New Zealand’s All Blacks host Australia’s Wallabies in Wellington in what will be the first Southern Hemisphere test match for 2020 and the first match for these two sides since the Rugby world cup.
- The All Blacks and Australia will be playing their 167th Test against each other.
- New Zealand has won 115 of those matches, Australia 44 with seven draws.
- The All Blacks and Wallabies last played each other in Perth and Auckland during last year’s Rugby Championship with Australia winning 47-26 in Perth and the All Blacks 36-0 in Auckland.
- The All Blacks have held The Bledisloe Cup (played between New Zealand and Australia) since 2003 – 18 years!
- Beauden Barrett is a late withdrawal because of an Achilles injury, Damian McKenzie comes in at fullback.
- Jordie Barrett has scored three tries in his last two Tests at Sky Stadium.
- Michael Hooper plays in his 100th Test Match for the Wallabies.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in New Zealand, 400 days since the All Blacks last played in New Zealand, eight months since the last international. Test Match rugby is back, baby!
3.00: The All Blacks win the first penalty after the Aussies go 10 phases inside the Kiwis’ half. Good defending by the All Blacks.
5.00: Superb rush defending by the Australians leads to a lineout inside the Kiwis’ 22.
7.00: Both teams are employing the box-kick in the swirling wind at the “Cake Tin”. Eventually, Jordie Barrett is tackled into touch.
8.00: The Aussies go nine phases before kicking away possession. the Wallabies have gone seven phases or more three times in 10 minutes as the Kiwis defend.
9.00: TRY! A superb counter-attack from the Kiwis leads to Jordie Barrett scoring in the corner. Nearly all the All Blacks touched the ball – after being under the cosh – but the home team spread the ball wide to the finisher to score. 5-0
11.00: MISS! Barrett misses from wide. 5-0
13.00: Matt To’omua pumps Richie Mo’unga but the Kiwis continue before the ball is out in touch.
16.00: The All Blacks are starting to find their feet; they have the Aussies camped inside their half, but a couple of mistakes – because of the wind – leads to a Wallaby scrum. The rain is starting to fall, a slight drizzle but it could prove pivotal.
17.00: The first scrum of the game is reset.
20.00: Australia move into the New Zealand 22, they go through the phases but cannot get past the stubborn defending. Eventually, the Kiwis win possession but knock-on at the ruck. The visitors have an attacking scrum inside the home team’s 22.
22.00: Damian McKenzie wins the penalty after Nic White is isolated at the breakdown near the All Blacks’ line. The Kiwis survive the onslaught.
24.00: Aaron Smith, playing his 93rd Test, clears the danger; however the lineout is not straight by the Aussies, so the Kiwis have a halfway-line scrum.
25.00: McKenzie’s raking grubber pins the Aussies deep in their 22.
26.00: Ardie Savea wins the Australian’s ball, and after a couple of phases, the Kiwis will take a shot at goal.
27.00: PENALTY! Barrett adds three more, his first-ever penalty. 8-0
29.00: The Wallabies win a penalty for a no-arms tackle from Patrick Tuipulotu. They kick to the corner.
30.00: Another penalty goes to the visitors, this time Michael Hooper opts for the shot at goal.
31.00: PENALTY! James O’Connor puts his team on the scoreboard. 8-3
33.00: STAT ATTACK! The Kiwis have made 7 handling errors to two.
34.00: A penalty advantage to Australia snuffs out an intercept try by the hosts. Tom Banks kicks to the corner.
35.00: What are the Aussies doing? They got their driving maul going, but White decided to play the backs when the better option was to continue driving towards the line.
37.00: Sam Whitelock wins the penalty at the ruck, but Mo’unga takes a quick penalty-kick that goes out over the dead-ball line. Scrum to the Aussies near the Kiwis’ 22.
39.00: Another breakdown penalty goes to the hosts. Mo’unga kicks to the halfway line.
40.00: Hooper wins another penalty at the ruck allowing Banks to boot the ball to the hosts’ 22. The kick is not great, going out 10 meters from the 22.
41.00: NO TRY! Rieko Ioane scores after a counter-attack from the lineout after a mix-up by the Aussies. The Kiwis spread the ball wide to the winger, who knocks the ball on in the act of grounding. That is terrible from Rieko Ioane, very amateur. 8-3
The halftime score was New Zealand 8 Australia 3
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Bledisloe One in New Zealand’s capital.
43.00: MISS! James O’Connor misses a penalty. 8-3
44.00: TRY! The man, the myth, the legend Aaron Smith scores in the corner, fending off Nic White to extend the Kiwis’ lead. George Bridge made the break from the lineout before sending the great man away for his 20th Test try in 93 Tests. 13-3
45.00: MISS! Barrett can’t convert. 13-3
49.00: The All Blacks look settled. The scrums, however, are needing to be reset.
51.00: A bulldozing scrum by the hosts leads to the Aussies winning possession, and kicking deep into the AB’s 22.
53.00: TRY! Marika Koroibete scores his 13th Test try with a sensational finish, a typical Marika Koroibete score. O’Connor’s run, drawing in the defense, sent the winger away. 13-8
54.00: MISS! O’Connor misses from wide. 13-8
57.00: Marika Koroibete concedes the penalty after Mo’unga takes the ball up to the opposition’s 10m.
59.00: The Wallabies swoop on the loose ball from a disastrous lineout but McKenzie saves the day, dotting down for a 22-dropout.
60.00: The Australians are playing like they are involved in a World Cup Group C match versus Russia. They are throwing the ball around, which is unnerving the former World Champs.
62.00: TRY! Nic White magic sees try machine Filipo Daugunu score in the corner after O’Connor’s good work. McKenzie ripped the ball from an Australian attacker but the ball bounced to White, who popped to the winger to score! SENSATIONAL! 13-13
64.00: MISS! The kick is wide, but it’s all square. 13-all
68.00: The crowd is going wild; the ref speaks to the players, don’t listen – it’s pandemonium.
71.00: The Wallabies loosehead is pinged for collapsing; Barrett steps up to take a shot of goal into the teeth of the Wellington wind.
72.00: MISS! Jordie Barrett misses from in front – WOW! 13-13
73.00: Penalty to Australia – COME ON YOU GOOD THINGS!
74.00: PENALTY! O’Connor puts the visitors in front. OH, BOY! 13-16
77.00: After seven phases, the Kiwis win a penalty and Barrett kicks to touch – The All Blacks want the win!
78.00: Rob Simmons is warned by referee Paul Williams to change his bind in the maul, but he does not and concedes the penalty. Barrett calls for the tee.
79.00: PENALTY! Barrett levels from close range. 16-16
81.00: The Wallabies go several phases before winning a penalty; Reece Hodge has the chance for immortality.
83.00: MISS! Hodge’s kick rebounds off the post, the Aussies regather and are attacking inside the Kiwis’ 22. The All Blacks win possession, win a penalty, and kick the ball out. This is insane!
86.00: The Aussies go several phases before knocking on; the Kiwis counter-attack. The ball is spread wide as the hosts enter the visitors’ 22. MADNESS!
89.00: This is crazy! The Wallabies survive a 100-phase attack from the Kiwis before winning the turnover and kicking the ball into touch – WHAT A TEST!
The final score is New Zealand 16 (8) Australia 16 (3)
Tries – J. Barrett, A. Smith
Pen – J. Barrett (2)
Tries – Koroibete, Daugunu
Pen – O’Connor (2)
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant referee 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant referee 2: Angus Gardner
TMO: Mike Fraser
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Jordie Barrett, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Hoskins Sotutu, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Anton Lienert-Brown, 23 Caleb Clarke
15 Tom Banks, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Matt To’omua, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Nic White, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Pete Samu, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Rob Valetini, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Noah Lolesio, 23 Reece Hodge