Sunday, August 1, 2010

TRI NATIONS RUGBY: New Zealand Look the Goods

New Zealand 49, Australia 28 in Melbourne (Tri Nations; Bledisloe Cup)

New Zealand extended the number of wins in a row against Australia in a breath-taking display of rugby. Both sides contributed to this amazing match.

Firstly New Zealand. What a display! From fullback to prop everybody had a grand game. Well lead by Richie McCraw, they were simply too slick, too smart and scored too many points for Australia to ever look like they were going to get close. It was an excellent display of running rugby, power rugby and the sort of rugby sadly missing from many test matches of late.

Then Australia. They played their best rugby once reduced to fourteen men after Drew Mitchell received his second yellow card. Without looking like they were going to get close to the ABs they played, in this spell, with great spirit, determination and, once a few of the bench players arrived, with some skill. But it wasn't enough to crack the All Blacks who absorbed the pressure, held up a couple of tries, and ended the game with a couple of grand tries.

Is it too soon to be talking about World Champions? On this display the New Zealander's would be at the moment.

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