The first game of this year’s Rugby Championship played out to a 12 all draw in Sydney. It was the normal old touch tussle between the Aussie and the All Black in Sydney.
The All Blacks had the most of the first half possession and territory on attack and led the Aussies 9 -3 at half time. On the one hand the All Black would have felt very disappointed with the score with all the play on attack they did.
Australia made too many mistakes in the first half and some poor decisions for not taken the points when they had a change. All Blacks defence was brilliant as the Aussies tried all they can to cross the All Blacks line.
What made the half time score even worst for the Aussie was that they had only fourteen All Black against them.
Beale did not work for the Aussies at fly half, his passing was not up to it and he struggled under pressure. Saying that, Cruden also did not have a great game but with the wet conditions one can maybe excuse the two fly half’s.
The Aussies had a better start to the second half and were rewarded with two penalties to draw level with the world champions at 9 all.
The All Blacks got back into the lead with another penalty from Cruden but the Aussies got three points back to draw the scores level again at 12 all.
The All Blacks lost another player to a yellow card when Cruden was send of for ten minutes for negative play on the ground.
Many people will feel that Referee Jaco Peyper had a bad game in the scrums and penalised the stronger All Blacks more in the game.
The one thing that will be hard to swallow for the Aussies are that they could not get over the All Black line with 14 men against them for twenty minutes of the test.
This result will be good for the Springboks and must give them some extra boost for this year Rugby Championship.
The scorers: For Australia: Pens: Beale 4 For New Zealand: Pens: Cruden 4 Yellow card: Wyatt Crockett (New Zealand, 39 – professional foul, cynically killing the ball), Beauden Barrett (New Zealand, 69 – professional foul, cynically kicking the ball back from the wrong side)