New Zealand 20 – Australia 10

This article has been replicated from Oz TV Reviews

Christchurch New Zealand  7th August 2010

Well the good news for Perth viewers is that for once this game was shown live on Channel 7 in Perth at 3:00 in the afternoon. Great news for Rugby fans who don’t have insomnia.

Sadly Australia went down once again, as expected, but put up a better fight and the score line was much more respectable than the previous week. Mils Muliaina started off the scoring in only in only the sixth minute. A fine passing move gave him space on the left wing and he went over in the corner. But not to be outdone the Wallabies replied quickly with a fine individual try by Kurtley Beale, who ran almost 70 metres diagonally across the field, to escape the fast pursuing defence, after collecting from David Pocock who picked up a rare fumble by Dan Carter.

Kurtley Beale Wallabie

Kurtley Beale fine individual try in Chrstchurch

Carter made up for his mistake four minutes later with a fine break, working the ball to Centre Conrad Smith who went over in the corner. After a hectic first half the only score in the second half was a 70th minute penalty converted by Carter to leave the Wallabies with the near impossible task of 10 points in 10 minutes in a second session that had been so tight.

Dan Carter mixed performance against the Wallabies

Dan Carter scored 2 Conversions a Penalty

The Wallabies now move on to South Africa with two games at altitude in Pretoria and Bloemfontein with an improved performance behind them, but still the major disappointment of another loss to their fiercest rivals and the loss of the Bledisloe Cup for the eighth successive time.

Update 28th August 2010

Quade Cooper is back at Fly Half for today’s game against the Springboks in Pretoria, after serving his two game suspension. Matt Giteau moves out to Inside Centre, which I’ve always believed is his best position and Anthony Faingaa drops to the bench.

I think this is a more balanced Wallabies side. By all accounts the South Africans put up a good fight against the All Blacks last week. But so did Australia in Christchurch. I think the Wallabies can win and reclaim the Mandela Challenge Plate. Which will be some compensation now that the All Blacks have taken the Tri-Nations.

The kick off is at 1:00AM (AEST) and will be shown live on Channel 7 in the Eastern States. It’s two hours after the kick off here in Perth, as we must see a repeat of a 15 year old film and a low interest doco (well at half past midnight it will be low interest) before we get to the game. Priorities Channel 7!

But that is still 1:00AM in Perth, in case anyone is confused.

By Max Power


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