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Kiwi power over Boks

Posted in Tri Nations by therugbynut on August 27, 2006

Yet again the Kiwis rolled over South Africa, but with a second string side.

Comprehensive 45-26 win, the Tri Nations was wrapped up anyway, so they rested 11players. They started off very sluggishly, probably as a result of the team changes, and were 11-3 down after 10 minutes after some unforced errors from the Kiwis allowing de Preez to score . As usual they rallied back and in a twelve minute spell scored three tries through McAlister, Sivivatu & Muliaina. Carter was his usual perfect self, when he can be bothered to play, kicking 7 out of 8 conversions and a 61 metre penalty. The remaining tries came through Tialata and Gear.

South Africa scored two late tries via Jacque Fourie and are bottom of the table with 1 point.

Few injuries this time, that could make the test Saturday quite interesting, in particular both Kiwi props could be out.

Autumn internationals amongst England, New Zealand and South Africa should be cracking. Pretty obvious that New Zealand will steam roller England unless something earth shattering should happen. That leaves two very interesting games between England and South Africa, who to be honest are probably not that unevenly matched. I have tickets for the second game on the 25th November and will be taking my son Harry to his first live game – I can’t wait!


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.

Lucky Aussies

Posted in Tri Nations by therugbynut on August 5, 2006

What a poor first half – I have never see a half of such poor reffing, kicking and general all round rugby skills as that. As this is the professional age, what a shower. Talk about boring the pants of you with a poor display, even the try was from a sliced kick that bounced between the two Boks attacking players and Mark Gerard stole in to nick it and sprint to the try line, but that was all the excitement there was. The Aussie line-outs seemed out of sorts.

Guess Messrs Connolly and White fired a few rockets in the half time talk as out came the two teams and at least the game became more interesting. First Butch White kicks over a penalty, then Butch kicks another 3 points, 10-6 to the Aussies. The Boks score again, a try this time through Jaque Fourie and take the lead. Then Gerrard fumbles an absolute sitter and fails to score.

Mortlock scores a quick 3 point and we are level at 13 all. Montgomery, who had a very poor first half, weaves some magic and gets bundled over the line and teh ref (through the touch judge) awards the try. 18-13 to South Africa and we have 12 minutes left to play. Nail bitter if there ever was one, Mortlock fails with a penalty kick, South Africa can taste the points of a win at the Telstra Dome….

No one told Phil Waugh making his 50th appearance, makes some space and shows a great turn of pace and a great pass out of the tackle and there is our old mate Mat Rogers, who races off to score in the corner. 18 all and Mortlock to take the kick, which flies through teh air drfiting in and out and hitting the post arriving between the sticks and sealing a 20-18 win with 4 minutes left.

Last ditch effort by South Africa, but the Juan Smith’s pass goes straight into touch and the hooter sounds. George Gregan spouts something about the team never giving up belief, but truth is the South Africans suffered from lack of numbers around the park all game. You cannot deal with a team like Australia when only one player, two at best, is at the breakdowns.

Oh well, three home games to come, you never know they may pull it around.

Tight Win for the All Blacks

Posted in Tri Nations by therugbynut on July 8, 2006

What a cracking opener for the Tri-Nations.

Early missed penalties from Carter and Mortlock. Early sustained pressure by New Zealand, but they are unable to convert this into points.

Then a bit of Chris Latham magic, he took Carter’s long kick from the 22 and came back, chipped the ball ahead and picked up his own kick. Great support form Matt Rogers and an easy try for Tuqiri, converted by Mortlock.

Excellent moment at the fourth scrum, from ref , ‘Can you guys stop playing silly buggers’, you mean it applies at their level as well as ours!

All Blacks were absolutely dominant in the scrum, the susceptibility seen in the early game agianst England were exposed again.

Rocky Elsom sinned bin for almost the last 10 minutes of the first half, the Aussies were made to pay immediately. They were exposed in the line out and Keven Mealamu, who I personally admire, stole through to score and Dan, The Man, Carter third time lucky got it through the uprights.

Then good old fashioned graft and grunt by the All Blacks, Mealamu vaults over some prostrate Aussies and scores his second try, Carter bangs it over again. 14-7 to the All Blacks. (Looks like they have gotten over the ‘Handbag’ incident).

First blood to the All Blacks in the second half, a Carter penalty, after a jinking Leon MacDonald run after sustaining a lot of Aussie pressure. Suddenly a huge break by Major and the All Blacks looked to have scored when Larkham knees have trapped the ball. Bizarrely the try is awarded, McCaw score, not sure he was aware that he had scored. Carter converts.

Suddenly the Aussies score, Scott Fava, through a non contested line-out by the All Blacks, that the Aussies drove on. As McCaw and co waited for the attack from the fringes of the ruck, Scott picked up the ball and squeezed it into the hole that had already been punched through. Mortlock misses the conversion.

Another silly penalty and Carter slots another three points, George Smith penalised – he’s had a quiet game.

The Wallabies suddenly seem to have gained control over the game and all the All Blacks are doing is defending and looking for the counter attack.

Moment that made me smile – Jack passes the ball out, Collins misses it thinks it goes into touch, McCaw has actually caught it, Collins has stopped running and then realises it’s still going on ahead of him. Then beautiful cross kick by Carter, knocked down by Ali Williams (on for Jason Eaton, who has had an enormous game) and Rico Gear just couldn’t catch it with the line at his mercy. But Smith should have scored for the Wallabies at the other end, just a minute before.

Wallabies are definitely not out of this match. All Blacks offside, collapsing mauls, but Wallabies just can’t break through…..All Blacks charge down a Larkham kick for the corner, Carter again and catches it and passes to, Toeava 60 m run and touches it down. This is heartbreaking stuff for the Wallabies. Bonus point for the try and then Carter’s kick bounces off the uprights.

That’s it. Great first half All Blacks in the ascendency, second half really scrappy – end to end stuff with some periods of heavy pressure taht the All Blacks just absorbed. (bit like England when the won the World Cup)

Man of the Match for my money – Keven Mealamu.