Australia 19, All Blacks 27

August 18, 2012
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It is the start of the Rugby Championship and also an important Bledisloe Cup fixture which kicks off a Super Saturday of rugby!

MATCH DETAILS:

Australia versus New Zealand (144th test / 168th if NSW matches included)

ANZ Stadium

Sydney, Australia,

Kick off (20:05 local, 10:05 GMT, 22:05 NZT, 12:05 SAT, 07:05 ARG)

Referee: A. Rolland (IRFU)

AR: N. Owens (WRU)

AR: L. Van Der Merwe (SARU)

TMO: M. Goddard (ARU)

HEAD TO HEAD:

Please note these stats do not include the 24 matches played between 1920 and 1928 when NSW represented Australia and played the All Blacks.

Played 143: New Zealand 97, Australia 41, Drawn 5

Last match: New Zealand 20 – 6 Australia @ Eden Park, Auckland (16 October, 2011)

Australia record at Sydney: Played 133, Won 76, Lost 54, Drawn 3

Australia record at home: Played 248, Won 152, Lost 89, Drawn 7

New Zealand record at Sydney: Played 50, Won 29, Lost 19, Drawn 2

New Zealand record away from home: Played 248, Won 171, Lost 66, Drawn 11

Point’s aggregate: New Zealand 2792, Australia 1928 (20-13)

Tries aggregate: New Zealand 372, Australia 220 (3-2)

RECENT MATCHES:

New Zealand 60 – 0 Ireland (3rd test June tour)
New Zealand 22 – 19 Ireland (2nd test June tour)
New Zealand 42 – 10 Ireland (1st test June tour)
New Zealand 8 – 7 France (RWC FINAL)
New Zealand 20 – 6 Australia (RWC SF)

Australia 20 – 19 Wales (4rd test June tour)
Australia 25 – 23 Wales (3rd test June tour)
Australia 27 – 19 Wales (2nd test June tour)
Australia 6 – 9 Scotland (1st test June tour)
Australia 24 – 18 Wales (EOY tour)

TEAMS:

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Anthony Fainga’a, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Will Genia, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 David Pocock (captain), 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.

Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 James Slipper, 18 Rob Simmons, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Michael Hooper, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Drew Mitchell.

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Ma’a Nonu, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (capt), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Brodie Retallick, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Ben Smith.

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13 Comments

  1. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 18th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Going to be a cracker IMO… do not discount the Wobblies (as the bookies have)… this is the Bledisloe…

  2. avatar Morné says:
    August 18th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 11:30 am:

    Nah mate, they’ll be competitive in the opening 30 to 50, then the AB’s will win by a comfortable 12 to 15 in the end

  3. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 18th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Reply to Morné @ 11:44 am:

    I’m almost in agreement… I have money on the AB’s (with decent odds) for only a 1-12pt lead… and then a hedge for a surprise win… over 15pts for the AB’s and I’m screwed…

    Love the Bledisloe…

  4. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 18th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/shades-of-78-deans-could-prove-hansens-nemesis-if-history-repeats-20120817-24dsq.html

    Great read this all the same… friggin NZ coaches dominating everything in world rugby… 6N, 3N, S15 and more and more…

  5. avatar Morné says:
    August 18th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 11:51 am:

    Like SA coaches in cricket, all over the show!

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 11:48 am:

    But yes, tough to pick Wallabies, AB’s just way too strong I reckon. But hell, this is test match rugby!

  6. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 18th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 11:54 am:

    Huge huge build up here on Fox… 72k in the stands… going nuts… (silently) loving the fact the missus is out of town so it’s all rugby tonight…

    My bet’s are in… where is JT?

  7. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 18th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Ouch…

    Dagg 1- Beale 0!

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 18th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Even Kirchner would look fleet-footed with SBW sucking in the entire field…

  9. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 18th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Awesome reffing….

  10. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 18th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Who called Sharpey?

  11. avatar Boertjie says:
    August 18th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 12:31 pm:

    Poor coverage.
    I hope the Newlands test is done better.
    Mind you, can hardly be worse . . .

  12. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 18th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    “I have money on the AB’s (with decent odds) for only a 1-12pt lead… ”

    Yebo!

  13. avatar Timeo says:
    August 19th, 2012 at 4:27 am

    First you quick tap a penalty in front of you own goal posts. Then you run side ways out of your 22, as not to kick it out. Then you pass back into your own in-goal and gift the opponents 10 points in as many minutes.

    And to top if off you quick tap a penalty in front of the opponents goal post as not to get the crucial 3 pointers early in the match.

    Rugby for Dummies,
    Chapter 11, How to lose!
    copy right 2012, Sydney

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