BLEDISLOE CUP SPECTACULAR – WALLABIES HEARTS BROKEN

The All Blacks last gasp 39-37 victory over the Wallabies at a sold out Marvel Stadium in Melbourne on Thursday night was one of the all-time great Bledisloe Cup rugby clashes.

Nine tries, almost a point a minute, injuries, yellow cards, several near misses, the match had everything including a controversial finish if you are a Wallaby fan, not so for All Blacks fans.

Referee Mathieu Raynal from France awarded the All Blacks a scrum near the Wallabies try-line after the Aussies had been awarded a penalty. However Bernard Foley time wasted and despite a couple of his team-mates yelling at him to hurry up and kick it out, he dithered too long.

The decisive moment in the game .
The Match Winner

t really is tiresome when losing coaches blame the ref for their own inability to win matches. The Wallabies had 80 minutes to win a game they had no right to win once they trailed 13-30. 

This All Blacks team under head coach Ian Foster is a scary one to support. So brilliant one minute, so poor the next, but this time they came out ahead and in test matches that’s all that matters, although their inability to finish the Wallabies off at 30-13 will be a concern.

It was typical of Ian Foster’s All Blacks teams in that defensive lapses allowed the Wallabies back into the game and missed try-scoring opportunities almost cost them the match, most notably the decision by number eight Hoskins Sotutu to kick the ball ahead with players unmarked both sides of him and Reiko Ioane’s delayed and poor pass to Beaudin Barrett where another try went begging.

Over-all a wonderful advertisement for test rugby and a terrific comeback by the Wallabies when they looked down and out.

Hard to see the Wallabies getting back up emotionally to beat the All Blacks at their fortress Eden Park next Saturday but it is possible.

Former Australian under 21 player and ex Australian schoolboys coach Michael Broad myself, John Alexander to review this epic battle giving the Australian view.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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