Saturday, August 17, 2013

How it happened: Wallabies v All Blacks - TVNZ

The Wallabies hosted the All Blacks in the opening Bledisloe Cup Test from the Olympic Stadium in Sydney.

FULLTIME

All Blacks 47 (Ben Smith 3, Aaron Cruden, Richard McCaw, Conrad Smith tries Cruden 3, Beauden Barrett cons Cruden 3 pens) 
Wallabies 29 (Will Genia, James O'Connor tries Christian Leali'ifano 2 cons 5 pens)
Halftime: 25-19

TRY! The Wallabies score a consolation try through James O'Connor on the hooter but that can't hide what has essentially been a whipping.

Six tries to two tells the real story of the night and if the All Blacks had held their discipline in the first half, this scoreline could have been a real blowout.

The Wallabies now head to Wellington with their tail firmly between their legs and it is hard to see how they can turn this around after the All Blacks' blew them away with a high-tempo game that oozed accuracy.

Stay tuned for video highlights, a report and reaction on this special night where the All Blacks raised their 100th Test win over Australia. Bye for now .

72mins: Wallabies 22 All Blacks 47

TRY! And Ben Smith has a hat-trick! The All Blacks' monster the Wallabies at the breakdown and the ball skews out the short side for Smith to streak 40 metres to score.

Barrett converts from wide out after Cruden limped off the field gingerly, but with no real alarm, after an excellent night's work. He dispelled all his critics by dominating this Test and has had a handy night with his goal-kicking too.

Sam Cane has also replaced McCaw.

66mins: Wallabies 22 All Blacks 40

The All Blacks, through a Cruden penalty, land a psychological blow by bringing up 40 points for just the fourth time in Tests against Australia.

62mins: Wallabies 22 All Blacks 39

Cooper enters the contest, to chorus of boos, for Toomua while Ben Franks and Charlie Faumuina replace the All Blacks' starting props -who have done an excellent job.

57mins: Wallabies 22 All Blacks 37

TRY! The All Blacks monster the Wallabies' scrum - with Mealamu now in the front row. Luatua picks up the spoils and slick passing from the backline gives Ben Smith his second in the corner. Cruden hits the post but with a 15 point lead, All Blacks' fans can start popping those corks

53mins: Wallabies 22 All Blacks 32

Mogg pays the price for his defensive lapse and is replaced by Tevita Kuridrani. It looks like Ashley-Cooper has shited to fullback and the Brumbies 10-12-13 axis will play their first Test together. Liam Gill has also come on to the field for Hugh McMeniman, which means Wallabies have dual opensides for the final 25 minutes. 

52mins: Wallabies 22 All Blacks 32

TRY! Luatau makes a big surge that gives quick ball for Aaron Smith to make the break and he finds his namesake, Conrad, who steps inside a weak effort from Mogg to score the All Blacks' fourth try. Cruden converts. 

48mins: Wallabies 22 All Blacks 25

The penalty count is now 9-4 against the All Blacks after Whitelock is pinged at the breakdown. Lealiifano converts the three-pointer and it is now a two-point ball game.

41mins: Wallabies 19 All Blacks 25

Matt Toomua kicks off the second half and the All Blacks will have had the key words 'discipline' and 'accuracy' ringed in their ears in the sheds. The Wallabies are still in this and if they score first after the break, this could go down to the wire.

HALFTIME: Wallabies 19 All Blacks 25

Matt Toomua gives Cruden a penalty just before the break and the All Blacks hold a deserved six point lead.

The Wallabies' try through Genia - which was against the run of play - and a favourable penalty count has kept the home side in the game but the All Blacks, with three tries, have looked that much slicker.

Stay tuned for the second half, and remember we will have video highlights for you to view on the final whistle.

37mins: Wallabies 19 All Blacks 22

TRY! The All Blacks fluff a lineout - through Hore and Whitelock - and it is the tremendous Hooper who off-loads to Wil Genia. The halfback is chased hard by a number of All Blacks but he has the pace to streak 60 metres down field and score! Wow! That was against the run of play. Lealiifano converts.

34mins: Wallabies 12 All Blacks 22

TRY! And it is the captain who scores after the Wallabies fluff another clearance! Great continuity by the All Blacks see quick hands by Conrad Smith and Israel Dagg set up a great try for McCaw in the corner (which was his ninth against the Wallabies). Welcome back Richie! Cruden can't convert.

29mins: Wallabies 12 All Blacks 17

TRY! The All Blacks have been gifted their second! Young 10 Matt Toomua took a second too long with his clearance and Cruden was the benefactor with a charge down try that will make Ewen McKenzie squirm. Cruden converts.

27mins: Wallabies 12 All Blacks 10

The penalty count is now 7-2 to the Wallabies after McCaw comes in from the side. Lealiifano steps and the Wallabies unbelievably have the lead

23mins: Wallabies 9 All Blacks 10

The penalties are coming thick and fast from Joubert - the All Blacks have conceded six - and this time Sam Whitelock is the perpetrator. Lealiifano then steps up and restores the one-point deficit.

19mins: Wallabies 6 All Blacks 10

The All Blacks win another penalty and Cruden shows his kicking form with a beautiful curling kick from near the sideline. 

16mins: Wallabies 6 All Blacks 7

Brodie Retallick comes on to the field for Luke Romano, who looks like he is struggling with a groin injury. This was after Adam Ashley-Cooper made a huge bust that the All Blacks were lucky to come away unscathed from.

12mins: Wallabies 6 All Blacks 7

A big turnover by Michael Hooper gives the Wallabies good quick ball before a number of inroads forced his opposite Richie McCaw to drift off-side. Christian Lealiifano adds the three points and it is suddenly a one-point ball game.

8mins: Wallabies 3 All Blacks 7

The Wallabies are the board now! Kieran Read gave away the penalty and Christian Lealiifano bangs it over from a handy position.

6mins: Wallabies 0 All Blacks 7

Julian Savea is pinged for being ahead of Aaron Smith's kick at the base of the ruck and that provide a chance for long-range specialist Jesse Mogg to get the Wallabies on the board but his kick strays wide from 45 metres out.

4mins: Wallabies 0 All Blacks 7

TRY! What a start by the All Blacks! They pounded away at the Wallabies' line before the Manawatu connection, Smith and Cruden, combined but it was the first five-eighth who flicked a magic pass to Ben Smith to score in the corner. Cruden converts!

1min: Wallabies 0 All Blacks 0

Aaron Cruden kicks off on this hard Sydney track! Can the All Blacks secure their 100th Test win over the Wallabies?

10:05pm - And the new haka leader is?

After two stirring renditions of the national anthems, it is reserve hooker and Test centurion Keven Melamau who leads the haka.  Sorry we got that wrong but no doubt well deserved despite him being a Samoan!

10pm - McCaw leads the All Blacks out

Richie McCaw, in his 80th Test match as captain, leads the All Blacks out in front of 70,000 or so fans. A lot of Kiwi support here but James Horwill and the Wallabies undoubtedly get the bigger cheer.

9:47pm - Who will lead the haka?

We are under 15 minutes away from kick-off and one of the big questions pre-Test is who will lead the All Blacks' haka?

With Piri Weepu on the Test scrapheap, Aaron Smith is the only All Black player with any clear Maori linage although Israel Dagg and Aaron Cruden are said to have a little bit of New Zealand's ingenious blood.

Smith is probably too young to lead the haka, which leaves the one and only Richie McCaw as the clear candidate despite his Scottish heritage. Stay tuned for that!

9:25pm - Score predictions

What do you think the scoreline will be tonight? Razalin Silvera, on the ONE News Facebook page , is predicting the All Blacks to win 112-10, which would break all sorts of records! If you want to have your say on the TVNZ Sport page - click here.

8:37pm - Quade Cooper Bombshell from Steve Marshall

In one of my more bizarre pre-Test match sightings, on my way to the stadium this afternoon  I spied Wallabies player Quade Cooper hailing a taxi for two glamorous young women.

Cooper sidestepped through  a queue of waiting cars at the lights to claim the rise.  I took a quick photo with my phone to make sure I wasn't seeing things.

Cooper, wearing jeans, a t-shirt and baseball cap jumped into the passenger seat and his two female companions slid into the back seat before the taxi sped off.

It'll be interesting to see what impact the Queensland Reds playmaker has off the bench tonight

Check out the photo of Cooper saying farewell to the young lasses here!  

7:40pm - Steve Marshall's Weather Update

A windy evening awaits the All Blacks and Wallabies at Sydney's Homebush stadium.

It's been roughly 3,700 days since the Wallabies last held the coveted cup and they sense an opportunity tonight.

Former All Blacks captain Stu Wilson told me he wouldn't be surprised if the new look Wallabies under new coach Ewan MacKenzie draw first blood tonight.

"It'll be close and the All Blacks might get in front but the Wallabies might just tip them over" Wilson said.

Check out the ONE News track that features Wilson and former All Blacks centre Joe Stanley here.

7pm - Greetings!

Welcome to onenews.co.nz's live updates of what is shaping as the most intriguing All Blacks' Test since the 2011 World Cup semi-final against the same side.

The subplots are juicy - think vying coaches, Quade v Richie and the debut of young Aussie five-eighth Matt Toomua - but at the end of the night the biggest story will be undoubtedly be which team goes 1-0 up in this three match Test series.

Our man at the ground tonight is ONE News' Australian correspondent Steve Marshall who has been commissioned to report what we can't see in the bright lights of the TVNZ newsroom. No pressure!

What's at Stake and Team Discussion

With history stacked against them, the Wallabies know Australia can all but kiss the Bledisloe Cup goodbye for a 12th straight year if they can't topple the All Blacks tonight.

Therefore a victory in the series opener at ANZ Stadium is not negotiable ahead of games two and three in Wellington on Saturday week and in Dunedin on October 19.

The Wallabies haven't beaten the mighty All Blacks in New Zealand in successive Tests of a series since 1949 and haven't won at all across the Tasman since 2001 - 15 long matches ago.

If that's not damning enough, the world champions have won their past 26 home Tests in total stretching back to a loss to South Africa in Hamilton in 2009 and haven't suffered consecutive home defeats to any rivals since France upstaged them twice back in 1994.

Lose tonight and Australia's Bledisloe Cup hopes could perish in a week.

New Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has rewarded the Brumbies for their Super Rugby form by selecting 10 ACT players - including playmaker Toomua ahead of Quade Cooper - in his first Test team.

McKenzie has surprised by leaving his long-time Queensland five-eighth Cooper on the bench but he is expected to make an impact at some stage.

Tooma, 23, has nine Brumbies teammates in the 23-man Wallabies match-day squad, including four other debutants in prop Scott Sio, lock

Scott Fardy, halfback Nic White and three-quarter Tevita Kuridrani - who are all listed as reserves.

McKenzie made eight changes to the starting team which lost the third Test 41-16 to the Lions.

Ben Mowen was shifted to No.8 and James O'Connor to the wing, while prop James Slipper, lock Rob Simmons, flankers Hugh McMeniman and Michael Hooper, fullback Jesse Mogg and Toomua were all promoted.

The All Blacks are not without their own worries with the key due of Dan Carter and Liam Messam ruled out earlier this week.

Although first five Aaron Cruden should prove an able replacement for Carter, one-test flanker Steven Luatua has a huge challenge tonight in just his second Test and first as a starter.

Otherwise the All Blacks have a consistent look to them but with five players - Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Richie McCaw, Andrew Hore, and Tony Woodcock - over 30 in their starting XV the claims of dad's army are hard to dispute.

Wallabies: Jesse Mogg, Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Christian Lealiifano, James O'Connor, Matt Toomua, Will Genia, Ben Mowen, Michael Hooper, Hugh McMeniman, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper.

Reserves: Saia Fainga'a, Scott Sio, Sekope Kepu, Scott Fardy, Liam Gill, Nic White, Quade Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani.

All Blacks: Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Steven Luatua, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock.

Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty.

Referee: Craig Joubert (RSA)

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