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All Blacks Tri Nations Champions

Posted in Tri Nations by therugbynut on August 19, 2006

Another fantastic Tri-Nations game, glad to have it back on the box after the Premiership Sevens last week! 34-27 win to
New Zealand.

Australia took a good lead into the second half of this game after excellent tries by Loti Tuqiri and Rocky Elsom, although Jason Eaton did reply for the All Blacks. 2 penalties a piece from Mortlock and Carter meant that the Aussies were 20-11 up at half time. There were a few dubious tackles on Richie McCaw by both Tuqiri and Phil Waugh, in fact Tuqiri’s was very close to a spearing, but McCaw was uninjured.

The second half Australia tackled hard, but couldn’t get out of their own half and tactically didn’t play their own game and ended up matching the All Blacks, a game which only the All Blacks can win. Two penalties from Dan Carter brought the score back to 17-20 and the momentum was all with
New Zealand.

An excellently worked moved stretched the Aussies across the pitch from a well worked line out, the ball going straight down the line and the Aussies numbered up to stop Rokococo, the ball went out to Chris Jack on the wing and he ran through unchallenged to score. Although the Aussies had matched the All Blacks with their backs, no one seemed to pick up that Chris Jones was out on the opposite wing.

Then, an attack from the Aussies out of their own 22, seemed to be going somewhere when Carter came in, tackled Stephen Larkham and Larkham’s lost the ball in the tackle straight into Luke McAllister’s hands, who ran into the corner and Carter converted again.

Nathan Sharpe went up for one line-out in the second half, caught the ball, but was completely unsupported by his lifters and went crashing to the ground, luckily he wasn’t injured, but I have seen many a serious injury from such an event.

Back came the Aussies, a great little kick by Matt Giteau, chase by Tuquiri, who completely outpaced the New Zealand back line, tackled about 5 yards from the line, he rolled over and with his immense strength, slammed the ball over the line. Mortlock converted.

Aussies back in control, then a kick into the New Zealand half picked up by MacDonald, was run back, Chris Jack running up to the try line, Phil Waugh cynically took out Ali Williams, holding him back by his shirt and was immediately sinned binned. The resulting penalty was kicked over by Carter and final result was a 34-27 win to the All Blacks.

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