Welcome to Bledisloe Cup 3 and the first game of 2020 Tri-Nations for Australia versus New Zealand at ANZ Stadium, Sydney. New Zealand won the last contest at Eden Park, Auckland; and win or draw will retain the Bledisloe Cup for the 18th year.
New Zealand has lost only one of their last seven Tests against Australia (W5, D1); although, that single defeat did come in their last meeting on Australian soil (47-26 –10 August 2019 in Perth).
- The All Blacks has won seven of their last nine Tests against the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium including their last three in succession, scoring 45 points per game in that three-match stretch.
- Australia has won four of their last five Tests at home (L1), including their last three; the last time they enjoyed a longer winning run was a four-match span from September 2013 to June 2014.
- The Kiwis has won five of their last six Tests outside New Zealand (L1); the All Blacks’ single defeat in that span coming in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi-Final (19-7 v England).
- Australia won their last Test in New South Wales (34-15 v Samoa), snapping a six-game losing run in the State; they will be out to secure back-to-back wins in NSW for the first time since 2009.
- New Zealand has scored 70 tries at ANZ Stadium, their second-most at any Test ground outside New Zealand; they need two more at the Olympic venue to surpass their current record in this category (71 at the Sydney Cricket Ground).
- The Aussies (982) are 18 points away from making ANZ Stadium the third home venue they’ve scored 1,000 points in Tests and the first outside Queensland (1,316 –Ballymore and 1,019 –Suncorp Stadium); the Wallabies have scored 21 points per game in their last six Tests at the ground.
- Australia has gained 600+ metres in each of their last two Tests on Australian soil, after not reaching this mark in any of their 44 Tests on home turf.
- Marika Koroibete (Australia) has scored 13 tries since making his Test debut (16 September 2017), the most of any Wallabies player in that time; New Zealand’s Rieko Ioane (18) and South Africa’s Makazole Mapimpi (14) are the only southern hemisphere tier-one players with more in this period.
- Beauden Barrett (11) needs one more for the outright most Test tries against Australia of any player; he is currently level with Richie McCaw and Ma’a Nonu and has blanked in his last two Tests against the Wallabies.
We are waiting for the kickoff.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at a soaking ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Both anthems were stirring – as you’d expect – and the All Blacks performed Kapo o Pango. Australia is wearing a special dark green edition indigenous jersey for this third Bledisloe Cup clash.
2.00: Australia wins the first lineout before going eight phases in possession. Noah Lolesio put in a big kick on Caleb Clarke before the counter-attack led to another Aussie lineout. The second bomb on Clerke works, the winger knocking-on Nic White’s box-kick.
3.00: YELLOW CARD! Filipo Daugunu tackles Clarke in the air, it’s dangerous so the winger will take a seat on the naughty step. 0-0
4.00: Richie Mo’unga boots the penalty into the Aussie’s 22. Michael Hooper gets his timing wrong, going offside at the breakdown. Mo’unga goes to the corner again.
5.00: TRY! After a powerful driving maul, Karl Tu’inukuafe scores his maiden Test try in his 15th Test match. The big man will be relieved because he had a four-man overlap and did not pass. 0-5
7.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds the extras. 0-7
8.00: Anton Lienert-Brown latches onto Mo’unga’s kick, plays Jordie Barrett on his inside. Barrett carries forward but elbows Nic White, who attempts to tackle the winger. That has to be yellow.
9.00: YELLOW CARD! Jordie Barrett is carded. 0-7
11.00: NO TRY! The All blacks go 11 phases before Mo’unga puts in a banana crossfield kick to Dane Coles, who beats Nic White to the ball. Kiwi referee awards the try but Aussie TMO Angus Gardner wants to double-check. After several checks, the score is chalked off – good call by Gardner. 0-7
14.00: NO TRY! Touch in goal! Marika Koroibete’s last-ditch tackle on Clarke, with help from Hooper, denies the winger the try. The TMO confirms. 0-7
16.00: Tu’inukuafe knocks-on. The All Blacks have had 81% territory and 78% possession in the opening quarter of an hour.
18.00: That is poor from Australia. They kicked away possession twice with an extra man before Irae Simone knocks-on his rebounded grubber.
20.00: Coles, on the wing again, kicks away possession, the Wallabies decide to go wide to Daugunu. The winger kicks, setting off a set of up-and-unders from both teams. The Kiwis win a penalty after Beauden Barrett’s bomb leads to a penalty after Ned Hanigan is offside. Mo’unga kicks to the Aussie 22.
22.00: TRY! Aaron Smith and Mo’unga combine with a switch-play to the blindside from the scrum. The 26-year-old standoff drifts towards hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa, ghosts through him, and races away from flyhalf Noah Lolesio to score in the corner. 0-12
23.00: MISS! Mo’unga cannot convert his try. 0-12
26.00: Another Aussie attack comes to naught when Filipo Daugunu throws the ball into touch. The Kiwis win their lineout and kick a bomb. The hosts win back possession and go wide to Filipo Daugunu, who again throws a 50/50 pass that leads to a turnover. That is poor from the winger; he’s having a shocker.
27.00: TRY! Mo’unga has another five-pointer! The flyhalf latches onto Beauden Barrett’s chip-kick, beats Marika Koroibete’s tackle, and cruises 60 metres in for the try. Game over! 0-17
28.00: CONVERSION! The first-five converts his second try. 0-19
30.00: TRY! The All Blacks won a penalty, kicked to the corner before going to their driving maul to power over the whitewash. Dane Coles gets his try, this time. 0-24
32.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds another two. 0-26
34.00: The Aussies look dejected, somehow, they win a fortunate penalty to relieve the pressure.
37.00: A series of resets scrums slows down the play. Australia’s handling has been poor, and they keep kicking away possession. They will need to do better if they are going to break down the Kiwis.
39.00: SO CLOSE! Mo’unga almost had a hat-trick. Daugunu’s soccer skills almost gift the standoff an easy score, fortunately for the winger, Mo’unga is ankle-tapped before the try line before the AB’s knock-on.
41.00: Nic white boots the ball into touch. He’s had enough.
The halftime score was Australia 0 New Zealand 26
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway on Australia’s east coast.
42.00: TRY! It’s a debut try for Noah Lolesio, scoring from close range after White put the standoff away. It came from a barnstorming run from Jordan Petaia, who ran over Mo’unga, sucked in two tacklers before setting up the try. 5-26
43.00: MISS! Lolesio cannot convert. 5-26
46.00: All Blacks lose their attacking lineout, close to the Aussies’ line. It’s danger signs for the hosts.
49.00: White kicks out on the full, gifting the visitors a lineout on the Wallabies’ 10m.
53.00: the game has slowed down, conditions are a problem for both teams, who are struggling to handle the pill.
55.00: Daugunu finally does something right, the winger winning a ruck-penalty which allows the hosts to set-up an attacking lineout drive.
56.00: OH, dear! Australia knocks-on.
58.00: Whitelock wins a penalty, the Kiwis will take a shot.
60.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga knocks over the kick. 5-29
64.00: Australia botch another good attacking opportunity before coughing up possession, soon afterward.
66.00: The game is stop-start as both benches get emptied.
69.00: Lots of mistakes from the Australians, who are blooding young players. They will learn from this experience, bu they must not get blown away at the end.
71.00: New Zealand decides for an attacking scrum following a penalty.
72.00: TRY! Rieko Ioane scores in the corner. Hoskins Sotutu broke off the back of the scrum to the short-side, drew the defenders, and sent Ioane away for his 23rd Test score. 5-34
73.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga slots the touchline kick. 5-36
74.00: TRY! Jordie Barrett scores in the third Bledisloe Cup match on the trot. Mo’unga’s deft pass to the winger, on the angle, saw Barrett burst through two forwards, and race 50 metres to score under the posts. 5-41
75.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 5-43
80.00: YELLOW CARD! Jordan Petaia took a shot to the mouth by Shannon Frizell, and the flanker is sent to the bin. 5-43
82.00: Australia think they have scored, but Koroibete is tackled into touch.
The final score is Australia 5 (0) New Zealand 43 (26)
Tries – Lolesio
Cards – Daugunu (Yellow, 3′)
Tries – Tu’inukuafe, Mo’unga (2), Coles, R. Ioane, J. Barrett
Pen – Mo’unga
Con – Mo’unga (5)
Cards – J. Barrett (Yellow, 9′), Frizell (Yellow, 80′)
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (NZR)
Assistant Ref 1: Paul Williams (NZR
Assistant Ref 2: Nic Berry (RA)
TMO: Angus Gardner (RA)
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Reece Hodge, 23 Hunter Paisami
15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Jordie Barrett, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Dalton Papalii, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23 Rieko Ioane