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Match Report – Aussies came back to beat the All Blacks in Brisbane

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The Aussies came back in the second half to beat the All Blacks in Brisbane on Saturday 24-22.

It was and eventful test but the Aussies just showed more composer under pressure and deserved the win at the end.

To say this was an interesting game is the understatement of the year. With the Aussies coming out with some fire and scored first it was the All Blacks that showed continuity to get their first try.

Then we had a straight red card for Ofa Tu’ungafasi after he went in with the shoulder. This gave the Aussies the upper hand and they immediately took the lead with a penalty.

The All Blacks got back in the Aussies half with ball in hand. The Aussies then got a red card when Lachlan Swinton also went in with shoulder to get his marching orders.

The All Blacks kept the pressure on the Aussies line and after a warning from the referee, Marika Koroibete was shown a yellow card for repeated infringements by the home side.

This left the Aussies to defend the last few minutes with only 13 men and they did just that.

The two first half tries came from Tom Wright on debut for the Aussies and Rieko Ioane for the All Blacks.

This left the two teams going into the break all even at 8-all.

Australia were first to put some points on the board when they pinned the All Blacks in their own twenty two and forced a penalty.

The All Blacks hit back immediately with a try from an attacking lineout. The Aussies was unable to stop the maul and Taylor was the man that stood up with the ball.

That gave the All Blacks a 15-11 lead after 53 minutes into the game.

Hodge kept the Aussies in range with a long range penalty to reduce the lead again. The All Blacks started to play a bit more with the ball and found enough space to send the Aussies scrambling in defence and keep them out.

The Aussies seemed to have a bit more on attack midway through the second half and did all the play. Scott Barrett earned him a yellow card for slapping the ball out of the nine hands at a ruck.

Such stupid play actually deserve a yellow card and the Aussies took full advantage of this taking the lead with a penalty.

The Aussies kept the pressure on and they kept the ball in hand and had to come eventually when Taniela Tupou got over to take the Aussies to a 24-15 lead with 4 minutes to go.

The All Blacks hit back with a minute left when Tupou Vaa’i crashed over to make it a two point game. The All Blacks tried to get the ball going through the hands to try and steal the game but Koribete shut them down with just another massive tackle.

Scorers:

Wallabies: Tries: Tom Wright, Taniela Tupou. Conversion: Reece Hodge. Penalty: Hodge (4).
All Blacks: Tries: Rieko Ioane, Codie Taylor, Tupou Vaa’i. Conversions: Jordie Barrett (2). Penalty: Jordie Barrett.

 

 

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