all black do that sirt of stuff

    • Alan

      no, they are more likely to target and spear players into the ground

      short memory have you? or did you just start watching rugby lastnight?

  • Richard Lowe

    Ud never see an AllBlack do that sort stuff

    • beeza

      ‘Richard Lowe’ is that irony? Dirtiest bluck player ever!!

  • Ozabroad

    Do we get to keep that trophy 4eva as its a different comp next yr. Cunning plan that was of our to pretend to be shit for 10yrs. Then when the last tournament is on we swoop in a take the cookies

  • Robson

    Couldn’t believe my eyes in the first forty. Wallabies forwards going into the breakdown like fiends on fire. And you could just about cover them with a table cloth. FANTASTIC. Long, long over due and further proof that he who wins the breakdown wins the match. The ABs decided to play it differently in the second half and scored a couple of tries as a result. But once the WBs got some possession they did the same thing to the ABs and scored a try themselves; which was the match and series decider.

    I’ve gotta say though that Quade’s disinterest in trying to shut down Nonu when he scored the ABs try, is a bit of a worry. I don’t think anyone would have stopped him, but Quade seemed to almost look away and he did appear to be in tackling range!! That is the second time he’s done that (first time was when Dan Carter scored in the Super final) and frankly he needs a burst from Deans about it.

    That aside the scotch tasted especially sweet last night.

    • The Rant

      Yeah the replay doesn’t flatter quad there. You’re right – that’s twice he hasn’t cared enough to try.

      Also wasn’t happy about him having a slap fight with mccaw when we were on attack 5m out. Player ratings shouldn’t give him more than a 5 for this game. He went missing for 40

  • Sauce from Tropics

    Top game , best 1st Half performance the Wallabies have put on in the last 10yrs. backline needs to stay the same for the RWC only change are that Sharpe and TPFN need to come into the squad from the bench and u have a perfect RWC winning team. Think JOC has done himself out if a starting spot !!! Re Cheap shot/niggle/get under the skin of McCheat by the twit Quade Cooper it was a stupid cowedly act that should not be condoned and again these young pups (JOC and QC) will cost themselves and their TEAM !!! Well done to all of Wallaby TEAM last night you all at last stood up and were counted when it mattered most . Good luck for the RWC and bring back Bill .

    • Graeme

      I agree. I love Quade’s play, but I really don’t love his continual cheap-shots at Ritchie. It might big-him-up to some spectators, but in the end, he knows McCaw is too professional to retaliate. McCawe is the captain, and he is also an intelligent player who is not going to give an easy penalty away by responding. I’d rather Cooper showed his toughness by at least attempting tryline tackles against bulldozers like Nonu rather than throwing his hands in the air and side-stepping the other way.

  • Serious?

    Well that sucked….

    Wallabies simply out-played the All Blacks for probably 50 minutes and did what I thought wouldn’t come for another season or so and won the physical battle, and quite convincingly so. The Wallabies, quite clearly, were deserving winners.

    Genia, I think, was the difference but his dominance was only made possible by the Wallabies tight five finally turning for the physical battle. The All Blacks were abysmal in the first 40, but probably weren’t allowed to play as they wanted and were clearly rattled, more so by the rush backline defence than the physicality at the breakdown. Of greatest concern though, was that it took a half time spanking and input from the coaches to change tactical direction, and by half time, that was too late. I thought Victor Vito had a helluva game, considering he was thrown into the flames pretty early on and had 20 minutes or so of international footy before this. But he, and the ever consistent Conrad Smith were the only two in Black that looked like they came prepared to play.

    As a final note, as a parochial All Black supporter, I implore Robbie Deans to continue to select Quade Cooper at 10, even when Barnes returns to full test match fitness. Swing door defence, missing vital kicks at goal and just generally being more of a liability than any of his freakish talents can counter. Despite the clear Wallaby forward dominance at ruck time, and ample clean ball his attack direction of his outsides was ordinary at best. Let’s face it, he’s a hell of a player at Super 15 level, but a game breaker in tight test matches, at a World Cup, I think not.

    • Graeme

      You can read my previous comment. But Quade is still best option at 10. It’s his freakishness that makes us a contender in the RWC. Tonight was a classic example. He is always a danger in attack. He has the pass that puts players outside him into space and makes them look good. He is well enough hidden in defense (and we are not the first team with this quandry, Wales after GH developed an entire defense pattern to ensure that tiny Shane Williams wasn’t ever making one on one tackles against larger, traditional wingers). And his high risk plays seem to come off far more often than not. Take for example tonight his ridiculous back flick pass from the tackle, and his stepping outside a defender into a one meter space from the sidelines, barely meters from his own goal-lines. No coach would ever encourage a player to make those plays, but both times they relieved us from very heavy pressure. Even his much maligned “big fail” suicide pass on the tryline in the last bledisloe, arguably gave them just 3 easy points instead of a nearly certain 5/7 points and a possible yellow card (if he had tried to hold on).

    • Garry

      ” As a final note, as a parochial All Black supporter, I implore Robbie Deans to continue to select Quade Cooper at 10…”

      Mmmm .. is that the faintest smell of gamesmanship in the air?

      • Serious?

        Certainly not, I doubt Robbie in all is infinite wisdom is going to take heed of anything I write on G&GR.

        But something i’ve noted as the year has progressed, the All Blacks and in some part the South Africans have found ways of taking Quades attacking prowess from depth out of his game by short kicks behind the line and mid-field up and unders rather and perpetual deep sweeper kicks. So, in large part his ability to attack from his defensive position at the back has been removed. The All Blacks particularly, have also found ways, when in their attacking 22 of bringing Quade into the defensive line. So, now his major liability, defence, is slowly becoming more exposed and what he offered on attack from set plays at Super 15 level have almost dried up, note that not a single Wallaby try came from any of Coopers involvement nor from set plays, and both All Black tries came from either Cooper not defending behind the line (in the case of Smiths try – he was defending the blind side up in the line) or not defending at all (in the case of Nonu’s). Given also, that he is quite clearly a confidence player, what happens when he is wrapped up defensively, he makes a few defensive errors and then has to take critical kicks at goal?

        There is little doubt he is an exceptional raw talent, but for me personally, he is not even close to the threat that Genia poses, and if the All Blacks and Wallabies meet again in RWC final 2011, i’m hoping Quade is starting.

  • Davey
  • Tyrone

    I know Pedro aint talking to me, Im an Aussie who’s taken my green and gold glasses off and saw something for what it was – a cheap shot. I sure as hell don’t want to see our game condescend to that of League where rubbish like that goes on all the time.

  • Nipper

    The level of grunt, aggression and violence the Wallabies brought in the first half was fantastic. They finally looked like they didn’t fear the ABs any more.

    The ABs tried to take the wind out of their sails in the 2nd half and deny them the ball and energy with the pick & drive. It was pretty effective, but the Wallabies did a decent job of riding out the storm, and didn’t succumb to the “here we go again” pangs of doubt.

    Well done!

  • [Everybody sing to the tune of the Stonecutters song from the Simpsons]

    Who gets Quade to settle down?

    Who finds 8-men in Japan?


    Who gets the fans going in Brisbane?

    Who nutures world class half backs?


  • Alan

    Bit of panic is setting in from across the ditch…


    • Garry

      Furrows brow, sweats begin to congeal, jaws tighten on gnashing teeth.

      It’s a wonderful period to be an Ozzy rugby supporter. Let us savour every moment.

      (Cue the horns) Bup-bada- baaah

      …..Let the RWC tensions in the shakey isles begin.

  • Roo

    Two dads was a revelation. I’ve seen kick chases like that for ages and it made a huge difference to the game. He was rock solid under all the high ball and was there everytime when we kicked long. He seems to relish having the time out on the wing to get involved instead of constantly defending or getting cut out in attack whilst playing in the centre.And let’s not forget Quades kicking (not goal kicking!) game which was just amazing. If the opposition targets quades weaknesses, it will allow us to rip them up in other areas. Especially if he kicks for territory like he did on Saturday.

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