Saturday, August 24, 2013

NEW ZEALAND v AUSTRALIA: Bledisloe Cup; Rugby Championship


Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Referee: Jaco Payper (South Africa)

Australia have it all against it as it endeavours to climb back from a 29-47 defeat in Sydney last weekend. Coach Mckenzie has stuck with his original lineup except for an injury to Hugh McMeniman.

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen brings in rookie Tom Taylor (yet another Canterbury first five) and make what looks like a few rotational changes to his bench.

I can’t see Australia getting close in this one.

Last Five Encounters
17.08.2013 New Zealand 47-29 in Sydney (Bledisloe Cup; Rugby Champ.)20.10.2012 Drawn 18-18 in Brisbane (Bledisloe Cup)
25.08.2012 New Zealand 22-0 in Auckland (Bledisloe Cup, Rugby Champ.)
18.08.2012 New Zealand 27-19 in Sydney (Bledisloe Cup, Rugby Champ.)
16.10.2011 New Zealand 20-6 in Auckland (World Cup, Semi-final)

New Zealand Last Five
17.08.2013 v Australia W 47-29 in Sydney (Bledisloe Cup; Rugby Champ.)
22.06.2013 v France W 24-9 in New Plymouth
15.06.2013 v France W 30-0 in Christchurch
08.06.2013 v France W 23-13 in Auckland
01.12.2012 v England L 21-38 at Twickenham

Australia Last Five
17.08.2013 v New Zealand L 29-47 in Sydney (Bledisloe Cup; Rugby Champ.)
06.07.2013 v British and Irish Lions L 16-41 in Sydney
29.06.2013 v British and Irish Lions W 16-15 in Melbourne
22.06.2013 v British and Irish Lions L 21-23 in Brisbane
01.12.2012 v Wales W 14-12 in Cardiff
24.11.2012 v Italy W 22-19 in Florence

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: New Zealand 4th, Australia 11th
Oceania Table: New Zealand 1st, Australia 2nd

IRB Ranking Points
New Zealand 91.55, Australia 85.41

Prediction: New Zealand by 20 points.

Tony Woodcock will play his 100th test for New Zealand
Australia last won against New Zealand in New Zealand back in 2002.



New Zealand

15   Israel Dagg  Hawkes Bay
14   Benjamin Smith  Otago
13   Conrad Smith Wellington
12   Ma'a Nonu  Auckland
11   Julian Savea  Wellington
10   Thomas Taylor Canterbury
9   Aaron Smith  Manawatu
8   Kieran Read  Canterbury
7   Richie McCaw (Capt.) Canterbury
6   Steven Luatua Auckland
5   Samuel Whitelock  Canterbury
4   Brodie Retallick  Bay of Plenty
3   Owen Franks  Canterbury
2   Andrew Hore  Taranaki
1   Tony Woodcock  North Harbour
16   Daniel Coles Wellington
17   Wayne Crockett Canterbury
18   Charlie Faumuina  Auckland
19   Jeremy Thrush Wellington
20   Samuel Cane Bay of Plenty
21   Tawera Kerr-Barlow  Waikato
22   Colin Slade Canterbury
23   Charles Piutau Auckland
    HEAD COACH: Steven Hansen



15   Jesse Mogg  ACT Brumbies
14   Israel Folau  NSW Waratahs
13   Adam Ashley-Cooper  NSW Waratahs
12   Christian Leali’ifano  ACT Brumbies
11   James O’Connor  Melbourne Rebels
10   Matthew Toomua  ACT Brumbies
9   William Genia  Queensland Reds
8   Benjamin Mowen ACT Brumbies
7   Michael Hooper  NSW Waratahs
6   Scott Fardy  ACT Brumbies
5   James Horwell (Capt.) Queensland Reds
4   Robert Simmons Queensland Reds
3   Benjamin Alexander  ACT Brumbies
2   Stephan Moore  ACT Brumbies
1   James Slipper  Queensland Reds
16   Saia Fainga’a  Queensland Reds
17   Scott Sio  ACT Brumbies
18   Sekope Kepu  NSW Waratahs
19   Kane Douglas NSW Waratahs
20   Liam Gill  Queensland Reds
21   Nicholas White  ACT Brumbies
22   Quade Cooper  Queensland Reds
23   Tevita Kuridrani  ACT Brumbies
    HEAD COACH: Ewan McKenzie

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