Australia won the Beldisloe Cup and the Lancaster Park test match against New
Zealand with a quality team performance, 27-23.
New Zealand were considerably flattered by the close scoreline when their play
was nowhere close to the Australians.
Both teams improved on their last meeting but a gap still remains in the
Australians' favour, and it is a telling one in that they have a working team
pattern while the All Blacks remain 15 disconnected individuals. The way
the points were scored reflected this.
New Zealand started as they meant to continue, lacing in confidence, team
combination and game plan. The plan seemed to be to kick as much possession
to Australia as possible and ignore at all costs the team strength of
talented three quarters. This plan worked a treat in allowing Australia to
dominate most of the game, if they needed any help, playing as they were with
a settled, confident, well worked team pattern.
Bowman scored after 7 minutes after a suspect knock on, but then Welsh idiot
referee Bevan missed knock ons all day, along with numerous other basic stuff,
although he wasn't as pedantic as usual.
Wilson and Cullen combined for a brilliant breakout in the 14th minute, but
this was the tale of the NZ attack. Individuals showing their considerable
talents in patches, but wthout support, lacking finish and nothing to do with
the game plan.
The All Black backline greatly reduced their error rate, but still looked
slow, pedestrian and predictable. While Australia knew what they were doing
and had the personnel to do it. Their finishing was superb. Neither team made
many mistakes, both sets of forwards were well matched and did their jobs
well. Any *** that New Zealand might have enjoyed in the loose in gone,
Australia's loosies are their equal now. The difference was in the backs
where Australia were clearly superior.
Merhtens finally put NZ on the board with a penalty after 35 minutes from an
Australian offside but Australia wrapped up the half with a try following a
concerted period of attack and numerous rucks, to lead 10-3 at half time.
Australia were right back in it after 2 minutes of the second half with a try
to Little in a copybook set move that sliced up the All Black backline and
was converted from infront by Eales. I do have one problem with this move,
which Australia have used before, and that is running Horan as a decoy a long
way in front of the player with the ball, acting as an obstructuion to
defence coming across. Refs might have to look closely at this one. The try
was totally unnecessary as well, coming from a silly tap and run on defence
when the ball should have been cleared long before.
Another NZ breakout almost resulted in a try after 11 minutes but bad hands
blew it again right on the line. Merhtens made the most of the position for a
penalty. But Burke replied with a penalty after 16 minutes.
NZ stormed back with a big run by Wilson but again couldn't finish. But
Merhetns kicked a third penalty for a 20-9 scoreline at the 20 minute mark.
Larkham scored for Australia in another superb backs movement, converted by
Eales, and Australia were ripping the game up 27-9, while NZ looked simply
pathetic. Again the try came from NZ silly options in defence.
With the game finished, the Bledisloe Cup on its way back to Sydney and Hart
sitting in the stands looking like a suicidal mullet, New Zealand finally
discovered some attitude and fired up to finish with ten minutes of passion.
Not bad, 10 minutes of attitude rugby from three games.
A continual period of NZ attack saw a try to Cullen, converted by Merhtens,
and the game ended with a bursting try to Lomu from a tap penalty on the 41
minute mark, again converted. The final score was 27-23 but the game was
Australia's in all important ways.
Congratulations to the Wallabies for an excellent team game. Low mistake
rate, competent forwards, classy backs, good team attitude -- there were no
negatives in their game, the better team won and deserved to win by more.
New Zealand are finally showing a glimmer of attitude but still sadly lack
team combination, a game plan, and on-form personnel in the backline. John
Hart is a buffoon and I have changed my opinion of him totally. He has had a
soft ride on the back of quality teams and has showed no insight at all in
fixing the glaring holes in this team. Sack him and let's move on.
Not a light and cheery time for New Zealanders watching this game, the mood
was not improved by listening to Gordon Bray and Simon Poidiven,
unquestionably the most incompetent morons in sports broadcasting, tripping
over to each other to race for gratuituous self-praise and indulge in an ***
of crowing, squawking and vain hyperbole. If only we had a time machine we
could put them on the Titanic with Bevan and Hart and be rid of four halfwits
in one go.
Well done Australia, I now rate you as number one in the world, and the All
Blacks as number three or possibly four.
-- Rick Boyd
PS I wonder if now is the time to investigate Australian citizenship.
PPS Just joking.
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