Australia 12, New Zeeland 12

August 16, 2014
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The start of the Castle Rugby Championship has some added value for our friends in New Zealand and Australia as they also compete for the Bledisloe Cup.

Australia vs New Zeeland

 

One thing is for certain the Aussies have a team that will go on the field believing that they can beat the All Black, but they will have to beat not just the world number one team but also a team who are going for a record breaking 18 in a row wins.

The All Black are not just the reigning world champions but have not lost a single game in the last 17 test matches. On Saturday, in Sydney they will try to record a 18th consecutive test win .

The Kiwis side have not tasted defeat since going down to England at Twickenham in December 2012 and have beaten the Springboks twice in their current win streak.
It is business as usual for All Black coach Steve Hansen, “The Bledisloe’s the biggest cup we play for outside the World Cup, so winning this first one is important to give you a good start towards holding it,” All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Thursday. “We’re not approaching this Test any differently because it’s 18, it’s just about winning.”

Recent results:
2013: New Zealand won 41-33, Dunedin
2013: New Zealand won 27-16, Wellington
2013: New Zealand won 47-29, Sydney
2012: Australia and New Zealand drew 18-all, Brisbane
2012: New Zealand won 22-0, Auckland
2012: New Zealand won 27-19, Sydney
2011: New Zealand won 20-6, Auckland (World Cup semifinal)
2011: Australia won 25-20, Brisbane
2011: New Zealand won 30-14, Auckland
2010: Australia won 26-24, Hong Kong

Teams:

Australia:

15 Israel Folau, 14 Pat McCabe, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nic White, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Tevita Kuridrani.

New Zealand:

15 Ben Smith, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Joe Moody, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Sam Cane, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Malakai Fekitoa

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36 Comments

  1. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    30 min to kick off….

  2. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Mitchell and Campo seems nervous in the studio, great to see the old men still carrying their teams in on their sleeves

  3. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Haka done here we go

  4. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Great kick from Ben Smith to get AB into Aussie half

  5. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    First penalty against Fardy not rolling away and AB going for post

  6. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Cruden puts it over and AB lead 3-0 after 4 min

  7. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Aussie making schoolboy mistakes with player in front of kick off

  8. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Turnover from AB almost result in first try but knock on 7 meters out

  9. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Aussie get their first change at points with a penalty…Over from Beale and scores are level at 3 all

  10. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Penalty AB, Fardy get penalised fro taking in the air..Cruden miss to the right

  11. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    AB back into Aussies half and force another penalty..this time Cruden gets it over and AB lead 6-3 after 16 min

  12. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    NZ kick and chase are great at this stage and keep Aussie under pressure

  13. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Cruden gets another oppertunity for points as AB get penalty from scrum…OVER!! AB lead 9-3

  14. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Great defence from AB forcing Aussie in touchGreat defence from AB forcing Aussie in touch

  15. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Stupid play for crawling by Beale and through away good attacking opertunity

  16. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Aussie making all the mistakes due to AB pressure..

  17. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Good counter by Aussie against AB maul

  18. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    All Blacks warned at scrum time to not go early, will be a penalty next time.

  19. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Another player crawling this time it's the AB

  20. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Yellow card Crockett, well well…Aussie calls for scrum with one man down in scrums fro AB

  21. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    NZ take a lead into half time of 9-3

  22. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    OVER!!! by Beale and AB now lead 9-6

  23. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    The game is a bit scrappy in the first 9 min of the second half, AB back to 15 men

  24. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    All Blacks offside in fort of kick, penalty Wallabies.

  25. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Penalty taken by Beale and it's over, scores are level at 9 all

  26. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Cruden going for points from penalty in Aussie twenty two…OVER!! NZ lead again with 12-9

  27. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Great play from Aussie and great defence from NZ

  28. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Aussies goes for points from penalty…OVER!! scores are level again 12 all

  29. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Big Big mistake from kick off by Aussies and NZ have attacking lineout

  30. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    AB knock on spoil opportunity in Aussies 22

  31. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    AB going for the win in injury time

  32. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Game over and it is a draw….NZ miss out on world record

  33. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    One thing to remember is that Aussie could still not beat the AB with 14 men on the field for 20 min of the game..

  34. avatar DavidS says:
    August 16th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Wow but Australia looked hapless and useless in this game.

    No plan, no ideas and no decent players … all journeymen playing as individuals.

  35. avatar Boertjie says:
    August 17th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    @DavidS:

    What does that say of the All Blacks?

  36. avatar DavidS says:
    August 17th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    @Boertjie:

    Awful…

    Clear no SH side can play in rain this season…

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