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Wallabies (14) 22 / All Blacks (6) 23 (Final Score)

The Wallabies hosted the All Blacks in Sydney, Australia at 12:00 SA Time in the last 2010 Tri-Nations match. This is the match thread for discussion of the game. The match was broadcast live on SuperSport 1 on DSTV in SA.

The Wallabies led for most of the match and at one stage after halftime led by 19 / 6.

The All Blacks came from behind and ground out a penalty and 2 converted tries, thereafter closing out the win in the dying minutes.

All Blacks win 23 / 22 and are undefeated in the Tri-Nations. They are also now 10 in a row against Australia.


Wallabies: 3 Penalties Matt Giteau, 1 Penalty Kurtley Beale, 1 Try James O’Connor, 1 Try Adam Ashley-Cooper

All Blacks: 3 Penalties & 2 Conversions Piri Weepu, 1 Try Richie McCaw, 1 Try Kieran Read


Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Lachie Turner, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom (captain), 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Mark Chisholm, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 James Slipper, 18 Dean Mumm, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Berrick Barnes, 21 Anthony Fainga’a.

New Zealand: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Israel Dagg, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Victor Vito, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 John Afoa, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Jerome Kaino, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Colin Slade, 22 Rene Ranger.

Date: Saturday, 11 September 2010
Kick-off: 20.00 (12.00 SA Time)
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Expected weather conditions: Clear with a high of 21°C, dropping to 10°C and a westerly wind outside the stadium of  10 km/h, a spring perfect day for rugby
Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
TMO: Matt Goddard (Australia)

191 Responses to Wallabies vs All Blacks – Game Thread

  • 151

    147@ nga puhi:
    Congrats…. a narrow & scrappy win but a win nonetheless.

  • 152

    Congratulations ABs on a great win. They did just enough to win the game in an exciting manner. Ten straight wins, a quality side!!!

  • 153

    152@ Old Griquas 14 in Sydney:
    Commisserations on the loss…. close though.

    3rd week in a row that the Wallabies squander a healthy lead.

  • 154

    @ Pietman:
    The better team won on the night, but I’m excited at seeing our wallas fight so hard and I know they get better every game.

    Giteau’s kicking was deplorable. Piet Visagie could have thrown the ball over…..

  • 155

    154@ Old Griquas 14 in Sydney:
    You’re always a good sport, brother…. wish some would learn.

  • 156

    9 straight wins away from home…

  • 157

    @ grootblousmile:
    Indeed, the wallas have squandered a big lead, as you say. However, tonight’s effort was a solid one, given long haul flights and 3 matches in a row. You know what, old mate? I feel the wallas have reached another level; their play is extraordinary and shows the ABs do, in fact, have opposition in next year’s world cup.

  • 158

    156@ nga puhi:
    All Blacks well on their way to the record for wins in a row…. think it currently stands at 17 or 18

  • 159

    157@ Old Griquas 14 in Sydney:
    I agree…. Wallas are improving every game.

    Was a solid performance from them though and I’m sometimes gob-smacked by their ability to break defence open and score scintilating tries.

    Should the Bokke sharpen up their defence, then the All Blacks have opposition from 2 angles…. and then there’s the French….

  • 160

    @ grootblousmile:
    Thanks mate, I love the excitement of the field of endeavour and I have the outmost respect for our Kiwi brothers. Once again, our great game is the real winner on the night, and I love it!!!!!!!!!

  • 161

    @ grootblousmile:
    Too right, GBS. Those frogs aren’t over there just eating chateau-briand and drinking Dom Perignon, although if I was there, that’s what I’d be doing. They may well be the silent assassin’s next year.

  • 162

    @ Old Griquas 14 in Sydney:
    uh ahem OGiS,
    Old Griquas 14 in Sydney wrote:

    @ grootblousmile:
    and shows the ABs do, in fact, have opposition in next year’s world cup.

    come again????? I think you overrate the Wallabies a bit here and whta’s more, the AB’s know their biggest competition will be the French – they have their number almost every RWC, and the Boks – given our 5 players not playing this year and deadwood in the coaching team.
    So yes the AB’s have plenty of competition. And they are peaking this year, it’s months from next year’s RWC.

  • 163

    @ ps in CT: peaking? lol

    @ grootblousmile: cheers GBS… an ugly win though, Aussies showed they have gained some belief… Giteau cost them another test…

  • 164

    @ ps in CT:
    G’day PS. Indeed, I might be guilty of overrating the wallas and, as I said a few posts earlier, the French play an exciting brand of rugby and will be primed for a big effort next year.

    The boks do certainly have their domestic problems to sort out, but even then, they can never be ruled out, the title of current world champions is still theirs.

    I say: sell your house; sell your car; sell the family jewels, but BE in New Zealand next year for an enthralling Rugby World Cup

  • 165

    @ nga puhi:
    yeah peaking mate. They are clearly the team of the season and I won’t even bother if politicians decide this year again to make an AB the player of the year last last year. They actually deserve it this year……

  • 166

    Well done All Blacks. Congrats to Nga and RP on their teams win.

  • 167

    Well done AB’s it was really an exciting game! Phew but I am relieved ( or sometimes grieved) to be a Bok supporter!

  • 168

    @ nga puhi:
    Congrats nga puhi, great result for the ABs – what an exciting match. It was a blue blood team up against a team of youngsters and newcomers, with the experts winning in the end. Truly enjoyable. However, I feel the best is yet to come from the exciting wallas. Arohanui ABs!!!!

  • 169

    @ Old Griquas 14 in Sydney:164 – OldG,

    Yip, I too think it will be a awesome world cup in NZ next year. A true rugby country like South Africa. Think we wont be seeing another world cup in a really true rugby country for so many years. We should all make the effort to get to NZ next year. By the time SA get it again might be in 2023. Who knows about what the future brings. Will we be fit to travel then. Or even be here for it? So next year I really want to go to NZ for the world cup. Really hoping to get there.

    Very close game for your Wallabies OldG. Think the two tests at altitude and the travel took its toll as well. Another from behind win for the ABs. Can never count them out ever.

  • 170

    OK, Lions vs Griquas game thread is on and a game thread for the clash between the Cheetahs and Blue Bulls is scheduled.

  • 171

    @ Old Griquas 14 in Sydney:
    ah OGiS i could only wish….

    that would be the thrill of a lifetime….but alas i would probably have to deal with it through DSTv again. You realise what they charge for RWC packages so far? Doubt it if i could get enough liquidity by selling everything i own….

    But i am also excited by a number of players in the Wallabies showing steel, but their decision making and defence is not good though. They need to back up their lethal attacking abilities with proper defence. How they lost their lead last Saturday is unbelievable. And today as well.

    And i desperately wanted them to win this one, believe me. Just to shut a few gobs….

    Boks playing with a strenght full team, leaving tired players out and they will be similar to what we experienced in the S14. With a coaching team who actually know what they are doing.

  • 172

    @ ps in CT:
    if you think that was the performance of a team that is “peaking” then I misunderstand you.. ABs made 5 changes, 6 when Mealamu went off.. they scraped a win when they should have lost..

  • 173

    Helloooooo ps in CT! Good to catch up here again….

  • 174

    @ nga puhi:172 – Nga, Agree with you there buddy.

    Just knew ABs would come back after they got it to 16/22 Far too much experience in that side. Also Wallabies would have been dead on their feet after playing two altitude games and having to travel.

    Had ABs by 5 on bru.

  • 175

    @ Puma:
    yeah I had them by 14, so just lucky.. may hold on to 3rd place :D

    was a good test for our youngsters thouh..

  • 176

    @ ps in CT:
    As long as you’re watching next year mate, you’ll enjoy the event no matter what.

    As a committed wallas fan, I don’t feel like tonight’s loss is the end of the world; so many quality players returning soon, and I can see where Deans is heading. Exciting times for the wallas ahead, I’m certain.

  • 177

    @ Muurbal:
    hello mb, off to siesta now

    @ nga puhi:
    their performance this year is a team peaking. It is end of the season of the 3N. Therefore the way they won speaks for itself, everybody is tired at this stage. Hell look at the Boks who played in the S14 final, they did not have a good 3N at ALL!
    But i understand you viewpoint, it would be sooooo Kiwi to start worrying now about that same tag our Proteas carry these last number of years, uhm make that decade.
    Nevermind, imho they are the international team of the year and worked hard for it, well done.

  • 178

    @ nga puhi:175 – You doing well on bru. I go with my heart with the Boks so lost out there.

  • 179

    @ Old Griquas 14 in Sydney:
    last question before i leave, will the Australian public and rugby politicians “forgive” him though?

  • 180

    @ ps in CT:
    mmmmmm …. the life away from reality! Enjoy!

  • 181

    @ Old Griquas 14 in Sydney:176 – OldG, I think the Wallabies are the danger team for next year. If any team team underestimates them, they are foolish. Wallabies are getting it right and by next year they will be better.

    All Blacks are going to be very, very tough to beat in NZ. Wallabies draw is a good one. Boks have to play ABs in the semi. One of us will be out after that. Pity.

  • 182

    @ ps in CT: theyve played well when theyve needed to. We will have to disagree on the whole peaking thing..

    @ Puma: if only I could have got more margins may have won… still, 100% winning tip :D

  • 183

    @ ps in CT:
    The answer to your very appropriate question is a resounding: YES. Winning results is one thing, but the Aus rugby public know that when you take out over half a team with injuries and replace them with club level players, i.e. Ben McCalman et al, and finally come up with an attack that rewrites the coaching manuals; when you show courage as the underdog and perform to your best, THEN the Aus stakeholders will jump onboard for the ride. Deans is clearly our best coach and he will/must be given carte blanche with our national side.

    Good luck Robbie; bring home the RWC!!

  • 184

    @ nga puhi:182 – Nga, Yip it is those margins that cost me. Not just here but in the CC too. I mostly play it safe…hahaha. Also with the crici coming up have played it safe. But with the Boks and Sharks normally go with the heart and it costs me. I am no good at this prediction thing……LOL.

  • 185

    @ Puma:
    Next year’s draw does favour the wallas. Who knows what the make up of both the boks and the ABs will be in 12 months. I don’t think Deans will be cutting his wrists just yet. Wallas are playing an exciting brand of rugby and I want to see more of it!!!!

  • 186

    @ Old Griquas 14 in Sydney:185 – OldG, I think Wallas going to be a danger team next year. Good draw, playing exciting rugby and will be far better next year.

  • 187

    @ Puma:
    Catch you again soon mate. I’m going to down a couple of thirst-quenchers, as in cold beers, then head for the sack. Best wishes.

  • 188

    @ Old Griquas 14 in Sydney:Wish we had Deans for our coach. Or J. Mitchell. What would those two coaches do with the talent we have here? I can’t even begin to think. They are world class coaches. How we have our coach is crazy. But that is SA for you. We have huge depth here in SA just been wasted by not having a world class coach.

    Australia done well in getting Deans and sticking with him.

  • 189

    @ Old Griquas 14 in Sydney:187 – Cheets OldG.

    I am coming over in 4 weeks time to Brisbane. Well that is the plan so far.

    Good night my friend. Enjoy the beers. Catch up again sometime.

    Going to the Lions thread now.

  • 190

    @ Puma:
    You’re right there, the depth of talent is SA is immeasurable.

  • 191

    @ Puma:

    Cheets – meant Cheers. Sorry typo there.


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