NZ retain Bledisloe Cup

2010-08-07 11:24

Christchurch - The ruthless efficiency of the All Blacks defence kept their unbeaten Tri-Nations campaign on track as they withstood relentless pressure to beat the Wallabies 20-10 on Saturday.

VIDEO: Richie McCaw shows his softer side

The All Blacks led 17-10 at half-time and then mounted a rock-solid defensive effort to hold back a barrage of Wallaby attacks before a Dan Carter penalty 10 minutes from time moved them out of the seven-point danger zone.

The two-tries-to-one performance gave the All Blacks their fourth win from four matches but, denied a bonus point, they were left stranded a point away from claiming the Tri-Nations crown for the 10th time in 15 years.

But the win did ensure they keep the Bledisloe Cup, the symbol of trans-Tasman rivalry and consigned the Robbie Deans-coached Wallabies to a record-equalling ninth successive defeat against the All Blacks.

"It shows the character in the team," said captain Richie McCaw as the match statistics showed the Wallabies had 56 percent of possession and the All Blacks made 110 tackles while missing only five.

"We've won games by scoring tries whereas tonight it was defence that really won us the game. We took our opportunities in the first half and then had to defend.

"There were some big hits went in out there and it sums up the character in the team -- defending for each other and keep getting up."

But the game was not without its frustrations for the Wallabies, desperate to come back from their 49-28 hiding last week, as the All Blacks rode their luck with ruck infringements and escaped with warnings but no yellow cards.

"It was a better effort from us. We produced a lot more position and a lot more possession but the All Blacks were successful in denying us momentum," Deans said.

"They were able to deny us momentum at the breakdown which allowed them to set ... it's probably the one thing they do best is they slow the ball which allows them to bring their organisation and athleticism into play."

Australia could not complain about the amount of possession David Pocock and Rocky Elsom ensured, nor the way their pack cleared the All Blacks out of the ruck.

But their multi-phased attacks regularly ended up behind the advantage line as McCaw and Kieran Read led a defensive effort that shut down the gaps, and Elsom admitted the Wallabies had done all they could.

"To a man every guy out there put everything they had into getting over the line. We didn't get there but it wasn't through lack of trying."

Although the Wallabies controlled possession for the first five minutes it was the All Blacks who scored first in a move which started when lock Tom Donnelly snapped up a turnover ball to charge 20 metres.

When he was brought down on the 22-metre line by Kurtley Beale the All Blacks quickly recycled and Mils Muliaina was sent over in the corner.

Carter converted from the sideline and then went from hero to zero soon after the restart when he lost the ball in a tackle which resulted in Pocock and Nathan Sharpe sending Beale on a 65 metre-run to the line.

Carter was again the centre of the action when his in-out move created an overlap for Conrad Smith to touch down and all the try scoring in the match was over in the first 14 minutes.

A Carter conversion and penalty, and a penalty for Australia by Matt Giteau saw the All Blacks lead 17-10 at halftime.

There was a definite change of mood by the All Blacks after the break as the Wallabies mounted wave after wave of attacks.

The All Blacks put the brakes on their free-for-all running and turned more to flyhalf Carter to kick them out of trouble as they withstood 30 minutes of pressure before a Carter penalty produced the only points of the second half.

The only way the All Blacks can be denied the Tri-Nations trophy is if they go point-less in their remaining two matches and the Wallabies win their last three with bonus points. South Africa are out of the running.


  • Zion Pay - 2010-08-07 11:49

    Damn, so the conspiracy continues. Bloody perpetrators are now in our referee system. We just cannot get those Kiwi's out of our hair. Well done lads you have proven you are the best. Viva Kiwi.

  • skek - 2010-08-07 11:52

    The hardest game by far this year. South Africa will not win a game this tri nations even at home after watching this game. They are well off the pace.

  • paul - 2010-08-07 12:02

    why was AB number 1 not sent off for clean out?????? If he had of been a Bok, it would have been red!!!!! More conspiracy but a SA ref!!!!!!

  • BLOUBUL - 2010-08-07 12:03

    Look at richie cheating in the pic!

  • Ruggerbugger - 2010-08-07 12:04

    Let's see - who can we blame this time, the Ref, the Coach, the selectors, the captain? No - lets blame the weather

  • DOC CRAVEN - 2010-08-07 12:10


  • ockert - 2010-08-07 12:12

    @Author - Important ? maybe not to you ? - They have won the Tri-Nations - probably a bit more important than a local derby

  • jamo - 2010-08-07 12:16

    Great and classic test match Mighty All Blacks clearly deserves to win Now just to win the last cup at soccer city Great Team ALL BLACKS

  • Werner - 2010-08-07 12:25

    But the game was bleddy slow

  • Ander - 2010-08-07 12:46

    You should not be writing rugby articles if you don't keep up with current trends-that being the the S14. A ref will give a final warning and if the team does not infringe again for a significant period of play the warning goes by the wayside. Drama queen.

  • durbanite - 2010-08-07 12:48

    good game and well reffed by Kaplan, AB not allowed to infringe at the breakdown and showed the difference between the SH refs and the useless NH refs!! Lets see if the AB no. 1 gets cited for his dangerous/cynical charge at the back of the auss hooker, if botha is anything to go by it should be at least 9 weeks!, why didn't kaplan send him off immediately, unreal how they get away with it!!

  • Ingwe - 2010-08-07 13:37

    And still the whinging continues. Well played AB's

  • Ian - 2010-08-07 13:53

    BREAKING NEWS The Boks are no longer 3N champs.

  • Razza - 2010-08-07 13:54

    Bob Dwyer or Devillers what do you have to moan about that game face it the All Blacks are just too good nothing changes in world rugby New Zealand are the best team ever

  • gato - 2010-08-07 14:12

    first of all, i am a fan of kaplan and besides the boks, since i was probaly 5 years old a fan of the all blacks. i still am (second to the boks) and i think they are playing an excellent brand of rugby, BUT, i recorded the game and watched every breakdown, rewinded it (sometimes three times). mccaw is at two out of three rucks lying on the aussie side just that few seconds longer. (i used to play scrumhalf) so i watch the aussie scrumhalf and he had to step over / passover / run one or two pases to get over or pass mccaw to get the ball out. he slows there ball down by maybe three/four of five seconds at every breakdown (and it seems that the other all blacks have learned from him. they do it so ""unnoticable"" that they dont stay there long enough to make it obvious and to get nailed. another thing is that play/interfere players away form the ball (that does not have the ball) prohibiting them from getting into the defensive line/ ot getting there slower. we have a lot to learn if we need to rise to the level that they currently are playing at.

  • gato - 2010-08-07 14:21

    TWO QUESTIONS; would any bok player be sent off for what the nz prop did to the aus hooker - yes! what would the result have been if he was sent off for 10 min reducing the ab to 14 players? we know from stats that just about every time someone is in the sin bin, the othe rteam scores a try. i am not saying that kaplan was wrong - i am happy with his decicion - the problem is other refs wont have been so lenient?

  • CanadianJeff - 2010-08-07 14:25

    Excellent, exciting game, that's how rugby should be played. My favourite teams are the All Blacks, Wallabies and France. The Springbucks are ok but not as exciting as the All Blacks or Wallabys. Can't wait till the next All Black game.

  • gfm - 2010-08-07 14:42

    Duranite - they "aren't getting away with anything" that was your SA ref, even he let it "go" Now who are you ginna balme? Just be man enough and sdmit it - the AB's are just too good for you. Do what they did last year after being whitewashed - no cpmplaints, just went to the blackboard, loked, analysed and implemented- presto, success!! Simple, if you have the brains, which sadly I dont think is around in the Bokke camp now.

  • Man in BLACK - 2010-08-07 15:14

    The good thing about not getting the bonus point in this game is that officially we haven't won the tri-nations yet, we still need one measly point. So regardless if we win or lose in Soweto as long as we get one bonus point we win the tri-nations series in South Africa and we get handed the cup back by Jon Smit and co in front of all the saffa fans. I would love to see the fans faces. Ain't life grand......GO ALL BLACKS

  • Buster Knutt - 2010-08-07 15:39

    Aussie hooker on our side of the ruck...within 1.5 m of the ball...slowing the ball down. Fair game. He gets cleaned out. No rugby laws broken, sorry SA. just like Richie dealing to Podick. Imsure u nguys would be doing the same. Its called the clean-out guys. Stop relying on the ref to win u games saffas and blokes that can kick penalties from 60 m. Turn up and play u pussies. C u in Jo burg..Whos the ref?? Paddy maybe haha

  • Danie - 2010-08-07 18:46

    Of course AB no 1 should be cited. Just as cynical as Bakkies latest. Blatant hit with shoulder just below the neck from behind. Aussie hooker was not part of play at that time. Are we punishing actions or people?

  • lawler - 2010-08-07 18:52

    AB will only be good until the 2011 RWC then they will choke like they did in 2007 RWC. So AB fans, enjoy looking for your sheep in the long grass and we in SA hope you find them pleasing!!

  • RDP - 2010-08-07 19:41

    What do one expect from the proteas couch that was appointed with a political view. The proteas and I repeat - not BOKS - will suffer under PDV or any other couch as long as it is political motivated. PDV honeymoon is over. VIVA merrit appointments for players and couch

  • X Files - 2010-08-07 19:46

    The plot thickens, apparently Mulder and Scully are flying into South Africa to assist SANZAR regarding the latest conspiracy. I guess SARU will be a little disappointed with the South African ref allowing NZ to win once again without cheating. Oh deary me, what's the next excuse? Actually, I wonder if the Springboks will win a game this year.

  • Caroline in Scotland - 2010-08-07 20:00

    Bad luck Australia, great game and congrats to New Zealand, well done. At least the Wallabies are better than the Springboks. Go the Wallabies

  • Andrew - 2010-08-07 20:51

    ALL BLACKS are at the peak of the game .. guess what no world cup suprise the all blacks want win the cup .,. whats new their will choke from now on .,.any bets //??

  • Arrie - 2010-08-07 21:50

    These Bok supporters must be the same whining type that whines day in and day out about the state of the country. Give other teams some credit if they are better on the day, don't insult them and think the Bok's will win the worldcup - you can't read the future and it shows your ignorance and stupidness. Go AB's, you deserve the worl cup next year as you have strong young lads in your team, the Bok's have real oumanne, Matfield, Smith and has been Banana.

  • Impi - 2010-08-07 22:31

    "South Africa are out of the running". Always were.

  • Kiwi Boy - 2010-08-07 22:52

    And you still get some of these SAFFA's whinging and whining!!! Butt I suppose when your rugby team is the current bunch of Springboks with a "clown" for a coach, then you can't talk about rugby and what a good game your team played. It is going to be so sweet taking the Tri-Nations at Soccer City. Well done the AB's!!!!

  • Tommygun - 2010-08-08 02:03

    If Franks isn't cited and suspended for his cowardly shoulder charge on the Aussie hooker, then all the the accusations about the officiating is valid. Kaplan should have yellow carded him on the spot, but all the crap spewing from Paddy O Stupids mouth has even the best refs doubting themselves.

  • Man in McBLACK - 2010-08-08 02:19

    Top of the morning to ya. As a token or gesture of appreciation to Paddy I reckon instead of Doing the Haka, we should do an Irish Jig before the match in Soweto. Only joking boets, I reckon we just had the luck of the Irish. Anyway, seriously, please don't forget to dust and polish the tri-nations cup for us...... actually I guess you wont have to because it's not as if you've had it for long. We only need one more point. I thought Kaplan was an Afrikaans name I didn't realise it was actually Irish TA BE SURE TA BE SURE.

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  • kiwiruz - 2010-08-08 08:08

    durbanite, you can't compare Woodcocks aggressive clean-out of an off-side player to Bakkies gutless Head Butt to the back of the Head. Could have been a Yellow, but Woodcock unlike Botha does not have a history or propensity to such foul play. Or what a minute it could be part of a "Conspiracy"

  • Clive - 2010-08-08 10:14

    Kaplan made a "grave mistake" in not yellow carding the AB's loose-head; will Paddy hang the world's most experienced ref - and arguably the best - out to dry in public like he did the unfortunate Wessels? He lacks the balls. As I write, there is no indication that the player has been cited, which gives futher ammo to the conspiracy theorists. I seem to recall that Robbie Kempson did exactly the same thing a few years back, and felt the full weight of the rugby law. VIVA INCONSISTENCY AND DOUBLE STANDARDS!!

  • Bloomski - 2010-08-08 11:16

    I'd like to hear comment on the 69th minute incident where it appears as though McCaw goes in from the side and over the top in 'support' of the AB ball carrier who is tackled. I thought he was leading with an elbow / forearm directed at the Aussie tackler with clear intent. He is a true master and could teach that other legendary evil genius Sean Fitzpatrick a thing or two about getting away with off the ball thuggery. Guys like Bakkies are babes in the woods when it comes to dirty play and blatantly intended intimidation.

  • David - 2010-08-08 15:28

    Here we go again - all you moaners! The sad thing about the win of the All Blacks in Christchurch was that on 21 August 2010 at Soccer City in front of nearly 90 000 spectators, the Boks captain, John Smith must hand-back the Tri-Nations trophy to that wonderful, humble and down-to-earth All Blacks captain, Richie McCaw. Its really going to be a sight for sore eyes. Nevermind, all the crying and bewitching to who-ever who has done sweet nothing! I just love it!!! GO THE MEN IN BLACK! ALL BLACKS!! ALL BLACKS!!

  • kiwiruz - 2010-08-08 20:34

    Tommygun -- Wrong Block Mate!

  • Men in Bleeeeeeeccckk - 2010-08-09 21:31

    Enjoy while it lasts, come and see what a damn stadium looks like shaggers, next years village sheep World Cup will be a laugh, gale force winds, rain, mad and BORING, yawn, LOL

  • Tommygun - 2010-08-10 02:34

    Kiwiruz! You mean wrong bloke? Regardless the guy should have received a card and a suspension after being cited. They both were gutless acts as both were from behind. Bakkies stupid act could have caused him to injure himself as well. Woodcock could have brocken the guys neck as he wasn't expecting it. It's the officiating thats becoming a problem, even without some of the stupid comments of the Bok Coach.

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